2018 Best Crop: Surprise Luffa

March last year, we turned a bed of soil for wheat grass and rustled around luffa seeds I scattered still another season before, which cropped up a vine along the catio wall. Luffa, surprisingly, was our best 2018 crop. Meanwhile I murdered another several tomato plants, so I continue track record for brown-thumbing nightshades. In…

My Love for Ladybugs

In my elementary school years, on the weekends, my dad would often drive us up in a Frankenstein Volkswagen beetle—the old-school kind—to Big Bear Mountain to camp. One trip, we found ladybugs crawling by the thousands all over a granite rock, and since then, I’ve become obsessed. The granite lock was likely a ladybug love…

10 Gardener Lover’s Time Lapses

This page is designed to calm and cheer me. If it calms and cheers you too, and you want me to make another one, let me know. Or if you have a blog, I’d love if you made your own list of 10 calming YouTube videos, then shared the link with me. 😍😘😉 #1 Climb,…

Purpose of this blog (plus 10 videos) (in case you’re nonplussed)

When you take on the daunting task of caring for anything—ant farm to garden to cat,—it’s your ethical responsibility to do research on how to be a good zookeeper. Or pretend farmer. Or ant colonist. …Just don’t be a colonialist. Christian missionaries are BRIBING indigenous people to convert for food and clothing pic.twitter.com/K0pcNlgTYe — Vocativ…

🐔 Happy Easter 🐣 Chicken Coop 🐔

Our bantam chicken coop is near-complete. Chase constructed the coop out of the old kitchen cabinets, from back when we installed kitchen counters a year ago. For the run, he bought planks at the hardware store, screwed them together, then stapled mesh to them. Also, little fairy plants have grown inside my fish pot, as…

someday I’d like chickens

Someday I’d like to have a chicken coop;  but today there are books, shelves to reorganize and grow pots in need of mulching: moon and stars watermelons, two plants, with only one spiral to climb — Calypso bush beans, the Turk’s turban winter squash between them — wee be little pumpkin, jack o’ lantern pumpkin,…