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…

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and I plan on returning to nature this year to help with my depression, while also tackling my garden blog, My Quest for Chicken.  If you are silent, be silent out of love. If you speak, speak out of love. —St. Augustine I’ve struggled with negative thought patterns; they’re pervasive…