October 31, 2018

Looks like aliens will be landing on Back Lake Lane. Specifically, in my new crazy neighbor's front yard. She built a landing strip with guide lights leading to the front door on her trailer. She was standing watch on he front porch, but I hid behind a bush and managed...

October 24, 2018

The first hard freeze of the season snuck up on my garden, and now the marigolds are kaput. But the hardy cabbage, beets, and carrots are salvageable. Time to make Garden Scrap Stew!

1. After the first freeze, pull all salvageable, edible plants out of the garden.

2. Rin...

October 18, 2018

After a days-long, dark rainy spell, the sun pops out, and I see that a fairy ring had popped up in my front yard. Or should I say half a fairy ring.

Fairy rings usually consist of a group of ground-growing mushrooms forming a circle. But one half of this fairy ring con...

October 10, 2018

Last summer a tiny vine popped out of Chuck. It grew, spindly and frail, on into fall.

 By mid-fall it had cascaded down the side of Chuck and spilled onto the backyard.

The further it grew from the compost pile, the healthier the vine seemed to be.

 The bright yellow flo...

October 2, 2018

October rolled in with heavy, unrelenting rain. The lanes are flooded, and the sun is gone for the year. More troubling, the second coming of the giant fungus is still growing and taking over the front yard. With the constant downpour, I can't get a good picture of it,...

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