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Raised beds, the second part, sort of

I know it hasn't really been that long since I last posted, but it seems like so much has happened. For one thing, it's unnaturallywarm and sunny out, which makes me dread summer for the first time in my life. If MARCH is like this, what does the normally oppressive July-August season hold for us? Summer is my favorite time of year, hands down, despite our Carolina weather, but this summer in late…


Added by Jen Garrison on March 16, 2012 at 4:16pm — No Comments

I didn't poop my pants

This is not the first time I have said this recently, but I haven't said it here. Raccoons scare the bejeezus out of me. I have nightmares about raccoons. I don't like going to the barn or near the trashcans after dark because I know they are just waiting for me. If you are one of the mistaken many who think they are furry, adorable, fish eating little bandits, or who felt sorry for the beasts in Where the Red Fern Grows, listen to…


Added by Jen Garrison on February 27, 2012 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Spring was Here

Roasted veggies tonight!

I spent a good bit of the last two days out in the backyard, prepping for planting. In short sleeves. It was gorgeous. The kind of weather that people who work outdoors know is the harbinger of…


Added by Jen Garrison on February 19, 2012 at 8:08pm — No Comments

Ten Fingers, Ten Toes, Part the First

I hate using power tools. I would rather spend six times longer doing something with a hammer and a chisel than whip out a router. I don't mind the endless monotony of a simple screwdriver. Staple guns scare the bejeezus out of me. But I draw the line at handsaws. One of the few handy things I dislike more than power tools in general, is the handsaw. I can't use one efficiently or neatly to save my life. My cuts are ragged and jagged and look much like I'm in training for a role in a slasher…


Added by Jen Garrison on February 11, 2012 at 6:35pm — 3 Comments

NPR, Meth Labs and Raised Bed Lumber, Oh My

Yesterday I saw an ad on Craigslist for rough sawn cedar in agreeable dimensions for a great price, so of course I called. Today I went to pick it up. First of all, I would like to emphasize that I grew up in a rural place. Rural is comfortable and comforting to me. Where I went for these boards, was well past rural and extremely close to the Heart of Nowhere. It went something like this.

Rather than give me an address, the guy said just to call when I got to Somewhere and he would…


Added by Jen Garrison on February 7, 2012 at 11:29pm — 5 Comments

Wisdom from Mr. Lu

The other night I couldn't face the kitchen - the mess, the planning, the cooking, the cleanup - so Mr. Lu's it was. A quart of Veggie Lo Mein, an order of Veggie Egg Foo Young and a few Crab Rangoons later, we made it to the fortune cookies. Mr. Lu always gives extra, so I had two fortunes (lucky me) and I couldn't have asked for better fortunes.

Fortunate fortunes

I DO appreciate the caring people who…


Added by Jen Garrison on February 5, 2012 at 12:07pm — No Comments

The Problem of Plenty

I have never actually seen it, but I hear there is a show called Hoarders, about people who do exactly that. Don't anyone alert the producers, but I think I may qualify. Fortunately my collection doesn't take up that much space, really, at least not until you have to find room for the transplants. I hoard seeds. I save seeds, buy seeds, trade seeds, swap seeds, but I always…


Added by Jen Garrison on February 5, 2012 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Nothing Like a Warm Afternoon...In January

This morning during Bea's first nap I went to the Tractor Supply in Rural Hall. I finally purchased the long-coveted cattle panels (16 feet x 50 inches), some t-posts, and a surprise goody -- a 20 lb bag of diatomaceous earth. Then I had to come home and be Mom and Chef, made lunch for all of us, read books and played and waited for the fussy crankies to set in. It didn't take long and Bea was back down for her afternoon nap.

I rushed outside, unloaded the cattle panels (quite the…


Added by Jen Garrison on January 29, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

HoneyBea Farm, the Beginning

HoneyBea taste-testing the garlic

Welcome to HoneyBea Farm. We are a small urban farmstead with just over an acre, a couple…


Added by Jen Garrison on January 26, 2012 at 12:00am — 1 Comment



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