Tag: Garden

Winter Fever

Basil seeds soaking--the first sign of spring in the Hamilton-McVicker household.

Spring fever … has come a little early this year. Of course, now that we’ve moved a frost zone further South, winter was a bit long in coming, too. So long that I was tempted to stretch the season by…

Guilt-free weed warfare

poisonivy2

So the world–the Green World at least–seems to be agreed. We all hate Monsanto. They have given us good reason. But that still leaves the average suburban Joe or Jane facing a dilemma. Joe and Jane Suburbs may spend very…

Close encounters of the reptile kind

...tensile muscle and bone...

After I took his picture, the snake booked. Not a surprising outcome, you might be thinking. But I had spotted drops of blood on his shining ecru underbelly. And he was looped into such an intricate curlicue–of shock? of self-defense?–that…

Midsummer blues

drought

  It’s midsummer 2012: a July, according to the weathermen, of epic drought. Every day smothering waves of heat and humidity break over and around our heads. Sane people–whether in central Virginia, in the mid-Atlantic, throughout the South and the…