Tag: Gardening

“Once you get started …”

Today's little project.

“Oh, it’s hard to stop.” (I’m channeling Chaka Khan in that hit song I loved from the ’70s here). “When you get dow-owwn, y’all, ain’t no turning ba-ack, ohhh!” Of course, I don’t think she was talking about canning. I…

That can do spirit…

Quart jars heaped high with peaches, awaiting their turn in the boiling water bath.

My body’s in the kitchen at Leni Sorensen’s, taking a canning class, but my mind is far, far away. There’s a memory nibbling at the corners of my consciousness so part of me is blanching and peeling peaches and making…

Spring: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

What privet wants to be when it grows up.

Just for the record–2012 has not been my favorite Virginia spring. In fact for months now the weather has been balanced on a knife-edge of climatic chaos. We had a warm winter that blew up, repeatedly, into frequent, violent storms:…

Two Words for Desire: Earth Apples

this year's potatoes

Pommes de terre. Tapuach adama. Aardappel. Erdaepfel. A potato by any other name is–at least in French, Hebrew, Dutch, or Swiss German (not to mention Persian)–an “earth apple.” Apple is a curious word etymologically, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.…