Here is an on-the-job shot of our gardening supervisor, Abby. She joined the family late last fall so we do not yet know if she is also a garden tomato lover like our other German shepherds have been. We had one, Heidi, wouldn’t even wait for an offer, but would sniff out a fat ripe one herself, pluck her pick delicately from the vine and tote it intact to a spot of grass and shade.
You can see a bit of grapevine in the background. As in Garden Blog: Deck Photos, this year I once again weave the volunteer wild grapevine through the deck railing as it grows, machete as necessary and, for now, flick Japanese beetles off the leaves twice a day.
Warning: Bugs after the jump. Continue reading Mid-Season Garden Blog: Abby, the Beetles, ‘Volunteers’ & More
[Update 6/18: Added photos after the jump.]
Speaking of the pocket park, the photo below was taken there earlier this week.
Also, grass and weeds are growing between the stones and a broken window adorns the west wall. Continue reading Pocket Park
I refinished the deck this summer. The job took weeks because, back in June, there was a stretch where it rained every other day, remember? Even when it didn’t, I had to wait until mid-afternoon for shade under which to finish the staining and varnishing. We’re happy with the results, though, and the plants are ecstatic. Continue reading Garden Blog: Deck Photos
Michael “Max” Maxwell sent CB a few snapshots of two of the new outdoor cafes. Thanks, Max! Continue reading Your TIF Dollars at Work
South of town. They are assembled near here, then moved to the southwest part of the county. Continue reading Meet the New Neighbors
John and Cindy Barnhart bought an abandoned 7-acre farm southeast of Oregon and began growing vegetables on it. Open for business four years now and certified organic, Barnhart’s Stone Corner Farm Market is certainly about the land and the food, but it’s also about stewardship of a singular piece of local history.
Photography by Janet Fawcett. Continue reading Stone Corner Farm