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A Tale of Two Barrows

Every serious gardener knows you need a good-quality wheelbarrow to work the soil easily. I own two barrows, as you can see above. And therein lies a tale…

I have owned a True Temper 10 cubic foot, dual-wheel speedster for a good, long while. So long, in fact, that the wooden rails of the support truck […]

Getting the Garden Ready!

It’s that time of year again; when a young man’s fancy turns to, well, pretty much anything but hard work. However, that garden plot won’t get itself ready…

This year I’m putting in a lot of organic. A truckload on 1,000 square feet. First, I’ll till it to break the hard dirt up, then dump the […]

Thinking About the Garden, Already

The weather here’s been warm, at least for February. I’m not saying I’ve put the coats away yet, but some of the trees are thinking about budding out. It’s way too early for them, of course, and if they do they’ll likely get bit in a late frost; but hey, it’s their choice, right? At […]

Cilantro: Love It or Hate It? There’s a Reason, You See…

Coriander. Chinese Parsley. Cilantro. Yan Shi. Whatever you know it by, this herb is widely used in many cuisines. Some folks love it, some hate it…

Growing up in central Texas, I was a teenager before I realized there was such a thing as “Tex-Mex” or Mexican foods. It was part of the standard meal […]

Keep the Green All Year 'Round with Herb and Chile Paste

Nowadays it’s easy to get fresh herbs most any time of the year. Most supermarkets keep a nice variety on hand, it seems; as do specialty grocers. Parsley (flat and curly), cilantro, leeks (yes, I think of these as an herb); sometimes the less often used ones, like dill and fennel. Still, there are times […]