Rustic Terracotta Pots

Orchid in rustic terracotta pot

As luck would have it I am in the gardening mood and four free orchids were available at work.  Two of them came in lovely, rustic, aged terracotta pots.  Two of them in plastic.  Last time a I checked plastic cups are not the most attractive or healthy means to display an orchid.  I loved the look of the rustic terracotta pots, but in reality even the two pretty pots were to small for the plants they were holding.  So what is a person to do?  I don’t have time to soak and cover four pots so they organically mineralize … Read more…

The White Blackberry? The White Berry?

Help me out here. What the hell is this? And is it edible? We think it is some type of mutant blackberry. Which Patrick has creatively deemed the “whiteberry”. To which I replied it should be the cream or ecru-berry since it isn’t really white. As usual he ignored this. I can promise they are ripe, here is a photo of some of the regular blackberries that are growing behind the whiteberry. He has also suggested I be the guinea pig and try one of the suckers out. So far, I have politely declined. We discovered these strange berries during … Read more…

Dandelion Wine

Well after 8 weeks of waiting I finally tasted my dandelion wine. Since it didn’t suck balls I thought I would share with you the recipe and directions on how to make your own dandelion wine. Oh and my results tasted like a dry white wine and it is still a beautiful golden color. I’m not exactly a connoisseur so I can’t describe the notes of flowers etc but I was pretty excited. We’ll just take a moment and use Patrick’s beer motto: It’s drinkable! Ingredients: 8 cups dandelion petals (See directions on how to separate petals from green calyx) … Read more…

Drip, Drip, Drip, Drop

Many of my past garden failures have been due to neglect. Usually at some point that coincides with the deep, humid heat of summer I get a little less enthusiastic about sweating in the sun and a lot more enthusiastic about sipping sangria in the shade. Want to know the number one task I neglect? Watering. I never set up a sprinkler because I feel bad for wasting the water, but to hand water well you are going to be standing outside for a long time hose in hand. Luckily Western North Carolina gets large amounts of rainfall so watering … Read more…