We went to a library sale a couple weeks ago (yes, it has been that long since I’ve been able to set aside time to write an update!) and I thought I’d share my haul with you. A grocery bag of books for $3 makes you forget to edit your selections before you buy.


The most….well….unusual book would be “Unusual Vegetables”. There are 79 suggestions of uncommon veggies to grow if you get tired of tomatoes and peppers. I haven’t read the whole thing yet, but there are some interesting suggestions with in depth descriptions of nutritional advantages over more common varieties and instructions of how to grow them successfully.

I also picked up a book called “Carpet Gardening”, which I thought was about low growing alternatives for grass, but it turns out it’s about how to use actual carpets in your garden as mulch. Uh, I don’t think so.

The same day I picked up an extra large garlic roaster and a couple of old ball jars with their seals for $2 at a church sale!


I just received a timely blog posting from the UCONN extension blog about floating row covers that I thought some people may find useful.

I’ve been sick in bed, wishing I could get outside to take pictures of the bean seedling explosion taking place today. I decided to check up on the blogs I follow, and I was stunned to find that my friend, Annie’s Granny, has chosen me as one of her picks to receive this beautiful award!


Thank you so much, Granny! I don’t get to update as much as I’d like to, and I’m new to the blogging game, so I’m very honored that you have chosen me. I will pass it along with pleasure! Of course, everyone that I read has I think been given one already. I’ll have to hand out awards when I’m feeling more coherent.

Since I don’t have any new garden photos (maybe tomorrow if I feel better and it’s not pouring outside), here’s a special one just for Granny, and her Annie.


That’s Marvelous Marvin, Annie’s long distance boyfriend, enjoying his favorite Harley Davidson blanket. And don’t ask me why we have that blanket in the first place…..we don’t have a motorcycle nor the desire to ever own one.

I regularly read a blog created by a man in Northern England. He has extensive gardens of varying kinds (raised beds, row gardens, poly tunnels….) and he grows giant onions for competition. I just noticed that he started a new section for his first attempt at growing long carrots for show. He posted some pictures of his friend’s past attempts:

He will be attempting to grow 4 footers! This guy reminds me of my grandfather in terms of coming up with ingenious contraptions to serve a specific purpose. He’s definitely got the brain of an engineer.

Here’s his setup for the carrots….bottomless carrot tubes!

I would encourage you to spend some time checking out the whole blog. He takes a lot of pictures of his gardens and the step by step processes he goes through from seed to harvest. Even though he’s in England he seems to have a similar growing season to mine, so I can actually follow along and know I should be following roughly the same schedule.