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Three for the road

A few minutes after I accepted the gift of tomato plants from my Airbnb host, she reappeared with three seedlings and left them near the Airstream. “There you go,” she said. “They should be fine here until you head home.” I looked at them out the door of the trailer, but it wasn’t until the [...]

A getaway…and a gift accepted

It had been sometime in January 2014 that I’d last been more than a few miles away from The Pickle (or, the bundle of cells previously known as Spawn), so as the Independence Day holiday weekend approached, The Unicorn suggested I get out of town by myself. We had a freezer full of milk, after [...]

Green Thumb Sunday: Spring

Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in Green Thumb Sunday every week. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.

Green Thumb Sunday: The jungle below

Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in Green Thumb Sunday every week. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.

Green Thumb Sunday: Yam plants, Vanuatu

Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in Green Thumb Sunday every week. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.

Operation Emergency Herbs

A couple weeks before I married The Unicorn, we were frantically trying to get our house in order for the Impending Arrival of The Families. Wait a second, you’re probably thinking. Can you please back up to the whole “married” bit? Oh, right. I kind of forgot to mention it, but The Unicorn and I [...]

Water: It’s a good thing

My very first California tomato blossom did not, indeed, yield a tomato. Instead, it fell victim to whatever was causing the yellowing of the plant. It browned. It shriveled. It most certainly did not transition to a fruit. This, which in my world constitutes an emergency, spurred my research into what might be killing all [...]

Tomato plants should not be yellow

“Do you realize the tomato plants are turning yellow?” Fatemeh asked one day. I probably turned a little yellow myself. I had, indeed, noticed, but in my usual manner, had been trying to ignore it. I had also developed a convoluted set of theories that explained the problem. For example: We are downwind of a [...]

Seedlings wearing too-tight pants

Though the seedlings received prime placement on the dining room table, one of the sunniest spots in the house, I knew I had limited time to get them in the ground. The cheery red plastic cups in which they were planted were not going to give them enough space to thrive, and looking at them [...]

A tomato seedling delivery

While we were in the midst of sorting out the HOA problems, I received a cheery email from my coworker, Pilar, who was in the midst of nurturing tomato seedlings on my behalf. They were just about ready for delivery, she said, and she’d bring them in after the weekend. This presented a dilemma. Tell? [...]