Those Darn Broody Hens!

I have a broody hen in the chicken house. Every year it’s the same story. Spring arrives and her maternal clock begins to tick.  She becomes a little more ornery and starts hoarding all the eggs.  She puffs herself up, filling the favorite nesting box, and screeches...

In the Beginning – Part 3

Catherine Anne was born to us on May 13, 1988, 2 and half years after we’d been married.  The awe of motherhood took me by surprise. My pregnancy had been rather uneventful…until the end. I went in for my check up, two weeks before my due date, and had gained 16...

Beneficial Bugs for the Garden

I’m often asked how I manage the “pests” in my garden. You know, the Squash Bug, Aphids, etc.,  those nuisances that seem to devour a garden overnight. And, trying to stay “organic” in the process is quite a feat. I’m learning.  What I’ve learned most recently is that...

Hauling Hay

I’ve heard stories about haying season – loading hay bales from the field and then stacking them in the barn.  Those stories always sounded so nostalgic, so “romantic.”  Yeah, they also wrote about how hard the work was, how itchy and scratchy...

Beneficial Insect: Wheel Bug

One of my favorite classes during my Master Gardener classes, was the lecture on bugs.  It was absolutely fascinating and I would love to take more classes because I know we just barely skimmed the surface. I realized that the insect population in the garden has a...