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Oh, Padron!

Garden update!

Climate change is making our fig tree crazy. I need to learn to make fig newtons. And fig jam. And fig+olive tapenade. And figgy pudding. And any other good figgy things that can be given away as gifts because, you know – there’s only so many figs two people can reasonably eat without really, really suffering consequences.

Just a few enormous figs I grabbed off the tree this past weekend. To make room for the 10,000 new green ones already trying to take their places...

Just a few enormous figs I grabbed off the tree this past weekend. To make room for the 10,000 new green ones already trying to take their places…

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Nature Drama

After recently having so many good days in nature, I’m now having some bad ones.

First, two of my three prized tomato plants decided to take a turn for the worse.

Then my cucumber vine decided to put all its efforts into a single cuke, leaving the other eight on the vine in a state of perpetual cuke infancy.

Then a nice coating of powdery mildew showed up on the youngest of my rose bushes – the dainty little one I’d been laboring over patiently for months, waiting for its first blooms. And now I’ve chopped those blooms off prematurely and sprayed the naked stem left behind with fungicide. AND IT MOCKS ME.

But really, I’m most pissed off at this:

Goddammit.

Goddammit.

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Winter: Gross

For all you people who think we have it so good because we live in California and we aren’t experiencing winter right now, well…

It’s 24 degrees here tonight. It’s cold. It f#@%king sucks. Especially because inside a hundred-year-old-house in 24 degrees, it feels like, well – 24 degrees.

Here’s how we’re keeping warm:

Furry body heat!

Furry body heat!

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37 Apples A Day

On Saturday, we decided to pick our apple tree.

Tasting the first apple off the tree.

My apple taste test.

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FRUIT UPDATE: June

It’s only the first day of summer, but it appears our backyard is already eager to produce food for us.

Last night we ate the first of our Santa Rosa plums. They were good — a little tart yet, but pretty darn good for food we ate off the DIRT IN OUR OWN BACKYARD.

Today I fed some to the contractors; they had no complaints.

And since we last pruned and inspected, things have taken on a surprising amount of shape and color. The fruit on our trees/vines/bushes is now all identifiable. See?

Grapes

Grapes!

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