May 27, 2020

The Optimism of a Cabbage Patch

• By Janine Pineo • "I want death to find me planting my cabbages." Hmmm. There are so many ways one can interpret what Michel de Montaigne wrote a few centuries back. He was a French … [Read more...]

One Good Yank Reveals the Glorious Carrot

• By Janine Pineo • It lurks underground, shrouded in dirt and mystery. Growing out of sight, it easily is forgotten until the frosts of fall kill all else. Its roots reach through the … [Read more...]

The Twisted Nose Knows: Nasturtiums Stuff of Dreams

• By Janine Pineo • I had a nasturtium moment. It was the usual gardener's delusion, the kind you get when you are scouring the seed catalogs and dreaming of how magnificent this year's garden … [Read more...]

Ripening Grapes Signal End of Summer

• By Janine Pineo • If there is one sure sign summer is over, it is when the Concord grapes are ripe. Part of me longs for that day when I can gather a basket of fruit, even as my heart is … [Read more...]

May Your Summer Squash Be Fruitful and Multiply

• By Janine Pineo • "Ain't no easy way, no, there ain't no easy way out." The song from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club rang through my head as I stood in the midst of the pole beans, a … [Read more...]

Garlic: Putting Its Best Foot Forward for 5,000 Years

• By Janine Pineo • If you rub this herb on the soles of your feet, you'll eventually exhale it from your lungs. Hmmm. My first thought as I read that line from was why would I … [Read more...]

Poised Under Damocles Squash

• By Janine Pineo • Who can forget the season's first large tomato, a bigger-than-a-softball Big Zac bursting at the seams? Or the first regal purple eggplant? Or a bumper crop of … [Read more...]

Of Frogs and Tumbling Tumbleweed by the Sea

• By Janine Pineo • August is such a nice month. The regular rain has kept the plants lush this year, and exulting in the moisture is a healthy crop of frogs that startle me every time I step … [Read more...]

Pondering Imponderables from Amongst Bean Vines

• By Janine Pineo • There I was amid the pole beans, contemplating life and seeking answers. I'll give you the answers first. 1. Some would say it depends on the jet stream. 2. Ditto or … [Read more...]

Guess Who Wins the Annual War of the Beans?

• By Janine Pineo • I don't set out on quests intentionally. It's simply that the garden makes a request from time to time and I have to find it. Easy, right? While that looks good on paper, … [Read more...]