Category Archives: Curtis


“With so many trees in the city, you could see the spring coming each day until a night of warm wind would bring it suddenly in one morning. Sometimes the heavy cold rains would beat it back so that it would seem that it would never come and that you were losing a season out […]

Taters and remediation

After the whole tire fiasco, my brain had a light build moment and somehow it came up with this growing receptacle from the potatoes. I picked up a 50ft length of metal fence from Lowe’s, and a bale of straw from Marshall Grain and…Presto! I cut the fence to make the diameter around 2.5 ft. […]

Square one

So last week I had the bright idea of doing a search for tires on Craigslist. I was looking for old, used, worn out tires. For free. To use in the garden. Something different to grow my potatoes in. Most years, by the time I get the onions and potatoes planted there isn’t much room […]


I picked up ten pounds of seed potato a few days ago. Half the lot is Kennebec and the other half is Red LaSoda. I took them out the paper sack and placed them flat in the green house. There they will sit for about a week before they get cut into pieces and planted […]

Annual Onion Planting

So last week I received in the mail 7 bunches of onions. Two each of Candy, 1015Y, and Red Creole, and 1 bunch of White Bermuda. I purchased them from Dixondale Farms. I was a first time customer of their’s, so having ordered my transplants before Christmas and receiving them during the week they promised […]

out in the garden; into the pale moon

I started my spring crop of tomatoes and peppers last week. New Year’s Day to be exact. I was kind of excited to get things going. I started everything in the kitchen and had to listen to the wife moan about my taking over the dinner table. I left the seed tray there until this […]

Winter rest

As the days grow shorter and colder (well, sometime soon I’m hoping), time in the garden is cut down to just a few hours a week. By the time I get home from work the sun is setting. Depressing. The past few weeks have been busy around here. Two weeks ago we were getting things […]

First frost

Well, it was to be expected. Thanksgiving was coming up quick and the average first frost here in Fort Worth is the 15th of November. It happened on the 13th this year. We got a frost/freeze warning on the news last night (Monday) so I brought the orange tree inside and covered the tomato plant […]

Expansion and remodel.

Sorry for the absence last week. Tuesday my son busted his lip open and a trip to the ER ensued and then Wednesday was Halloween and trick-or-treating ensued. Earlier this year, my wife mentioned about expanding the garden. It’s not much of an expansion, but at at around 10ft at the widest point, it will […]

Canning peppers

Habanero peppers Jalapeno and Serrano peppers I pulled everything out of the cabinet to take inventory of what we had in storage. I still can’t believe the amount of tomatoes we had this year.

checking out the greenhouse

And the winner is… / winter preps

Since no one commented that was eligible, there was no winner for the very simple seed giveaway. I’ll put them back in my collection for later. This past weekend was exceptionally chilly with highs in the upper 50s. A bit odd for early October. It could be foreshadowing for a wet and cold winter compared […]


I’d be lying to you if I said that I’ve been hard at work in the garden the past two weeks striving hard to get things cleaned up and get lots planted for fall. That hasn’t been then case. The kids have been fighting off fall allergies and 24 hour bugs, along with myself fighting […]

The neighbors

My gardening has given a few of my neighbors the ‘bug’. The lady across the street started a garden last year and has seen some success with it, growing squash and melons. It’s my next door neighbors that have taken to growing fruit. The picture above is of a nice sized pomegranate growing on a […]

Nature is funny

Like these plum blossoms in the middle of September. The tree is thinking, “I’m gonna tease him just a bit.”

Taste of the Southwest

We went on vacation last week to one of my favorite states to visit. New Mexico. Not because I worked three summers in the Sangre de Cristo mountains in the northwestern part of the state and have a bond with it. The state is different. Of all the states I have visited, it is the […]


As the summer weather begins to fade, it’s time to start preparing for the fall. Tilling under some leftover buckwheat, pulling weeds, amending the soil with green sand and molasses, and of course, getting some seeds planted. Well, ok, so these weren’t seeds when I started them. These multiplier onions got pulled up at the […]

The great flower snack

I’m love sunflowers. They bring in the summer weather and the greatness of a good harvest. I also love the seeds they bring. I pick up a big bag of sunflower seeds about every 3 or 4 days. Its my snack during work. Or after. Or when I venture out to a baseball game. I […]

Haiku for you

Aroma, so sweet Nectar for the little bee It waves in the wind

The fall itch

It has been almost two months since the temperatures rose above 100 here in Fort Worth. It has been the same amount of time since I’ve done any extensive work in the garden. The nut sedge has taken over and is nearing a foot tall in some areas. Amazingly, the St. Augustine grass hasn’t done […]