• Baby Teddy,  Family,  Gardening

    The Forest Tree

    Just like we planted a tree for our niece Zoe and one for our nephew Grayson, we planted one for Forest. Chris and I hemmed and hawed on what type of tree to plant…did we want something majestic? Something edible? Something flowering? We ended up going with a Chickasaw plum variety called ‘Gold’—of course we can’t find anything online about this supposed variety so it will be anyone’s guess what the tree will end up looking like. My original plan when Forest was born was to bury the placenta in a hole with the tree, a symbolic gesture. Well, I was barely conscious when they got around to talking about…

  • Gardening

    Late November in the Vegetable Garden

    Chris has been managing the vegetable garden for the last three months. He’s been great at tending the new seedlings, ripping out weeds, and lamenting the poor harvest of sweet potatoes. Next year—that’ll be our year for sweet potatoes and garlic—we hope. The luffa was bit back by frost with the fruits ready to harvest. We should have plenty of dried sponges to share once again this year. The brown cotton managed to survive my neglect this summer, going on to flower and produce the fluffy cotton bits you see below. It’ll die back with the freeze but I wonder if it’ll resurrect from the roots come spring. I had…