"In the central portion of the great North American Continent there lies an arid and repulsive desert, which for many a long year served as a barrier against the advance of civilization. From the Sierra Nevada to Nebraska, and from the Yellowstone River in the north to the Colorado upon the south, is a region of desolation and silence." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

Monday, October 15, 2018

Columbus Day Festivities: Garden Pumpkins and Burgers!

Ahead of our first snowstorm (for the 19th Day of Autumn), it was finally time to bring in the pumpkins:



And then, to commemorate Columbus Day, we couldn't decide on Italian, Spanish, Latin American, or North American food, so we Columbus Burgers (hamburger with mozzarella and Italian salsa fresca):




Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Sampling of Garden Produce

Melon, basil, sugar snap peas, strawberries, chives, banana peppers, red onions, and Chioggia beets!



We have also started harvesting a good crop of tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, and eggplant with a number of ominously large pumpkins ripening beneath the leaves.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A Mudroom Knagglig

Our latest project: a shoe and boot cart for a tough corner of the mudroom.  It is based on two IKEA Knagglig boxes, plus some wood stain and spare casters:




Sunday, April 15, 2018

Not Quite Planting Season

According to Gardening in the Dakotas, April 15th is a possible planting date for onions, beets, carrots, kohlrabi, and peas.  That schedule didn't work out so well this year:




Luckily, our new trees haven't arrived, but some lilac buds were visible from above:


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Easter Tuesday

Although we did not have a White Easter, we did have a White Easter Tuesday:


And The Mitchell Republic reminds us just how long Winter is:

With snow on the ground and a low pressure system over Canada, Mitchell reached a low of 5 early Wednesday morning.
Alexandria and Tyndall both hit 3 degrees Wednesday morning, breaking records set in 1920...
This winter season, since Oct. 1, Mitchell has received 39.3 inches of snow, which is about average.