• Dig Dig for Victory,  Our Very Fine House

    Foodscape Phase 1: Complete…Mostly

    The Fella and I were able to make solid progress on Phase 1 of our foodscaped front yard. We obtained our blackberries and raspberries, which look more like twigs sticking out of the ground, but I’m optimistic. We also completed the majority of our flower box. My local nursery, Buchanan’s, was out of Mexican marigold, which is a plant very similar to tarragon, except Houston heat won’t kill it. We also need to get some mulch to keep in the moisture, as this bed dries out very quickly. We bought some inexpensive Bloem flowerpots from Lowes which I sunk into the bed to act as a barrier for my invasive…

  • Dig Dig for Victory,  Don't Quit Your Day Job,  Our Very Fine House

    Eureka: A Lemon Tree!

    This summer, I spent five weeks in Redlands, California for Adolescent Montessori Training. Apart from the time away from the Fella, the Menagerie, and the Modage, it was one of the more rewarding experiences of my life. I met some of the most passionate and wonderful human beings in education, learned to be a better educator, and spent time in a truly captivating location. We were surrounded by mountains, under the bluest sky, and the air always smelled of grapefruits warming in the sun. There was also a lemon orchard, that we were tasked with cleaning and pruning. It was HOT, even for someone who has lived in Texas for…

  • Dig Dig for Victory,  Our Very Fine House

    Foodscaping: Modage Edition

    The Fella and I have been spending a lot of time and effort on our backyard. We started talking about our front yard recently, knowing we need to do something to add to our curb appeal. We debated with doing a traditional landscaping configuration. We have decided against it. Landscaping and lawns are a lot of work and the Fella and I feel strongly that hard work needs return on investment. Enter foodscaping and edible yards. We are crafting this project into phases as we have with the back garden. Taking on smaller projects means we don’t choke and give up. Phase one is some blackberry bushes in the front…