Notes on Preparing for the Doom that is to Come (or, Autumn)

A photo posted by Anthony W Eichenlaub (@aweichenlaub) on Oct 17, 2015 at 8:21am PDT Some people love Autumn. “It’s beautiful,” they say. “Look at the wonderful colors.” It’s like standing on the great, gaping maw of Hell and saying, “Listen to the glorious bells as they toll our final …

Tragedy of Oaks

The ash that so beautifully frame our street are doomed, but I could have just left it and waited. The tree wouldn’t let me. Our beautiful, innocent ash was wrecking our sidewalk. It took the first shot in this war. I took the last.
I had it killed and I don’t feel bad about it one bit.

The Growing Things That Lie Beneath

Warm weather has reminded me that there is life under all that snow. Sure, it won’t be out for a while, but now’s a great time to start thinking about that dormant pollen factory. Following is my list of things to start working on now that the snow level has …

European Pine Sawfly

It isn’t often that I get excited about little critters eating my plants, but when Carol spotted these little guys I thought it was something pretty cool. ¬†They’re some pretty boring looking little grubs individually, but the way they move as a group is pretty cool. It turns out these …

The Mystery of the Missing Squash

Damaged, diseased, and rotten produce is often a problem in a vegetable garden. As a gardener I am have resigned myself to the fact that there will be a certain amount of loss during the growing season. The tomato that looks wonderful while green may ripen into a bug infested …