• Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth. @biltmoreestate
  • I had the most profoundly memorable experience today. The cookbook club at Haywood County Library (the county adjacent to mine) hosted me, and by hosted, I mean 12 ladies selected recipes from my book
  • What better way to clear out a case of the Mondays than a giveaway?! See that lovely locally-made wooden bag dryer there on my wall? Want to win one of your own (you do, trust me)? Pop on over to small measure to enter. Link is in my profile.
  • This guy right here? While he might be growing bigger every day, the truth is that becoming a mother has helped me to grow. To be more present. To be more patient. To be more empathic. As I tell all my soon-to-be-mama friends, parenthood is the toughest work you'll ever do, with by far the biggest payoff. The lovin', and the learning, are so, so good. Happy Monday, friends.
  • Today was a good day. This view, from the top of our road, certainly helped make it so.
  • I think the 48-hour flu I've been fighting has finally succumbed to my assault of grapefruit seed extract, osha root, propolis, elderberry syrup, Oscillococinum, apple cider vinegar, rose hips, hibiscus, ginger/lemon/honey/cayenne tea, and neti pot with goldenseal tincture. I don't take getting sick sitting down. And now, a winter storm, possibly. Bring it, I say. Happy weekending, friends!!!
  • This guy.
  • I've been waiting, for a book like this, to come into my life. Whoa. Picked this up a few weeks ago at @screendoorasheville as a New Year's gift to @glennbenglish. Just started reading it myself and it couldn't possibly be more of what I need to see, right now. Completely on point, wholly attuned to what I'm presently sensing and curious about and inspired by, and infinitely humbling.
  • Warm enough today to play soccer down in our lower field, do a bit of weeding in the garden, and push a nearly-too-big 4 year-old in his
  • New year, new moons, new calendars. Right on, right on.
  • @shelterprotectsyou has been posting images of the wedding she and @sheltercollective had here in September all week. They built this altar for the ceremony, and it's still here, just past the house, on the way to the chicken coop. We pass it every day. Some days, I casually note its beauty and the way it feels like an outdoor church here in our forested cove. Other days I barely register it as I scurry about, doing this and that around the property. Today, though, in the stark, grey, drizzly setting, it was quietly regal. Happy to have had her visuals prompt me to stop, look, and listen to this physical testament to love.
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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! We’ve started transitioning the garden to fall plantings this week, harvesting potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers (oh, the never-ending flow of cucumbers!), peppers, and more and putting in broccoli, cabbage, and collards. The winter squashes all have small fruits on them and the pumpkins are full of blooms.

Historically, I’ve had challenges fighting cabbage worms on my brassicas and squash vine borers on my squashes. I’m giving them some Bt and am considering picking up some floating row cover for the brassicas. If any of you fine, garden-seasoned readers have tips for combating these sneaky, sneaky garden pests, I’d love to hear about them! I surrounded the collards and broccoli with chives, too, and there are marigolds near both plantings, as I’ve heard they’re both good deterrents to these interloping munchers.

Otherwise, here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*Shipping containers make for great portable hotels.
*DIY leaf print shirts for the littles.
*Remembering the importance of beauty in design.
*This Provence wedding is SO beautiful!
*Peach shortcake.
*Honey really does do it all.
*Loving this (new to me) blog (her forthcoming book, Making An Impression, looks amazing!).
*Tips for fall & winter garden planning.
*Oh, off-grid cabin on an island on the Maine coast, someday, I’ll have a place like you (to be nearer to my girl, Amanda!).
*Loving Bookhou’s wares and blog and magazine, oh my!

Any readers living in the Hendersonville area, I’ll be making my way to your stomping grounds tomorrow. From 9:30-11:30, you can catch me doing a water bath canning demonstration at the Henderson County Tailgate Market.

Later in the day, we 3 Englishes will be making our way out to Barbara Swell‘s place, for her annual pie contest. I still haven’t decided which of my pies I’ll be entering in the competition, but I’m a crust judge. I’ve never entered a food contest, nor served as judge for one, so I’m super pumped. Plus, PIE!!!

Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, and whomever you do it with, may it be grand!

*That jam-smeared face of pure joy comes courtesy of the jar of Blackberry Rose Jam gifted to us by Jen. If you have access to blackberries and would like to be similarly full of berry bliss (only perhaps less messy, maybe?), check out her Summer Jams post, turn on your stove, and make yourself a batch.

8 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Elisabeth says:

    great list of links! I love the Bookhou zip bags. thanks for posting.

  • Aly says:

    Bummed that I am going to miss the demo at the market tomorrow! I am trying my hand at canning, for the FIRST time, today. We are headed to Skytop Orchard for our annual apple picking tradition. I’ll be in your neck of the woods, which is why I’m disappointed to miss out. Can’t believe it is time for autumn already; cheers to pumpkins. Love your blog.

  • Maria says:

    I LOVE honey! It’s the first thing I think of for wound healing. In fact, I’m using it right now for a wound my cat has at the base of her tail. It’s healing great, with no signs of infection!

  • Dixie J says:

    Food grade DE (diamateous earth) sprinkled on the cabbage will take care of those worms. There is a type that is used in swimming pool filters so make sure you get the food grade. We also give it to the chickens, pigs, cows and horses for worming and it gets rid of mites too.

  • David Jones says:

    The key with the floating row cover is to have the row built and in place prior to planting. See if there are straight forward alternate controls you can put in place (sacrificial crops, et al) at this same time or slightly before you plant your coles. The challenge with row covers is more int the handling and planning than anything. Overuse of BT in some areas have lead to BT resistant pests so it is best combined with many other things.

    Just my $0.02

  • jen says:

    we have some friends going to that pie contest tomorrow (Jack & Theta of Jack’s Nut Butters), sounds divine! Maybe next year for us. :)

  • Katie says:

    I wish I could say that I found something that really works when it comes to getting rid of cabbage worms, but I can’t. I’ve tried everything. I didn’t like using row covers. It was a pain trying to foliar feed the plants. I was surprised to open up the curtains one morning and see a flock of house finches eating the worms and picking the eggs off of our broccoli. Also, wasps eat cabbage worms. After seeing that, I let the birds have a couple of nests around the house and I don’t knock down wasp nests.
    I just go out every morning and squish worms, as best I could; then soak the broccoli in salt water.

    As far as squash bugs, I try and plant early. When I see the bugs, I pull the plants and throw them away and replant seeds in another garden.

  • Is this a possible application for guineas? I understand they forage for insects and generally leave foliage alone. I’ve also heard these yard sentinels can be a bit loud, a good choice for more rural than urban farms.