• Players gonna play. Huxley and his buddy Bay, doing their little guy thing today at the perennially lovely @thencarboretum.
  • The garden got blanketed with what I'm hoping was winter's last gasp this past week. I'm ready for those snow-covered strawberry beds in the foreground to start putting out juicy fruits, for Huxley to dig in his sandbox again, for cocktails at sunset on the pergola, and for conversing with soil and seeds once more. Spring is coming. Really started to feel it this weekend.
  • Scotch eggs of supreme deliciousness can be had on the regular at @kingjamesavl. @glennbenglish and I savored these beauties today alongside dirty rice fritters, gumbo with poutine, and @sunbursttrout smoked trout dip, all wonderful. There was also a pint of Appalachian Brewery porter that I have to have more of. Oh, and old school White Stripes on rotation. Great food, great atmosphere.
  • Confession: until last night, I had never had honest to goodness snow cream. @glennbenglish whipped up a tasty batch with vanilla and nutmeg, and we enjoyed it alongside @oldworldlevain's heavenly frangipane tartlettes with fresh cranberries, orange peel, and cinnamon. Snow-pretty AND tasty.
  • Scattered, smothered, and covered. Snowy day in the cove!
  • We three Englishes do so very much love snow. Forecast to receive between 3-6 inches tonight! @glennbenglish captured Huxley and I taking in the view on his way back to the house after locking up the chickens.
  • Woke up to overnight snowfall, always a treat. Then heard from my neighbor Lynn, a licensed massage & bodywork therapist, that the snow was preventing her from getting in to her clients in town and, as a result, she had an opening in her schedule and could give me a massage. Whenever she travels, I pet-sit her cat Sophie, and in exchange she trades me a massage. Not only is she a seriously stellar masseuse, she also is an aromatherapist, a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner (a kind of Japanese acupressure technique), and is certified in neuromuscular therapy. So when I get a massage from her, I receive this healing trifecta involving scent, body, and spirit. Plus, in all honesty, I feel like this woman is actually imbuing my body with love when she works on me. I left her house feeling light and bright, and nourished. She has offices in Asheville and Johnson City, TN (the home massages are reserved for family and neighbors!). If you're looking for a rich, wonderful, deeply healing massage, please consider Lynn. You can find her information at || I passed our bamboo grove and its tiny creek on my walk over to Lynn and Steve's; it somehow spoke to me of good things in store.
  • Woke up to this view. Some kind of wonderful!
  • Spotted Quench in the wild today.Always a thrill to see my books out in the big world, and rubbing elbows with friends @thejoyofcooking, no less!
  • Good day to be in western NC. View of Mt.  Pisgah from the top of our road.
  • You will not pass! || Our shorty with his soul sister Raeglan, adventuring in our woods two days ago. @thebriere4
  • Batman Begins. You ought to hear his 4 year-old take on Batman's gravelly, husky whisper.
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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.