IMG_5427i like to learn about weeds so when i saw this revised addition at the library, i scooped it up. i love all the illustrations by Robert Inwood. i just had to share his little skull icons for each poisonous plant. i think they are just lovely. i learned that Robert Inwood also illustrated underground comics, graphic novels, rock concert posters (including Jerry Garcia), and books on carpentry and homesteading.

IMG_2185IMG_5434this one is my fav with the 3/4 view and shading.

IMG_5435IMG_5438IMG_5439IMG_5441this one is my second fav.

IMG_5446IMG_5462this may be my all-time fav.



IMG_5307i heard about this book on a garden podcast. forgive me for not remembering, but it sounded like something i would really dig, so i ordered it at our library from the MSU library! even though Kentucky is in zones 6 and 7 (SE Michigan is in zone 5) there was still great advice from fellow gardeners and farmers.


i really loved reading this story of a family dedicated to rehabilitating the land and water. now if everyone could be as dedicated to the earth as they are we may turn this ship around.

IMG_5241IMG_5243rhubarb was still good after the last frost we had. i did not have enough room in the freezer to put up any more. i still had a few bags from the spring harvest. i guess i should have made jam to give away for the holidays. instead i made a crisp with blueberries, peaches (canned), and cherries (canned). we are rebuilding the 14 year old raised beds for spring so the garden now looks like a muddy heap of wood and soil. did you know that rhubarb leaves are great for fighting weeds? You just put them down on top of the weeds and they break down and form a natural mulch. There are other ideas you can find for a natural pesticide but i have not tried that. it involves boiling the leaves. this inherited perennial has brought joy to us, our friends, and neighbors.

i noticed this pretty, little flower more this fall, so i thought i would research it. it comes up on the edge of the woods and pops up in some of the beds especially the blackberry bramble. It’s called panicled aster or symphyotrichum lanceolateum. according to U of M Herbarium: “it is one of the commonest asters, especially in moist open ground including shores, river banks, edges of forests and swamps, meadows, ditches and swales, interdunal flats; wet prairies, marshes, fens; fields, along old railroads, roadsides.” 


we had our second frost so i thought i would pick the last of everything. carrots, collards, and chard. i saved some of the carrot tops for soup stock. i don’t know what i am going to do with all the onions! oh, i had one purple carrot! you can see it a wee bit in the photos.

IMG_5131collard greens and green onions from the garden with garlic, sea salt, pepper, and lemon juice.

IMG_5137some of the last few tomatoes from the garden for slow roasting with eggplant, garlic, onion, salt, and pepper.

IMG_5148added the fresh basil in the last hour of roasting (total 2 hrs).

IMG_5149into the blender!

IMG_5153homemade sauce for a future cold night!

i had read about these books and checked them out at our library and enjoyed them! I recommend both.

the outdoor camera caught the bottom one. some of the neighbors feed the deer so they are not leaving anytime soon. we just live with them. their favorite food in the garden is swiss chard and green bean leaves. its fun to watch them grow up.