Technical Difficulties

There are a few changes to the blog I wanted to mention. First, I managed to setup expandable lists in the Archives tab at the top of the page. If you hover over a month, you should be able to click to expand and see the day of the post and titles of the posts… Read more »

Zimtsterne Cookies

Some friends held their annual German Beer Party last weekend, so to get in the spirit I made some German cookies. I tend to like things a little less sweet than the next guy, so these little Zimtsterne cookies were perfect. They are almost a cross between a cracker and a cookie. The dough was… Read more »

Eugene Envy

I used to live in Eugene, Oregon, back in my college days and it’s a lovely town that will always hold a piece of my heart. Recently I spent the day there visiting some old friends and walking around my old stomping grounds. Here are a few pictures to share, since I am short on… Read more »

Garden Karma

This weekend I have been contributing to the world of garden karma. Sometimes we take, and sometimes we give back. I spent two lovely, brisk autumn days giving back but walked off with more than I had walking in. Yesterday I spent a few hours at my lovely friend Denise’s house out in St Johns… Read more »

Divide and Conquer

It’s been quite rainy here in Portland, but I can’t pass up the opportunity to capitalize on frugality in the garden. This is one of the best times of the year to get something for nothing – or, in other words, dividing perennials. And we all know how I love free! The upper layers of… Read more »


I’ve been pretty quiet about the presidential election on here. Partly because I want to keep it sort of, kind of gardening-related-ish here, but I would say mostly because I have been a huge ball of nerves worrying that Obama wouldn’t win. After being disappointed with the last two elections, I was just too afraid… Read more »

Potato Tires Harvest

Several months ago I began the experiment of growing potatoes in recycled tires. It seemed like a good, logical idea. Growing potatoes requires occasional mounding of the soil as the green stalks grow, resulting in more potatoes. So why not do this in a very linear way while re-using old tires at the same time?… Read more »