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What The Bug?

Can you help identify this bug?  It's not in my 'Handbook of Natural Insects and Disease Control'.

It looks like a ladybug, but I don't see any listed here with the same markings.  I also don't see a split down the back that would allow for wings - and they aren't… Continue

Added by michael on April 19, 2011 at 9:53pm — 2 Comments

State of the Garden, Spring 2011

State of the Edible Garden, Spring 2011 by nworbleahcim

Click through to FLICKR to see all the plants tagged.

State of the Edible Garden, Spring 2011, a photo by…

Added by michael on April 3, 2011 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Selling The Homestead

Selling your house is a big decision, selling your homestead, HUGE. From my…


Added by michael on March 1, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

My Last 5 Homebrews

Our Past 5 Brews

Last night, while we were transferring our Gojo Wheat brew, we had a tasting of our past 5 homebrews. From left to right: Lemongrass Wheat, Summertime Kolsch, People's Pilsner, Pale Ale, and Belgian White.

It was interesting to try them all together and it really helped shape what we liked (and disliked) about each. I think we are going to… Continue

Added by michael on July 21, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

State of the Garden

Here's what's currently growing in one of my gardens. Visit the FLICKR page to see the tags.

What does you garden look like today? Post a picture!

[originally posted at…

Added by michael on June 14, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Simple garden bench with grey water sink

Vote for it here!

(The winner gets a garden time lapse camera!)…


Added by michael on June 2, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Backyard Remodel

Big project last weekend, we got rid of our dead sod and added 150-200 sq/ft of new garden,… Continue

Added by michael on April 12, 2010 at 11:01am — 3 Comments

Grub Worms


Big project this weekend. I moved my first raised… Continue

Added by michael on April 5, 2010 at 10:11am — 2 Comments

DIY Fence Repair & My Latest Time Lapse Video

I repaired 2 sections of my fence last weekend - and made a time-lapse video.

Accomplished with lots of help from a neighbor and ACL Mike. Music is 'The Empress and the Ukraine King' by Can… Continue

Added by michael on February 22, 2010 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Starting My Seeds!

Spring is around the corner and now is a great time to start your indoor seeds. Average last frost in Austin (Zone 8) is Feb 28-Mar 31, which makes yesterday the 6 weeks before the last frost date - perfect time for most the vegetables I'm growing.

I'm trying out a new seed starter kit this year. Although I usually enjoy mixing my own starter soil, using the the pellet tray was a great way to… Continue

Added by michael on January 19, 2010 at 10:39am — No Comments

Johnson's Backyard Garden CSA

Posted on http://nworbleahcim.blogspot.com/

This week was our first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) pickup from Johnson's Backyard Garden - and it totally beat our expectations.

Pictured above is everything included. I'm excited that we're getting tasty, local,… Continue

Added by michael on November 19, 2009 at 10:50pm — 1 Comment

Growing Tobacco

Posted on http://nworbleahcim.blogspot.com/


I'm not a smoker - but that's not going to stop me from learning how to grow, cultivate, and enjoy some good nicotiana tabaccum. Last spring, bought a pack of Scherazi Tobacco seeds - an Iranian variety - and was able to get 1 plant to… Continue

Added by michael on November 3, 2009 at 11:48am — 5 Comments

The Garden

Wow - just watched The Garden. If you haven't seen this documentary yet, rent it ASAP.


...if only for the Willie Nelson dance scene. Seriously, rent it. I can't believe it sat in my Netflix queue for so long.

Added by michael on August 28, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Goji Berries!

I've got a pretty serious addiction to gojis. It started about 5 years back and shows no sign of waning. Frustrated that this berry is far from local (China is a long boat ride) I thought I'd try my own.

I bought some plants from http://www.timpanogosnursery.com about a year and a half ago. The Gojis are royalty in the backyard. First to get attention, prime real estate, etc. They had a rough summer last year, 3 months of 100+ and little rain. This summer hasn't been… Continue

Added by michael on August 16, 2009 at 10:52pm — No Comments

Tomato Tip Rooting

One of my favorite ways to grow fall tomatoes is by tip rooting my summer tomato plants.

To tip root, you bend, or tip, a branch from existing tomato plants and bury it in the ground. Give it a little extra water to help out, and in a week or so the buried branch should start rooting. Once it appears that the new plant is growing on its own, you can cut it, detaching it from the old plant.

The same concept works great for suckers on your tomato plants as well. To start a… Continue

Added by michael on July 29, 2009 at 10:46am — 2 Comments


Che, my 3 year old, and I picked our first 2 blackberries yesterday. It's been fun teaching Che to be patient with the berries. As soon as they started turning red, he's been wanting to pick them. When he saw they were darker, he was very excited that picking day had arrived.

Since we only had 2, we tried to savor them, but after one small bite, he popped the whole thing in his mouth. A little tart, but delicious!…


Added by michael on May 6, 2009 at 2:23pm — 1 Comment

Austin Texas Funky Chicken Coop Tour

A new reason to love Austin! This is the first annual Austin Texas Funky Chicken Coop Tour. Coop owners open their homes to display their coops.


Check out the map to see the large number of participants - it's going to be hard to see them all!

Added by michael on April 8, 2009 at 11:19am — No Comments



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