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Glogging

This is Spy Garden’s 100th 101st Post!

Spy Garden (the website, not the garden) debuted at the beginning of February 2013. I’ve always considered it a glog, not a blog. A glog being: garden + blog. Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for that term, since I stole it from yourgardenshow.com (a site that is sort of a facebook for gardens).

I define glogging as heavy on the pictures and light on the writing. If there is writing it is usually short, straightforward and about gardening.  Gloggers keep the flowers in the garden and out of their prose. Hahaha. Non-garden glog topics are usually: seasonal recipes, art, wildlife and outdoor-fun. That’s glogging to me anyway.
I don’t do facebook, twitter, pinterest, google+, instagram or any of those other things. Glogging is my first foray into the vast world of social media. It has been fun and interesting to connect with people internationally in, what I call, blog-world.

When I started this glog I said to myself, “Self, you are not going to call attention to the obvious fact that this is a blog, you are just going to continue posting photos and art and things without doing the cliched, ‘This is my blogoversary post’ or ‘This is my 100th post’.” But here I am, so sue me.

Some of my favorite posts so far: Old Dirt, New Dirt, Art, and Gardening as Art, Spy Sketchbook, Krabby Patties with Quinoa and Amaranth and Garden in a Jar-O

Some of Spy Garden’s favorites in blog-world:

Favorite Blogs

Draped in Cloudlets She is sooo stylish. While I’m wearing dirt-covered leggings and barefoot with chipped toenail polish she’s wearing amazing hand-sewn clothes with luxurious fabrics and designer shoes. Another reason I like her: we are the same age (30)!

23Thorns VERY hilarious and reminds me of Carl Hiassen and Dave Barry (I’m from South Florida and those are two of my all-time favorite writers). Another reason I like 23thorns is they have a 7(ish?) year old boy and 2(ish?) year old daughter, as do we! His wife tracieloveshistory also has a great blog.

And Then There Were Three Blog-world meets real life. I found my best summer camp childhood friend in blog-world! She blogs about her adorable daughter and suburban life in the Atlanta area. Her photos are great and she appreciates the simple pleasures in life, much like Spy Garden.

Favorite Glogs: These are all great for mostly the same reasons: nice photographs, inventive recipes and (of course) all about gardening: Sweet Domesticity, Vermont Farm Heart, Life In Our Little LA Garden, The Hungry Gap, Mom in the Garden, Country Kid Farmers

I’ve seen lots of great gardening blogs, and many are probably just as much of my “favorites” as the ones listed: these are just a few I thought of off the top of my head. So, this is me calling attention to the gloggedness of my glog in honor of my 100th 101st post NOT a new word-y format for Spy Garden posts. Now back to the glogging!

Blooms and Bugs

Garlic seeds

Garlic seeds

Cherry Vanilla Quinoa

Cherry Vanilla Quinoa

Catnip

Catnip

Ozark Giant pepper blooming

Ozark Giant pepper blooming

Milkweed flower buds

Milkweed flower buds

Milkweed blooms

Milkweed blooms

Cutworm

Cutworm

Cutworm

Cutworm

The cutworms that we’ve seen (on the kohlrabi and purple caulflower leaves) are bright green when they are small (just a 1/4″ long) then they get brownish/black with a few stripes as they get larger. We have been sprinkling corn meal and coffee grounds on the ground (which they eat and it kills them), put some pieces of tin foil around the bases of the plants (this prevents them from crawling up) and manually squishing the ones that are chewing up the leaves. These combined efforts have been making a big difference and I notice less and less each day.

Cutworm damage

Cutworm damage

Cutworm damage

Cutworm damage

Spy Garden June 30, 2013

Spy Garden June 30, 2013

Rainbow Indian Flint Corn starting to grow fronds

Rainbow Indian Flint Corn starting to grow fronds

hAHAHHhaha

hAHAHHhaha

Woo Woo Bamboo!

Our friends have a little bamboo forest in their yard. We finally took them up on the offer to “take as much as you’d like” (bamboo is very prolific) and collected some last night.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Bamboo sword fight

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon bamboo sword fight haha

The sound of the pieces clanking together is so nice. We definitely need to make some sort of bamboo wind chime sculpture!

Bamboo

Bamboo

Bamboo

Bamboo

We used three of the pieces to stake the last of the tomato plants (we ran out of stakes on tomato plant #22 :).  We will keep some on hand if the pepper plants, milk weed or other plants need a bit of reinforcement. We also fixed the garden gate with a piece. Bamboo is sooo useful in the garden!

After the sun went down we headed to the backyard to roast a few marshmallows

The Spy roasting marshmallows

The Spy roasting marshmallows

Colorful fire

Colorful fire