Category Archives: Firepit

Early June in Spy Garden and Tronchuda Kale Chips

Pepper Plant, by Babyzilla

Pepper Plant, by Babyzilla

Cilantro Blossoms

Cilantro Blossoms

Rainbow Swiss Chard, Sunset Lettuce, Nasturtiums

Rainbow Swiss Chard, Sunset Lettuce, Nasturtiums

Rainbow Chard is so vibrant (and tasty)

Rainbow Chard is so vibrant (and tasty)

Love-in-a-Mist Seed Pod

Love-in-a-Mist Seed Pod

Love-in-a-mist bloom

Love-in-a-mist bloom

Looks predatory: he's welcome to stay!

Looks predatory: he’s welcome to stay!

"Atlantic Giant" pumpkin plants are getting big! The leaves are like umbrellas for Baby!

“Atlantic Giant” pumpkin plants are getting big! The leaves are like umbrellas for Baby!

Dexie and Baby exploring the garden

Dexie and Baby exploring the garden

Taken at one of the Spy's games this past week

Taken at one of the Spy’s games this past week

Pretty Summer Landscape (near Spy Garden)

Pretty Summer Landscape (near Spy Garden)

First Lavender Blossom

First Lavender Blossom

Butterfly and Thyme

Butterfly and Thyme

So long sucker!

So long sucker!

“Suckering” tomato plants is when you remove the branch growing in the crook between a leaf and the stalk.

Eggplant Blossom

Eggplant Blossom

Dexie's Best Friend

Dexie’s Best Friend

Playing?

Playing?

...or is it destroying?!

…or is it destroying?!

Raining outside, painting inside

Raining outside, painting inside

Little Paintings

Little Paintings

Many of the plants are now taller than Baby.

Many of the plants are now taller than Baby.

Spy Garden Backyard

Spy Garden Backyard (looking down towards the firepit)

Mowing the lawn!

Mowing the lawn!

Kale Chips

Kale Chip

The Spy loves kale chips and one of the things that often leads people (in internet world) to Spy Garden is this Russian Red/Ragged Jack kale chip post (that someone “pinned” on Pinterest). So here’s another kale chip recipe, with a different variety of kale: Tronchuda.

He likes them so much he wanted to design our own bag for them!

He likes them so much he wanted to design our own bag for them!

(That drawing at the bottom is the shapes of the garden plots: not including the teepee area or the new pumpkin patch)

Spy Garden Kale Chips

Spy Garden Kale Chips

Yummy!

Yummy!

They are so easy to make. Toss with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, spread out on a sheet and bake on 200 or less for 20 minutes or so until they are dried out and crispy.

Tronchuda Kale Chip

Tronchuda Kale Chip

56. A Chainsaw, Barry Weiss and Spooky Garden Sights

DSC_9625 (700x468)Nothing says Halloween quite like a chainsaw.

AHHH!HH!!!!

AHHH!HH!!!!

Except maybe a chainsaw and a Jason mask.

DSC_9603 (700x469)And a monster.

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Dexie looks scared!

Dexie looks scared!

If a tree falls in out of the forest, into your yard and you happen to catch the moment from your kitchen window on a foggy October morning, does is make a sound is that spooky or what?!

Tiiiimmmber

Tiiiimmmber

We didn’t cut this tree down, it just fell. Right here:

Right next to the fire pit!

Right next to the fire pit!

Not the picture of health:

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AHHGGHHH!

AHHGGHHH!

Wait...

Wait…

What’s spooky about a ferris wheel?

Well maybe not spooky but the Spy definitely looks concerned.

Well maybe not spooky but the Spy definitely looks concerned.

Cautious

Cautious

AHHHHGGGHH!!

AHHHHGGGHH!!

AHHH!

AHHH!

Creepy looking frog!

Creepy looking frog!

Friday night while were watching the Cardinals win (woo! Hello World Series!), during the commercials we switched over to Storage Wars. The show is an ideal example of gloriously bad reality television. I don’t like any of the other storage/treasure hunter/trash picker type shows, but I do like Storage Wars. For one reason: Barry Weiss. As we were watching the show the Spy (he’s eight) suddenly blurted out,

“Barry can get along with everyone.”

Yes, yes he can! The guy is always silly and hilarious in a manner that never abandons respect for others. So what on earth does Barry Weiss have to do with Halloween, much less gardening? He always wears skeleton gloves! Ooo spooky! But what does Barry Weiss have to do with Spy Garden?

Spy Garden is all about learning new things, investigating the unknown. Taking a closer look at things. Which Barry always does. Unique tools, strange musical instruments, striking sculptures, vibrant art. Barry always investigates the people and stories behind the coolest “treasures” from his storage lockers. The real treasure isn’t about the objects at all but the quest in learning new things. Which is what this site is all about. That, and an appreciation for a witty (and/or silly!) one-liner.

The moss ball is turning into a pumpkin!

The moss ball is turning into a pumpkin!

Our garden is simply “the garden”. We don’t actually call it Spy Garden in real life. Spy Garden is the website our garden would create if it had opposable thumbs and was able to get up and go explore the world from time to time. Is an anthropomorphic garden spooky?

Gourds at our grocery store:

Serpents! Behind you!

Serpents! Behind you!

The same variety, Serpente di Sicilia gourd, we grew in our garden: seen here at our grocery!

The same variety, Serpente di Sicilia gourd, that we grew in our garden: seen here at our grocery!

October Tomato

October Tomato

Onions! Jaune Paille des Vertus

Onions! Jaune Paille des Vertus

Teepee (can you spot the serpent gourds?)

Teepee (can you spot the serpent gourds?)

October is the best!

October is the best!

Nanopop

Nana and Pop visit! If they had a “glog” it should be called Nanopop!

Checking out the harvest

Checking out the harvest

Lip-smacking good beans

Lip-smacking good beans

A yard-long bean

A yard-long bean

White acorn squash, giant yellow eckendorf beets and a tigger melon

White acorn squash, giant yellow eckendorf beets and a tigger melon

Garden pizza party

Garden pizza party

Click for my pizza recipe!

Garden pizza party

Garden pizza party

Puppy wants pizza too!

Puppy wants pizza too!

For dessert we got the first taste of a Tigger melon!

Tigger melon

Tigger melon

Pretty good!

Pretty good!

Delice de la Table melon and Serpente di Sicilia edible gourd

Delice de la Table melon and Serpente di Sicilia edible gourd

After-dinner entertainment

After-dinner entertainment

Juggling!

Juggling

Juggling