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Younger offspring: Hey, look what I grew! Dr. Free-Ride: Wow, those are tall. Younger offspring: It’s a bean plant.

… from a secret location. Because, in light of fluctuations in the slug and snail population when I go away, I think they may read my blog.

Snail eradication (day 38).

When the snail hunter is away, the gastropods will play.

One of the fabulous things about living in our Northern California climate (zone 16) it the ability to transform our yard into a mini orchard. The biggest challenge so far has been patience, given that it takes fruit trees at least a few years to hit a level of maturity at which they produce fruit.…

A highlight of reunion at my alma mater, as far as I’m concerned, it that they open up the boat house and let alumnae paddle (or sail, or crew, depending on their druthers) around the lake. I’ve missed the lake. I was also missing the rest of the Free-Ride family, so I took advantage of…

There are two main reasons I like harvesting crops from the Free-Ride garden. First, it means we’ll have yummy, super-fresh fruits and vegetables to eat. And second, it often means we’re freeing up space to plant another crop. Even in Northern California, where it is said we have “climate” rather than “weather,” there are crops…

Garden update: the harvest.

Owing to the fact that the snail eradication project (or at least, my direct involvement in it) is on a brief hiatus while I’m on the East Coast (and while my yard is still in Northern California), I’m going to be bringing you up to date on the garden in whose service I have been…

Snail eradication (day 34).

Dry and overcast again this morning. I’ve never been a big fan of humidity, but I was really hoping for some today.

Snail eradication (day 33).

Well, it was another dry morning in the back yard. And I was sufficiently busy with other stuff yesterday afternoon that I did not have a chance to set up any beery gastropod watering holes.

The pattern of dry, overcast mornings continues. Not very satisfying weather for a gastropod hunter.