Sneaking out to the Garden


Let’s look at something besides my face, shall we?

It still hurts pretty bad from the Fluorouricil cream and its effects, but I can’t complain. I have a friend currently having treatment for melanoma.

There’s a difference between a face that hurts when it smiles and a smile that is hurting.

I have had a great year with my zucchini already. Usually I get about 4 squash, then the squash vine borers arrive to kill the plants. I planted black zucchini (I still think they look green) and they have done so well.

The cherry tomatoes are starting to ripen, and I have been pleased with the ‘Tendergreen’ beans. They’re one of my new favorites.


In  North Florida, the blackberries are ripe! I been foraging twice and have made some jam. You should go look for some too. I saw a 12 oz package of blackberries for $5.99 yesterday!!

Granted, the ones I found are much smaller, but you can’t beat the price!

I’ve had to do my picking and gardening in the shade because of the treatment for my pre-skin cancer spots, but I feel so much better some time in the garden.


I think today might be a good day to make some chocolate zucchini bread.

I have some more gardening tips and ideas for you, especially if your daikon radishes are still bolting. If the seedpods have already dried, you can save the seeds like a ninja! I have harvested my potatoes, so also look for a post on how to harvest a small crop of potatoes.

Congratulations to all the graduates out there- I made a homemade chocolate cake with mocha frosting and coral peonies- pictures of that coming soon too.

I hope you get to go outside and do some gardening, but please wear a hat and sunscreen!



8 responses »

  1. Blackberry picking is so much fun! I’m starting to see them pop up all over the place here and I can’t wait to start gathering them up once they ripen. This is the best time of year for wild food foraging.

  2. I hope your face is feeling better – I read your last few posts, pretty scary. Can’t believe you are seeing blackberries, they are an autumn fruit here! Your vegetables are so far ahead as well. Lovely photos!

  3. The garden photos look great and glad to hear your treatment is going well. My brother went through a similar treatment two years ago and had to do his ears as well… and yes, your skin should be nice and soft afterwards and hopefully much healthier!

  4. Especially since arriving in zone 10, sun block and a hat has been added to my morning regimen. I know it’s good for me, but I HATE it. The lotion burns when the sweat drips it into my eyes and I often feel hotter with a hat on my head — but such is life these days. Be well!

    • I know. I kinda feel silly wearing a hat, but I’d rather look silly than scary, especially after this. I’m going to try to find a sun-safe hat I like. I have a nice gardening hat, but it does have small holes in the weave. Your comment about the sweat and lotion dripping makes me realize they I should look for a SPF hat so I can skip putting it on my forehead. Thanks!

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