Electric Fence

Electric Fence

This year I installed an electric fence to protect our potted tomato plants from the squirrels. Here’s a look at the setup, which I’m claiming as a success since our furry neighbors have not been stealing our produce. Supplies came from the Tractor Supply store, Home Depot, and the basement. What you see in the video is a $30 charger and another $10 in supplies. Totally worth it since we’ve been able to enjoy the

A Good Year for Gardening


Gardening has been a hit or miss experience for us over the years. This year has gone better than most. We got some good plants from Meadow View Farms back in May, and have been enjoying homegrown veggies since late June. The tomatoes and squash have been good producers, and we even have little watermelons growing. My favorite crop so far has been the hot peppers. Not super hot ones, but hot enough to make

Neurotic about Tomatoes

We had a very successful tomato growing season last year on our little plot of land in the West End of Hartford. Not being one who likes to take steps backwards, I geared up for another year of productive tomato plants. Kyle even made a new garden bed just for this vegetable. Our hopes were high. Three weeks ago we attended the seedling sale at Urban Oaks Organic Farm in New Britain. They have a

Our Topsy Turvy Tomato Experiment

Kyle and I are both originally from Vermont. I think this means that we are supposed to have green thumbs. My theory comes from the fact that when I was in college just about every person that learned I was from Vermont asked “Did you grow up on a farm?” To set the record straight, neither Kyle nor I grew up on a farm. Perhaps as a tribute to our “heritage,” each year we try