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May 2012 • Southern Rural Route

Cypress trees are ancient. In Palmetto  (the Quarterly Journal of the Florida Native Plant Society, Volume 32: Number 4  — 2015), they are said to date back to the Mesozoic, “when they shared the planet with dinosaurs.” The trees “can live longer than half a millennium and grow larger than 17 feet thick and 125 feet tall.” The largest cypress tree trunk I have ever seen was on … Read More

Momma had a garden for about twenty years but she never canned. So here I am, well on my way to geezerism, and I don’t have a clue how to preserve food. For the past three years, I’ve been giving my harvest away. While I like to share with my friends, that’s not really the purpose of my veggie garden. For me, growing food is about self-sufficiency and affordable organic food. … Read More

A few years back, I worked for a lady lawyer who was always telling me, “You ain’t right.” I laughed it off because I heard the same sentiment, more or less, professed by my near and dear. It’s getting harder to laugh it off. See this purple chrysanthemum? It’s Memorial Day and the fool thing is blooming. Even for an early season chrysanthemum, that ain’t right. See my … Read More

Around 5:30 p.m., I realized I needed to get my garbage can to the street for pick-up the following day. Not one to wear more clothes than necessary in Florida’s heat, even with air-conditioning, I rooted around for a pair of shorts. I found a pair that had seen better days. The shorts were faded and covered in white splotches from too much familiarity with bleach, a sizable … Read More

I made a trip to Lowes. In this day of high gas prices, I can afford to go only twice a month. Both of the Lowes on my side of town are ten miles away. I have two Home Depots less than 5 miles away and I have to pass a third one to get to Lowes. But here’s the catch – Home Depot doesn’t have a Down-and-Out-but-Not-Quite-Dead Plant Table. On my tight budget, new plants must … Read More

I postponed it as long as I could. Snake sightings will do that to you.  The pole beans had to be picked and while I left a generous 28-inch “people path” between the first vertical pole row and the row with the double vertical poles, this is what happened: the butter beans climbed over to the pole beans and vice versa. It was a canopied jungle with a few watermelon vines … Read More