Coco Bean Investigates

Whoops! It’s been a while since I last posted, hasn’t it? I feel like I should apologize, not to my audience (I never really built one here), but to myself. I’ve always wanted to be the sort of person who blogs consistently…I love the idea of having a record of my progress as both a gardener and a witch. Well, so far I have failed that goal! But, with another new year comes a new gardening season, and a new opportunity to get this blog up-and-running.

So, here I am, embarking on another attempt at blogging. Will it “stick” this time, or will my will to write online peter out like it has so many times in the past? Only time will tell!


Gardening on a Dime


Between the fancy plant names (e.g.: Madame Emile Debatene, Little Miss Daisy, Abraham Darby) and a seemingly never-ending list of “necessary” tools, gardening can feel like a rich man’s hobby reserved only for those with the money to “do it right”. It doesn’t help that books such as The $64 Tomato are contending that it costs upwards of $16,000 dollars to get a garden going! That’s bewildering—16k is over half of my family’s yearly income, and we aren’t spending anywhere close to that on our garden. Here’s the truth: gardening can be dirt cheap. Sure, at first the raised beds and heirloom seeds are […]

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Last Year’s Garden


I spent most of 2014 planning my wedding, so I didn’t get to garden quite as much as I would’ve liked. Still, Tom and I grew enough vegetables to eat some sort of garden-to-table dish at least twice a week all summer long. In the late spring, my peonies and spinach flourished. Summer began with an itty bitty zucchini, then ended with a whopper the size of a house cat! We harvested months and months of fresh tomatoes, perfect as a poppable snack right off the vine or in a slow-simmered marinara. We had kale and basil and beans and […]

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