The genesis of this blog came about this way: I went to check on my pears, which were hanging there looking an unripe green. Dang if there wasn’t a hole in one where something had recently gnawed. My greed and competition kicked in and I picked all the pears right then. Actually, the whole crop amounted to 7 pears, since ‘Spalding’ has only been in the ground a year. This also explains why I didn’t know what a ripe pear off this tree was going to look like.
I didn’t know what it would taste like, either, but I can tell you now that a Spalding pear is a marvelous crunchy Asian pear with a European pear shape. While I polished off one still warm from the sun, I thought: How am I going to remember when to pick these pears next year? Gardeners used to keep logs of when and how things were planted, treated, harvested. Maybe I should get one going.
Well, you can see what happened to that line of thought. I arrived at the idea of a blog, but believe me, I am not going to write a farmer’s almanac for Houston here. See Urban Harvest for that. I will not give you my garden’s to do list. I promise I will not tell you about the Houston weather either (At any given moment you like or dislike it—so what?) Instead, I will offer you what seems like the most engaging of my many garden-related lines of thought. I hope that you will enjoy and be even inspired by them.