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About cohutt

I am gardening from northwest GA, mostly piddling around learning how to grow food in a small space.

I’m not certain why in 2010 that I went along with the suggestion to blog this stuff. However, I will admit that I am more likely to see projects through if I am documenting the progress, even if only to myself.

So here we are.

Who am I?

I’m 54, relatively settled and a good ways though the process of emptying the nest. I am married to a lovely woman who is quite tolerant of my pursuit of …. well just about anything reasonable that doesn’t involve motorcycles or women.

I followed family into the financial business and after 28 years it has chewed me up a bit but hasn’t spit me out yet, so I figure I can call it a career now.

I count myself as a “know it all” on several subjects and a “know it most” on the rest. Ask my friends and family; they won’t agree I know everything but they will agree I think I know everything.

Seriously, I prepare to learn by studying then actually learn by doing, or more accurately “doing and screwing” as in screwing things up.

So for now, this blog will journal my activities related to screwing things up in the backyard of my 144 year old home in north GA. The good news is that things I don’t screw up get eaten, and that’s a decent enough reward for me.

Don’t take it too seriously, hopefully you enjoy and maybe will be inspired to go tilting windmills of your own.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Brent Eamer permalink
    April 10, 2012 12:35 pm

    Just discovered this blog whilst googling high tunnels. What a great site. Although I am a bit envious of your climate. I am in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Brackley Beach if you google earth it. Im lucky if I can get spinach to bolt LOL. I have eighteen raised beds, and grow primarily hot peppers, yes, hot peppers in PEI. I buy my seeds from Pepper Joes. I liked the Zen, Kale photo. I am 48 and alas, grow tired of the rat race and wish to just garden. I have a 6×10 PolyCarbonate greenhouse and am going to build a 10×16 PVC high tunnel hoophouse. Since we are a cooler climate (Zone 5b), I rely on spinach, lettuce, collards in the cool season. Which ends July 1st, and rush to mature peppers and tomatoes in July and Augsust, ergo the need for a hoop house to help ‘finish’ off the peppers. I have, however grown a four foot ‘Atomic Starfish’ pepper as well as rather large ‘Turkish Cayennes’ at 46 degrees N

    • April 10, 2012 1:11 pm

      Welcome! See the link to Peppermeister – he grows a variety in New Jersey.

  2. Brent Eamer permalink
    April 10, 2012 1:50 pm

    Will do, once I get home. I have some great pepper shots

  3. February 4, 2013 5:13 pm

    Lovely blog, glad I found you and look forward to reading more!

    • February 5, 2013 7:10 pm

      Thank you and thanks for stopping by

  4. March 14, 2013 10:19 pm

    I agree — this is a great blog. I found the loofahs especially interesting. What do you do with all of them? I also like your approach to learning, “Seriously, I prepare to learn by studying then actually learn by doing, or more accurately “doing and screwing” as in screwing things up.” Montaigne approached his writing that way, thus the creation of the “essay”, from the French word, essayer, to try. Inspiring.

    • March 14, 2013 10:28 pm

      Ok, I just learned something from the professor. 🙂
      My view is that the world is made up of wishers and doers. I avoid wishing as much as I can.

      RE: the loofahs

      Actually, I haven’t figured out what to do with them all- much more prolific than I ever thought possible. I give them away to whoever =
      Want some? I cut them up and use the for almost every scrubbing/cleaning task… the wear forever and don’t stink after a couple of days like sponges

  5. Brent Eamer permalink
    March 30, 2013 3:37 pm

    Hey Bruce ( I gathered that was your name). Brent in Prince Edward Island, Canada
    Your posts got me through the winter; your prose is most entertaining. Up here I have spinach sprouting in my cold frame (which is in the greenhouse) YEA +2 zones!!. I look forward to your gardening forays this season. This year’s experiment will be “Black Jalapenos” from Pepper Joes. Fresno, from same vendor. And leeks as well as a Black plum tomato. My asparagus is now in it’s 2nd year (started from seed last year), so I have one more year to go for harvest. Given our cool climate, I focus on greens of all sorts. I discovered a lettuce from Burpee called “North Pole”. The crazy thing germinated in three days at about 50F. So, with that, I look forward to your garden updates, as well as your cooking updates…it seems you are quite the chef.. 🙂

    Best regards from Canada

  6. Kellen Zemanski permalink
    December 17, 2014 6:39 pm

    Do you think you could give me instructions on how you constructed your rice paddy. What materials, etc.
    Thanks

    • December 18, 2014 10:45 pm

      Yes but it will be at least 24 hrs before i can do so.

      • Kellen Zemanski permalink
        January 7, 2015 8:19 pm

        Thanks, whenever you want to you can send me it on my email. May make one for my brother’s Christmas present. Either this, or just a normal garden.

      • Kellen Zemanski permalink
        January 11, 2015 10:22 pm

        When do you think you’ll be able to?

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