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Hay or straw for the garden?

June 14th, 2019

Nowadays people use the terms hay and straw interchangeably and in most cases it makes no difference whatsoever. For example we say we were on a hayride at a get together even though the wagons are filled with straw rather than hay. Straw ride just doesnt have the same ring to it. In a garden … Continue reading Hay or straw for the garden?

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Weather related disease problem on sycamore trees

June 10th, 2019

The extra rain and cool weather weve been getting has been a mixed blessing. Its June and a lot of gardens, farms and fields havent been planted yet because of saturated soil and cool temperatures. On the other hand it has been great for established plants like trees and shrubs. In most cases theyve made … Continue reading Weather related disease problem on sycamore trees

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Dead head lilacs for better flowers next year

June 06th, 2019

Many of the lilacs Ive seen have put on a nice show of flowers this spring. Some could have been even better if their owners had removed the spent flowers last spring. Not many people are aware that deadheading lilacs is the best thing you can do for them to stimulate better flowers next year. … Continue reading Dead head lilacs for better flowers next year

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Transparency

June 04th, 2019

via GIPHY President Trump won the 2016 election on the strength of his personality. Since then, he has forced all who support him to regularly re-affirm their loyalty. Each crisis, gaffe, insult, unseemly revelation, or assault on democratic norms forces a choice. A long list of appointees left or got fired. Some went to jail. […]

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Epsom salts for colorful rose blooms

May 30th, 2019

In order to grow and flourish all plants, including roses, require basically the same nutrients. One is carbon which is supplied to the plant by carbon dioxide in the air. Another, even though we may not think of it as a nutrient, is water. In the soil, there are three primary nutrients that plants use … Continue reading Epsom salts for colorful rose blooms

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Purple dead nettle in the garden

May 23rd, 2019

As I was going through my seed potatoes a I remembered something I heard long ago. It was the concept of potatoes and their companion plants or what scientists call positive allelopathy. The basic idea is that some plants grow better in the presence of other kinds of plants. We hear more about the opposite … Continue reading Purple dead nettle in the garden

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Bradford pear trees may become invasive

May 23rd, 2019

Ornamental Bradford pear trees were in full flower last week. They must be everyone’s favorite tree, or you would think so because everywhere there’s a housing development there’s at least one Bradford pear tree planted in front of every house. Even municipalities and businesses are planting them. They do have a certain charm and they’re … Continue reading Bradford pear trees may become invasive

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Truth About Tariffs

May 17th, 2019

via GIPHY Trump is the ONLY person who is claiming that China pays the tariffs. Even officials in his own administration admit that this is a tax which the importer in this country pays to our government. That importer either covers that tax by reducing their profit margin, or they pass that tax along to […]

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Mushroom Feast

May 07th, 2019

Just a few days ago I read on Facebook that a friend of mine found a couple morel mushrooms in her back yard. Over the last couple years a few of these tasty morsels have been found in my own yard, so I decided I better check it out. Sure enough there were 10 of […]

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Helping birds by providing natural nesting material

May 07th, 2019

The other day while I was relaxing on our front porch, I had a chance to watch a female robin work on building her nest. She was collecting mud and other muddy debris from the edge of a water puddle to use to cement her nest materials together. She’d look around for the right bit … Continue reading Helping birds by providing natural nesting material

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Monitor soil temperatures before planting

May 03rd, 2019

Soil temperatures have been cool enough during April that it has slowed down plant growth. My winter rye cover crop looks to be a week behind last year at this date and last year was later than normal as well. So that means we’re really behind. The apple tree buds have finally, slowly opened. This … Continue reading Monitor soil temperatures before planting

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Soil temperatures

May 03rd, 2019

Soil temperatures have been cool enough during April that it has slowed down plant growth. My winter rye cover crop looks to be a week behind last year at this date and last year was later than normal as well. So that means we’re really behind. The apple tree buds have finally, slowly opened. This … Continue reading Soil temperatures

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A Traditional Tom!

April 27th, 2019

Just returned from a week in the turkey woods, and what a trip it was. My permit started Monday April 22nd. and what a beautiful morning it was. Sunny, blue skies, and light wind. I only heard one gobble early in the morning and din’t see anything till later in the day when a couple […]

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Starting plants under florescent lights

April 26th, 2019

We’re growing many of our transplants under artificial light using primarily fluorescent tubes and they are doing quite well. It’s not as good as growing them in a greenhouse under natural sunlight of course. When you stop and think about it, it’s really a wonder that florescent bulbs work as well as they do considering … Continue reading Starting plants under florescent lights

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Turkey Season 2019

April 20th, 2019

It has been a long and inactive time since I last posted anything! Just not much going on during the wet, cold, and windy winter, that never seems to quit! Well starting this coming Monday all that is hopefully going to change. I have my car packed and ready to head north to the cabin. […]

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Being Christian

April 09th, 2019

via GIPHY In simplest terms, being Christian means following the teachings of Christ. From there, it is all about faith, honesty, and humility. In that regard, I feel that I can only talk about my own belief. That belief is that there is only one God. That God is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, […]

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Featured Microbrewery Site: The Old Fire Station

April 05th, 2019

To quote Lyle Lanley, “a town with money is like a mule with a spinning wheel. No one knows how he got it and dang if he knows how to use it”. Well the same can be said for a vacant building. While the fire department eagerly awaits their new building, city leaders are debating […]

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Bring a Beer and Ill Salivate

April 04th, 2019

The founders of Temperance, Michigan – so inspired by the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union that they named their fledgling community after it – would be shocked to learn that their beloved town is now the hotbed of Monroe County’s beer scene. The once dry city has The Liquor Cabinet, one of the best beer stores […]

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Healing Thoughts

March 18th, 2019

via GIPHY I hesitate to wade into the abortion debate again because it is so emotional and divisive. The reason it is so emotional and divisive is because it is in that difficult place between religion and politics that has ALWAYS been a challenge for our country. Some of the first settlers fled religious persecution […]

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Sandy Toes Swimming With The Pigs!

February 23rd, 2019

Just returned from a week in the Bahama’s at the Atlantis on Paradise Island. One of my daughters got married there, and our whole family (27 of us) flew down for the week. Another daughter booked an excursion called “Sandy Toe’s” which involved a double decker boat ferring a couple miles into the ocean to […]

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