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Holes in tomatoes

September 07th, 2018

It seems like it’s been a tougher season than normal for our tomatoes. First they got a late start because of the cold wet spring. Then we had a blast of heat just when they were blooming, causing the flowers to fall off. Now insects are attacking any tomatoes that have made it this far. … Continue reading Holes in tomatoes

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Blemished but usable produce

September 07th, 2018

Gardeners are fortunate to have the opportunity to grow the freshest and highest quality vegetables. Even now when organic produce is widely available, its no match for home grown. When it comes to their own produce, most gardeners disregard one major criterion that defines quality ; that is appearance. Even ahead of taste, nutrition or … Continue reading Blemished but usable produce

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Plan ahead to avoid mildew on cucumbers

September 07th, 2018

Powdery mildew is a serious fungal disease of cucumbers and other related plants. It can completely wipe out an entire crop in a garden if nothing is done to control it.Regular rains, warm temperatures and high humidities this season have come together to make ideal conditions for powdery mildew development. The standard method of battling … Continue reading Plan ahead to avoid mildew on cucumbers

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Cicada killers on the prowl

August 21st, 2018

A few days ago I noticed a fresh pile of dirt near one of my tomato plants. Looking closer I noticed a hole in the ground next to the pile. I recognized the excavation as that of a cicada killer wasp. That’s a descriptive, but unimaginative, name for them since they really do kill cicadas. … Continue reading Cicada killers on the prowl

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Sphinx moth caterpillars

August 21st, 2018

When you spend a lot of time outdoors in the garden, you’re bound to run across some interesting things from time to time. This week I was working around some grapevines. In one area I was cleaning up neglected rose bush pulling out an assortment of weeds including a small wild grapevine. It was there … Continue reading Sphinx moth caterpillars

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Join the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz

August 02nd, 2018

By now I’m sure you know we are in danger of losing the monarch butterfly migration in our lifetime. This critical situation was addressed in 2014 when President Obama met with President Pena Nieto of Mexico and Prime Minister Harper of Canada about it. At that meeting they agreed toto establish a working group to … Continue reading Join the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz

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Quilt gardens tour in Elkhart Indiana

July 31st, 2018

We recently visited the Quilt Gardens, a really fun ongoing garden tour in the Elkhart Indiana region. Volunteer gardeners from that area installed more than a million plants in eighteen gardens. Flowers and colorful foliage plants are arranged to reproduce quilt patterns on a large scale. In addition to the gardens, twenty one large quilt … Continue reading Quilt gardens tour in Elkhart Indiana

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Tomato blossoms damaged by hot temperatures

July 31st, 2018

During the past couple of weeks I saw a lot of gardens having problems with tomato plants not producing fruit. When discussing this problem with gardeners, the first thing I hear from them is usually,” I’m growing lots of leaves but no tomatoes”. Then they go on to attribute it to an overabundance of fertilizer … Continue reading Tomato blossoms damaged by hot temperatures

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Socialism

July 30th, 2018

via GIPHY The recent nomination of a democratic socialist in a NY congressional district has awakened the great red scare among some conservatives. The standard conservative line regarding socialism is that there isnt one successful socialist country and it is a stepping stone to communism. But that begs the question. There isnt one successful libertarian […]

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Become a bee helper

July 24th, 2018

By now, most people are aware of the declining honeybee population.What is not as well know is wild bees are having the same problems. Wild bees are important because in many instances they are more efficient at pollinating some crops than are honeybees. They are also highly adapted to pollinating wild flowering plants making them … Continue reading Become a bee helper

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The lawn of the future

July 24th, 2018

Imagine self-propelled robotic lawn groomers, too sophisticated to be called merely lawn mowers, taking care of your lawn without any help from you. Miniature drones with intelligent eyesight hovering over your lawn identifying weeds insects and diseases, zapping them with pin-point precision accuracy. All this guided by on-board artificial intelligence leaving behind an absolutely flat, … Continue reading The lawn of the future

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Are We There Yet?

July 22nd, 2018

via GIPHY Lets just do a quick recap. Trump goes to the NATO conference. He gives an interview to the Sun in which he blasts PM May, his host. Then he denies that he said it even though the Sun has the whole interview on tape. He blasts NATO, lies about how much of the […]

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Fleeing to Another Country

July 07th, 2018

  Fleeing to another country is the ultimate act of parental desperation. Yet somehow those parents who are seeking asylum in this country are being cast as the villains in Trump’s twisted passion play. Instead of embracing this situation with the compassion that we as a country normally exhibit when when people are in need, […]

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Liars Poker 2

June 13th, 2018

The ink isnt dry yet on whatever it was that Trump and Kim signed and we are already dealing with WILDLY divergent claims about what happened and why. Before we start, however, I do want to acknowledge that at least in the short term, this is much better than threatening any kind of conflict. On […]

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Liars Poker

June 11th, 2018

via GIPHY Heres how the old joke goes. Two liars walk into a bar. The first turns to the other and says, Isnt this the place that you always told me about? The second says, No. Liars Poker is a fun card game when you and your pals have tired of all of the other […]

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Intent

June 04th, 2018

A great oldie from the Castaways is a good theme for this post. As a follow-up to my previous post speculating on the effect of dishonest President, heres a little more speculation on the difference between lying and simply being misinformed. The difference in a word is intent. The liar knows that they are lying. […]

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You Cant Handle The Truth

May 21st, 2018

via GIPHY For those who havent been paying attention, our President is a liar. He isnt just a garden variety political liar. Or an old-time used car salesman liar. He is a liar of mammoth historically unprecedented proportions. He lies about small things (like the size of his inauguration crown). He lies about big things […]

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Beer & Wine Tasting to Benefit Relay for Life

May 06th, 2018

The local Relay for Life event is less than 4 weeks away. A charity that not only raises money but also builds a community for survivors and the loved ones of them and the ones we lost. It is an event that is sometimes moving and always inspiring. One of the events that the We […]

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Detroit Imbibers Warned

April 30th, 2018

One of the things I have learned about Michigan Prohibition was that the start of it was barely covered by Monroe’s paper. It’s covered in our history but not as a current event? Seems peculiar to me but that sort of thing happens a lot. I found only one article that immediately preceded the dry […]

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This Is The End

April 15th, 2018

This was the beginning of the end for the Nixon administration. One guy, Alexander Butterfield, decided to tell the truth that Nixon taped all of his Oval Office meetings. A year later Nixon resigned. We are at that some point with the Trump administration. Though recent reports that Cohen could become a cooperative witness, does […]

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