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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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Reproduce forest floor soil for new trees

April 17th, 2019

Spring is the best time of year to plant trees. During the winter the dormant buds and roots are in a kind of holding pattern until the right growing conditions happen in the spring. Then they have the entire growing season to establish themselves before next winter. No doubt you’re aware of the requirements for … Continue reading Reproduce forest floor soil for new trees

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Community gardens for those with no place to garden

April 17th, 2019

Just because you are living in an apartment or in a house with no suitable gardening space, that doesnt necessarily mean youre out of luck. All around Michigan groups, work to provide community gardening space for folks who couldnt otherwise garden due to a lack of space. Theres a wide spread on the amenities community … Continue reading Community gardens for those with no place to garden

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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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If you can, save dying trees for woodpeckers

March 28th, 2019

I spend a lot of time outside and one of my favorite sounds this time of year is the drumming of woodpeckers. In our neck of the woods we have mostly hairy woodpeckers and downy woodpeckers. We live in a rural area and there are plenty of trees around to provide nesting sites for woodpeckers. … Continue reading If you can, save dying trees for woodpeckers

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Fixing seeding mix that wont absorb water

March 28th, 2019

We’re sowing our seeds right now for growing transplants that we’ll plant out in the garden. It takes some work, but you can save quite a bit of money growing your own transplants. Another huge advantage that may be even more important is being able to grow the varieties you want rather than relying on … Continue reading Fixing seeding mix that won’t absorb water

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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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Making a DIY maple tap or stile from elderberry or sumac stems

March 08th, 2019

We’re rapidly approaching the maple syrup season. Actually if it wasn’t for this cold snap we’d be gathering sap right now. It all depends on the weather, cold nights with quickly warming morning stimulates sap flow. Now that I reminded you of it, maybe you want to try making some maple syrup yourself this year. … Continue reading Making a DIY maple tap or stile from elderberry or sumac stems

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Checking stored flower bulbs

March 08th, 2019

Several weeks ago I blogged about how I store dahlias. Did you keep some of yours too? If you haven’t already done so, now’s the time to check on them to see how they’re doing. Serious dahlia growers begin planting their tubers in mid-March, in pots and in a greenhouse of course. I opened mine … Continue reading Checking stored flower bulbs

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Forcing spring tree and bush branches

February 26th, 2019

We’re getting an early taste of spring at our house by forcing branches into bloom. It’s something gardeners have done for centuries ever since someone figured out if you cut some branches and bring them into a warm room during the winter, they will bloom. When I was in elementary school, forcing pussy willow branches … Continue reading Forcing spring tree and bush branches

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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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Sharpening my pruners

February 13th, 2019

The recent ice storms caused some damage on my trees and shrubs. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be considering we had about a quarter of an inch of ice accumulation. I’ll need to do some extra pruning this spring to take out broken branches and that made me think about my … Continue reading Sharpening my pruners

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Facing Reality

February 12th, 2019

via GIPHY After 35 days of government shutdown over funding a border wall, Congress has delivered Trump a deal that is WORSE than the compromise deal that Trump rejected last year. The CBO estimates the shutdown will cost $11B and will shave 0.2% off the current economic growth forecasts. Most of that money will be […]

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Plants for butterflies

February 08th, 2019

It’s been a long time coming, but more and gardeners are finally becoming interested in growing butterfly gardens. Eleven years ago, almost to the day, I posted a blog trying to encourage folks grow more plants that attract and sustain butterflies. I figure it’s time to revisit that subject again. Seed catalogs are arriving everyday … Continue reading Plants for butterflies

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Black Lake Through The Ice

February 05th, 2019

It’s been many many years since I have attempted to cut a hole in the ice and try and land a fish. Used to do it when my dad was alive and when Lake Erie had good ice and tons of tasty perch. Just today my older brother Randy sent me a photo of his […]

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Going through my seeds

February 01st, 2019

This is the time of year I drag out all of my old seeds from last year and years before that. I always like to take inventory to see what I’ve got on hand before I order anything.We’re in the middle of winter and not all of the seed catalogs have arrived yet. You would … Continue reading Going through my seeds

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The Great Potato Famine

January 21st, 2019

This isnt the first time poverty, starvation, and violence have caused people to flee their country. The Great Potato Famine forced 2M Irish to come here. The British believed that the natural course of free markets would solve the crisis. The head of relief said, Great Britain cannot continue to throw her hard-won millions into […]

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The Winter Blahs!

January 17th, 2019

It seems like it’s been forever since i’ve written a post, and it actually has been awhile. Not much to do right now especially if your a senior citizen with limited mobility. You young guys can be skiing, snow shoeing, rabbit hunting, or even chasing bobcats, but not this “oldtimer!” It’s during this time of […]

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