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Twelfth anniversary of All things green blog

December 11th, 2018

This blog, “All Things Green” went on-line December 8, 2006. It is the longest running blog on blogsmonroe.com . We started it back when “green” meant having to do with plants, which is how this blog got its name. Nowadays “green” is more typically used to refer to ecologically friendly concepts such as “green” energy. … Continue reading Twelfth anniversary of “All things green” blog

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Digging dahlia tubers late

December 06th, 2018

Last week I talked about my potatoes that I dug up very late in the season. What I didn’t mention was that same day I also dug my dahlia tubers that were still in the ground. Turns out they where in fine shape shape as well. It makes perfect sense that the tubers would look … Continue reading Digging dahlia tubers late

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Evil Has No Power

November 26th, 2018

I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found. Ps 37:35-36 As a warning, this post is about belief. It is the result of looking more closely at our […]

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Late digging potatoes

November 21st, 2018

Earlier this week I was out working in my vegetable garden. I finished off the season by digging the last of my potatoes. Since we’ve had a cold November, I was somewhat concerned about the shape they might be in. Now, I have occasionally found potatoes in the spring that have gone through an entire … Continue reading Late digging potatoes

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Burning tree leaves

November 15th, 2018

A couple of weeks ago I was running behind in my fall garden projects including taking care of the fallen leaves all over my lawn. The early snow we had back then didn’t help either. One weekend while driving back from up north, I spotted several people catching up on their fall tree leaf clean … Continue reading Burning tree leaves

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What side of the debate were you on this fall?

November 13th, 2018

While much of the country is focused on the mid-term elections, two opposing camps of gardeners are lining up this fall. Each side has compelling reasons why they are right and the other side is wrong. There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground. One side is more, you might say, traditional in their approach … Continue reading What side of the debate were you on this fall?

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Planting garlic

November 13th, 2018

  Since I ordered my garlic bulbs way back in the spring, I was not thinking of them at all when they arrived in the mail several days ago. I got those garlic cloves into the ground right away even though they could have been planted anytime from October through November. Getting them earlier gives … Continue reading Planting garlic

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Saving a zinnia heirloom variety

October 19th, 2018

This gardening season, I adopted another unique heirloom seed to try to save from extinction. Currently, Im saving four dry bean varieties that are not available commercially plus my own heirloom variety of tomato. Now I’m adding the first flower to my growing collection of heirlooms, a variety of zinnia. It was given to me … Continue reading Saving a zinnia heirloom variety

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Tinkerbell Effect

October 15th, 2018

via GIPHY This is a term which describes things that are thought to exist only because people believe in them. One of the areas where is it used fairly widely is with money. Money has no intrinsic value. It only works because everyone using it believes that it will continue to work for the foreseeable […]

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Flopping

October 10th, 2018

via GIPHY Flopping is a technique in a number of sports. It is an intentional fall by a player after little or no contact from an opposing player. The intent is to fool the official into believing that a foul actually occurred when in fact nothing happened. It is widely practiced in soccer and basketball. […]

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Turtle head flowers for your fall garden

October 05th, 2018

During an afternoon walk while visiting our daughter Robin, we came across a grouping of Chelone, more commonly known as turtleheads. We found them growing in the 606, an elevated park planted by the city’s talented landscapers. You don’t need much imagination to see why they are called turtle heads; their flowers really resemble a … Continue reading Turtle head flowers for your fall garden

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Lookalike insect pests

October 05th, 2018

This week while scouting for garden for pests, I came across an interesting coincidence. Two look-alike, but completely unrelated, insect pests showed up at the same time. They were in the same general area but on different plants in nearby gardens. The first insect I spotted was rose sawfly larvae feeding on the roses. There … Continue reading Lookalike insect pests

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Michigan Craft Beer Fest This Weekend

September 20th, 2018

I know it is last minute but I need to share this event. Monroe is having a beer fest right downtown this Saturday! There are a lot of great breweries lined up along with local flavors from the Monroe restaurants. Please come out and join the fun and support Monroe. They are closing down a […]

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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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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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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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