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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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Selecting squash, pumpkin and gourd seeds

January 16th, 2019

Under good storage conditions, winter squash and pumpkins can stay edible well into winter. I have a spot in my garage that stays cool, around 50 degrees, through the winter and that is right around the ideal storage temperature for squash. Air circulation is also important and there is plenty of air movement in that … Continue reading Selecting squash, pumpkin and gourd seeds

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Doug Fairburn Canadian Bushman!

January 06th, 2019

Not much is going on right now especially around here as there is no snow. Nothing but rain and unseasonably warm weather! However that is not the case for my cousin’s husband Doug Fairburn. They hail from North of the border, and I mean the Canadian border. Doug and Nancy have lived in several places […]

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The Wall

January 04th, 2019

  White evangelicals are getting a lot of attention in the larger press these days. Thats because they appear to be the most loyal demographic of Trumps support. Ive posted on this topic before. Most recently, I speculated that it was Trumps support of Christian Nationalism that could explain at least some of it. Ive […]

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Poinsettia care after the holidays

January 03rd, 2019

For a vast majority of people Christmas poinsettias are a disposable commodity. There are a few of us however, who adopt them as part of our permanent plant collection. A while back, for several years in a row, I kept one particularly bright red poinsettia that eventually grew to almost four feet tall. You can … Continue reading Poinsettia care after the holidays

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The Hunter Returns Home Empty Handed!

December 20th, 2018

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been 12 days since I last wrote a post. Hope I don’t get fired! Actually there hasn’t been a whole lot to write about. Deer season has been pretty slow going this year and my trip north is a culmination of how the year has gone for me. I just […]

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Protecting bonsai from bitter cold

December 20th, 2018

There’s some talk among weather prognosticators about a speed bump developing in the polar vortex this winter. Some are saying very cold, below normal temperatures are just over the horizon and heading our way. If you haven’t already done so, now’s the time to finish up prepping your garden for winter. I’ve done all I … Continue reading Protecting bonsai from bitter cold

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Last minute gift for chicken fancier

December 20th, 2018

Regular readers of this blog know that I have a flock of chickens that not only provide eggs but also help out in the garden. For example, in the spring I let them out to weed fallow areas and to dig up grubs and other underground garden pests before I plant. I’ve had hens for … Continue reading Last minute gift for chicken fancier

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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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Pike In The Pan!

December 08th, 2018

This past summer I caught a few nice Northern Pike and put several packages in the freezer. It seems that at least one package was “crying” out to me that they wanted to be eaten! I thawed them out, got out the batter, and put the frying pan grease on 360 degrees. Put a couple […]

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Now You See Them Now You Dont

December 06th, 2018

Don’t know what the final deer harvesting numbers are going to be, but from my experience (along with family and friends) I suspect they will be down from last year. I have not hunted very much so far, but in my 4 days afield I have yet to see a deer! Pretty unusual for me […]

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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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A Few More Success Stories for 2018 Deer Season

November 26th, 2018

I just heard from a friend of mine (Ken Currie) about his recent hunting success around Mio Michigan. Ken’s cabin is only about 5-6 miles from mine, and he seems to have the deer patterned in his area. He took a nice buck last year that almost looks identical to the one he downed this […]

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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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