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Lambsquarters a wild edible bonus from the garden

June 22nd, 2017

One of my lushest weeds in the garden right now is lambsquarters. The pure stands coming up in my beds make it look like I purposely planted them there as a crop. I didn’t plant them but I sure am using them as if I did. Lambsquarters are the most nutritious plant that grows in … Continue reading Lambsquarters a wild edible bonus from the garden

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June 19th, 2017

  The next big test of the Trump presidency is sneaking up on him. As I predicted, the domestic challenges that this administration has been dealing with will pale in comparison to international events where there is the very real possibility of escalation. Trumps generals told him and Congress that we are losing the war […]

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Pruning milkweeds

June 18th, 2017

I saw my first Monarch butterfly several days ago. I know they were here much earlier because I found a caterpillar on my milkweed plants. That means there had to be a female butterfly around before that. It takes around four days for a Monarch egg to hatch. The caterpillar stage lasts around a week … Continue reading Pruning milkweeds

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Dont plant tomatoes to close together

June 15th, 2017

“You planted your tomatoes too close together.” Have you heard that from visitors to your garden? Not leaving enough space between tomato plants is one of the most common gardening mistakes. The good news is that it’s probably not too late to move them if you do it right away. It’s so easy to look … Continue reading Don’t plant tomatoes to close together

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The Credibility Gap

June 11th, 2017

During the Vietnam War, there was a lot of public skepticism regarding statements that came from the LBJ administration. Ultimately that led to Nixons election because he promised that he had a secret plan to end the war. He lied too and instead expanded the war. There were a lot of leaks including the Pentagon […]

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

June 05th, 2017

Why is Trump so unpopular? His supporters claim that a biased media and the sore loser Democratic Party are to blame. While Trump supporters may draw some comfort from those excuses, the real cause is much more obvious. Trump has lost a third of his support since taking office based on his actions. He passed […]

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The Great Erosion

May 31st, 2017

Nixon left office with a 24% job approval rating. Ive often wondered what sort of people would still support a President after his spectacular abuses of power were revealed. Based on recent analysis by FiveThirtyEight, I now have a better understanding. Nate Silver makes a good argument that Trump has already lost significant support among […]

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Winter rye cover crop tilled into garden soil

May 31st, 2017

The rye cover crop I planted last fall made tremendous growth this spring. The plan all along was to till it into the soil before planting a week or so before planting. Timing is important when it comes to tilling under a cover crop like rye. The plants grew and entered the “boot stage” of … Continue reading Winter rye cover crop tilled into garden soil

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Lock Him Up

May 18th, 2017

In a stunning display of arrogance and incompetence, President Trump single-handedly ground his administration to a halt and changed the 2018 election into a referendum on his potential impeachment. Firing the head of the FBI took a smoldering scandal about collusion with the Russians and turned it into a full blown bonfire with its own […]

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Mothers day plant sale at Matthaei Botanical Gardens this weekend

May 11th, 2017

The Matthaei Botanical Gardens – Nichols Arboretum annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale is coming up this weekend, May 13 and 14. About three weeks agoI visited the Gardens and got a sneak peek at the plants growing in the greenhouse. I can tell you that these are no ordinary, anonymous plants grown by an impersonal … Continue reading Mother’s day plant sale at Matthaei Botanical Gardens this weekend

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Planting strawberries

May 03rd, 2017

Our strawberry plants were delivered last week, I got them into the ground as soon as I could. After a long ride through the postal system, they were glad to be tucked into our new strawberry bed. Beginning gardeners may not know that nearly all strawberries are grown from not from seed but from transplants. … Continue reading Planting strawberries

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Planting homegrown grape cuttings

April 30th, 2017

This is another episode in the grape vine cutting story that began last spring. At that time I took some pieces of grapevine that I cut off the vines during pruning and used them to start new grapevines. You can browse through my older blog posts to find out about those grapes. I stuck the … Continue reading Planting homegrown grape cuttings

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Looking at basic soil test results

April 13th, 2017

You’ve read it here in this blog, you’ve heard it from your neighbor, even your Aunt Bootsie told you to get a soil test for your garden.I’ve always recommended using the soil testing lab at Michigan State University, it’s the “gold standard” of soil labs in Michigan.For most gardens a basic test will provide you … Continue reading Looking at basic soil test results

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Donnies Got a Gun

April 07th, 2017

Trump took action in Syria. As he had previously said, he now owns it. But one action does not a policy make. It isnt clear what the Trump policy in Syria is, other than a warning to Assad that he cant use chemical weapons and a threat that the US is now seeking regime change. […]

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Gardening in a post-apocalyptic world

April 06th, 2017

“Because survival is insufficient” Last week I had the pleasure to participate in a panel discussion sponsored by the Agora, the student newspaper atMonroe County Community College. It was part of their “One Book One Community” series in which a book is chosen and as many people as possible read the book, then events such … Continue reading Gardening in a post-apocalyptic world

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A drawback to growing heirloom tomatoes

March 27th, 2017

Heirloom tomatoes have been all the rage for years now and they are still gaining in popularity — for good reason. Not only do they offer a wide variety of taste and texture, they also come in a rainbow of colors. On the other hand, there are several drawbacks to growing heirloom tomatoes, I’m not … Continue reading A drawback to growing heirloom tomatoes

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Eaten by Alligators

March 24th, 2017

  There are points in history when, even though you see them coming, you cant help but marvel when they actually happen. Thus it is with the repeal of healthcare reform. Obama and the Democrats figured when it was passed, that if Republicans ever gained control of all branches of government again, the political costs […]

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Big Lie Everyone Will Be Covered

March 22nd, 2017

  President Trump rode a populist wave into the White House. He was embraced by those who felt that both parties and were ignoring their pain. He promised to pay attention to their problems and get government working again for them. He promised healthcare insurance for everyone that would cover more and cost less. He […]

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Sometimes It Takes More Than Looks

March 02nd, 2017

Warren G. Harding is widely regarded as the worst President ever to occupy the office. Many say he won the election because he looked like a President. This was the tail end of an era where those who LOOKED like gentlemen were assumed to possess all of qualities and capabilities associated with gentlemen. While Harding […]

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Trump and the Media

February 24th, 2017

Trumps base of support have developed a remarkable ability to take what Trump says and replace it in their minds with their own interpretation of what Trump means. This is not surprising because right-wing media have been doing this since the start of Fox News. They manipulate facts to support a larger political agenda. Ethical […]

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