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Trump a Joker, a Welsher, and a Crook

September 20th, 2016

Donald Trump nearly went personally bankrupt in the early 90s as his casino empire collapsed. Bankers forced him to give up his majority holdings in four properties, sell his yacht, and his airline. He rebuilt his casino/real estate empire only to see it collapse again in 2004 and 2009. As part of the 2004 bankruptcy, […]

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Different approach to controlling field bindweed

September 08th, 2016

I came across an old publication about dealing with weeds in farm and garden situations. The author discussed why weeds grow where they do and how we can use that knowledge to reduce weeds naturally without the use of herbicides.Needless to say, that is a large and complex topic, too big to go into detail … Continue reading Different approach to controlling field bindweed

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Netting on grapes

September 08th, 2016

We had to get our bird netting on the grape vines this week. The grapes have been turning purple very quickly and are getting sweeter by the day. That whole process of ripening is known as veraison in the wine making world. But for me and the neighborhood birds, it’s just plain ripening. The birds … Continue reading Netting on grapes

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The Enemy Is Us

August 31st, 2016

Ive spent some time writingabout the absurdity of Trump. Now Id like to spend a little time digging into the two fundamental dangers of his campaign. First a couple of basic assumptions. Trump is NOT a conservative in any conventional sense of the word. Though he managed to capture the Republican Party nomination, his views […]

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Trumps Huge Boomerang

August 27th, 2016

Boomerangs have a wonderful property. Aboriginal Australians designed them as weapons that would come back if they missed their target. That works in hunting a bird. It is counterproductive in politics. Your attacks on your opponent should not end up coming back to wound you. If this were just a one-time event in the Trump […]

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Accidentally saving radish seeds

August 25th, 2016

Our garden is big enough for things to go unnoticed plus I’m not as tidy a gardener as I should be. This week I found a radish that had gone to seed. Somehow, one radish managed to escape being harvested with the rest of the crop. It continued to grow, flower and produce seed pods … Continue reading Accidentally saving radish seeds

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Powdery Mildew on Squash

August 25th, 2016

Growing pumpkins and squash has changed sine the early days early days of my career. Back then, pumpkins rarely had any problems whatsoever. You could just plant some seeds, keep the patch weeded and you were pretty much guaranteed a fine crop. This year demonstrates how times have changed. In addition to the squash vine … Continue reading Powdery Mildew on Squash

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There is Something Going On

August 20th, 2016

These are five of Trumps favorite words. He uses them to provide some credibility to his various flights of fancyObama is in league with ISIS, Obama is secretly undermining law enforcement, Clinton is ill, etc. What is really going on, however, is that Trump is losing this electionbadly. Its not only that he is losing, […]

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Look for squash bugs on pumpkins and squash

August 11th, 2016

The squash crop is looking pretty good so far but has had its share of problems. Earlier in the season we were worried about squash vine borers moving in. Now we have a new pest that we need to take care of, squash bugs. A few days ago I spotted a very familiar sight, squash … Continue reading Look for squash bugs on pumpkins and squash

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You Cant Just Wing It

August 08th, 2016

It wasnt all that long ago that Trump was riding high. He got the bump that he was looking for from his convention and many around the country were starting to talk about what a Trump presidency would look like. But as quickly as he rose, he fell. He couldnt allow the spotlight to shine […]

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Squash vine borer defense

August 07th, 2016

Squash vine borers are one of the most insidious insect pests in the garden. They attack many vine crops in the vegetable garden especially pumpkins, winter squash, summer squash such as zucchini yellow crook neck, and gourds. Sometimes they will infest muskmelons, watermelons and cucumbers. I’ve had many times in squash and only once in … Continue reading Squash vine borer defense

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Best way to sharpen garden hoe blade

August 07th, 2016

I’ve hoed a lot of long rows this season. Now it’s time to touch up the edge on my garden hoe. The hoe I’ve been using for more than 15 years is a Dutch made, swan-neck style. Its light-weight head combined with a curved shank makes it a pleasure to use. As an added bonus … Continue reading Best way to sharpen garden hoe blade

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Lazy

July 21st, 2016

I often wonder what motivates Trump to say the things that he says. My latest theory is that he is just lazy (and obsessively needs the spotlight). He is unwilling to put in the work to deeply understand an issue. Instead he says the first thing that pops into his head and moves on. If […]

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Mulch instead of staking tomato plants

July 21st, 2016

Here we are, it’s the middle of July. The tomatoes have made good growth so far but some of them don’t have cages around them. Right now the plants are so big, you couldn’t get a cage around it no matter how hard you tried. What’s a gardener to do? The first idea that comes … Continue reading Mulch instead of staking tomato plants

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Great Lies in American History

July 09th, 2016

Just a little thought experiment. Lets rank these events in order of what was most damaging to the country. Heres a list in historical order. Nixons Watergate cover-up Reagan sold arms to Iran to fund a secret war in South America Bush I promised no new taxes and then raised taxes after he was elected […]

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Snapping turtle eggs in the garden

July 06th, 2016

There’s a corner of the garden that I rototilled earlier this spring but never got planted so the weeds were really out of control. I decided today it was time to re-till the area and do something with it. It was a real struggle to get the tiller to knock down those tall weeds but … Continue reading Snapping turtle eggs in the garden

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Local lacewings in your garden

June 30th, 2016

While inspecting my garden today I ran across some very cool looking structures on the underside of a leaf. I could tell immediately that they were lacewing eggs. The thin stalks, each holding up a tiny white egg on its end, was the giveaway. Lacewings are a good ally to have in your war against … Continue reading Local lacewings in your garden

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Trump is All In

June 14th, 2016

Trumps speech on June 13th destroyed any hope by Republicans that he would pivot to the center or temper his language in an attempt to appear more Presidential. That moderated Trump lasted for a minute or so into his prepared remarks. Then the RealDonaldTrump returned to take advantage of this national tragedy. He doubled down […]

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Honesty

June 12th, 2016

  One of the big issues in this campaign appears to be honesty. Just looking at the facts, the answer is obvious. As tracked by Politifact, Trump tells the complete truth only 3% of the time. Clinton tells the complete truth 23% of the time. It isnt even that Trump is telling a nuanced truth. […]

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Dangerous Territory

June 07th, 2016

Lets start by saying that there is no place in a democracy for violence. It is the dark underbelly of our most cherished institution. We are supposed to rely on our vote rather than the threat of violence in order to effect change. That said, we have a history of political violence in this country. […]

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