Category Archives: horticulture

Roto-Tiller IV

Well, yesterday I bought yet another roto-tiller after the beast from China proved useless in tight places. This time, it’s a Troy-Bilt Super Bronco. It’s a rear-tined tiller like the Chinese monster but it’s four or five times lighter and … Continue reading

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Canada Now Firmly Headed For The 21st Century

“Two-thirds of Canada’s electricity supply now comes from renewable sources such as hydro and wind power, the National Energy Board said in a report released Tuesday.Renewable energy production jumped 17 per cent between 2005 and 2015. The portion of all … Continue reading

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Planting Has Begun

Well, some things can be planted as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring. Some farmers nearby have seeded their grains already. I have been outside moving tomatoes from crowded flats into nice large pots filled with … Continue reading

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The Bewildered Wilbur Ross

Here we go again. Every few years, US lumber businesses demand US Department of Commerce apply countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber to thwart illegal/unfair subsidies. Problem is, there are no subsidies. In Canada, the federal government, the signatory to … Continue reading

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Mary Jane Goes Crazy

“On Thursday, the Canadian government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled its plans to legalize recreational marijuana.Canadian PM Justin Trudeau endorsed marijuana legalization during his campaign. Canadian PM Justin Trudeau endorsed marijuana legalization during his campaign.If the Cannabis Act passes Parliament, … Continue reading

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Not In PEI, You Say? Pity!

According to The Native Plants Database, Canada has Rosa acicularis everywhere except in Prince Edward Island. Surely, that can’t be right. Even the “Newfies” have them. PEI has Anne of Green Gables, I suppose. Perhaps that’s a compensation. I found … Continue reading

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My Smartphone And Me

I went for a walk with my new smartphone today. It was our very first one. Yesterday, I picked it up at the post office, charged and played with it indoors. The display is much larger. The adaptive brightness even … Continue reading

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Planting Seed

About now, it’s two months until serious planting occurs in my garden. To prepare for that invasion of aliens, I began to plant seed indoors: 1000 onions 50 tomatoes 25 hot peppers 25 hotter peppers 25 petunias I have ~40K … Continue reading

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Walking, Hares And Apple Trees

I felt like going for a walk today but the bitter wind didn’t like the idea. Instead, I toured the yard, inspecting my favourite trees that I planted from seedlings. I found one Siberian Apricot that’s four years old had … Continue reading

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Nuts For Everyone!

“Hazel nuts can be eaten raw, or roasted in the oven, at 180 C for 30 min., with oil and salt to taste. Dry roasted hazel nuts can be ground into a powder to thicken sauces or mixed with flour … Continue reading

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Make My Day!

I just went out to get the mail, dressed for the cold. Fortunately winds were light and it wasn’t that cold. I didn’t freeze my nose nor fog my glasses. OTOH, I was greeted by the sight of fresh snowmobile … Continue reading

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Warmer Winters

“-24 °C-35 °C Feels like: -32 POP: 10h Snow: 0cm 24h Rain: 0mm Wind: NW25km/h Average High: -11°C Average Low: -19°C Extreme High:2.8°C[1996] Extreme Low:-40.6°C[1916] Highest Precip:6.6mm[1935]” See Lockport, Manitoba – Monthly CalendarI hate winter. It’s harder to get enough exercise, … Continue reading

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