Category Archives: horticulture

Grand Kids

Life is always interesting with the grand kids visiting. Tonight when I did my walkabout to make sure the house was in order, I discovered that I had spilled some oil when I topped up the damned ICEd vehicle… In … Continue reading

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On The Good Dying Young

It’s sad when the good die young but it happens too often, except in my yard. Lately, I’ve had a hare chewing the leaves off some of my seedling fruit trees. I hate that. Today, one of the grand kids … Continue reading

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On Asparagus

Asparagus officinalis is one of the few vegetables that I can reliably grow in my garden. It’s tough and rides out the winter wonderfully well. Its roots are aggressive and compete well enough with weeds. Especially, I love it because … Continue reading

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No Acorns Today

I went to collect the mail today and stopped by a local oak that overhangs the road allowance to collect acorns. I found none. I saw none on the trees. I guess the oaks are preparing to smother the ground … Continue reading

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The Plight Of The Butternut

I wouldn’t care much about the butternut. It’s just a tree, but it has a bunch of useful characteristics: It’s a walnut, so it has beautiful wood, its nuts are rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, it will grow … Continue reading

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Days Of The Chokecherry

We’ve had an interesting couple of days. On Friday, our first real thunderstorm came by. It was scary. We could see it on the radar hours before, a chain of thunderstorms 100km long. It even spawned a tornado which wrecked … Continue reading

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Ambition

I planted the first Nanking Cherries of this year in my yard yesterday. They were just outgrowing the six-inch pots I was using. I had a bunch and thought it would be just as easy to replace some of the … Continue reading

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Bringing In The Sheaf…

There is a popular hymn containing the line, “Bringing in the sheaves…”. It’s about harvesting souls for Christ, you know, converting non-believers and such. It compares souls of people to clusters of grain harvested in the fields when they are … Continue reading

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Making The World A Better Place

“The Billion Tree Tsunami project in Pakistan has been a success. About 730 million trees were regrown using various forestry measures for regeneration, and three hundred million seedlings were planted using about 40 different species in the province of Khyber … Continue reading

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Send Rain!

I took advantage of a cool and cloudy day to mow the lawn. The mower just about fell into some of the cracks. While waiting for the mower to cool for refuelling I walked around a bit and found my … Continue reading

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Roller-Coasting Temperatures

We’re having a heat-wave here. Yesterday morning I went out to pull weeds in a row of trees. The temperature rose to 28º C (Humidex 32º C) and I was sweating heavily even at 23º C because of humidity around … Continue reading

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After The Rain

We had a cold front move through last night as we slept, bringing numerous thunderstorms. Fortunately, here they were gentle with just a few gusts of wind. The rain was long, light and welcome, just what my potted seedlings needed … Continue reading

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