Category Archives: horticulture

%##!!!&^! Hornets!

This afternoon when I went out to turn off a sprinkling system, I found hornets had located a cluster of grapes on a grape vine growing near the patio. They definitely were not there early in the day but they … Continue reading

Posted in food, horticulture | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Summer’s Over. Deal With It.

This has been a pretty good summer, compared to a winter with very little snowcover, rabbits eating my orchard and high winds killing my tomatoes in the spring. Much of it has been spent preparing my yard for grass, again, … Continue reading

Posted in astronomy, food, horticulture, hunting, technology, weather | Tagged , , | 9 Comments

Chile

The meal, not the country, is good food. I made some today for the first time in a long time. The difference today (I don’t like to do anything the same way too often…) was using onions and peppers from … Continue reading

Posted in family, food, horticulture | Tagged , | 6 Comments

Brain Surgery

No, not on my brain, but on a couple of trees grown too long in the same pot. I don’t remember the history… Perhaps it was when I was short of pots. Perhaps Nature planted a seed. Perhaps I lost … Continue reading

Posted in food, horticulture | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Peaches In USA Hammered By Global Warming

“The fruit harvest has been decimated by a mild winter and a late freeze – with devastating consequences.” See Where have all the peaches gone?Global warming isn’t just about things getting too hot. Different places can feel the pain with higher … Continue reading

Posted in food, horticulture, weather | Tagged , , | 22 Comments

Plagues

We’ve had a bunch of plagues here this year: hares and deer chewing young trees, tent-caterpillars, weeds, heat, drought, rain, and now hail. One apricot and one apple that were chewed badly have sprouted new growth. Power was knocked out … Continue reading

Posted in horticulture, politics | Tagged , , , | 51 Comments

OMG! Here’s A List Of Foods I Mostly Like!

“A new study calculates how much climate-warming pollution is created by food production, and red meat comes through as the worst offender.” See These are the most climate-damaging foodsOMG! I love 8 of the ten foods listed: beef, – one of … Continue reading

Posted in food, horticulture | Tagged , , | 28 Comments

Growing

I took a tour around the yard today. Summer is officially here. We’re starting to get really hot days interspersed with gentle showers. Nature is taking care of its own. I recycled some pots, pulled some weeds and admired the … Continue reading

Posted in family, food, horticulture, weather | Tagged , | 10 Comments

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

Posted in family, food, horticulture | Tagged | 5 Comments

Canada Now Firmly Headed For The 21st Century

“Two-thirds of Canada‚Äôs 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

Posted in family, horticulture, technology | Tagged , , , , , | 25 Comments

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

Posted in family, food, horticulture | Tagged | 4 Comments

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

Posted in horticulture, politics | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments