Category Archives: horticulture

Why I love Seeds

“Shadblow Serviceberry berries are used in making jams, jellies and pies. The berries are eaten by songbirds, bluebirds and robins. The Shadblow Serviceberry is a stunning fall foliage tree with orange, gold, red and green leaves.” See Shadblow Serviceberry Seeds – … Continue reading

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Birds And Bees

“Canada’s health regulator is planning to ban a controversial neonicotinoid pesticide, which it says has contaminated waterways and killed important aquatic insects.” See Health Canada proposes ban on pesticide linked to bee deaths See also Feds move to ban common neonicotinoid insecticide, … Continue reading

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Carbon Dioxide Pollution In The Good Old Days

“Towards the end of the 20th century around 50% of the CO2 emitted by humans each year was removed from the atmosphere this way. Now that number seems closer to 60%. Earth’s carbon sinks seem to have become more effective, … Continue reading

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Avenging Deer

I’ve been getting over a persistent cold last week. Today, I had enough energy to harvest my marigold seed, take care of a drainage issue on the property and fetch the mail. I guess I’m ready to hunt deer in … Continue reading

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Feeling Paleolithic? We’re On The Way Back In Time.

The Paleolithic Era was marked by the advance of hunting/gathering and the spread of humanity over the globe. By burning millions of years’ production of hydrocarbons in a century or so, we’ve brought CO2 back to the “good old days”. … Continue reading

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Small Things Make Big Changes

Last winter, I ordered a plant, a variation on our local wild hazelnut shrubs, from T&T Seeds, a local supplier. I planted it in our best-drained soil, right on top of our septic field… It started out as a bare … Continue reading

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Good and Great News

Sometimes new things are amazingly good and sometimes they are frightening. Yesterday TLW rode the Chinese roto-tiller. Afterwards she said, “That was fun!”. Now, that’s frightening. The machine frightens me and she barely knows how to steer… On the good … Continue reading

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Collecting Recipes

I often cook without recipes. It saves time, I usually get it right and it’s just the kind of guy I am. However, with lots of fruit-bearing trees in the ground and a few more as seed and in pots, … Continue reading

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The Plan – Saskatoon Berries Galore

I have one untouched region of the yard where I want to plant Saskatoon berries. They grow wild around here but I’m going to buy seed from Sheffield’s. Their variety is known to thrive in Manitoba and produces lots of … Continue reading

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The Day Is Done

I had a strange day. I did some of the usual puttering around when a visitor arrived early in the afternoon. We went shooting, first at a rifle-range and then at a gravel pit. I checked out a Mauser 98k … Continue reading

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Grapes

Yes. Something useful grows in my yard. Grapes. Two years ago I ordered two vines from a local supplier. They grew a little the first year, establishing roots. The second year, they took off, reaching the second rung of a … Continue reading

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Hackberries In The Ground

“I suddenly realized it is one of the best food and shelter plants for wildlife. I had not really noticed that its berries remain on its branches throughout the winter months. Quail, pheasants, woodpeckers, and cedar waxwings feed on its … Continue reading

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