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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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Chuckle! Hoo! Hah! Trump Support Backfires!

“The founder of Latinos For Trump has been widely mocked for warning of a future with "taco trucks on every corner" in the US if Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election.” See US Election: Trump backer’s Taco warning if Clinton winsI’m … 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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The Last Spike

Folks are always fond of announcing the finishing of some project. Well, today, we are one day away from planting all TLW’s trees. Yesterday, I dug six holes and today we planted a Thuja occidentalis and five shrubs. All that … Continue reading

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9 Apple Trees All In A Row

Last year, I was bold enough to plant 3 apple trees out in the yard near the ditch without official permission from TLW… She was furious when she spotted the tiny things. She muttered something about cutting them down or … Continue reading

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What The Heck Is This Stuff?

Black lives matter. I know that. But I have a particular responsibility for these black lives. They sprang from tiny seeds in a packet I found in my collection of seeds. I sprinkled them on good soil in a pot … Continue reading

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Whipper-snippery

A string trimmer is essential for my property. The municipality won’t allow keeping goats although one has been seen in the neighbourhood… This has been a pretty good year for weeds. We had modest rains in the heat of summer … Continue reading

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