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Big, Beautiful Trees

“The quality for which the American elm is most loved, and which hackberry also possesses, is form. Both grow to become large, vase-shaped trees, majestic on their own or divine when planted in rows on either side of an avenue, … Continue reading

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Asparagus!

I was dragging a garden hose to water-in one of the Manchurian apricot seedlings when I discovered the asparagus was sending up shoots. TLW loves asparagus and is cooking the spears simultaneously with telling a friend all about it over … Continue reading

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Planting Trees

“The Narendra Modi government plans to spend a staggering $6.2 billion (Rs41,000 crore) to increase India’s green cover. The bill—called the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2015—has already been passed by lawmakers in India’s lower house this week. The aim of this … Continue reading

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Spring

I know spring has finally arrived. I was out shooting this morning and planted 24 young trees this afternoon. It felt good except that I am still fighting off a persistent cough. Thanks to my son fetching and carrying we … Continue reading

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Manchurian Apricots Will Take Over The World

Or, perhaps not, but it won’t be for lack of trying. I bought a bunch of tree seed this winter and “stratified” (soaked in moist earth in the refrigerator) it for 2-3months. Recently, I planted them all in trays and … Continue reading

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Anticipation

Spring is definitely in the air. We’ve probably had the last snowfalls replaced by April’s showers. I’ve started hundreds of tree seeds sprouting indoors. A bunch of trees from nurseries and other perishable stock are being queued up to ship … Continue reading

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More Love From China

See Yang Ming MovementMy new alternator is on the way, by ship, of course. It should arrive in my yard in May just in time for the first summer storm to deal with local flooding or power outages. This time, … Continue reading

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Prunus

When I was a kid, prunes were for old folks who ate so little they needed bran and prunes in their diet so they could remain “regular”. Now that I’m old, I appreciate all Prunus plants. For one thing, many … Continue reading

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Hope Springs Eternal

Today, I invested a little time and got my hands dirty to plant some seed for the garden indoors. We have an inch of snow on the ground outdoors… Tomatoes, bell peppers, and marigolds I planted in bulk in pots … Continue reading

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Fruits and vegetables

“According to the Consumer Price Index, food prices increased by four per cent from Jan. 2015 to Jan. 2016. But fresh vegetables alone were up 18 per cent. For example, just in December, the price of tomatoes shot up by … Continue reading

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Shopping In China and Walmart Are Becoming Identical

“Scheduled Delivery: Wednesday, 02/10/2016, By End of Day Last Location: Departed – Concord, ON, Canada, Saturday, 02/06/2016Chuckle. I just ordered a bunch of peanut butter and jam from Walmart.ca, just to avoid a trip with the car and to see how … Continue reading

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Welcome, 2016!

I’m so old a new year is becoming tedious but I have plenty of reasons to embrace 2016. I’m not so old I can’t have ambitions and achieve them in a new year. Last year, TLW and I got a … Continue reading

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