Category Archives: horticulture

Sunshine, Flowers, Bees and Me

Last spring I accepted an offer of sunflower seeds to help the bees. Here is my result: 50% of the seeds grew and this week they actually flowered. They should have done so back in July, but here are the … Continue reading

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Tree-Hugger Me

I used to make fun of “tree-huggers” but now I am one: I voted Green, I’ve planted hundreds of trees, some of which are still alive, and I’ve bid on an electric car. Today, TLW (The Little Woman) snapped this … Continue reading

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Old News

I am a “news junkie”. I need to know what’s going on in the world even if I know that is impossible. I do my best. I thought I’d give my opinions on some recent news: Murdering Bastards From BC: … Continue reading

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Going Green

“In order to quickly return atmospheric greenhouse gases to safe levels and avoid triggering positive feedback loops, not only do we need to stop burning fossil carbon, we need to implement carbon sequestration strategies. In other words, we need to … Continue reading

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The Gentrification Of A Cup Of Coffee

Here I am, awakened during a dream in the wee hours. I dreamt my late father came into the kitchen and solemnly informed my mother that a cup of coffee was a multiple of his hourly pay and he would … Continue reading

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Slaughter In San Diego

I was watching a Miami @ San Diego game of baseball when a swarm of honey bees visited. The queen landed on a microphone behind home plate and the swarm gathered around her. They were just being bees, going about … Continue reading

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The Good, The Bad, And The Not So Bad

I’ve learned a lot this week. The bad news is that my Nanking Cherries are DEAD, all of them… They looked so good with beautiful buds but there is no life above the soil. It’s all brown inside. I’m so … Continue reading

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The Battery

I love batteries. They give us backup of electricity, storage, portability, all good things. Last week one gave me a severe headache. It was the battery for the Ariens mower/garden tractor. Last month it was weak and I charged it … Continue reading

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How The War (or, at least the latest battle…) Of The Birdhouse Was Won

The poor tree swallows put up a valiant fight. I drove off the sparrow several times in an hour and the swallows watched from afar. Then they took over bothering the sparrow until it took flight and then with their … Continue reading

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Finally, Summer Has Arrived

It’s been a strange spring season. That’s become the norm with global warming. I planted cold weather seeds and none but the radishes and wheat are up. Leaves were either killed or ripped right off seedlings in pots by strong … Continue reading

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The Last Last Last Late Frost

Twice we’ve had what I thought was the last late frost of the winter. Well, we’re having another one tonight. Temperature is just above freezing, the sky is clear, the wind is light and there are hours to go before … Continue reading

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More Reasons To Keep Living

Out of the blue, a relative sent me this link. It’s to a database of trees in Winnipeg, a nearby city. I knew Winnipeg had a large inventory of trees but I did not know how diverse it was. For … Continue reading

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