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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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Spring Springing

Chuckle. This Nanking Cherry (Prunus tomentosa) was sitting in a large pot all winter exposed to the cold, sun and wind and is planning to attack the world despite average temperatures still being around 0° C. Last week the buds … Continue reading

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Why, Iowa? Why?

“President Donald Trump’s trade war with China sent soybean prices to 10-year lows just as new steel tariffs drove up the cost of equipment and devoured the year’s profits.   “As soon as the tariffs were put on steel, the … Continue reading

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The Last Harvest

Winter is closing in here. Daytime temperatures have fallen to the point where little or no growth can happen. Frost has killed many leaves. So, I harvested my horseradish, asparagus seeds (again), and the grapes. It’s amazing how many grapes … Continue reading

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On Asparagus

Asparagus officinalis is one of the few vegetables that I can reliably grow in my garden. It’s tough and rides out the winter wonderfully well. Its roots are aggressive and compete well enough with weeds. Especially, I love it because … Continue reading

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No Acorns Today

I went to collect the mail today and stopped by a local oak that overhangs the road allowance to collect acorns. I found none. I saw none on the trees. I guess the oaks are preparing to smother the ground … Continue reading

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The Plight Of The Butternut

I wouldn’t care much about the butternut. It’s just a tree, but it has a bunch of useful characteristics: It’s a walnut, so it has beautiful wood, its nuts are rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, it will grow … Continue reading

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Days Of The Chokecherry

We’ve had an interesting couple of days. On Friday, our first real thunderstorm came by. It was scary. We could see it on the radar hours before, a chain of thunderstorms 100km long. It even spawned a tornado which wrecked … Continue reading

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Ambition

I planted the first Nanking Cherries of this year in my yard yesterday. They were just outgrowing the six-inch pots I was using. I had a bunch and thought it would be just as easy to replace some of the … Continue reading

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Bringing In The Sheaf…

There is a popular hymn containing the line, “Bringing in the sheaves…”. It’s about harvesting souls for Christ, you know, converting non-believers and such. It compares souls of people to clusters of grain harvested in the fields when they are … Continue reading

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Roller-Coasting Temperatures

We’re having a heat-wave here. Yesterday morning I went out to pull weeds in a row of trees. The temperature rose to 28º C (Humidex 32º C) and I was sweating heavily even at 23º C because of humidity around … Continue reading

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Family Heirlooms

Recently I was blessed to be able to see some heirlooms of my family: loads of photographs some more than 100 years old, a Ross Rifle (.303 British), designed and built in Canada before WW I, and a Cooey rifle … Continue reading

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