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Send Him Back

July 19th, 2019

I’ve already posted about this chilling moment. An woman of color. A naturalized American citizen. A duly elected representative of her district in Minnesota. Her only “sin” is that she has expressed views that Trump and his supporters disagree with, even though she was elected by a majority of voters in her district to do […]

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Ugly

July 18th, 2019

via GIPHY If there was any question about whether or not Trumps recent racial attacks on The Squad were deliberate, the past two days reveal that this is in fact what Trump is going to campaign on. The scenes at a North Carolina rally provided an ugly overture to a 2020 election campaign already soaked […]

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Gasp!

July 16th, 2019

via GIPHY Trumps normal response to criticism is to double down on his original claim. When asked about his racist rant against The Squad, his response was classic. It doesnt concern me because many people agree with me In other words, there is nothing wrong with racism as long as there are enough other people […]

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Racist

July 15th, 2019

via GIPHY Well what do you know? Trump snatches defeat from the jaws of victory because he just cant leave stuff alone. The democrats were going a good job of beating each other up over the differences in their caucus. Rather than let them continue to publicly feud over whos in charge, he decided that […]

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Free Speech

July 12th, 2019

via GIPHY Trump said; To me free speech is not when you see something good and then you purposely write bad, he insisted. To me thats very dangerous speech, and you become angry at it. But thats not free speech. He said this at a forum where he claimed to be defending free speech. But […]

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What?

July 11th, 2019

via GIPHY The torrent of lies that come out of the Trump administration and the Republican Party are just too difficult to keep up with. I know. Ive tried. But some of it reveals underlying opinions that can’t be allowed to pass without comment. As a warming, comment in this case requires a little longer […]

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Getting back on track spraying fruit trees

June 28th, 2019

The almost daily rain we had this spring really put a damper on fruit tree spraying. Pesticides work best if they are applied at least 24 hours before a rain. When a rain happens before the next spray, the effectiveness is reduced as the material begins to wash off. Even a light rain can wash … Continue reading Getting back on track spraying fruit trees

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Beer & Wine Tasting Continues the Fight

June 25th, 2019

Looking for chance to try some beer and wine this weekend while helping the fight against cancer? You know where this is going. I’m going to say I have an event for you. You are going to think, I have a wedding that day. And I won’t reply because I’m too shocked that anyone is […]

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Using agricultural paper mulch in the garden

June 21st, 2019

Through the years Ive used a lot of different kinds of mulch ranging from natural materials like straw or grass to man made materials such as plastic sheeting. The plastic Ive tried has been in all the colors of the rainbow plus some that arent. Theyve all claimed to have an advantage over plain black … Continue reading Using agricultural paper mulch in the garden

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Desperation

June 19th, 2019

via GIPHY What happens when the faade crumbles and all youre left with is your own lies? We may finally be approaching that point with this President. The Trump administration started with a big lie about the size of his inauguration crowds. Now 10K lies later, his behavior is common knowledge but it continues. The […]

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Hay or straw for the garden?

June 14th, 2019

Nowadays people use the terms hay and straw interchangeably and in most cases it makes no difference whatsoever. For example we say we were on a hayride at a get together even though the wagons are filled with straw rather than hay. Straw ride just doesnt have the same ring to it. In a garden … Continue reading Hay or straw for the garden?

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Weather related disease problem on sycamore trees

June 10th, 2019

The extra rain and cool weather weve been getting has been a mixed blessing. Its June and a lot of gardens, farms and fields havent been planted yet because of saturated soil and cool temperatures. On the other hand it has been great for established plants like trees and shrubs. In most cases theyve made … Continue reading Weather related disease problem on sycamore trees

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Dead head lilacs for better flowers next year

June 06th, 2019

Many of the lilacs Ive seen have put on a nice show of flowers this spring. Some could have been even better if their owners had removed the spent flowers last spring. Not many people are aware that deadheading lilacs is the best thing you can do for them to stimulate better flowers next year. … Continue reading Dead head lilacs for better flowers next year

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Transparency

June 04th, 2019

via GIPHY President Trump won the 2016 election on the strength of his personality. Since then, he has forced all who support him to regularly re-affirm their loyalty. Each crisis, gaffe, insult, unseemly revelation, or assault on democratic norms forces a choice. A long list of appointees left or got fired. Some went to jail. […]

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Epsom salts for colorful rose blooms

May 30th, 2019

In order to grow and flourish all plants, including roses, require basically the same nutrients. One is carbon which is supplied to the plant by carbon dioxide in the air. Another, even though we may not think of it as a nutrient, is water. In the soil, there are three primary nutrients that plants use … Continue reading Epsom salts for colorful rose blooms

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Purple dead nettle in the garden

May 23rd, 2019

As I was going through my seed potatoes a I remembered something I heard long ago. It was the concept of potatoes and their companion plants or what scientists call positive allelopathy. The basic idea is that some plants grow better in the presence of other kinds of plants. We hear more about the opposite … Continue reading Purple dead nettle in the garden

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Bradford pear trees may become invasive

May 23rd, 2019

Ornamental Bradford pear trees were in full flower last week. They must be everyone’s favorite tree, or you would think so because everywhere there’s a housing development there’s at least one Bradford pear tree planted in front of every house. Even municipalities and businesses are planting them. They do have a certain charm and they’re … Continue reading Bradford pear trees may become invasive

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Truth About Tariffs

May 17th, 2019

via GIPHY Trump is the ONLY person who is claiming that China pays the tariffs. Even officials in his own administration admit that this is a tax which the importer in this country pays to our government. That importer either covers that tax by reducing their profit margin, or they pass that tax along to […]

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Helping birds by providing natural nesting material

May 07th, 2019

The other day while I was relaxing on our front porch, I had a chance to watch a female robin work on building her nest. She was collecting mud and other muddy debris from the edge of a water puddle to use to cement her nest materials together. She’d look around for the right bit … Continue reading Helping birds by providing natural nesting material

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Monitor soil temperatures before planting

May 03rd, 2019

Soil temperatures have been cool enough during April that it has slowed down plant growth. My winter rye cover crop looks to be a week behind last year at this date and last year was later than normal as well. So that means we’re really behind. The apple tree buds have finally, slowly opened. This … Continue reading Monitor soil temperatures before planting

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