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Start early to grow your own gourmet onions from seed

January 11th, 2018

Onions are a staple in our kitchen and I’m guessing are in yours too. While homegrown vegetables are always the best, it’s especially true with onions. Those little onion bulbs, called sets, that you find in the garden center were grown last year from an onion variety selected for good storage characteristics, not flavor. I … Continue reading Start early to grow your own gourmet onions from seed

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Pants On Fire

January 10th, 2018

via GIPHY Trump is liar. It isnt that he is just a liar. He is a liar of historic proportions. The NYT has a complete list and a couple of charts comparing Trump’s lies (repeats excluded) and Obama’s lies.   In our political system, public officials normally pay a price for lying. That’s because a […]

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Irrational Risk

January 05th, 2018

via GIPHY There is some good research out that suggests that power actually causes physical changes to the brain. Those who feel that they are in a powerful position lose their ability to experience empathy. The result is that they become more willing to take risk because they dont consider how these risks may potentially […]

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When the Levee Breaks

December 30th, 2017

With appropriate attribution to Led Zepplin, we find ourselves less than a year from the 2018 elections in a moment when it appears that there is a Democratic wave election building. First lets look at the evidence. Then lets speculate on why. Harry Enten of the FiveThirtyEight blog printed an excellent analysis of where the […]

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Remember to collect Christmas wreath materials in season next year

December 28th, 2017

It’s a lot of fun seeing all of the different kinds of Christmas decoration folks have put together out of natural materials. Wreaths have evolved way past just a simple circle of evergreen boughs with a red ribbon tied to it, although you still see plenty of those. As gardeners we have the opportunity to … Continue reading Remember to collect Christmas wreath materials in season next year

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Repeal Day, Monroe and Prohibition

December 05th, 2017

A state convention gathered in Utah on this date in 1933 to ratify the 21st Amendment. A three quarter majority was needed to make it official and Utah became the 36th state to do so. Making December 5 the official day the 21st Amendment was ratified. Now this date will be known as Repeal Day. […]

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Above The Law

December 05th, 2017

On May 1, 1977 David Frost had the interview of his career. This was three years after Nixon resigned. Nixon was working on his memoirs and his publicist believed that these interviews would boost his popularity. Frost was able to get Nixon to admit that he DID cover up the Watergate burglary but that it […]

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Use old camera as light meter for plants

December 04th, 2017

If you are like me, you find it hard to toss or give away any of your really good stuff, even if it is obsolete. I still have my old SLR film camera, a Pentax K1000 that I bought way back when. It was one of the first things that I splurged on during my … Continue reading Use old camera as light meter for plants

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Native witch hazel shrubs bloom in the fall

November 30th, 2017

By the time mid-November in Michigan rolls around you’d think that we’ve seen the last of blooming plants until spring, that’s what I though anyway. Once again, I forgot all about our witch hazel bush that started blooming a week or so before Thanksgiving. Witch hazel is a native plant in our area. Back when … Continue reading Native witch hazel shrubs bloom in the fall

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Lupine seed pods in the house

November 27th, 2017

I was a startled the other day as I was putting on my coat getting ready to go outside. It was quiet in the house and I was the only one home. All of a sudden I heard a snap and the clickey-clack sound of what sounded like small beads landing on the table and … Continue reading Lupine seed pods in the house

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Featured Brewery Site: 1121 S. Monroe St.

November 26th, 2017

Welcome to our first Featured Brewery Site. Today we are taking a look at the old Wm. Noland & Sons building. It was once used to store excavating equipment. At 5 thousand square feet, it is large and open space with high ceilings. The location is less than a mile south of town on the […]

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When Youre Beer, Youre Family

November 25th, 2017

Monroe has spoken. Every time my fellow citizens gather to discuss what Monroe needs to make it a better city the number one answer is an Olive Garden. But at least one voice pushes through the oil soaked endless iceberg lettuce bowl to say microbrewery. The real question is with around 250 breweries in Michigan […]

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Problem with geese eating cover crop seeds

November 20th, 2017

One of the best things you can do for your garden is to plant winter rye; the same crop that farmers grow for flour that eventually gets made into rye bread. Last year at this time I wrote a couple of posts about how to sow rye. You can scroll back and find those posts … Continue reading Problem with geese eating cover crop seeds

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Bedford Brewery Coming Soon

November 18th, 2017

Looks Monroe County will have a second brewery located in Bedford. I am excited about this news but I do wish it was closer. Congratulations to Bedford! I guess I’ll be seeing a lot of you in the future. Click here to link to the Monroe News article.

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Three interesting tomato varieties

November 16th, 2017

Earlier in this past growing season I took an informal survey of how a number of tomato varieties were responding to leaf spot diseases. You can go back and read the post to find out how things were going for them at that time. I kept an eye on them through the season and watched … Continue reading Three interesting tomato varieties

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Wheres The Beef?

November 09th, 2017

via GIPHY One of responses from the Trump administration with regard to the claims of Russian involvement in the 2016 election has been to call the investigation a nothingburger. Lets check to see how much beef there really is in this nothingburger. The most important recent development is the guilty plea of George Papadopolous. He […]

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The Day You Couldnt Spell Booze Without Boo

November 07th, 2017

Let’s go back a hundred and one years to November 7, 1916. Michigan went to the polls to decide on statewide prohibition. The two sides had made their arguments and soon they would know if the “wets” could hold back the tide that was taking over the nation. It was soon evident that it was […]

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Large population of painted lady butterflies this year

October 12th, 2017

Just about everyone knows what a monarch butterfly is and its amazing migration to and from Mexico. But not nearly as many people have even heard of a painted lady butterfly; until this year that is. Reports of painted lady butterflies seem to be all over the twittersphere. The most popular one I’ve seen is … Continue reading Large population of painted lady butterflies this year

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The amazing salvia flower

October 12th, 2017

You can find some really amazing things in the garden if you know where to look. For example, look closely at a salvia flower and you will see something unique. Like most flowers, salvia produces nectar to lure pollinators such as wild bees, honeybees and others. And as usual the pollinators end up carrying pollen … Continue reading The amazing salvia flower

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Our Failing Naked Emperor

October 06th, 2017

via GIPHY One of the defining characteristics of the Trump campaign and administration is the utter disregard for the facts. There was some hope by Trump supporters that once he transitioned from campaign mode to presidential mode, he would also abandon his strategy of habitual fabrication. That hope died with the inauguration. Trumps inaugural crowds […]

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