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Selecting squash, pumpkin and gourd seeds

January 16th, 2019

Under good storage conditions, winter squash and pumpkins can stay edible well into winter. I have a spot in my garage that stays cool, around 50 degrees, through the winter and that is right around the ideal storage temperature for squash. Air circulation is also important and there is plenty of air movement in that … Continue reading Selecting squash, pumpkin and gourd seeds

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The Wall

January 04th, 2019

  White evangelicals are getting a lot of attention in the larger press these days. Thats because they appear to be the most loyal demographic of Trumps support. Ive posted on this topic before. Most recently, I speculated that it was Trumps support of Christian Nationalism that could explain at least some of it. Ive […]

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Poinsettia care after the holidays

January 03rd, 2019

For a vast majority of people Christmas poinsettias are a disposable commodity. There are a few of us however, who adopt them as part of our permanent plant collection. A while back, for several years in a row, I kept one particularly bright red poinsettia that eventually grew to almost four feet tall. You can … Continue reading Poinsettia care after the holidays

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Protecting bonsai from bitter cold

December 20th, 2018

There’s some talk among weather prognosticators about a speed bump developing in the polar vortex this winter. Some are saying very cold, below normal temperatures are just over the horizon and heading our way. If you haven’t already done so, now’s the time to finish up prepping your garden for winter. I’ve done all I … Continue reading Protecting bonsai from bitter cold

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Last minute gift for chicken fancier

December 20th, 2018

Regular readers of this blog know that I have a flock of chickens that not only provide eggs but also help out in the garden. For example, in the spring I let them out to weed fallow areas and to dig up grubs and other underground garden pests before I plant. I’ve had hens for … Continue reading Last minute gift for chicken fancier

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Twelfth anniversary of All things green blog

December 11th, 2018

This blog, “All Things Green” went on-line December 8, 2006. It is the longest running blog on blogsmonroe.com . We started it back when “green” meant having to do with plants, which is how this blog got its name. Nowadays “green” is more typically used to refer to ecologically friendly concepts such as “green” energy. … Continue reading Twelfth anniversary of “All things green” blog

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Digging dahlia tubers late

December 06th, 2018

Last week I talked about my potatoes that I dug up very late in the season. What I didn’t mention was that same day I also dug my dahlia tubers that were still in the ground. Turns out they where in fine shape shape as well. It makes perfect sense that the tubers would look … Continue reading Digging dahlia tubers late

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Evil Has No Power

November 26th, 2018

I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found. Ps 37:35-36 As a warning, this post is about belief. It is the result of looking more closely at our […]

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Late digging potatoes

November 21st, 2018

Earlier this week I was out working in my vegetable garden. I finished off the season by digging the last of my potatoes. Since we’ve had a cold November, I was somewhat concerned about the shape they might be in. Now, I have occasionally found potatoes in the spring that have gone through an entire … Continue reading Late digging potatoes

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Burning tree leaves

November 15th, 2018

A couple of weeks ago I was running behind in my fall garden projects including taking care of the fallen leaves all over my lawn. The early snow we had back then didn’t help either. One weekend while driving back from up north, I spotted several people catching up on their fall tree leaf clean … Continue reading Burning tree leaves

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What side of the debate were you on this fall?

November 13th, 2018

While much of the country is focused on the mid-term elections, two opposing camps of gardeners are lining up this fall. Each side has compelling reasons why they are right and the other side is wrong. There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground. One side is more, you might say, traditional in their approach … Continue reading What side of the debate were you on this fall?

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Planting garlic

November 13th, 2018

  Since I ordered my garlic bulbs way back in the spring, I was not thinking of them at all when they arrived in the mail several days ago. I got those garlic cloves into the ground right away even though they could have been planted anytime from October through November. Getting them earlier gives … Continue reading Planting garlic

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Tinkerbell Effect

October 15th, 2018

via GIPHY This is a term which describes things that are thought to exist only because people believe in them. One of the areas where is it used fairly widely is with money. Money has no intrinsic value. It only works because everyone using it believes that it will continue to work for the foreseeable […]

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Flopping

October 10th, 2018

via GIPHY Flopping is a technique in a number of sports. It is an intentional fall by a player after little or no contact from an opposing player. The intent is to fool the official into believing that a foul actually occurred when in fact nothing happened. It is widely practiced in soccer and basketball. […]

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Michigan Craft Beer Fest This Weekend

September 20th, 2018

I know it is last minute but I need to share this event. Monroe is having a beer fest right downtown this Saturday! There are a lot of great breweries lined up along with local flavors from the Monroe restaurants. Please come out and join the fun and support Monroe. They are closing down a […]

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Socialism

July 30th, 2018

via GIPHY The recent nomination of a democratic socialist in a NY congressional district has awakened the great red scare among some conservatives. The standard conservative line regarding socialism is that there isnt one successful socialist country and it is a stepping stone to communism. But that begs the question. There isnt one successful libertarian […]

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Are We There Yet?

July 22nd, 2018

via GIPHY Lets just do a quick recap. Trump goes to the NATO conference. He gives an interview to the Sun in which he blasts PM May, his host. Then he denies that he said it even though the Sun has the whole interview on tape. He blasts NATO, lies about how much of the […]

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Fleeing to Another Country

July 07th, 2018

  Fleeing to another country is the ultimate act of parental desperation. Yet somehow those parents who are seeking asylum in this country are being cast as the villains in Trump’s twisted passion play. Instead of embracing this situation with the compassion that we as a country normally exhibit when when people are in need, […]

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Liars Poker 2

June 13th, 2018

The ink isnt dry yet on whatever it was that Trump and Kim signed and we are already dealing with WILDLY divergent claims about what happened and why. Before we start, however, I do want to acknowledge that at least in the short term, this is much better than threatening any kind of conflict. On […]

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Liars Poker

June 11th, 2018

via GIPHY Heres how the old joke goes. Two liars walk into a bar. The first turns to the other and says, Isnt this the place that you always told me about? The second says, No. Liars Poker is a fun card game when you and your pals have tired of all of the other […]

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