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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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Not just for Perch Anymore, its MEGAmouth time!

May 09th, 2019

First there was the original Catch Counter for keeping track of your perch, then the BigMouth Catch Counter for perch and bluegill, now there is the MegaMouth for literally just about everything else! The next generation model from TonySebastiano, the … Continue reading

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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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Lake Erie Trolling is in Full Gear

April 26th, 2019

In my book, it is never to early to leave the Detroit River. Jigging is a blast, but I like the lake for that too. Thursday it was time to bust out the St. Croix and Daiwa Sealine combinations to … Continue reading

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Starting plants under florescent lights

April 26th, 2019

We’re growing many of our transplants under artificial light using primarily fluorescent tubes and they are doing quite well. It’s not as good as growing them in a greenhouse under natural sunlight of course. When you stop and think about it, it’s really a wonder that florescent bulbs work as well as they do considering … Continue reading Starting plants under florescent lights

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Reproduce forest floor soil for new trees

April 17th, 2019

Spring is the best time of year to plant trees. During the winter the dormant buds and roots are in a kind of holding pattern until the right growing conditions happen in the spring. Then they have the entire growing season to establish themselves before next winter. No doubt you’re aware of the requirements for … Continue reading Reproduce forest floor soil for new trees

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Community gardens for those with no place to garden

April 17th, 2019

Just because you are living in an apartment or in a house with no suitable gardening space, that doesnt necessarily mean youre out of luck. All around Michigan groups, work to provide community gardening space for folks who couldnt otherwise garden due to a lack of space. Theres a wide spread on the amenities community … Continue reading Community gardens for those with no place to garden

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Dark, White or Bright, is the Question

April 15th, 2019

  I blame this great debate on bass fishing, the anglers who target that species, have wormed ( no pun intended) their philosophies into the walleye world. Sometimes they work, but it is definitely not a golden rule for those … Continue reading

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Being Christian

April 09th, 2019

via GIPHY In simplest terms, being Christian means following the teachings of Christ. From there, it is all about faith, honesty, and humility. In that regard, I feel that I can only talk about my own belief. That belief is that there is only one God. That God is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, […]

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Featured Microbrewery Site: The Old Fire Station

April 05th, 2019

To quote Lyle Lanley, “a town with money is like a mule with a spinning wheel. No one knows how he got it and dang if he knows how to use it”. Well the same can be said for a vacant building. While the fire department eagerly awaits their new building, city leaders are debating […]

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Bring a Beer and Ill Salivate

April 04th, 2019

The founders of Temperance, Michigan – so inspired by the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union that they named their fledgling community after it – would be shocked to learn that their beloved town is now the hotbed of Monroe County’s beer scene. The once dry city has The Liquor Cabinet, one of the best beer stores […]

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If you can, save dying trees for woodpeckers

March 28th, 2019

I spend a lot of time outside and one of my favorite sounds this time of year is the drumming of woodpeckers. In our neck of the woods we have mostly hairy woodpeckers and downy woodpeckers. We live in a rural area and there are plenty of trees around to provide nesting sites for woodpeckers. … Continue reading If you can, save dying trees for woodpeckers

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Fixing seeding mix that wont absorb water

March 28th, 2019

We’re sowing our seeds right now for growing transplants that we’ll plant out in the garden. It takes some work, but you can save quite a bit of money growing your own transplants. Another huge advantage that may be even more important is being able to grow the varieties you want rather than relying on … Continue reading Fixing seeding mix that won’t absorb water

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Healing Thoughts

March 18th, 2019

via GIPHY I hesitate to wade into the abortion debate again because it is so emotional and divisive. The reason it is so emotional and divisive is because it is in that difficult place between religion and politics that has ALWAYS been a challenge for our country. Some of the first settlers fled religious persecution […]

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Big Water Cranking 2019

March 13th, 2019

It is that time of the year, time to pull some crankbaits behind the Church Tackle boards in search of some trophy sized walleye. The weights go up as the fish are actively feeding after a long winter. In order … Continue reading

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Making a DIY maple tap or stile from elderberry or sumac stems

March 08th, 2019

We’re rapidly approaching the maple syrup season. Actually if it wasn’t for this cold snap we’d be gathering sap right now. It all depends on the weather, cold nights with quickly warming morning stimulates sap flow. Now that I reminded you of it, maybe you want to try making some maple syrup yourself this year. … Continue reading Making a DIY maple tap or stile from elderberry or sumac stems

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Checking stored flower bulbs

March 08th, 2019

Several weeks ago I blogged about how I store dahlias. Did you keep some of yours too? If you haven’t already done so, now’s the time to check on them to see how they’re doing. Serious dahlia growers begin planting their tubers in mid-March, in pots and in a greenhouse of course. I opened mine … Continue reading Checking stored flower bulbs

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Perch Rods, which St. Croix is the right one for you

March 07th, 2019

Not that a wake or after funeral luncheon is the best place to talk about fishing, but when it comes up, just go with it. This happened to my dad last Monday while I was out fishing on the hardwater. … Continue reading

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Hair Jig Evolution: 2019 Edition

February 27th, 2019

If you have been following me on Facebook, you have already seen some of my newest hair jig creations for fishing walleye on Lake Erie. Interesting enough, just yesterday I was asked if I had ever written about tying jigs … Continue reading

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