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Starting Again – 2020

Austin Kleon in his book, Steal Like an Artist, stated: “Plagiarism is copying from one source.  Research is copying from many.”  In the past one could research four or five sources and get good information. Now, with all the fake news and fake websites, this no longer applies.  Consider the antivax, flat earth, websites refuting […]

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The Omega of the Gardening Year

Diogenes, a famous Greek philosopher, chose a life of poverty, living on the streets of Athens.  One night as he was eating his supper of cabbage, a friend from the king’s court said, “If you would cozy up to the King you wouldn’t have to eat cabbage.”  Whereupon, Diogenes said, “If you would eat cabbage, […]

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Gardening: a subversive activity, a step to reduce global warming and a step to nutritional food

Gardening is a small step in combatting global warming Plagiarism is copying; research is using information from many sources. In my case, I buy gardening books, gardening magazines, cruise the Internet, and then try out some of their recommendations. One article from Mother Earth suggests that gardening is a subversive activity, taking profit from agribusiness […]

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Gardening – Harvesting and Storing

The proof of the pudding is in the eating. And so, after all the work in preparing, sowing, weeding, watering, and gentle encouraging, it is time to pick, eat, and save. July is berry picking time for raspberries, honey berries, blueberries, Nanking cherries, and saskatoons to be either eaten or frozen.  We freeze some rhubarb […]

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Gardening – Sowing and Growing

Spring is for sowing, summer is for growing. I find that most planting guides are for an open garden.  However, with raised beds, I place my rows closer, carrot rows eight inches apart, potatoes 12 inches apart in rows 18 inches apart, beans in rows 12 inches apart.  Onions should be placed six inches apart […]

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Gardening – Getting Started

Gardening is my passion, and, as Frank Sinatra sang, I do it “My Way.”  Gardening is a labor of love, and a lifetime challenge, intellectually and physically.  I learn from other gardeners, books, magazines, the internet, and above all from trial and error.  The challenge is always to grow bigger, tastier vegetables and prettier flowers, […]