Category Archives: Gardening

Tree-line and fence-line mowing

One of the challenges of fences and trees are that they are difficult to mow around; this reason, more than anything else it seems, determines the pattern of the rural countryside. People either have essentially unmanaged woodlots scattered among vast … Continue reading

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Indian Corn Heap Big Lie

Sometimes, when something is hyped, and you buy into the idea, when he reality of its failure sets in, you can either pretend it ain’t so and quietly go along with the lie, or you can expose it thus revealing … Continue reading

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Beets

Another crop we’ve struggled with are plants in the Beet family, which includes Swiss Chard. It’s funny because when we lived in the city we had no problem growing beets in our little backyard garden. In fact, Chard was probably … Continue reading

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Attack of the Killer Cucurbits!

We’ve struggled to grow plants in the Cucumber family: squash, pumpkins, melons, zucchini, etc. I think mainly because cucurbits are extremely “hungry” for nitrogen–even more than Corn. And since we do not use synthetic nitrogen sources (because I think it … Continue reading

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Hay Forks vs. Pitch Forks

When you see movies and such where a bunch of angry farmers are marshaled to fight someone or something, they should come armed with HAY FORKS, and for good reason. They would certainly make devastating improvised weapons. Check out the … Continue reading

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So Long Johnny Popper

I sold my 1955 John Deere 40U today. I just don’t use her much anymore as I can do everything I need to do with my much more efficient Grillo 2-wheeled tractor. Over the last year of owning the Grillo … Continue reading

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Tile Drainage

Something that may be surprising to many people is that much of the states of Indiana, Ohio and Michigan are covered in a vast web of subterranean drainage plumbing, or drain tile. If it was visible, ironically, it could hardly … Continue reading

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