Monthly Archives: April 2017

Taters

Idaho is known for its potatoes, and one farmer in particular used to be held in high regard for his crops, so when the supply sergeant from the local U.S. Army fort showed up at his place one day to … Continue reading

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Leeks #2

This is what they look like, given the right care and time in-ground.

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Leek plants

Leeks can be readily sown from seed in January, in a greenhouse or under grow lights, and transplanted outside in early April (in my zone 6), but these should be grown all summer and then overwintered for good size the … Continue reading

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Indicators

If Dandelions are plentiful in your garden space, chances are that your soil is fairly acidic. Plantain indicates soil that’s low in nutrients and fertility. Crabgrass around your garden means you have some pretty moist (and highly fertile) soil.

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Squeezo

That’s the name of an old machine I have, which they still make (about $100) which turns tomatoes into the finest tomato juice you can imagine. The book that comes with it has a nice recipe; celery, a bit of … Continue reading

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Peepers

THE PEEPERS ARE BACK, and just screaming to get laid. These little amphibians, smaller than a thumb, have throat sacs as big as they, are and use that to find a mate in early spring. They’re almost impossible to see, … Continue reading

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For bird lovers

If you wish to attract birds right now, with or without a feeder, brush your mangy old dog of his shedding fur and put the results on the back deck, porch, or wherever. It will soon be gone, put to … Continue reading

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Garden seaweed

Twisted my left shoulder almost useless today, but went down to the harbor for seaweed anyway, because high tides were about to reclaim it. Seaweed adds a primordial host of nutrients to the vegetable garden (and thus, to me), and … Continue reading

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And vineger?

It’s Good for tomatoes, Tomatoes are prone to fungal diseases, especially in wet wet spring weather. A combination of apple cider vinegar and water can prevent and treat leaf spots fungi, mildews and scab diseases. Combine 3 tbsp. of cider vinegar … Continue reading

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Aspirin for the garden?

Yup. Salicylic acid, a main ingredient in aspirin, was known by Native Americans to relieve headaches and toothaches, but it is also a powerful rooting compound. It not only stimulated root growth in garden plants, such as flower bulbs, tomatoes … Continue reading

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