Aug 01

August is Jerry Garcia Month.

August 9, 2015. It has 20 years since Jerry passed and the background music to my life hasn’t been the same since. Jerry Garcia, (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) His candle burned brightly and his candle burned out much too soon. Sometimes, sadly, early death is the counter-weight to immense talent. In a …

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Jul 17

Berries!

Blueberries about half-way to the harvest.

Going back to this article I posted in 2013, I shared information about harvesting wild berries. There are also a lot of other types of berries available for cultivation on the small farm or in a home garden. Many varieties can grow for decades and they don’t require a lot of work. Berries are a …

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Jul 16

Broccoli

A full head of broccoli

Broccoli can be a difficult crop to grow in the home garden. The greatest challenge is the timing. If you plant too early, the plants are usually stunted by cold soil and chilly ambient temperatures. If you plant too late, the plants will start to form a head and then suddenly bolt during a hot …

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Jul 06

Out of the Blue.

Out of the Blue by Kevin Neary * It came out of the blue (1) as I drifted in and out of sleep on a train bound for Shanghai. Long ago I cast my fate to the wind (2) and nothing will ever change that (3). Spent a lifetime and traveled down the ancient highway …

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Jul 03

July 4th, 1776, A Declaration…

A motion for independence was introduced and agreed to by a majority of the colonies on July 1st, 1776, at the beginning of the Second Continental Congress. The next few days were spent revising the language and the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4th. Artist, John Trumbull, rendition of the signing of the …

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Jun 17

Firefly

“Firefly, can you see me? Shine on, glowing, brief and brightly. Could you imagine? One summer day, That same night, be on your way.” From Passenger, by Phil Lesh *** In much of the Eastern U.S. there is an interesting insect that starts to appear, usually after sundown, in the month of June and continuing …

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Jun 13

Mid-June Garden Report 2015

wild strawberry

  Tiny little wild strawberries are delicious and this year I actually remembered to toss a mesh net over them as they went into bloom. Only the few on the periphery were eaten by deer or birds or rabbits. Most years I forget to cover them and I get none. These were wonderful on my …

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Jun 04

Has it been 3 years already?

Wow! June already? And it seems, I’d barely noticed three years have passed since publishing the first article on this blog.   In the month of June 2012, I actually published two articles. The first one, linked above, was about my first trip to London, England       and the next piece was about …

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May 24

American Pie

In 1972, Don McLean wrote the song American Pie. A catchy little tune with an easy to remember refrain. For any American of high school or collage age at the time, the song was clearly understood as a lament to the loss of innocence our culture was enduring. There are many pop-culture references about art, …

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May 22

Memorial Day Weekend

Using plastic tarps to cover early spring crops when a freeze is forecast.

In the U.S.A. what is known as Memorial Day, is generally considered the official start of the summer season. Throughout the nation, community lakes and pools open as do city pools for city residents. Seaside beaches open for their short season and many parks that may be closed in winter will reopen for camping. Like …

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