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Garden Gem Tomato

A friend just sent me a link to this article: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/food/2015/07/garden_gem_tomato_why_harry_klee_s_perfect_cultivar_isn_t_sold_in_supermarkets.single.html Commercial tomato growers and sellers may not want it, but I do!  I’ve asked my favorite seed dealer, Pinetree Garden Seeds, to carry Garden Gem tomato seeds.  If I … Continue reading

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Invasion of the Earthworms

Earthworms are not native to much of North America.  If there were earthworms in the past, glaciation probably killed them off.  In southern regions, native earthworms are greatly outnumbered by invasive species brought here by European settlers.  Now, earthworm species from … Continue reading

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Fruit or Vegetable?

A new article at the National Geographic website covers the question of whether a tomato (and many other common garden products) is a fruit or a vegetable. Botanically speaking, a tomato is a fruit.  When politicians get involved, things get more … Continue reading

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Back Yard Hawk

I looked out the window this afternoon and saw this sitting on my legume trellis. I believe this is a Cooper’s Hawk, although it could be a Sharp-shinned Hawk.  Even experts can have difficulty telling them apart, and I am … Continue reading

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Cleaning the Gutters

One fall task that I dislike is cleaning leaves out of my house’s gutters, or eaves troughs, so rain and snow melt won’t pour off the roof and cause a flood in my basement.  I have gutter guards, in my case metal … Continue reading

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Tiger Cubs

This is completely off topic, but one reason I’ve not produced many posts lately is that I was away over Thanksgiving.  While I was in the Washington, DC area, I visited the National Zoo to see the tiger cubs and … Continue reading

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Lightning Tree

This is a bit off topic, but lightning from the storm yesterday (Sept. 11th) took out one of the honey locust trees in my front yard.  On its way from the top of the tree to the ground, the electricity … Continue reading

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Hiatus

I’ve been away for three weeks.  I’ll resume posting when I get caught up.

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