TALES FROM OUR 44 ACRES

HOW GREEN WAS OUR GOLDEN?

When Doug was a freshman in college, one of his roommates brought home a puppy, then quickly lost interest.  Doug found himself in a human/canine partnership with an amazing mongrel.  Raised in a household  of male college students in the 70s, Yama was given free rein to explore his inner […]

PRAIRIE SMOKE COMEBACK BED

I walked up to my first prairie smoke plants last summer in Allerton Park outside Monticello IL, and it was love at first site. The Wisconisn Master Gardener Program has a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated page that will tell you everything you need to know about this gorgeous prairie gem […]

THE SCARIEST THING ABOUT BATS

When I open the barn door and step into our little greenhouse, I gaze lovingly at the plants growing there.  Then I get down to watering them with a yogurt container and a 5-gallon bucket. I don’t pay attention to the concrete barn wall  while I’m working.  That’s why I […]

FIGHTING BACK AT BUCK RUB

It seems I live in a bad neighborhood, roamed by a destructive gang.   The authorities are helpless.  The gang has become too big and too powerful.  When I see the wreck they are making of so many promising young lives, I am strongly tempted to buy a gun. I’m talking, […]

OUR FARM THIS FALL

It’s been a hot, dry October.  Odd to watch the leaves being blown off the trees by such balmy breezes.   But fall is fall — and that means crazed squirrel time.  Winter is coming, and there are things to do before the ground freezes. With Doug teaching biology at UW-Platteville […]