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GROWING INTO A MASTER GARDENER

Gardening is a good idea. The more people garden the better things will get. These are the kinds of thoughts taking root as I wrap up my 6-month basic Master Gardener Volunteer training program.  (see my post on master gardening ) I’ve been to all 12 3-hour classes, and left […]

IF BUGS WROTE BOOKS

If bugs wrote books, they would probably begin their book on the human era, “It was the best of times.  It was the worst of times…..”  They would probably consider it a slightly scary book. I thought the Master Gardener Volunteer program (see my post Becoming a Master Gardener )  […]

Pondweed Paradox

Amphibians seem to be under siege these days, but in our little pond, they are thriving, so I hate to mess with success.  Nonetheless, I have watched the pond pack itself more tightly every year with some kind of pondweed. I thought it was Eurasian Milfoil, but what is growing […]

GET YOUR HANDS INTO STRAW/CLAY

We DON”T want to build our house out of two-by-fours and drywall.  So what will we build it out of? Last weekend we explored the straw/clay insulation technique at a workshop offered by the Driftless Folk School taught by the Robert Schulz and his wife Summer.  Their own home is […]

GIVING OUR ANNIVERSARY THE RASPBERRY

Yesterday was Doug’s and my 32nd anniversary.  It is serendipitous that our anniversary is also Earth Day, but it makes a fantastic reminder of the values that drew us together in the first place.  This year we celebrated by planting our raspberry patch. According to Growing Raspberries in Wisconsin,  “with […]