Category Archives: How Things Grow

The Excitement is Palpable

Packets of cabbage seed arrive, more than 1,800 seeds according to the description on the backs of the packages, and the excitement is palpable. My fingers can hardly wait to start planting. Here is a vegetable with substance. Humankind would … Continue reading

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More Research Required

Blue skies and sunshine give a reason for the cherry blossom buds to plumpen. Another month and they will be on the verge of opening. Early March is when they usually open. Last year was a cold spring and they … Continue reading

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Hoop De Doo

The morning started without a cloud in the sky. There are places where a cloudless morning doesn’t even register as anything out of the ordinary, but here it is something you write home about. I’m old enough to remember when … Continue reading

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Spring Has Sprung

The stinging nettles are up. Spring has sprung. Once the stinging nettles have pushed out of the ground, there is no going back to winter’s sadness. The day lilies are up, and flower bulbs are ready to pop all over. … Continue reading

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All Is Not Doom and Gloom

Despite the daily clouds and rain, all is not doom and gloom. The tulips have poked out of the ground. I may have gone overboard last fall, planting several hundred tulip bulbs in the garden. Apricot Beauty, Abu Hassan, China … Continue reading

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How Do They Know?

It’s late January, time for the daffodils to push out of the cool earth. But how do they know it is time to emerge? Underneath the ground, they can’t tell that it is getting warmer, that the days are getting … Continue reading

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Spring in January

It’s just the middle of January and the garlic is standing tall. Beneath the surface, pure white garlic roots are digging deeper and deeper into the soft earth. If you’ve never seen the roots of healthy growing garlic you are … Continue reading

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