Monthly Archives: July 2011


I thought we were going to have a wonderful grape harvest this year, but I am a bit worried now. During the past week I noticed something happening to the grapes. This was probably going on earlier but I was in a state of denial. I am seeing brown spots appearing on the grapes. These … Continue reading »

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Freezing beans and a new invention

It is a very hot and humid week, so it seems appropriate to freeze some produce today. This morning, under a hazy sky, before the sun started shining full blast, I went out to the garden to pick beans. I got distracted by weeds. I know that I told you I have a no-weed garden … Continue reading »

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Triathlon 2011

Today was a glorious day following a cool night. It was a perfect day to do my second annual self designed triathlon. This is not a timed event. I just do it for the fun of it. Staging Area: Home. Warm Up: Walk to Millrace Trail (0.8 mile) Stage 1: The run (more accurately – … Continue reading »

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Monday Musing

I think that the cardoon looks prehistoric.

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Diversity, Monoculture, and Greediness

I was looking at some of my past gardening photos and I ran across these pictures from the 2009 garden. You can also tell from the 2009 garden layout that I had planted a lot of different things. The rows were short, but there were many rows. What struck me about these photographs, was the … Continue reading »

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What is that in your garden?

By far the most awesome looking plant in the garden is the cardoon. Standing tall and full, and dwarfing all the other plants, it makes a pretty impressive sight. It is the plant that catches the most attention and gets the most questions. So what is cardoon? Apparently, cardoon is not grown much in this … Continue reading »

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Miscellaneous Musings

This was supposed to be Miscellaneous Monday Musings, but, it is now Tuesday, so we just have Miscellaneous Musings. Trumpet vine is beautiful … But it is insidious – sneaking about underground and cropping up everywhere. I’m not sure the edamame beans are going to survive the persistent grazing. I’m pretty sure that the peas … Continue reading »

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When I was little, I would get a treat every summer. Once, every summer, my mum would buy me a half-pint of fresh raspberries and I would eat the entire half-pint in one sitting. Back then, raspberries were only available in season, and then, as now, they were very expensive. So I would get just … Continue reading »

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