Category Archives: Agriculture

From Mighty Oaks

No matter where you go in the world this time of year, the climate is lovely, moderated from the extremes. Even the arctic tundra is awakening and returning to life.  Spring cleaning is done and garden beds are being prepped … Continue reading

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Smoke on the Water…and Fire in the Sky

Last week, while it was still officially winter, the temperature reached 87°F here in Michigan — for not one freaky day but for several days straight! What’s wrong with this picture? Well, normally our average high this time of year … Continue reading

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Tasting All the Food

In the freezer, the blueberry stock from last August is running low, as are the petite brownie bites and ham from the holidays. In the cupboard, the jars of dried lemon verbena and oregano leaves from the garden are nearly … Continue reading

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An Irish Autumn Breakfast

Summer is waning fast, but the harvest was good – at least I hope it was where you are. My humble garden crops are almost all in – dried for storage or used up and enjoyed. The growing season was … Continue reading

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What’s That Smell?

May Day has come and gone in west Michigan and the only flowers in bloom here are daffodils, hyacinths, and a few eager dandelions. The tulips are just starting to think about it. Why is this observation important? Because you … Continue reading

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Got Milk?

Through the wet and the cold, buds are swelling on bush and tree. The willows are sending out new shoots and the days are lengthening. It’s the beginning of the end of winter in Ireland and food stores of grain … Continue reading

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Bee Judgments

Last evening, while I was harvesting my small crop of lavender blooms, I was delighted to see a number of busy buzzing visitors to my garden – even more now since the honeybee is fast becoming an endangered species.  I … Continue reading

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