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2019 Gardening Season

I want to write a nice summary of this year’s garden including successes, failures and lessons learned. Instead of crafting something usable, I visited two of the farms where I work. Knowledge lives within us more than in written words. … Continue reading

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Shared Culture by the Lake

When we moved to Big Grove Township we had expectations about building a life here. These expectations spoke to our shared culture. We built a new home, settled into the public school community and began getting to know people as … Continue reading

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Trail Walk

A main feature of the vacant lot we bought in 1993 was its proximity to Lake Macbride State Park. When we need exercise, or just want to get away from the house, it’s a short walk to the trail that … Continue reading

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Heat is Here

I stood outside in early morning darkness where there was a refreshing yet decidedly warm breeze. The overnight low was 80 degrees Fahrenheit. I’m not sure if that’s warm enough to hinder apple production but scientists believe at some point … Continue reading

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Garden is Growing

I ran into a couple of neighbors at the well house while receiving a shipment of chlorine for our water treatment plant. They were checking to see if the dehumidifiers had dried out the well pit after the rain. They … Continue reading

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Apple Blossom Worries

Apple blossoms began to open as news of an overnight freeze arrived. I woke at 2 a.m. and checked the ambient temperature. 33 degrees — barely in the safe zone. The impact of losing blooms before pollination would be another … Continue reading

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There is No Second Rise

Weekends at the apple orchard are as good as life gets. Families and individuals arrive to walk among colorful deciduous trees, drink a cup of hot, mulled apple cider and bag some apples for traditional uses in apple butter, pies, … Continue reading

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