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Farfalle with Arugula and Sugar Snap Peas

There is little point in growing a garden if one doesn’t use the produce. Yesterday I made the first pick of arugula and sugar snap peas for a classic dish with farfalle. Preparation is done while the pasta is cooking … Continue reading

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Saturday Rain and a Lovely Day

The garden and yard were excessively dry Saturday morning so I watered the vegetables. Couple of hours later it rained, then cleared up in time for a wedding at Wapsipinicon State Park. It was a lovely day for a wedding, … Continue reading

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Friday in Spring

Fridays in Spring I soil-block for a farmer. Yesterday I made 4,944 soil blocks which were planted in winter share. Leeks, broccoli and the like. It took four hours. While driving north on Highway One I nodded off for a … Continue reading

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Gardening Before the Rain

In the end it didn’t rain. The forecast had been rain for a couple of days. The weather radar looked ominous Saturday at 4 a.m. It was heading our way. At sunrise I went to the garden to beat the … Continue reading

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Collecting Mulch

Wednesday I worked from sunrise until 2:30 p.m. in the yard and garden. Ambient temperatures rose only to 89 degrees, and the relatively cooler day enabled me to work longer. Early hours were harvesting spinach and spring onions, weeding, planting … Continue reading

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It’s the Heat

For the second day in a row ambient temperatures reached the high 90s with a “feels like” over 100 degrees. Farmers and gardeners were up at sunrise and curtailed outdoor activities by noon — a simple adaptation to unseasonable weather. … Continue reading

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Tomato Planting

Despite extreme heat tomatoes were planted yesterday. Temperatures set new records throughout the state. Here it was 96 degrees by noon. I began planting at sunrise and finished around 10:30 a.m. when it became too hot. Snow last fell on … Continue reading

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