Tag Archives: spring

Layered with Sadness

In our neighborhood a preteen found his father collapsed in the yard and ran for help. Despite best efforts by his partner of 30 years, emergency responders, and staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, he died Sunday. … Continue reading

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Spring Burn Pile

Part of yesterday was spent outside — in the garden, working compost, cleaning buckets, collecting the bits of drainage tile used to support celery plants, tending the garlic, planting turnips and radishes. Using a bag of shredded office paper and … Continue reading

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Spring Reset

We’re behind at the greenhouses. The high tunnel is fully planted. The ground is too cold for transplants. Cooler temperatures retard growth of fledgling vegetable sprouts. There is no place to go with the trays of lettuce, kale and greens … Continue reading

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12 Days But Who’s Counting

After tangling with a schedule to reduce hours at the home, farm and auto supply store I concluded there were only three immutable weekly activities: writing (26 hours), paid work (16 hours), and farm work (12 hours). Add an hour … Continue reading

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Late Winter in Big Grove

It is time to use up fresh onions, garlic and potatoes, then rotate the canned goods so oldest jars are consumed first. Winter means soup, casseroles, pasta and hearty meals made from pantry and ice box ingredients. As the ambient … Continue reading

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First Day at the Farm

This is me soil blocking at Sundog Farm last Sunday. Working at farms has been a spring ritual which helps me feel like part of a larger organization. The older I get, the more important that seems. Farmers may seem … Continue reading

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Garden is Planted, Dinner is Served

Ambient temperature hit 91 degrees Sunday, about 20 degrees above historical average. The heat continues, drying the topsoil, creating want of rain. An idea once held — the garden should be planted by Memorial Day — is outdated. As early crops come … Continue reading

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