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Indie Outdoor Lore 'n' More


Life on the Farm?

2011-08-18 How much life is found around maximumly productive farms? (Not the hobby-type, I mean, the "feed the world" kind. The global need for high productivity does seem to put a question-mark on the local-organic approach, despite its advantages…

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The Ethics of Mushroom Picking

2011-05-15 I hadn't appreciated the ethics of mushroom picking until now. I knew vague things about picking with a mesh bag so that spores can drop. But, really, it sounds like we need to leave a few, plus little and old ones, and also leave as much stem as possible…

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Raspberries: hardy, but give 'em space

2010-09-08 I enjoy growing everbearing raspberries. They're very hardy and nothing much seems to aggravate them here in Michigan. They're self-propagating and then respond well to transplanting. They yield an awful lot of tasty fruit, which in turn seems to store and freeze nicely…

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Berry Time!

2009-10-02 It's too bad that I don't have a photo of it -- forgot -- but it's red raspberry season now and for the first time Henry pitched in and helped with the weeding and the picking and he set up a roadside stand and made $20 all told…

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It's the frogs and morels time of year... [again]

2009-05-18 [Brought up to the front from 2006 and 2004.] UPDATE 2006: What's the BEST thing about an "upnorth" spring? OK, lots of things, like frog music. But what's WAY up on the list? A wild meal! And what's the best wild meal? It starts like this…

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I Love a Beech Tree in Winter

2008-11-24 ...Because its copper leaves stay on. I like how it stays yellow so late in autumn...it's one of the last bright trees. Then it turns copper against the white winter snow and deep blue skies. And of course you gotta love the hardness and toughness of the slow-growing beech…

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Shades of Gold

2008-10-21 It's rainy today, but here's the view from my desk window. It's glowing in shades of gold. The "featured shot" is the view from our front porch. I get almost the same view from my desk window except that thru the window it's a telephoto-ized view, with layers of gold and depths of yellow as I look thru yellow trees into more yellow trees…

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Raspberry Rawkin'!

2008-09-13 [BUMP from 9/13. UPDATE: The berries are still rockin'! Over a quart a day from 60 feet of bushes.] Berries grow best for me of anything, so I grow the most of them. I also think they're WAY tasty…

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Strawb Season!

2008-06-18 It's the first fruits of the season! Strawberries! ...And strawberry shortcake. ...For breakfast! Yeah, we live large up here in the northland. (Ya know, the ones you grow yourself are MUCH MUCH sweeter…

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Guerilla Gardening: make the vacant spaces grow

2008-06-03 Here's a popular link. Is this link old news to everyone? I figure not, so here it is... It's a story about urban gardeners who are going into vacant places and planting veggies, flowers and the like…

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