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Good Health

I just read a piece by Sherman Alexie giving his reason for halting a book tour for a memoir about his mother. She has been haunting him in his hotel rooms. In the piece, he says: “I don’t believe in … Continue reading

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Veggies All Around

I feel a bit guilty going out to my main garden. I’ve done very little but obsess and critique the weeds that have been so prevalent out there. AND I’ve been so devoted to the greenhouse beds, watering them every … Continue reading

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Greenhouse in July

I had to laugh when I was at the Walker Sculpture Garden in Minneapolis and saw this sign. I am used to prairies and how long they take, but on this hot day in late June I was still surprised … Continue reading

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We’re big on fire here. The prairie needs it, so there is a lot of burning in spring and sometimes fall. Last week, those poplar trees that Steve cut down in late spring needed to be burned. Two piles down … Continue reading

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Birthday Meal

I’ve been so preoccupied by the greenhouse goodies that I have not paid much attention to the outdoor garden. All I see out there is weeds, mostly, though suddenly things are getting started out there. Yesterday was my birthday, so … Continue reading

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Wild White Indigo

  Thinking about blog post topics a few days ago (before this strange flurry of activity!) I thought: chickens, recipe/garden, beauty. I’ve been walking around in beauty with a poem line in my head for it seems like three weeks: … Continue reading

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No Food Gap

Usually this time in June is a bare spot in our garden eating. I pulled the bolted lettuce from the greenhouse today (though I still have some in the regular garden). I’ve thinned the beets in the garden so there … Continue reading

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Chicken Update

I know you’ve been waiting to hear about my new flock of chickens. It’s been awhile since I’ve caught you up. I’m pleased to report they are every bit as entertaining as the last group. “Blackie,” the sole survivor of … Continue reading

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My Tribe

    I just returned from my college reunion. It was wonderful to be back in Grinnell, Iowa, with my tribe. I knew someĀ of those in attendance back in college, but I’ve developed many more relationships with people in our … Continue reading

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Pre-Season Growth in the Greenhouse

The greenhouse is officially a game changer. At this point I’m just wondering how I can wrestle more space (always I need more!) for beds so I can expand my spring– and fall– production next year. I wasn’t sure what … Continue reading

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