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First Signs of Plug Life

Prairie plants are not at all like vegetables. Vegetables need so much care and are so varied in the way they prefer to grow. Just ask my pepper and tomato plants, newly transplanted but brought back inside for one last … Continue reading

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Poplars

A big source of discussion around here this year has been the rows of poplar trees that line our driveway. They are big and shaggy but have been a really nice feature of the property. They give the¬†driveway a stately … Continue reading

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Final Painting in the Room

On July 3, Sophia Heymans, her boyfriend Paul, and her sister Chloe, walked another painting over to my house. This one was “August.” I had it a shorter time, as it needed to go back to the Twin Cities this … Continue reading

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Prairie Road

Today marks eight years since I moved to the farm– my wedding day to Steve and the beautiful, dare I say perfect, reception we had in front of my sister- and brother-in-law’s house. Back then, there was corn on 17 … Continue reading

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El Nino

Steve’s business is so busy now that he could work right up until the ground freezes. So for several months the talisman word has been “El Nino.” “It’s going to be an El Nino year.” “It’s going to be a … Continue reading

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Wind/Prairie

Usually in October, when the shadows are long and the sunlight at its absolute best, I can convince Steve to take a day off and go on a little overnight trip. This year, we planned late, and I could find … Continue reading

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Seasons

Few things are harder to visualize than that a cold, snow-bound landscape, so marrow chillingly quiet and lifeless, will, within three months, be green and lush and warm, quivering with all manner of life, from birds warbling and flying through … Continue reading

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Seventeen Acres

In addition to a garden going like gangbusters, we’ve had another gorgeous unfolding to view this summer. Out on the edge of our property is a new 17-acre prairie. This prairie has been rented and planted in corn by a … Continue reading

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Here Today, the Prairie Edition

This time of year, when the days are their longest and we’re getting both intense sun and rain, I wonder what my big hurry was earlier in the spring. Things¬†happen overnight this time of year. The beets plump, the radishes … Continue reading

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Prairie Walk

Sometimes you just have to let the prairie speak for itself. The lupine spreads every year, and the milkweed does, too. I saw my first Monarch butterfly from my window Sunday, and one today but couldn’t catch it with my … Continue reading

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