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  1. flowerbug

    Central Michigan Seed Swap 2023, February 25th from 11am-4pm

    as long as it keeps dry that is the most critical thing i've found out. the very same garlic, peeled and put in a sealed jar and in the fridge (where it is mostly dark) has sprouted vigorous roots by now. in comparison i have some scapes and cloves that have not sprouted at all (including some...
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    2023 Little Easy Bean Network - Beans Beyond The Colors Of A Rainbow

    they are a beautifully colored bean! i interplanted them with two different adzuki varieties to see how that would work. it worked very well. i also have half a quart of adzuki beans from that row. a short row of about 13 feet (i just measured it using the satelite picture :) isn't some...
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    2023 Little Easy Bean Network - Beans Beyond The Colors Of A Rainbow

    this is the result of growing some Lavender bush beans: the left white beans and then to right of them are a few silvery bluish ones that i like but i'm guessing that when they're replanted they might just end up as lavender anyways. the middle lavender and purpleish beans are a few...
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    A Comprehensive Guide to Raised Bed Gardening

    we don't have to live with you. so, not, our, problem! just kidding! :) hope you have a great day. if you milk it long enough sometimes you can get a whole week out of it. :) any special plans?
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    Cosmo spring garden 2023

    i usually am too busy to take all three pillows out with me but once in a while it is appealing to think that i might just kick back and watch the clouds awhile and listen to the birds, bees, windchimes, etc. that normally lasts but a moment though as i just have too much to do and the thoughts...
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    Cosmo spring garden 2023

    yes, it saves a lot of bruising (clay is not forgiving when dry) to both knees and knuckles.
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    DUCKS for THEE in 2023

    had you mentioned that i would have sent you samples of 7 or so onion types i have and a few of them have shown no problem at all being treated like natives. though i don't think they're good for horses or dogs. remind me the beginning of March and i'll send you an envelope. you like green...
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    2023 Little Easy Bean Network - Beans Beyond The Colors Of A Rainbow

    yes, but we're probably a minority among the people who eat beans. that's ok. i consider myself in good company either way. :)
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    2023 Little Easy Bean Network - Beans Beyond The Colors Of A Rainbow

    i'm having fun seeing all my bean friends here getting flats looked at and some samples put away into the collection and the rest going for give-aways at the seed swap. i just needed to take a break from that because i just found a flat with a bunch of Peregion selections in it and i just put...
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    Central Michigan Seed Swap 2023, February 25th from 11am-4pm

    @Zeedman garlic has been popular both times i've done this. it is out of season but people will still take it to plant. :) if the ground is thawed out enough they can stick it right in the ground or put it in a small pot until it gets warm enough to transplant it outside. i just remembered...
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    2023 Little Easy Bean Network - Beans Beyond The Colors Of A Rainbow

    the collectors usually want a name and a story, even if it is just that you've grown them for 30 years and your cousin gave them to you. :) the more practical gardeners are the ones you describe, they call it by what it provides and in simple and direct terms. at the seed swaps people rarely...
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    Cosmo spring garden 2023

    for the super close up work i do in some places i use a ground pillow (which is not like ground beef).
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    DUCKS for THEE in 2023

    it can be interesting to do something to learn even if you know later on you may refresh your seed supply again. :) yes, and i learned that some do just fine not being planted for several years -- despite what the references say. i have a real onion patch now with several different kinds of...
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    A Seed Saver's Garden

    arg! Orca and Yin Yang were the two names i've seen for that bean. they were even sold to me as separate varieties with different maturities but they grew the same (and not well here in the clay so i don't grow them any longer) either way.
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    Home Repairs

    it really depends upon resins used, some are rated up to 600F. some the family business would install in chemical labs for that reason because not many other flooring options are as resistant to all the various things that can get spilled. but for sure the common household repair epoxies are...
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    A Comprehensive Guide to Raised Bed Gardening

    i use the space between rows as my pathways. the soil here is mostly clay in many gardens, compaction is normal which isn't good, but when it is dry enough me walking on it barely makes any difference at all. every season i plant gardens differently so i'm not always using the same areas to...
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    A Comprehensive Guide to Raised Bed Gardening

    they have their uses but for a large garden space it is too expensive and they are a lot more work. there is less flexibility in rotational growing, fixed pathways are a waste of space. i do have some raised areas for planting due to flash flooding but in the end if i could do away with those...
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    stubbed toes and mud pies

    deer tracks in the snow...
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    Reina, Baymule’s Horse

    me too. :) kudoes for sticking with it. :)
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    A Seed Saver's Garden

    yay! beautiful and also back on topic. :) haha! it makes me sad to see such beautiful things i can't really grow here without them likely being shredded by raccoons. even with fences it's just never been a good thing when we've grown corn. i'd need a much better fence and electric shock...
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