Category Archives: Mulch

I’ve Lost My Lease on My Rented Mule (and other stories)

I have mentioned it before, but when my husband was downsized, I gave him “the look” and told him I planned to work him like a rented mule until he had a new job. True to form, I have done … Continue reading

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Rented Mules

When Dave arrived home earlier than expected nine days ago, I took one look at his face and panicked. “I was downsized,” he said. This was less than optimal, but at least the timing was good. My income has risen … Continue reading

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Terraforming – Here on Earth, and on Mars

I’m taking notes right now for Gliese 581: Zarmina’s World, which is a sequel to Gliese 581: Departure. Some of those notes include one of the sub-stories – the colony on Mars – and their efforts to terraform the red … Continue reading

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‘Cause We’re Cool Like That

Yesterday afternoon I stepped out of the house, on my way to take Emily to a class and saw Micki, sister of the owner/landlord of the apartment building across the street, standing in front of our garden and discussing it … Continue reading

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Don’t Eat That!

The Deadly Nightshade (for REAL!) You may remember my post from the other day where I asked what this plant was… It had this tiny berries. I ate one, it was kind of sweet…   It turns out that it … Continue reading

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Weekend Work

  We received the new chicken coop. It’s another 10×10 dog kennel… Anna Nicole oversaw the construction carefully, and squawked orders at regular intervals… Meanwhile, the neighborhood stray, who we call Rico, relaxed in the grass. He likes to be … Continue reading

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Canning Mandarin Oranges and Re-Thinking Mulch

Yesterday I had a long list of “things to make” and classes I still need to prep for – thank goodness there was nothing else on the schedule and Dave was home. My list included: Make butter and buttermilk bread … Continue reading

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I will preface this by saying, I have perfectionist tendencies yet I am full of imperfection. And as happens each year – my will to garden wilts in the blasted high summer heat and then fades and dies by fall. … Continue reading

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Empty A Spot, Fill A Spot

With a pile of tree still to go through and a mountain of mulch in the driveway, my mantra has become, “Empty a spot, fill a spot.” By noon on Thursday I had cleared enough brush to lay down two … Continue reading

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Crossing the Line With Mulch Mountain #4

So we have made progress with the tree removal and now have a large pile of sticks I’ve deemed ‘unworthy’ for trellises, plant supports or the other stated uses. Dave has cut almost two dozen stepping stones with our tiny … Continue reading

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