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Summer Heat

Our garden is growing quite well this summer. Though we think we overdid a bit by doubling the size of last year’s garden. Next year, we’ll plan out the gardens a bit differently. The tomatoes, squash, peppers and weeds are all growing quite nicely. Unfortunately, over a period of two weeks the weeds grew so […]

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Summer reading, beauty in the garden

It’s summer reading at the library and we’ve been swamped. My programs are all full with some of the waiting lists longer than the actual number that I can accept. We’ve been so busy and this summer has been a great success. We’ve blown all of the previous years’ records out of the water with […]

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Art (and) of Gardening

This weekend was a serious gardening weekend. I had no idea that we would spend so much of our holiday weekend in the garden. We made beds and planted and planted and planted in our new vegetable garden. (A second garden we added to our yard this year.) In all, I planted almost 65 plants […]

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Pretty things

Many of the flowers in our front garden are in full bloom. This has been a wonderful spring for flowering plants. We have iris, gerbera daisies, pincushion flowers and daylilies. Last year I missed the azalea bushes blooming but they paid me back this year with several weeks of amazing color. The allium was beautiful […]

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Gardening at our own risk

Our lives have been pretty quiet lately. Of course, a new haircut always warrants a photo session. Last week, we traveled to Wichita for the annual Kansas Library Association conference. It was such a great experience and we both came away with so many good ideas for our libraries. The last couple of weekends we’ve […]

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Tomato heaven

Life in the little homestead is treating us well. Besides the garden we’re definitely in that full-time job mode where most things only get done on the weekends. I’ve been doing a lot of reading, some to prepare for my first class visit to the library. The perception of a librarian getting to read all […]

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Lessons learned from my garden

There are a few things I’ve learned from my garden this year: 1. Don’t plant cherry tomatoes next to the entrance of the garden. When they really get going in the middle of the summer, it’s like walking through a tomato jungle. 2. Good soil, sun and water will make the garden grow bigger than […]

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