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Indoor Gardening and Cooking

Editor's Note: This column was written on Nov. 4. Due to space, we had to hold the column over to this week's issue. We've had yet more rain and some snow. Most of the earlier snow has melted away,...

 

Zombie Harvest Might Be Beheaded?

We managed to knock off another 1,000 acres of wheat, with some help from a neighbor. The remaining 1,000 acres will not get done. It’s all basically feed wheat now anyway. What’s left is mostly on the ground, where it will remain. We have a...

 

Resurrection Of Harvest

So when I wrote that harvest had been killed, I was wrong. It had merely been wounded, severely, but not dead. The resurrection has us back in the field, harvesting what's still standing tall enough...

 

Life Beyond Harvest

Editor's Note: This column was written on Oct. 7. Due to space, it was held over to this week's issue. We are done with worrying about our wheat crop. The snow and strong winds combined to finish it...

 

Harvest Has Been Killed

Now that this year's formerly promising crop has probably been ruined (the strong winds and heavy snow looked to be crushing it to the ground) we're regrouping and trying to think of a plan B...or...

 

Finally, Some Harvesting is Done!

We might have 25 percent of this year's crop in the bins now. Harvest is going to be a long, drawn-out affair. Dennis was born Sept. 25, 1950, and his mom tells us she and Dad were only half finished...

 

Another Week Of No Wheat Harvested

Another week had passed without any wheat being harvested. Unfortunately, there’s still more rain in the forecast. Granted, only small amounts are forecast, but it’s just enough to keep things from drying enough to go after our wheat. The...

 

Deja Vu?

I was tempted to use last week’s report again this week. The rain is a bit of deja vu, although we were able to get some of the wheat crop in and binned. I’ve spent a few hours this last week out in the tractor hauling the grain cart between the...

 

Not Harvest Weather

The weather seems as though it just doesn't want us to harvest our wheat. First the cool month of June delayed the start of the crop. Now the cool, wet August has delayed the ripening of the wheat....

 

Apples to Apples Or Apples to Butter to Sauce to Pies?

Shortly after I wrote last week's column I was perusing the new and used Glasgow sale site via Facebook. I happened to be the first respondent to an offer of free locally-grown apples. Having...

 

Wheat Harvest Looming

Our wheat crop is rapidly ripening, and so harvest is looming. I may still have a week to 10 days before I switch gears from gardener to grain cart operator. The days of being able to plan my days...

 

Jungle-Causing Rains

Another week has gone by. We've had a bit of over an inch of rain in that time, and it's still drizzling down as I write this. The garden is rapidly becoming a jungle. Thanks to the grass I've...

 

Still Too Much

The raspberry picking continues. That chore easily consumes two hours of each of my days except Sundays. I have plenty of those delectable fruits in my freezer, and so my local family and several...

 

Can't Have Too Much Of A Good Thing

I posted a photo of the volunteer sunflowers in my garden, stating that perhaps I'd left too many of them. A friend commented, "You can never have too many sunflowers!" But sometimes we do find...

 

Tidying Up – A.K.A. Weeding and Mowing

This past week I've spent a fair amount of time tidying up in and around the garden. I have installed a new battery in my solar powered electric fence, so I don't need weeds around the perimeter...

 

Visitors and Rhubarb

This past week a gardening club, led by Mary Christianson, came to visit me, to view my yard and garden. They, like me, love to see what others have done to beautify their outdoor space. We're always...

 
 By Mary Honrud    Lifestyles    July 3, 2019

Largesse from the Garden

Last week my column was entitled "Life Giving Rain" by the Courier, which is a very accurate title. Unfortunately, it's brought life not only to my desired plantings, but also to all the myriad of...

 

Life-Bringing Rain

We’ve had some measurable rain lately, and so I’m avoiding (ignoring?) the garden for now. It’s still chilly with a damp wind. I know it’s muddy, and I really don’t feel the need to get taller by packing the gumbo onto the bottoms of my...

 

Battling Pesky Pests and Rhubarb Yummies

Those cute little bunnies I like watching have discovered my garden. Apparently the new leaves on green beans are delicious. After I discovered several sections of bare stems sticking up, reseeding with a packet of older seeds happened. I’ve...

 

Pesky Pests Plant Themselves in the Garden

Naturally, as soon as our window air conditioners were installed, Mother Nature decided if I wanted to be cooler, she'd oblige. My husband, the weather geek, being an early riser, told me it had...

 
 By Mary Honrud    Lifestyles    June 5, 2019

Cooking and Cleaning

First things first: I’d taken a wheatberry salad to the Memorial Day program in Opheim. The American Legion Auxiliary, of which I’m a (not very active) member provides the meal after the program. A couple of the other (more active) members...

 
 By Mary Honrud    Lifestyles    May 29, 2019

Still Busy

Because of Memorial Day weekend, the newspaper deadline was moved up. This is being written last Friday (I’ve become a time-traveler). Seems like I just wrote a column and here it’s time for another. In spite of the cold wind and cool...

 
 By Mary Honrud    Lifestyles    May 22, 2019

Busy, Busy, Busy

On this sunny Monday morning, after the cool weather and rain over the weekend, I'm planning to get outside. I have lots to accomplish before the next round of rains commence. Rain is in the...

 
 By Mary Honrud    Lifestyles    May 15, 2019

Spring Is Here?

Finally, it is starting to feel like spring is here, and my loving husband sees the possibility of more snow in the forecast, and tells me about it! Talk about being a ray of sunshine. Sometimes he’s just not. I really hope that’s a forecast...

 
 By Mary Honrud    Lifestyles    May 8, 2019

Apologies and Rotten Weather

I guess apologies are in order. In my column a few weeks back, I talked about the possibility of late snow and frost up here. Did I bring on this snowstorm/blizzard watch that was issued a couple of...

 

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