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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Weekend Tunes

Friday, May 30, 2008

Friday Pet Blogging!

Tawney loves relaxing in the paper recycling bin.

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I found this cased photo in an antique store in Sewickley and was quite taken by it. Who was this man? Where was he from? What did he do? Sadly, the shopkeep had no answers, but I bought it anyway. The photo is in good shape but unfortunatly, the leather case is missing its lid. Looks to me around mid-19th century.

Sorry about the flash glare.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Mighty Morels!

We packed a picnic lunch on Saturday and headed down to Mingo Creek park to search for morels. Its starting to get late in the season, gotta grab them before they're gone!

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This babbling brook refused to reveal the secret of where the morels were hiding.

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A man and his son fishing by the bridge.

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This critter was guarding the water fountain. Had to pay a fee of one grasshopper per drink.

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Someone spends too much time around children! Stop goofing around and lets find some mushrooms!

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Elm seed. There must be some morels around here.

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Mary spotted the first morel of the day. She called out, "Hey what's this ugly looking thing?" Exactly what we're looking for. We only found five on our little trek through the woods, but they were all HUGE! We found lots of morel stumps though, looked like someone got to the park a day ahead of us.

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Look at the size of that morel!! That's Mary's foot in the backgroud.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Weekend Music!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday Pet Blogging!

Dusty enjoys one of our few sunny days this week.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Gardening Time!

I've been using Mel Bartholomew's Square Foot Gardening technique since 1993. I have four 4'x4' squares up by the pool, that have yielded quite a bit of veggies (that usually get shared with various groundhogs).

This year, I planted the entire garden with asparagus and garlic, meaning I needed more garden space. I was going to dig up another section of yard, but I noticed that Uncle Mel had a new edition of Square Foot Gardening out, and so I gave it a read.

He's now advocating raised beds filled with Mel's Mix potting soil with a semi-permanently attached grid, so I decided to give it a whirl.

The new 4'x4' box took me about two hours to construct and fill. The only annoying part was that I couldn't find vermiculite anywhere locally, so I had to substitute perlite in the potting mix. But it doesn't look too bad, and is right outside the kitchen window where we can keep an eye out for thieving groundhogs. I'll probably make a critter cage this weekend to permanently exclude freeloading rodents.

Right now, I just have some lettuce and broccoli transplants in, but it will soon sport cabbage, chard, radishes, bush beans, eggplant, beets, cilantro, basil, oregano and peppers. Tomatoes are going in patio containers this year. So we'll keep you posted on the results.

If anyone knows a local source for vermiculite, please let me know.

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