Category Archives: Nature

Bug Repellent

Last year, I planted tomatoes and squash.  I didn’t get to eat many squash because the invasive stink bugs invaded.  (#*$&!!)   I planted marigolds around the tomatoes, and they were OK.  Turns out, marigolds discourage stink bugs… because the … Continue reading

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Container Garden!

Finally got to plant seedlings in my container garden.  I didn’t get enough of a head start to grow my own seedlings (tomatoes need about 8 weeks from seeds, but I only realized that about 4 weeks ago…).  I’m trying … Continue reading

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Pollen

Some plants use sticky pollen that insects carry from the male flowers to the female flowers.  Sweet nectar offers the incentive for the insects.  This seems perfectly elegant, since nothing is wasted, not even really for the plants. Other plants … Continue reading

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Snow! Sort of…

Snow, in the middle of North Carolina, is an iffy proposition.  If the cold, dry air sweeps in too fast, we get nothing but a clear and cold day.  If the warm, wet air pushes in too far, we get … Continue reading

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Perseid Meteor Shower

I watched the Perseid meteor shower this morning.  Very, very early this morning. If you’ve ever watched a meteor shower, you know it’s not a constant barrage like Hollywood movies show. I looked at the stars a lot, and sometimes … Continue reading

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Snow!

I know winter storms can be dangerous.  But snow is beautiful!  These are some pictures of the first real snowfall (here) this year.  Enjoy!

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Beautiful Sunlight!

A colleague recently remarked on the difference between his “indoor thinking” and “outdoor thinking.” Thinking outside for him was usually less anxious, less stressed, and seemed to be when he got some of his best ideas. We both have indoor … Continue reading

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And Now… Winter!

Well, maybe not quite.  But it’s the first time here this fall where the temps will drop below freezing.  It’s blustery.  Daylights savings time ends the second freezing night, too.  This resembles winter in the mild middle of NC. And … Continue reading

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Sprout in Good Time

I planted spinach seeds three times before I saw any sprouts.  They need to be planted about 1/8th of an inch, and the first two tries were too deep.  Last time, I just dropped them on the dirt and sprinkled … Continue reading

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Zen Gardening

As I’ve gardened some this year, I’ve learned to have more patience and to pay more attention. Patience first: even fast-growing plants grow… slowly, by our modern standards. But they need care every day, or at least every day it … Continue reading

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