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elderberry cuttings

Growing Elderberry from Cuttings

Growing elderberries isn’t hard, but there are a lot of conflicting sources of information. Probably because different growers use different methods.  Some start in pots, some outside.  Some use rooting hormone, some don’t. Etc.

I’ve had the best success starting in the ground (usually planting in March) without rooting hormone. When planting a field for production, I do a soil test and  address glaring deficiencies.  But I’ve also had success by just preparing the hole by spading in some compos…

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freezer veggies

Freeze and Thaw

The days have gotten warm enough that the ice on the edge of the pond is melting. Hurray!

Meanwhile, the freezer reveals that our supply of last year’s peppers is almost exhausted. Booo.

How did that happen?  We’re usually eating the last of the frozen tomatoes around March, but the peppers last until May. 

This is probably what comes of someone’s insistence that we don’t need to grow so many hot peppers.  It’s easy enough to eat up those sweet peppers with spaghetti dinners and liberally adding th…

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walk in fort hill

Fort Hill Earthworks and Nature Preserve

Ever visit Fort Hill Earthworks and Nature Preserve? It’s about about 30 miles straight north of our home, and we managed a visit last weekend before the snow fell. Our hike began with a long, steep climb. Unlike a lot of nature preserves Fort Hill permits dogs, and Wilbur was happy to accompany us.

Beth, who had Wilbur on the lead for the start of the hike, was just as happy Wilbur was with us as he practically pulled her up the mountain in his enthusiasm. I, 20 ft below, slogged along on my o…

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