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Rest in Peace: Rusty
Posted on Jun 13, 2022 3:17 PM

For a few weeks Rusty's health had been declining, but today was the day it had come to an end for Russell (nicknamed "Rusty"). He was a breed of terrier, Jack Russell and poodle. Thirteen years he was a part of my life, which makes it nearly all my life I've known him. In the good times and bad, when playing ball with my siblings…Rusty was always there.

My older brother and I just finished burying him, and we left some heartfelt pretty rocks to mark his grave. I composed a poem for Rusty:
Physical things do come and go
But it seemed Rusty would never.
He's always by my side, fast or slow
And nothing will ever render

My so deep love and care for him
Completely gone. He always will
Keep my cup of joy filled to the brim
Always running on with me still.


This was him a few years ago rolling around in the grass:
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And another picture:
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Rest in peace, my furry friend.

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Dandelion Tea: Not For Me
Posted on May 20, 2022 7:31 AM

Well, the roots and leaves finally dried out all the way through, so I was able to crush the dandelions and put it in a teabag. I tried it. As my mom said, it's like drinking spinach. Yeah, it's gross. I see now why most people don't drink it for pleasure, and only drink it for the medicinal properties.

Still waiting on my radishes. They're taking a long time this year, longer than last year. I have them in a different area than last year, so I'm wondering if maybe the soil just doesn't have as many nutrients. They're supposed to take 25 days to mature, and it has already passed the twenty day marker. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

We're supposed to have frost tonight, as well as tomorrow night. Frost. On May 20th, and 21st? It's unheard of! Anyway, I've already planted some of my Sugar Baby watermelon in the ground outside, so unfortunately, there's nothing I can do about that. The plants outside will have to tough it out with the frost. But I did bring in my cantaloupe, peppers, coriander, tobacco, and some more Sugar Baby seedlings into the house, since they're all in containers.

I'm hoping it doesn't get too cold. We had some snow about a couple weeks ago, when my radishes were really young, and they still survived through the frost and two inches of snow on top of them. I'm hoping they'll do that again.

Until next time,
I tip my hat to you.

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Leeks, Radishes, & Melons
Posted on May 16, 2022 4:21 PM

I had planted about a hundred radishes (both 'Early Scarlet Globe' and 'Champion'), and now I'm down to sixty or seventy. Why, you ask? My cat, Honey, decided my radish pots were awesome play areas. She dug in them twice. The first time wasn't so bad; she only killed maybe four or five. Did I learn my lesson? Of course not. I made myself believe she wouldn't do it again (I was just too lazy to put up fencing). The second time around, she killed all but three in my pots. She hasn't gotten to the raised beds yet (where most of my radishes are), so I still have those ones. But the ones in the ground-pots (pots with empty bottoms so that the roots can extend into the earth) are pretty much all killed.

So I instead planted leeks—just came in from doing that—in the ground-pots. And now I have tomato cages around them. Try to get into those, Honey. Yeah, no more digging in my pots for her.

Eight of my 'Crenshaw' cantaloupes have also sprouted, and I got those into small containers. I'm going to be growing them in 15 gallon pots, because containers actually work for Cantaloupe cultivars. Bigger melons won't survive in pots.

One of the nine 'Sugar Baby' watermelon seeds I started has also sprouted. That one is a smaller melon, so they can be done in containers as well, but I'm going to try this one in the ground; 15 gal pots can get expensive. It's just fencing that's one big problem right now. We're working on it.
I'm hoping to get some big melons this year, but it's not likely with all the grasshoppers we have (another big problem). The property is overrun with the worst species of grasshoppers in the US (yes, Minnesota and SD have the worst hoppers in the country).

Anyway, the deer and rabbits don't bother the radishes, so I didn't think that I'd have to set up cages for them. Imagine my surprise when it wasn't even the wild animals who I had to watch out for, but my own cat. Grumbling

Until next time,
I tip my hat to you.

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Picked Dandelions
Posted on Apr 29, 2022 9:26 AM

I picked the dandelions, rinsed them, and now they're drying out. I pulled two plants, but unfortunately their roots snapped off and I was too lazy to go and get a trowel. Besides, most dandelion tea is made from the roots, so I want to see how it will taste from the dried leaves and flowers. All parts of the plant are edible, so it might taste bad, but at least I won't die.

We'll see how this goes.

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Dandelions
Posted on Apr 20, 2022 11:50 AM

Yes, it's that time of the year; dandelions are sprouting all over the place. But this year, I've got something new for them: I'm going to use them for tea. Quite frankly, I've never even had store-bought dandelion tea, but I figured it's worth a try to do it myself. All parts of the plant are edible, so I'm first going dry out all the parts, but I'll first use the roots since most dandelion tea is made from the dried roots. I'll also try the leaves and flowers, though. We'll see how this goes.

Last year, the rabbits ate all of the dandelions almost as soon as they started blooming, so I want to beat them to it. I haven't seen a single rabbit all year, though. In fact, the last time I saw a rabbit was fall of 2021. They went into hibernation and they haven't come out yet, even though last year they were out by now. We have been having some pretty cold weather even for spring, so they might be fooled into thinking it's still not time. That's totally fine with me. In fact, I'd like it if they were to stay in hibernation for a couple months more. They chowed down so many of my crops last year, you might understand why we're not exactly rubbing elbows (or paws and elbows) with each other.

Anyway, I'm going to see about getting some dandelions today. I'll make sure to post the results here when I do get around to doing it.


Until next time,
I tip my hat to you.

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