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The Last Two Months (that’s, like, 5 chicken-years)

What with starting a new job and trying to finish the chicken coop and blah blah blah…anyway, here’s an update. Sometime in late April, the chicks began escaping from their brooder. They were getting tall enough that it seemed cruel … Continue reading

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The Frustrations of Street-Side Gardening

Someone picked our daffodil. Aaron found it a few houses down lying on the sidewalk. I’m inclined to say it was just some drunk idiot, since the daffodil was intact on Saturday evening (I was checking on it giddily throughout … Continue reading

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I know, I know, it’s not fully blooming yet, but I just couldn’t wait! This little guy has been creeping up for the last month or so (I think he* got stunted a bit by the snow and frost we … Continue reading

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Backyard Hardscaping part 2: The Driveway Plus How To Install a Brick Patio

Our contractor installed the subgrade under both the driveway and patio sites: compacted crushed angular gravel to a depth of 18 inches under the driveway and 12 inches under the patio. Then it was our turn. DRIVEWAY For the driveway, … Continue reading

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Backyard Hardscaping (I smell a lawsuit)

Our contractor was just about to start working to restore our backyard to working order when the ice storm came. This was mid November 2010, a little earlier than normal for our area, and the ground froze solid. And while … Continue reading

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Landscape Plans

Our backyard is a jungle, with the most pervasive weeds imaginable and little to speak of other than our neglected vegetable patch and our highly chlorotic oak tree. We do have some prolific basil plants (basil must thrive on neglect), … Continue reading

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