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Bullwinkle’s Garden

I cleared the area and planted the bulbs, resigning myself to the fact that they should have been planted in November and now had little likelihood of blossoming this spring.

Family, Farm Stands, gardening, Harvest, Life Lessons, Seasons, Uncategorized

It Really is The Great Pumpkin – Competing for the Biggest Pumpkin EVER

At the 2012 Topsfield Fair, a world record smashing giant pumpkin, the first to exceed one ton (2,009 lbs) is encased in a glass mausoleum as the receiving line wraps around the building - who are the people who grow these things?

Farm Stands, Flowers, Food, gardening, ideas, Nature, photography, Seasons, Spring, Summer, Uncategorized

OVERGROWN – Chronicle of a Reluctant Gardener

"Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there." ~  Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732   “I don’t want a garden, that’s a deal breaker, too much work, too little time”.  He agreed.  We bought a townhouse, we got married.  My husband, envious of my sister’s wonderful tomatoes, faltered first.  We were allowed 3 feet… Continue reading OVERGROWN – Chronicle of a Reluctant Gardener

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For the best corn EVER visit Barkers Farm No Andover This is a repost of a blog I wrote last August 2011

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“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”     Dwight D. Eisenhower

Lend me your ear and I’ll tell you all I learned about corn from the people who grow the best butter and sugar corn in our region and beyond:  Barkers Farm and Farm Stand, North Andover, MA on Rt. 125.  The Barkers know what they’re talking about, now under the guidance of the 10th generation (that’s the real Gen X!), this land has been cultivated by the family since 1642.  As a comparison, the town wasn’t incorporated until 1646.  The Barkers maintain a true Yankee farm focusing on their produce without sliding into the “farm as theme park” modus operandi that others in the area have resorted to to pay the bills.  It’s not that I begrudge the other farms their livelihoods, I’m pleased that any land offers me the option…

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SEMI FINAL VOTING ENDS TODAY- One Perfect Bugs Me Bug 24-Hour Photo Contest (c)

Has unearthing all these bugs started to make you itchy? Did you find them in the most unlikely places (i.e.:  a supposedly clean bedroom YIKES!)? It’s time to control the swarm. CATEGORY VOTING BUG CATEGORY SEMI FINAL VOTING July 13-16. There are four bug categories:  BAD (8 entries), GOOD (7 entries), PRETTY (10 entries), and… Continue reading SEMI FINAL VOTING ENDS TODAY- One Perfect Bugs Me Bug 24-Hour Photo Contest (c)

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THE VOTES ARE IN- One Perfectly Pretty Flower-24Hour Photo Contest (c)

Ahh, what a garden of delight we have here with our entries!  Thank you everyone for your contribution to the bouquet of beauty. CONGRATULATION NISSI CAMPBELL (PHOTO #2) FOR WINNING THIS PHOTO CHALLENGE. And now the list of all our fabulous contributors... Flower #1 (Cacao Flower) by Lori Weeks Swift;  Flower #2 (Winner poppy) Nissi Campbell; Flower… Continue reading THE VOTES ARE IN- One Perfectly Pretty Flower-24Hour Photo Contest (c)

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EMBRACE PROHIBITION (Bottle Trees – A New Englander’s View)

"Bottle Trees at first glance seem like an environmentalist’s dream (all those bottles kept out of the landfill), and a neighbor’s nightmare I called “junk on a stump” masquerading as art." Alison Colby-Campbell