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Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

How to Make Friends and Influence People With Broccoli

Backyard Homesteading, Broccoli, Food Storage Tips, Gardening, Growing Your Own Vegetables, Global Politics

I was reading on the world wide web yesterday about Russian President Vladimir Putin banning western grown produce and pork products.  Seems old Vlad probably hates broccoli and bacon.  As a consequence the average Russian citizen will go without, the Russian Oligarchs will get what they want and there'll be more for the rest of us.

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The Garden Chronicles

Backyard Homesteading, Growing Your Own Vegetables, The Garden Chronicles

The gardens are shaping up nicely.  Everything is growing - including the weeds.  One and a half inches of rain over a couple of days and I spent the better part of a Saturday weeding.  And again on Sunday.  There was the mounding of the potatoes and pruning twenty-six tomato plants.  I have been sweating like a field hand.  And it's only been 64 degrees and cloudy. 

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Visualize Whirled Peas

Backyard Homesteading, Growing Your Own Vegetables, Whirled Peas

Yeah.  I know.  A groaner.  But actually a 90's band from Austin, TX.

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The Garden Chronicles

Growing Your Own Vegetables, Backyard Homesteading

Quick update on the garden.

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How To Make Pickled Beets

Canning Your Own Food, Dangerous Kitchen Experiments, Growing Your Own Vegetables

On July fourth I pulled-up my pea plants.  They were on the down-side of producing and the heat finished them-off.  I'll plant a second crop closer to fall when things cool down. I also picked the first of the beets.  And we've been picking them ever since.

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The Garden Chronicles

Backyard Homesteading, Gardening, Growing Your Own Vegetables, Guy Stuff. Potatoes

Jill says that this year's garden has been the most productive ever.  Judging from the volume of produce that has all of a sudden materialized I am inclined to believe her.

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