Clouds are for Everyone

Although it's still winter, there are signs that spring is on its way. A week of unseasonably warm weather made me start a gardening project in February and we'll be making maple syrup before too long. Like most years, I slipped into a bit of a funk starting sometime in November, which lasted into January. I [...]

Gardening Experiment 2017.1: Raised Bed Gardening (in February!)

Okay, I couldn't help it. We had a week of unseasonably warm weather in mid-February. The sap started running on February 17th (no tapping yet, though). The snow melted back severely and we didn't even know if we would be able to snowshoe to the cottage without trudging through 18 inches of "mashed potatoes." So what else [...]

What I Found When I Went Looking for a Moose

My neighbor's have been hearing a strange bellowing noise by Mud Lake, and they think it might be a moose. It's not entirely impossible. There's a population of about 400 or so moose in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula, although these are found quite a ways south and east of here in Baraga, Iron, and Marquette [...]

Planning Next Year’s Veggie Garden: 5 Questions for You to Consider

It’s never too early to start planning next summer’s garden! Although it will still be several months before the snow melts and ground is ready to plant, I already have a stack of seed catalogs begging for my attention. I'm working on a talk about vegetable garden planning that I'll give at the library next [...]