Kale From Seed

Mum always knows best. She knew that kale was good for us kids, so she insisted that we at least try eating just a few bites. Mum’s policy didn’t go well with Betty and Marlene, my two younger sisters who absolutely hated kale. Eventually, after realizing they were not going to win their dinner time…

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Onions

Uncle Jacob and Uncle Cor, my Dad’s brothers, ran a nice Garden Centre in North Holland, not far from where my parents grew up. No surprise. I have not been there for at least a couple of decades, and my guess is that the place is probably run by my cousins or their kids, who…

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March Flowers

April showers bring May flowers.   Crocuses will beg to differ. As will Snowdrops, Siberian Scilla, Hellebores and Dwarf Iris. The first three months of 2017 are going down in the record books as the warmest ever. That may have nudged forward the bloom time of a few spring flowers, albeit only by a day or…

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Rain

Rain, rain go away, come again some other day. So far the January blues have been more grey than blue. I call this Dutch weather, where we don’t get wet, but don’t stay dry either. Just like Amsterdam. With all this damp and dull weather, farmers aren’t pushing the panic button just yet. It’s January,…

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Oleander

Cheryl told me to throw it out the window for good, but the stubborn in me has not given me permission to do so. Not yet. A month ago, I wrote about the Oleander tree which we enjoy on the patio in summer and bring indoors for the winter. This is year 3 for the…

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Concrete

There has been a plethora of news lately about carbon taxing and cap and trade policies, perhaps largely because we are being hit in the pocketbook with higher prices at the pumps. And we are not sure to what levels Trump will continue to poo-poo any action on climate change. Hidden near the bottom of…

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Bark

We tend to compare tree bark to our skin, and in many ways they are very similar. Bark and skin are both made of several layers, with the toughest being on the outside. Young bark, like an infant is softer than old bark. And like skin, bark’s main purpose is to protect the more valuable…

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