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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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