Category Archives: Yard & Garden

Japanese Beetles are Unamerican

The monster is me! Who’d a thunk it? – Mr. Nakamura While bagging up Japanese beetles last night, it occurred to me that the two things that I have battled the hardest in the garden are Japanese beetles and Japanese … Continue reading

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Entropy is Real

We’re all going to sit down and listen to an inspiring story of wilderness survival. – Homer Simpson This spring, I saw an Investopedia article on six misguided home improvements, which included: Around the same time, Nicole Balch of Making … Continue reading

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What You Have There is an Ex-Plant

We’re all gonna die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – Bart Simpson It was rainy on Sunday, so I decided to┬árun some errands. I took this plant with me because I thought a drive might make it feel better. This is a Hetz Midget arborvitae … Continue reading

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Hops, Not Leaps

Ooh, they used nylon rope this time. It feels so smooth against my skin. Almost sensuous! – Apu Remember we were growing hops on the back of the garage? Remember I said they would grow up any type of rope? … Continue reading

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Bye-Bye, Butterfly

Do the wing thing! – Bart Simpson We saw probably the last monarch butterfly of the season weekend before last. Monarchs migrate south when the weather turns cooler — you may have seen the recent item about a monarch cloud … Continue reading

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Rain Barrels: Truth is More Work Than Fiction

Right as rain! Or, as we say around here, “left” as rain! – Ned Flanders I originally named this post “What Hippies Don’t Want You to Know About Rain Barrels” but I didn’t want to attract real-life Cartman types. The … Continue reading

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Geek Garden

Bart: There is no way all this junk is gonna fit. Homer: Now, don’t worry. This is what all those hours of playing Tetris were for. Fall is a great time to put in raised beds — do the construction … Continue reading

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Brick Edging Happens

My back yard makes my front yard look like an idiot. – Homer Simpson For some years now, I’ve been using our boulevard space (sometimes called a “hell strip” for good reason) as a place to put plants in transition. … Continue reading

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Good Easy Plants: Coreopsis (Tickseed)

That’s so romantic! We gotta go to England! – Lisa Simpson The Kev and I have been off-blog for a few weeks while we traveled to Blighty for his sister’s wedding. Such a good time was had! Congratulations, Helen and … Continue reading

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“Squirrel-Proof” Bird Feeding

Assault weapons have gotten a lot of bad press lately, but they’re manufactured for a reason: to take out today’s modern super-animals, such as the flying squirrel and the electric eel. – Lenny Leonard We enjoy watching the wildlife in … Continue reading

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