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General April gardening notes General April gardening notes

This winter was a “longie” with lots of snow, a situation which voles love. In our market garden we discovered damage from voles on Campanula medium (Canterbury bells) – just the ones stored in pots in sawdust, but not those in the ground. Also some potted Primulas, strawberries, and Echinaceas were completely eaten. It was the same case with these last few; plants in the ground were unharmed, those in pots in sawdust were eaten. It may be because plants all stored together serve a sort of “banquet” for voles, while those in the ground, mixed in with other plants are harder for the little critters to find. I am experimenting with inter-planting Fritillaria impe...


Please support ‘Proactive Living Facility’ organization Please support ‘Proactive Living Facility’ organization

April is Autism Awareness Month. Living in our great community of Ronan, many people are aware of autism and know someone who is affected by it. Our son Jake is one such person. Jake was born in 1994 and progressed normally. He was a beautiful baby and we doted on him as parents do. He was (and continues ...


Perch biting on east side of Polson Bay Perch biting on east side of Polson Bay

Fishermen: It looks like the perch have finally begun to bite at the east side of Polson Bay. Though I haven’t been there myself as I head up to Finnian Slough to catch bait fish, I’ve seen a cluster of boats on the south central part of the bay. A reminder that I’m paying .35 each for lega...


Montana can do better than CoreCivic

Community diversion and re-entry programs rehabilitate offenders, save state tax dollars, and prevent mass incarceration. These programs help drug and non-violent offenders obtain treatment and get a job, rather than emerge from prison as hardened criminals. That much is clear. It’s also clear that ...


Liquid gold brings clarity Liquid gold brings clarity

In many parts of the world people walk miles just to access it. Here in the U.S. we may take it for granted because for most of us it comes from the tap with the flick of a wrist. Some of us buy it bottled. Some of us like it with a slice of lemon or lime. Some prefer iced, others straight up. It is the b...


‘Alcohol, Corsets & the Vote’ topic of April 20 humanities program at library

National Library Week is April 8-14. We are offering our annual “Food for Fines” program during this week. If you have a few nagging library fines, this is your chance to clear them up. For each item of food brought in, we will waive $1 of your fines (not applicable to lost or damaged materials.)...


Farm, soil management practices can reduce carbon emissions

We hear about ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions every day. However, we do not hear enough about how we can capture carbon (carbon sequestration) through proper soil and land management. Healthy soils store carbon – enormous amounts of carbon. Forest soils store the most, followed by grasslands. S...


Rethinking the whole country Rethinking the whole country

Repeal and replace? How about the Second Amendment? “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Setting aside the antique strangeness of the wording, isn’t it time to give though...


Adventures in plastic storage

It was going to be a busy day. I had a to-do list longer than a Minnesota winter or a Texas summer – take your pick. Of course the kitchen was a mess. The best mornings always start out that way. Dishes were piled in the sink because after dinner the night before we’d discovered the dishwasher...


Farm, soil management practices can reduce carbon emissions

We hear about ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions every day.  However, we do not hear enough about how we can capture carbon (carbon sequestration) through proper soil and land management.   Healthy soils store carbon – enormous amounts of carbon. Forest soils store the most, followed by ...


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