Category: Gardening/Local Plant Life


By , May 5, 2017

On Tuesday, I shut down my birch tap for the season. As I removed the tap jug from the spile, I got a nasty surprise: on the far side of the jug, I found a small, black slug stretched out to about 2 inches long.

slug killed by salt

The salt shaker, and the damage done: all that’s left of the slug (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Seed Saving and Testing

By , February 19, 2017

Five days ago I made “seed burritos.”  I wasn’t actually that hungry, I was checking to see how the seeds I saved from my garden would germinate.

The process was simple. I wet a section of paper towel, placed 10 seeds on it, wrapped it up like a burrito and placed it in a plastic bag. I labeled the bag with the seed type (note to self, add the date next time!). I didn’t seal the bag all the way, and placed it in a warm place. Then I waited.  I checked them every couple days or so. Some seed varieties take longer than others, so I knew to be patient.

Home saved seeds from 2016 garden. (photo: Michelle L Zeiger)

Home saved seeds from 2016 garden. (Photo: Michelle L Zeiger.)

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