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Weeds, wonderful weeds


Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Monday, September 4, 2000

I’ve heard it again. ‘Oh, I’d love for you to see my garden, Virginia, but I’m so embarrassed because of all the weeds.’ Well who is missing out here, you or me? I’d love to see your garden, weeds and all. I love weeds, I say. But they never believe me. But, I say, a weed is any plant that is in the wrong place. So the only garden tour I get is in my own backyard. You want to see weeds? I don’t have any weeds, but I do have dandelions, purslane, nettle, shepherd’s purse, horseweed galore; there’s pigweed and smartweed, and some really great yellow dock and wow, the biggest burdock you ever saw. But what’s different is I love all my plants. These are strong volunteer plants that have grown without any doing from me, and grown healthier than my imported delicacies from South America. And take out your herbal reference books, many of these plants are high in vitamins and minerals and some even have great healing properties.

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to attend Frontier Cooperative’s Herbfest 2000. I came away with a renewed sense of stewardship for the entire plant kingdom. One seminar in particular, ‘Dinner Underfoot’ by Peter Gail, invited us to dine out in our own backyards. He has done extensive research and has compiled over 800 recipes for dandelions alone.

Another seminar gave us new insight with ‘S.A.D.’ Standard American Diet vs. ‘J.O.Y.’ Just Our Backyards. Wow.

But there is also some hard science at work. New research has shown that ‘weeds’ will grow where they are needed most. That is, when your soil is lacking in a certain nutrient, the ‘weeds’ that grow there are rich in that nutrient. So that when they are allowed to complete their lifecycle and be turned to soil, the soil becomes balanced.

There is a great book available from Midwest Organic Sustainable Education Services, MOSES, of Spring Valley, WI entitled Weeds and Why They Grow, by Jay McCann, which describes one farmers observation of weeds and soil conditions, noting that certain weeds prefer a certain soil and mineral balance. He uses this knowledge to control weeds by changing his soil. You can contact MOSES at (715) 772-3153.

So try to appreciate the native plants that grace your gardens for they bring you not only information about your soil, but the cure for your soil when allowed to grow and be composted. Their deep tap roots break up hardpan, they provide shade for lettuces and seeds for bug eati .....
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Hoffman Stables

This work is not for the birds

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Monday, September 4, 2000

I stand on the roof of our workshop holding the end of a rope. My husband has tied the opposite end around his waist so he doesn't slip as he hammers nails into our new metal roofing. Although I am alert to the danger ..... 
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Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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"Please Don’t Touch the Rattlesnakes!"By John LevellMonday, August 21, 2000

Rattlesnake! The single word most likely to elicit a response from those who live or play along the Root River State Trail, especially during these more temperate, ple ..... 
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An afternoon in La Crosse

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Monday, September 4, 2000

We were wandering around downtown historic La Crosse last weekend, which, I couldn’t help but notice, in places, looks a bit like downtown historic Lanesboro. The secret is out, if you want your town to be economicall ..... 
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Lord of the Dance

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Monday, August 28, 2000

My wife told me that I had won first prize and was chosen to be her escort for her all-school reunion last weekend. I actually looked forward to the event, especially when it was her reunion and not mine. It was unlikel ..... 
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Survivors

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Monday, August 28, 2000

This is a story about survivors.

No, it is not about the gameshow/psychodrama that was recently portrayed on CBS, where neurosis is a developmental skill highly valued by artificially created tribal groups.
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The dark at the bottom of the stairway

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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My wife drove into town to look for some material for a chair that she is going to re-upholster and would be gone for an hour or two and as she was leaving, suggested that I find something useful to do. I sat at my desk and gave the matter some thoug ..... 
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Journal Profile # 78

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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Name: Tyler Benson
Home: Rushford
Age: 15
Profession: I am a ninth grade student at Rushford-Peterson
Family: Dad, Mom, & Sister
Hero: My Mom, Dad and Uncle Ron
Hobby: I like goi ..... 
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Easy Wild Rice Hot-dish

Sun, Sep 3rd, 2000
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1 lb. hamburger
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
Brown together, then add to the browned meat,
1 box Uncle Ben’s wild rice
1 cup water
1 can beef broth or consomme
1 can of mushroom soup
Put altogether in a casser ..... 
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