Category: yard work

Yard work: morel mushroom

Self-tutoring about wild plants and fungi: the tutor mentions a find. Visiting the compost today, I noticed a shiny black thing with numerous odd-shaped lobes. Nearby, a second one presented. I bent down to examine one. I assumed it a

Lawn care: the tutor gets specific about lime

Self-tutoring about lawn care: the tutor looks up a definition. For years I’ve bought what I call “lime” and spread it on the lawn to reduce soil acidity. The product’s name that I buy is actually dolomite. Yet, what is

Yard work, exercise and fitness: the unintended work-out

Self-tutoring: the tutor shares about yard chores. Yesterday, I thought perhaps I wouldn’t get enough exercise. I thought wrong. For the seeds I found in our shelves, I decided to open up more garden space from a rectangle of the

Lifestyle, yard work: watering reflections, part 0

Self-tutoring about watering: the tutor reflects…. I can’t remember when summer 2018 started (see my post here about when summer starts); irrigation is in full swing. (I began about this year’s watering efforts in the post here.) I’m no pro

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Biology, composting: immobilization vs mineralization

Organic groundskeeping leads to self-tutoring. The tutor defines two terms connected with composting. In a properly functioning ecosystem, nutrients are constantly recycled – they are used by one organism, then released back to the soil to be retaken by another.

Biology: what is a cultivar?

Horticulture can lead the amateur to self-tutoring. The tutor discusses the idea of a cultivar. Cultivar literally means “cultivated variety.”1 In my mind it refers to a plant commonly grown, that you, also, can buy and grow, either as seed

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Lifestyle: when to harvest apples

Lifestyle is continuous self-tutoring – for me, anyway. The tutor comments about when he chooses to pick apples from the tree. When my first son was born, we planted him an apple tree. Without having to compete for sunlight, or

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Lifestyle: watering the lawn: best time and way

I’ve recently taken self-tutoring about lawn watering. The tutor shares some discoveries. On the west coast, summer is often very dry. Typically, if the lawn isn’t watered, it will go brown. Where I live, we have watering restrictions. On the

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Oak trees: do red oaks produce acorns every year?

The tutor shares the answer to a question he’s long harboured. Generally, red oak acorns take two years to mature. Does that mean the tree drops a crop of acorns only every second year? According to Cathy Blumig of,

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Botany: black walnut: juglone

The tutor researches the effects of juglone from black walnut trees. Juglone is a toxin produced by the black walnut tree; it’s found throughout the tree and in its leaves, shells and nuts. Apparently, to humans eating the walnuts, the

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