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Joan Norberg

The Real Dirt

A few years ago, a neighbour told me my garden needed to be amended with some dirt. He was referring to the stereotypical black soil that can be purchased from either big-box stores or a local distributor who harvests the soil...

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Living on Farmer Time

I have always wondered why we need to adjust our clocks for daylight saving time here in the land of the Midnight Sun. It was originally adopted in Europe to extend the evening daylight hours during the summer months. Sure, it...

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Winter Gardening

Years ago I was asked by a Japanese helper what kinds of plants grew here in the winter. I laughed and said nothing grows, it is all frozen solid. She was amazed.In many places they rotate their crops based on the season....

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Talking Turkey

Because turkeys are a North American bird, it makes sense to have them for the North American holiday of Thanksgiving.There are about 15 different kinds of turkeys ranging in colour from a slate-blue to the bronze of the wild...

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