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Super-Mouse

by Ivory Soap FLOPS

We don’t use the R-word.  It’s a super-mouse.  Or now super-mice.  And it’s all my fault.  Three guesses what’s in those well-sealed buckets and coolers. Something that was in a paper bag that I wondered how all the grains were ‘jumping’ out into the scrap wood stack! (Has to be the kids…) Remember this post?  […]

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Aerogarden

by Ivory Soap FLOPS

After my first aerogarden herb crop–I’ve had trouble growing anything else in there.  But, since we’re past lettuce season, I decided to give it another try.  So far, the five middle cells work, but the two outer ones are still duds. And that nifty mini-garden off to the side (thatI got for $20 at Tuesday […]

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Three Sisters Woes Continue

by Daisy FLOPS

A while back I predicted abject failure from my Three Sisters planting of corn, pole beans, and squash. None of my dire predictions came true, but we still got trouble. The plants themselves have grown well. The corn is tall and tasselling out. The beans are growing up the corn, and the pumpkins are taking […]

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Ivory’s Garden Flop-o-rama

by Daisy FLOPS

Remember when I said that you have to have homemade or, like, five bags of different composts in your raised beds? Well, I know, because this year I didn’t do it! I have NEVER had to fertilize my garden or anything else I’ve grown. But I got lazy. I put in a bunch of new […]

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Three Sisters Flop Alert

by Daisy FLOPS

Who knew the Three Sisters method of planting corn, beans, and squash would get so much press all of the sudden? From community education gardens to the White House, everybody and his dog is planting a Three Sisters garden. How can I put a new spin on it that will make throwing my hat into […]

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A Wager

by Daisy FLOPS

How much do you bet the theoretically red-bloomed verbena on the left don’t make it? I thought they’d rally once I got them in the ground. Maybe….maybe not. Place your bets. Ivory

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Climbing versus Clinging

by Daisy FLOPS

This is a literal flop. That’s about 150 pounds of rose on the ground, I’m guessing. Erect, it reaches 20 feet. It’s not suspended off the ground in that arch you see. There’s just that much plant piled underneath it. It broken two well secured wires IN HALF. And….. Warped an iron trellis. Can you […]

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Mama, my syrup is crunchy!

by Daisy FLOPS

What happens when you’re making syrup for your kids’ pancakes and you let the the stuff cook for, like, ever? MAPLE CANDY. I had never done this before, but when I poured it into the bowl we spoon from, it wouldn’t ‘pour.’ The kids abandoned the pancakes and begged for maple candy all morning.

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Microwave Squash Explosion

by Daisy FLOPS

I blew a flat. I properly vented the thing, but when I squished it after 15 minutes, I thought it still felt 100% hard. So I popped it in for five more minutes and it blew it’s guts all over the place. This pic is even after some cleaning. My fav is the pieces hanging […]

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Cucumber Soap

by Daisy FLOPS

This…. …is a very bad sign. That’s my week old soap clinging to my knife. Hovering above the ping-pong table, like, a foot. Cookie dough soap. And not the cookie smelling kind. The cookie FEELING kind. Watch this… Oh, that’s not good. Maybe after two minutes in the pringles can, but a week? Here’s where […]

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Home Brew

by Daisy FLOPS

This, my friends…. …is the worst beer you’ve ever had. I brewed it myself. I followed the directions. It’s HORRIBLE. I had JUST POURED it when I took this picture. See any fizz? And let me tell you, it’s bitter as a third place beauty queen. I think the problem with the taste lies in […]

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Homegrown Popcorn

by Daisy FLOPS

Hey, look at this really pretty ear of popcorn!!!! Now, look at it again. Kinda tiny, eh? And that’s my ONLY ear. I don’t even think I can call it an ear. Ear-ette. But, I am telling you right now…I’m a-gonna dry that bad boy and try to pop it. Just because. Well, that and […]

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Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave

by Daisy FLOPS

Oh, wow, now that’s . . . um . . . that’s real interesting. So. . . I’d say that’s a . . . wha’d ya call that exactly? Don’t. Make. Fun. I’ll get the hang of it eventually.

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One Heckuva Sweet Tater

by Daisy FLOPS

It might be a ‘success,’ technically–but, it sure didn’t turn out like I intended. YIKES: Beauregard Tate Caswell 9/24/08 6 lbs 6.4 ounces 30.5 inches Ivory P.S. That’s a VCR tape.

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Potato Famine

by Daisy FLOPS

Growing potatoes in a barrel sounded as easy as. . . shooting fish in one, perhaps. I thought I did everything right–I used certified seed potatoes, I planted them to the suggested depth. I covered them carefully as they grew, up and over the top of the barrel, and watered them judiciously. They looked fine, […]

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The Gravity of Gardening

by Daisy FLOPS

What is that? A crooked row of some experimental type of bean? Nope. Ma bean pole blowed over. (sigh) T.L.

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The Year of the Squash Vine Borer

by Daisy FLOPS

Who can’t grow squash? The prevailing attitude is that you plant your squash, turn and run before it overtakes you, and retreat to the kitchen to concoct increasingly unconventional recipes to use up the overwhelming quantity of squash produced. Neighbors cross the street to avoid you and your grocery bags full of excess zucchini and […]

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When Life Gives You Squash

by Daisy FLOPS

Hey, that looks like a pretty healthy butternut squash! What’s the problem? Why is it in the flops? Because it was supposed to be potatoes and it’s . . . not. T.L.

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The Leaning Trellis of Tomatoes

by Daisy FLOPS

Whoa! I’m almost used to it now, since I know it isn’t about to break. It has looked exactly like this for months now. I thought I had such a sturdy trellis for my tomato plants–before they actually started to grow up on to it. I don’t know what I was thinking, but I obviously […]

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