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Garlic Scapes

"No, that's not what I said. Not garlic, garlic scapes. Two different things." That's the gist of a brief conversation I had with a friend when I offered her some garlic scapes. It didn't dawn on me...

 

Xeriscaping

I've talked with several people in the last few weeks concerning lawns. FYI. Part of the Master Gardener program is helping people with plant issues, including lawns. To a person they are concerned...

 
 By Mike Heath    News    July 22, 2021

Music of Our History Part 1

My granddaughter has started exploring music in recent weeks. That she enjoys it is obvious, she asks for “music” every time she sees me and is not above taking over my phone to look for songs to play. Not even two years old yet and she has...

 

Wyoming Drought conditions worsen

This year it’s easy to see how blessed we are to live in Laramie County. I have been talking about a severe drought that expected to occur in the west (including Wyoming) this year for the past two years. Well, folks, it’s here. I spoke to an...

 
 By Mike Heath    News    July 15, 2021

The Battle for our Country

“The National Archives’ task force on racism claimed in a newly unearthed report that the agency’s own rotunda housing the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights is an example of “structural racism.” The repor...

 

Firewise Planning

I was fortunate to be invited to attend the Fire District 10 Annual Awards Picnic recently. Actually, Linda was invited and I attended as the Plus 1. If you don't know where District 10 is at they...

 
 By Mike Heath    News    July 8, 2021

Above right: Sara Jurek displays her table savers.

Is there more to the COVID vaccine than we are being told? I’m curious. I’ve never thought highly of the conspiracy theorists. Yet, with COVID, I’m left scratching my head. I haven’t heard any conspiracy theorists come forward yet but there...

 

Wildflowers

For the last couple of weeks my wife has been trying to get me to mow the yard. I'm not saying she was wrong because, frankly, I've been a bit on the lazy/busy side and haven't wanted to take the...

 
 By Mike Heath    News    July 1, 2021

Patriotism

I was weeding this week while dark, threatening storm clouds were building overhead. As I looked up to check the clouds I saw one of the most beautiful sights an American patriot could imagine. A single ray of sunlight burst through and spotlighted...

 

Overgrazing your yard

There are a few places that cause me to cringe inside every time I drive past them. Every one is a home on a small acreage with a lot of horses. I think of one in particular that I see nearly every...

 

Cover crops for home gardens

I know. The first question you ask is, "Why use a cover crop? I only have a small garden." When we talk about cover crops we are talking specifically about vegetable gardens. Whether you have a small...

 
 By Mike Heath    News    June 17, 2021

Like Sheep to the Slaughter – From Liberty to Dictatorship Part 8 Final

For seven weeks we’ve explored multiple actions that dictators historically use to take over a country. We started with a discussion of dividing the population and setting different factions against each other to create hatred and unrest. The...

 

Weed season is here

Every time I think I'm going to get ahead of the chores something comes up and I fall further and further behind. Always so much to do and so little time. I thought I was about to get ahead with the...

 
 By Mike Heath    News    June 10, 2021

Like Sheep to the Slaughter – From Liberty to Dictatorship Part 7

Anyone who’s watching the news, especially over the past year, can see a failed criminal justice system. Remember all the riots across the country? Burning buildings, police precincts destroyed, stores ransacked and looted, people assaulted, and...

 

Gardening with Children

Our granddaughter will be 20 months old this month and she loves to be outside with us. I know that she doesn't really have a clue what we are doing or any concept of why we are doing it but she does...

 
 By Mike Heath    News    June 3, 2021

Like Sheep to the Slaughter – From Liberty to Dictatorship Part 6

The last two years have been riddled with violence and destruction throughout the country. I’m not saying there wasn’t any in years prior but it seemed, at least to me, that it got a lot worse in 2019. Maybe it was the COVID hysteria, maybe a...

 

The Benefits of Animals to the Environment

Yesterday our Labrador was going nuts barking at something in the back yard. Linda went out to see what was going on and found a huge snake that slithered up the embankment behind the house. It was...

 
 By Mike Heath    News    May 27, 2021

Like Sheep to the Slaughter – From Liberty to Dictatorship Part 5

For those of you who have never traveled to a Communist or other type of tyrannical government-run country you will have no frame of reference for much of this article. I apologize for that on one hand yet on the other I’m glad you’ve never had...

 

Almost Planting Time

I hope. I pray. Cross my fingers. Cross my toes. And whatever else I can cross. Warm weather, are you here to stay this time? I certainly hope so. Here it is almost May and we're still having some...

 
 By Mike Heath    News    May 20, 2021

Like Sheep to the Slaughter – From Liberty to Dictatorship Part 4

Reliance on government not self I’ve spent the morning watching comment after comment on the pitiful “jobs report” just released. Everyone had an opinion why it was so low but the general feeling was that people have no reason to work while rec...

 

Spring Time is Green Time

I love Spring. I love the smell in the air. I love the chill of the wind off the mountains. And, most of all, I love to watch new life coming up from the ground and the new buds on the trees and...

 
 By Mike Heath    News    May 13, 2021

Like Sheep to the Slaughter – From Liberty to Dictatorship Part 3

”Government, which does not and did not grant us our rights, must not now seek to deny them by using fear as its justification.” Senator Malcom Wallop, Wyoming. Now that I’m retired I don’t drive to Cheyenne much anymore but last week I was i...

 

Native Grasses

When I decided on the subject for this week I never thought it would still be winter at the end of April. It sure feels like it though. It's cold and snowy. So why am I talking about grass? I mean...

 

Raised Beds

Another question that came up often at the Cheyenne Home and Garden Show concerned raised beds and container gardening. The funny thing is that I was going to write on that topic anyway. Both of...

 
 By Mike Heath    News    April 29, 2021

Like Sheep to the Slaughter – From Liberty to Dictatorship Part 1

“If his forces are united, separate them.” From the Art of War written by Sun Tzu, a Chinese military strategist of about the 5th century B.C. The term we use today is “divide and conquer”. This is one of the first and foremost strategies...

 

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