Archive for June, 2016

I live on a small farm with livestock. Guns are indeed a tool to protect livestock from predators, just as guns are a tool in Alaska. Gun control is not the answer. Guns are merely a tool used by people with ill-intent, just like knives, knitting needles, shovels, cars, forks, baseball bats, and any number of other items that can be made into weapons. Let’s not get hung up on the gun control debate. Instead, let’s focus on how to identify and catch the next Mateen before that person uses a tool to kill.

Craig Medred


16 - 1(46) A handful of deadly power/Craig Medred photo

I walked up to a policeman yesterday carrying one of the world’s most powerful handguns in a holster in  my right hand. He noticed. How could he not? But he didn’t seem concerned.

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A tonka poem has the syllable pattern of 5/7/5/7/7. Here is my tonka for this Tuesday.


Garden planted now

Waiting for seeds to grow well

Water when not raining

Patiently wait for nature’s course

Harvest when time, not before

The Raised Bed

Brassicas close, the lettuce, spinach, kale, swiss chard, parsnips, carrots, and peas.

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This year, the raised bed in my greenhouse had an unwelcome surprise. Clover. I’m not sure how it got there, but I know how to get rid of it. Pull it. I had to be careful to do this on a rainy day. Why? I’m allergic to bees which find clover very attractive.

While pulling, I had to pull some of my intentional plants. These were separated from the clover and replanted immediately. I did lose a parsley plant that was choked out by the clover before I had a chance to pull it. I also lost one garlic plant when the leaves separated from the bulb. It wasn’t a total loss because I used the bulb in supper that evening.

Once the clover was pulled, the raised bed looked much better. It will need to be monitored for clover from now on, and I will be careful to pull it early, before it has a chance to flower.

The appearance of the clover in the raised bed of my greenhouse goes to prove that weeds will show up anywhere, anytime.

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