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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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I know I’ve been away for a while.  I apologize for neglecting this blog and everyone who follows it.  As you know, life tends to happen between plans.  Let me update you on the garden and greenhouse.

We have moved the chicken coop completely into the garden.  We close them in at night and let them out into the garden in the morning.  They love the extra space they have and love to walk with me whenever I enter the garden to give them food or water.  The rooster does his mating dance for the hens regularly.  Sometimes they mate with him.  Sometimes they don’t.  All of the brassica plants that I had in the garden have been eaten, of course.  They started with the leaves and quickly moved onto the stems.  Well, so much for early broccoli or cabbage, at least in the garden.

The greenhouse is another matter.  The brassica plants there are doing well.  We also have parsnips, carrots, and peas.  The peas are small and may not do much.  We’ll see soon enough.  The plants in pots on the work bench are overwintering nicely, too.  I have mugwort, evening primrose, garlic, onions, strawberries, brassicas, and sage.  They’ll be good and strong and ready for transplanting in the Spring.  I also have heather and rosemary in pots.  The heather can be transplanted into the garden in the Spring.  The rosemary will have to stay in the pot so I can carry it in and out of the greenhouse.

Trying to water the greenhouse in the winter can be a bit of a challenge.  If the hose is frozen, I have to use the one gallon waterer.  It takes a lot of time to water that way, but it’s doable.

I hope all your gardening endeavors are going well.

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