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White Hats and Black Hats

by: Dale Johnson As a child in the early 60’s, I would turn the black and white TV on and more often than not, there would be a western on. I instantly knew who the good guys were and who…

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Urban Eden

Allen and Catherine Johnson live in urban Arlington, Virginia. Their duplex home was built in the post WWII boom right into the side of the steepest hill in Arlington. Being on a hill, they have more stairs than anything; 25…

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Cheap energy = cheap food = loss of appreciation for food

by Dale Johnson, Farm Management Specialist, University of Maryland Extension For the past century we have had cheap energy in the form of gasoline and diesel oil. Let me illustrate. Suppose you need the energy to move 1,000 pounds of…

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Grow It, Eat It, OR ELSE! by Dale Johnson

Corn, wheat, soybeans, and rice feed the world. You can find them in almost every processed food. Meat and dairy products are made of them. For decades supply outstripped demand as production increased much faster than population. But things are…

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Trellis Cucumbers

In years past I grew my cucumbers on the ground. As they sprawled across the garden, they encroached into the other vegetables and were difficult to harvest. They would hide underneath the leaves and I would accidentally step on them….

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Sunflowers!

Sunflowers are a fun addition to the garden. Here are reasons everyone should grow them. Beauty – Sunflowers are beautiful. When the Illinois Blacksmith John Deere was choosing colors for his new plow, I bet he was looking at a…

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Is it safe to eat lettuce amid E. coli outbreak?

The above title is the title of the following article. http://us.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/05/13/lettuce.recall/index.html?hpt=T2 Answer: It is safe to eat my lettuce because I grew it myself. I hope your spring garden is doing well whether it be a large backyard garden or…

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