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Book Review: Getting Over the Color Green

Getting Over the Color Green Slovic, Scott, ed University of Arizona Press, Tucson, 2001 An anthology of contemporary (but is 2001 contemporary still contemporary now?) environmental literature of the southwest.  It is broken into a few sections – natural history, … Continue reading

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The drought of 2012 at Rurikia

In school I learned about the Dust Bowl and how the lessons learned from it had led to better farming techniques. I read The Grapes of Wrath. I had seen museum exhibits of FSA photos and reports . I had … Continue reading

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The Grapes of Rurikia

Of all the plants in the orchyard the grapes fared best this year.  Their deep established roots kept enough moisture coming to avoid being shocked back into dormancy by the summer drought and the long hot days helped to speed … Continue reading

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September Spring

Once again I feel compelled to mention that 2012 has been a very odd growing year at Rurikia. With a bit of drought relief in the way of 5 inches of rain over 2 weeks the plants have decided it’s … Continue reading

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2012 Apple Harvest

It’s been a pretty miserable year in the orchard; I haven’t yet been able to bring myself to write what I try to think of as an annual summer report. A wet spring led to fireblight and scab outbreaks, nearly … Continue reading

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Time for a Niagara harvest

Although the majority of the orchyard is struggling to simply survive the drought this summer, the deep rooted grapevines have had no real difficulties. The Niagara vine along the front porch is loaded with grapes that are just becoming ripe … Continue reading

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