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A late-Winter Wind-Storm knocked over the Greenhouse!

It wasn't actually completed yet so no great set-back, but back to the storm.

The wind was so strong that it also took out the cabana on one of the porches.

The wind blew down branches and part of the neighbor's fence.

Then the wind made one Tarp totally disappear.

A security camera showed that I removed the Tarp that was covering the tractor...

Then I fiddled with a salamander heater...

later I moved the Tarp next to the corner of the house...

and no sooner my back was disappeared.

I missed the action in real-time.

As large as the tarp was, when I played back the camera feed, it appears that the tarp went straight up into the air past the view of the cameras and never returned down.

My tentative guess (to preserve some semblance of sanity) is that someone passing down the road picked it up (it's fair game at that point).

The wind storm ruined other stuff too.

Hut in Springfield Ohio

Behold, the proposed Green House

R.I.P., for instance

Greenhouse Door

Below is a video of the Greenhouse taking Sabatical.

***Please note that the video MAY NOT PLAY ON MOBILE OR TABLET DEVICES.

Note to self: Don't Blame the Birds

Ahhh but Thank God for Springfield's Spring

New things come in the Spring!

Cherry, Apple, and Pear Orchard is being planned

Apple Tree in Springfield Ohio

Photo of the Vickie-Tree in the proposed orchard.

Last year the tree created one solitary apple. The apple was the size of my thumb. I tried to get vickie to eat it, but it was just too small.

Apple Tree in Springfield Ohio

Other types of Springfield Ohio Trees grow all by themselves!

The trees in the photos were not present when we moved here in late-2014.

Springfield Trees

All that was required for these trees to grow, was to NOT mow a section of the lawn for a while.


Springfield Ohio Trees

The trees form a natural border between the neighbors to the rear of our property, and will hopefully serve as firewood in a decade... or-so.

Vickie brought the first Apple Tree here. Then my mom brought the first Peach Tree. So a orchard it will be!

Vickie Murph, Giver of Life

Inspired by Ms. Vickie Murph who first started out as a customer and then became a great tree-of-knowledge and friend.

Enough about the trees already.

This page is supposed to be about Gardening!

Spring till Fall, an ample supply of Salad and other edibles arrives daily from the Garden.

Eat Me
Eat Me 2

However, 2015 through to 2017 proved to be way too much labor pulling weeds.

A new approach was proposed in 2018.

Below are shown photos of the results of the 2018 gardening alternative, commonly referred to as "No-Till" Gardening.

Yes, No-Till Gardening was easier, but proved to be a real mess. Vegetables were hiding everywhere.

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Garden Photo in SpringfieldPicture of Ohio No-Till
Springfield Ohio Garden on Troy Road
Ohio's Cucumbers Photo in Springfield
Picuture of Raspberries in Springfield Ohio

2018 was the year for a "no-till" garden, which was not so eventful.

The garden looked like a mess. But for the most part, the yield was kind of surprising.

Truth be told, 2018 brought two early-Spring frosts that killed everything that was planted, twice the garden died, twice I had to re-plant (by then weeds were the last thing on my mind).

We can do better than this.

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