How many more weeks of winter, Punxsutawney Phil?

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It’s gross outside: bits of brownish gray chunks create mushy ruts in the roads. It’s cold. My usually-hyperactive dogs roll their eyes and nuzzle into their beds when I inquire about taking a walk. The snow has been here a while: so long that it hasn’t been white for many days. Chunks of ice on the sidewalk are dyed a light cerulean. My guess is a teaspoon of de-icer on a sheet of 2 inches of snow-turned-ice isn’t sufficient. ...

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Gift ideas for Backflow Testers, Plumbers, and Irrigation Workers

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It’s one of my favorite times of the year–the holiday season! (It falls second only to those days in the early summer that start out crisp and cool– and open up into a hot afternoons and warm evenings.) With the gift-giving season nearly upon us, I’ve put together a list of present ideas for backlow testers, irrigation workers, and plumbers. They range from downright silly to thoughtful and useful. Give a great gift to someone in your life!

After all, ...

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Hello Autumn! Time to Winterize.

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Brr! This morning has more of a chill to it than the past couple days, a reminder than Autumn is here. (Or officially will be on Thursday.) My tomato plants are looking a lot less happy than they did just a week ago, and I’m thinking green tomato chutney will be in the works pretty soon.  While some areas of the country are still dry and very warm, in many areas it’s about that time to start considering winterizing ...

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Irrigation history

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When you water your patio plants, you likely grab your watering can and fill it form a convenient hose nozzle. Or maybe you water them directly from the hose. Whether it’s from house water, a local canal, or even well water, when you need to water your yard, the steps you take are straightforward. However, there’s a huge history of irrigation long-before the hose we know today. I’d like to look at some of those more unique and

It won’t come ...

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Drought tolerant lawn replacements

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It’s the time of year that I start itching to get gardening. I’ve started my pepper, onion, and tomato seedlings indoors under a florescent light and I’m doing sun-dances in the middle of our yard, which, of course, is the opposite of rain dances which I’ll be doing in July. I’m lucky (or so I tell myself) that I live in an area that rarely has a drought–although I grew up in an area that was more years than not ...

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