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One more Alabama stream

“Sandy Creek” lies just down the hill from my grandfather’s property. As a child, I fished and played in this stream, and touched the poison oak along its banks. I don’t remember ever seeing this stream flood or dry up, … Continue reading

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Solarization

I previously posted about a problem I have in my vegetable garden with root knot. Plants affected by the root knot nematode have roots that look like this: Notice the little round “knots” growing in the roots. These knots are … Continue reading

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Don’t call it dirt.

Should you ever desire crossing a soil scientist, use the word “dirt”. Seriously. The word offends people who spend careers describing and classifying the first few meters of material beneath our feet. In fact, it highly offends. It’s like telling … Continue reading

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Someone left the cake out in the rain

Unemployment not only leaves a hole in the bank account; it also leaves an intellectual and social hole. I miss the thought-provoking conversations with coworkers, the lunchtime gossip, and challenges of projects. In my three weeks of unemployment I have … Continue reading

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