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  1. Gear Up for Fall Gardening

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    August 28, 2011 by wcobserver

    We contemplated writing an entire article on the weather and how it relates to your gardens. Instead, we will just leave it at “you never know about the weather.” This past week has been no exception.

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  2. What do you do?

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    August 11, 2011 by wcobserver

    Jane decided that it wasn’t hot enough up here in Northwest Arkansas so she headed down to the tropical wonderland known as Texarkana for the weekend.

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  3. Tomato Growers Face Challenges Aplenty

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    July 28, 2011 by wcobserver

    This year has brought us record lows, record rains, and record highs. Now someone has turned the rain gauge to the off position and it may never rain again.

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  4. Heirlooms

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    July 16, 2011 by wcobserver

    You may have heard of the new trend in gardening of using heirloom varieties of veggies and even heirloom breeds of livestock. (In fact, producing heirloom varieties is not a new trend. Actually it’s a very very old one.) What does that mean and why are folks using them?

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  5. A Garden that Only a Vampire Could Hate!

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    June 18, 2011 by wcobserver

    How do you know when your garlic is ready for harvest? When the tops of the garlic plant start to die off, you know it’s time to pluck it out of the dirt and toss it into the wok.

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  6. Ethanol and the True Cost of Energy

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    June 5, 2011 by wcobserver

    My exceptionally articulate wife has been writing articles for weeks now on the ins and outs of gardening. And thank goodness for that. Now you know who the true farmer in the family is. This week she asked me to wash my hands off and throw my fingers at the keyboard. The seed for this week’s article germinated out of something I recently read in a WCO letter to the editor, or as I saw it, one constituent’s personal manifesto. This seed was fertilized on my way into town this morning as I saw gas prices had dropped for the first time in many weeks. This seed, which is part of a much larger plant, and an even greater ecosystem, could aptly be called Ethanol 101. This seed has various genus and species depending on who you talk to. As the manifesto states, “greenies,” hippies, and environmentalists are driving up gas prices due to the increased demand for ethanol. That is one man’s opinion. A simple fact-finding mission though, will enlighten you to a cold hard fact. The conventional corn industry receives federally funded subsidies like no other institution on the planet. The goal of these subsidies is to stabilize …

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