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  1. Fire, Part III

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    October 8, 2011 by wcobserver

    Back when his neighbor Cotton was still alive, my dad would call out to him on the morning of a fire. “Come on over,” he’d wave his arm. And Cotton would bring over a few limbs he’d been saving or anything wooden he wanted to get rid of, set up his lawn chair next to Dad’s, and they’d tend the fire together.

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  2. Gardening, Part III

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    September 12, 2011 by wcobserver

    Mulch seemed to be the magic element in all the books about gardening. If you just had enough mulch, the weeds couldn’t grow, the soil would remain soft and moist, and the plants would be so superbly healthy that bugs would just pass them by. The only threat would be the overload of bountiful yields.

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  3. Gardening, Part II

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    September 1, 2011 by wcobserver

    It seemed only proper that we should grow as many things as possible. Cold winter days trapped us in the house yielding the perfect opportunity to give deep study to the seed catalogs.

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  4. Gardening

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    August 27, 2011 by wcobserver

    We were lucky to have a lower field of fine sandy loam, hardly a rock to be found. I’ve heard an old yarn about settlers who gave up ridding their Ozark fields of rocks and just pried them apart with an iron pole and used a rifle to fire seed corn down between them.

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  5. Water Part III

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    August 19, 2011 by wcobserver

    A reformulated plan quickly emerged. The backhoe dug the hole large enough to hold a concrete tank, which was nestled on and surrounded by a two foot margin of washed gravel. With the feed line in place to the pump in its new house and the lid on the tank, it was capped with more washed gravel and then a foot or two of dirt.

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  6. Water, Part II

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    August 11, 2011 by wcobserver

    It was another 10 years before Beaver Lake water made its way down the road, and then anyone who wanted it could get a tap if they could pay the money.

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  7. Water, Part 1

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    August 5, 2011 by wcobserver

    We were fortunate to have water on this piece of land. A reliable supply of water has always determined whether people could live in any given place so Ozark properties with springs and good hand dug wells turned into valuable homesteads.

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