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Monthly Archives : May 2016

Favorite gardening tools – Part One

Borne from trial and error over more than a decade experimenting, I’ve found some unusual tools that work best for me – often with a purpose different than designed. It will take two posts to explain how I use them. Tune in to tomorrow’s “What is it Wednesday” for more…

Fantastic cheese find

One challenge in coming to Roanoke I didn’t anticipate was locating cheese. When you live in an area for a long time, you start to assume your reality is universal, forgetting other places have different lifestyle choices. Over the past 20 years or so, I witnessed a cottage industry of…

South County Farmer’s Market

Roanoke geography is a bit curious, with Roanoke County encircling the City yet not part of it. When local people refer to Roanoke, they rarely specify City or County and could mean either. Much of the County retail-concentrated areas are close to the City. There aren’t a lot of signs…

Building an indoor herb garden that doubles as a wall decoration – Part Two

Last Friday’s post, Fun & clever live plant solution for thin horizontal spaces – Part One, provided a shopping list and item explanation for a herb vase garden that hangs on your wall. You might want to read that first if you missed it. Today offers instruction on how to…

11 small business owner tips for making tough times easier

Unexpected life circumstances can derail our carefully crafted small business plans. Sometimes it’s best to simply deal with the urgent and not beat yourself up for getting off track on the important. Clients will be more understanding if you’re forthright. You can give them extra attention and added (unbilled) hours…

Tecnu – What is it Wednesday?

This is an amazingly effective poison ivy remedy that doesn’t just stop the itching (none of the others that claim to do for me anyway), but also makes it go away. Last December, I decided to tackle clearing a fence line wrapped in decades of vines. It was a monster…

Custom herb planters & decorative edible indoor wall hangings just in time for Mother’s Day

Spring is too much fun in Roanoke. I’m out digging, planting and harvesting long before what’s usually the last frost date in Upstate New York (the end of May). The temperature in Potter (my former home) is currently 48 degrees. Thirty-six is forecast for the night – a temperature too…

Libraries aren’t just for reading anymore

Roanokers seem to be proud of their libraries. When you consider the money that’s been spent in the past four years, let’s hope so. These have become more than depositories of written, recorded or digital media. They’re community centers complete with private meetings spaces, training rooms, auditoriums in some cases…

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