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Bring a Bit of Holland Home.

Bring a Bit of Holland Home.

I had just graduated from Wichita High School North, and my summer destination was to be Eikenlaan 12, Bennebroek Holland. My parents, along with the Heemskerks (Jon Heemskerk was our Dutch Bulb supplier at the time) had arranged for me and their son Niels to trade places for the summer.

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There's not much better therapy than getting earth on your hands.

There's not much better therapy than getting earth on your hands.

I’ve had the thought that I would ride my bike on the Tour Divide every summer as long as I was able to do so. Being in my mid-60’s, I knew there would be one day that I wouldn’t be able to. With my good friends Hal Russel and Rick Ashton in their 70’s still riding from Banff AB, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico along the Continental Divide, I didn’t know if I’d ever catch them - age wise. 

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I'm with Phil. (He promised an early spring.)

I'm with Phil. (He promised an early spring.)

With the great temperatures we are experiencing this week, I’ll go out on a limb and say that spring has sprung. Something I learned last week while on the mid- day news at KAKE TV, is that March 1st is the “meteorological” first day of spring. In the back of my mind, I have always felt that the four seasons seem to start about a month or so earlier than the official changing of the seasons.  
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One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and a packet of garden seeds.

One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and a packet of garden seeds.

After looking at the planting schedule in the Kansas State University Garden Guide, I did the math on the number of weeks needed to start my transplants for the Acre. The guide recommends May for the ideal time to set out tomatoes and peppers. While I do agree with that time, as a gardener, I tend to be one ‘those people’ who likes to push the envelope as far as setting out tomatoes.

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