You Got Rocks in Your Head! No, Just Protecting Tomatoes Against The Cold (yet another Gardening Interlude)

Rocks and a Wall O Water

  Moving into May - and my isn't this 2013 slipping by fast - the danger of frost is gone for most gardeners, but it's been a wacky enough spring. Last average frost date for our zone 6 area is about April 15th.  As usual, we were a little ambitious and set out tomato and pepper seedlings a week before, and got whacked for it.  We've had three days of near freezing overnight temps since then.  Besides shuttling young plants in and out of the house and covering young plants with black trash bags, there's a couple of low-maintenance ways for protecting tomatoes from the frost. First up, just simple rocks.   Stones provide good thermal mass. If you've got the time and inclination, it's a very good idea to build … [Read more...]

Monday Morning Fish Wrap: Long Live the King

New Dutch King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and their daughters wave to the crowd Tuesday from the balcony of the royal palace in Amsterdam. (There are oranges on the balcony wreath. Because orange is the Dutch national color, see?)

 The Fish Wrap: an occasional grouping of interesting links, mostly centered around finance topics, largely from personal finance blogs. A carnival of sorts, this time nicely arranged by topics, and curated with inconsistent editorial standards.   Back from the Netherlands, where the Dutch had a hell of a party last Tuesday, and woke up with a hangover and a new King. Queen Beatrix (now back to a mere Princess) decided she'd had enough of shaking hands with visiting nobility and other assorted heads of state, cutting ribbons and having to look interested at children spelling bees.  Beatrix handed the keys to the kingdom to Junior, and said good riddance, I'm retired.   Not that every Dutch person is enamored … [Read more...]

Has The Penny Seen Better Days?

This one certainly has

Once more into the breach with Nelson of Financial Uproar. Let's talk about Canada for a second, eh? We could talk about poutine, maple syrup, round bacon, hockey, or even how it's May and there's snow expected this week. But let's not, since one of those things is a little depressing. Instead, let's talk about a recent change made in their currency. To the untrained eye, there's very little difference between Canadian and American coins. Both countries have the same change, with the exception of Canada moving to $1 and $2 coins in the late 1980s and 1990s respectively. We Canadians do tend to love our dollar coins, even though it makes going to the strip bar slightly more awkward. In early 2013, Canada made another change to our … [Read more...]