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Month: October 2017

Step Back In Time In Hannibal, Missouri

You will recognize the name of Hannibal, Missouri if you are at least familiar with author Samuel Langhorne Clemens (aka Mark Twain). This river community is best known as the childhood town of the author. Many of the settings of his novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are inspired by this town and his youthful adventures. There are historical sites are associated the places depicted in his fiction. 

Most of the buildings under one museum and will give you a glimpse of the lives of the people he used as characters.

Huckleberry Finns Home

Boyhood Home of Sam and the whitewash fence.

Becky Thatcher’s Home

The Docks

A statue of Sam as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River

Picture of lighthouse in distance. Built for his 100th birthday.

Downtown. Very nice walk with nice businesses. It would also be a great place to see in the evening and enjoy the many food establishments.

Part of the museum tour was the interpretive center where you could view original Norman Rockwell paintings,  his white jacket, Oxford gown and the death mask of his son.

There were many things to see and do in the town and the outskirts making this a great place for a vacation.

Messy Garden for Wildlife

Fall is usually the time for cleanup. This year I am planning to do as much clean up as I normally do. This year I will leave more area messy to provide more food and cover in wildlife. I am leaving a messy garden in the following various ways..

  • Leaf messy. No raking will be done. Right now the maple is dropping leaves looking horrible to many of us gardeners. Most likely what will happen, like it did last year, is the leaves will be blown into the woodlot.


Maple leaves on grass


  •  Leave flower heads. I usually deadhead most of my flowers because it helps it create more flowers but this is the fall when flowering will slow down for most plants. 

    Planted pine trees and wild area. Large pyracantha bush provides winter food and shelter.

  •  Let the grass grow tall and go to seed. I will mow around the house but will let the areas farther away to grow tall and seed. I will most likely cut the grass around the trees planted to prevent them from getting shaded. It is important to note if you have too tall of grass close to your home you can encourage rodents and snake to enter.
  • Build a Brush Pile. I have two large brush piles on the property but plant to put on in the area I planted for quail and pheasant.
  • No Chemicals. I will use some chemicals in and around the beehives this year but the will be organic types to help control the varroa mite and hive beetles. Not doing so will likely result in the death of the hives.
  • Leave snags. I will do some cleanup but will leave a few snags to provide a home for many of the insects helpful for the environment
  • Cleanups. Any cleanup will be delayed until the first freeze to give time for the native insects to leave or find a safe place to overwinter.

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