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    Noddy, GreenMother

    We've got lakes in Ohio (Grand Lake St. Mary's) that you can't swim in during the summer because of the blue algae bloom.

    That's caused by runoff from the farms -- phosphorous and manure. Some of the smaller lakes here in Central Ohio are having the same problem.

    With as dry as it was last year, I'm seriously thinking of taking water conservation measures now. We are not getting the precipitation we need, and getting into the mindset before the hot weather returns, could be a good idea.

    I'm not sure if I should even try to garden this year -- maybe I'll just plant more native and drought-tolerant plants. I will keep my watergarden going -- the local birds, toads and our resident frog will need it.

    My witchhazel and winter-blooming apricot are beginning to bloom, I have a violet blooming in the woodland garden, and snowdrops up and in bloom...just weird.

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      consider a smaller garden under shade cloth. I am building stuff for just that, because we are expecting more of the same for a very long time.

      Crazy about the off blooms. I had several diaries last year devoted to just that. The soil is warmer than usual already, even with the cold snaps, because we haven't been receiving consistent cold weather, and no moisture. Last year some flowers bloomed as much as 2 months early.

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