A few years back, Pam and I enjoyed a day at Bok Towers in Lake Wales, Florida. It was October and they were having thier Boktober Fest including music and venders. It happened to also be the same weekend as Biketober Fest in Daytona. Being the loving (and smart) hubby that I am, I offered to skip Biketober fest and take Pam to Bok Tower. There was one condition, since I was giving up biketober fest, we’d ride the Harley. (I was told the hat is a fashion statement)Now I say “smart” becau...
Before we moved to our new home we discussed having chickens. We would get a few for eggs and perhaps even a few meat birds…BOY WAS I WRONG. I should have known better that with my personality those birds would win me over – BIGTIME. We moved into our new home and that summer decided to get 3 hens of almost laying age off a local farmer. We would not name them in fear of getting “attached”. When we spoke of them it was the red one, the black one and the mu...
Legumes play an important part in Indian cooking as a source of protein and minerals mainly for the vegetarians. These are produced on a very large scale on agricultural fields and rarely find place in the garden. Among various varieties of legumes Moog (Mung bean or Green bean), Matki (Moth bean pronounced “moat bean”) and Chawli (Cow pea, Blackeyed peas) are very commonly used in the Indian kitchen. They are also known for their Nitrogen fixing property. I was curious to know h...
They may look like potato chips but they are a very pretty flower. They are used alot in floral arrangements. I think it’s called silver dollar plant. The garden I got these from hasn’t been maintained in about 4 years. Dorris is around 90 and her husband who was the gardener passed away a while ago. Your put a finger on one side of the silver dollar and your thumb on the other and rub. Kind of like trying to rub glue off your finger. The two outer surfaces sli...
Book Review #4: HomeGrown Whole Grains: Grow, Harvest and Cook Wheat, Barley, Oats, Rice, Corn and More
Have you ever thought about growing some of your own grains in your own backyard? Do you want to develop a more sustainable lifestyle? Does the idea of fresh, nutritious, delicious, organic whole grains inspire you to roll up your sleeves and start planting? Do you want to grow grains to feed your backyard chickens? If any of these ideas appeal to you, perhaps this book will contain just the information you need to get started along that journey. Ms. Pitzer has written a book about gro...
Known as the Tree Fuchsia or just the Fuchsia, the Kotukutuku is the Maori name for the largest fuchsia found in the world. On the west coast of the south island, the local Maori called it a Konini. Its technical name is the Fuchsia excorticata. It can grow to 13 metres ( over 40 ft) and 600mm in diameter ( about 2 feet). If that wasn’t interesting enough about this plant (tree) it has the following odd characteristics 1. It is the one of the very, very few NZ native t...
So what do you do when there are still tomatoes on the vines but frost is coming in fast? Well, you do a mad dash harvest run! So, now that you have so many green cherry tomatoes, what then? Why, whip up a batch of green cherry tomato pickles! Was the wifes’ idea to do that… Still got plenty of tomatoes on hand however, so tomorrow I’m going to dig up everything I need to make some green (and some red) tomato ketchup. :) Still got plenty of figs on the f...
First I would like to thank all members who participate in this Fox Gloves Challenge. As Debbie mentioned already, 16 entries is our best participation in challenges and I hope we will reach this number in the next challenge as well. Now it’s time for a random draw(I used random.org) Here is the winner of fox gloves from Lee Valley Gone_Tropical Here are two winners of our stylish GT T-shirt Jroot Harold and Pam Congratulations everyone!
Sea Buckthorn / Sea Berry Seeds!The New England region in the United States has, so far, experienced a snowy season. Shoveling, plowing, salting walkways etc has taken up more time than I can recall compared to recent years. The silver lining is the sea buckthorn plants in the ground for their first winter here have a cozy layer of snow over them. Protected from extreme cold changes and especially the winter winds should increase their winter survival chances. This spring I will be lookin...
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