Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The PA Game Commission and Agricultural District recognize the decline in Grasslands, and even introduced government programs to help protect our grasslands and the species that live there. And even Terry Bicycles recognized the decline in grassland birds last year and introduced two shirts with very catchy logo's -- "The bobolink can log 1000 miles in one week. What's YOUR goal this week?" Very cool stuff. Always pay attention to the birds in your back yard.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
- --It's a perenniel plant and lives 15-25 years.
--"Crowns" are planted in a well-prepared 12-inch trench.
- --What you eat is the spring sprouts of the crown.
--The sprouts grow into 5 foot fern-like plants for the summer.
--The plants feeds the roots, which grows the asparagus next spring.
-- Make sure you pick a fairly large spot that the plants can grow for many years.
-- It takes about 2-3 years to get your first harvest.
--Its fairly maintenance free once planted.
--No chemicals needed! Just a late fall feeding of compost or mushroom soil after the fronds die back and you cut off.
I found a good summary of growing and planting asparagus here. And I found Miller Nurseries in New York to be a reliable, good quality plant mail order company to get the asparagus crowns. And I couldn't resist this informative article on Why Does Asparagus Make your Pee Stink. Enjoy!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
in 30 minutes.
Sausage Asparagus Skillet
6 soy sausage links
1 medium onion - fry together until light browned.
1 lb asparagus, cut in 1 inch pieces. Add to sausage and onion until tender.
2 baked potates, diced, thrown on top of asparagus to steam.
salt and pepper to taste.
The maters, basil, and peppers were set out this morning to harden off. Hardening off is setting the seedlings in a protected area out of the weather, to allow them to adjust to the varied temperatures and conditions of the outside world - the garden. For the past 6 weeks, they were toasty warm under lights in peacefulness. They are now being subjected to the elements in prep for their planting in about two weeks. That's actually a little early, but they are growing out of their clothes and need new -- the ground.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
But the latest product did NOT make the grade-- even for myself. It's organic, natural shave cream:
DESCRIPTION:Certified by the same National Organic Program that certifies food our shaving gels are smooth and effective without any synthetic ingredients. Organic Shikakai comes from the seed pods of the small South Asian tree Acacia Concinna. Extracted in organic sucrose and grape juice it provides soothing moisturizing glide. Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Baby Mild Soap provides superior hair lift and wetting. Sold in a 7 oz. tube.INGREDIENTS:Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Juice, Sucrose, Potassium Cocoate, Potassium Olivate, Glycerin, Acacia concinna (Shikakai) Nut Powder, Potassium Hempate, Potassium Jojobate, Citric Acid, Tocopherols
Note there's grape juice and some sort of Nut powder. THAT'S the stuff that makes it the nastiest, ugly goop we've ever used. We both have been joking about "THE SHAVE CREAM" since. When you squeeze it out, this brown slime - similar to pond scum - oozes on your hands. You then slather this slime on with an equally-bad smell and if you didn't vomit by then, you quickly get the shaving done so you can get this fungus off your skin. Its really, really, nasty. I'll use it, simply so we don't waste it. But I'm going to have to come up very pleasant thoughts for each use.
I'm afraid we can't recommend this one as a good product - unless of course you LIKE pond scum!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Pictures are coming...but for now, here's the update of what went in the garden yesterday:
- 250 Yellow Spanish Onion Plants
- 125 Red Onions - variety is MARS
- 24 Brocolli plants
- Turnips (for my momma and pappa)
- Red Beets
- Spicy Mixed Greens Mix
- Salad Greens
Coldweather seeds to plant yet: Romaine Lettuce (for hubby) and Fennel. Moved the stinkin (literally!) compost pile a 3rd time! I thought it made sense to put it directly in the garden...until I realized I needed the garden space for seeds. So I moved it under the grape arbor, and didn't like it there. So it ended up basically back where it started from! Geez. Its actually easiest to turn where its at now and its out of the way, yet accessible (a little further from the house, but it'll do. I ain't moving again this season!). And its barely cooking, but the grass is about to be cut for the first time, so I'll get some green on it.