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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

BROCCOLI & CABBAGE

This is a blog about starting seeds (not proofing them).  I begin with a ditty that isn't very witty.

Gardening, in retrospect,
Scary thoughts, oh heck,
Nothing planted since last year,
This is a disaster, I fear.

No planting green veggie plants,
Because of ground hogs, we can't,
They hide and patiently in wait,
For the delicacy, better than cake.

The Broccoli,  almost ready for harvest,
They think we've made a personal request,
During the early morning hours,
They've scheduled their time to devour,

The Vegetable we love best.

We are getting ready finally to garden, or try.  We are very late so we will not be proofing the brassicas seeds.  We are going to take pot luck and place several seeds in each container.  If they grow they grow.  We start our seeds in an "incubator".  Then we trans plant them into small pots.

The following blogs are what we do every year to get our plants growing and ready for the garden.

http://organicinstlouis.blogspot.com/2013/02/broccoli.html

http://organicinstlouis.blogspot.com/2012/02/cabbage-and-broccoli-on-move.html

http://organicinstlouis.blogspot.com/2012/02/seeds-sprouted.html

Now for the incubator.  It is a simple affair using a Styrofoam box, a yogurt maker, piece of cardboard, a thermometer of some kind (I use an old outdoor one.)  I find the yogurt makers at the resale shops.  They have become scarce the last couple of year.  I guess, the  making yogurt has gone out of fashion.

Cut a hole in the side of the box at the base.  This is for the plug from the yogurt making to go through.  Put the yogurt maker inside (without its lid) you only need the bottom part of the maker with the heating element in it.

Now cut your cardboard the size you need to lay on top of the yogurt maker (fit it side to side and end to end in the Styrofoam box, on top the yogurt maker. The cardboard is cut the size of the interior and then you cut slots about 1/2 inch wide cut in it (this is to let the warmth rise into the chamber).  It is the shelf to place your plant containers on.

Place a thermometer in it (not over a vent hole) and turn it on.  Put the lid on tight, give it a couple of hours to warm up and then check the temperature.  You want it to hover around 80 degrees.  If it is higher open the lid a half inch and check it in two hours.  fiddle with the lid until you know how your incubator holds the heat.  You might want to open the lid even wider if it stays too warm.

Hopefully this will be a year we put supper on the table.
I love cooking from the cabinet loaded with items we have grown.


Other blogs by me:
Where I have stories of my cats and other pets
a blog about my courtship with my husband,
and a blog about my most embarrassing moment.
A "Soap box" blog where I do air my opinions.

Blogs about our pair of pitbulls.

A Blog mostly about quilting and sewing, but you'll find recipes and gardening too.

All recipes, pictures, and writings are my own.
I give credit for items which belong to other people in my blogs .
Please do not copy without permission 






Monday, February 29, 2016

PROOFING BEAN SEED 2016

It has been since May 21, 2015 that I last posted.  We didn't have a garden the last two years.  There were several reasons.  The main one was we had a "hoard" of ground hogs move in.  They were extremely smart and thwarted all our methods to capture them.  We have a dog which has helped dispatch a couple of them and are hoping this will give us a window in time to garden.

First up for gardening is proofing all the old seeds.  We want to see if we need to order new replacements or if we will be able to use what we have.  Here are two blogs on the subject:

Proofing from another year
http://organicinstlouis.blogspot.com/2013/02/proofing-seeds.html

Blog about our favorite bean.  We are worried this year we won't have viable seed.
http://organicinstlouis.blogspot.com/2011/09/searching-for-spartan-arrow-green-beans.html

My excitement for gardening was rewarded when I checked the incubator on the 27th to see if the beans were showing any sign of germination.  WOW....not only were the seeds germinating, but they were all ready at 60 -80 percent germination.  Yesterday this was the results.  I am so pleased.

BEANS AND PEAS  FEBRUARY 24, 2016 PROOFED

“R”   SPARTAN ARROW BUSH BEAN 2010  RISPENS SEEDS (PR 10) 2/28 (10)
“RA” 2012 ORGANIC FROM US, OP 2012 (PR 10) 2/28 (10)
“RB”   “         “                        “                “      (PR 10) 2/28(10)
“RC” 2010 OUT OF 3 LB BAG  (PR 10) 2/28(10)

“Z” JADE GREEN BUSH BEAN PINETREE 2010 
        (PR 10) 2/28 (1) (ROTTED) TRASHED

“E” PEAS DWARF GRAY SUGAR 2008 100%, 2010 100%, (PR 10) 2/28/16 (8)

“A” SUGAR SNAP PEA 2013 GURNEYS (PR 10) 2/28 (9)

“J” GARDEN PEA 2010 SHUMWAY (PR 10) 2/28 (8)


“D” SUPER SUGAR SNAP PINETREE 2010 (PR 10) 2/28 (8)

The proofing of seeds tells me a couple of things:  
One my storage of them must have been optimum (the seed is very old for bean seed)
Some sources say 3 years and some say 5 years).

The seed quality from the producers are very good.


The proofing of seeds also tells you how long each variety will take to sprout in the
garden.  Remember you have to take in to account the temperatures and the weather.  

When proofing you may get 100% germination but the outside planting conditions 
may inhibit the germination of the seed.  

Googled and found the following info on germination times:
Propagate by seed - Do not start seeds inside. Beans do not like to be transplanted. Germination temperature: 70 F to 80 F - Germination is slow 
and poor when soil temperatures are below 60 F. 
Days to emergence: 8 to 10 -
Germination may take two weeks or more if soil temperatures are below 60 F.
From Cornell edu 

Take time to test your seeds and possibly save some money because you won't have to buy new.  

Off to proof some tomato and pepper seeds.

Other blogs by me:
Where I have stories of my cats and other pets
a blog about my courtship with my husband,
and a blog about my most embarrassing moment.
A "Soap box" blog where I do air my opinions.

Blogs about our pair of pitbulls.

A Blog mostly about quilting and sewing, but you'll find recipes and gardening too.


All recipes, pictures, and writings are my own.
I give credit for items which belong to other people in my blogs .
Please do not copy without permission 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

HE'S BACK!

He's returned.  He only visited for 3 days last year.  It was the first time we had ever seen a bird like him in Missouri.  While he was here last year I was able to snap these pictures:

I had requested if anyone knew who he was, please let me know.  I went agoogling and found what I thought was him.   I am sure now he is not what I called him.  My best clue was he has a top knot he raises and lowers like the Phoebe does.  My second clue was the wing bars.   I have now found him and found out he isn't out of his territory.  
He is a Great Crested Flycatcher.


It amazes me I have not crossed paths with this bird.  I have been watching the birds since 1963.
It was so nice to see him on this cold May day in Missouri.

Other blogs by me:
Where I have stories of my cats and other pets
a blog about my courtship with my husband,
and a blog about my most embarrassing moment.
A "Soap box" blog where I do air my opinions.

Blogs about our pair of pitbulls.

A Blog mostly about quilting and sewing, but you'll find recipes and gardening too.


All recipes, pictures, and writings are my own.
I give credit for items which belong to other people in my blogs .
Please do not copy without permission 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

GREEN HOUSE OCCUPANTS

Spring is finally here for us.  
I have been traveling and it seems the weekends I am home 
are deluged by rain.  This is the first weekend we've had to do 
anything outside.  So it is hurry up to beat...you guessed it
THE RAIN!  We are mowing the upper and lower pastures.
I sure miss the sheep, goats and cows doing it for me.

When my back gets too tired of riding the mower I graduate
to working in the green house.  It is mundane work, weeding 
and mixing dirt to go in the beds.  The only thing we have 
right now is Chard and Raspberry plants which need to 
find a home outside.  It is already getting too hot for early 
things like lettuce and peas.

This morning while rousting out the weeds I dug up the nicest
nightcrawlers.  Then who should come hoping out from under
a chard leaf, and adorable brown and beige toad.  He was about
the size of a fifty cent piece (do those still exist?).  

I had several Mouse tunnels I had to collapse.  It looks like the 
cats need to get to work.  Either that or we have one very busy mouse.
He seems to have tunneled in every bed.  The good thing,
there doesn't seem to be any moles hiding, waiting to
lunch on the roots of my plants.

  I've come in for some rest and refreshment, and a change of clothes.
It's a necessary thing.  We are also deluged with ticks,   
all kinds and sizes. I detest the little seed ticks! (If you get seed 
ticks on you grab the clear wide packing tape.  
They stick to it real well.

I hope you aren't bored, my mind thinks in prose.
Here is a poem, green house inhabitants inspired.

A toad is hopping in my house,
Perusing tunnels made by a mouse,
He thinks it is a space for him,
Built by humans, on a whim.

Sometimes he lurks beneath the green,
Hoping he is not readily seen,
He watches for the occasional fly,
Hoping one or two, will come by.

If lunch isn't whizzing by,
He ventures out beneath the sky,
Seeking insects which delight,
In eating all the green in sight.

Guarding, protecting, throughout the day,
Quietly waiting with nothing to say,
For the unsuspecting visitor to meet,
To be his dinner, a gourmet treat.

Our green house is a happy home,
Where toads, frogs and snakes do roam,
The mice and sometimes little voles,
Run in and out, through minute holes.

Our little brown toad reigns supreme,
Guarding all around him, which is green,
He knows the cats won’t bother him,
Because he tastes really grim.

We hope your garden is blooming, not a bloomin garden.  BTW,
Gardening is extremely hard in the later years.  
Don't ask me how I know.

Foot Note:  Our Pit Bull, Boychik, dispatched a ground hog for us!

Happy gardening.

Other blogs by me:
Where I have stories of my cats and other pets
a blog about my courtship with my husband,
and a blog about my most embarrassing moment.
A "Soap box" blog where I do air my opinions.

A blog mostly about quilting,
cooking, poetry, prose and a little gardening,
 Tutorial on how to make 5 panel Boxer Shorts.
 Check out "A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING"
A mystery quilt designed with the novice in mind. 

Blogs about our pair of pitbulls.

All recipes, pictures, and writings are my own.
I give credit for items which belong to other people in my blogs .
Please do not copy without permission 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

FARM TO TABLE: RECIPES

There is lots of farm to table talk.  It is usually in reference to buying your foods from local resources .  You can't get more direct to table than growing it yourself.   My Blog offers hints on raising the veggies and there are also recipes stuck between the hints.  I also have recipes in my sewing/quilting blog, after all we do get hungry doing those activities. 
 
I haven't added recipes lately, so I thought it would be nice to make a list of the ones I do have.  Some of these are easy, less than 30 minutes.  Others take more time.  All are favorites in our house.
 
Some of the recipes I obtained from other sources.  They are given credit where credit is due. 
The rest are recipes of my own. 
 
SOUPS
This is definitely a winter soup.  If you are suffering from the flu or cold it has all the ingredients to soothe the flu beast if you make it with chicken broth.
 
 
 
 
 
BREAD BAKING
 
 
 
PASTA
 
 
VEGETABLES
 
 
 
NATURE'S BEANO
It really works
 
 
DESSERTS
Not Gluten free
 
 
 
 
 
I can't wait to garden, hopefully it won't be filled with blasphemy from visitations of ground hogs.
Happy Spring.
 
A blog mostly about quilting,
cooking, poetry, prose and a little gardening,
 tutorial on how to make 5 panel Boxer Shorts.
 Check out "A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING"
A mystery quilt designed with the novice in mind. 
http://gloriouscreations.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-mystery-in-making.html


http://glosgarden.blogspot.com/
Not a garden blog.
There are articles which have nothing to do
with creating or gardening.
There are blogs on the new born baby kittens
we found and mothered.
It is a blog where I voice my opinions which will always be environmentally friendly.
As always, any pictures or writings are my own.
Credit has been given to contributions not my own.
Please do not use without permission.
 


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

BLACKBERRIES, A KITCHEN AID

This is not an article about raising blackberries, nor is it about cooking with them.  There are lots of articles on the internet sharing that information with you.  It is also not about using a "Kitchen Aid" brand mixer, although I am the proud owner of one of those since 1981. 
 
It is an article about using the berry's remains when you think they are ready for the compost pile.
 
There is an attachment for your "Kitchen Aid" which would be a help with your black berries.  They have a sieve which fits inside your bowl with a wooden beater which fits in it.  This is great for removing the seeds and peelings from the blackberries.  If you don't have a "Kitchen Aid" there are very good counter parts.  My favorite is the cone shape colander.  I call it my "China Man".  It has a wooden "rolling pin" to mash the contents in its cone.  Second best is a "Foley Mill".  For me, the seeds always get stuck under the plate of this kitchen appliance. 
 
We do not like the seeds in the berries so the above equipment is of supreme importance in our house. Now for the purpose of this blog:
 
 
1.  When you are looking at the bowl of seeds and peelings, reconstitute them before destroying them.  Add water to them till, when you stir they move around (you don't want to float them, you want them about the consistency of boxed pudding when it is cooked and ready to pour into bowls (thinner than cooked oatmeal, thicker than cream gravy).  Heat this to almost simmering, stirring constantly (I use a silicone spatula ).  This is very important, the contents will scorch and scorch very quickly. 
 
When you are finished put the seeds back in your "China man" (colander), and mash the seeds again till no liquid runs out.  The resulting liquid can be measured out and used with "Sure Jell" dry pectin. Following the directions for Jelly (not the Jam) you can make you several pints of very good jelly.  If you have never made jelly before using the instructions in the box it's a breeze. BTW, instead of boiling the jars, I put the dishwasher cleaned jars in the oven at 225 and keep them there till I take them out one by one, when I am filling them.  You want those jars hot when pouring in the jelly.  You don't want to break them with the boiling liquid jelly.
 
2.  Your seeds are still not ready for the compost pile (Or the bird feeder). This is where they become a "Kitchen Aid".  I am very fortunate to own several very nice copper pans.  The care and feeding of these is an arduous process.  Several years ago while processing blackberries I filled the sink with pots and pans and one of those was sitting in another which had been used to process the berries.  It had about 2 inches of water in it.  When I removed the pan to wash it (a couple of hours later) It had a bright copper water line on it's bottom. 
 
My wheels began turning and I took the seeds which were destined for the birds and turned the pan upside down and packed the seed mass all over the pan. I wet it a little (not enough to run out on to the cookie sheet I had it on).  I left it for 1 hour and then went to scrape off the stuff.  Voila! a clean copper pot with no effort and no expensive caustic cleaner.  BTW..I bet I could have frozen the seeds and reused them several times.
 
I've been picking berries for a week now.  It doesn't look like I have even touched the canes.  There are tons on the ground because we have a squirrel with a very purple muzzle.   Yesterday I saw a site I wouldn't have believed if I hadn't seen it.  We had a Hummer with his beak enjoying blackberry juice direct from the berry.
 
For more blogs by me, visit at:
A blog mostly about quilting,
cooking, poetry, prose and a little gardening,
New blog, tutorial on how to make 5 panel Boxer Shorts.
 Check out "A MYSTERY IN THE MAKING"
A mystery quilt designed with the novice in mind. 
http://gloriouscreations.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-mystery-in-making.html


http://glosgarden.blogspot.com/
Not a garden blog.
There are articles which have nothing to do
with creating or gardening.
There are blogs on the new born baby kittens
we found and mothered.
It is a blog where I voice my opinions which will always be environmentally friendly.
As always, any pictures or writings are my own.
Credit has been given to contributions not my own.
Please do not use without permission.

Friday, March 22, 2013

SPARTAN ARROW BUSH BEANS

I have noticed I have quite a few people interested in these beans.  When or should I say if we plant them I will be updating this blog with information.  (The reason I say if, is winter seems to be hanging on interminably.  We haven't even been able to get in to pull weeds.  The ground is frozen 2 inches down and on the top is muck.)
 
If in our searches we find a source of the seed we will put the information here.  Please book mark this page if you are interested.  Information will be added with color coding.  The date will be at the top of this page and each new addition will be added to the bottom of the article.
 
Thank you for reading.
 
I have added new blogs on my site about Peppers, Eggplants, Tomatoes and Broccolli.
 
For more blogs by me, visit at:
A blog mostly about quilting,
cooking, poetry, prose and a little gardening,
New blog, tutorial on how to make 5 panel Boxer Shorts.
New Blog about dolls.

http://glosgarden.blogspot.com/
Not a garden blog.
There are articles which have nothing to do
with creating or gardening.
There are blogs on the new born baby kittens
we found and mothered.
It is a blog where I voice my opinions which will always be environmentally friendly.

As always, any pictures or writings are my own.
Credit has been given to contributions not my own.
Please do not use without permission.