Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tomato Picking (part 3)

            To start you will need a Coca-Cola can. Next, take it out to your garden and hold it up to your tomato vines; pick only those round object that are the same color as the can.

            If your tomatoes are hard and crunchy it is not entirely your fault, for it is possible that the coca-cola product you brought out into the garden with you was a can of Sprite.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Picking Tomatoes (part 2)

            This technique works best with those living in sight of a traffic light; but those not so fortunate can employ a video camera with an “on camera” play back feature; either way timing here will be the key.

            You will notice that the traffic light has three lights, but not all lights light at the same time. It’s the top light I want you to focus on. You want to match the color of your tomato to the color of the top light on the traffic light, but you will have only seconds to pick.

            To pick your tomatoes when the bottom light is lit will only yield you something tasteless and hard; be patient, wait for the top light.

            So let’s do this. You’ve positioned yourself in your tomato patch; you’ve got a good line of sight on the traffic light; or the camcorder is replaying the 30 minutes of traffic light changing you recorded.

            The bottom light is on………not yet…… not yet….Keep waiting, keep waiting……. NOW! START COMPARING, START PICKING, START COMPARING, START PICKING, COMPARE, PICK, COMPARE, PICK, COMPARE, PICK,….. KEEP GOING,  KEEP GOING,  KEEP GOING…………….OK  STOP! STOP!!!!

            If you picked a few that looked like the middle light during this picking frenzy just put them off to the side they’ll ripen up in a few days.

            Now wait for the top light again…….

            The trick here is to not jump the gun but to wait for the top light to come on, and to stop when it turns off. If you do this, if you are patient, you will harvest a fantastic crop of tomatoes

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Picking Tomatoes

      Harvesting Tomatoes can get complicated, and should be left to the professionals. But, if you wish to do this yourself and brave the perils of uncertainty, read on, I will try and walk you through it.

To do the job properly you will need a cardboard box (roughly 2’x2’x18” high), a stick, 100’feet of string, and some sunflower seeds. Your quest, your mission, the male Cardinal.

            Position the stick so it holds up the box in a way that causes the box to be angled off the ground. Place the seeds under this angled box, with a few outside the box for visibility. Attach the string to the stick, unwind it to a hidden location, and wait for the cardinals.

Once the bird is secured pick only the tomatoes that match his color. If you find that your tomatoes are rather hard and tasteless it is very possible you’ve caught the female of the species.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017


          Be sure to pick beans before they get too mature. Mature beans (old & tough) not picked will cause the plant to feel it has accomplished its mission of reproduction for the next year and cease just about all further bean production. Bushes kept picked clean will keep producing.
         Never pick beans when leaves are wet, fungus and rust seems to spread very quickly from plant to plant.
         When planting seeds don't plant them all at once but make 2 to 3 planting 2 weeks apart.

         If you go to the "You Tube Enhanced Garden Article" part of my web site you will find instructions on how to harvest many other vegtables.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Cricket Thermometers

It’s a warm summer’s night; the evening air is filled with both the sounds of nightfall and the electricity of romance.

While sitting on the porch swing the astute young suitor listens for fourteen seconds, pauses, then listens for an additional 25 seconds. He then turns to his love and says; “it’s 79 degrees Fahrenheit, 26 Celsius out tonight. She turns to him, smiles, and tells him that he’s boring and heads for the door.

How did he know the evening’s temperature? And why is she back inside the house now?

He knew that if you counted the chirps of a common field cricket within a fourteen second period of time and added 40, you would then know the temperature in Fahrenheit. But he, being the thorough studious type, knew if you counted the chirps in twenty-five seconds, divide by 3 and added four, you would have the temperature in Celsius.

As to why she’s in talking to the folks…… I think that’s been made fairly obvious.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Root Girdling

            Maybe this is happening to your tree, maybe you see your neighbor’s tree succumbing to this problem.
           What are you seeing?

            You are noticing that the leaves on one side of your tree are smaller than on the other side, and it is puzzling you. You are tempted to call a tree specialist, but, before you do that, do this one thing for me, it could save you a bunch of money.

            I would like you to dig around the base of the trunk starting on the side where the leaves are small; my guess is you are going to find a root about an inch and a half to two inches in diameter pressing up against the trunk and girdling that side of the tree. This is your problem and cutting it out is the solution. Next I suggest you water your tree once every three days for a while just to help it out. This root has begun to crush the cambium tubes that carry water up the tree, and it is going to take some time to repair them. Unfortunately I can’t guarantee that your tree will recover, I don’t know to what extent the tubes were crushed; but doing nothing would have insured the tree’s demise.

            It seems that this occurs when a tree is about 12 to 16 inches in diameter; and it would be a good idea to dig around the base of these trees from time to time and eliminate future problems.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Trees in my Yard

You might be wondering “where did all these little trees come from?”
            Yards and landscaping are teeming with them this spring like never before.

I have a theory.

            This winter had record snow fall, and like a comforter on a bed with an electric mattress pad this depth insulated the ground from freezing…hold this thought.
            Two years ago we had a drought causing trees and plant life in general to panic into believing death was at hand…hold this thought.
            Our fall was rather wet…hold that thought.
            Lots of animals died due to a lack of food at hand…yep, hold that thought too.

            What do these things have to do with the miniature forest in my yard?

            *The drought of two years ago set in motion a need to propagate, causing trees and plants to shift into heavy seed production; a “last gasp” as it were to insure that their spices lives on.
            *The heavy snowfall did two things. It so insulated the soil that it never did freeze; and when that happens the seeds that germinated during our warm wet fall continued to grow unhindered.
            *The deep snow also made it difficult to nigh unto impossible for animals to forage on these seeds.
            Put all these conditions together and you have the perfect environment trifecta for a woods in you grass and landscaping.

            Now, what can you do about it?

            Out in the yard the lawn mower will take care of all of them; maybe not on the first couple of mowing, but as they raise their leafy heads up high enough they will eventually Marie Antoinette themselves.
Out in the landscaping you can pull them, or cover them with bark; the bark option requires at least three inches to smother them.

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