Saturday, July 4, 2015

You see her flying from cars and vans, from homes and business’, worn on hats, shirts, lapels and sports uniforms. You see them in just about every commercial, gracing most every product, and lining many streets. We are displaying our flag with the highest of pride and the deepest of respect. Our flag, Old Glory
This famous name “Old Glory´ was coined by Captain Stephen Driver, a shipmaster of Salem, Massachusetts, in 1831. As he was leaving on one of his many voyages aboard the brig CHARLES DOGGETT - and this one would climax with the rescue of the mutineers of the BOUNTY - some friends presented him with a beautiful flag of twenty four stars. As the banner opened to the ocean breeze for the first time, he exclaimed "Old Glory!"

Our flag is a symbol of freedom; freedom given to us by the hand of God through the blood of men. Fly Old Glory with all the pride you can muster. And while you are on your knees planting this this year, give thanks to God for the gift of this wonderful land.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Spring bulbs without the Summer Mess

            Spring bulbs may seem rather hopeless, either you have an unsightly mess right in the middle of the summer, or you can't grow them for lack of sun. Let me tell you what has worked for me. It's called double potting.
            You will first need some 2 or 3-gallon plastic shrub containers, all the same kind and size. To tell you how many you will need would be best explained in how the double potting is done.

            You then take one of the pots and bury it up to its rim in the location you wish to show off your spring bulbs. Put about an inch of potting soil in the bottom of this pot.

            Take a second pot and bury it somewhere out back, up to its rim, in a place that is not highly visible, but sunny. Put about an inch of potting soil in the bottom of this pot as well.

            Take the third pot and fill it with potting soil and plant whatever kind of spring bulb you would like, also mix in a little bone meal. Place this pot into the receiver pot that you buried where you would like the spring bulbs to be visible in the spring.

            The fourth pot is to be filled with potting soil and placed in the receiver pot you buried out back.

            Establishing these four pots per planting sight is the hardest part of this whole process; but from here on in, it is just a matter of switching pots back and forth.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Watering Hanging Baskets

             Hanging baskets, Planters, decorative pots; they dry out fast during the heat waves we’ve been experiencing, and I’m sure you are watering them a lot.
            The care of these is simple, you water them, you feed them, you make sure they are where they can get enough sun light if they are sun lovers, or you put them in places where they won’t bake if they are shade preferred.
            The watering and feeding part is what I would like to address.
            These man created little bits of horticultural heaven are that way because of the care you give them. Neglected for just a couple days and you’ve got a… well let’s just say the neighbors will never be asking you to water their plants while away.  
            Watering of course is critical, and feeding if you want blooms in abundance. But over feeding can be just as deadly in time as no water; and I’m not talking about mixing too much fertilizer in the watering can. I am talking about those that fertilize every time they water.
            These container situations start to hold and retain all the compounds in your fertilizer. This is good for a while, but then they start to over saturate, especially the salts, and become toxic. A good rule of thumb is to mix fertilizer into you watering can every third watering, and every other week water your planters or hanging baskets until they run, then do it again to flush out some of the concentrates that are building up.
            And also, let them dry out a little from time to time; the roots need to breath, these planters don’t need to be wet all the time.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Klingons in my Tomato Patch

            The best thing you can do for your tomato plants is to remove that little stem that is growing in the crotch of all the branches of your plant.
            They are called suckers and they take away some of the energy that would have normally coursed into the two stems they are nestled between. Yes, if left alone they would have made your plant big and bushy, but that’s all you would have had, big & bushy, lots of leaves and a few tomatoes. By removing them you allow more nutrients to built stronger stems, which in turn can produce, and hold up, more tomatoes.
There is just so much juice to go around, and the plant knows this. It doesn’t know you want more tomatoes; it just knows it needs to procreate, and if it can grow a couple tomatoes here and there within its foliage it feels it has done its job.
            You however can push the fruit production by getting rid of some of the unnecessaries. And with the Klingons gone that sap can go elsewhere; so it puts it into tomato productions. It’s happy! You’re happy! Everybody’s happy!!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Time to pinch and twist those Mums.

            Time to pinch and twist those Mums.

            What do I mean by this?

            Think back to last year, your Chrysanthemums were looking great about now, nice and thick, starting to gain some height, you thought to yourself, “this fall is going to look fantastic.    But by August you starting to get a little worried, they were getting a little too tall; and by September they were bloomed out and falling over because of the flower weight, seemed like the stems were too long. This is why I say “Time to pinch and twist those Mums. And to do this is simple, just snap off the tips of each stem; grab the top set of leaves on each stem and pinch and twist them off.

            In doing this you will stop each stem’s forward growth; it now has to rebuild the tip in order to start growing length again. Yet, in the time being, it has all this energy that typically went into “tip growth”. Where is it to go now? It goes into side growth production.

            So now instead of just getting longer and spindly, it will stay a little shorter and get thicker. Instead of 20 stems getting two feet long you will have 40 to 60 stems staying a little shorter but with some meat on their bones.

            Now when the flower bloom happens, which by the way will be a little further back into September; they should be able to stand up under the additional weight of a rain now and then.

            I might add that one more pinching in mid July will make them even thicker and stronger, and push the bloom time back to around the end of September, first of October.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Lighting Bugs are back

            There is, in my estimation, no greater marvel on this planet than the Firefly; a bug that produces light without burning up.

            Remove the glass from a light bulb and turn it on. The flash is momentary but you will get the idea that it is very hot; that’s how we produce light. The Lighting bug produces light without heat; something we have only dreamed of since man first burned his fingers changing a spent light bulb.

            Cold light; the closest we come to that phenomenon is the LED light; this little insect produces it without realizing the wonder of it all.

             Only the males fly; the females are ground bound and are referred to as Glow Worms. They blink at each other to attract a mate. She watches, he watches, she see a good bright handsome light, she flashes back, he comes in for a landing; pretty soon they’re both sharing a cigarette.

            I remember one night about 8 - 9 years ago my daughter Chelsea and I were in the backyard watching a fire fly display we both have not seen since. It was slightly foggy, just a hint of mist in the nighttime air, and out over the farm’s fields around us were thousands of twinkling lights. We just stood there watching that magical moment.

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