Sunday, June 30, 2013

Baked Green Tomatoes

 Stuck inside due to the rain. Reading the Life & Times of GreenTomatoMan

  those tomatoes look awesome BILL : I'm thinking Fried Green Tomatoes!

Preheat oven to
Cut up green tomatoes
Cover the pan with olive oil
Drizzle olive oil over the green tomatoes
Salt to taste
Add more veggies
Bake for 21 minutes

Get compost bowl ready
Visit compost pile

So easy so good 
There is just something special when you grow & cook it your way!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Many Uses of Vinegar In My Garden

Kill weeds and unwanted grass by pouring full-strength white distilled vinegar on them. Spray bottle works especially well in crevices and cracks of walkways and driveways.

Ants take off the other way when you pour vinegar on their playground.

Discourage those $%^&*^%$# cats from getting into the kids’ sandbox with white distilled vinegar.

Preserve cut flowers by adding 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar to a quart of water in a vase.

Clean stains in clay, glazed and plastic pots by soaking them for an hour in a solution of half water and half white distilled vinegar.

Gets rust off spigots, tools, screws or bolts by soaking the items overnight or for several days in undiluted white distilled vinegar.

Avoid skin problems after working in the garden by rinsing your hands in white distilled vinegar.

Sanitize outdoor furniture and picnic tables with a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar.

Kill *&@#$% slugs by spraying them with a mixture of 1 part water and 1 part white distilled vinegar.

Clean plastic patio furniture with a solution of 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar to 1 gallon of water.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Wolfgang Von WineBottleStopper's Guide to Avoiding Dehydration in Your Summer Garden

The best way to beat dehydration in your summer garden is to drink before you get thirsty. If you wait until after you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated.
Water is important to the body at all times, but especially in the summer garden. It keeps the body from overheating. When you work in your garden , your muscles generate heat. To keep from burning up, your body needs to get rid of that heat. The main way the body discards heat in warm weather is through sweat. As sweat evaporates, it cools the tissues beneath. Lots of sweating reduces the body's water level, and this loss of fluid affects normal bodily functions.

If you suspect that you or someone is dehydrated, seek immediate medical attention.
Signs of dehydration include:
loss of appetite
flushed skin
heat intolerance
dark-colored urine
dry cough
How to avoid dehydration
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, to avoid dehydration, active people should drink at least 16- 20 ounces of fluid one to two hours before an outdoor activity. After that, you should consume 6 to 12 ounces of fluid every 10 to 15 minutes that you are outside. When you are finished with the activity, you should drink more. How much more? To replace what you have lost: at least another 16 to 24 ounces (2- 3 cups) .  One way to make sure you are properly hydrated is to check your urine. If it's clear, pale or straw-colored, it's OK. If it's darker than that, keep drinking!
Beverages: some hydrate, others dehydrate
Some beverages are better than others at preventing dehydration. Water is all you need if you are planning to be active in the garden, for only an hour or less. If you plan to be gardening longer than that, or if you anticipate being out in the sun for more than a few hours, you may want to hydrate with some kind of sports drink. These replace not only fluid, but also chemicals like sodium and potassium, which are lost through perspiration. Too much or too little sodium and potassium in the body can cause trouble. Muscle cramping may be due to a deficiency of electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium.
Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages
 such as coffee, teas, and colas, are not recommended for optimal hydration. These fluids tend to pull water from the body and promote dehydration. Fruit juice and fruit drinks may have too many carbohydrates, too little sodium, and may upset the stomach. If you're going to drink fruit juices while exercising, you may try diluting them with 50% fruit juice and 50% water first.
Adequate hydration 
will keep your summer garden safer and much more enjoyable. If you need to increase your fluid intake, keep an extra pitcher of water with your fresh garden summer herbs in the refrigerator.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Good Saturday #Gardenchat Morning After the Rain

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.~Langston Hughes

Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.~Hosea Ballou