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Summer Fun Under The Sun

Backyard Garden Games
vegetable-fun Source Pa resort to hold naked beer festival
2014 Season Opens May 16 2014
Not to be out done by Nude gardening day, a blog visitor sent me this link for what I can only call Boobs and Beer day.

Before you rush off to make your reservations ‘Sunny Rest Resort’ this event allows No Clothing, ‘Clothing Is Not Optional’ “Bare Beach Beer Bash” on June 28 offers unlimited beer sampling from domestic and imported breweries, live poolside music and more all in the nude.

Grin …. :-) From a mans prospective, how can it get any better than ‘Free’ beer and Boobs?

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Dry Land Farms And Gardens

Friday, April 18, 2014. Many local water district water managers announced that our local water supply lakes are at or will be at or below 25 percent capacity by the end of April without large strong storm rains falling in our lakes water shed.

dryland-farm1 The national weather service is predicting well below normal rain fall to continue into this Fall, with little hope of improving condition well into October or November.

25 percent capacity lake water levels is the magic number that triggers ‘mandatory’ stage 5 water conservation measures.

What does stage 5 water ration really mean? First for gardeners that means No outdoor water usage. No lawn or garden watering. No filling or refilling of swimming pools, kids pools, water fountains or fish ponds. No at home car washing. No Outdoor Water Usage!

First time offenders are subject to large fines. 2nd time offenders may have their water supply disconnected and additional fines.

Farmers that planted winter wheat back in September 2013 have what should be knee high wheat nearing harvest time is only 3 or 4 inches tall and quickly dieing from lack of rain fall.

dryland-farm2 Last years failed corn and maize crops are causing farmers to re-look / re-think what if anything they will plant this spring.

Stage 5 water rationing has forced me to reconsider what if anything I will plant in my tiny garden this year. I like my farming neighbors in the West and Southwest U.S. may be forced to abandon planting this years crop of cereal grain or vegetable crops.

As our dry spell continues, record numbers of feeder and market ready cows are being seen at local livestock auction barns as ranchers trying to keep only a few of their best cows and heifers to be used in rebuilding their herds when this drought comes to an end.

Beef in supermarkets is at a 27 year high averaging near $6.00 dollars a pound. The same report noted that the total cattle herd in the U.S., the largest beef producer in the world, is at a 63-year low.

It will take ranchers 3 to 5 years after this drought ends to rebuild their herds before we will see any ‘real’ drop in supermarket beef prices.

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Kale The ‘New’ Supper Green Garden Vegetable

kale1 Kale seems to have come out of know where and is quickly becoming one of American gardeners favorite green vegetables.

Lettuce and spinach are being replaced by Kale as a favorite fresh salad and cooked table green.

Growing Kale Old Farmers Almanac said ” Kale likes Full Sun and grows best in a loamy soil with a neutral pH to slightly alkaline soil.”

Kale is a hardy, cool-season green that is part of the ‘cole’ cabbage family. It grows best in the spring and fall and can tolerate all fall frosts. Kale can be used in salads or as a garnish and is rich in minerals and vitamins A and C.

You can plant kale anytime from early spring to early summer. If you plant kale late in the summer you can harvest it from fall until the ground freezes in winter.
Mix 1-1/2 cups of 5-10-10 fertilizer per 25 feet of row into the top 3 to 4 inches of soil. Plant the seeds 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep into well-drained, light soil. After about 2 weeks, thin the seedlings so that they are spaced 8 to 12 inches apart.

Water the plants regularly but be sure not to over water them. Mulch the soil heavily after the first hard freeze. The plants may continue to produce leaves throughout the winter.

Kale is ready to harvest when the leaves are about the size of your hand. Pick about one fistful of leaves per harvest. Avoid picking the terminal bud (found at the top center of the plant) this will help to keep the plant productive.
The small, tender leaves can be eaten uncooked and used in salads. Cut and cook the larger leaves like spinach, remove the large tough ribs before cooking. Store kale as you would any other leafy green. Put kale in a plastic bag and store it in the refrigerator. It should last about 1 week.

Consider planting,
* ‘Vates’, which is a hardy variety and does not yellow in cold weather. It also has curly, blue-green leaves.
* ‘Winterbor’, which resembles the ‘Vates’ variety, and it is frost tolerant.
* ‘Red Russian’, which has red, tender leaves and is an early crop.

Kale with Lemon and Garlic
Potato and Kale Soup
Killer Kale salad thanks to Gardener Next Door blog.

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Peppers – Some Like It Hot – Some Don’t !

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Red-Peppers So you want to grow pepper! FAQ’s and Pepper History – Pobept said
TG Seed Supply has huge selection of different sweet and hot types of pepper seed to choose from and is a good reference source.
Sweet Pepper Seed
Hot Pepper Seed
Their site has pictures of each pepper type and a bit of information on each peppers size, taste, growing requirements and how Sweet or Hot each variety is. DISCLAIMER: I am not endorsing any company over another. As with any on-line purchase, check out the company Before you send money or use your credit card to make a purchase.

If your needing only a few ‘commonly’ grown pepper plants it may be best for your to buy started seedlings from your local nursery.

Small Children and Girley Man safe peppers.

All of the sweet(bell) pepper no mater it’s color are low or no heat peppers.
** Here is a small selection of Child Safe Peppers for your consideration.

Bounty Hybrid #9366 – hybrid version of a Sweet Banana.
Carmen Hybrid #9088 Sweet peppers in the Italian bull’s horn style.
Corno di Toro Yellow #9603 Italian ‘bull’s horn’ colorful sweet pepper.
Corno Verde Hybrid #9108 This is a long, fleshy pepper shaped like a bull’s horn.
Flexum Hybrid #9807 4 oz. cone-shaped peppers start out ivory then mature to yellow, orange, and finally red.
Giant Aconcagua #9146 Oblong fruit grows up to 12 inches long and is produced in great abundance.
Gypsy Hybrid #9056 Outstanding yield, good looks and flavor combine with earliness to make this pepper a winner.
Jimmy Nardello #9303 Technically a frying pepper, this is one of the sweetest non-bell peppers you’ll ever taste. Bright red, 6 to 7 inch long peppers.
Sweet Cayenne #9614 Long, sweet, cayenne shaped peppers to 1 foot long turning crimson red when ripe. Productive bearing loads of these crinkly, thin walled peppers.
Sweet Pickle #9520 Compact plants are crowned by a profusion of upright peppers in colors of red, orange, yellow, and purple, all at the same time.

If it’s important to you TG seed does not sell any GE/GM or GMO pepper seed.
All of their seed is natural hybrid or open-pollinated [heirloom] varieties.

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Bad Little Girls And Boys Get Zucchini

Zucchini squash

Zucchini squash

Zucchini can do it all. Bread, muffins, baked, boiled, broiled, fried, grilled(BBQ grill) pickled, pizzas, stuffed, soup, stews, raw in salads. Is there no place safe from being served Zucchini? A few Zucchini Recipes

Zucchini is a productive spring and summer squash. Maybe you should consider Zucchini Patties, Zucchini Pizza, Stuffed Zucchini, Zucchini Soup, Zucchini Casserole, any number of Zucchini Bread’s! How about thin sliced, dried Zucchini chips for healthy snacks! You can freeze and can Zucchini for winter consumption. You can make and can Zucchini pickles. As a last resort, cut them up into chunks and feed them to your poultry or pigs!

Zucchini a juggling act!

Zucchini a juggling act!

Grin ….. of course you can always use a few of them to fine tune your juggling abilities or try sending a few to school with your children for show and tell day. You can attempt to trick your dog, fry them in bacon fat and try feeding them to your pets! Set a few bags near your driveway or gate, with a sign reading ‘Free Food.’

Carry a large Zucchini in your purse or briefcase to fend off muggers! Cheaper and more effective than a stun-gun!

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priapos

Priapos {What Have I Done To Offend You?} Greek God of gardens, was the rustic god of the bounty of the vegetable garden. He was also honored protector of sheep, goats, bees, the vine and of all garden produce.
Why do you give me so many Zucchini’s?

Fear not, I have done the research for you and here are a few things you can do with zucchini until your muster enough courage to pull the zucchini vines and put then on top of you compost pile.

University of Nebraska Food Nutrition and health. Has a few ideas what to do with zucchini.

That British Woman Blog Has a list of 50 + 1 things to do with zucchini.

AllRecipes.com claims to have more than 600 zucchini recipes! You should be able to find a few recipes to use up some of your excess zucchini here.

Don’t neglect to freeze and make zucchini pickles from at least part of your harvest to feed your family during the cold months of winter when you are longing for the warm productive days of working in your summer garden.

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Obama Administration And The EPA Make Land / Water Power Grab

Source GOP lawmakers push EPA to ax proposed water rule amid outcry from farmers
Home Owners, Farmers And Ranchers Alert Under a ‘New EPA proposed Regulation, Land and water standing on your Lawn, garden, pasture or cultivated field could be declared a wetland and fall under the control of the EPA administrations New Regulations.

Republican and democrat lawmakers said “We believe that this proposal will negatively impact economic growth by adding an additional layer of red tape to countless activities that are already sufficiently regulated by state and local governments.

Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas said “This new rule is another power grab by [President] Obama. This is a brazen attempt to impose a radical redefinition specifically rejected by Congress and the Supreme Court,” Stockman said in a statement. “Green radicals have tried for decades to pass this redefinition by law, but it was too radical to pass even a Democrat-controlled Congress.”

The proposal would apply pollution regulations to the country’s so-called “intermittent and ephemeral streams and wetlands” which are created during wet seasons, or simply after it rains, but are temporary. At issue is the federal Clean Water Act, which gives the EPA authority to regulate “U.S. waters.” Two Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 limited regulators’ reach, but left unclear the scope of authority over small waterways that might flow intermittently.

Landowners and developers say the government has gone too far in regulating isolated ponds or marshes with no direct connection to navigable waterways.

EPA said “Tile drainage systems would not be regulated and there would be no new requirements for irrigation and drainage ditches. Exemptions already granted for farming activities would continue and 53 agricultural conservation practices would be added to the list.

But farmers who receive exemptions must also engage in an ongoing conversion practice that complies with Natural Resources Conservation Services standards.

Once the landowner completes the conservation practice or changes the use of his land, he loses his EPA exemption and must now comply with a new, and more complex, set of rules. In other words, the only way a farmer or rancher can exempt himself from the EPA rule is to adhere to a mountain of other new federal rules.”

Criticizing the proposal as a “serious threat” to farmers, [and home owners] the American Farm Bureau Federation said “the rule would impose new regulatory burdens on farmers, ranchers and other landowners and give the agency veto power over a farmer [or home owners] ability to work.

This is not just about the paperwork of getting a permit to farm, or even about having farming practices regulated. The fact is there is no legal right to a Clean Water Act permit—if farming or ranching activities need a permit, [the] EPA or the Army Corps of Engineers can deny that permit,” the group said in a statement.

Senator. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. said “It’s the most breathtaking power grab I’ve seen in a long time, and they wonder why the economy is so weak.”

The proposed rule has drawn the concern of Democratic Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper, chair of the Western Governors Association. He has warned federal officials that the rule change could impinge upon state authority in water management and that states should be consulted in the EPA decision-making.

Write, eMail and call your congress person. Tell them to put a stop to Obama and his EPA’s proposed power, water and land grab regulations.

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May 3rd National Nude Gardening Day – Something For Everyone

May is a busy month. Make plans ‘now’ how and where you will celebrate May and all of it’s holiday activities.

It’s the time for planting summer gardens.
Enjoying the warm days of late Spring.
Getting out of the house, cleaning your BBQ grill for one of summers real treats, an American style BBQ.

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Do’s and Don’ts on nation Nude gardening day

Do Remember it’s only 1 month to National Nude(naked) gardening day. First Saturday in May.
Do Invite all your friends and neighbors to join in and celebrate National Nude Gardening Day.
Do Spend the day in your garden (Nude of course) enjoying the warmth of May’s sun. The smell of fresh tilled soil.
Do Smell and taste your grilled onions, garlic, corn on the cob and burned burgers and hotdogs on the BBQ grill.
Do Have a fun filled day with some of your ‘closest’ friends and neighbors.
Don’t Forget to bring a large bottle / tube of sun block.
Don’t Prune your Roses today.
Don’t Plant Cactus.
Don’t Spill an ice cold drink in your lap!
Don’t Forget to tell your kids that you will be nude gardening.

If your adventuresome, Big Grin … send pictures to be shared with all of my blogger friends and blog visitors!

May 5th National Freedom Day

Defend Your Freedoms from Criminal Illegal Aliens, Criminal Illegal Immigrants, Criminal Undocumented Immigrants, Socialist and Communist Agenda Government Bureaucrats, Anti-American School Teachers and School Administrators, Courts and Anti-American Federal Judges.

Demand Teachers and University Professors (Teachers) keep their opinions out of the classroom. Teach only provable facts and proven historical events. Tell them to keep Political Correct Crap out of classrooms and off of school grounds.

Buy American Made and American Grown Products when you can. Don’t allow your money to be sent to Anti-American foreign countries like China, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico. Or to oil rich countries like Argentina, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia.
Support American companies, keep American jobs in America.

Proudly wear red, white and blue clothing. American Flag T-shirts, American Flag lapel pins, at work and in American Schools.
Display your flag, the American flag, at home, on your desk, in your work space. At every American school.

May 11th Mothers Day

Everyday is and should be Mothers day.
May 11, 2014 is Americas National Mothers Day.
Don’t be selfish, put aside all your plans and events. Spend this day with your mother, Make this a really special day for your mother. Shower her with flowers ‘that she likes’. Lots of chocolate, a fine meal that she does not have to cook. Get your mother out of the kitchen, out of the house. Go shopping or engage her in other activities that ‘she’ likes doing. May 11th is her special day, Not Yours!

May 26th Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.

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Tooting My Own Horn

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It has been said that sometimes you must toot your own horn because few others will.
So, in the past 90 days I have had visitors from many different countries.
For that I am Thankful.
But sometimes a I’m a bit disappointed that many of my visitors do not leave a short comment telling me a little about themselves, their village/town and the country where they live and garden.

In any case, I wish to thank each and every blogger and visitor that has taken time to visit my Tiny Humble Blog.

    Thank You

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Drought Conditions Continue As Water Rationing Plans Are Instituted

If you live almost anywhere in the South, Southwest or Western states you know how serious our long running drought has become.

Wells, creeks, rivers, ponds and lakes are drying up. Farmers are not planting millions of acres of prime farm lands, vineyards, fruit and nut orchards, vines and trees are dieing. Ranchers are selling off their livestock herds, poultry growers are going out of business because they do not have water, pasture grass or hay to feed their herds or poultry flocks.

Price hikes and limited supplies of berries, fruits, vegetables, beef, pork and poultry will become common in supermarkets this year.
You may find 90 percent of your fresh produce is coming from foreign producers in places like Mexico, Argentina and such.
Even those not directly affected by drought conditions will feel the sting of supermarket price increases.
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Sad to say, but, NOAA and the NWS 6 month long range forecast is calling for little or no rain and higher than normal temperatures during the next 6 months April – October 2014.

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Spring Time Is The Perfect Time For New Chicks And Ducklings

little-coop Source Faith, Hope and Love’s Official Blog This photograph is from The Food Sustainability Project.
It’s a neat, functional small chicken coop worth your consideration.
Notice that the floor framing is a old pallet that means that it will be fairly easy to construct and to move around the yard if and when you need to do so.

Peking-Duck In a few day’s maybe this weekend when I’m in town I will go by Atwoods(a local farm and ranch store) and pick up 3 or 4 (sexed) heavy breed pullets and maybe 2 or 3 (all white) Peking ducklings. Ducks are quiet birds, easy to manage and will eat any and all insects that they can catch. Beside that they are great fun to watch!
I hope to get at least 1 duck hen. They don’t have sexed ducklings.

Duck eggs are about the size of extra large chicken eggs and are great for use in breads, including corn bread, scrambled and in omelets. FYI they taste like any other egg.

I have dug my brooder out of my storage shed. Check to be sure the heat lamp are working. I have washed / sterilized water containers and chick feeders. I think I’m now ready for my new chick when they arrive.

FYI It takes 24 to 26 weeks for chicken pullets and duck hens to mature and start laying fresh backyard eggs.

Most of the so called heavy breeds are a good choice for meat and eggs production. In general heavy breeds are brown egg layers.
For good layers of white eggs look for white leghorn chicks. They are the breed used mostly by commercial egg producers.
Bantams are miniatures of the chicken world. They are calm, quite and easy to manage and being only 1/3 or less the size of standard breeds require less space and feed.
All are good layers of smallish eggs and most are good setters and mothers.

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