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

Your perfect Burn A pepper lovers blog.
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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First Saturday in May is National Nude Gardening Day It’s good for your health and just a Fun thing to do.

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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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First Saturday in May is National Nude Gardening Day It’s good for your health and just a Fun thing to do.

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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

This is a long list you can click away if or when you get bored. :-)
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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BrusselKale – Trendy Vegetable Hybrid – Why Not Grow Peppers?

brusselkale Source BrusselKale
A new hybrid from U.K. vegetable breeder Tozer Seeds that’s a hybrid(Not a GMO) of two super trendy vegetables, Brussels sprouts and kale. Is taking the supermarket by storm.

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BrusselKale is set to make its North American debut in Toronto later this month.
According to the Tozer Seeds website, the leafy green vegetable gets its “fantastic flavor by combining the complex taste of the [Brussels] sprout with the mild, sweet ‘nutty’ taste of the kale.”

Big Grin … maybe next year we can get a tomcumber. A foot long tomato, cucumber hybrid. What a time saver that would be in making salads!

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If you have not done so, now is a good time to start your pepper seedlings in those tiny seedling pots.
I don’t care what anyone else may say about germinating pepper seed, but it is a proven known fact that it is almost impossible to germinate pepper seed when the soil temperature is below 70 degrees. Warmer is better.
A good rule of thumb is sweet mild peppers like bell peppers will germinate at lower soil(above 70 degrees) temperatures.

As pepper heat increases so does the need for warmer soils to achieve good seed germination. Some of the hot peppers will refuse to germinate when soil temperatures are lower than 80 or 85 degrees. Hot peppers may also require much longer germination time. Some varieties may require 30 or more days with soil temperature at or above 80 degrees to germinate. ‘Don’t give up to soon’.

Hint Never let the soil get to dry. Keep seed trays covered with clear food wrap. Mist once or twice a day as necessary with a spray from a water bottle filled with warm (not hot) water.

Pepper Joe said
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Then sow seeds 1/4 inch deep 6 to 10 weeks before the last frost. Keep seeds moist, but not soaked, through germination phase. The Ideal temperature is 75 to 85 degrees. Because most homes are not this warm, another tip is to place them on top of your refrigerator until seedlings emerge. It stays pretty warm there.

Again, be patient, some varieties can take 4 to 6 weeks or longer to germinate. Others can show up in 7 to 10 days. It depends on temperature, sunlight, soil and variety. After they emerge I believe in the mother nature theory: “Survival Of The Fittest”. I plant 3 or 4 seeds per growing area.

As they develop their first set of leaves I’ll snip off with a scissors the weakest one. As they develop their second set of leaves I’ll snip off all but the healthiest one. If any variety starts to grow tall and too “leggy”, open the window just a little bit to shock the plant with cooler air. This will slow down its growth and make its stem thicker and more conducive to transplant. Once you have healthy seedlings you’re ready to transplant your pepper plants.

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Chicken Coop, Poop – It’s That Time Of The Year ‘Again’

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I’m At It Again Just a reminder it’s spring time and a good time to do a bit of chicken coop cleaning and maintenance. Repair doors, roost and nest boxes as needed. Sanitize and paint / repainting everything in and outside the hen house from the rafters to the floor or ground level. Fix or replace feeders and water containers. Check and repair as needed chicken run fencing. Replace any broken windows and roof shingles
It’s time to run your hens out of the hen house, into their outside run. Move feeders and water containers out of doors.

It’s time to get your hammer, nails, scraper, hoe, shovel and remove a winters worth of chicken coop poop! Remove old nest box nesting materials.

Remove dust from the places dust has been collecting since the last time you cleaned your hen house. Top of rafters, light fixtures, nest boxes and such. Last but not least, sweep your hen house.

Sanitize your hen house and nest boxes. I use a strong bleach and blue dawn dish soap mixture. Don’t forget to rinse and sun dry your nest boxes. Be sure you sanitize the hen house floor as well.

Now is a good time to paint / repaint your hen house. Start at the top and work your way down to the floor using a paint sprayer or brush. I think an out door/outside latex paint works well.
Use white or any light colored paint. Dark colored paints do not work well for painting the inside of your hen house.

The old chicken coop litter and poop can be applied directly to your garden plot or put in your compost pile.

* Caution Be sure to wear a filter mask that covers your nose and mouth. You can find these at almost any place that sells paint. Wear latex / rubber gloves if you them.

After everything is dry, fill nest boxes with fresh clean nesting material and you have placed them back in their proper place(s). Put down a thick layer of litter covering ‘All’ of your hen house floor.
Hint Hay or straw works well for chicken coop litter.

What you don’t have laying hens or a chicken coop… It’s time to build a coop and get you and your family 2 or 3 pullet chicks. Pullets will start laying at about 24 to 26 weeks of age and will lay well for 2 or more years. They will lay 1 egg about every 27 hours. This means that 2 hens will lay a dozen or more eggs every week.

Chickens require very little space. Two(2) or three(3) square feet of coop floor space for each hen. A 4 foot by 4 foot coop is more than enough space for four(4) laying hens.

When designing and building your new coop, build it so it is easy for you to clean and collect eggs. Chickens are not concerned about the looks of their hen house!

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Carrots, Onions and Celery – What’s In Your Cook Pot ?

Source Sautéing Thank you Wikipedia.
Sautéing is a method of cooking food, that uses a small amount of oil or fat in a shallow pan over relatively high heat. Ingredients are usually cut into pieces or thinly sliced to facilitate fast cooking. The primary mode of heat transfer during sautéing is conduction between the pan and the food being cooked. Food that is sautéed is browned while preserving its texture, moisture and flavor. If meat, chicken, or fish is sautéed, the sauté is often finished by deglazing the pan’s residue to make a sauce.

Olive oil or clarified butter are commonly used for sautéing, but most fats will do. Regular butter will produce more flavor but will burn at a lower temperature and more quickly than other fats due to the presence of milk solids, so clarified butter is more fit for this use.

carrot-garden Sauteed carrots, onion with celery is the base for many dishes. That makes these vegetables desirable to the home gardener. You may want to consider adding a few whole garlic cloves to your Saute base mix.
All three of these vegetables can be easy to grow in pots or large containers as well as in your garden. as an added benefit, they can be diced mixed and frozen for use in you cook pot long after winters freezing weather has killed other garden and container grown vegetables.

Cornell University Vegetable Growing Guide

Growing Carrots Careful attention to the soil makes these Vitamin A-rich roots a snap to grow. Plant in deep, stone-free soil with a fine surface. Thin and weed carefully, and mulch to keep soil cool. Sunlight: full sun – They will tolerate very light shade. Carrots require well-drained soil.

HintGood quality roots require plentiful moisture and soil that is deep, loose, free of stones, and high in organic matter. Roots can become twisted and forked in heavy, stony soil. Prefers pH of 6.0 to 6.8 but can tolerate 5.5 to 7.5. Requires only moderate nitrogen. Too much can cause root branching.

red_onion Growing Onions Also known as scallions, bunching onions, green onions. Whether harvested early for scallions (green onions), for summer meals, or winter storage, onions need rich, well drained soil and good weed control. Tightly spaced green onions fit well in ornamental plantings.

Hint Plant in full sun. They require high fertility, well drained soil.
Well-drained, rich soil, high in organic matter, neutral pH. Optimum pH is 6.2 to 6.8. Requires plentiful, even moisture for good yields.

celery-growing Growing Celery is not for every home garden. Perhaps the most difficult vegetable to grow in many areas, this long season crop must be started inside. Seeds are slow to germinate, and if transplanted outside too early, plants will bolt in response to cold. Also requires consistent moisture and dislikes heat.

Hint Celery prefers full sun but will tolerate part shade.
Celery will tolerate damp soil but it requires high fertility during the growing season.
Celery prefers rich soil, high in organic matter with pH 6.0 to 7.0 and consistent, plentiful supply of moisture. Can tolerate soils that are less than well-drained because it was originally a wetland plant.

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