Category Archives: Agriculture

Coronavirus aka Covid-19 virus aka Chinese virus

It seems that the American news media does not want to do their home work and tell you the whole story about previous pandemics occurring in the past 100 years.

1968 – 1969 * Hong Kong flu also known as 1968 flu pandemic was a flu pandemic whose outbreak in 1968 and 1969 killed an estimated one to four million people globally.
This outbreak actually began in mainland China before spreading to Hong Kong.

1957 – 1958 * Asian flu, originated in Guizhou, China.
This pandemic caused two to four million deaths worldwide.

1918 – 1919 * Spanish flu, The death toll is estimated to have been anywhere from 17 million to 50 million, and possibly as high as 100 million, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in human history.
Historical and epidemiological data are inadequate to identify with certainty the pandemic’s country of origin.

It should be noted that WHO estimates 250,000 to 500,000 people die of seasonal flu annually.

It seems that covid-19 is little or no more dangerous than the number killed by the flu each year.
To date there is no known effective covid-19 medical treatments or vaccines available to treat those infected with covid-19.

The main difference between flu virus and covid-19 virus is we have better treatments and flu virus vaccines to battle flu out brakes.

BBQ – Are you using your BBQ grill wrong

For many lock-down has been lifted.
Memorial day is often the first big BBQ outing of the year.

Hints and tips on using your BBQ grill

* Check for any damage before using the grill for the first time each year, and check the entire grill regularly.
* If cooking using propane, check hoses and check for leaks by applying soapy water to hoses and connections. Leaks will cause your soapy water to bubble.
* Using old grill brush for years is a bad idea. Get a new brush every year or every 2 years.
* A grill (charcoal or gas) needs to preheat for about 15 minutes or more until the temperature reaches around 500 degrees before cleaning and applying fresh cooking oil to it’s cooking grates.
* Keep your grill a safe distance from your home, wood fencing, decks and over hanging low tree limbs.

December 2019 post
USDA recommended safe cooking temperatures
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USDA Meats, Poultry and Water Fowl cooking Charts

Have a happy and safe Memorial day weekend.

Spring time – plant your garden seeds soon, or miss your optimal planting time

It’s that time of year again, soil, day and night time air temperatures are nearing the optimal temperatures for direct seeding in your garden or raised bed soils.

An older blog post you may find useful Seed To Fork
North Dakota State University Agriculture Extension – Combinations found to be beneficial

Temperature, it’s all about the soil temperature.
Soil temperature is almost never to warm, however, soils that are to cool and damp at worst can cause your seed to rot in the ground and at best take many days to germinate. Seedling in cool soil grow slowly and often do not develop into healthy productive plants.

vegetable seed germination chart

herb seed germination chart

Words of wisdom: Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day. Harry S Truman

Buying House Plants? Something you need to know before………..

Thank you Maxine for sharing your gardening knowledge.

Convid-19 sanitize your smartphone

Fun facts and DIY projects.

Sanitize your smartphone.
First thing to do is using hot soapy water and steel wool scrub your phone carefully to remove virus germs.
Rinse under hot running tap water.

Second step, remove battery, place your smartphone in a glass or stainless steel container and cover with 95% percent Isopropyl Alcohol. Allow to set undisturbed for 45 minutes or more. Be sure the phone is covered with Isopropyl Alcohol.
Remove after 45 minutes or more sanitizing time. Dry well before replacing battery.

🙂 No other actions are necessary to insure you will not be infected by a dirty smartphone.

Happy undisturbed Gardening

Good News – Spring is coming early this year

Earliest spring in 124 years. Good news: Spring is coming early this year.

March 20th marks the earliest vernal equinox in 124 years. If your a stickler for knowing the actual arrival time of spring it will occur at 11:49 p.m. EDST (0349 GMT, UCT, Zulu on March 20).

Happy Spring Gardening

Home(stead) and Garden Projects [3]

OK, OK, this is the last of my project pictures…. I promise.

24 foot double gate

20 foot farm gate

sheep or goat milking / grooming stand

4 post bed frame

hunting cabin wood burning stove

shop work on a cold day

salvage trailer

finished salvaged flatbed trailer

12X24 foot portable building

salvage livestock trailer

finished salvage livestock trailer

Home(stead) and Garden Projects [2]


This was a winter project. It was built for my daughter to serve as a bookcase. Much to my surprise she said she has only one book, her mothers old cookbook.

It seems that she gets all of her books on tape and listens to them while in her car and at work. Anything else is found using an internet search for one time reading.
It has morphed into a pantry shelf filled with flavored coffee’s, tea’s, chips and boxes of dog bones and bird feed for her macaws.

When did people stop buying, reading / collecting books?

Below are two examples of what I call Yard Art.

Caelie Wilkes discovers succulent that never needs water – A must share moment

Never needs supplemental water succulent discovery is shared with gardeners.

Caelie Wilkes said”on her Facebook page, “I’ve had this beautiful succulent for about two years now. I was so proud of this plant. It was full, beautiful coloring, just an overall perfect plant. I had it up in my kitchen window. I had a watering plan for it, if someone else tried to water my succulent I would get so defensive because I just wanted to keep good care of it. I absolutely loved my succulent.”

When Caelie Wilkes decided to re-pot her succulent she discovered it was ‘setting on styrofoam with the plant and sand glued to the top!

Caelie Wilkes said “I feel like these last two years have been a lie.”

Happy waterless Gardening 🙂

Home(stead) and Garden Projects [1]

To allow wordpress to more quickly load pictures I am displaying photographs in a fairly small format. To see the larger version click the picture to zoom in.

This is my design and is handmade porch / patio bench I constructed for a friend and his new ‘trophy’ wife.

This porch / patio table was constructed using a slab of granite stone salvaged from a botched kitchen counter top installation. It has been on a patio for more than 25 years and looks as good today as it did the day I finished it’s construction.

A custom designed and handmade walk bridge connecting a path from a hobby work shop and the covered front porch of a home in the country. Walk bridge is 4 feet wide by 12 feet long.