Category Archives: Conservation

When Do the Seasons Begin – year 2020

When Do the Seasons Begin?

Each season has both an astronomical start and a meteorological start. It sounds complicated, but it’s not!
The astronomical start date is based on the position of the Sun in relation to the Earth, while the meteorological start date is based on the 12-month calendar and the annual temperature cycle.

The First Days of the Seasons

Seasons of 2020 Astronomical Start Meteorological Start
SPRING Thursday, March 19 Sunday, March 1
SUMMER Saturday, June 20 Monday, June 1
FALL (Autumn) Tuesday, September 22 Tuesday, September 1
WINTER Monday, December 21 Tuesday, December 1

Of course these season dates do not apply to our friends living and gardening south of the equator.

2020 National Doughnut Day is celebrated on the first Friday of June.

The original doughnut wasn’t at sweet as we have it today, and it wasn’t glazed.

** 1918 Doughnut Recipe

Ingredients:

5 cups flour

2 cups sugar

5 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt (a.k.a 1 “saltspoon”)

2 eggs

1 3/4 cups milk

1 tub lard

Directions:

Combine all ingredients (except for lard) to make dough.
Thoroughly knead dough, roll smooth, and cut into rings that are less than 1/4-inch thick.

Drop the rings into the hot lard, making sure the fat is hot enough to brown the doughnuts gradually. Turn the doughnuts slowly several times.

When browned, remove doughnuts and allow excess fat to drop off.
Dust with powdered sugar. Let cool and enjoy.

Grin … if you don’t have a ‘tub of lard’ feel free to use shorting or oil to fry your doughnuts.

*When finding items to cut out doughnut circles, be creative. 1918 Salvation Army Doughnut Girls used whatever they could find, from baking powder cans to coffee percolator tubes.

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

How CDC safe distancing will a(e)ffect you

CDC Safe Distancing recommendations under President Trump’s administration will a(e)ffect you and how we use public parks.

Thank you – Pacific Paratrooper blog

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

Montana fish and game department explain safe social distant separation

Some convid 19 safe distancing advice better understood using common sense.

Montana sport fishing expresses safe social distancing using terms only fishermen and fisher-women understand.

Mandatory safe space between those on Montana rivers and lakes.

The recommended gap equals “4 trout,” “2 shovelnose sturgeon,” “1 paddlefish” or “1 fishing rod” measurements, according to the government agency.

Happy day out fishing.

Silver lining to convid-19 lock downs

New data confirms the improvement in air quality over Europe is a byproduct of the coronavirus crisis. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) a pollutant that comes principally from the use of fossil fuels takes a sharp dip.

There’s a lot of variability in NO2 from day to day. And that’s real variability, it’s not a measurement artefact, but it’s just due to changes in the weather. So when the wind direction changes, or the wind speed changes, or the stability of the boundary layer changes you will get different readings.

Polluting gases fall rapidly as coronavirus spreads. Eyes in the sky leaves polluters nowhere to hide. Sentinel-5P (S5P) maps have previously released of China and Italy. The new maps of Italy shows marked reductions in the north of country where the Covid-19 outbreak has been most severe.

The time period to see the dip in air pollution concentrations is also quite short.

Will we learn any lessons from quickly air pollution can be cleared from cities and countries?

Homemade Disinfectant That Works

Regular Bleach is safe for kitchen countertops and cutting boards. Bleach should never be used full strength for cleaning any surface, it should always be diluted with water. For disinfecting countertops, use a solution of 1/2 cup bleach per gallon of water. Apply the bleach solution and let stand for 5 minutes, rinse thoroughly, and allow to air dry.

After cleaning with warm soapy water, dishes, cups, sinks, tubs, showers, toilets and ‘most floor surfaces can be disinfected with bleach water. Note Dishes must be rinsed well and dried before being put away.
Bleach water is also effective for disinfecting outdoor appliances and furniture as well.

Caution Always wear eye protection and latex gloves when using any bleach based disinfectant. When disinfecting appliances always unplug appliance before using bleach water to disinfect appliances.Bleach disinfectent must be used with caution and always in a well ventilated area.

Be on the front line protecting you and your family from bacterial and viral infections.

Being more productive

A newly hired software designer and university educated programmer told his supervisor that he must have access to a stand up desk to complete his software programming assignment.

His supervisor agreed to the young programmers demands and the engineering maintenance department setout to provide him with a standup work station.

Be very careful what you ask for, you may get it!

Communist China controls Americas drug supply chain

President Trump invokes Defense Production Act grants the president the ability to direct the production of certain equipment.

President Trump encourages US pharmaceutical industry to end drug production in China and return drug manufacturing to the United States.

COVID-19, has U.S. officials on an accelerated mission to bring the production of life saving medicines back to U.S. shores and away from the control of the Chinese government.
Das Nobel, founder and CEO of the New York based product and supply service MTX Group said “U.S. is over reliant on drugs from China, and it’s not a sustainable model.”

The spread of the novel virus throughout American shores in recent weeks has underscored the long held worry regarding the U.S.’s “over-reliance” on Chinese pharmaceutical production. America essentially ceased domestic production of penicillin around 2004.
Over 80 percent of pharmaceuticals sold in the U.S. in addition to crucial medical equipment, including face mask come from China.

Congress has several bipartisan bills, including the “Pharmaceutical Independent Long-Term Readiness Reform Act,” are currently awaiting further action, all with the intention of urging and even forcing pharmaceuticals back into U.S. borders and away from Chinese domination.

President Trump last took more urgent action on the matter, signing an executive order to pave the way for masks and related respiratory needs to be American made amid the time of frantic shortage and crisis. The intention of the order is to close legal loopholes, streamline the tangle of red tape and encourage companies to manufacture products in the U.S., rather than China.

Department of Defense has long raised red flags about China dominance in the U.S. drug supply chain being a national security concern.

Ken Mahoney, New York based Mahoney Asset Management said “it would be a major investment to build more Pharmaceutical production facilities here in the U.S. The advantage would be that we can then be self reliant and the U.S. can’t be ‘blackmailed’ by China.”