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

In the summertime…

Today many towns in southwest Oklahoma will have their first 100+F (38C) degree day. West of my tiny garden about 30 miles it has reached 106%F (41.11C) today.
With official start of summer still 40 days from now I am hoping this will not be the beginning of another drought year.

On a lighter note I will reach my 73rd year on planet earth on Wednesday, May 6. Happy Birthday to me.

Happy Carefree 2020 Gardening Season

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

Thank you Maxine for sharing your gardening knowledge.

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!