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Right Tool for the job

Being willing to try something new using the latest improved technology, I bought one of the as seen on TV copper colored whizz bang no stick fry pan.
I carefully followed ‘all’ the instructions on how to clean and fry foods on this not so wonderful copper colored fry pan.
I even put away my trusty 25 year old steel spatula and replaced it with the recommended silicone spatula.

From day one eggs and sausage patties stuck to this pan much like they were fried using super glue on the pan. An almost new copper colored fry pan was sent to the trash bin. The lesson here is don’t buy any product advertised ‘As Seen On TV’ as one of it’s selling points.

Still in need of an 8 inch non-stick fry pan I made a trip to my local farm and ranch (farmers coop) store and for $8.97 bought a Lodge per-seasoned cast iron skillet. After washing drying and applying a thin coat of bacon fat to it’s surfaces I fried my frozen sausage patties followed by 2 over easy fried eggs. Yea, nothing was sticking to my cast iron pan.
As an added bonus this pan is perfect size for frying one real meat burger patty. I don’t eat or recommend that you eat some fake vegetable patty masquerading as meat burger patties.
Grin … without fire and protein from meats man would still be subsisting on grass seeds and grubbing in the dirt for plant roots and insect grubs.

FYI: I do like my new silicone spatula much better when turning eggs than my old steel spatula. No more broken egg yokes.

Happy Gardening and Healthy eating from your vegetable garden.

UK – Gardening for Victory and Survival

Eighty years ago at the declaration of war, Great Britons leaders knew that one of their highest priorities was to feed the citizens of Great Briton during the war no matter how long the war lasted.

Digging for Victory: Gardening in World War Two. (BBC News Service) A photo gallery of UK War Time Gardens 1940 to 1947.

UK’s War time Ministry of Agriculture initiative to help to keep the population healthy during food and fuel rationing following the naval blockade that saw food imports drastically reduce.
By 1943, most households had their own garden plot

This a unsung and mostly forgotten event that not only fed millions of fighting men but also fed citizens of both countries during WWII war years a history that was playing out in America as well as Great Briton.

Daughters …. Why do they do things like that?

Getting ready to shower I realized that the skin from my knees to my toe’s was really dry.

After a long hot shower and some time drip drying I was ready to put a good ‘coating’ of hand lotion from knees to toe’s.

A few day ago I ask my daughter to get me a new container of lotion. The last container she got for me made me smell like a field for blooming lavender. Not a good thing for an old guy but I could live with smelling like a blooming flower pot of lavender.

Without ‘reading’ the lotion bottle instructions, I struggled until I could get that little pump thing to operate and dispense lotion.

I quickly applied a liberal coating of lotion to my legs before I realized that I now smell like a fresh made party drink from one of the Caribbean islands. Eeeek … Pina Colada.

Why do daughters do things like that to their poor old daddy’s?

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Eat Well From Your Garden Summer and Winter

Reading a post by Tammy Algood about preserving her Butter Bean crop put me looking for more useful information on DIY freezing fresh foods.

Here’s what I found that I think will be useful by many Home Gardeners.

National Center for Home Food Preservation has a website that list all the information on How To Freeze your summer garden and orchard harvest.

Their How To DIY charts and other useful information covers everything from Apples to Zucchini and is useful by even the most experienced Home Gardeners.

Eat well all winter from your summer garden and orchard harvested fruits.

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Life and Death in Southwest Oklahoma

The months of June and the first 15 days of July, (45 days), has seen 2.47 inches (6.27cm) of rain fall. All but the hardiest plant life is dieing or going dormant waiting for the fall rains to bring it back to life. Even the heat loving drought resistant Sun Flowers are needing a drink of cool water.
The soil is hot, dry and hard as sun baked adobe bricks.

Those boys and girls at the National Weather Service located in Norman, Oklahoma say I can expect to see more of the same for the next 10 days or so. No rain and temperatures at or very near 100 degrees with low or very low humidity and high to very high UV index.

All and all about normal June – July weather for my little part of Southwest Oklahoma.

About the only thing not showing signs of drought stress is my Mesquite trees. Those boys at Texas A and M University tell me mesquite trees have been known to extend their root system 200 feet below ground and horizontally far beyond the plants canopy.

I have started using tap water delivered via water hose to keep my newer planted trees from dieing from lack of water. I water slowly and deeply putting out about 3 to 5 gallons per hour of water targeted at the trees active root zone.

On the bright side we have had very few 100+(37.8C) degree days so far this season. That translates to money saved by needing to run the AC fewer hours each day to keep my living space cool.

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Summer High Pressure Heat Dome

Summer High Pressure Dome is forming over Oklahoma Kansas, and west Texas and will likely stay in place for the next 8 or 9 weeks. This dome prevents moist air from being drawn in off of the gulf of Mexico setting us up for long hot days ranging in the mid to upper 90’s (34.4 – 36.6C) for the next 10 day weather forecast with no rain being predicted.

Most gardens will quickly wither away in the dry heat. Few of us can afford to apply 1 inch of tap water 3 days a week for the next 6 or 9 weeks.

Only the most drought tolerant native plants can survive our normal, July and August hot rain less days.
Native grasses are turning brown and will conserve soil moisture by going dormant until our fall season rains and cooler weather returns. Then all of the dormant plants will burst into bloom to make seed before the first killing frost. Here first killing frost is most generally the 2 or even 3rd week of November.

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Magnesium and Phosphorous deficiency

Magnesium and Phosphorous deficiency in your garden. Millennial Green Thumb blog pointed out how to identify Magnesium and Phosphorous deficiency in your vegetable patch and how to correct this nutrient deficiency problem.

This spotlighted the fact that I also sometimes suffer from mineral and vitamin deficiency. As I get older I have at times suffered from leg and hand cramps.

After a bit of research I discovered that often leg cramping can be cured by a daily dose of potassium supplement. Even though bananas and potato’s are good food based sources of potassium sometimes I still do not eat as well as I should and suffer from my poor diet choices.

I was suffering from hand cramps a few months back and discovered that a daily dose of Magnesium supplement mostly resolved my hand cramping problem.

If you are over 50 it would be a good idea to speak to your doctor about adding a daily dose of mineral supplements and you may want to consider supplementing your diet with iron and vitamin D.

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International Nude Gardening Day – An Event To Celebrate Gardening And Good Health

Nude (Naked) Gardening Day is 14 years old.
Happy birthday to all those brave soles that go nude in their gardens around the world on Nude Gardening Day, Saturday May 4, 2019.

Caution: Nude gardening is addictive and may be transmitted to other family members and close friends.

Status Active since 2005
Genre Annual naturism/nudism, gardening, guerilla gardening, permaculture event
Date(s) First Saturday of May
Frequency Annually, first Saturday of May
Location(s) International
Inaugurated Saturday, September 10, 2005
Most recent Saturday, May 5, 2018
* Next event Saturday, May 4, 2019
Website http://WNGD.org

Be brave, just do it.

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Flower in my weed patch

Little Bluestem grass photo @ Wikipedia.
This is year 3 on my go native project. So far it seems to be working out fairly well. During spring and summer I see a lot of Hummingbirds, bees, wasp and butterfly’s visiting the flowers and in the fall and winter I have a lot of cardinals”red birds’, doves, quail, finches and wrens that take advantage of flower and grass seed that remained after frost.

I have an area that covers about 10,000 square feet on the north side of my house/yard that I am allowing to reestablish it’s self in ‘mostly’ little bluestem, native grasses, wildflowers and a lot of just common weeds. It is a no mow area. Last fall I over seeded that area with some purple cone flower and Mexican hat flower seeds, but truth be know I really don’t know how much of that seed actually came into direct contact with bare soil or how much germinated. I will have a better idea later this summer when the flowers have had time to out grow the grass so I can get a idea what I should do this fall in my over seeding project.

I have another space only about 10 feet wide and 50 feet long on the west side of my chicken pen that I will over seed with purple cone flower and what the seed seller is calling ‘Long Headed Coneflower’ just before our next rain storm is forecast to pass over my tiny spot of Southwest Oklahoma.
FYI – Long Headed Coneflower, to me looks just like Mexican hat but with all the flower peddles colored yellow.

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Spring prepping for summer wildlife viewing

Hummingbirds will soon be returning to my tiny garden. Black-chinned and Ruby-throat hummingbirds have been sighted by bird spotters not more than 50 or 75 miles south of my tiny garden. 2019 spring hummingbird migration map

Today is forecast to be around 70%F, so, I’m making up a batch of sugar water and sterilizing hummingbird feeders. I want to be sure when birds arrive I have food out for them. After their long migration flights from central Mexico they will be tired and hungry in need of a high sugar, high energy food source.

The worst thing that can happen is I will need to dump and putout fresh food in 3 – 5 days should the birds fail to arrive this week.

FYI- To make your own sugar water, use 4 parts water to 1 part sugar. 1 cup water with 1/4 cup sugar, 2 cups water with 1/2 cup sugar, anyway your get it 4 to 1 ratio.
Bring water to a boil, add sugar and remove from heat source. Stir until sugar is dissolved in your hot water.
Do not boil your sugar water, you want sugar water not syrup.
Adding red food coloring to your sugar water is not necessary and in some cases can be harmful to hummingbirds.
Hint: Use pure cane sugar not beet sugar.

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