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  • PLANNING YOUR PLANTING

    Posted on January 17th, 2011 Pam No comments

    As I wrote a few days ago, it is time to plan your vegetable garden. Draw a rough sketch and pencil in were to plant certain vegetables. There are lots of things to consider when planning a garden spot.

    1. Types of vegetables
    2. Space each of the vegetables take.
    3. Sun or shade vegetables
    4. Crop rotation
    5. How much of each vegetable, this alone will take lots of thought.
    6. Thinking about enlarging or moving the garden spot.
    7. Watering access
    8. Plants that like or don’t like each other
    9. Plants that might shade others
    10. Changes from last year and new plants to try
    11. Improvements or experiments for this year.
    12. Consider the direction your garden faces and decide to run the rows east and west or north and south.
    13. Re-planting certain vegetables during the season.
    14. Most important, plant only vegetables your family will eat.
    15. Consider using trellises or stakes to grow your vegetables vertically.

    NOTE: If you don’t have enough room for vegetables that take lots of space, consider buying those vegetables and only plant vegetables that take less space. The four vegetables that take up the most space are: corn, squash, potatoes and pumpkins. Some vegetables that give you the most for the area are: beans, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers.

    Think about companion plants, corn, beans and squash compliment each other. The corn supplies a trellis for the beans, the corn shades the squash and the squash provides shade for the roots. I have tried this and it really works. The squash (pumpkins would work too), really love weaving in the corn. NOTE: Wait to plant the beans until the corn is about 16″ tall, so the beans will have a stalk to climb. Peas do will planted in the corn too. They love some shade too. Also, plant the squash out in the sun and let the vines travel into the shade of the corn.

    Now is the time to order catalogs and research online for different and rare seeds. Decide if you want to try to save your own seeds by planting Open Pollinated (Heirlooms), or plant Hybrid seeds. Then you can start to buy the seeds needed for the garden. Don’t wait too long to purchase seeds, the most popular seeds will sell out fast!!

    It seems learning about gardening never ends. There is always something new coming out or something fun to try.

    A garden is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.
    –Anonymous

  • LITTLE GOLDEN RULES

    Posted on January 12th, 2011 Pam No comments

    I got these from a good friend and something to think about.

    Do unto others at least a little better than you expect them to do unto you.
    –Michael Patrick

    Don’t expect to find life worth living, make it that way.
    –Anonymous

    See everything; overlook a great deal; correct a little.
    –Pope John XXIII

    Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.
    –Edgar Watson Howe

    Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.
    –Mark Twain

    That old law about an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind.
    –Martin Luther King, Jr.

    We have two ears, but only one mouth, so that we may listen more and talk less.
    –Zeno (300 B.C. pre-Socratic Greek philosopher of southern Italy)

    Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.
    –Soren Kierbegaard, (1813 – 1855 a Danish philosopher, theologian and religious author)

    Time is the most valuable gift one can give.
    –Theophrastus (300 B.C. a Greek native of Eresos in Lesbos, was the successor of Aristotle)

    If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
    –Mother Teresa

    Treat people as if they were what they should be, and you help them become what they are capable of being.
    –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (a German writer and polymath)

    Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who’ll never find out.
    –Frank A. Clark

    Never be haughty to the humble. Never be humble to the haughty.
    –Jefferson Davis

    It has ever been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtures.
    –Abraham Lincoln

    Let people learn of your sterling qualities without your help.
    –Judith Martin (Miss Manners)

    The great thing in this world is not where you stand, but in what direction you are moving.
    –Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

    Don’t part with your dreams. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
    –Mark Twain

    Have patience with all things, but first of all with yourself.
    –St. Thomas of Sales (Colonial period 1600)

  • THE GREAT WEIGHT LOSS, OR LOSE 5 POUNDS IN 30 DAYS

    Posted on January 11th, 2011 Pam 9 comments

    Today is 1.11.11, so I had this idea to start a contest.
    I have gained a little (little – ha) weight over the last 15 years.
    So it is finally time to say goodbye to that extra 40 lbs.
    Here are the rules for the contest:

    1. Weigh yourself January 12th.
    2. Have a witness verify your weight.
    3. Record your weight.
    4. On February 11th weigh yourself again.
    5. Email or text me your weight loss.
    6. Winner gets $25 worth of photo note cards.
    7. May the best loser win!!!

    Recommended loss 5 pounds.
    Ties will be broken by coin toss.
    Pass on this blog to others so they can lose too.
    Also, let me know if you are up for it.

  • THE IN ON REMOTES

    Posted on January 8th, 2011 Pam No comments

    With so many remotes and phones in homes today, you may consider using your smart phone for your remote. But it does drain battery power, so it really isn’t a good option.

    Kim Komando says “Samsung’s higher end televisions now offer touch screen virtual remotes. Input information by typing on the virtual screen. This remote doubles as a mini tv…you can imagine going to the kitchen during the game.”

    For more about this and other subjects from Kim Komando, check out videos on this site. http://www.tvkim.com/watch/598/kim-on-komand-the-end-of-tv-remotes

  • FACEBOOK SAFETY

    Posted on January 7th, 2011 Pam No comments

    More of us are communicating on Facebook these days, but be careful what you post on public sites.

    Kim Komando gives these safety tips.

    1. Never leave your complete birthday, use a day next to your day if you want. But NEVER leave the year.
    2. Never use a home address, for obvious reasons.
    3. Don’t let people know of your vacation, until you get back.
    4. NEVER leave cell phones or home phones.
    5. Don’t post inappropriate behavior.
    6. Don’t post your children’s full names.
    7. Insurance companies use Facebook for fraud cases.
    8. IRS also checks Facebook accounts.

    Remember EVERYONE can read what you write.

    Kim Komando has a talk radio show which deals with anything electronic.

  • ITALIAN SEEDS

    Posted on January 6th, 2011 Pam No comments

    I have tried Italian seeds for the past three years. They are great seeds, the packets have lots of seeds in them. You can try this web site for Italian seeds, www.growitalian.com it has quite a few new and different seeds to try. To learn more about Italian seeds read their news letter.

    I will be trying several more of these seeds this year.
    Most of the pepper and tomato packets have 200 seeds per packet!!!! So check them out.

  • GARDEN PLANNING

    Posted on January 5th, 2011 Pam No comments

    Even though it is only January 5th, it is time to plan your garden. In a few weeks geraniums and other slow growing plants can be planted inside or in a greenhouse.  This is a big time for comercial greenhouses to plant all types of plants. Review your notes from last season and make a rough draft of your 2011 garden.

    Now is a good time to take an inventory of your seeds to discover which seeds you will need to buy this year.  Some of your seeds may be too old to plant, or you may think they may be too old.  Test the older seeds by placing 10 of them in a damp paper towel, roll them up and place them in a ziplock bag.  Put the ziplock bag in a warm spot.  Check them often and in about 10 days you will know the percentage of germination of the package of seeds.  If five out of 10 sprout, then your seeds will have 50% germination.  So when planting those seeds, plant them twice as thick as you normally would. 

    Rotate your seeds so the oldest seeds will be planted first.  Make a purchasing list and take it with you when you buy seeds so you only buy what you need.  You can also buy seeds online and believe me it is hard not to purchase more than you need.  Some seeds will only be viable for a couple of years, so try not to purchase what you won’t use this year.

    You can find a huge list of catalogs by clicking here.  There are thousands of catalogs listed by subject and lots of fun looking at things that are hard to find.  I always learn something new when I read the descriptions from garden catalogs.

    Let your entire family in on the planning of the garden.  Let your children have their own garden spot and let them plant what they want.  They may have some good ideas and may try new things might work out great.  It is fun for them to be able to try something new.

    This year might be the year to try Heirloom seeds and to begin learning how to save seeds.  Click here to read what I wrote about Heirloom seeds last year. More information about Heirlooms vs Hybrids click here.

    Even if you think it is too early to ‘begin to garden’, at least start to think about planning.  Spring will be here before you know it.  It always sneaks up on me, I try to plan as much as I can as early as I can.