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    Posted on April 30th, 2011 Pam 3 comments

    I have picked a few top ten pictures, look at them to see if any of your pictures are in the top ten.  Thanks to everyone for entering!!!!! Some of the photographs were fantastic!!!!!!

    The contest ends at 12:00 midnight tonight, still time to enter one last picture.

    I will post the top ten tomorrow and the winner on Monday.

    Here is a preview on the next contest.

    Below are pictures of the FUJI digital camera I am giving away.  Remember, it is new and worth $100.

    Camera in the box.

    All the stuff you get, cords, battery charger etc. NOTE: no SD card is included.

    Pictures front and back.

    Here are pictures I took with the camera.  The quality is really GREAT!!!!!!

    My cat Shaker.

    Picture of a picture of my Mother


    Flag in my front yard.

    Here are a few pictures I took with my Canon 40D.  So you can compare.

    Same tulips.

    The contest starts May 2nd, 2011.  It will run until May 31, 2011.  Please tell your friends about this contest.
    The subject for the May contest will be Children and Animals.  NOTE:  The animals may be wild or domestic , (same for the children).  Ha Ha


    Posted on April 30th, 2011 Pam No comments

    Here is a garden update, (in pictures).

    The bees are out!!!!! April 12, 2011

    More Crocus, I love these Spring flowers!!

    Another picture of crocus, these are very small and delicate.

    Update of my 'cold frame' cress and onions doing great.

    This is cress, it looks good. To bad I killed it about a week later. I left it in the cold frame without venting it. It turned yellow and died!!!!! So be careful when the sun is out, it can get very hot in an enclosed building.

    This is a cool ground cover, it is a perennial. I love it, but I don't know what it is called. Can anyone tell me?

    Also, I want to pick a bouquet every 5 days. I will post a picture of each bouquet, wish me luck. Here are the first two.

    This bouquet of Daffodils was picked April 20, 2011

    The first bouquet of Tulips. Picked April 25, 2011, I forced these to bloom, they turned out okay.

    One of my favorite pictures of a Daffodil.

    This is a flower my nephew Devin gave me 5 years ago. I forgot what it is, does anyone know?

    Chionodoxa luciliae or Luciile's Glory-of-the-snow. It is a bulb that came from Turkey. These are about three years old and are really filling out.

    I love these tulips, they are so early. I love the pattern they have made.

    These are some old tulips my Mother had, I love the yellow centers.

    This is a tulip with ice and snow on it. This is a cool type of tulip, it has pointed petals.

    These are the same red tulips with the pointed pedals, this time without snow.

    Some cool pictures of Daffodils.


    Posted on April 29th, 2011 Pam No comments

    I woke up to 2 inches of snow today!!!!! Yuck!!!!

    Here are a few pictures I took, the snow really does make great pictures.

    Winter Wonderland. This is looking out my Sunrise garden.

This is the Whitney Crab Apple tree, I trimmed it again this year. It looks pretty good.

Another picture of the Whitney Crab.

These are my tulips, covered in snow!!!!!!


These are my raspberries.

Here is a row of tires. Believe it or not, I will plant in them next week.


    Posted on April 29th, 2011 Pam No comments

    SAFE FOOD? We can’t always choose the safest food, but we do have a choice in what we purchase. Sometimes we can use a safer substitute. Below are two lists, one is ‘clean’ fruits and vegetables, the other is ‘dirty’ fruits and vegetables.

    Here is a list of the famous ‘DIRTY DOZEN’. Most of this food is thought to be safe, but isn’t because of pesticides that are easily absorbed through the skin.

    1. Celery has no protective skin, so it is very hard to wash off chemical pesticides that are used to control pests.
    2. Peaches have delicate skin that readily soaks up chemicals. They are the ‘dirtiest’ tree fruit.
    3. Strawberries sold out of season usually come from countries that don’t have strict regulations for pesticides.
    4. Apples even when washed or peeled won’t eliminate chemicals entirely.
    5. Blueberries are one of the most contaminated berries on the market.
    6. Peppers when sprayed with insecticides, easily penetrate the skin.
    7. Spinach is the most contaminated leafy vegetable, it is usually very hard to clean because of all the cracks and crevices.
    8. Kale is also hard to clean completely.
    9. Cherries when purchased from a local market have as many as three times the pesticide as imported cherries.
    10. Potatoes are usually sprayed with chemicals to stop sprouting for longer storage. The chemicals can’t be entirely removed even when peeled.
    11. Grapes, no matter how through they are washed, the pesticides have soaked through the skin.
    12. Pears, as pests become more resilient to pesticides, more and more chemicals are used to keep pears pest free.

    Here is a list of the ‘CLEAN 15′.
    1. Onions, look for onions that have an onion smell, but not overpowering.
    2. Avocados have a tough skin that pesticides usually can’t penetrate.
    3. Sweet Corn is protected because of the many layers of husk.
    4. Pineapple, choose one that doesn’t have a strong sweet smell. This strong smell usually means that it is overripe and is starting to ferment.
    5. Mango is protected from pesticides because of it’s thick skin.
    6. Asparagus, is rarely sprayed with pesticides.
    7. Peas are least likely to have pesticide residue, they are protected by the pod.
    8. Kiwi peeling is a barrier for pesticides. Kiwi should smell good and be a little soft to the touch.
    9. Cabbage is not sprayed with many pesticides. Look for cabbage that has shinny leaves and firm. Discard outer leaves.
    10. Eggplant is least likely to have pesticides. Look for shinny skin, if the skin is dull it is more likely to be tough.
    11. Papaya, the pesticides stay on the skin, but wash it thoroughly before opening.
    12. Watermelon is safe because of it’s thick rind, always wash before cutting.
    13. Broccoli is safe because of the few pesticides needed to control pests. Buy a tight bunch, don’t buy if yellow flowers have opened. Stalks should be firm, not rubbery.
    14. Sweet Potato. Pesticide residue is unlikely. They are a super food, high in beta carotene and Vitamin A.
    15. Bananas are a very clean food, their thick peeling prevents most pesticides from entering the fruit.

    Ten additional ‘clean foods’.
    Radishes, oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, honeydew, raspberries, cranberries, earthy mushrooms, cauliflower and brussels sprouts.

    When having a garden, it is nice to know that you control what is on or in the vegetable or fruit.

    There are three things most people add to their garden.
    1. Herbicides to kill unwanted weeds.
    2. Pesticides to kill unwanted insects & bugs.
    3. Fertilizer to help the garden grow.

    Be as organic as possible with these three additions. There are lots of organic products available for the garden, be current with all new products. It is always good to ask questions at a Commercial Greenhouse.

    In your garden, be selective with fertilizer. Be careful with herbicide and pesticide sprays. Make notes of what you used and what the results were.

    Remember, sometimes less is more.


    Posted on April 28th, 2011 Pam No comments

    These are lettuce and cabbage that I planted on April 12, 2011. They look pretty good.

    Here is four 4" packs of onions and four 4' packs of Fennel. They were planted on March 22,2011. I will be transplanting the fennel into their own 2" pots in the next few days. The onions will go right into the ground. With a plastic row cover.

    Here is one of my secrets how I get the seeds to germinate quickly. I put a plastic disposable shower cap over four 4-packs. It keeps the heat and moisture in. These are in my unheated greenhouse. Most of the seeds will germinate in about 10 days, even in cool weather.

    Here is another experiment I am trying. I am covering plants that have just started to come up with paper. It should keep the heat in, we'll see.


    Posted on April 28th, 2011 Pam No comments

    An elephant never forgets. After all, what does it have to remember?

    No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.

    Most people would rather look backward than forward because it is easier to remember where you’ve been than to figure out where you’re going.

    Some people remember a lie for ten years but forget the truth in ten minutes.

    Three things indicate we are getting old. First, the loss of memory — and we can’t remember the other two.


    Posted on April 27th, 2011 Pam 2 comments

    This is just a thought I came up with the other day.

    When a fruit or vegetable is canned commercially it has an expiration date on the bottom of the can right? When buying a can of beans, by just looking on the bottom, you can find out how fresh the can is. If today is 05/27/11 and the date on the can is 12/10/10, it is out dated and you know not to purchase the can. Pretty simple, the key is to look at the date, before purchasing the item.

    Well why not do the same with fresh fruit and vegetables? Maybe it may not be necessary to put the expiration date on the item, but what about a picked date? Wouldn’t you want to know when those ‘Delicious’ apples were picked? Were they picked two weeks ago, three months ago, six months ago, nine months ago or over a year ago? Wouldn’t it be nice to know when they were picked, so a better purchasing decision could be made?

    Why are the picked dates not disclosed? Well, my guess is that if you knew the item was picked several months ago, you wouldn’t purchase it. If the banana you wanted to buy was over three months old, there wouldn’t be much nutritional value left in the banana.

    Even just a few weeks make a big difference in what nutritional value is left in each fruit or vegetable. Imagine waiting 9 to 16 months to eat apples or even potatoes. I think if the dates were provided on fruits and vegetables, consumers would have a choice and maybe things would be delivered a little sooner.

    I know, some things have to be stored long term so we can have them all year long, but is that the real solution? ‘To everything there is a season…’

    What do you think?