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Update on Herb Gardening! November 26, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 12:04 pm

Hi everyone,

First off I wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving! I am so excited for tomorrow I can’t handle it. I love this time of the year and getting together with family. So enjoy your Turkey Day! I know I will!

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With that said I wanted to update you all on my herb garden. It is doing very good and I am starting to see small plants growing out of the soil. I should be able to start using my herbs soon. I can’t wait. However, I did kill a few of them at first.

Here are some little tips I picked up on successful herb growing:

1) Don’t over water. I thought my plants needed water everyday and I gave them what I thought was enough every morning. I soon found out I was drowning them and they stood no chance. I learned to use a misting spray bottle and just sprites them a little every morning rather than dumping water in their containers. They started sprouting soon after.

2) I also had my herbs in the window that faced East because I thought morning sunlight would be better. Well I learned that a window facing South was much better. If you do not have a window facing South like me, you should invest in a growing lamp.

3) My last tip which I have not done yet but might have to in the next couple weeks is to watch the roots. If they are getting to big you might want to re-pot the herbs in a bigger pot. Also, change out the soil frequently. I think I will do that the end of next month as well.

You may also want to visit these sites for more tips on herb gardening. http://www.linglesherbs.com/quicktip.htm, http://www.backyardgardener.com/herb/index.html, http://www.gourmetspot.com/herbfeature.htm

Until next time 🙂

 

Growing Pumpkins! November 20, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 1:59 pm

Hi everyone,

This week I wanted to talk about growing pumpkins being that it is that time of the year. Pumpkins are what Fall is all about with jack-o-lantern’s and pumpkin pie (yumm!). Yes, Halloween is over but we still have Thanksgiving right around the corner and pumpkins are an icon for Thanksgiving as well. If any of you like pumpkin pie like I do, there is nothing like fresh pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving made from fresh pumpkins. Pumpkin pie is my specialty so next year I plan on growing them in my garden for making pumpkin pie, bread and all kinds of goodies.

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Growing Pumpkins:

1) Pick a sunny place to plant (just like most other vegetables).

2) Pumpkins do not like the cold very well so wait until middle or end of May to plant. This should still be plenty of time to have pumpkins for Halloween.

3) Make your hole about 1-2 inches deep with 2 seeds per hole and 2-3 feet between each hole.

4) Pumpkins need their room to grow so planting them separate from other vegetables is ideal.

5) Pumkins like moist to dry soil so do not water to often. However, when you do water make sure to give them enough water to insure the water goes deep into the soil and reaches their furthest roots (Drip irrigation is ideal).

6) Pumpkins are sensitive to cold temperatures and wind so make sure to protect them from the harsh elements.

Harvesting Pumpkins:

1) Most pumpkins reach maturity 50 days after their flower bloomed. A Good way to tell is if you have a rich, warm color and the vines start to die off. 

2) You can expect to get 25-50 medium pumpkins per 100 foot row. So you can estimate if you have a smaller parcel. The larger the pumpkin the less will grow.

3) If a few of your pumkins are ready to harvest early you can pick them and store them in a cool place (60-70 degrees) and out of humidity. Do not stack them when storing to ensure they get enough air circulation and do not rot.

Now you know how to grow pumpkins. Hopefully you can be successful and enjoy your labor come next fall. I know I will! 🙂 For more information and helpful tips visit http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/CoopExt/4DMG/VegFruit/pumpkin2.htm or http://www.pumpkingrowingtips.com/organic.htm

I also wanted to share with you my pumpkin pie recipes. It is my favorite thing to bake.

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Pumpkin Pie Recipe (makes 1 1/2 pies)

Ingredients:

2 cup pureed pumpkin

1 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1/4 nutmeg

1 2/3 cups evaporated milk

2 eggs

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.

(a little tip- poke holes in crust and bake for 5 minutes before adding the batter.)

Mix all dry ingredients together first, and then add everything else. (Use and electric mixer on low so that it is light and airy). Add to pie crust. Cover crust edges with tin foil. Try very hard not to get the mix on the crust when putting into oven or your crust will be burnt there. Cook at 425 for 20 minutes and then turn heat down to 350 for 1 hour. Times may vary. It is good to check the pies after 30 minutes. Use a toothpick and see if still liquidity. If dark spots start appearing on top take the pies out because they are over done.

Enjoy 🙂

 

Election! November 6, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 9:01 pm

Hi everyone,

Sorry but I am going to deviate from my normal posts on gardening to talk a little about the election, being that it was the most important thing to happen in our country this year. This election was probably the most important election in my opinion. Our country is extremely vulnerable right now and the economy is spiraling downward. Obama has a lot on his plate to deal with and frankly I do not think he has what it takes to be the president of the United States. Personally, I think he sweeped the nation with his talk of change, yet has no plan on how he is going to make that change happen. He is already backing out on some of his promises now that he is officially the president. In his speech last night he said “we can’t accomplish everything we set out to do in one term.” He is already running for his next term and hasn’t even official stepped into his first term to prove what he might be capable of.

This is an e-mail I recieved yesterday that sums up all of my feelings.

Dear Mr.
Obama,

It is August 30, 2008. My name is Mark Gregg. I am a 50 something conservative white male. I have followed your campaign closely, including the speeches you and others made at the democratic national convention. I am respectfully providing you with seven simple (probably shallow) reasons why I could never vote for you. I believe my opinion is shared by many people. While there may not be quite enough to prevent you from becoming president of this nation, I do think there is an awakening to the fact that you are not a (the) messiah that the media and liberal Hollywood entertainers are trying to portray you.
1. I hear your mantra of change, change, change. Yet, you picked a long term, liberal, Washington insider (Joe Biden) to be your running mate. This is NOT change. It is a move that hypocritically refutes the very thing you supposedly stand for. Your campaign then slammed McCain for picking Sarah Palin, apparently, because she is NOT a Washington insider. She is a maverick who cleaned-up Alaska’s quagmire of political scandals.
Which way is it, Barack? Is it okay for you to pick a Washington insider under the mantra of ‘change’, but not okay for John McCain to pick a smart, aggressive, reformer?

2. You have the single most liberal voting record in the senate. This indicates to me and others like me that you may very well be an angry black man seeking to punish our country for sins of a different generation. I am not racist. I have some biases just like you and every other human alive. Unlike the democrat party who claims to be for the minority (but their record heavily refutes this), I will give any person who truly needs help, help. I married a ‘minority’ girl 35 years ago (she is Hispanic) and have seen the evils of prejudice first hand. However, I have also seen my wife and my children and others in her family throw off the veil of self imposed prejudicial bondage and move ahead. They love our country and do not view themselves any different than I view myself as a citizen of this country. Your lovely wife so disappointed people like me during this campaign when she stated it was the first time she had ever been proud of this country. She apparently never noticed the massive aid we give dozens of other countries. She apparently never noticed the sacrifice of literally millions of veterans who helped make this country a free nation and helped liberate other nations from brutal dictators such as Adolf Hitler. She apparently does not remember that she attended ivy league universities with scholarship money that ultimately (at least some of it) was paid for by our taxes. This troubles me more than you know. She is an angry black woman who appears to not like her country very much. I don’t want her representing me to the rest of the world.
3. You claim Christianity but apparently do not realize that the Bible teaches that he who does not work, does not eat. The Bible does not say or even suggest that he who CANNOT work, should not eat. Yet, your liberal policies reward people who are capable of working, but choose to not do so. This bothers me. I know that if you are elected our taxes will spiral upwards. You should heed the words of Winston Churchill: ‘We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.’ If I like anything about you, it is your campaign promise to balance the federal budget. Unfortunately, we have heard this a huge number of times from a number of different politicians and we realize that when you energize the very liberal Nancy Pelosi, Robert Byrd, Ted Kennedy, etc, etc, and the many other democrats like them, a balanced budget will never, ever happen on your watch.
4. During your question and answer session with Rick Warren of Saddleback Church your answer concerning the question of where does life begin, stunned me: ‘Above your pay grade?’ Does this mean when something bad happens as President of this nation that you are going to look at your salary to determine if you can respond? I am sorry, but this was the most serious gaffe I have seen you make. Frankly, it shows me that you are pandering in the most obvious manner. You will choose your words not from your heart, but from an agenda that I believe is still hidden from the American people.
5. If anything stands out about you it is probably your appeasement mentality. In this era of rampant, radical Islamic extremism and with the latest stunt pulled by the re-energized Russian government, I am not sure appeasement is healthy. I again revert to the words of Winston Churchill: ‘An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
6. You and your party tacitly believe that a 13 or 14 year old girl must have the parents approval to have the school nurse provide them with a Tylenol when they have a headache at school. Yet, this same girl can become pregnant and the school can skirt her off to a clinic and abort the child in her body without the parents knowing or being notified. This scares the hell out of me. You have two little girls. Would you be upset if this happened to them and you were not informed? Then why do you stand for this? It makes no sense to me.
7. My seventh and final point (for now) is your supporters. I have watched the Hollywood entertainers that support you, systematically embrace Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and others like him. I see the continuous smut and garbage produced by Hollywood, the very people who promote you the most vigorously. It is not a positive point to me and others like me to see these over-paid, bizarre, poor examples of human existence fawn over you and push you and your liberal agenda as hard as they do. The way I see it. When the devil is for you, we should question whether or not we should be against you.
In closing, I just want you to know that you scare me. I cannot vote for you. It is not because of your skin color. It is because these items I’ve listed and many, many others like them. Do not claim that my dislike for you is race based. It is because I do not feel you have the best interests of this nation at heart.
Respectfully,

Mark A. Gregg

 

Unfortunately, many people in this country got rapped up in his promise of change and let those words steer their decision alone. I hope with all my heart that I am wrong and that Obama does good for this country. I hope all that he does is in the best interest of the American citizens and that he really does change Washington for the better. But for now I feel America has voted for a long and rocky four years.