Fruits and Vegetables – Proper storage is essential

This is a great list on storage of veggies/fruits.

Town & Country Gardening

Proper storage of fruits and vegetables will insure you get the most usage from your garden and orchard crops.

Hint: Always remove any tight bands from your vegetables or at least loosen them to allow them to breathe.

Artichokes – Place in an airtight container sealed, with light moisture.

Asparagus – Place them loosely in a glass or bowl upright with water at room temperature. (Will keep for a week outside the fridge)

Avocados – Place in a paper bag at room temp. To speed up their ripening, place an apple in the bag with them.

Arugula – Like lettuce, should not stay wet! Dunk in cold water and spin or lay flat to dry. Place dry arugula in an open container, wrapped with a dry towel to absorb any extra moisture.

Basil – Is difficult to store well. Basil does not like the cold, or to be wet for…

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Cucumbers with Folding Trellis

Cucumber Garden in Wisconsin
Cucumber garden in Wisconsin with simple folding trellis.

This is my raised bed garden with a portable trellis made from scrounged materials.  My old neighbors gave me the planks for the raised bed.  The folding portable trellis is made from our old broken recycled box spring that served us well.  We got a bunch of cucumbers to eat this year which supplemented our grocery purchases nicely.  The pretty little squirrels and sneaky raccoons didn’t seem to bother the cucumbers.  I planted a variety that had some small little spikes sticking out of them so that may have discouraged the rodents from making a meal out of our food this year.  The longer smooth variety I planted last year was gobbled up pretty fast by some little animal at night.

I plan to increase our garden with perennial veggies and small fruits.  Anything I only need to plant once and that will come back year after year is a long term work saver.  It is much easier to plant a small Carmine Jewel Cherry Bush than to plant annual veggies.  I have some difficulty doing the work for a garden put given years of future continued persistence I should be able to transform our back yard into a mini-farm designed to provide us with some well needed  healthy food.

We had a gigantic garden on my childhood farm however we also had tractors, plows, cultivators, planters and plenty of free cow manure.  I don’t have access to all this wonderful stuff anymore and my physical capabilities have deteriorated.  Composted cow manure is great stuff for city gardens but it costs money.  My father would have got a great chuckle out of seeing me pay for a bag of composted cow manure.

My goal in gardening is to provide some good tasting fruits and veggies at the most minimal cost of money and work possible.  It is also a relaxing hobby.

 

My Best Garden in Wisconsin
My Best Garden. Garden decoration.

Garage Door Springs Do Not Last Forever.

wp-1506269946448.jpegI guess my garage door spring was not made to last forever because it broke today trapping my car inside.  Doesn’t look like I can lift it temporarily by myself to get the car out so I’ll have to get a repairman in here.  I am willing to bet they won’t be inexpensive.   I don’t think it’s a good idea to work on this old bucket of  rusty bolts by myself because it looks like an accident waiting to happen.

I suppose I could try to lift it up with Tony and hold it temporarily while we get the car out.  I am a little leery of this procedure because this thing is really heavy and I don’t want it knocking someone’s head off.  Better to get a local pro to take of it next week.

Should Football Players Protest the National Anthem?

Anthony Balistreri in Uniform WWII
Anthony and his brother Thomas Balistreri in WWII
Grandfather Marsh WWI
Grandfather Marsh on left during WWI

No one should be forced to respect our national anthem unless it is an integral part of their job.  Also, no one is forced to attend football games and pay outrageous money to watch over paid players who are disrespecting your country.  It is the right of football fans to protest  against the disrespectful actions of players by withholding their money from buying endorsed products and making their feelings clear during the game.  When owners feel a little sting in the old pocket book they may lose their enthusiasm for insulting our country.  Perhaps they could make a rule that if you disrespect the anthem you need to sit out the whole game.  Even excessive celebration and taunting are penalized so why not penalize disrespect for our country.

 

12/27/2017  Enhanced and corrected picture caption of WWII relatives.

Hate Speech in Wisconsin

engelssmallA group of college students recently made a video showing their hatred of police.  Police were depicted as anti-black, pigs and were beheaded in the video.  It certainly looked like hate speech to me.  I don’t think hate speech should be totally prevented even if it is extremely vile unless it used to directly incite a riot.  We have freedom of speech in this country no matter how stupid and repulsive.  Hate speech needs to be opposed with reason and positive emotional arguments whenever it presents itself.  Suppressing any type of speech by law is a slippery slope that will backfire because whoever is in power will use those types of laws to limit their opponent’s ability to have free speech.  State resources should never be used to promote hate speech.  Hate speech can also be regulated because it is similar to shouting fire in a crowded theater.

Hate speech can come from people of any race.  Black hate speech is just as bad as Neo-Nazi hate speech and should be equally condemned.  The ability of our society to function is slowly deteriorating because we are so afraid to point out criminal black racist actions and the legal system is skewed to protect criminals of all races in many situations.  Excess political correctness is a great philosophy until someone starts looting, kills innocent people, wrecks your town and burns it to the ground.  Hate speech by students can incite violence in Wisconsin just like what has happened in other states.

The students producing the anti-police hate video have a constitutional right to produce such a video with their own money on their own time.  Were taxpayer dollars used to produce the video or was it some type of class assignment?  The university should reject and suspend any student or professor that engages in garbage of this nature using university resources.

The practical solution to any type of perceived police prejudice can only be to have a higher percentage of non-whites represented in the police force.  Hate speech against the police is not going to help anyone and it will discourage blacks from entering into police work.  Any professor that encourages anti-police or race related hate speech by students should be fired by the university because he is clearly damaging our entire society.  We need to accept the fact that people of any race are capable of being prejudiced and there is no way our society can overlook the criminal actions that result from this evil belief. Certainly professors should not teach college students to propagate hate with taxpayer dollars.