Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Summer Seed Planting = Fall / Late Fall Harvesting

By now most everyone should be harvesting their squash, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, beans, etc. but summers end doesn't mean the end of veggie bounties.

Depending on where you live, there are many veggies seeds you can plant now in the next couple of weeks of August, that will grow and provide a nice little harvest bounty come fall.

If you live like where we do in Michigan, tomatoes and peppers are pretty much out as for summer planting. You can though stick some bush bean seeds (Kentucky Wonder) in the ground and
get a fair size bean bounty. You just have to make sure you plant them where they can get as much sun as possible.

Other veggies seeds that can be planted are - Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Brussel spouts, Kohlrabi, Spinach, Lettuce, Peas, Kale, etc...

Root veggies like beets, carrots, radishes and the like can be planted now too, but don't wait to long unless you live in milder planting areas of the Earth...

Happy Planting...

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Gardening by the moon schedule for August

Note:  Does not apply to all growing regions the same

August 2013
4th-5th Most Favorable Days For Planting Beets, Onions, Turnips, And Other Root Crops. Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens. Good Days For Transplanting.

6th-9th A Barren Time. Best For Killing Weeds, Briars, Poison Ivy, And Other Plant Pests. Clear Woodlots And Fencerows.

10th-11th Good Days For Planting Aboveground Crops. Excellent For Sowing Grains, Winter Wheat, Oats, And Rye. Plant Flowers.

12th-13th Plant Peas, Beans, Tomatoes, Peppers, And Other Aboveground Crops In Southern Florida, California, And Texas. Extra Good For Leafy Vegetables. Plant Seedbeds.

14th-16th Cut Winter Wood, Do Clearing And Plowing, But No Planting.

17th-18th Good Time To Plant Aboveground Crops.

19th-21st Barren Days. Fine For Killing Plant Pests.

22nd-23rd Favorable Days For Planting Root Crops, Fine For Vine Crops. Good Days For Transplanting.

24th-26th Barren Days. Do No Planting.

27th-28th Root Crops That Can Be Planted Now Will Yield Well. Good Days For Transplanting.

29th-30th Any Seeds Planted Now Will Tend To Rot.

31st Most Favorable Day For Planting Beets, Onions, Turnips, And Other Root Crops. Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens. Good Day For Transplanting 

Thank you to the Farmers' Almanac for the above planting guidelines...

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Old Homesteaders Ways of Weather Predicting

We had our first light fog of August this morning here, which reminded me of the times that I would hang out at my aunt & uncle old homestead back in the 50's / 60's. I would hear them several times a day speak a few of these sayings about what needed to be done or because this or that happened we were going to have this type of winter coming, etc.  Sure do miss that time...

1. Count the early morning fogs in the month of August. This is how many snows we will have. A heavy fog denotes a heavy snow and likewise a lighter fog denotes a light snow.

2. If the acorns, hickory nuts etc are in abundance, it will be a hard winter.

3. If the leaves fall early off the trees the winter will be mild. If the leaves stay on till late in fall and are denser than usual, the winter will be harsh.

4. An abundance of those woolly worms indicates a bad winter. If they are primarily black on either end and brown in the middle, then you will have a hard winter at the beginning and ending of winter with a lull or mild spell in the middle; if they are solid black expect a hard winter; if they are solid brown it will be a mild winter.

5. If the hornets build their nest high up in the trees, then a mild winter will ensue but if they are built low to the ground, it's going to be a bad winter.

6. Ground spiders during late summer building their nests with the early morning dew glistening off their webs indicates a hard winter.

7. Severe fogs in July denotes early snow.

8. How many days old the moon is at the first snow is an indicator of how many snows there will be that winter.

9. If there is a ring around the moon, watch to see how many stars there are inside the ring. This tells you how many days until the next snow.

10. Expect frost three (3) months after the katydids first call.

11. Thicker fur than usual on raccoons, bears & other animals is a sign of a hard winter coming.

12. If spring flowering bushes bloom late in the fall then this is a sign of severe weather coming.

13. Smoke rising fast in thin curls indicates snow.

14. Crackling fires and popping firewood indicates snow.

15. Thunder in December means a good fruit year; Thunder in January wakes up the snakes; Thunder in February gives you frost dates for May.

16. When you see the cow "laying down" in the wintertime then expect a snow within the next few days.

17. When animals or birds seem in a hurry to build nests or gather food in the wintertime, bad weather is coming.

18. If there's a rainbow in the morning, then it will rain within 24 hours; if there's a rainbow in the evening, then expect clear weather.

19. If soot and smoke fall down toward the ground instead of rising fast, expect rain.

20. If chickens go to roost early then expect rain.

21. If fish swim close to the surface in streams, then expect a storm.

22. If the smoke from the chimney blows to the ground, it will rain.

23. Lightning in the North early in the night means rain before morning.

24. If there is enough blue in the sky to make a Dutchman a pair of britches, the weather will turn fair.

25. Lightning in the South is a sign of drought.

26. If the June moon lies on its back, it is holding water; if it is tilted so the water will run out, the season will be dry.

27. Red sky at night sailor's delight.

28. The peepers sing and freeze twice before the real spring comes.

29. The red wing blackbird is the first bird of spring.

30. When the moon is getting bigger and moonlight increases, moisture is more readily available to seeds and roots. So broccoli, corn,lettuce and leafy plants which form their seeds on the outside of the leaf, should be started from new moon until the moon is one half-full.

31. From the time when the moon is one half-full until it is full, tomatoes, peppers, beans, cantaloupes, melons, pumpkins and vegetables which have their seeds within their fruits should be planted.

32. When the moon begins to get smaller after it is full, the moonlight decreases and the water table drops and plants put their efforts into the roots. This is the time to plant turnips, carrots, onions, radishes, plants of which we eat the roots.

33. When the moon reaches its one-half size again and gets smaller, it is time to prune plants. It is also time to pick leafy vegetables and herbs because the nutrients, juices and flavor will be greater.

Friday, August 2, 2013

White moose

Photo of the elusive white moose of Port au Port West, Newfoundland that was submitted I do believe by Steve Brun to  The Western Star

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Simple Polish Stew

Simple Polish Stew

3/4 good sized potatoes, peeled and diced
1 small head of cabbage, chopped up into eatable pieces
1 large onion, chopped
Some cut up green beans, maybe about a cup worth
1 to 1 -1/2 lbs of Polish sausage, cut length wise and then slice into 1inch pieces
4/5 cups of low sodium or fat free chicken broth or you can use regular type

Put it all into a crock pot / slow cooker making sure you add the broth last.

Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for about 5 hours

Scoop into bowls and serve with pumpernickel or fresh zucchini bread & butter

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tid-Bits #3

New report from Census Bureau shows more and more people are working from home

According to the Survey of Income and Program Participation, the number of people who worked at home at least one day per week increased from 9.5 million in 1999 to 13.4 million in 2010, increasing from 7.0 percent to 9.5 percent of all workers. The largest increase occurred between 2005 and 2010, when the share grew from 7.8 percent to 9.5 percent of all workers, an increase of more than 2 million.

Detailed class of worker information from the American Community Survey suggested that although nearly half of home-based workers were self-employed, government workers saw the largest increase in home-based work over the last decade. Home-based workers increased by 133 percent among state government workers and 88 percent among federal government workers. There was a 67 percent increase in home-based work for employees of private companies.

Home-based workers in computer, engineering and science occupations increased by 69 percent between 2000


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Potato / Cheddar Cheese Filled Pierogi


5 cups flour

5 tablespoons of melted butter or 6 tablespoons od vegetable oil

2 tablespoons of sour cream

2 whole eggs

1 egg yolk

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1-1/2 lukewarm water
Prep Work:
In a small bowl, beat 2 whole eggs and egg yolk, and set aside.

Melt the butter and set aside.

Mix salt and lukewarm water and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the 4 cups of flour with melted butter and sour cream, add beaten eggs and mix the ingredients with the warm water, stirring constantly so that the ingredients can mix properly.

Place dough on table and knead with remaining 1 cup of flour into smooth and soft pastry.

Divide the dough in half and cover with warm bowl or warm pot. Let the dough stand for about 15 minutes before working with it   While dough rises, prepare your filling and set aside   Cut the large peace of dough and on a floured surface roll it out into a thin circle, about 1/4-inch thick.

Cut the dough using a 2-1/2 or 3-inch circle cutter.


4 cups mashed potatoes

4 to 5 cups of grated Cheddar Cheese

3 tablespoons of butter

2 medium onions, finely chopped and sautéed

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

To Prepare Potato Filling:

Sauté chopped onions in butter until soft and transparent (for about 4 to 5 minutes on medium heat), do not brown the the onions. Combine onions with warm (not hot) mashed potatoes and farmers cheese. Stir in salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.   Putting them all together:   Place about 1 tablespoon of the filling in the center of each circle of dough and fold over. Press and seal into half-moon shapes. Use a little water to seal pierogi. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pierogi for about 5 to 6 minutes, or until they float. Remove from the water and drain.  (Knobby's Acres optional extra method - pan fry them lighty in butter until golden brown) Place them in serving dish and garnish with bacon crumbs, finely chopped fresh parsley leaves or finely chopped fresh chives (if desired) and serve with sour cream.