Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Go Bananas In The Garden

If you haven't been using banana peels in your garden, you're missing out  on the helpful nutrients that they can provide for your plants. Just take a look at the benefits they can bring.

  • Potassium: Helps plants grow strong roots, and enables good distribution of water and nutrients. It helps regulate plant enzymes and promotes the growth of stronger stems. This helps to create strong, sturdy disease resistant and pest resistant plants.
  • Phosphorus: Promotes healthy roots and shoots, and is absolutely essential for successful production of blossoms, pollen and fruit. Big and strong plants can't be grown without it.
  • Calcium: Is also a great help in creating strong root systems and stems. And it assists in breaking down soil nutrients such as nitrogen, and helps other minerals move through a plant’s system.
  • Magnesium: Is essential for healthy photosynthesis, without which no plant can thrive and be healthy.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

True Confessions

I hope you're sitting down when you read this, because I have a confession to make. This revelation may shock some and disgust others, but I feel it's time I just brought everything out into the open for the sake for full disclosure. So here it is. I LIKE fruitcake. Yes, that's right. I enjoy the dessert that has been the butt of so many jokes for so many years. The present that has won the Most Likely To Be Regifted Award more than any other. So you can imagine that I was overjoyed to learn that there is actually a day dedicated to the celebration of this unique sweet.

Now here are some fast facts that you may not know about fruitcake:

  • Typically, American fruitcakes are known for being rich in nuts and fruits. 
  • Mail-order fruitcakes have been around in the U.S. since 1913. 
  • Commercial fruitcakes are often sold by charities to raise money for many causes. 
  • The expression “nutty as a fruitcake” was coined in 1935 during the period in which Southern bakeries, Collin Street and Claxton, began to use inexpensive surplus nuts in their cakes. 
  • Contrary to popular belief, most mass-produced fruitcakes in the U.S. have no alcohol.
  • Some traditional recipes do use liqueurs or brandy and then are topped off with powdered sugar.
  • Some people use brandy soaked linens to wrap their fruitcakes and then store them to allow time for the cakes to age. They believe that this improves the taste of the cakes.
So take some time out to enjoy a slice, O.K., maybe just a sliver of fruitcake today along with your coffee or tea. You may yet become a fancier of this much maligned confection.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Robo Weeder

If you're looking for a special gift for that  gardener who seems to have everything, you might want to consider a robot weeder. Yes, the silicon servants are now in the garden. And they might be just the thing for those who are eager to reduce the time they spend weed wrangling. Who knows, you might even want to pick one up for yourself.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

To Brighter Days

The winter solstice is upon us. From this point on, we can look forward to brighter days.