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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tomato Seedlings

My heirloom tomato seedlings are doing fine.  Just hoping that they will continue to grow well and then set well in our new planter box, once that gets going!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


So I tried to dehydrate sliced lemons...not sure why, just as an experiment to see how I could use them.  They took FOREVER.  Probably they were too thick.  I dipped them in honey water first also.  In any event, they are now in my freezer where they will stay until I figure out what to do with them.  Next time I'll dry the zest and get a bit of lemon juice saved (frozen) also, but other than that...not sure.  We do eat lemons but not a lot.  Great lemon tree though!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Potatoes and Tomatoes

My lettuce and broccoli and artichokes are still growing just great, but the time has come to start the potatoes.  At least I hope so~ ! I've planted a pound of red seed potatoes in three different containers, with potting soil.  I didn't fertilize yet, but they required 5-10-5 or so fertilizer.  I do plan on picking that up on payday for Feb.  Meanwhile, here they are, planted and waiting.

My heirloom tomatoes have started little tiny sprouts.  I'm so excited for them, and can only pray over them and hope that they grow big and strong and ready for outdoor planting by April 1st. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Heirloom Tomatoes

I am so excited, my heirloom tomato seeds are starting to sprout.  I hope I am doing this in time for them to be planted successfully by April 1st, weather permitting.  I also pray that I can find a good way to get the cat away from my plants.  My onion and spinache and more have been dug out this past year by the next door kitty.  He is a handsome devil, but ruining my efforts! :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Drying Sliced Fresh Potatoes

Today I dried my own sliced fresh potatoes...(well, not my own as in I grew them, but I'll be starting them in the garden soon!). I took 5 medium size spuds and cut them, dipped them in boiling water for 8 minutes, then plunged them into icy water for 10 or so, then dried them in the Excalubur dehydrator for six hours, then put them in a Food Saver bag.

I’m thrilled! I’m not sure what I’ve saved, since I used all that electricity, but it’s my own stuff.

It will take up less room to store, that's for sure!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tomatoes started!

It's time to start tomato seedlings if you want to grow them from seed.  In my case I have five heirloom varieties. I marked each with toothpicks, also putting a number for each one on the box as well as a certain number of toothpicks in the soil.  See photos.

I am excited to see how they do, as I have never planted my own seeds indoors before planting outdoors, and never heirloom types.

Notice how small the seeds are. These were fairly expensive considering I got maybe 15 or 20 seeds per package.  Next year I will save the seeds from the plants that do the best and have my own seeds hopefully from then on!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Going to the Bathroom Without Toilet Paper

My friend Angie, at our last preparedness meeting, brought up a good way to prepare for future toiletry needs when TP isn't available and perhaps a flushing toilet isn't either.

She suggested a small plastic trash can that is lined with a nylon net washing bag (the type with a drawstring).  Then she sewed about 20 flannel squares, actually rectangles, about 10 x 5 inches, with serged edges.  With that she had a bottle of water, the bottle being a liquid dishwashing soap bottle that was empty of soap and just had water in it (although you might also consider using a bit of mild disinfectant in the water).  When done wiping your self with the flannel cloth, you can put it in the net bag and when full, or when ready,  you can then take the nylon net back to a washing area and go from there.

It's not perfect, but it's the best idea I've seen so far.


My next purchase, or at least soon, will be a Whiz Freedom, which is a way that women that stand up and go to the bathroom like a guy can do! It's portable, compact, and would be perfect for those times when disaster strikes and you are left with very unclean toilet areas, if any, and can't sit down to do our business!