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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Gardening and Flooding or is it Flooding and Gardening?


As the rains come and go in our region, flooding is always possible. Here are some U.S. Department of Agriculture’s guidelines:

• Freeze containers of water to create blocks of ice that can help keep food cold in the freezer, refrigerator or a cooler if you lose power.
• Freeze refrigerated items—leftovers, milk, fresh meat and poultry. If you then lose power, this will help keep them at a safe temperature longer.
• Know where to buy dry and block ice.
• Have portable coolers to keep food cold longer.
• When arranging food in your freezer, keep packages on top of and around each other (touching) to keep them cold longer.
• If you’re told that power will be out for an extended period, you can purchase 50 lbs. of dry ice that should maintain an 18-cubic-foot full freezer for 2 days.
• Throw away perishables—meat, poultry, fish, soft cheeses, milk, eggs, leftovers and deli items— that have been in the refrigerator more than 4 hours without power.
• If the food in your freezer still contains ice crystals or is at 40°F or below, then the food is SAFE to cook and eat, or re-freeze. However, if power has been out for more than 48 hours, throw it out!


• Don’t wade through the water. Flood waters have sewer and refuse materials. Drink only bottled water if flooding has occurred.
• Thoroughly wash all metal pans, ceramic dishes and utensils that have come in contact with flood waters, in clean, hot, soapy water. Sanitize by boiling them 15 minutes in a solution of 1 teaspoon of chlorine bleach per quart of water.
When in doubt, always throw it out!

If you have specific questions about food safety, call the USDA’s toll-free Meat and Poultry Hotline at (888) MP-HOTLINE from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST) Monday through Friday.

"God…will open doors and means in a way we never would have supposed to help all those who truly want to get their year’s supply….All we have to do is to decide, commit to do it, and then keep the commitment. Miracles will take place; the way will be opened, (and) we will have our storage areas filled."
Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone, May 1976


Did you know you may start planting your garden soon? Mid February is a good time to get an early start on Spring vegetables.
You can plant the following in February:
Asparagus, Beets, Bok Choy, Carrots, Chard, Leeks, Lettuce, Bulb Onions, Peas, White Potatoes, Radish, Rhubarb, Spinach, Turnips
p.s. Don’t forget bare root fruit trees are available now!

Go to In their ‘search box’, type in “kitchen garden planner” for a free online vegetable square foot gardening tool!
Try to plant on a sunny day when it’s going to be above 45 degrees. Turn the soil over and over and add a bag or two of fresh soil.
Talk to the nursery folks if you need more info, or make sure you have good gardening books for help.

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