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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Sloping Agricultural Land Technology

Here Garlic is planted and just to the right strawberries grow.
Sloping Agricultural Land Technology


My property is one big slope, yet I wanted to grow vegetables. I started by making steps and large steps at that. The steps are anywhere from 20 inches wide to 36 inches wide. The reality is that I did not measure any of them. I went by guessing the space needed for any vegetable. However, the steeper the slop the closer the rows and the flatter the slop the wide the rows should be. 
"Bear in mind that poor soil makes a poor farmer". So the most important is the soil, and that is true in all cases not just slopped land but flat land, as well. In dealing with slopped land the equation is multiplied with erosion. Topsoil is the most valuable soil there is in terms of availability. It takes nearly 100 years to produce 1 inch of topsoil and erosion can wash it away quickly.
When plowing or planting following the contour lines of the land. The contour line runs from one end of the garden to the other end. By following the contour line the is less erosion. 
Of the many vegetables that I grow, I like tomato plants a lot. it just fascinates me to see them produce.  My favorite thing to do is single-stem growth. Where I plant seedlings about 16 inches apart and as they grow I remove any sprout that would otherwise become a branch. I allow a set of leaves and a set of blooms. Doing this all the way up the main trunk.   This allows airflow and sunlight this is a great combination that not only results in a higher quality of fruit, it also cuts back on the plant disease. It is also important that mulch is placed 3 to 4 inches thick around the plants and the removal of leaves that touch the ground. 
This is a very productive row of heirloom tomato plants. As I developed each “step” I added wood on the lower end of the ‘step’ to maintain the soil.
In this photo, you can see the slope that I am working on and how this is one way to utilize a sloped property.

The study of the Asian agriculture system known as SALT or "Sloping Agricultural Land Technology.” will be beneficial for both domestic and commercial education and implementation.  Putting into practice is the most important part of any education.  Your most important goal is protecting the soil and ensuring that there will be topsoil for many generations to come. Always think of it this way. What you eat from the ground required soil to produce and if you did not protect and revitalize the soil's nutrients with more than what you took out in the form of produce, then your growing methods are not sustainable.   
One method SALT teaches is the growth of nitrogen-fixing plants in between the contours of food production.  There will be an area 15 feet or so that grows nothing but legumes or upland rice. I actually grew upland rice during 2019 Season only for the fun of it. I now know that the production grain can be used to grow rows of nitrogen and that is a neat find for me. 

SALT technology of soil conservation and food production is only one aspect of growing. You also need to grow the field and permanent nitrogen-fixing crops in wide bands between the contoured rows. When the growth of this row is about 3 or 4 foot tall it is cut down to about 1 to 2 foot and the cuttings are used in the alleyways to serve as organic matter.
To some extent I have been doing this by allowing the surrounding grasses to grow tall, cutting them and then using the cutting on the garden slope beds. I think that I will tweak this some during the next growing season.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Tomato Paste with a side kick.

Tomato Paste with a sidekick.

So I have been sitting on the side-lines as far as selling vintage antiques and collectibles. But sitting is far from the truth. Right now I'm laying down to write this new post. You see my garden has been very productive and kept me busy all Spring through mid Summer.
 I still don't know what to do with Hubbard Squash? This is one plant and thank goodness there is only four squash because they are huge.

The tomato plants are still producing however much slower. Not a lot of pollinators and cooler nights might have something to do with that. 
Searching Pinterest brought me to "How To Make Tomato Paste", by Maries McClellan.
Sorry but I could not link Marisa McClellan's Pinterest page. 

The tomato paste came out great. My results produced seven 4 ounce jars of super thick tomato paste. All from my homegrown Amish paste and Hungarian paste tomatoes.

But when I got to step four that is my side-kick the sidekick comes in. 

Step four said to discard the seeds and the tomato skin. Not this guy, I am frugal right to the skin.  So I  spread the seeds and skins on my Excaliber dehydrator tray lined with parchment paper.
Once dried which took about 26 hours at 135 degrees. The dried skins went into the coffee bean grinder.

This was a medium-coarse grind. After everything was ground the bowl of powder was tossed back into the coffee grinder. Then 1 1/2 teaspoons of big crystals sea salt were added.    That was salty!  The amount of salt would be fine at 3/4 or 1/2 teaspoon.
The results is a Tomato Salt Seasoning for many uses in the kitchen.
So do not discard tomato skin and seeds even the skin from boiled and cooled tomato that will be canned as whole tomatoes is good for dehydrating and making Tomato Salt Seasoning.
Just tell the JimBo said so.

By the way, the screw top lid on my mason jar is cut from the half-gallon milk cartons.  Don't waste anything, folks!

Come back to visit me when I will once again start listing vintage antiques and collectibles on 

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

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Monday, April 22, 2019

MotheDay May 12th 2019 Soon to list --ready to ship

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Wow, check out this video album  Google made from my photo shoot. After you click this link the video button is top right corner.

Do you know Mother's Day is just around the corner?  Yes May 12th
   Mom's are special in all of our daily living. It is those little things they do or have done and sometimes we did know they did something for us in some way that we benefited from it.
 For some like myself, our mom's are no longer with us. But we can be grateful for the memories.  Like the peanut butter cookie recipe, she left me one day years ago.   
It is her own and writing, too.  I have made cookies using the recipe now and then.  The cookies come out of the oven and smell so good, and they are. However, there is just something missing. Something that can never be baked into those peanut butter cookies the way mom made them.  Her smile and laughter and the fun she had making them.  She told me once that I ate them faster than she could bake them. Don't you know a glass of cold milk and freshly baked peanut butter cookies to dunk in it is the best thing? You had to get the cookie out of the milk at the right time. Not too long before the warm was gone and not too long before the cookie broke off into the milk and then get it to your taste buds.   Those were the days and mom's make them bright. Thanks, mom for the memories!  Today coffee takes the place of the milk. But nothing can replace mom.

Please try my mom's peanut butter cookie recipe.

Talking about coffee please take a look at the Manning Bowman electric coffee percolator listed of eBay.    
Manning Bowman Electric coffee percolator

I tested this percolator and it makes great coffee. This is just right for those vintage memories and a plate full of freshly baked cookies.
Anchor Hocking Irish Coffee mugs
 If you want to try some Irish coffee with the cookies. Personally, I do not drink liquor so cannot testify to the taste of it with cookies. May you could let me know? 

 Please have a great day and don't forget to shop my listings for your mother's day gifts. Hurry time is going fast. 


Monday, April 8, 2019

Ever Farmer Needs A Good Telephone

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Stromberg-Carlson Telephone Manufacturing Co. Advertisement 1905.JPG
By Stromberg-Carlson Telephone Manufacturing Company - 1905 International Live Stock Exposition Official Catalogue, December 16-23, 1905. (Inside back cover) "The Cooper Collections of Telecommunications History" (uploader's private collection) Scanned by Centpacrr, Public Domain, Link   

As I was growing up in the area of South Miami, Fla. I worked at a small roadside fruit and vegetable stand. Learning that I enjoyed gardening and how to grow plants from cuttings and even some marketing skills now that I think about it. Later I worked at a farm where beans and tomatoes and other crops were grown.  
Tomatoes from my 2018 crop

Something was really neat about the (farmer) boss' pick-up truck.  We worked the beans when the horn on his truck started to blow. He ran to the truck and no sooner was the door opened when the horn stopped. You could hear him talk you would think he was crazy...who was he talking, too?  Not only that why the blew anyways?  Come to find out the horn was sounding because it was connected to his telephone that was mounted on his truck. Well, to me that was just the coolest thing.  After all, you had to be very important like a President or Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 to have a telephone in your vehicle.

Funny how times have changed isn't it? But, I really lived that story. Then today I found this advertisement for the Stromberg Carlson Telephone Manufacturing Company.  How important the telephone was to the farmer. Equally important was the importance of a quality product that Stromberg Carlson Telephone  Manufacturing Company made.

As the story goes the telephone has become very important in every person's life. They are so commonplace that the preacher needs to remind the congregation to turn them off while the sermon is preached. That should be given because God has a direct line to each soul already.  But, we often forget, don't we?   

1969 Stromberg-Carlson rotary dial telephone
This telephone has solid as the advertisement reads. Complete with the characteristics of a vintage collectible telephone. with deep rich avocado green and wall mount jack. The actual operation status of this unit would require that it be mounted to a wall jack and I was not able to test and verify the functionality on this rotary dial telephone.  It along with the A.T.& T. rotary dial telephone are both now available for purchase.

A.T. & T. circa late,1960's sold as a collectible as is!  This one was difficult to capture the true color no matter what light or photo settings. First, the handset has different color ear and mouthpiece than the handle they look good, but definitely not originally made together. Secondly, the coil cord is white. The telephone at one time had stickers on it, for example, there is a square fade spot on the handset rest. My best guess is originally an off white or light yellow.

Mid-Century-Modern-A-T-T-rotary-dial telephone

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