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A New Batch of Questions?


Fri, Sep 21st, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, September 24, 2001

By Virginia Cooper

Dear Virginia,
I'm overwhelmed with the produce. Do you have any shortcuts for putting up the produce (such as tomatoes) for the busy gardener?

Dear Busy Gardener,
Have you tried freezing them? A few ladies at the Fillmore Fair told me they just cut them up and put them right into freezer bags, peels and all. They are great in goulash, (what my kids call home-made hamburger helper). They both said the peels curl up and you can pick them right out.

Personally I like the boiling water dip to remove the peels before freezing. But if it gets really overwhelming, I feed the tomatoes to the chickens. Last year I gave bags of vegetables to Fillmore County Food Shelf. They were really glad to get anything I had.

Dear Virginia,
I have finally taken seriously all the verbiage about composting being necessary for a good garden. My problem is that I can't afford to buy a plastic variety such as is touted in gardening magazines and I can't seem to get anyone else interested in building one for me.

I have been meditating all summer on a design that would keep such a bin aerated, have a place to access the ripe stuff from the bottom, and still keep a reasonable amount of "compost tea" in the bin without letting it drain out the bottom. If I could find plans, I might be able to enlist the help of my 16-year old son in building it out of scraps we have around, but neither of us is able to come up with a plan. Marjory S.

Dear Marjory,
I don't think it needs to be too complicated. You can make a reasonable bin out of three pallets nailed together with one side open. The worms and beneficial insects will take care of aeration. I think that those tools for stirring are overrated, if your pile is well built with layers of green and brown it shouldn't pack.

As for the collection of nutrients underneath, you do want the pile to be moist, but not too wet. If you made a well-braced shelf at the bottom, wood joists covered with hardware cloth, you would have drainage and space to put some kind of pan to collect the 'drippings.' I would make sure I used this after every rain and not let it collect or you may be creating a breeding ground for insects and bacteria. Dilute this tea before using it, maybe 5:1 (5 water, 1 tea).

If you decide to go with the shelf thing, you may have to water the pile a lot more often. It might be simpler .....
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The Sky Was Empty

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Monday, September 24, 2001

I was pretty sure when I got out of bed on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, that I was going to have a bad day. It was a day I had been dreading for weeks. Grumpy was hardly the word to describe my mood as I went about m ..... 
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A Walk in the Woods

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Monday, September 17, 2001

The road is a narrow thin cut in the side of a hill near Whalan.

To the south, the land tilts steeply upward in heavy stands of hardwood forest, the ground cover a combination of spindly grass, forest underbr ..... 
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Monday, September 17, 2001

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It is widely known that Osama Bin Laden and other Arab terrorists perceive the US as having a pro-Israel bias. Too few Americans know that from 1947-1997, the US poured ..... 
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Vernon H. Vigeland

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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

Vernon was born September 5, 1923 in Preble Township, Fillmore County, M ..... 
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