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Think Spring....


Fri, Oct 12th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, October 15, 2001

To get a head start on spring planting prepare planting areas now. If next spring is a wet one, you will be able to get out there early and sow your peas and spinach without waiting for the ground to dry enough to till or turn the soil. You can add compost or manure now making sure your soil is fully charged and ready to go.

Fresh manure can be added in the fall according to Jeff Cox, author, and PBS host. He writes, "If you simply allow the manure to lay exposed on the soil surface during the winter, much of the nitrogen will be reduced by natural chemical reaction or the action of the soil microorganisms and be given off as nitrogen gas, and therefore its grow power will be lost to the soil.

"If you turn the manure under the soil surface, however, some nitrogen will be lost but much will be sequestered in the humus particles already present in your soil and in the bodies of the microorganisms that have used the nitrogen to build their own bodies.

"Then, in the spring, the humus will be ready to release those nutrients as plants need them and the microorganisms will die off, spilling their nitrogen laden cell contents into the soil solution, where your hungry plant roots will find them.

"In fact, a good fall manuring will leave the soil with just the right amount of nitrogen for most garden crops next spring, with the exception of carrots, which prefer a soil with less available nitrogen."

Thank you Jeff. He also says that horse, cow and hog manure are the best, but poultry manure is very hot (with excess nitrogen) and should be well composted before using. He suggests saving the poultry manure for heavy nitrogen feeding crops like corn and the brassicas (broccoli, cabbage and kale). He doesn't mention sheep manure. An oversight, I am sure.

Freezing Peppers
This year was great for peppers. That long dry spell this summer seemed to bring out their best, both in flavor and in yields. What to do with all those peppers? One neighbor recommends slow roasting in the oven, about 300 degrees, then after they cool down pack them skins and all in freezer bags. When thawed the skins slip off easily and they can be added soups, sauces, marinades or whatever you like. If you are using hot peppers, be sure to label them carefully! Be sure to remove seeds before roasting. Pile them high on a cookie sheet, drizzle the pile with olive oil and cover the whole thing with foil .....
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The Quest for Caulk

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Monday, Octovber 8, 2001

The house sprung a leak. I needed some caulk to plug the hole to keep the house from filling with water and sinking. Talk about the road paved with good intentions.

I knew I had some caulk in the garage. It wa ..... 
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Contemporary Bunkshooters

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Monday, October 1, 2001

The Rev. Jerry Falwell is what poet Carl Sandburg would call a bunkshooter. Pat Robertson is one too.

Full-flushing, bonafide bunkshooters. Conjurers, magicians, illusionists, pulling the wool over many people’ ..... 
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Submit a Letter to the Editorhere

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To the Editor,
Monday, September 17, 2001

To the Editor,

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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