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Thyme/Time Enough

Thyme enough for food…My Nesco oven is on the back porch cooking a thyme roast. Mmmmm. I love thyme and it is so easy to grow. If you have never had thyme chicken you must try it. Just mix up some fresh or dried thyme leaves, salt and pepper. Loosen the skin of a chicken and stick the mixture under the skin. Broil or place on a rotisserie. One of our faves.

Time enough for work… The tomato fence has been repaired. The rogue maples and redbud saplings have been cut down. The containers are fertilized. The horseradish from Donna is in the ground. The yellow raspberry from Rita is in the ground. The spirea from Carol is in the ground. The volunteer grape toms have been moved to a new home. The rest of the garden has been mowed and the soaker hoses have been placed. The only thing left to do this weekend is bathe the dog.

Time enough for wine… The gooseberry wine I started a week ago went into the secondary and I started a batch of rice wine last night. Not saki, just rice wine. I’ve never tried this recipe before so we’ll see if it is any good. The recipe is basically brown rice and raisins. I added a banana peel from this mornings breakfast and replaced the juice of a lemon for the acid blend. Time will tell.

Time enough for rest… well, not quite yet.

First Class Tomato

My SIL was in a nearby town during one of her many business trips. We had talked previously about her picking up a cherry tomato plant on one of her visits so I had saved one of the basket tomato cups back ‘just in case’. It was a little larger than I had anticipated it would be, so getting it to the point of being ‘flight ready’ took a bit of thinking. In the end it’s 16oz Dixi cup was placed inside a soda cup with another, larger soda cup on top for protection. This photo was snapped during the flight home. How many people can say that their tomato plants travel First Class?

Life

Knee deep in snow and there is still the promise of life. Did you ever stop to think of the amazing fact that a few key ingredients, seed, fertile soil, moisture, light and the correct temperature left to their own devices will produce such beauty? Sometimes, when the cold of winter gets to me and I need a little garden fix, I will go downstairs and just watch them grow.

Long Time Gone and Wrecked

Has it really been that long since I have posted here?

An illness in mid summer kept me inside and out of the garden. The blackberries rotted as did pretty much anything else out there. I was able to can 50+ pints of tomatoes and freeze a few berries before that though. Once I was well enough to go out it was really beyond much help this season so I let it go. It is a beautiful weed bed now. The mosquitos were awful this year to boot so there wasn’t much that drew me outside. Fall is on its way and I was outside today. I will try to post replies to the comments soon.

I was in an automobile accident yesterday, fortunately nobody was hurt. We were following a u-haul from Bowling Green, KY to Northern Ky when we hydroplaned on the Interstate. After spinning and hitting the guard rail 3 times we shot into the grass median and came within inches of entering the lanes on the other side. When I saw us headed for the oncoming traffic I thought that was it. All I could think was “I’ve always wondered how I would die”. It was more surreal than scary. Fortunately, miraculously, amazingly the driver was keep the car in the grass median and avoid the 3 lanes of oncoming cars. Even more amazing was the way the car looked afterward. It seems that all three hits were to the front bumper and were sideways scrapes more than direct hits. After getting towed out and cleaning all of the mud and grass out from the engine compartment we drove the car finishing our journey, unloading the u-haul and headed home. Others on that same stretch of road were not so lucky yesterday. I was told today that 5 people died doing pretty much what we did not far from where we did it.

In Memory

Most of the plants in my garden are there for no particular reason other than I wanted them. Perhaps I liked the color, or needed something just that size to fill a particular spot. Others might be rescue plants or plants I picked up in a plant swap. A few are from dear friends and I always think of them as I watch them over the seasons. Some I have collected for a specific purpose. They are there to remind me of loved ones that have passed. A favorite color, favorite plant or a plant I remember from their garden. Each reminds me of that person. When I was little I remember my grandma’s allysum. Hers was a patio garden that was filled with overflowing planters. Lavender and white allysum lived happily with the other flowers she grew. Allysum has always reminded me of her. Mom liked roses and her favorite color was the salmon/apricot color. The miniature rose I have is for her. A neighbor and dear friend who we all called grandma Lou had a geranium that grew in a planter on her patio. It was in California so it lived outside there year round. The geranium in my flower bed is for her. I do feel close to all of them as I look after these plants in particular.

Zone What???

Today at work I had the following conversation with a couple of co-workers…

“I would never live north of zone 6 but zone 7 would be perfect. It is in the upper end of some plant ranges and the lower end of others”

“Zone 8 would be my ideal but I agree nothing north of zone 6. If I can’t grow peonies and magnolias I want nothing to do with it.”

“Zone what? I’ve heard of people saying they would never live north of Columbus but where on earth is zone 6???”

It is funny how we gardeners speak a language those who don’t garden just don’t understand. How many of you, when considering a place to live take into account sun hours, shading, drainage and climate zone? If you do you are one of us!

67,702, 67,703, 67,704…

Well its official. Since Nov 18, 2004 I have rec’d 67,704 email messages. A mere 68% or 45,791 of these were spam. That leaves just 21,913 valid emails for me to go through. If I’m a little late responding to your email you now know why.

Exploding Ovens

Now I realize this is going to sound like one of those bogus emails that you get every once in a while. But this actually did happen to us just about a year ago. I decided to post it here even though it has nothing to do with gardening as I have just learned that this is not isolated to ovens and frankly I am getting tired of looking at my oven. Check out some of the links at the end of this post or do a google search on “exploding oven”. I am not the only one this has happened to. This could be VERY dangerous to little ones should they be in the vicinity.

On the afternoon of July 5, 2004 we heard a crash in the kitchen. When I got to the kitchen I found that the black glass panel in our oven door had exploded. The 1/4″ glass pieces were as far as 5 feet from the oven on one side and several feet on the other. Strangely there wasn’t much glass directly in front of the oven and the inner window was intact. The oven hadn’t been on in several days and the stove hadn’t been on in several hours. Thankfully nobody had been in the kitchen when this occurred. Imagine what could have happened to a child.

I contacted GE via their web form asking if I could replace the glass panel with a metal one and explaining what had happened to the glass panel we had. Here was the reply I rec’d:

From: ANSWERCTR@exchange.appl.ge.com
Subject: AT20040718_0000000064 Voicing a concern about an appliance or an experience with GE
Date: Mon 19 Jul 2004 12:44:18 EDT

Dear Kerry,

Thank you for contacting us. I am sorry to hear of your situation.
There is not a panel that can fit the same space as the glass.
It will have to be replaced with another piece of glass.

You can contact GE Service at 1.800.432.2737 to schedule an appointment,
or if you prefer, you may schedule online by visiting the site
below:

http://www.geappliances.com/geac/schdl_rpr/index.htm

Should you need any further assistance or have any other questions,
please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Sincerely,
Jennifer
GE Internet Response Team

Great so my option is yet another glass panel… On July 19, 2004 I replied to Jennifer’s message with the following:

Jennifer,

What assurances does GE give that a replacement piece of glass won’t explode like the first one? Alternately, is there a replacement door for this oven that does not use the glass?

Kerry

Strangely I never received a reply to my second message.

So a year later here is where we are… I can pay to have my oven fixed with yet more exploding glass? As a result this is what our oven still looks like. While it still works, the door has to be held down by a second person when you take something out of the oven. It seems the weight of the glass helped to hold it open. Eventually when there is money to spare I’ll replace the oven with a non GE product without the glass.

It seems it is not only the ovens with this problem but glass top ranges and microwaves may have the same issue.

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/homeowners/ge_ranges.htm

http://www.epinions.com/pr-GE_JGP636_Cooktop/display_~reviews

I can’t find the link now but some appliance place had/has a page online that says the glass only breaks after being weakened by something hitting it (such as a broom falling into it) . Oh that makes it all better. Glass in a home appliance should not shatter like that for ANY reason and especially not with a force to send it a couple of yards out. Is it just me????

A new book and future raspberries

While out and about today in Cincinnati I stopped by a local store called Half Price Books. The name pretty much says it all. They sell new and used books and when I get over to that part of town I like to stop by and check out their latest stock. Today I got lucky and found a gardening book I had been after for a while. “How to Grow More Vegetables: And Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine” by John Jeavons. It goes into biointensive methods, planting in blocks vs rows, building the soil etc. It has LOTS of info on plant specifics, root depth, needs etc. I picked it up new for under $5. The entire trip was worth that book. I looked for “Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long” by Eliot Coleman but they didn’t have that one. They had another by the same author. Its one of those places where you have to check back often as the stock is never the same twice.

Every time I go to the garden I take my little digital camera with me just in case. Unfortunately (or fortunately perhaps) it seems like there just isn’t a lot going on right now. So hot and muggy. Yesterday it was in the 90s and so humid that a puddle of water that was spilled on the front (cement) porch hadn’t evaporated or soaked in 6 hours later. Tonight all I found interesting were these future raspberries. I stopped counting a 100 raspberries on a single cane.

Garden life fascinates me and I never know when something worth ‘shooting’ will show up. Things that a lot of people would consider gross just fascinate me to no end. Insects (even the pests), spiders, snakes, frogs etc. arouse a sense of awe and wonder in me. I’m like a little kid when I discover something new. I’m considering putting in a small pond in hopes of luring more wildlife. I would love to have tadpoles in the spring. On a farm where I used to live the frogs would lay eggs in any little puddle of water. The kids would then go about ‘rescuing’ them when their puddle was in danger of drying up. More than once we had frogs hopping through the house.

by: kerry