Garden Web Links to Enjoy
We were also involved in the grand milkweed experiment of 2016 and if we look at the statistics it was an absolute failure. We planted well over 600 seeds of five varieties, we had a germination rate of maybe 50% overall, and by the time we set them out for hardening we had about 200 plants survive. As the plants hardened off we transplanted the peat cubes into larger pots and began setting those out. We ended up with about sixty Swamp Milkweed. now growing in the lower “nature preserve” a.k.a.: City of Asbury floodplain and in September they were in full bloom. Next year we’ll spread these out over a larger area and continue our efforts to help the Monarch butterflies.
I shared our milkweed efforts with Dan, a fraternity brother of fifty years and over-the-top avid gardener
and in the exchange of emails he sent me the most amazing links to “Mike’s Backyard Nursery.” I’m sending them on to our readers because I am certain you will all find something of profound interest among these various links.
The first link http://mikesbackyardnursery.com/ is a great overview of Mike McGroarty’s business nursery. His effort is to get you to join the group so you can get the “inside” members’ specials and such. You do not need to join to still enjoy many, many (65!) web pages
This link http://freeplants.com/ will fast become a favorite. On it you’ll find a page of “how to” links from growing blackberries to preventing squash from dying on the vine. Well worth the time to look.
Next is a link, http://mikesbackyardnursery.com/2015/03/propagate-mums/ on propagating mums. It may be too late
this year, but tuck it away in your plant files and next year grow your own! Remember the small mums sold early in the summer? Buy those and try propagating more for your fall garden—when mums rightfully should be blooming!
For any of you who might like to try growing plants from cuttings, this link http://mikesbackyardnursery.com/2015/03/grow-cuttings/ will give you the step by step way to succeed. A similar link http://mikesbackyardnursery.com/2015/01/easy-summertime-plant-propagation-techniques-can-home/ shows you how to propagate summertime plants. A third link is to an Instructable on shrub propagation posted by my friend Dan. http://www.instructables.com/id/Shrub-Propagation/ In his post he’ll show you all the steps-to-success in creating more shrubs—for free!
Finally, I’ve included a wonderful youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzUsjlsQymE of my friend Dan talking about square foot gardening. This is an ideal way to garden in small spaces and when you want only a few of each plant because there may only be one or two of you to eat the produce. This last youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkVIrboTbrg is about building a raised bed garden to make it both easier to manage and able to be built without needy to till up the soil. These beds work nicely in small spaces and over poor soils that will not readily sustain a garden.
Enjoy the winter looking at any of these delightful links!
Cremer’s E–Z Whole Beef Tenderloin
• 4 – 4-1/2 lb whole beef tenderloin
• Cremer’s Rub-Me-Tender Seasoning
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Season tenderloin with Cremer’s Rub-Me-Tender seasoning.
Place tenderloin in roasting pan or on cookie sheet.
Roast tenderloin for 30 minutes or until 130 degrees internal temperature for medium rare (10 minutes additional for medium well).
Remove tenderloin from oven, cover with foil tent, and let rest for 15-20 minutes.
Internal temperature may increase 5–10 degrees while resting—due to residual heat.
Slice tenderloin into 1/4” to 1/2” slices. End piece will be more done and center of roast more rare.
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As Christmas fast approaches it represents the busiest time of the year for many of us. For most of us there are holiday gatherings that continue through the month and spill over into the New Year.
The hands down most popular item we carry for the upcoming season is Whole Beef Tenderloin. Its versatility becomes as favorable as its delicate beef flavor. Whether sliced thin for finger sandwiches at a cocktail party or the main course for Christmas dinner. Roasting these at a high heat for a relatively short amount of time is sure to ease the challenges of entertaining and delight your guest.
For other Holiday entertaining or gift giving ideas give us a call.
Flower Garden Ashtray
I have an ashtray that I have almost tossed several times, since no one in my family smokes and I have
no use for it. An antique dealer identified the pattern
for me as “Flower Garden with Butterflies,” a pattern
I can’t find in my reference books. Can you help me?
— Martha, St. Charles, Missouri
“Flower Garden with Butterflies,” aka “Butterflies and Roses,” was introduced in about 1928 by the U.S. Glass Company of Pittsburgh. Although you didn’t specify the color of your ashtray, it was issued in amber, black, blue, blue-green, canary yellow, crystal, green and pink.
According to Ellen T. Schroy, a Depression Glass expert and author of “Warman’s Depression Glass: A Value and Identification Guide,” an ashtray in amber or crystal is worth about $175; in blue-green, green or pink, $185; and blue or canary yellow, $325.
Q: In November 1982, I ordered a complete set of Princess of Wales 21st birthday greeting stamps with Crown Agents brochure from Good Housekeeping magazine. They include images of her, her wedding dress and the 21st birthday greeting to Princess Diana. Do you have any idea of their worth?
— Lisa, Princeton, Indiana
There were dozens of stamp sets issued to commemorate the 21st birthday of Princess Di, and I think I found your set on eBay. It features 17 stamps in a special Crown Agents folder and is offered for $3.
During the 1970s, I was given an annual plate issued by M.I. Hummel. It is “Apple Tree Girl.” I have discovered the original issue price was $50, but I suspect it is worth much more after the passage of several decades. — Carol, Kansas City, Missouri
Your plate is HUM 269 and was issued in 1976. According to the “M.I. Hummel” price guide, by Robert L. Miller and published by Portfolio Press, you plate is valued in the $50-$75 range.
I have inherited an antique Valentine collection and would like to get it evaluated.
— Margaret, Lakeland, Florida
I suggest you contact the National Valentine Collectors Association, P.O. Box 647, Franklin Lakes, N.J. 07417; www.valentinecollectors.com.
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Learning Pet CPR
DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Several years ago, I lost one of my dogs, “Corny,” to a sudden illness when he collapsed and stopped breathing. Not sure what to do, I rushed him to the nearby vet’s office, but they were unable to revive him.
From that incident, I resolved never to feel so helpless if it should happen to one of my pets again. I learned the basics of pet CPR from that vet, and have since taken online courses to learn more and to stay up to date on changes in performing pet CPR. I urge every pet owner to become familiar with CPR for pets, whether their dog or cat or other pet is young or old. — Janine C., Chattanooga, Tennessee
DEAR JANINE: Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I know the loss of Corny must have been heart-wrenching ... it’s incredibly difficult to lose a part of your family.
Learning CPR is indeed a way to bring a little more assurance to pet owners that they can do something when their pet falls ill. Performing CPR — breathing for your pet, performing chest compressions if the heart has stopped — during the rush to the emergency vet can make a big difference in the outcome.
CPR methods vary between species, of course, and between different sizes of pets. But there is good information to be found from places online like the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), which offers a video tutorial. It’s well worth your time to learn this lifesaving technique.
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