Added by John F. Houpt II, PhD on June 4, 2015 at 10:21am — No Comments
Busy two days. Started building a new container garden this week using 5 gallon buckets and self watering using a float/resivoir. Will use this for the 8 Brandywine Black organic tomato plants that were given to me this weekend. While doing that, got the smoker cleaned up ready for a brisket this weekend, updated my substitute cream soup/sauce mixes, a chicken-less chicken flavor bouillion/powder, made some bread machine mixes for a friend. Hate buying commercial items when I can make them…Continue
72 degrees yestarday, so I decided to make a batch of hickory smoked Idaho baking potatoes in Little Chief. I left them in the smoke for two hours and remain in the smoker until tender, about 2-3 hours. To prepare your potatoes, wash and leave the skin on, cut about a 1/4 inch thick, toss in a bowl of olive oil and seasoning of your choice. Cover your smoking racks with foil and perforate it. This keeps the slices from falling through the racks. When smoking the…
Added by John F. Houpt II, PhD on February 27, 2014 at 4:51pm — No Comments
It's true Georgia and South Carolina are looking down the giving end of a double barrel storm shotgun with a very negative outcome predicted by the National Weather Service. So, being the dedicated husband I am, I decided to make a nice grass finished braised beef brisket and root vegetables crock pot meal and stock base while marinating about 4 pounds of steak for jerky and steak sandwhiches. I'll use about a cup of the crock pot stock to make tonights' french onion soup and some of the…Continue
so I cranked up the new Nesco dehydrator (Christmas present) and drying some apple slices for snacks. Next project is to make some sesame crackers. Tomorrow is corvina and beef jerky day.
How many folks recall the family run oyster factories? For those who don't know what I'm talkng about or just want to see how our "sea farmers" are keeping their businesses alive, take a look at an article on one of the remaining family "old style" oyster/shrimping familes out of Bluffton, SC - "The Oyster Factory." I've been blessed with these folks being in our local area and always "visit" at least twice a monh, even though I tell the wife its' to visit the…Continue
A couple of my Better Boy tomatoes show blossom rot, but not the blossoms. After talking with the organic farmer we buy our eggs and organic plants from at the farmers market saturday and they recommended adding old milk to the container at the root level for an emergency calcium infusion. I had about a 1/2 gal of sour raw milk, added 1/2 gal of water and poured the mixture on the soil under the mat, some roots are under the mat at surface level and down into the root system. They also…Continue
Just completed planting 3 container boxes (Garden PatchTM GrowBoxTM) and 1 City Picker Patio garden box with vaired tomato, bell and sweet peppers, Thai hot peppers, cabbages, strawberries, and leeks.
I plan to continue with the remaining…Continue
Started two plants and herbs this week outside and they are going very well. Strawberries and lettuce are in two containers along with some potted basic herbs.
Received 4 packets of seeds this week from the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Company in Mansfield, Missouri as part of their entry giveway in their Heirloom Garden Show.
They consist of Tomato Golden King of Siberia; Squash Pipian from Tuxpan; Gourd Dishclothor better known as Luffa; Moon Flowers and one that I couldn't…Continue
Want to save some money and take your subscriptions with you? When subscribing to periodicals or purchasing books, go with the digital version of your subscription.
I have updated the majority of my magizine subscriptions this way. I've, stopped those which were not in digital format, after asking the publisher to digitally publish their periodical and moved over to reading artilces using their on line websites. I also purchase my hard books in digital format as well when…Continue
Added by John F. Houpt II, PhD on June 18, 2011 at 9:28am — No Comments