Sowing purple toprapes
Autumn is now only a month away. A row or bed of purple top turnips can be sown in the garden plot. Temperatures can be warm, but the soil after sowing a turnip row or bed can be kept cool with the bong by spraying water on the row or bed every evening. When sowing the rapeseed, place the seed in a three or four inch groove and apply a layer of peat moss in the furrow before sowing the seed. Sprinkle seed in the furrow thinly and cover with another layer of peat moss. Apply an application of Plant-Tone organic plant food and hilly soil to both sides of the furrow. Press the ground on top of the row for good ground contact. Keep turnip row or bed watered to cool the soil. The peat moss absorbs the moisture and promotes growth in the remaining warm days of August.
Saint Bartholomew’s Day
Saint Bartholomew’s Day is celebrated on Wednesday 24 August. On his special day, something unusual happens as the summer morning dew begins to cool and linger until the middle of the day. The mists of August may be contributing to the cooler dew, but also the fact that the days are getting shorter and the late nights of August have a subtle pinch that lets us know that fall is approaching. Many leaves see this subtle hint and have already developed shades of yellow and gold. Cold dew and subtle sniffs in the night air let us know that this is slowly paving the way for fresh air, Jack Frost, and falling leaves as we get closer to a new season.
The Christmas cactus on the porch of August
All four Christmas cactus do well on the porch enjoying the sun and summer basking in temperatures that will prepare them for December bloom. They get a sip of water every week and Flower-Tone organic flower food once a month. At the end of October they move to the sunny living room.
Planting Autumn’s Colorful Annuals
The pots and containers of the summer annuals can now be replaced with the fall and winter annuals, such as violets, mums, and oriental cabbage and kale. When planting these annuals, often add a layer of crushed leaves and aquatic plants so that the leaves will stick to the ground and provide extra protection later when the temperature gets colder. The oriental cabbage and kale will survive the winter if kept out of the north wind in a protected area of the porch and covered with a towel or cloth on frigid nights. Moms also need a small amount of cold weather protection. The violets are tougher and will withstand the extremes of winter.
Time to turn off spring flower bulbs
Most hardwares, nurseries, garden stores and Home Depot, Ace Hardware and Walmart or Lowe’s Home Improvement now have displays and bins of spring-blooming bulbs of jonquil, hyacinth, tulips, daffodils, daffodils, and crocuses. They can be planted from now until the end of October. When purchasing spring bulbs, choose those in trays or mesh bags so you can feel and inspect the bulbs for firmness and texture. You can buy hyacinths in individual and assorted colors. There are several varieties of jonquil, but the King Alfred is the most popular. Buy a bag of bulb booster and place half a handful under each bulb. Cover the bulbs with a layer of peat moss and a layer of Flower-Tone organic flower food before covering them with soil. Cover the area where the bulbs will be planted with a layer of bruised leaves. Hyacinths come in red, pink rose, yellow, lavender, blue and purple. They also have the sweetest scents of spring blooming bulbs.
Autumn care for the following azaleas
The beautiful green foliage of azaleas has done well and we have enjoyed their colorful blooms in the spring. Their evergreen foliage is still lush and green. As August draws to a close, they could use some attention as we get closer to fall. They can now be fed with Holly-Tone evergreen food to give them a boost. In September, a layer of bruised leaves can be placed around it. The leaf can also be trimmed and shaped. Give azaleas a sip of water every ten days.
Time to sow Siberian kale
Siberian kale is the sweetest and best of all vegetables. It can be used raw in a salad or cooked as a vegetable or canned in pint and quart jars. It is sweet, crunchy, soft and very different from turnip and mustard greens. It is hardy and will endure the winter and produce until spring. The leaves are slightly larger than other greens. A great way to prepare Siberian kale is to toast a pound of bacon and cut it into 1/2-inch pieces, cook Siberian kale in a pan until tender, then chop into chunks after draining. Add mayonnaise to the kale and bacon and add two tablespoons of ranch dressing.
Runs the list of vegetables for cold weather
Since we’re well past mid-August, it’s time to plan the fall garden plot. The seeds of turnips, Siberian kale, curly mustard, mixed vegetables, onion sets and spinach can now be sown in the late summer garden. Plants of broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts can also be staked. In cold weather, keep all vegetables watered with the bong, not only for moisture, but also to cool the soil.
How to Make a Delicious Roasted Turkey Bread
If you’re cooking a turkey and you have some leftover turkey, make a special turkey bread meal with the leftovers. For a turkey loaf you will need three cups of leftover turkey (go through the blender in “grater” mode), a small bag of Pepperidge Farm cornbread dressing, a can of Swanson chicken stock, a small jar of Heinz roasted turkey gravy, two large eggs, an envelope Recipe Secrets Beefy Onion Soup Mix, a teaspoon of poultry seasoning, a teaspoon of celery seed, a half teaspoon of pepper, half a teaspoon of salt, a cup of grated carrots. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pour the can of chicken stock over the Pepperidge Farm cornbread filling in a bowl and set aside for 15 minutes. Mix all remaining ingredients in bowl with dressing and stock. If it is too dry, add a little water. Shape into a loaf or place in a loaf pan or baking dish. Bake for an hour or until the bread is firm. This bread is suitable for six people.
Keeping Hummingbirds on the Hem
As mid-summer hummingbirds compete for space at the feeders and fight for domination, keep the feeders stocked with nectar. They now remain quite active at the feeders and consume a lot of energy. The nectar in the feeders will increase their energy levels. You can make your own nectar by mixing two liters of water and three cups of sugar and a few drops of red food coloring in a pitcher of water and pouring it into a half liter plastic milk carton. Store nectar in the refrigerator and use it whenever you need it.
August turns out to be transition time
As we move through August, we envision a month of transition with heavy dew, dense fog and a subtle hint of fall in the air, along with the yellow hue in the maples and small berries that form on dogwoods. Summer annuals slow down. The days get shorter every night. The humidity drops a bit lower and the summer vegetable crops in the garden are reaching the harvest stage and some crops are slowing down. Thunderstorms are not that common. The cicadas sound and katydids make less noise in the mighty oaks. Slowly, quietly, the late days of August fill us into the approaching season of fall.
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“Tooth sermon.” The pastor visited the dentist for dentures. The first Sunday after he gets the teeth, he preaches for just eight minutes. The second Sunday he preaches for ten minutes. The third Sunday he preached for two and a half hours. When the pastor left the pulpit, many in the congregation asked him what had happened. The pastor replied, “This morning I accidentally put my wife’s teeth in and I couldn’t keep my mouth shut!”
“Return to shipper.” A son wrote a letter to his father. ‘Dear Dad, Gue$$ what do you need most? That $ correct. $end the $oon. Be with $he$, Joey.’ The father replied. “Dear Joey, nothing ever happens here. We know you love school, write another letter soon. Mom asked for you at noon. Now I have to say goodbye, Dad.”
“Dumbbells.” Professor: “If there are dumbbells in the room, stand up.” There was a long pause and then a student stood up in the back. The professor said, “Do you consider yourself a dumbbell?” Student: “Well, not exactly, but I hate to see you all alone.”
“The Last Supper” First Husband: “When I’m almost dead, I’ll ask my wife to cook my last meal.” Second Husband: “Why would you let her do that?” First husband: “Then I’d feel more like dying!”