April 19, 2014
Cold temps make planting decisions difficult PDF Print E-mail

I’m begining to wonder if I read the Farmers Almanac wrong. What’s with this snowy, cold-cold, winter weather we’re having? My son and I were discussing it, and he couldn’t remember these kind of temps. Of course he doesn’t, I don’t even remember any thing this cold. On the morning show I believe they had 1904 as the last temps this low. That would be the year before my Mother was born. That’s a longtime ago for sure.
Since the two youngest boys work outside, it’s putting a damper on their working, and that's not good on the old purse strings.
I had my youngest son take me to the store after he plowed out the driveway and walks so I could stock up on staples. If he and his wife hadn’t moved next door, I’m pretty sure I would have had to sell the ranch, and I would have hated that.
It’s almost time to start some plants in the greenhouse, but I can’t imagine trying to keep the heat in minus 15 temps. Some things will just be late or not at all.
I heard from a friend that the government is going to try to make us use bar codes so they can trace products back to us as the source in case anybody gets sick from e-coli. In 15 years we’ve never had anybody come back to us at Farmer’s Market with the information that they had gotten sick from any thing we had sold them. Come on people, do we want ‘Big Brother’ telling us everything we can or can’t do? Not sure what will happen to the markets, but since the government usually gets its way, there may not be any.
I did like the info that Cheerios was going to stop using GMO modified corn to make their cereal. I won’t use seed that has been modified for any of my plants. Look it up, it’s not a good thing. Just like the chemicals and such that they put in the feed for cows, hogs and chickens. I still wish I could somehow get some of our chickens started for eggs and meat. Not a lot of people pay attention to what goes in their food until some member of the family gets sick with something serious, then they begin to wonder how that happened. Prevention--watch now and prevent getting sick, and not having the expense of medical treatment, (which by the way, you may not even have anymore).
Well, off the soapbox for the week. Stay warm and safe until we visit again!
Recipe for this cold week!! Instant Potato Gnocchi:1 cup mashed potato flakes; 1 cup boiling water; 1 egg, beaten; 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour; 1/2 tsp. dried basil; 1/4 tsp. garlic powder; 1/8 tsp. salt; 1/8 tsp. pepper; 6 cups water; pasta sauce, your choice; grated Parmesan cheese, optional.
Place potato flakes in a large bowl. Stir in boiling water; add egg. Stir in flour and seasonings. On a lightly floured surface, knead 10-12 times forming a soft dough. Divide dough into four portions. On a floured surface roll each portion into 1/2-inch thick ropes; cut into 3/4 inch pieces. Press and roll each piece with a lightly floured fork. In a large saucepan, bring 6 cups water to boil. Cook gnocchi in batches for 30-60 seconds or until they float. Remove with a slotted spoon. Serve with sauce; sprinkle with cheese if desired. Serves 4. It’s comfort food. Stay safe and we’ll see you next week, behind The Garden Gate.