April 19, 2014
Garden feels the chill PDF Print E-mail

I hope last week’s column wasn’t too confusing. It was two weeks old, because it hadn’t gotten in, so I told them to go ahead and use it. Sorry.
It looks like by the time you read this, your wee buns will be a-freezin’ again. When will this end or is it the sign of the future? After paying heating and fuel bills of one thousand dollars this month, it can’t keep up too long for me. I’m already shutting off rooms, and wearing my sweatshirt, jacket and stocking cap in the evening. I don’t mind doing that, but wonder about other people and how they are coping.
I heard the report that the cost of propane is going up and that there is a shortage. That's what we use in the house and greenhouse. We were going to start plants earlier this year, but now I’m not so sure with the cost of the fuel. The flowers will have to have it warmer than the early veggies, but you have to get the timing just right to sell at market. I might be selling most of the things right here at the greenhouse. According to a report I heard, the government is going to put some more rules into affect, so we’ll see. I will sell from the greenhouse anyway, whether I go to market or not.
We always start seeds for our own gardens, and to sell. None of the seeds will be treated seeds as we stay away from the chemicals. There’s a good article in Mother Earth magazine this month. Get  one (if interested) and read it. I think you’ll enjoy the magazine and maybe it will inspire you to grow some of your own healthy and inexpensive food.
I was going to trim fruit trees Sunday, but changed my mind. An another article in M.E. was about trimming fruit trees and I probably can wait but only till I see the buds starting to swell. There is going to be a seminar over here on trimming fruit trees, and that's not until the middle of February, so I think I’m o.k.
Puppy has been having a problem with his left ear again. He jumped off the bed Saturday at 3 o’clock in the morning shaking his head. He kept it up, so I knew I might as well get up and fix the problem. I call him into the bathroom and tell him I’m going to fix his ear, and he quietly walks in with his head hanging down for me to ‘fix it.’ I take just a small finger tip of Vicks and rub it inside and work his ear around. Within 5 to 10 minutes he stops the shaking of his head and then he slept for a couple of hours. It usually works for months, but this time he had scratched the inside of his ear and got it raw in places. He needs his nails clipped and I have to take him to the vet for that. He will let me mess with his ears and mouth, but not his paws. Have a pet, lots of care!!
Here is this week’s recipe for you. Bramble cookies: 1/4 cup butter or margarine; 1 slightly beaten egg; 2/3 cup sugar; 1/2 cup raisins; 1/4 cup finely crushed saltine crackers (about7); 1/4 cup lemon juice; pastry. Melt butter and cool. Mix with next 5 ingredients and set aside. Prepare pastry: Roll 1/8-inch thick. Cut into 3-inch rounds with floured biscuit cutter. Place in 1 3/4-inch muffin pans; spoon about 1 tbsp. filling in each. Bake at 400 for 15-18 minutes. Cool slightly; remove to rack. Makes 2 dozen.
Pastry: Stir 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour with 1/2 tsp. salt. Cut in 1/2 cup shortening till size of small peas. Sprinkle with 4-5 tbsp. water, cold, 1 tbsp. at a time, tossing after each tbsp. Form into a ball flatten on slightly floured surface. Roll 1/8-inch thick.
Try to stay warm and well. See you next week, behind The Garden Gate.