For busy gardeners, most warm and sunny July and August days were not spent at the beach burying toes in sand.
FOR THE LOVE OF CHERRIES
As for myself, just one example of many tasks was picking and filling four-litre pails with Evans cherries. They were quickly turned into cherry juice, cherry jelly and fresh homemade cherry pies that were then frozen.
This may sound incredible, but drinking four to eight ounces of unsweetened cherry juice daily, or eating a few fresh, dried or frozen cherries can help reverse a nightly battle of tossing and turning.
Try this delicious, fruity way to get on the path to 40 winks and seven or eight hours of nightly restful sleep. Drink some unsweetened cherry juice and chomp on a walnut or two that’s been well masticated until it’s soft and soupy before swallowing. Then it’s off to slumber land until the alarm goes off. Research shows it works too. Unsweetened cherry juice and dried cherries for reconstituting are available at many health food stores.
CHERRY PITTER, WHERE ART THOU?
Unless you’ve got a good cherry pitter, removing the pits is time consuming. Here’s the trade-off. Wash and then thoroughly dry cherry pits in bright, warm sunshine, or in the oven at low temperature. Anyone who’s handy with a sewing machine can stitch a batch of prepared cherry pits between two pieces of sturdy cloth cut to size. Machine or hand sew three sides first, and then fill the open end with prepared cherry pits, keeping them loose. Finally, seam the fourth side closed. The end result is a homemade magic bag. Merely heat it in the microwave for two or three minutes, depending on size and apply to sore spots on the body to provide relaxation and ease pain. Note that plum pits and grains such as barley and wheat may also be used as filling material for these pillows.
A barber once told me about his introductory lesson to auctioneering. Seems an enthusiastic fellow who came in for a haircut shared this rhythmic sentence with the barber: “A big black bug bit a big black bear.” The barber told me the tale and eventually, both he and I were practising the “big black bug” stanza over and over in an almost musical flow.
Practise it yourself with a bit of dedication and don’t get frustrated. It may help your vocal delivery to become near flawless the next time someone asks you to volunteer as an amateur auctioneer at a social function. You might even acquire an auctioneer’s style of presentation and originality, but make it a fun thing while practising.
I composed a few additional verse lines of my own for practice such as: “Weary woman wash a window, wash a window when aware… Did a dog do a doodle, did a doodle do a dare?… Catch a cream colour cat, can a cob of corn care… Full of water watermelon, water willow when aware… Not a cherry with a berry, but a berry with a beer.”
I WENT TO SEE MY HAIRSTYLIST RECENTLY
… for a haircut and beard trim. Got two for the price of 1-1/2; so I saved money. Believe it or not, I look 10 years younger. At least that’s according to more than 50 women who told me so, without having to even ask them. The credit goes to my hairstylist Tammy, who works at McCain’s french fry potato-processing plant.
FROM THE MAILBAG
Next, l devote the last section of thisGrainewspage to my wonderful readers. Thanks to so many of you who jotted down a comment or two with your entries to my Singing Gardener draws earlier this year.
Here’s a tip from Mrs. Alie Neish of Naicam, Sask. “I like using milk cartons as an easy way to blanch celery. Just put the carton around the newly seeded plants and let nature do its thing.”
Then there’s this good bit of feedback for controlling cabbage worms from Marlene Smith at Millet, Alta., who writes: “Thanks for all the hints and information inGrainews. The one I use most is the bran and whole-wheat flour mixture for cabbage powder. It works for me and I pass the information to people who grow cabbage.”
Merry Archibald of Rosalind, Alta., had this to say. “Thanks for the excellent article on tomatoes. I start my own plants and have tried all the varieties you mentioned, except Trophy. My friends are stunned at the amount of tomatoes I plant, but they are also happy to receive the fruits of my labour. Keep up the good work.”
Still with tomatoes, Karen Pederson of Barrhead, Alta., says: “I usually grow almost an acre-sized garden. Thanks for the timely article on tomatoes; one of my favourite things to grow. I usually can many quarts of these. My husband loves canned tomatoes.”
Note from Ted: I encourage all men to eat plenty of canned and stewed tomatoes (five to seven servings weekly) to help maintain a healthy prostate. My fun song: “O It Must Be the Tomatoes” has an important message to it. I sing about the goodness of gardening for food, fun and recreation and specifically about lycopene in tomatoes; plus the importance of each man over age 50 getting a PSA blood test and a digital rectal examination from the doctor to check his prostate. Perhaps I’ll do a column on this relevant subject one day.
Thanks to Evelyn Van De Walle of Cypress River, Man., who wrote: “I certainly enjoy your columns. We ordered four types of potatoes from Eagle Creek Seed Potatoes last year and enjoyed watching them grow. We’ll use some of the potatoes for seed this spring 2010.”
Mrs. I. Setchell of Saskatoon really touched my heart with the following. “I have enjoyed your many articles inGrainews.Some are very, very good. Am an old-time gardener as well. Had to smile about your sauerkraut juice articles, as they are bang on. Please continue with your great writing and have a very good 2010.”
Jean Coldwell from Riceton, Sask., needs a source for Shepody seed potato. “We find they grow well in our heavy soil, but can’t find seed in any garden book. Enjoy your write-ups.”
Note from Ted: Shepody is a mid-season potato with white skin and long tubers and seed for planting is available from Eagle Creek Seed Potatoes, Box 70, Bowden, Alta., T0M 0K0; phone 1-877-224-3939; or visit them online at www.seedpotatoes.ca.
Anne Migvar lives 90 km SW of Prince George, in the north-central interior of B. C., along the Chilako River. “I have gardened for 60 years and I’m always watching for short growing season plants and seeds.”
The following are brief, direct and straight to the point. From Gladys Janssen of Barrhead, Alta. “Love your gardening tips, Love theGrainews.”Similarly, Valerie Anderson of Riverton, Man., says “Thank you for the marvelous column inGrainews.It is the first place I go when I open up the paper.” Cheryl Hare at Rosetown, Sask., put it this way. “I enjoy your column and appreciate the wealth of information that you share with your readers.”(Note from Ted) Thanks Cheryl for your uniquely designed envelope that shows a similarity, as she put it: “between Ted and the stamp that I used for postage.” I’ll stop with this one, before I start crowing like a rooster.Laura Hughes of Edmonton tells me: “Your page is wonderful! Always so full of information and wisdom. Thank you very much.”
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