Rick and Eric talk about canning foods and how to can food, how to make compost and leaf composting, the benefits of massage therapy for back pain, Rick drops his camera, Hummingbirds and humminbird feeders & viewer mail.
How to grow Garlic? - fall is the time to plant, should have already ordered (be sure to mulch over) hard neck northern or at higher elevations, soft neck southern, Click here to watch our how to grow garlic videos
GF Produer Sarah's new post on her food blog: Punctuated With Food
Bok Choy, Meatballs and Mushrooms
Hotwater bath canning - vid
Feeding Humminbirds, based on information from Margaret Roache's site - okay to leave sugar water out, it's the lack of insects that drive them south. Jump off at Florida and the tip of south Texas for South & Central America
What to do with green tomatoes?
Leaving green tomatoes in the garden when the temps are 30-40 is the same as refrigerating them. Bring the green ones inside and put them on your counter. they'll probably all ripen…eventually
If they go soft and wrinkly on the counter, slice and 30 or 40 minutes at 450° will do to the flavor. Put on a piece of parchment on a cookie sheet
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Dishwashers FTW! Okay I'm getting motivated to start organizing the GF media library. You'll laugh Eric but I made pearsauce from those pears before I even listened to this episode. But then I made something with the pearsauce...
Lawn mower beer - the brand you were trying to remember is Schaefer. "Schaefer is the one beer to have when you're having more than one!". My dad drank a case or two of that over the years.
I used to put black plastic down around my peach trees to prevent weeds...in the process I killed one peach tree (the bore got into the root that was at the ground level!).
Okay, so as I pulled up the black plastic, I noticed that there were a lot of worms in the soil and the soil was WONDERFUL!!! Sooo, I'm trying something new (never heard of anyone doing this but I think it will work). I am making my own worm farm.
Take a 3' x 12' or so long piece of black plastic that will double back about three times.
Throw dirt, leaves, grass clippings (manuare if I had it) -- gettin' that later -- and kitchen scraps. Dampen it. I've heard of putting a mixture of 1 beer, 1 coke, and a cup of Ammonia sprinkled over it. (Didn't do this...forgot about it)... Now fold the 2/3rds of plastic back the other way and do the same thing as the first layer. And finish up with a third fold and fill. Oh, I kind of buried the first 6" of the bottom layer for a ramp for the worms to crawl up. Couple are in the sun and a few in the shade. Will give a report in the spring. If you try this, please do a report, too of what all you did.
Eric Gunnar Rochow
you can make a worm farm out of an old cooler or other large container, i would not put ammonia near worms!