Well, Happy Sunday to you all! If you are like me you will take all the happiness you can find. The blogs are especially good today. So many people I read had good things to say today I cannot begin to single them all out for praise. But it seems to me that if you write about growing food and prepping, you will get a lot of favorable responses. More and more people are becoming amendable to the idea of surviving the bullshit we are going into deeper every day. A week from today will bring our frost date and we can get to planting. It certainly looks like we won't have any more frost this Spring but you never can tell. And I would hate to be the guy who got folks to planting early every year and then a late frost takes their crop when they cannot afford to lose it. I was reading about frost dates on Google yesterday and people who knew the score advised not violating them. So, forewarned is forearmed. And don't worry! You will get plenty of work this Summer! About the time I start getting able to touch the ground with my fingertips it will be time to sit down and start shelling beans. I could get weeks of long days shelling those devils this year. I'll take it! Those full gallon bags of Cranberry beans going up to the big cans just warms my heart something fierce.
You know, I used the advice of that crazed southern woman, Charli Gribble of Alabama last year, on preserving my beans. She said to bag them and then freeze them for a few days and they would do just fine. And she was right! I just froze them and let them thaw on the kitchen table and then took them to the big cans. And we thank you Charli Gribble for that very good tip. We also used her advice of putting Bay Leaves in the bag with the beans. Vermin critters don't like Bay Leaves. Makes them take off and go someplace else.
I gotta get tuned in on planting tomatoes by seed instead of transplanting. That transplanting of tomatoes came along about 50 years ago and no one knows how to plant them directly into the ground anymore. Robbed and enslaved again! Damn! You think we would learn. One of the stores in town had a tomato plant that actually had a couple of small fruit on it. The price tag read $15. This is ridiculous. I am going out and put my tomato seeds in the ground and try to grow tomatoes. Same with my cayenne peppers. The seeds are going in the ground and the peppers will be expected to show up as if they were supposed to be there. Anyone who knows how to do these things without buying transplants is surely welcome to tell me how it is done.