Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Soap to the Rescue

I have this African violet plant that I have had for 8 years now. About a month ago I got up one morning to get ready for work and I noticed about two thirds of the leaves were lying on the counter. I could not believe my eyes, so I got down real close and took a good look at the plant and some kind of cutworm was whacking off all my African violet leaves.

So I sprang into action and got some Ivory Soap and mixed it with water, I used about two cap full's to a cup of water and applied it to the plant spraying the leaves and watering it with the solution. The next day I found a couple more leaves on the counter so this time I said it's time for war, I doubled the amount of Ivory Soap I used the first time and totally soaked the plant so I had to drain it several times to keep from drowning it. About a week later I found some new growth on the plant and It's been a month now and the plant is doing great. I'm not sure what insect got to the African violet but the Ivory Soap surely did the trick.

Now you have to make sure that you use Soap and not Detergent, detergent will kill the plants so I always use Ivory Soap and keep it handy in the house and in the garden. If anyone has an idea as to what insect this may have been I sure would like to hear from you.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

DELUXE 72 Hour Kit - 2 PERSON

Our 2 Person 72 Hour Kits give you all of the essential items needed to survive the first 72 hours of an emergency. Ideal for any couple or parent and child
Product Features Supply Type: Grab-n-Go
Supply Duration: 3-Day
Enclosure Type: Backpack
Needs Supplied: Warmth & Shelter, Water & Hydration, Food & Nutrition, Sanitation & Hygiene, First Aid & Medical, Light & Communication, Tools & Supplies
Situational Usage: Auto, Biological, Earthquake, Electrical, Fire, Flood, Hurricane, Medical, Nuclear, Storm, Tornado
Shelf Life: 1-5 Years
Brand: The Ready Store
Kit Supplies: Food/Water/Equipment
Age Group: Adult
Persons: 2-Person
Product Contents Enclosure (1 Piece):

(1) Heavy duty backpacks

Food & Water (20 Pieces):

(2) 3600 Calorie High Energy Food Bars
(18) 4.227 ounce Datrex Water Pouches

Warmth & Shelter (11 Pieces):

(1) 2-Person Tube Tent
(2) Emergency Adult Ponchos
(2) Emergency Blankets
(6) 8 Hour Hand Warmers

Light & Communication (6 Pieces):

(1) 12-Hour Light Sticks
(1) AM/FM Radio with Batteries
(1) Heavy Duty Flashlights with 2 'D' Batteries
(1) Box of 50 waterproof matches
(1) Survival Candle
(1) Emergency whistles with lanyard

Emergency Tools (2 Pieces):

(1) 5-in-1 Survival Aid with Compass
(1) 12-Function Swiss Style Knife

First Aid & Sanitation (14 Pieces):

(2) Dust Masks
(1) 52pc First-Aid Kit with First-Aid Booklet
(3) Sanitary Napkins
(2) Toothbrush
(1) Toothpaste
(1) Bar of soap
(1) Tissue pack
(1) Comb
(1) Razor
(1) Toilet Paper Roll

To find out more

Monday, September 28, 2009

ULTIMATE Year Supply of Freeze Dried Food - #10 CANS

For those who want a 100% COMPLETE year's worth of gourmet tasting foods, this superior year supply was made for you. You get 3 meals per day plus vegetables and fruits each day for 365 days for one person! Nothing was held back, in fact, we included some of every main course entree available. Now you and your family can enjoy fast, delicious tasting meals anytime with no preparation or cooking! Just add water and eat. Like all Saratoga Farms™ and Mountain House™ #10 cans, this unit will store for up to 30 years. This Ultimate Year Supply comes with 126 #10 cans packed into 21 easy to store cases.

● No cooking or preparation! Just add water.
● 126 #10 cans that come in 7 large boxes containing 21 easy to store cases.
● 100% Freeze-Dried food for the highest quality and shelf life available.
● Up to a 30 Year Shelf-Life!
● Trusted gourmet quality from the Saratoga Farms and Mountain House brands!

Saratoga Farms™ and Mountain House™ freeze-dried foods are second to none in terms of quality and taste. Freeze-Dried foods offer many advantages over dehydrated foods. To Begin with they taste much better because through the freeze-drying process the foods retain their taste, texture, and shape of fresh frozen foods. In addition, freeze-drying locks in the freshness, vitamins, nutrients, color, and aroma of fresh frozen foods while providing the shelf-stable convenience of canned and dehydrated foods.

All the contents of our Saratoga Farms™ and Mountain House™ food storage units are 100% FREEZE-DRIED FOOD with a 30-YEAR SHELF LIFE. Other companies will sell an ""Ultimate"" Year Supply and add additional cans of dehydrated food with high sugar content, inferior quality and a significantly shorter shelf life to increase the number of cans so they can sell it at a higher price. Those additional cans of dehydrated food add bulk, but lack the quality, shelf-life, and nutritional value that freeze-dried food provides you.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Katadyn Water Filters

Nothing puts an end to epic adventures in foreign lands and cultures faster than tainted water; make sure you pack along the efficient Pocket Filter from Katadyn and prevent encounters with nearly all of the bacteria, protozoa and cysts you could encounter. Now any water source you approach can be used to fill your bottles and pots thanks to the silver impregnated ceramic element filter keeping your water clean; made of heavy-duty material so you can travel all 7 continents with 1 filter.

• Forget about boiling water, water tablets or hauling heavy purifying equipment; the compact design is ideal for packing and weights only 20 ounces
• Built to last and handle the rigors of travel thanks to the durability of the high-quality polypropelene housing material
• It meets industry standards for reduction of Klebsiella terrigena bacteria (99.9999%) and protozoan cysts like Giardia and Cryptosproidium (99.9%); larger than 0.2 microns
• Compact design and quick-connect fittings for easy attachment of hoses
• Efficient water output of up to 1 quart per minute; efficient and easy-use pump handle for filtration
• Pump as much as 13,000 gallons through it before replacing the cartridge
• Comes with prefilter, bottle clip, carry bag, measuring gauge and 2 abrasive cleaning pads to clean the pores of the cartridge
• Weight: 20 ounces
• Height: 10 inches
• Filter life: approximately 13,000 gallons
• Filtration rate: 1 quart per minute
• Housing material: polypropelene

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Growing Carrots

When to Plant

Carrots are usually planted with other frost tolerant vegetables as soon as the soil mellows in the spring. They may be planted earlier in gardens with sandy soil. The soil should be plowed and prepared to a depth of 8 to 9 inches to allow full development of the carrot roots and the seedbed should be worked uniformly to break up clumps and clods that prevent penetration of the roots. Varieties with extremely long roots (Imperator and Tendersweet) usually are recommended only for home gardens with deep, sandy soil. Excess organic debris worked into the soil just before planting also may affect root penetration, causing forked and twisted roots.

Spacing & Depth

Plant seeds 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep (no more than two or three seeds per inch) in early spring. Later sowings may be planted 1/2 to 3/4 inch deep when the soil is dryer and warmer. Space rows 12 to 18 inches apart. A single radish seed planted every 6 to 12 inches can mark the row. Germination requires as long as two weeks and the seedlings may not emerge uniformly. If heavy rains occur after sowing, packing the soil surface, no seedlings may emerge. Thin the seedlings when they are about one inch tall to no more than three seedlings per inch for finger carrots; one or two seedlings per inch for carrots that will be harvested young; and one seedling per 1 to 2 inches for larger varieties like Danvers and Chantenay that will be allowed to develop to full size and be harvested mature for canning or freezing.


Carrots germinate best in warm, moist soil. Covering the row with clear polyethylene film warms the soil and conserves moisture. Remove the film immediately when seedlings appear. To assure germination of successive plantings during the late spring and summer months, it may be necessary to supply water by sprinkling. In the heat of summer, some shade may be necessary to keep the tiny seedlings from burning off at the soil line.

Young carrot seedlings are weak and grow slowly. It is essential to keep weeds under control for the first few weeks. Cultivate shallowly with a knife blade cultivator or hoe. Deep cultivation may injure the roots.


Carrots can be harvested or "pulled" when the roots are at least 1/2 inch in diameter. Under usual conditions, carrot tops may not be strong enough to withstand actually being pulled from the ground and digging helps to remove the roots without damage. Finger carrots are usually ready to harvest within 50 to 60 days. Other varieties should be allowed to grow until they have reached a diameter of at least 3/4 inch (about 60 to 70 days after planting). They then may be harvested over a 3 to 4 week period. Summer planted carrots may be left in the ground until a killing frost. Some gardeners place a straw mulch over the row so that carrots can be harvested until the ground freezes solid. In many areas, a heavy mulch allows harvest of carrot roots throughout the winter. For carrots to be stored, cut off the tops one inch above the root and place in storage at 32°F with high humidity. Carrots may be placed in a refrigerator, buried in lightly moist sand in an underground cellar or stored in the garden in a pit insulated with straw. Under proper storage conditions, carrots keep 4 to 6 months.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

It's my birthday and I am not going to post, have fun gardening friends.