So far this month I’ve only decided on one vegetable to plant. Tomato! I also may need to rethink the garden layout since I’ll be planting about 15 different varieties of tomato! Yes, I got a little crazy with my seeds this year and I’ve also ordered more! This summer the pressure canner will be working overtime. Instead of picking up seeds at the local store or co-op I decided to go a different route and find some tomato varieties that I’ve not grown before. Browsing the internet also provides me with some ideas on which seeds to seek out. Over at InternetArchive.org I stumbled upon a collection of old seed catalogs. Its interesting to see what people were planting over 100 years ago in the southern United States and what vegetables were popular.
The tomato varieties that I plan on growing this year are: Ponderosa Pink, Orange Banana, Striped Stuffer, Black from Tula, ILDI, 1884, Charlie Chaplin, Opalka, St. Ivy, and if you live in a hot humid location like me you probably have these tomatoes on had to plant too!
I can’t wait for my new order of tomato seeds to arrive. I even found a variety of the Stone tomato that is in the 1904 catalog. Ok, it may not be the exact variety, but I do love my tomatoes!
By chance if you are a tomato lover too, then check out Tomato Fest by visiting the link below. They have a large variety of tomato seeds and a ton of helpful information and videos.
Prattville Artesian Wells
Visited one of the Artesian Wells in Prattville, Alabama yesterday, the Doster Road Well. While waiting for our turn to get water we took a look at Autauga Creek which is directly behind the well house. Once it was our time to fill we ended up bringing home 10 gallons of fresh water and filled up the crock. (Note: This is well water that is naturally pushed to the top without the need for a well pump. Do not drink water from creeks, streams, rivers or lakes without treating it first.)
I’m testing some code and checking out the new beta inlinkz tool.
These colorful petunia flowers were photographed while we were visiting the city of Cobh in Cork County Ireland. I’m not sure if this was taken before or after I fell into the street. Yes, I stepped off the curb, tripped and fell face first into the street. (Disclaimer: Guinness was not a factor during this incident.) Landing on my knee first was very painful, but I survived the embarrassment. Several people ran to my assistance, one even stopped his car and came over to help me up and to make sure I was OK. A waitress from the pub across the street came over to see if she could do anything. I’ve not experienced that much concern from strangers since. In Ireland the people were so friendly! If this fall had happened here in the states I would have been on my own. Anyways…. I’ve loved this photo ever since.
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What is thermal cooking? Well it’s like a slow cooker, but it does not use electricity at all and all the magic happens inside the insulated pot. The short and sweet of it is that food is heated to boiling for a period of time 5, 10, 15 minutes and then put into an insulated structure. The interior covered pot will retain all the heat and the food will slowly continue cooking for several hours.This cooking concept is not new. While doing some research I found a newspaper article from the late 1890’s describing the same method. I also found a drawing in the book Experiment Station Work, XLI from 1907. If interested in reading the article it can be found over on the Internet Archive.
Well my cooker is not made from wood but the concept is the same. I was able to duplicate the method using a lidded pot and a cooler. Considering the cooler took up so much counter space and the hot pot warped the plastic on the inside of the cooler I finally decided to purchase a small crock pot sized thermal cooker.
It’s very simple to use and there is no worry from leaving an electric appliance plugged in all day. Continue reading