My plums made me proud this year in full bloom with hundreds of flowers (see photo at the top). There were so many flowers that the trees could not hold them all and many were never pollinated. The good news is that green plums the size of large blueberries had formed very well in mid-June.
I am not surprised to discover that fruit trees are selling twice as fast this year and that sales of initiated plants and herbs are also high above in garden centers. More people who are never developing an appetite for gardening, self-reliance and building their own corner of heaven on earth. Some are also staying closer to home this year and taking shorter or no vacations due to the economy, inflation, high food prices, a wide variety of taxes and other reasons. It is important to teach our children gardening skills and techniques that they will never forget and carry with them to adulthood. Back to nature has become stronger than ever and I am included. I know people who love their gardens so much that they can hardly wait to get home from work and enter the garden.
Have you ever tried a home remedy that worked to be useful in the garden or for a health problem? The world is full of ancient gardening and healing secrets and many are being reactivated again. If you have tried any, tell me what works or what has not worked for you. I am sharing a bit of nostalgia and history about the old-fashioned mustard plaster later and some readers' gardening ideas as an entree. But before your comments begin, here is my usual hat tip with a welcome as wide as the land of the living heavens. Hi Saskatchewan To quote your tourism department: "In most cases, the living skies of Saskatchewan attract attention. From sunsets that seem to burn the sky to bright images of clouds on a bright blue canvas: movement and movement from heaven they are awesome. ”Chris, my son, The Accordion Guy is in Saskatoon playing Canadian and international songs from the heart. In his 120 Brandoni bass. Among his many originals is" The Prince Albert Waltz. "He is one of the best accordionists from Canada, but that's the opinion of a father. Hi PA up there in the north center of Saskatchewan.
Share what readers write
I received a letter when Mike Zolinski, Box 374, Arborg, Manitoba R0C 0H0. He says, "An older lady gave me tomato seeds" No Name "over 20 years ago and since then I have been growing them. Plants are about 2-1 / 2 feet tall, they require stakes, they can weigh two at three pounds each, which makes them excellent for cutting. " When Mike and I talked on the phone, this is what he told me. “I spread the well-aged 20-year-old barn manure on the ground and even the ground. This year I have 10 "unnamed" tomato plants on the go. In addition, I planted "Big Daddy" tomato plants. Mike indicated that fruits are progressing very well in size in both varieties while we talked. Once they are very ripe and ready for harvest, Mike says: "I make tomato juice with them and when I am ready to drink it I season it with a shake of Tabasco sauce and a can of beer."
The toonie in this "Unnamed" tomato tray gives a good indication of size contrast, which makes them ideal for slicing and making tomato juice.
Photo: Ted Meseyton
Kristine Sandboe of La Glace, Alberta writes: “Dear Ted, I'm 86 years old and I've been enjoying your Singer Gardener page for many years. It's what I read first before moving on Grainews Magazine for my oldest son of three children who grow about 30 miles northwest of Grande Prairie. I still have a large garden and I cook a lot for my children in spring and autumn. I find your gardening suggestions interesting, such as skim milk powder for rotting the end of the flower. Spray egg shells and that also works. A grateful reader.
Ted brief note: As an additional benefit for your tomatoes, sprinkle two tablespoons of skimmed milk powder around each plant every two weeks and water until late August.
Trudy Mahussier of Bjorkdale, Saskatchewan, says: “I grow Longkeeper and a variety of tomatoes in my garden and greenhouse. In 2017, I had the last Longkeeper at the end of January and in 2018 it was on February 28 when I ate the last one. I read your column first thing when the newspaper arrives. Very good tips and ideas. Happy gardening. "In his letter of February 12, 2019, Trudy wrote:" I have one tomato left and I probably have it for lunch. "
From Ruth E. Neill, in Kelwood, Manitoba: "Hello Mr. Meseyton. When I receive my copy of Grainews, your article is the first one I read! His articles are very interesting and informative. In addition, they generate conversation topics. Many years ago I encouraged a child to plant some seeds and they grew. Unfortunately, we do not follow the plants until maturity. His article in Graphic Leader, January 31, 2019, Strawberry Seeds, has inspired me to get some seeds to pass to a friend who is interested in strawberry plants. In thanks, Ruth E. Neill.
Says Ted: Thank you Ruth for the easy-to-read hand printed letter.
Last but not least, from Helen Bially's desk comes the following: "Jan. 10, 2019. Dear Ted, I moved from Tolstoy to Emerson, Manitoba, although I miss my garden. But I will plant some vegetables in my new home. Currently, the flowering plants (not many) that were brought during the fall they are fine, along with the blooming Christmas cacti. Begonias are in bloom but I think the cactus that is not in bloom should be a Thanksgiving cactus.
Wishing you a rewarding and productive year. With interest, I read Grainews on page 39, the first issue of 2019. Also, with interest, I read your article on dowsing. My father was able to do the routine of dowsing that in my early days I did not understand too much of such a gift. PD: My son also has the gift. I will say once again: Happy 2019. Sincerely, Helen Bially. "
Says Ted: Thank you Helen for your hand printed letter. I am not surprised that Helen's son has the gift, since he passed it to his father's son. As I mentioned before Grainews Columns, legend and folklore say that the power of dowsing is inherited from mother to son and from father to daughter. Only about one in 10 receives the gift of the good place above. Some of the 90 percent who can't do it think it's fake, pretend or wear. I am working on another story on this topic for the future Grainews article on this page Call it what you want: water, divination or witchcraft, but it works.
An ancient healing practice
How to stop the runny nose
Many will remember the so-called mustard plaster in the chest. This brief account comes from the land of Ukraine in Eastern Europe, where many prominent varieties of tomato and Ukrainian heritage have migrated to Canada and are now growing in Canadian gardens. However, this is not a tomato story.
Dry mustard powder is among the best remedies in herbal medicine and Ukrainian villagers once used mustard paste applied on the heel of each foot to abort a nasal discharge that was often the precursor to a cold or one that already It had been established. Such practice quickly brought blood to the surface of the skin and thus the healing process began. This is how the process works.
To protect the skin from the heat evoked by mustard, the heels of each foot were slightly greased. To prepare: combine a tablespoon of mustard powder with three tablespoons of flour and a tablespoon or so of water at room temperature. The paste should not be loose or liquid and applied directly to the heels of the feet, although it can also be enclosed in a fabric such as poultice. Once the mustard is applied, a flannel cloth is wrapped around each foot to retain heat. Then they put on a pair of wool socks. The feet should start to tingle and get very hot, even very hot. Heat tolerance varies with each individual. Wash the paste immediately to avoid burning the skin if the remedy seems uncomfortable or exceptionally hot. If the heat seems tolerable, the plaster can be maintained for one or two hours. Use a timer or set an alarm in case you fall asleep or someone wakes you up. This is a strong medicine, but those who have tried it say there will be a runny nose that will disappear in the morning.