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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

WINTER GARDENING IS OVER…...UPDATED

My winter greens—so far, mostly the COLLARD GREENS—are in full flower.  We’re still cutting all the parsley we need, and thinking about onions to come…..
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Posted by Earl on 04/08 at 05:23 PM
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

FINALLY!!  REAL (SEVILLE ORANGE) MARMALADE

Last year, I bought (mail-order) a genuine SEVILLE ORANGE because I remember eating real English marmalade as a child, and it’s VERY difficult (not to say “impossible”) to find these days.  Plus, if you CAN find it, it’s PRETTY EXPENSIVE.  The price DOES depend a bit on whether one buys BRITISH MARMALADE or the SPANISH VARIETY

So, here’s my tree - loaded with oranges in its first full season of growth:
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Posted by Earl on 01/27 at 09:13 PM
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Monday, January 12, 2015

MEYER LEMON MARATHON

So, last week I spent TWO ENTIRE DAYS making Meyer Lemon Marmalade!  What else does one do with 58 pounds of (free) Meyer Lemons, after all?

I guess I better give some background…..I got to talking to one of the phlebotomists (Luann, at the Quest Lab a mile from our house) while she drew my blood, and she revealed that she had a Meyer Lemon tree at her house in Paradise.  Since my original source of lemons “dried up” in 2013, I asked her if she had extras.  She laughed and said they were picking buckets and giving them to the local Food Bank, and I was welcome to as many as I wanted, so long as I left a couple of dozen easily accessible for herself and her husband.  I got directions and went to her house, and here’s what I found:
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Posted by Earl on 01/12 at 08:48 AM
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Sunday, November 02, 2014

FLASHBACK!!.....UPDATED, and DOUBLE SUCCESS!

Scroll Down for Updates - First, Second, and Third….

Most of you know that Gail and I spent part of our 20s in VENEZUELA, trapping small mammals (mostly mice, rats, and shrews) in the extreme northeastern spur of the ANDES MOUNTAINS, as data for my PhD dissertation.  If you scroll down on the Andes link and look at the photos from south to north, you’ll see that while we weren’t in the most spectacular part of this mountain chain, it was an area of extreme beauty, nevertheless.  We had quite the experience:
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I apologize for the (lack of) quality of that image—it’s the best our printer/scanner would do on a Kodacolor print….
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This morning, I was wafted back in time to those months in the mountains….because we have RATS in the back yard!!  Naturally, being the “expert”, it falls to me to trap them…...

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Posted by Earl on 11/02 at 04:00 PM
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

APPLESAUCE 2014!!

It’s that time of year again…..and MACHADO ORCHARDS had their Apple Festival on the 18th, so last Sunday we headed down to get our apples. 

This year, Laura and the grandbabies were here, just as they promised in the comments to LAST YEAR’S APPLESAUCE POST

WHAT FUN!!  Making sauce with Laura again was a nostalgia fest for this Daddy:
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while introducing Sophia and Alana to where the bottles of “Papa’s applesauce” they eat come from brought back wonderful memories, as well:
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Posted by Earl on 10/23 at 01:54 PM
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Monday, September 15, 2014

HARVEST—September 15, 2014

Here’s what I brought in today:
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When I went back outside, I found another cucumber that had slipped through a hole in the bag, so that’s really NOT everything. 

You’ll notice that a number of eggplant are tiny - I had to clip an entire branch of one plant that had broken from the weight (Yes, I’ve been neglecting my little garden for a while.) of the fruit on it.  I salvaged everything growing on that branch before trashing it.

That’s an apple on the lower right—the only one on my little espaliered Georgia Rome tree.  Not very good, either - Chico is definitely NOT apple country…that’s up the hill in Paradise, where they get sufficient chilling through the year.

So, this isn’t a very good year for tomatoes at 1941 Preservation Oak….I’m not sure why.  Here’s the tomato bed:
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Posted by Earl on 09/15 at 08:39 AM
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Thursday, December 05, 2013

TOMATO SEASON ENDS IN CHICO…....

The overnight low temperature in Chico last night, according to Weather.com, was 30 degree F. 
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I have NO idea where they were measuring, but here on Preservation Oak, Gail left for work around 7:15 and the car thermometer read 24 degrees.
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That’s more like my experience, because when I got up around 7:30, the thermometer on the east side of the house reported 24, as well.
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I’d gone out the night before to fix things so our new citrus and our faucets wouldn’t freeze - the radio warned us to cover the first and let the second drip, and in the morning:
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Posted by Earl on 12/05 at 08:58 PM
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