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The photo is my son and myself. Now days you can get a photo made to look old like this one. This photo was taken when this was the new look.

Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....

Feb 16th Planting cooler weather crops

February 18, 2014

We are planting spinach in every other block hole around the raised beds.

I alternated spinach and onions in each block because the spinach will spread out and the onion needs less room.  The center is turnips with onions on the edges.  It is still cold so we will put hoops over these beds during the night to prevent freezing.  The smaller bed has cabbage around the edges and bulb onion sets in the center.

We are going to grow just a few lettuce for now because of the extended cold.  These are being covered at night and during temperatures lower than 35 degrees. Everything looks very limpy at this time but it needs time to adjust to the transplanting.

We put hoops over the raised beds so we can cover the plants when there is a heavy frost or freeze.

This is what they look like without the cover. This is half inch pvc and 2x2's around the bottom with holes drilled to put the pipe.  You have to be careful putting these in because they will spring back.  Also there is a lot of pressure at the top bend area of the pvc so do not cut into this to connect them or it will split.

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