Plant A Row (PAR) for the Hungry Program ~ Feeding America ~ GroGood

In my weekly Local Harvest electronic newsletter (5/28/09) there was a link in the LocalHarvest Store section on how you can plant a row for the hungry.

From the LocalHarvest Store:
Our favorite statistic of the month: about 30% more Americans are planting gardens this year, according to the National Gardening Association. What a growth spurt! We love it. Our seed sales are jumping too – so far this year we’ve sold over twice as many seeds as this time last year. Got a patch of sunny ground? It’s not too late to tuck a few more seeds into the ground. Have plenty for your family, and your green thumb is still twitching? You can plant a row for the hungry: learn more here.

That link takes you to the Garden Writers Association webpage which tells you about the PAR Program ~ Plant a Row for the Hungry.

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The purpose of PAR is to create and sustain a grassroots program whereby garden writers utilize their media position with local newspapers, magazines and radio/TV programs to encourage their readers/listeners to donate their surplus garden produce to local food banks, soup kitchens, and service organizations to help feed America’s hungry. PAR’s role is to provide focus, direction, and support to volunteer committees who execute the programs at the local level.

There are over 84 million households with a yard or garden in the U.S. If every gardener plants one extra row of vegetables and donates their surplus to local food agencies and soup kitchens, a significant impact can be made on reducing hunger.

Support your local food banks, soup kitchens, and service organizations to help feed America’s hungry.

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Take the Pledge and Grow a garden for the greater good.

Plant a little more than I need.
Make my garden with love.
Eat my home-grown foods as often as I can.
Donate my extra harvest to a local foodbank.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Feeding America, and Plant a Row for The Hungry have teamed up to create GROGOOD. Now we need you to grow an edible garden and donate some of your produce to your local food bank.

We’re donating over 1 million pounds of fresh produce to food banks nationwide. We need your help to donate another million pounds. GROGOOD will only succeed 1 person at a time, 1 garden at a time, 1 row at a time.

And by the time your garden is ready later this spring, you can come back to this site to find a foodbank near you.

Take the PLEDGE. Eat WELL. SHARE the HARVEST. GROW some GOOD.

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Find a local Food Bank in your area!

Here is the link to the Food Bank of Northern Northern Nevada.

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For Today ~ 28 May 2009 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 28 May 2009

Outside My Window… Partly cloudy sky with boomers developing, very warm and breezy.

I am thinking… I’m not thinking, it’s almost time to go home and I dont’ want to be here right now.

I am thankful for… my job, my family, my garden.

From the kitchen… Maybe pizza. I made Buffalo Hot chicken strips with potato wedges last night.

I am wearing… Blue jeans, blue short-sleeved shirt, boat shoes and hair down.

I am creating… I’m still working on my sister’s crazy quilt…don’t think I’ll make it by her birthday in 2 days. Good grief.

I am going… to do a load of laundry when I get home as I don’t wanna wear jeans tomorrow.

I am reading… I just finished The Death & Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood. Very good book! Now I’ll pick another from my stack of books I bought at the book sale.

I am hoping… My constant wish ~ That everyone that is looking for a job, finds one.

I am hearing… HVAC humming on the roof top…one of the ladies next door.

Around the house… a garden to be watered.

One of my favorite things… thunder storms with lightning and thunder and big ole rain drops that soak you with three hits.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… go visit the Nevada Humane Society to look at kittens and/or cats.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you… I found a great bread recipe that Pastor Ryan made on Pioneer Woman’s site. You should give it a try…very TASTY! I used fresh rosemary, thyme and parsley from my garden.

Great herb bread that I baked.

Great herb bread that I baked.

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Tomatoes in Northern Nevada

While at the UNCE Master Gardener Plant Sale I bought 5 heirloom tomato plants. After listening to Rachael (a master gardener) I decided to pick up a Siberian Red (2), Silver Fir Tree (1) and a Brandywine (2). The Brandywine was my choice as I really love their flavor.

I picked two Russian Heirloom tomatos to try…as most of you who have been living here in Northen Nevada for any length of time know, you just don’t know what the heck our weather will be from one day to the next.

Siberian Red Heirloom Tomato~

An open pollinated tomato from Russia that sets fruit in cool weather, it’s an excellent plant if you have short, cool summers or to plant first thing in spring (think Nevada springs!) as this plant will set fruit at temperatures as low as 38F and will continue to set fruit in early fall! This is a very early ripening tomato that performs very well with heavy yields and excellent flavor. The Siberian Red is semi-determinate and produces round, brilliant red, juicy fruits that weigh between 3 and 5 oz. The tomatoes have a slight flattening at the top. It takes approximately 65-75 days from the time of transplant to mature tomatoes, although it’s been known to produce mature tomatoes in under 50 days in mild climates.

And guess what!!!!???! I’VE ‘MATERS GROWING ALREADY! Hee! I planted one Siberian Red in a Topsey-Turvy and the other in the 18″x18″ above ground box…and they’re both blooming and setting!

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Red Siberian Heirloom Tomato in planter 5/25/09

Red Siberian Heirloom Tomato in planter 5/25/09

Silver(y) Fir Tree Heirloom Tomato ~

An heirloom from Russia with distinctive silvery fern-like foliage and round red fruit that are very decorative and great for containers and hanging baskets. They are compact 24″ tall plants that may need to be staked. An early determinate that has 3″ to 3-1/2″ fruit that are round and slightly flattened with a classic tomato flavor. They mature around 58 days from transplant.

Brandywine Heirloom Tomato ~

This indeterminate tomato is an Amish heirloom that dates back to 1885. It has a large,thin-skinned, reddish-pink beefsteak-type fruit that is rich in flavor and can weith up to 1 pound. It must be staked or caged and will grow until the autumn frost.

NOTE: I had a comment that asked about how to dry tomato seeds, and since it sorta looked like a spam I’m going to answer it here. HERE is a great link on how to save tomato seeds for next years garden.

Finished Planting my 2009 Vegetable Garden ~ Sparks, NV

After burying my beloved Max near the herb & blueberry garden I put what was left of my energy into planting the rest of my vegetable garden.

Bee Balm & Cairn for Max

Bee Balm & Cairn for Max

Planted in the 6×6 raised bed are the following: carrots, red radishes, white radishes, heirloom beets, cabbage, and brussels sprouts.

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In the 12×4 raised bed I planted: garlic, red onions, yellow onions, tomatillas, bush blue lake beans, spacemaster cucumber, lemon cucumber, heirloom beets, broccoli, sweet italian pepper, jalapeno pepper, anaheim pepper, and hungarian stuffing peppers. (I ran out of room for the serrano and one other pepper so I gave them to a coworker)

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In the 12×2 in ground bed I put in mexican grey squash on one side and on the other one each of acorn squash, delicata squash, and hearts of gold cantaloupe (from Fallon, NV). In between all the squash I have 8 sweet white corn stalks.

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I found a Topsy-turvy thingy and planted a siberia fir tree heirloom tomato in it. In four containers I planted 2 brandywine heirloom tomatoes and 2 red siberia heirloom tomatoes.

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Out front, near Max’s grave, are two handmade pickle cucumber plants. In that same area I have 2 oregano, 3 sweet basil, 1 lemon thyme, dill, fennel, and a rosemary. 3 blueberry bushes and 1 Elderberry. There are also 3 lemon queen sunflowers that are growing pretty well for the Sunflower Bee Project.

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Way up front I have chamomile, italian parsley, thyme, rosemary, and bee balm. They wintered pretty well out there, I was surprised.

Now for some flower pictures ~ my lupine is blooming.

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And Columbine.

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Max ~ I Love You Bubbaboo ~ 21 May 2009 ~ 2:52 pm

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My heart is aching terribly today ~ I had to put my 14 year old cranky bubbaboo, Maxie, down yesterday afternoon. I never knew how much tears one could shed…I buried and planted a bee balm over him with a rock cairn headstone.

(5/26/09) I grumbled every night he put his whole 15 pounds on my back, side, stomach, head (he would have made a great log roller) at night. But I sure miss it now. I’m not sleeping too well with him gone.

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For Today ~ 19 May 2009 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 19 May 2009

Outside My Window… Partly cloudy sky, very warm ~ blowing like heck out there.

I am thinking… My sinuses are killing me. Not only is it hot, but windy. I need to do another budget revision…shoot.

I am thankful for… my job, even though it’s been crazy here.

From the kitchen… BBQ’d chicken, pickled beets (that I canned last year) and pasta salad with fresh herbs from the garden

I am wearing… Blue jeans, blue short-sleeved shirt, tennis shoes, hair pulled back into a ponytail.

I am creating… I’m still working on my sister’s crazy quilt…and putting a puzzle together.

I am going… to go to bed early tonight, me thinks.

I am reading… The Death & Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood (book I picked up at the Friends of the Library Book Sale).

I am hoping… My constant wish ~ That everyone that is looking for a job, finds one.

I am hearing… HVAC humming on the roof top.

Around the house… vegetables and flowers to be planted.

One of my favorite things… a headbutt from a kitty.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… finish planting my garden, work on my sister’s quilt.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you…

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Wooden Cylinder Butter Churn ~ Rummage Sale Find

After buying my garden vegetables at the UNCE Master Gardener Plant Sale, I went home and waited for my husband to get out of bed so we could go to yard sales. I noticed a whole bunch of them while taking my mom home.

These are my finds from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church rummage sale and the Sierra Royal Community yard sale, both in Sparks, NV.

Is this cool or what? Especially for $1 ~ The inside paddles are still intact and the handle turns the paddles. It’s missing a few wooden spoke thingies (? LOL!) top lid, and one leg/rest. It will look good outside. I may spray it with a wood sealer.

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Found a 1940’s Scovil Hoe that was made in Japan. Trying to find a handle…but everything is too small. Even the post hole handles.

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Also found a few books ~ one published the same date as when my house was built, 1915. The other in 1946.

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