Archive for August, 2014

Tomato sauce 3

Posted August 11, 2014 By Ruth

Same recipe as last time, except I remembered the oregano this time, and I added a dash of red pepper flakes

2lbs 2ounces of tomatoes

Color/theme change

Posted August 7, 2014 By Ruth

No, its not your eyes.  I got frustrated with my previous theme.  Or rather the changes that the guy who actually writes it keeps making (which I then have to fix to make it look the way I want).

So I’m playing with a new setup…….

Feedback on colors and setup appreciated!

Compost

Posted August 6, 2014 By Ruth

Back in the spring I started looking at compost bins.  We’d not done proper composting here, for a variety of reasons, alot of which boiled down to having a ton of things to do.

With almost two acres of property, almost all of it grass (or well, grass, clover, and a variety of green weeds that mow just like grass), on a property were I not only don’t have to water the grass to keep it green, we have to mow it twice a week at least over the leach fields to keep it from jumping to knee high.  If we used the bagger attachment for the riding lawnmower we could fill up one of the little compost bins in one mowing.

But the big compost bins are way to expensive for what they are. 

So I started looking at building a bin.

And then after some discussion we decided to skip using a bin at all.  I doubt anything other than steel would keep out our wildlife if it really decided it wanted into the bin anyway. 

So now I have a compost pile down by the southern back line.  I know the rabbits (or something) have  stolen some of the vegi greens and trimmings out of it at least a few times, but thats ok.  They don’t seem to be inclined to dig through the whole pile, which is what I really cared about.  I gotta say its composting nicely.  Can’t wait to have good dirt for next spring’s garden additions!

Home-made tomato sauce, try 2

Posted August 5, 2014 By Ruth

1lb 2.25 ounces of tomatoes

half the olive oil

2 cloves of garlic (Music, remember, small cloves this year)

twice as much salt

same pepper

simmer longer to reduce further

somehow still got 3 full half pint jars

 

Edit: forgot the oregano *sigh*

As I needed proof….

Posted August 5, 2014 By Ruth

….that the outdoor temps affect my garden…..

Several days with highs barely hitting 70 (and sometimes not hitting it), lows in the low 50’s, and I get barely one or two ripe tomatoes a day.

Two days with highs in the 80’s, lows in the mid-60’s, and on the third day I pick this:

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Temps are supposed to hold through today, then drop again for at least two days, then warm up again.  So we’ll see what happens…..

If you shop at Market Basket….

Posted August 3, 2014 By Ruth

….Get ready for higher prices and horrid customer service.

Apparently the family decided they weren’t rich enough, and so they fired the CEO who’d produced a successful business with employees who WANTED to stay long term, and his replacement has already made it clear that his goal is to wring as much money out of the company as possible.  I can’t think of a single company I’ve worked for (retail and non-retail) where I’d have voluntarily gone on off the job in order to protest the removal of my CEO.  If it was just a few employees I’d shrug it off, but the articles make it sound like its HUGE portions of the company.  And he was not only encouraging employee loyalty he was doing it while keeping product prices low AND bringing in a profit.  The company has already fired some workers, who are now suing, and the AG is keeping a close eye on things.  

Previously I’d have said that Market Basket was an AWESOME example of how to treat your employees while still having a successful company, but now it looks like its a perfect example of how to run a company into the ground……

There are reports that the fired CEO is attempting to buy out the share owned by his brother, the new CEO, we shall see what happens!