I don't think our kids
know what an apron is. Women, Moms and Grandmas did.The principal use of an apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material.
But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.You just never knew what would come out of those pockets.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids..
And when the weather was cold Grandma or Mom wrapped it around her arms.
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow of Grandma's, bent over the hot wood stove.
Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.
After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.When the street lights came on, you had better be home to meet Mom in her apron, setting the table.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.
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- TOMATO PROBLEMS AND HOW TO FIX THEM
- GARDEN GIGGLE
- GARDEN GOODIES~SHARE OUR GARDEN RECIPE #0013 CINCO DE MAYO CAKE
Today just happened to be one of the days my favorite store got their flower delivery so I was lost. So much for my resolution to not plant anything more this year...what WAS I thinking?
So, some new plants joined our beautiful garden- pansies, petunias, geraniums, verbena, and the most gorgeous yellow lilies about ready to pop. Some really great herbs as well- coriander, thyme and oregano fit right in. Some extra tomato plants and a huge bag of Miracle Gro potting soil and I was set. Believe it or not, even though I didn't get home from shopping until about 4pm, and then made lunch, all the plants except the tomatoes are already planted!
TOMATO PROBLEMS AND HOW TO FIX THEM
I'd like to cover a few problems that occur with tomatoes and some ideas on how to fix them.
Number one on my list, and the main reason I love topsy turvey planters, is the tomato hookworm. Disgusting, vile creatures, they will devour your plant before you can blink. They have great camouflage and hide in plain sight. Here's a picture I shared last year of one of our worms that we destroyed right after this picture was taken. This particular worm had just eaten an ENTIRE tomato plant that was about three feet tall; when we cut the tomato worm up, he exploded into a puddle of green slime. (It was small satisfaction).
Some people have problems with tomatoes splitting at the tops. Tomatoes crack when there is variation in soil moisture such as watering, then letting the soil dry, especially during warm weather. That is why we use mulch on top of ours.
It may also be helpful to provide shade for your tomatoes after 2 to 3 pm during hot weather. Hot direct sunlight speeds up water movement through plant tissues and also increases the rate of plant growth. Together these factors can cause fruit to crack.
Another helpful solution is to select 'crack-resistant' varieties. Some of these tomatoes are Big Boy, Burpee's Big Girl, Celebrity, Early Girl, Jet Star and Sweet 100.
Another problem some people encounter is that their plants flower, but the flowers dry up and fall off or the wind blows them off and no fruit blooms. There is a product called Tomato Set, which is a spray you spray on blossoms to 'set' them so they will stay long enough to become fruit.
I hope I covered the basics, I know it's not everything.Just remember tomatoes LOVE to be watered. Up here, we give them as much as they want. I count to 30 as I water each pot. We certainly have learned along the way and hope you get to enjoy beautiful tomatoes soon!
This delicious mango-topped chocolate honey cake is perfect for celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Bake the cake in any style Bundt pan, or tube pan, or even individual mini-bundt pans. After the cake is cools, top it with an easy coffee glaze made by whisking together instant coffee, vanilla and powdered sugar. Once topped with mango, the cake needs to be refrigerated.