The Garden Plot: Keeping your vehicle’s windshields clean – The Stokes News


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Your vehicle’s windshields take a beating all winter from road salt, slush, ice, snow and grime. Make sure you keep plenty of washer fluid in the windshield washer well, and use the kind that has a de-icer in it. Keep a durable scraper with a long handle and a brush on the other side under the seat to aid in keeping the windshield clear.
Always clean the windows and rear vehicle window before getting on the highway. Once a week or so, clean wiper blades to remove debris from the road that builds up on the wiper blades.
Signs of spring in winter. There are a few signs of spring in our midst. The heart-shaped leaves of the American violet are popping out of the cold winter soil. Hyacinths and jonquils are showing green spikes emitting from underneath layers of crushed leaves. The perennials on the porch and deck are showing signs of life and the Carolina jasmine still has quite a few yellow blooms and the sweet fragrance of spring.
Lettuce can be started now. Lettuce is definitely a cold weather vegetable and with a little help from a protective plant cloth, you can enjoy a harvest of lettuce in 50 to 55 days. You can raise lettuce in a row or bed and it will thrive in winter.
Plant then seed of lettuce in a furrow about two inches deep. Cover the seed with a layer of peat moss to retain moisture and apply a layer of organic plant food, then hill up soil on each side of the furrow and tamp down with a hoe blade. You can also set out lettuce plants and sow packets of lettuce seed in between the the lettuce plants for a double harvest of lettuce in the same row or bed.
Prune grapevines and fruit trees. Fruit trees and grapevines can be pruned in February. Grapevines and fruit trees are dormant now, which make shaping and pruning easier. Limbs, branches and runners will be visible and pruning more effective.
Pruning in February when trees and vines are dormant will promote a more productive harvest and quality fruits. Prune back all limbs that rub together and long water sprouts that reach out of the reach of a harvest. Try to choose a calm, sunny day with no wind to make the task easier.
After fruit trees and grapevines have been pruned, apply a coat of dormant oil spray mixed with proper amount of water and placed in a sprayer. Spray the trees and vines from top to bottom until they are slick and shiny. Try to choose a day when no rain is forecast for several days to allow the oil spray to dry out.
Grandma’s unforgettable pantry. I wonder how many homes today have a pantry… Probably not very many. Many old homes that did have a pantry have turned that space into an extra bathroom! My Grandma in Northampton County had a pantry that was closed off from her kitchen. The space was filled with shelves around all four walls, and the shelves were laden with canned goods, flour, sugar, lard, country ham, slabs of bacon, fatback, and apples. The aroma was sort of like entering a country store. Supermarkets, any stores, were far away so a pantry was like a store in the house itself. So Grandma’s pantry was a treasure of memories.
Chicken Salad Casserole
This is an unusual casserole with great ingredients that the family will love. It has most of the ingredients that chicken salad contains and plenty of flavor:
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup onion, diced
½ stick butter or margarine
1 cup cooked rice
2 cups cooked chicken breast, diced
1 can mushrooms, diced
1 cup sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
½ tsp. poultry seasoning
1 cup crushed corn flakes cereal
¼ cup butter or margarine, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Saute celery and onion until tender. Add remaining ingredients except the corn flakes. Pour into a large casserole or 13x9x2 inch baking dish or greased/sprayed pan sprayed. Melt ¼ cup margarine or butter, mix in the cereal and sprinkle on top of the casserole. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.
Hoe-Hoe-Hoedown: Americans are getting stronger: 25 years ago, it took two people to carry $45 worth of groceries from the supermarket. Now a 5-year-old can do it!

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