Keep visiting the local strawberry patch – The Stokes News


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There is still plenty of time to visit the strawberry field nearest you and harvest berries for the recipes below, or just eat in a bowl by themselves. The harvest should last another two weeks.
Keep setting out tomato plants
Keep setting out a few each week as long as you can find strong, healthy plants to ensure a continious production over a long season. Feel tomatoes with Holly Tone, Dr. Earth or Vigaro tomato food. Side dress the plants with powered lime to prevent blossom end rot.
Fireflies come out at twilight
There are many fireflies as we come to the end of May. They are flying lower than usual, which makes it easier to catch a few. At about 8: 30 p.m., more of them seem to show up because it’s twilight time.
Several times during a late May evening, I’ll perform a two minute firefly event to determine the number of fireflies I can observe during each hour of the evening. On a day there is a thunder shower, there seems to be more fireflies that evening, for example. By observing the fireflies each evening, I can get the inventory whether this is an abundant firefly season.
Keep soil hilled up around pepper plants
As the warm May nights continue into June, the pepper plants will thrive in these temperatures. Apply an application of Plant-Tone organic vegetable food on each side of the pepper rows to feed peppers and hill up soil to cover up the Plant-Tone. Stake and cage peppers for support and protect them from winds and thunderstorms.
Keep garden magic ready
The Garden Plot is no better than what you use to promote it to grow and produce a harvest. Use these effective ingredients to promote healthy growth in your garden in all seasons. Use peat moss to improve soil texture and moisture retention. A bail costs around $11 or $12. Use Black Kow composted cow manure, which is totally organic, as is peat moss. Another great product to boost growth of plants and vegetables and it, too, is totally organic is Alaska Fish Emulsion, which is available in quart bottles that can be mixed with water in a sprinkling can.
The ferns of summer
The ferns on a porch or deck or even a carport offer cool relief from the heat of the late spring and early summer. The lush green of a Boston fern cascading over its hanging basket container makes a a porch or deck look much cooler. Along with the beautiful Boston fern, you can use asparagus ferns to add lush green color in large containers on the porch or deck in a semi-sunny location. The old-fashion panda fern can be grown in large containers. All types of ferns have different shades of green and all of them can be cut and trimmed to shape.
We have a panda fern and an asparagus fern that we winter over each year in the living room and place them on the deck in mid-spring.My grandma in Northampton county had a panda fern that covered the wash tub with holes in it all during spring and summer on her huge back porch. Before winter arrived, she would get several grandchildren to move the fern-laden tub into her large pantry.
Controlling morning glory vines
With the warm days and nights of May, keep a very close eye on the emerging growth of all the pesky wild morning glory vines. Pull them up before they develop deep roots that will drain the strength from growing vegetables.
Don’t allow the morning glorys to reach vine stage because then they will be hard to control. Pull them up when they are tiny by the roots, place in a bucket and toss them out of the garden plot to dry up in the warm sun of late spring.
And for goodness sake, do not let them get to bloom stage because one bloom has a seed pod with hundreds of seeds. If one does vine out and bloom, trace the vine back to the soil and pull up by the roots.
Strawberry Yum-Yum
1½ cups Graham crackers, crushed
1 stick butter or margarine, softened
1½ cups sugar
2 cups fresh strawberries
1 box Strawberry Jello
1 8 oz. packet cream cheese
½ cup milk
1 envelope Dream Whip (or pint of whipping cream)
For the crust, combine Graham cracker crumbs, butter and ½ cup sugar and mix well. Set aside.
Mash strawberries, fold in the Jello mix, ½ cup sugar and mix well. Set aside.
Blend milk and Dream Whip until stiff, then add cream cheese, ½ cup sugar and blend well. Set aside.
Spread about half of the Graham cracker mixture in a 9x13x2 baking dish, then add half the cream cheese mixture and cover with the strawberry mixture. Cover with the remaining cream cheese and then sprinkle the crumbs on top. Refrigerate before serving.
Simple Shortcake
1½ cups plain flour
2½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup of shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour and baking powder, cream, shortening and sugar. Add eggs and beat well, then add vanilla. Add flour mixture to other ingredients. Add the milk and beat the whole mixture. Pour into a 13x9x2 inch baking pan or dish sprayed with baking spray. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool for 15 minutes and then remove from pan.
To assembly a strawberry shortcake dessert, sprinkle sugar over 1½ quarts fresh strawberries and spread on top of shortcake. Top with a layer of dairy whipping cream (one pint stiffly beaten with added 3 Tbs. of sugar), or use a large container of Cool Whip.
A gorilla walked into the ice cream parlor and ordered a $2 sundae and placed a $10 bill on the counter. The clerk thought to himself, “Gorillas don’t know that much about money” and handed him back $5. The clerk said, “We don’t get many gorillas in here.” The gorilla responded, “I can understand why at $5 a sundae!”

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