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    Today we honor all things Garfield. It was on this date that Cartoonist Jim Davis and Garfield appeared in their first cartoon strip. Topics we can rely on Garfield for include love for lasagna, a distaste of Mondays and Odie the clown, oops, dog.

    It’s been a long, hot day but now it’s cooled down. The gang’s all in and Miss Moppet is in the garage chasing bugs.





    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew

    Morning Jan, oh I love the pictures as always 🙂


    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew

    Epsom Salt in the Garden……
    1. Improve Seed Germination
    Using Epsom salt as a soil amendment before seeding will give your garden a powerful boost right from the start. Magnesium aids in seed germination and helps to strengthen cell walls, leading to more and stronger seedlings. For best results, incorporate 1 cup of salt per 100 square feet of tilled soil or mix 1 – 2 tablespoons into the soil at the bottom of each hole before dropping in seeds.
    2. Increase Nutrient Absorption
    Many commercial fertilizers add magnesium to help plant roots take up vital nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur.) For those using all organic materials to feed their gardens, adding Epsom salt to soil will improve absorption naturally, eliminating the need for processed chemical fertilizers.
    3. Counter Transplant Shock
    We’ve all seen how our plants and seedlings wilt when we move them from a small pot to a larger one, from indoors to outside, or from greenhouse to ground. Try feeding transplants with Epsom salt once they’re in their new environment to help injured roots overcome transplant shock. Remember to add a layer of soil on top of salt sprinkled in holes so roots don’t come into direct contact with these concentrated minerals right away.
    4. Green Up Foliage
    Plants that aren’t getting enough magnesium can be identified by their yellowing leaves. This is because magnesium is an essential component in the production of chlorophyll. Try sprinkling Epsom salt around your plants to achieve healthier foliage. About 1 tablespoon per 12 inches of height once a month will benefit the plants in your vegetable garden, as well as any trees, shrubs, flowers and grasses you want to green up.
    5. Prevent Leaf Curling
    Leaf curling may also be caused by magnesium-deficiency in plants. Again, add Epsom salt to the soil around the base of the sick plant. Alternately, for faster absorption you can mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt in a gallon of water and apply directly to the leaves.
    6. Deter Garden Pests
    While Epsom salt won’t dehydrate slugs and snails like table salt (sodium chloride), it can still be used to deter pests. Hydrated magnesium sulfate crystals are sharp and when sprinkled around plants, they can scratch and irritate the bodies and feet of unwanted critters in much the same way as diatomaceous earth. (Keep in mind that Epsom salt dissolves very easily in water, thus any amount of rain will likely wash them away.)
    7. Grow Sweeter Fruit
    The production of fruiting bodies is the most taxing process in the life cycle of a plant. Apply Epsom salt to fruit and nut trees, bushes, and vines using the same methods and quantities stated above to boost chlorophyll levels inside the plant cells. Increased energy means more sugar, allowing the plant to produce higher yields of sweeter, healthier fruit.
    8. Tastier Tomatoes
    Tomato vines are one of a handful of common garden residents whose fruit to plant size ratio is heavier than average, leading to an even higher likelihood of magnesium-deficiency. For this reason, tomatoes should be fed Epsom salt twice as often as other plants. Also, because tomato vines are prone to calcium-deficiency (blossom end rot), the majority of tomato fertilizers contain calcium which will compete with magnesium for root absorption. Therefore, foliar feeding is the more efficient method for delivering magnesium to these plants. Water tomato vines with dissolved Epsom salt – 2 tablespoons per gallon of water, every 2 weeks.
    9. More Plentiful Peppers
    Peppers are another popular garden plant with a higher-than average fruit to plant size ratio. As such, they should also be fed magnesium every two weeks to achieve higher yields of larger fruits. For hot peppers, over-watering can lead to fruit with less heat, thus the soil amendment method may be preferable in this case. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt for every foot of height around the drip line of your pepper plants once per week.
    10. Beautiful, Bountiful Roses
    Ever wonder why your neighbors’ rose bushes are fuller than yours and sport so many more blossoms? It is highly likely that the answer is Epsom salt. Not only does it help roses to produce larger blossoms in greater numbers, many successful rosarians will agree that magnesium also aids in the growth of new canes from the base of the plant. And of course, Epsom salt increases chlorophyll production meaning darker leaves. For maximum benefit, roses should at the least be fed with Epsom salt at time of planting, then again at the first sign of new growth, and once more when the flowers are in full bloom. Bare root roses may also be soaked in water containing dissolved Epsom salt before planting.
    It is almost impossible to use too much Epsom salt in your garden. Magnesium sulfate is pH neutral, so it won’t harm your soil. The crystals break down into water, magnesium, and sulfur – three components which are beneficial in some way to most plants. Epsom salt is safe, easy to apply, and works fast to correct a variety of problems and increase the overall health of your garden. As if that weren’t enough, Epsom salt is also inexpensive making it one of the most perfect tools for the health-conscious, responsible gardener.


    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew

    It’s going to be a hot time in Southwestern Desert this week, expected temps today in my area is about 115+ degrees ugh….glad that I work the night shift.



    Good morning! Why yes, I have had to removed an orangie from a 9×13 pan before use before…lol.

    Hubby and I had a date night last night. Keep forgetting the boys don’t need a babysitter anymore so we can do date nights now. We should do it more often. Went to a place very near by…cute little casual Italian place run by a real Italian. I had my favorite…chicken parm. But the show stealer was the tiramisu….best I ever had.

    Since we ate out last night, we probably won’t do a restaurant for Father’s Day. Told hubby maybe we’d grab subs for lunch and he liked that idea. Maybe I’ll grab something special from the bakery while I’m at the store. The boys will make him cards. :).


    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew

    Morning ECB! Sounds like a good way to spend Father’s Day 🙂


    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew

    Feel sorry for this young lady, sounds like shady scoring is going on also sexist, pretty sure if it was a guy who had the high score it would not have been changed 🙁



    Morning all! I love Garfield! …. great pics!
    Deb, that story about the masonary competition where they took the first place away is nuts! How can that town/state tolerate such unfairness?! I feel so sorry for that poor girl! ….
    Hot here too, and muggy/humid ….. I wanted to read on the porch today, looks like I’ll have to get my fans going/blowing and my skeeter candles lit! LOL
    I have a whole lot of fresh homemade chicken stock from yesterday’s cooking of chicken for the casserole last night, but soup is too hot …. contemplating what to do with it ….. hmmmmmmmmm


    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew

    Morning AV! I don’t envy the humid wet sticky weather, but sure don’t want the 110+ ‘dry heat’ either….yes I do love my a/c!

    Critter watch was decent this morning, we saw a Mountain Lion and a nice looking Bear.



    Miss Gaea had heat exhaustion yesterday. She was sleeping under the shrubs and I checked on her. She had a large bowl of ice water but when it hit 93f/33c, I made her come into the cool house. I made her stay in until 6 p.m. and then let her out. Well, apparently it must have been too hot for her because she came around about 8 p.m. and was dopey and panting. I put her under the cooler and put a couple of frozen packs of coffee on her chest and head. It took about 10 mins. but then she was her usual self. That scared the s*** of me. She watched me water the back lawn this morning but I made her come in when I was done.

    Garfield is sooooo hot! 🙂

    Thanks for the info on Epsom Salt, Deb. Maybe I won’t kill plants so quickly now. 😉 Yes it’s hot here but never like AZ. That masonry story pissed me off. It’s blatant sexism and I hope being in news will change their attitude!! 😡

    Date nights? What are those? I’m glad you had a good evening.

    Why not send Mr. AV to the store to pick up a roast chicken and then make this side dish:

    We’re watching the Bond marathon and reading the Sunday Times. Well, I am, the gang is sleeping.



    oh my, PG! …. poor Miss Gaea, that must have been so scary!! and that Ratatouille recipe looks wonderful! I have made s similar dish, but it’s been a long time …

    … just finished putting everything back in order after the dinner party …. dishes washed, dried & back in the cabinets …. now to move on to thinking about next week ….



    Hi all – yay, what’s not to love about a lasagna-loving cat?! Garfield is awesome.
    Got involved looking at dad stuff today – photos, letters, etc. What better day than Father’s Day? He would approve. 🙂
    Many years ago Shaddo got heat exhaustion (heat stroke?) after jumping into my truck unnoticed. It was so bad I had to take great care not to cool him off too fast.
    I’ve been a bit off since last night, lost an uncle to brain cancer a few hours earlier. I was hoping he would hold on till after Father’s Day and his b-day next week, but it wasn’t meant to be. Cousin & I are close even though she lives in Pa. We’ve always joked that it’s a good thing we don’t live close – we’d always cause or be in trouble! I’m named after her mom, my dad’s youngest sister.
    That masonry contest story really pisses me off. One thought: karma.
    Comet has shed his collar, so my house panther is in stealth mode. He really trashed this collar – sending a note to Santa not to get him that kind next year. Going to check out Beastie Bands.



    Aw, Joan … sorry about the uncle. … I also looked back and remembered old photos of my dad, uncle and other loved ones … great father’s day! !

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