Saturday, April 25, 2009

ENTRY # SEVENTEEN HUNDRED & TWENTY FIVE

Sunrise at Dad's Tomato Garden . This picture was taken at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. This is where I sit and listen to the birds sing, and enjoy my tomatoes. DAD.


Good Morning,
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Time is so precious-do not waste it.
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. I've learned that keeping a Tomato garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills.
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. The sun never sets on Dad's Tomato Garden Journal. .


Here below is a comment from my friend, Baldy, ( Sam). He is a faithful reader of mine, and I do appreciate all that he sends me. DAD.


"DAD, I'M SURE YOU REMEMBER TOMATO VINES BACK IN THE OLD DAYS.
MAYBE NOT THOUGH. YOU MAY NOT HAVE LIVED ON A FARM IN YOUNGSTER DAYS.
BIG GARDEN DAYS BEGAN WITH OUR FAMILY WHEN I WAS ELEVEN YEARS OLD, THE 'GREAT DEPRESSION' BEGINNING.
DAD LOST EVERYTHING BEING IN HOUSING CONSTRUCTION. MOVED TO THE COUNTRY AND WITH LARGE RICH GARDEN AREA AND MY DAD'S KNOW HOW, WE HAD WONDERFUL GARDENS AND A CORN FIELD WORKED WITH A TEAM OF HORSES AND FARM TOOLS OWNED BY A NEIGHBOR. TRADED WORK.
WE HAD A SURPLUS WHICH THERE WAS NO DEMAND FOR. PROBLEM WAS HAVING MONEY TO BUY FLOUR, SUGAR BAKING POWDER AND LARD AND OF COURSE COFFEE.
BIG PATCHES OF TOMATOES. NO FANCY NAME THEN. LITTLE YELLOW 'PEAR' TOMATOES, RED 'CHERRY' TOMATOES AND THE DELICIOUS COMMON RED ONES OF VARIOUS SIZES.
CHICKENS AND PIGS LOVED ANY TOMATOES PLACED IN THE PIG TROUGH.
I CAN STILL REMEMBER WALKING THROUGH THE TOMATO PATCH EARLY MORNING, HEAVY DEW AND THE SMELL OF THE DISTURBED BRITTLE TOMATO VINES.
SOME VINES BROKE OFF AND SEEMED TO RENDER THE PLANTS MORE PROLIFIC. LATER IN THE DAY THE HOT SUN BROUGHT THE PLANTS TO LIFE AND MOTHER CAME WITH BASKETS TO FILL FOR 'CANNING'. SHE ALREADY HAD WATER BOILING ON THE OLD WOOD BURNING KITCHEN RANGE AND WOULD 'PUT UP' DOZENS OF JARS OF THE DELICIOUS TOMATOES.
DEAR OLD MOTHER, SWEATING OVER THAT KITCHEN RANGE. SHE LOVED TO 'DO' FOR FAMILY.
NOW IN THIS PRESENT DAY, 'DAD'S TOMATO GARDEN JOURNAL' IS A GREAT HELP TO THOSE HAVING A DESIRE TO GROW FINE TOMATOES.
THANKS DAD. sam "

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The link below will show you somethimg very interesting about the care of the eagles. They were brought out of the nest and bands put on there legs, and then returned to their nest.

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http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/eaglecam/

1 comment:

Lynne said...

Hi Dad! I saw something on TV and thought of you. It was a "hanging" tomatoe plant. I googled and was not able to find the TV version, but did find a source that shows how you can do it from home at http://upsidedowntomatoplant.com/

I have a question for you, how do you eat your tomatoes? With sugar on them or salt? My pastor eats sugar on his.