When January begins, we can expect lots of colder nights and maybe a snowfall or two. There may be a few sunny and mild days, but it will most likely only be a few and maybe long in between. We can also expect some ice, sleet and freezing rain. A bright spot in January is that the days get a minute longer every night. In fact, we’ve already had a quarter of an hour in daylight since winter began.
The snowfall we had Monday morning will do The Garden Plot something good because it kills overwintering insects and their eggs, as well as the seeds of weeds and fungus in the soil. Cold weather vegetables can now thrive because they have been hardened to the cold periods by the breath of winter. Spending time out in the north wind will also harden your immune system!
The wet snow on Monday was beautiful while it lasted. There is a purity and majesty in a snowfall.
The calendar for January
We are still in the Advent season until Holy Trinity Day, which is today. Elvis Presley’s birthday is Friday. There will be new moon on January 13th. Benjamin Franklin’s birthday is January 17, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday will be celebrated on January 18. The moon will be full on January 28 and will be “Full Wolf Moon.”
New edition of Blums almanac
The 194th edition of Blums almanac is now for sale. The almanac is a tradition for farmers and gardeners and has lots of information, plant guidance, practical information, fishing calendars, recipes, means, time of sunrises, moonrises, planetary information, morning and evening stars, lunar phases, solar and lunar phases eclipses, plus moon signs for planting , pig killing, surgery, keeping the weed population down, getting rid of wild onions, weather information and curious advice. It is an information guide that can be used every day.
Check out the 2022 catalogs
Most seed catalogs for the 2022 garden season have already arrived and are on the coffee table. But now it’s time to take a closer look at the new varieties of vegetable and flower seeds and see what’s interesting for the next garden season. Two very important things to keep in mind when buying seeds from catalogs are that you have to pay shipping and handling costs and you also have to pay state taxes. Another thing to consider is that most seed packets like tomatoes, cucumbers and squash only have 30 seeds in a packet or less. When buying seeds from catalogs, take advantage of discounts or free shipping. Finally, do not buy seeds per. pounds – it will increase shipping costs – and because you can find most of them in local stores for half the price.
A recycled solution
We have started the new year, so it’s the right time to get a handle on your recycling plans. Make it your goal to keep as many items as you possibly can away from the landfill. All glass containers, two-liter plastic soda bottles, aluminum cans, plastic milk cartons, cardboard boxes (broken down), metal cans, glass bottles, bundles of newsprint (bound), toilet paper and paper towel tubes can be recycled. Plastic shopping bags can be recycled in the area’s supermarkets.
Always clean cans, remove labels from cans and bottles, put lids on cans and bend them. Teach your children to recycle and be an example to them.
Do not park your Christmas tree by the roadside to be picked up, but recycle it to the compost bin by chopping it up and running the mower to break it down. Save a few springs of green limbs to place in a bowl or vase in the home to extend the scent of Christmas a few more days. Add water to the vase or bowl every day.
When you take down the Christmas decorations and store them, spend some time preventing Christmas light chains from getting tangled up next year when you decorate the tree. Unscrew the lights one string at a time and insert them and replace all the burned out bulbs. Use a section of newspaper rolled up vertically with the connector toward the end of the winding. This will make it easier to put a string in another next season.
You can save money all year round by breaking down all gift boxes, folding gift bags together and storing them for future use. Bags with Christmas decorations can be used again next year. Bows can be reused on packages as needed.
Now is also a good time to buy Christmas wrapping, boxes, bows, decorations and candles as almost all Christmas related items are half price.
There is nothing better than a pie hot out of the oven with a scoop of ice cream. This simple recipe has no crust but lots of flavor.
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup sugar
5 tbsp. wheat flour
1½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsk. salt
½ cup golden raisins
1 dl diced apples
1 tsp. vanilla
½ stick butter or margarine
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Mix flour, salt and baking powder. Mix sugar and eggs together and add the flour mixture. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour the mixture into a nine-inch frying pan sprayed with baking spray, and dot with butter. Bake until firm. Serve with ice cream or Cool Whip.
Peanut Cream Pie
1 container Cool Whip
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup peanuts (run through the blender in “grate” mode).
Mix Cool Whip and peanut butter well together and pour into a 9-inch graham cracker crust. Top with cracked peanuts. Refrigerate for an hour.
How-how- Hwe age: The words “Gate of Heaven” were inscribed over the great doors of the old church. Just below the sign was a cardboard sign that read, “Please use the other entrance.”