Monthly Archives: February 2012

Range Test Tula Ammo vs. Remington UMC

Sorry there are few pictures with this one….Camera messed up or something and I lost all the photo’s.   Well, the other day I was wandering around Walmart and decided to stock up on some ammo.  After calling an ‘All-Hands’ search party for the ONLY Associate with the keys to the Ammo case………I found some Tula Ammo in 50 round boxes for 9.89 each and a 250 round bulk pack of Remington UMC for 59.89 both in 9mm. Thought I’d do some range testing with my Glock 26 (itty-bitty Glock 9mm sub-compact) and here is what I found: Tula Ammo Pro … Continue reading

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Calendula – A Flower, Herb, and….Salad Ingredient?

A Hardy Annual that can reduce pain and inflammation while also dressing up a salad.   Sounds like a fun plant to play with, No? Plant Specifics Name: Calendula Officinalis (Pot Marigold) Zone: 5 to 11 Height: 24 inches Soil Type:Rich & well drained Ph Range: 6.0 to 7.5 Preferences: Sunny to partial shade Germination: 10 days @ 59°F to 68°F Bloom: Mid-Summer till 1st Frost Planting Guide Early Indoors: Plant 6 Weeks Before Last Spring Frost.   Place seeds 1/4 inch deep in seed starting mix and moisten.  Keep Warm (70°F) and moist and sprouting should occur within 15 days.  … Continue reading

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Thinking I’ll do a huge Herb Garden….

I think that this year I want an enormous Herb Garden!  The photo above shows my three Raised-Beds (an Earlier Post on Raised-Beds) that have produced wonderfully for three years now. Let’s take a closer look at that first Raised-Bed: This Raised-Bed is 3 feet by 4 feet for a total of 12 Square Feet of Gardening Goodness!  How’s that for Enormous?? Now, What Herbs to Plant? My Short-List of absolutely required Herbs: Basil (Sweet, Italian, Liquorice, Lemon) Dill Garlic Oregano Parsley Rosemary Sage Thyme These are some of the most common Herbs found in most kitchens in the U.S.   … Continue reading

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Learning to Fly Fish in PA –Part 1 – The Journey begins..

For years I’ve wanted to try Fly Fishing but never had the chance. Finding time to get out on the water and do ANY kind of fishing has become a challenge! Now I find that I’ve some time to fill up and I think it’s time to learn Fly Fishing. The first thing I did was to do some research. I wanted to find a couple of good books to read on the subject. I found:   Book: The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide by Tom Rosenbauer Book: Trout Streams of Pennsylvania by Dwight Landis   Together, these two books cover just … Continue reading

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Last WWI veteran, a woman, dies at 110

Last WWI veteran, a woman, dies at 110   The last known surviving veteran of World War I has died. Florence Green, 110, was a waitress in Britain’s Royal Air Force. “In a way, that the last veteran should be a lady and someone who served on the home front is something that reminds me that warfare is not confined to the trenches,” Retired Air Vice-Marshal Peter Dye told Time. [Read More]

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Beer Review: Samuel Adams Alpine Spring

The following is from Sam’s Site: Flavor: Crisp and slightly sweet with bright citrus and spicy hop notes Color: Hazy Golden / 9 SRM Original Gravity: 14.2 Plato Alcohol by Vol/Wt: 5.5%ABV – 4.3%ABW Calories/12 oz.: 186 IBUs: 19 Malt Varieties: Two-row Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland pale malts, Honey malt Hop Varieties: Tettnang Tettnanger Noble hops Yeast Strain: Samuel Adams lager yeast Availability: Seasonal (January – March) in six-packs, 12-packs and on draft. It is also available in the Samuel Adams Brewer’s Choice Variety 12-Pack First Brewed: 2012 Well, Its Malty.  Real Malty.  The hops do come forward, eventually.  Boy are they citrusy! WOW.  I think that the brewers … Continue reading

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Swiss Chard: A Great Early Season Crop

  Plant Specifics Name: Swiss Chard Zones: Any Height: 18 to 24 inches Soil Type: Almost Any, but likes a lot of humus PH Range: 6.0 – 7.5 Preferences: Sun or Shade, Spring, Summer, and Fall.   Planting Guide I always plant Swiss Chard directly in the garden bed.  Some gardeners pre-soak the seeds but I’ve never had any luck with that.  I put them right into the garden about 1/2 inch deep and spaced 6 inches all around. Swiss Chard requires a good bit of water.  I start watering once a week in the Spring and Early Summer and … Continue reading

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Beer Review: River Horse Special Ale

All of my Homebrewing Equipment was in the basement during our latest mini-flood.  It is all still safe and intact but is in need of a very thorough cleaning and sanitization process.  I simply haven’t had the time to clean it yet. So, Instead of the usual how-to type post, I though a review of a micro-brew would be fun. River Horse Brewing Co. located in Lambertville, NJ right on the Banks of the Delaware River is a very small brewery apparently owned and operated by a couple of ex beancounters, Uh I mean Accountants.  🙂 Anyway, Here’s what the … Continue reading

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Time for a new plant in my Garden: Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)

I First tasted this when a friend of mine had a plant in a pot on their front porch.  She used the leaves to sweeten her ‘Sun Tea’ and I had just happened to get a leaf in my glass.  I asked about it and she replied: “Chew the leaf a bit, You’ll be surprised.” Boy was I surprised!  It just kept getting sweeter as I chewed.  The stuff is really amazing!  I’m going to put some in my Garden this year as an Annual (I’m in Zone 6) for some fun. If you like sweets but want to limit … Continue reading

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