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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Seeds, Plants, and Shower

20L 5 Gallons Black Foldable Solar Camping Camp Shower Bathing Bag

My Saturday
One of my followers sent me seeds. Since I found my drill, I can now plant lots of things in five-gallon buckets. Thanks.

A man was selling plants from the back of his pickup truck. Everything was $1 a pack. I got three zucchini plants for $1. I thought that was a good deal. I am planting different varieties to see which I like. Of course, I have never seen a zucchini I did not like.

Another follower furnished me with a camp shower, the five-gallon black bag that is hung in the sun to heat up. It has a little hose with turn off so a person can wet down, turn it off, soap up, then turn it on and rinse. I can certainly make good use of this. At least I can get the sweat off each day! Thanks!

I had an unintended relaxing drive in the country when I made a wrong turn. The only reason I was not stressed to the max is I had driven this road thirty-years ago and remember it.

Then, my friend allowed me to rinse a load of black pants. I just give them a rinse with half a cup of vinegar to freshen them. I hang the good black pants in the house. The raggedy or overly faded ones are hung outside. However, with all the pollen in my yard, I may just avoid irritating my allergies and hang all of them in the house.

I was able to price-match Halos, regularly $6.97 for three pounds. I paid $2.99, a much better price, in my opinion.

Three pounds of chicken tenders, cooked in the crockpot, are ready to put in the freezer. I think these will make a delicious salad topping.

Your turn
Have you ever used a camp shower? Any tips? Will it work to put all three of those zucchini plants is the same five-gallon bucket? Have you price-matched anything lately? What was it?

15 comments:

  1. We garden in containers (fancy name for buckets & such) and have found that each zucchini needs its own container. They take a lot of water and fertilizer and unless they are a bush variety will grow long.

    We're trying a new method with containers - instead of drilling the hole in the bottom of the bucket, holes are drilled about 1 1/2 - 2" up the side, then some kind of drainage material (rocks, broken pots, slightly crushed cans or water bottles are put in the container to reach just above the holes. Now, put a layer of brown paper, newspaper, junk mail that's been shredded or not or even material to cover the drainage stuff, then put in dirt. When you water you will form a reservoir of water to feed the plants. Learned this from the ECHO farm in N. Ft. Myers an organization that helps those in 3rd world countries grow their own food using what is available.

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  2. Bellen,
    That is exactly where I drill the holes, in the side of the bucket to form a reservoir. I don't put in the newspaper and stuff. I do put pieces of coffee filter to cover the four holes. I have had a few people tell me I needed the holes in the bottom not sides in order for the water to drain. I am glad you have good experience, too.

    If these are not bush zucchini, I will get those instead. Thanks for the zucchini advice, gotten from experience.

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    1. Linda - here's a new situation: moved a large pot containing a katik plant, it has edible leaves so I consider it a vegetable, closer to the rain barrel. You know how heavy a 2-gallon watering can is. Anyway, after thoroughly soaking the plant out from the side holes streamed hundreds of ANTS!! Obviously they'd made their home in the reservoir of the pot and I'd let it get dry. Now I have to keep a close eye on the pot and the ants as the rain barrel is at the corner of the house and I certainly don't want ants in the house. Have you ever had ants living in your containers?

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  3. Hi Linda,

    You were the last comment on our blog just over a year ago and it read:
    'Are you ever coming back to blog?'

    I am delighted to tell you that yes we are, so maybe you will venture over soon!

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    1. Martin and Amy,
      I was so worried and had all these awful scenarios as to why you just quit. Thanks for telling me you are back to blogging.

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  4. I have never had much luck with zucchini but then again, it might not be warm enough here. I'm hit or miss with tomatoes. Some years, they are everywhere and others I get 3 or 4.

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    1. Sonya Ann,
      Just go out in the fall and throw ripe tomatoes against the garage wall. Well, Charlie called his father in Buffalo, NY to ask how to grow tomatoes. This is what his father told him...lol. Good luck this year!

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  5. Never used a camp shower, but looks pretty nifty! Our hot water heater broke this weekend, so I have not showered since Friday. Not a long time, but uncomfortable going into work feeling grimy.I didn't bother heating water on the stove since the heater is being replaced today.

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    1. tlc,
      I feel self-conscious in public, too. I have added a hair-washing at a friend's house during the middle of the week. That makes life less miserable. Now, with the solar shower, I can up my cleanliness.

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  6. Hi Linda...I have never used a camp shower but I did see one hanging somewhere, maybe by a sandy beach? Where are you going to hang it? Are you going to rig up a shower outside? I have planted a lot in containers. One year I planted in fancy purses I found cheap. Kind of cute. But the idea of drilling the holes on the side of the container is new to me. Makes sense though. I am going to have a deck garden this year and I am going to try this method. Good luck with your zucchini, they turn into torpedos overnight!

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    1. Carol,
      I am going to hang it on the back of the house where over four feet of rock that is one foot thick, top of basement, knowing that it will heat quickly.

      Planting in purses is a very cute idea.

      I love zucchini, so this will be fun. I am going to sauté the zucchini is olive oit and put spaghetti over the zucchini. A guy at Lowe's said he is going to tell his wife because she uses eggplant to make lasagna, so she might use zucchini for lasagna.

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  7. We have used a camp shower both for bathing and for doing dishes. The problem is that they are HEAVY when filled. I bought a small pulley make the job of lifting it high enough to be able to use it easier. Our current camper has an outside shower set up.but when water is scares we continue to use the sun shower.

    We have a picnic umbrella that I have attached an old shower curtain to (with binder clips) for a little privacy but normally we camp in such remote places that privacy is rarely an issue. And I am not particularly modest anyway!

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    1. Janet,
      I thought of dishwashing, too. And, I thought I would get a pulley so I could lift it.

      Well, I don't want the neighbors seeing me. Plus, I could get arrested for being seen.

      I am going to hang a sheet onto the line which runs to the house, I think.

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  8. I was wondering how you were going to be private about bathing. On a boat, they bathe in their swim suits. I haven't figured out how they wash possible.

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    1. Kristine,
      Really! To me that is the most important part to wash. I just don't know. I never thought of that.

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