Sew A Face Mask From An Old T-Shirt or Fabric

I first uploaded this video “How to make a mask” 07-08-2020. I promptly took it down about 10 hours later.
The reason being? The hate I got for it. When your video gets more dislikes than likes, you know something is wrong.
Now, I am not apologizing for uploading it because I don’t spend my life regretting my actions, But Romans 12:18 tells us we are to be at peace with all people.

I understand the controversy surrounding the wearing of masks. I am also compassionate towards the feelings of others. Those who want to wear one and those that think wearing one deprives them of their civil liberties.
I am in neither camp. I wear a mask when I go into stores because of the people around me.
I am not in the elderly group affected by Covid 19 so I can’t relate to the fear that these people have.

Because of my commitment to be at peace with everyone I can,  I desire to make them feel more comfortable whether their fears are justified or not. So this is why I do it.
If for one second, I thought my liberties were being infringed upon, I would be the first person to stand loud and tall against it, but this is not the time.
I wear a mask for the people around me that I love and respect. Not because I believe the medical institutions, not because I believe the Government, not because I believe the angry people around me that tell me I must.
I wear it for the peace of mind it gives to the elderly around me who are most affected by this virus. No other reason.
So for those people, I made this video.
And I should also mention that I make no claims as to whether cloth masks work against viruses. Use at your own risk.

Thanks for understanding
Tom

How To Make Your Own Grow Bags

After many requests from my video “How To Make Your Own Grow Bags”
I decided to lay out the gallon sizes and dimensions for the fabric needed to make them.
You can make these in any size you desire.
In the first video, I explain the process of making them.
In the second video, I show how to layout the fabric and calculate the dimensions.

First Video “How To Make Your Own Grow Bags

Second Video “How To Calculate Fabric For Making Grow Bags

Dimension Chart

Make Your Own Soil-less Seed Starting Mix

I typically like to start my seeds in a soil-less mix. Especially if I’m germinating seeds that take a long time to sprout. Even so, it’s a good practice to start everything in this mix.
The mix I use is 1 Part Perlite and 1 Part Coconut Coir.
There are many reasons for using this mix, but let me give me my top 5

  1. You can control the density
    In other words, with my two part mix, I just have to increase one or decrease the other to adjust how heavy I want it. If I increase the Coir, it makes the mix denser. If I increase the perlite, it becomes more aerated.
  2. Virtually no damping off. Damping off is a disease caused by a fungus in the soil. This fungus kills the seedlings before they can get well established. Since this mix is inert, the fungus can’t thrive.
  3. No fungus gnats. No fungus (#2) means no gnats. If the gnats have nothing to feed on, they can’t grow.
  4. No shock to the seedlings. The seedlings don’t need to extract any energy from the soil. All the energy is stored within the seed itself to get it to the first stage of true leaves. Adding all kinds of fertilizer only stresses the plants and offsets the balance of the seedlings
  5. Watering is a breeze. Both Coconut Coir and Perlite respond well to watering. The Coir retains the water and releases it out slowly. The Perlite helps with the drainage if the coir gets too saturated.Watch the video below:

Growing Goji Berry or Wolfberry Plants From Seeds

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I bought my first goji plant 5 years ago as a small 10″ seedling. The bush is now 5′ tall and taking over the grow box I built to contain it. They grow fast, produce prolifically and provide some of the most nutrient dense berries on the planet.

The health benefits of Goji Berries:

Goji are members of the nightshade family and native to the Himalayan mountains of Tibet and Mongolia.  Goji berries have been used medicinally in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
They have the highest concentration of protein of any other fruit and more carotenoids of any food.
Loaded with vitamin C, high in fiber and 21 trace minerals, Goji berries have 10-15 times the iron found in spinach. They also contain zinc, calcium and selenium.
People are starting to realize the benefits of eating this super fruit and are scrambling to buy the berries fresh, dried or frozen.

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Lasagna Gardening – The No Till Composting System

If you hate digging and turning your compost, then lasagna gardening just might be the ticket for you.  I’ve done it a little on a small bed, but this is the first year I’ve tried it on a larger bed (3’x10′).
The system worPreparing Lasagna Bedks by layering (hence the term lasagna) your browns and green, alternating each layer until you have a stack that’s way above the top of the bed.

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Growing Maqui Berries

We’ve all heard about the health benefits of blueberries, acai berries,, strawberries and other fruits. But few people have heard about the Maqui Berry.  In fact, I hadn’t heard of it until recently.

I was given a few seeds from a friend through our local gardening club. I planted them, not expecting much. However they are now about 3 inches tall and ready to repot. I plan to keep them in the greenhouse as they are hardy down to zone 8.

The health benefits of the Maqui Bery are just now starting to be discovered.

How To Figure The Cost of Heating Your Greenhouse

If you’re thinking it is way too expensive to grow vegetables in a greenhouse during winter, think again. I live in zone 7b and grow all year long. In this video I will explain how I figure the cost. If you live in a colder climate of course your cost may be higher. But I believe, in my opinion, it’s well worth it.

Plant Problem Solver

 

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Plant

Problem

Possible Cause

All Plants Seedling Dying soil disease, temperature, bug damage, no air circulation, irregular watering
All Plants Slow Seedling Growth compacted soil, no aeration, root bound, too low temps, soil disease, bad nutrients in soil
Broccoli Bolting temps too hot, temps too extreme in either direction varying days (hot then cold, etc), root bound, too much nitrogen, any kind of stress, end of life cycle
Broccoli Holes in Leaves bug damage (possibly cabbage butterfly larva or slugs)
Cabbage Holes in Leaves bug damage (possibly cabbage butterfly larva or slugs),
Carrot Tops Disappear slugs, birds, or bugs bunny (rabbit)
Carrot Tops Falling Over stepped on by humans or animals, storm damage, voles, weevils. heat, insufficient water
Kale Holes in Leaves bug damage (possibly cabbage butterfly larva or slugs),
Pepper Blossom (flower) Drop too cool temp (especially with hot peppers), too much nitrogen, low moisture, lack of pollination, uneven watering
Not flowering Lack of pollination, Temps below 50 or over 80 at night. Daytime temps below 60 deg f.
Curled or wrinkled Leaves Pests (aphids, thrips, whiteflies, mites), Environmental stress, Virus, Root bound
Tomato Blossom (flower) Drop too much nitrogen, too warm or too cold nights, high temps during day, lack of pollination, high humidity (pollen too sticky to fall), low humidity (pollen to dry to stick to female part of plant)
White Spots (not on fruit) Powdery mildew, leaf miners, septoria leaf spots
White Spots On Fruit white flies, grubs, stinkbug damage (fruit damage has starburst pattern), sun scald, bacterial canker
Yellowing Leaves early blight, late blight, bug damage, nutrient deficiency, end of season, fungus or bacteria, irregular watering
 Lower leaves dying fungal infection like Fusarium wilt, early blight, late blight or Septoria leaf spot