Monday, September 21, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Atropa belladonna, commonly known as belladonna or deadly nightshade, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the family Solanaceae, native toEurope, North Africa, and Western Asia. The foliage and berries are extremely toxic, containing tropane alkaloids. These toxins include scopolamineand hyoscyamine which cause a bizarre delirium and hallucinations. The drug atropine is derived from the plant.
It has a long history of use as a medicine, cosmetic, and poison. Before the Middle Ages, it was used as an anesthetic for surgery, and it was used as a poison by early men, ancient Romans, including the wives of two Emperors, and by Macbeth of Scotland before he became a Scottish King.
The genus name "atropa" comes from Atropos, one of the three Fates in Greek mythology, and the name "atropa bella donna" is derived from an admonition in Italian and Greek meaning "do not betray a beautiful lady"
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
So, we hit Santa Cruz yesterday and surfed what's called "The Hook"... If you google 41st Avenue in Capitola, CA and work your way down to the coast, there is a parking lot and a nice little point break there. There was just enough surf to have some fun. It was in the low 70's, sun was shining and I got to surf with my daughter!!! How cool is that? My neice, nephew and brother-in-law where out there as well. Nothing like exhausting yourself for some greasy pizza afterwards!!!
The following application rates are approximate and may vary depending on the climactic region, soil type and soil fertility:
- Garden - 3lbs per 100 sq ft
- Field – 200 to 400 lbs. per acre
- Row – 20 lbs. per 100 feet
- Orchards – 1 lb. per inch of tree diameter
- Compost – 6 oz. per cubit foot
- Turf – 10 lbs. per 1,000 square feet
- Seedbed - ½ to 1 lb. per 100 square feet
- Potting Mixes – 2 to 3 % of total volume
- Bedding Plants – 1 oz. per tray
- Fertilizer Mixes – 5 to 10% of total volume
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Three Dusky Eggplants, eight tomato's and one pomegranate. Yes...
So, I skinned the eggplants, cut them length wise 1/4" thick, soaked them in olive oil and BBQ'd them. Added a touch of salt.
In a separate bowl I combined garlic, basil, tomato, ricotta and mixed it all up. Once the eggplant was done, I rolled up the mixture inside the eggplant. Made a quick salad and voila' a meal fit for a frustrated overworked ding dong and his wonderful girls!