abin fever is just around
the corner now.
This is where the seed companies
have you right by the short and curlies, folks! Right when you're
tromping your way out to the barn to do chores is when visions of gardening
and spring pop into mind. When you are hip deep in snow and it's
-30 it's not hard to picture planting time with warm sun on your shoulders.
Birds are singing and wild flowers are poking their heads up to greet the
warm spring sun!
Well, wake up and smell the
compost, people! There is a reason why your seed catalogues come
to you this early. They know you are in the middle of a crisis.
They hit you at your most vulnerable time: winter!
This is when a normally sane
person goes a bit crazy ordering seeds. They plan what they assume
will be a nice garden only to later realize, when their seeds arrive, that
they are going to have to expand the garden an acre or so just to fit them
all in! These companies come out with several new varieties of plants
every year. Resist the urge to try them all at once. If they
are any good they will be there next year. Ask yourself if you really
need the new variety of blue potatoes or the latest Japanese popcorn.
A rule of thumb is when you
finish your list sit down with your significant other and cut your list
in half. Go over it again then cut it in half, too.
This will prevent frantic rearranging in the garden come spring and having
to ask yourself if you were on some form of cheap drugs when you placed
your seed order! Nothing, and I mean nothing, is more frustrating
than standing there with the urge to plant several packages of seeds and
having no place to put them.
Well folks, I'm introducing
new segments to my column. The first will be the Raspberry Award.
This will be granted to the ass of the week! The second is the Farmer's
Salute and it will go to those people who have done a stand-up job in their
Please feel free to nominate
anyone for either award. Also, if you have a pet peeve you would
like to air, like the dusty quilt in the attic, let me know!
Awards This Week
This week's Raspberry Award
goes to Lowell Green, host of a talk show on radio station CFRA.
You think the U.S.A is so
wonderful and tax-fair? Do us all a favour and MOVE there!
Your verbal flatulence mixes well with the likes of Anita Bryant, Roach
Limba, and Gerry Falwell. You represent a threat to equality for
all! I, for one, signed into our forces to defend your right to be
the odious windbag you are! Did you? If you did, you wouldn't
be so cavalier with peoples' rights. Those who can, do. Those
who can't, talk about it
One of these days, Lowell,
I look forward to seeing you're karma run over your dogma!! Canada:
love it or leave it.
This week's Farmer's Salute
goes to Lt. Col. Joe Brebant (retired). A man truly outstanding in
his field. Sir, you are a credit to humanity.
This week's question comes
from Sandra in Buckhorn.
Last year my lover and I
decided to raise our own turkeys for Thanksgiving. We split our order
with one of our neighbours and ended up with six pults. We had the
right litter and the proper food and the brooder lamp was at the correct
temperature, yet we lost all but one. We chose the Nicholas White
variety and were wondering if it was a bad batch or what we did wrong.
Well, in their zest to create
the perfect bird sacrifices have been made! One of the bad points
of a Nicholas is THEY ARE AS DUMB AS A POST! They have to be taught
how to eat. The one natural trait they still have, though, is sharp eyesight.
What you do is put shiny round objects like marbles or large rhinestones
in with their starter. Anything smooth that shines - right into the
food! They will pick at these objects and bounce their beaks off
them. This is a sure-fire way to prevent the problem from happening
again. You also may want to put 2 tablespoons of molasses in their
first drinking water. This is an organic way of giving them the trace
minerals they need for a good start. After one week take the objects
out. Dumb as they are, they have the idea by then!
Tim Reid is Ex- Canadian
Navy and lives with his spouse on a small mixed farm in Hastings County.
He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by letter mail at RR2 Gilmour, Ontario, Canada. KOL 1W0.