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Watering the Grass

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From: Melvin 
Sent: Sunday, August 22, 2010 3:21 PM
Subject: Sod

A "grassy"?  My gardener wants the 10 yr old, doing well, sod grass watered 
every other day for 30 min. I have been doing it in 3 day intervals at 20 min.
He fertilizes 4 x yrly. It looks wonderfully.  I am sick of his harranguing (nicely) . 

The ? then becomes  what do the "experts" say to this earthly watering 22catch. 
20 vs 30? The front and back. 

Of course, being retired makes me aware of my monthly $$ situation.

Oh wise one I await Ur answer with my hand on the watering knobs. and stop watch in 
the other.


Hi Mel,

Well, I just did some research on this topic, because my wife and I disagreed about our sprinkler system settings We have a neighbor who waters twice daily every day for 15 minutes, starting 1 hour after sunrise and again at 1 1/2 hours before sunset. My wife wanted me to change our sprinkler system to do the same because she thought their grass looked good and our grass was looking a little yellow. I hadn't even checked the settings on ours since we had moved into our house last spring. I found that ours was set for once a day at 3:00 am for 20 minutes, three days a week(M-W-F). Actually, it turned out that our grass was looking yellow because it hadn't been working at all for a couple of weeks. We'd had an additional sink and dishwasher installed, and the plumber had turned off the valve to the sprinkler system and had not turned it back on when he finished...

What I found from online research is that brief watering doesn't allow the water to soak deeply into the ground. Much of the water evaporates before it can soak in. It needs to soak deeply so that your grass develops a good root system. So, I would have to agree with your gardener. 30 minutes is better than 20 minutes because your yard gets a deeper soaking. If your grass looks good, the 3-day interval is probably ok, but I'd go with the longer watering time.

Watering in the evening after sunset, is not optimal because the grass stays damp a long time, encouraging disease and mold growth. You want a good soaking, but you want the surface to dry fairly quickly, so 30 minutes to an hour before sunrise is the best of both worlds. It's still cool enough for the water to have time to soak into the ground, and then the sun comes out and evaporates the water that's still on the blades of grass.

In the bit of research that I did, I found that about an hour before sunrise for 30 minutes or more, frequency determined by where you live and how often it rains, is optimal. I set ours for 30 minutes at 5:00 am and for every day watering. Three weeks later, our grass is looking much better, mostly just due to daily watering. Soon as it looks healthy again, I'll switch to watering every other day.

I think our neighbors should forego the afternoon watering and increase the morning watering time, starting it a couple of hours earlier than they presently do. To each his own,of course... There's lots of disagreement, even among the "experts". This is just what I got from reading a lot of websites. Not all of them agreed, but I went with the majority and with what makes sense to me: Less often watering, but for a longer time and at the right time, is better.


Hemingway's Bloody Mary

From: jax
Subject: Recipe
Date: Thursday, August 19, 2010 4:54 PM

Ernest Hemingway's Prefect Bloody Mary Recipe: 

To a large pitcher "anything smaller is worthless":
1 chunk ice, the biggest that will fit
1 pint vodka 
1 pint chilled tomato juice 
1 Tblsp Worcestershire sauce 
1 jigger fresh lime juice 
Pinch cayenne pepper
Pinch black pepper
Several drops of Tabasco sauce

Keep on stirring and tasting it to see how it is doing.
If you get it too powerful...weaken with tomato juice. 
If it lacks authority...add more vodka.
Ernest Hemingway letter to Bernard Payton April 5,1947

Portuguese Sweet Bread

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Portuguese Sweet Bread

2 pkgs. active dry yeast
1 c. plus 1 tsp. sugar
1/2 c. lukewarm water
1/2 c. warm milk
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbsp. salt
4 to 4 1/2 c. flour
1 to 2 tsp. cardamom

Combine the yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar and water in large bowl and allow to proof. 
Put the butter in the warm milk and add 1 cup sugar and blend well.  Add to the 
yeast mixture and stir to combine the ingredients.  Add 3 eggs, lightly beaten 
and the flavoring, 1 to 2 teaspoons cardamom and salt and mix well.  Then add 
4 cups flour, 1 cup at a time, kneading with your hands in the bowl to make a 
soft dough.  Turn out on a floured board and knead until dough is smooth and 
elastic, using only enough additional flour to prevent sticking.  This should 
take about 10 minutes.  Shape into a ball and put into a buttered bowl, turning 
the dough to coat the surface with butter.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 
in a warm, draft-free place until double in bulk.  Punch down the dough and divide 
into 2 pieces.  Shape, cover with greased wax paper until double.  Bake at 350 
degrees for 25 to 45 minutes.  Makes 2 loaves.  
Portuguese Sweet Bread

2 env. dry yeast
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. very warm water
1 tsp. salt
3/4 c. milk
1/2 c. butter
4 eggs
7 to 7 1/2 c. white flour

1. Sprinkle yeast into 1/2 cup very warm water with 1 teaspoon sugar. Let stand 10 minutes. 
2. Heat the milk, butter, salt and remaining sugar in small pan. Cool to lukewarm. 
3. Beat eggs in small bowl. Add to yeast mixture.  Add 3 cups flour and milk mixture. 
   Add 4 cups flour to make soft dough. 
4. Turn out on floured board and knead about 8 to 10 minutes.  Put dough in buttered bowl 
   until double (1 hour).  Punch down.  Let rest 10 minutes. 
5. Divide into 3 loaves and let rise 1 hour.  Bake 35 to 45 minutes. 

Win Schuler Cheese

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Butter Pie Like Woolworth's

Butter Pie

1/2 cup sugar 
1 egg 
1 heaping tablespoon butter 
1 heaping tablespoon flour 
1 cup milk 
unbaked pastry for a 9 -inch pie 

Cream the first 4 ingredients together until light; add the milk and mix well 
Pour filling into a deep pie tin lined with unbaked pastry 
Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until done 

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