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Sent: Sunday, August 22, 2010 3:21 PM
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
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 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.
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
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Bread Basket Case
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
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.
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Win Schuler's Bar Cheese 2
Win Schuler's Bar Cheese 3
Schuler's Heritage Cheese Spread
Win Schuler's Bar Cheese
1/2 cup sugar
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