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Cold-brewed Coffee!

Started by tom sarbeck. Last reply by Plinius Dec 9, 2017. 5 Replies

In the Navy in 1950 my “buddies” told me to drink it or skip the coffee break.Naive, I believed them but needed four teaspoons of sugar to make it drinkable.Several months ago read of cold-brew in…Continue

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Coffee could literally be a lifesaver

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Randall Smith Nov 18, 2015. 1 Reply


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Comment by Patricia on April 7, 2018 at 1:36pm

We've been snowing again, but also have wildfires starting in the province. Here we go again......

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2018 at 11:07am

I read a little about a Smudge Pot on Wikipedia.  It's "an oil-burning device used to prevent frost on fruit trees. Usually a smudge pot has a large round base with a chimney coming out of the middle of the base. The smudge pot is placed between trees in an orchard. The burning oil creates some heat, but more importantly, a large amount of smoke, particulates, carbon dioxide, and water vapor. This deliberate smog forms a "blanket" that blocks infrared light, thereby preventing radiative coolingthat would otherwise cause or worsen frost.[1] (Low clouds can have a similar "infrared blanket" effect, which is why cloudy nights tend to be warmer than clear-sky nights.)"

I see several reasons not to use it to protect my apricot tree from freezing:

1.  Cold nights usually don't have wind, but just in case, wind might carry the flame to a part of the small tree and burn it.

2.  It might be illegal to put that much pollution in the air.

3.  My tree is right by the public street and sidewalk, so I would worry that someone might steal it, or mess with it, even setting something on fire.

I read that their use in orchards have dropped because of environmental concerns as well as oil price increases.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 7, 2018 at 7:17am

I wonder where you've been, Spud. Hadn't heard from you in awhile.

My two apricot trees look like yours--eager to burst in bloom. They're always the first fruit trees to do so. Unfortunately, in the 30+ years I've had them, they've only produced fruit once. It seems when they blossom, we have a freeze. Every year. Once again, "hope springs eternal".

Joan, glad to hear you're doing some gardening! Keep active.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2018 at 6:33pm

Plinius, a wonderful greeting to see and so pretty! Everything turns green here in the northern forest as the snow melts away. 

Spud, your apricot looks healthy in spite of the cold snaps. Have you ever tried a smudge pot? I haven't used one, but the work of getting water spray to your lone tree indicates something easier might work. I don't know! Perhaps one of the peach growers can advise us on the pros and cons of a smudge pot. 

I finished cleaning out the greenhouse of last year's frozen left-overs. The soil is warm to the touch and a lot of moisture dampens all the beds. I am tempted to try some seeds out there, knowing seedlings are at risk. I definitely will start seeds inside, perhaps tomorrow.  

Comment by Patricia on April 6, 2018 at 1:19pm

Nobody starts gardens here until the end of May.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 6, 2018 at 12:52pm

Good for you, Plinius!

My Apricot tree started budding about 2 weeks ago, when the temperatures became warmer at around 35 F at night to 55 F in the day.  

One day, the low temperature was predicted to be 7 F degrees below freezing.  I was too lazy to turn the outside water on, run a hose up the tree, find a misting nozzle, and run a mist of water all night to keep the buds from freezing, but they survived anyway, even though it was actually 9 F below freezing.  It looks like they have to have broken out into flowers to freeze.

If it's predicted below freezing again, I will mist the tree.

Comment by Plinius on April 6, 2018 at 3:03am

Today is the first warm day of spring here, some 16 C. I've even started my roof garden!

Comment by Patricia on April 5, 2018 at 2:04pm

Sounds like none of us is getting out of winter yet.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 5, 2018 at 9:43am

Meanwhile, today was the day I was going to swap my car's winter tires for the summer rubber ... so of course, it snowed!  Not that much, but CURSE YOU, EDSEL MURPHY anyway!

Comment by Randall Smith on April 5, 2018 at 8:59am

No flooding in my area, Joan, although the Wabash River is over its banks. My basement is very wet due to my water table being so high.


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