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Gardener's Corner

Chief Walks In Shadows is a Florida State Master Gardener.
He will post information that he feels will benefit everyone as a whole. But basically this will be a question and answer group.
Chief Walks will answer all questions asked to him directly. He has over 40 years of experience. And a sizable personal research library.

We are here to meet ALL of your gardening questions and/or related subjects.



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The USDA Hardiness Zone Map divides North America into 11 separate zones; each zone is 10°F warmer (or colder) in an average winter than the adjacent zone. If you see a hardiness zone in a catalog or plant description, chances are it refers to the USDA map. To find your USDA Hardiness Zone or use the map below. 



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Comment by Chief Walks on November 19, 2022 at 11:57am

Six foods that have been shown to improve your mood include oatmeal, cereal, salmon, milk, dark chocolate, and bananas.

Comment by Chief Walks on September 7, 2022 at 11:14am

I love carrots fresh from the garden. They just don't compare to the ones you get at the store.

And while carrots "store" quite well in the ground- if you want to grow a lot for extended storage, then you need to know how to store them for the longest life.

First, carrots can be preserved by freezing, drying, and pressure canning. But they can also last quite a while if kept in the correct conditions. So how do you store carrots?

Carrots store best between 32-38°F. For most of us, that means keeping them in the fridge. Place the carrots (tops removed) in freezer bags, remove as much air as possible and place them in your crisper drawer.

Be sure to check them often and use or toss any that are showing signs of aging. Carrots can keep for 2-3 months like this.

Alternatively, if you have a root cellar, basement, or garage that stays in the 32-38°F range, you can store them there. Layer the carrots in bins or buckets with moist sand. Keep layering sand and carrots until the container is full.

And finally, if you live in an area where the soil stays close to freezing all winter, you may be able to store your carrots in the ground. You can also add a deep layer of straw to insulate the beds and carrots
. This isn't an option if you live where the soil is warm or has a lot of hard or deep freezes.

Comment by Chief Walks on August 24, 2022 at 4:25pm

Old Farmer Wisdom!
Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight, and bull-strong.
Keep skunks, bankers, and politicians at a distance.
Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled.
The best sermons are lived, not preached.
If you don't take the time to do it right, you'll find the time to do it twice.
Don't corner something that is meaner than you.
Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.
It won't take a very big person to carry a grudge.
You cannot unsay a cruel word.
Every path has a few puddles.
When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
Don't be banging your shin on a stool that's not in the way.
Borrowing trouble from the future doesn't deplete the supply.
Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
Silence is sometimes the best answer.
Don‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t botherin' you none.
Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.
Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
The biggest troublemaker you’ll ever have to deal with watches you from the mirror every mornin’.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
Good judgment comes from experience, and most of that comes from bad judgment.
Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is much easier than puttin’ it back in.
If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.
Live a good, honorable life. Then, you’ll enjoy it a second time when you get older and think back.
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
Most times, it just gets down to common sense.

Comment by Chief Walks on August 24, 2022 at 4:23pm

Comment by Chief Walks on June 2, 2021 at 7:57am

While some insects and animals are obviously unwanted in your garden, others are a welcome sight. Bees, in particular, don’t pose a threat to your plants, and their pollination techniques are crucial for the environment. Invite these little workers into your garden with a DIY watering hole.
Take a small dish and fill it with a tiny bit of water. Put rocks at the bottom of the dish to give visiting bugs somewhere to stand. Place it near your garden so the bees that visit your plants can take a fresh drink without drowning. The simple addition of water won’t cause bees to flood your bushes, but it will be a nice treat for any insects who decide to fly by.

Comment by Chief Walks on June 2, 2021 at 7:55am

If you’re like everyone else, once you’ve cooked your vegetables, pasta, or any other food in water, you throw that water away without even thinking about whether you could reuse it instead of getting rid of it.
However, the plants in your home or garden need water regularly, and be assured that they are not fussy about where the water is coming from! So instead of throwing away your cooking water and using good drinking water to water your plants, let your cooking water cool down and use it to water them.

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Comment by Chief Walks on March 5, 2021 at 7:56am


Onions are one of the most commonly used vegetables in all world cuisines, which speaks a lot about their unique taste and numerous health benefits. Yet, all of us throw away the onion skin before adding it to our meals.

Well, we will today persuade you to never do it again.

Multiple studies have shown that the onion shell is high in antioxidants, even more than the onion itself, and it significantly boosts overall health.

The brown outer layer is a rich source of antioxidants, dietary fiber, and flavonoids, which promote skin health.

Additionally, the onion skin is high in a potent pigment known as quercetin, which prevents clogging of arteries and reduces hypertension, has powerful sedative properties, and treats insomnia. Furthermore, It has powerful antibacterial, antioxidant, anticancer, and antifungal qualities.

The main ingredient in the skin of the onion, quercetin, is a potent flavonoid and antioxidant which destroys the main culprits for cancer, free radicals.

Studies have shown that the skin is rich in insoluble fiber, which supports the proper peristaltic movements of the colon.

Furthermore, the insoluble fiber eliminates the accumulated toxins from the intestines, regulates the pH values, and prevents the formation of cancer cells.

The incorporation of the onion skin into the diet will lower the risk of:
type 2 diabetes
cardiovascular diseases
gastrointestinal problems
colon cancer
The skins can be added to various stews and soups.
Also, we will provide the recipe for onion skin tea which will be a great way to enjoy all these benefits:

Initially, store the skins in a glass jar. Then, pour boiling water over several onion skins, cover, and leave them to soak for 15 minutes. Then, strain the tea, and drink a cup of it at bedtime.

The use of onion skins is not recommended for pregnant women and nursing mothers.


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