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GYG-097 Heavy Duty Tomato Cages


This past month has been a tough one for many here in the US.

First, the Moore Oklahoma Tornados hit, we had a 5.7 earthquake here in Northern California, follwed by wildfires here and in many places in the country, especially in Colorado.tomato-cage-200

All these emergencies really help to point out how important being prepared is. Thats one of the main reasons many of us, myself included, are trying to grow and preserve our own food.

If we have a supply of preserved food, whether it’s canned, dehydrated, or frozen we will have a much better chance or weathering the storm so to speak than the average Joe or Jane who relies on the Food system for all of their needs.

I know I beat this statistic to death here, but it’s so important to keep in mind that on average most stores and supermarket only have a 3 day supplie of goods in stock based on current demand. If demand shoots up or we have something that prevents the trucks from coming in like storms, fuel shortages, or ????? what will they do.

On a more personal note, my kid brother in law who was a very athletic outdoorsy person, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack.

So why am I talking about this with you?

Simple – I want to share with you what I FINALLY came
to realize.

Enjoy each day to it’s full potential. Don’t put off important things till later. Spend time with your family, take those vacations. As much as possible, live today to its fullest. That means don’t spend all your life working late for that career. Your company only cares as long as it takes to replace you. Your family and friends care more.

Whether you are working for someone or own your own business, find work that you LOVE to do. Don’t just accept the job as it is. This little step can reduce stress and make your life more filling.

Don’t put off those special events. Things like vacation, family gatherings, etc are important not just for you but everyone else too. As we found out with my kid Brother-in-law, you never know when they are going to leave you.

Deer Protection

The main ways to protect your garden are Fences and dogs, but fences can be expensive.

I had a 7 foot deer fence in Texas, but I got careless here in California. One night a roving herd cleared my entire Tomato crop, and pruned my Peach tree.

This Winter’s project? Guess what? A deer fence. Ground too hard to gig in the summer here ( Clay).

Within the enclosure I’ll have raised beds with a couple more peach and fruit trees.


Sturdy Tomato Cages

Thanks to Eric at www.GardenFork.tv and more recently Organic Gardening Magazine, I built a coupole of heavy duty tomato cages.

In the past I have staked my plant as I was unimpressed by the tomato cages sold in the stores. They were weak, not tall enough and just weren’t worth it.

But after building two of these heavy duty panels from the article in Organic Gardening, I just may switch back.

Read the article along with instructions and photos at:  Tomato Cages:


“Cooked” by Michael Pollan

A new book by Michael Pollan talks about how our relation with food or the lack of it has helped lead to many of the problems we face today. He says, and I agree, that when we prepare our own food and not rely on a distant invisible company to do it for us, we have a better understanding of it’s importance, not to mention many health benefits.

The book is broken into 4 interesting sections:

Fire – Open Fire cooking – BBQ
Water – sautéing, braising, etc
Air – Baking
Earth -Fermentation

Posible New Blog?

I am thoroughly enjoying this book, and partially as a result of this reading, I may start another websie dedicated more to cooking I have bought the 2 domains “CookingYourGrub”, and “GrillingYourGrub”. These will probably be more of a visual related website with Youtube videos on the Blog.

I didn’t feel audio would be right in this instance because who likes to just listen about how to make a particular dish rather than seeing it done, along with the finished project.

I tend to use my Weber grill in ways most people might use a kitchen stove. We have an electric stove which I dislike, so I go outdoors to cook. Prime Rib on a grill anyone? How about Roasted Sweet Corn or a Toasted Pepper Salsa?

Please add a comment or send an email letting me know if this is the sort of thing you might also be interested in.

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  • interior design colour schemes March 10, 2014, 7:45 am

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  • max March 4, 2014, 7:00 pm

    Those tomato cages are ingenious!

    thx for the link and thanks for the SSG podcast for providing the link to your site.

    The ground is still covered in snow where I live….but I am getting ready for spring.

    Can’t wait to delve into your site some more.

  • WYLIE PILGRIM June 28, 2013, 1:22 pm

    HOWDY Steve!

    I heard Mr. Pollan talking about his new book on another of my favorite podcasts, the BBC4’s Food Programme. He was very interesting, and made several good points about the value of just getting at it in the kitchen. All these new cooking television ‘reality’ shows make it all look so stressful, when really, what could be more relaxing than cooking and enjoying food with family and friends?

    Check out that BBC Food Programme, if you haven’t already… it’s quite good.

    By the way, I’d love to watch your cooking handiwork on a new Vlog, or whatever they’re called.. i have seen a couple of your other Youtube cooking videos, which i quite enjoyed. i hope you decide to go for it!

    All the best, my friend.

    Wylie in Canada.

  • Mark Nofsinger June 16, 2013, 9:26 pm

    Steve, I am so sorry about the loss of your brother. You are so right in your advice to live each day and keep our priorities straight. Our time is finite and spending it as wisely as we can with the people we love doing the things that matter most to us is more important than any socially-defined measure of success. I hope you are finding comfort in your family and know that there are a lot of us out here thinking of you.

    • Steve June 18, 2013, 9:45 pm

      Thanks Mark. I have made so many new friends like yourself since I started this little podcast almost 3 years ago. At times like these I am so glad to have everyone there.

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