George Rooks: A look at seeds and such

Howdy folks–It is getting closer to spring and the seed catalogs are getting more plentiful to look at. That is good. I got one called “Seeds and Such” and it has the little carrots in it. They are small like radishes and are real bright orange like carrots. They are almost round and about the size of a ping-pong ball. They are so good. I will order seeds for these—they are called Parisian or Paris Market carrots. I have grown these for a few years.

Amelia Garden Club will be having their meeting on February 21 at 7:15 at the Amelia administration building. Tony Wetzel will be the speaker. He will tell how to prune fruit trees and take care of your garden. There is so much starting to take place on gardening. The green houses have started planting seeds. The Grants Greenhouses have tomato plants are about ready to set. They will be setting them in the greenhouse on State Route 131 and hope to have ripe tomatoes by the middle of May or June. Also they will have cucumbers. The Ellis Greenhouse on Toll Gate Road is planting vegetable seeds. Both of these green houses do a fine job of furnishing good plants and flowers. They also have other items and you will be greeted with a big smile. You will find the folks that work at these greenhouses helpful with your questions.

A friend of mine, John, had the pleasure of going to Minnesota to ice fish. The temperature was a little below zero – about 14° below zero and tee ice was only 24 inches thick. The fishing was good. The group caught 142 total sauger and walleye. As you all know I like to fish and garden. The cleanings of the fish go in the garden under the plants. That is good fertilizer. The plants really grow but be sure to cover the cleanings so the critters can’t dig them up.

I like to fish on ice when it is at least 4 inches thick. The Stonelick Lake years ago froze about 6 inches thick and there were about 100 people fishing and the bluegills were biting good. I used a 5 gallon bucket to set on. Some of the folks had fishing shanty’s to sit in. The bluegills were extra good eating coming out of that cold water. My favorite fish to eat is bluegills and crappie. Ruth Ann sure knew how to fry them – I sure miss her.

Talked to Cedar Lake and they are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday for trout fishing only. The trout are good eating. Sherry’s Lake will be open sometime in February or March depending on the weather. Cedar Lake are stocking trout now.

I was popping some popcorn last evening and I thought about a little dog we had years ago. When I would go to pop corn he would bark at me but when Ruth Ann would pop the corn he was happy. Mr. Chester is sleeping in my chair – animals are wonderful.

Start your week by going to the house of worship of your choice and praising the good Lord.

God bless all . . . `

More later . . .