Summer Vegetables Winding Down…

Wow! Where did the spring go?! And now the summer has passed as well.  A growing garden points out the never ending cycles of the natural world in a unique and intimate fashion to those of us who work the garden.  We’re through September now and we’ve picked the last of the tomatoes. We like TOMATO PIE and TOMATO BISQUE and we’ve made lots of sauce from the SAN MARZANO tomatoes we grew.  Now it’s in the freezer waiting for winter meals.

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At this time of year the peppers are still arriving though it’s slowing down a little bit. As long as the sun shines and the temps are in the 70’s and sometimes 80’s, the peppers will keep producing. Our plants are of the California Wonder, Yellow, Lime and Green Bell varieties.

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The eggplants are also on their way and by end of September there should be a good harvest. Not as awesome as last year’s crop, but we’ll get enough to eat and freeze for the winter. We are growing them in pots on our deck. The deck heats up in the hot sun which keeps the roots of the plants warm all evening. The small black mites that plague the eggplants at the farm plot are not present here in my yard. That’s a major plus too!

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The cooler weather is great for SIMPSON LETTUCE and an additional planting of beets. We love beets! I cook ‘em and pickle them for a tasty spicy treat all winter.

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AThis year after we picked the garlic, we added organic fertilizer to the soil and put in zuchinni. Though the plants and the flowers looked awesome, so far we’ve only taken a few.


We have a patch of sweet potatoes that’s looking good. We’ve never grown them before and we’ve been told that when the leaves turn brown they are ready to dig. The vines look strong and full and I’ve trimmed them a few times so we are hoping for a good yield. With all potatoes, we bury the leaves in hay and peat moss,  which make the plants produce a crop closer to the surface and easier to pick.

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The kale will continue to produce well into October. We eat as much as we can and freeze the rest. Also give away quite a bit as the plants produce a huge amount of edible leaves.


This year we decided to do some cabbage. The heads we got were smaller that what you can get in the grocery but they tasted good when we made the Polish dish Haluski with them.

In the next few weeks as the remaining plants begin to die away we’ll be cleaning up the plot and getting ready for winter. This week we’ll be planting next summer’s garlic crop. In a couple of weeks when the shoots come up, we’ll do a light mulching. nLast year’s winter was really tough on the environment but the garlic crop turned out to be a good one with nice large bulbs.

Got some good gardening tips for growing organic veggies on Long island? We’d love to hear from you.

Almost time to rake leaves and then soon after…dare I say it…shovel snow!

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Talkin’ ‘Bout Whatever…Summer 2015

Summer 2015…more than half over. Wow. Where did that go? Sometimes I find myself contemplating the speed at which my life is blowing by. It’s amazing and more than a bit scary too. Remember when you were a kid? The summer went on FOREVER. Alas…those days are gone.

So we went to see a couple of real “summertime” movies. JURASSIC WORLD was the continuation of the JURASSIC PARK franchise and as far as I was concerned it was quite entertaining. It was sort of a parody of itself. In the film the woman who is running the deal makes her pitch to investors. She explains that the public wants BIGGER…NASTIER…MORE FEROCIOUS dinosaurs in the park.

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It’s funny because the movie gives us just that. They were bigger, faster, more ferocious and violent than anything we’d seen before. The special effects are awesome and the sound quality is CRAZY! I really liked the film even though the story and ending were quite predictable. Wonder what they’ll dream up next? The second movie we saw was MISSION IMPOSSIBLE : Rogue Nation.

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We’ve seen all the other Tom Cruise Mission Impossible flicks and this one delivered the entertainment same as all of the previous works in this franchise. Special effects – great. Tom Cruise’ acting skills – great. A real shoot em’ up blow em’ up saga but with a cool story and nice twists. I’m not a big fan of Scientology but I like Cruise on the screen. It was a fun diversion for sure.

So The Donald is running away with the polls for Republican Presidential hopefuls.


Really? Some of the things he has said and done are truly epic in the absurd…but maybe that’s what the right wing public is looking for?  The Republican establishment is being rebuked in a most loud fashion. Trump scores high with everyone but the evangelicals so now he’s cozy-ing up to Ted “I’m gonna shut it all down” Cruz in an effort to woo the Endtimers. That would be some ticket. Can they win the national election? Hell no but the debates would be hilarious! I can hear them telling Mike Huckabee that they go to church more often than he does! And Hillary is still trying to outrun her arrogant email situation. Hey…anyone voting for Bernie Sanders?

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This summer has also brought us the Amazing Mets 2.0. The pitching is young and talented and the moves made by Sandy Alderson seem to be kickin’ things into high gear. Can they win the division? Yes they can. Will they? Who knows but it will be fun watching them try! Seinfelld’s “Cespedes for the rest of us” line was a classic. Too bad the Wilponzies will never shell out the 120 million it will probably take to keep him here for the next 5 or 6 years. If the Yankees were involved, he’d already be signed till 2021 !

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Now this dude has a good job! Has anyone been following the nudie controversy in New York City? Naked, but painted woman, pose with tourists for money. What a concept! Seems harmless enough but it is causing quite a shit stir with both politicians and business owners in the Times Square area. Not sure how I feel about this but I did think it was funny when a politician suggested that if we outlaw female topless-ness then we should outlaw make topless-ness as well. Really ? LOL. Funny how the moral compass of this nation was set by approximately 300 people some 400 years ago. What makes their ideas right and everyone who came after them wrong? In Europe the naked human body is just that. A perfectly normal and natural part of life. I agree with that observation but I don’t think Times Square needs to be parading those naked bodies in the street and certainly not for profit! Having we been there before?

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The JET-GIANT game was downplayed by everyone…the media…the players…the coaches. The game was actually fairly entertaining for a change as the JETS smacked the Giants around pretty good. Probably doesn’t mean much but the Jet offense looked pretty competent and the first team Giant defense not so much. Could this be the end of the Geno Smith era in New York? If Fitzpatrick plays well I wouldn’t be surprised if Geno is backing up the Sanchize in Philly next year. I expect Eli Manning to have a good year and I think both teams have pretty good shots at playoff football.

This summer I discovered my new fave drink…the BEER-ITA. Shot of tequila (Pisco Porton works well too) ½ shot Triple Sec (or Contreau for you hardcore types) 2 ounces approximately of Margarita mix, preferably sweet and lime-y tart and lastly 2 ounces of Landshark lager. Pour over ice cubes in a tall glass. Add a slice of lime if you like. Man this is sooooooo good. Wanna be adventurous? Add 1 ounce of POM pomegranate juice. Refreshing and quite mind altering as well. Don’t drink and drive ! ! ! Hang out in your backyard contemplating the mysteries of your fleeting time. ;-)




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The METS are amazing again thanks to a few simple yet momentous moves made this summer. Here were Mike Francesca’s pre trade deadline remarks to which I subscribed with gusto (but never really thought the Wilponzies would follow through on)

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1-Platoon Duda and Cuddyer at first. Duda is now hurt but Cuddyer has had a rebirth of sorts and his platoon with Murphy at first has been successful. Hopefully Duda returns for the playoff push at some point soon.


2-Go get a slugging outfielder and put him in left (or in right and put Granderson in left). Enter Cespedes who has become the best position player on the team in the short time he’s been here. Thank you Sandy Alderson!


3-Put Murphy at third (if he can stay healthy long enough) Along came Juan Uribe who has done a fine job platooning at third with Murphy. Now that the Captain David Wright has returned, and has looked pretty good at that, things are OK at third.

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4-Put Tejada at short. He’s there mix and match with Flores.

5-Put Flores at second. He’s been in a platoon with Kelly Johnson and once again all is well in the infield.

During the last month The METS have gone from a team with little in the way of major league starters and a disgraceful bench to one of the deeper teams in the league. They have options at many positions that were nowhere to be found just a few short weeks ago.

Their acquisition of Tyler Clippard hasn’t hurt either.  he has been a great setup man for Familia and even closed a game or two.

So are The Mets rolling towards a division title or is this another in a series of cruel heat mirages that seem to roll through Flushing this time of year?   Only time will tell but I have to admit I’m having more fun watching this team than just about any other since the 80’s. I’m even watching the games on TV in the evenings….something I really haven’t done in many years. Hey and why not? They are FUN to watch as they bash their way through the schedule like a battering ram. After a hiccup against the Pirates, what the Mets have done to the Rockies and the Phillies the last week or so has been nothing short of dominant. They have demonstrated an ability to comeback from nearly any deficit with home run power and clutch hitting. The pitching has continued to be solid but I doubt ANYONE thought the Mets lineup, even with the trade deadline additions, would create statistics like these. They are producing runs at an historic rate!  As of today the Mets are leading the East by 6.5 games with a limping Nats team trailing along. I predicted an 86 win season. If things continue along the way they have a 90+ win season is certainly possible… and within reach.

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Summer Vegetables 2015

Wow! Where did the spring go?! And now the summer is cruising along…July a memory and a warm August upon us.  We had a nice garlic crop which we picked the first week of July. They’ve had a few wee

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The tomatoes are in full swing and we are picking about 20 per week. We are growing Yellow Mama, San Marzano and Big Red Mama.

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At this time of year the peppers are also arriving. Our plants are full of California Wonder, Lime Peppers and a few Yellow/Red varieties. Peppers are easy to grow and extremely resistant to disease and insects. Give them a bit of space and full sun. Water them liberally at least every other day, and every day if the temps rise over 85F. They begin producing slowly in August but by end of month we are inundated.  We slice them up and freeze what we can’t eat.

And basil completes the scene.  We are growing it in our home and also at the farm. In both places the plants are nearly three feet high!


The eggplants are also on their way and by end of month there should be a good harvest. We are growing them in pots on our deck. The deck heats up in the hot sun which keeps the roots of the plants warm all evening. The small black mites that plague the eggplants at the farm plot are not present here in my yard. That’s a major plus too!

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Next up…the late zuchinni, sweet potatoes and more lettuce!

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A couple of weeks back I wrote a piece about how sick I was of hearing about what the Mets needed to do. Here’s what I said at that time. Let’s see if anything I said came true.

I was listening to Mike Francesca. He being the well known WFAN afternoon host and Yankee fan. He has had his moments with the METS for sure but in a recent discussion of the many woes out in Flushing, Mr. Rant and Rave laid out the simplest and most perfect plan for the Mets to make a run in 2015 and bolster the team for future years.

1-Platoon Duda and Cuddyer at first.

 OK…Duda came out of his somnambulist summer and started to look sort of like what we hoped he would be. Cuddyer? Still out with an injury but hopefully back soon.

 2-Go get a slugging outfielder and put him in left (or in right and put Granderson in left)

Can you say Yeonis Cespedes? Thank you Detroit Tigers…Thank you Sandy Alderson.


 3-Put Murphy at third (if he can stay healthy long enough)

 He’s been all over the place but third mostly.

4-Put Tejada at short.

 He’s there.

 5-Put Flores at second.

He’s there and playing much better albeit in the wake of the near trade.

 So simple it seems almost impossible but is it? There are going to be plenty of bats available as teams begin to fall out of contention. The problem that the Willnots, uhh I mean the Wilponzies, I mean the Wilpons WILL NOT pull the trigger on a deal that would give the team a chance to contend THIS YEAR because they won’t, don’t, can’t spend the money needed to make this happen.

OK I was wrong. The Wilponzies decided that if they didn’t make a run at the post season, their fans would making a run for the exits.

I’m not asking for miracles. Just get a couple of MAJOR LEAGUE players on the roster. This ragtag bunch of Double A guys is a joke of a lineup. Everyone knows it from Alderson down to Terry Collins down to the bat boy. Look at the numbers.

Enter Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe and Tyler Clippard. Pretty darn good job Mr, Alderson…good job.


So what does the future portend? At the beginning of this season I thought with a break here or there the Mets could win 86 games. Then Blevens got hurt, Wheeler out for the season, Wright out for many months, Murphy hurt, Parnell slow to return, Dillion, Gee are you that bad, really? But now with the new additions,  the resurgence of a couple of the regulars, plus the return of D’Arnaud and hopefully Wright and Cuddyer, these Mets suddenly look like contenders.

They’ve fooled us before. Let’s all just sit back and enjoy a pennant race for a change and let the chips fall where they may.

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Trump Can’t Be Serious…Can He?

Let me say right upfront…out loud and with no pretense. I don’t particularly like Donald Trump. Never have. I find him to be a rather pompous, self serving, oft times ridiculous caricature of a capitalist blowhard doing whatever it takes to advance his own absurd agenda, which frankly I’m still trying to understand.


This is a man who wants to be known as the world’s greatest businessman. A self made tycoon of immeasurable success and stature. Sounds great. Too bad it’s not quite the true story.  Trump’s father was instrumental in Trump’s early successes and though it is true that his personal wealth has ballooned in recent years (more due to his TV show and other investments rather than his real estate acumen) his Dad was a successful builder in New York City. He built housing projects in Brooklyn and Queens (many times with government support) and made his company worth hundreds of millions. He helped the young Trump get rolling with money, influence and connections. Had my father backed me with a few hundred million dollars, and a name known to many in the finance and construction world could I have been equally successful? Maybe. Maybe not. But I think my life path probably would have been a whole lot easier on my way to wherever.


Trump likes to make it seem like he is the perennial winner in an arena of losers. He never seems to mention the various companies he has been heavily involved with that failed…he’s gone through bankruptcy four times. He borrowed massive amounts of money and then saw several of his big deals go bust, most notably the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. He is quite skilled at working the system. That’s fine. The laws were created to protect individuals and to keep businesses growing. But this image of his career and life as a perfect, unblemished smooth sail to unprecedented wealth and success is more fairy tale than reality. Basically he did what he had to do to succeed in his various endeavors. Once again that’s fine. He is a shark amongst the mackerel and he survived. Are these the qualifications for running the country? Maybe. Maybe not. In the first few weeks of his fledgling campaign, what has he done to give anyone the idea that he might be fit and able to run the country?


Of course that’s not counting insulting Mexicans and Hispanics.. Or having an “I’m richer than he is” contest with Mitt Romney. It could be calling one of his opponents in Lindsey Graham “an idiot”. Or his amazing attack on John McCain, denigrating not only McCain’s military service, but basically anyone’s service who was a POW. Trump asked the question, “He’s a war hero because he was captured?” Then he answered his own question. “I like people who weren’t captured.”


Wow. Very Presidential.

He sure showed me.

I always try and see all sides. I have my biases and opinions like anyone but I want to be fair and balanced to borrow a line from FAUX NEWS….but my word, what could Trump possibly have been thinking when he made these absurd remarks? And what’s even more distressing is that thousands of people have put Trump at the top of the Republican polls for President in spite of them. I guess his successful “tough guy” businessman image has some people thinking he can somehow straighten out all of the country’s problems. Trump 4

But a businessman can straighten out the country you say. I think there is a basic flaw in this thinking. Businessmen play by a different set of rules, a different mindset. When the most important goals are increasing profits and the gathering of wealth, decisions are made in business on a daily basis that simply cannot be extrapolated to running the government. In business it’s survival of the fittest. It’s dog eat dog and damn the torpedoes. How does this apply to the government? Government is beholden to millions of people with a million different viewpoints, needs and wants. Government must provide a myriad of complex services to the people. Most businesses have a very narrow scope. They provide a few products. Maybe a few different services. Maybe both. But in the event a product or service is not generating enough income it is eliminated and replaced with another profit inducing scheme. Business turn on a dime because they are “governed” by a small group of like minded people. What the many problems facing the government from defense spending to social programs, eliminating or enacting programs becomes a monumental job because so many people, not of a like mind, are involved in making the decisions, each with their own small agenda. No one man can control all of the parameters and variables. Trump might have been able to negotiate and navigate his way in business…business that HE OWNED. No one owns the government but the people…and Americans have a rich history of not being controlled by anyone or any one thing. Cut the budget, cut the services, cut the taxes are the mantras of people like Trump. But one man does not rule the government with an iron fist the way CEO’s run their companies.

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I have had my ups and downs with John McCain over the years but I have long respected his commitment to do what he thinks is right. His battles to keep money from corrupting our political system are to honored and celebrated. He did what he could. But politics aside, this man was held in a tiny, filthy prison cell and tortured on and off for five long years. Why? Because he refused early release by his captors in return for being complicit in propaganda beneficial to the North Vietnamese. How in the world can Trump, or anyone make these kinds of statements about John McCain? Could anyone expect anything but a loud, disgusted reaction from fair minded people? Trump is the classic example of why the GOP has little or no chance of winning a national election in the near future if they persist in selecting candidates with truly twisted views..

Trump is following in the footsteps of so many other divisive politicos. People who gather their own strength by dividing the people, misleading the people and enraging the people against some imaginary enemy with strong, loud and controversial remarks. This sort of thing always appeals to the lowest common denominator. Let’s make the Mexicans our enemies by referring to them as drug dealers and rapists. This way he rallies support with anyone who has strong feelings about illegal immigration. I do notice that not once has he come up with a reasonable plan to deal with this problem except to say he’s against “those” people.

Let’s paint John McCain as a make believe hero because he didn’t do enough to help veterans. And what exactly is Trump’s plan to help veterans?

With the majority of the Republicans running for President denouncing Trump’s remarks, his campaign may be doomed with failure before it even gets off the ground only to be remembered as a strange anomaly in this already strange political landscape.


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When I first started writing this blog I was more inclined to discuss heated political and social issues. Seems like as a nation we’ve become so polarized, so divided, so nasty  (for lack of a better word) that I’ve tended to steer clear of things that inflame the senses of the various competing political and ethical camps. Maybe I was afraid of the repercussions. Maybe I was just tired of trying to explain simple positions. It does get old defending what seems to be the most pure and logical assertions from the barrage of criticism and fired up vitriol. Everyone has an axe to grind! Thus I have kept my comments and analysis to my gardening, sports and music.

The recent controversy over the flying of the Confederate flag over state capitol buildings begs a comment or two.

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Honestly I never have understood why it was necessary to somehow glorify an obvious symbol of a long gone era. An era in which human beings were routinely bought and sold in a country that espoused freedom and liberty. It was a paradoxical time in the history of this great human experiment we call America. It was a time when many of the simple truths this country was founded on were being shaken to their very core. Ultimately many thousands of men would lose their lives over these fundamental issues and in the end the Union was preserved.

Apparently there are many people in this modern era who have fostered an almost mythic reverence for the ways of the Old South, that in their eyes, has sadly been lost forever. The representatives of the southern states who have persisted in flying the flag (and their supporters) like to point out that their doing so is a simple homage to their brave ancestors who fought and died for their beliefs on the battlefield and not to glorify that world view. That would seem like a reasonable explanation but if one digs a bit further into the actual events of the time, and the comments made by the combatants as to the real reasons for the Civil War, it becomes crystal clear why the continued presence of this Confederate symbol on state grounds is such an affront to the African American community and many other people with a conscience.


In his famous “Cornerstone Speech”, then Vice President of the Confederacy Alexander Stephens attempted to clear up any misunderstandings about what the Confederacy stood for and why the Civil War was inevitable.


Accordinging to WIKIPEDIA, Stephen’sspeech explained what the fundamental differences were between the constitutions of the Confederacy and that of the United States, enumerated contrasts between U.S. and Confederate ideologies and beliefs, laid out the Confederacy’s causes for starting the American Civil War, and defended slavery.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I’d like to thank my old and dear friend Paul “Broke” Brokaw for bringing this speech to my attention. Though I was a Civil War buff as a child, I guess I never fully grasped the magnitude of Stephen’s oratory until just these last few days. Stephens made this speech a few days after Lincoln was elected President.


The new Constitution has put at rest forever all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institutions—African slavery as it exists among us—the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution. Jefferson, in his forecast, had anticipated this, as the “rock upon which the old Union would split.” He was right. What was conjecture with him, is now a realized fact. But whether he fully comprehended the great truth upon which that rock stood and stands, may be doubted. The prevailing ideas entertained by him and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old Constitution were, that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally and politically. It was an evil they knew not well how to deal with; but the general opinion of the men of that day was, that, somehow or other, in the order of Providence, the institution would be evanescent and pass away… Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the idea of a Government built upon it—when the “storm came and the wind blew, it fell.”

Our new Government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition.


The Confederate flag therefore is the banner under which thousands of people fought and died to promote and defend this outmoded and universally rejected ideology. They were trying to reshape the world to perpetuate their own racist order. Can there be any more compelling reason to forever retire this symbol of white superiority to the museum case and eliminate it’s presence from the halls of state governments?


It has been said that if American slavery had existed, and the Civil War and been fought 1000 years ago, then perhaps the pain and suffering of those many innocents would be a distant and detached history lesson, dulled by the passing of time. That is simply not the case. In the discourse of the 21st century there many citizens who have had grandparents and great grandparents who were the victims of the crime of slavery. Must we continue to fly a flag that serves toremind them of a time when they were considered no more than property? To be bought and sold like cattle?



Removing the Confederate flag from government should not be seen as a political battle between the left and right but rather as a move toward greater understanding of all our people’s feelings. It’s a step towards bringing greater decency to our society and healing some of the wounds that still remain after 150 years.

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Talking About The METS Makes Me Tired…

Talking About The METS Makes Me Tired….

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Talking About The METS Makes Me Tired…

I am so TIRED of talking about what the METS could do…should do…won’t do…have to do…do do do do do do…ehhhh I’m sick of it. Year after year…the same BS.  This year the MEts seemed to have an outside shot at a wildcard playoff run.  Then in typical Mets style, a Flushing curse of huge magnitude descended upon them with swift and dire consequences.  Wheeler…out for the year.  Parnell not ready until recently…Wright…out indefinitely…Murphy in and out…Cuddyer bangs up his knee…Edgerin out indefinitely…Vic Black out indefinitely…travis D’Arnaud out indefinitely a second time!

I get it.  Injuries are part of the game but are The Mets playing football or baseball?

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I was listening to Mike Francesca. He being the well known WFAN afternoon host and Yankee fan. He has had his moments with the METS for sure but in a recent discussion of the many woes out in Flushing, Mr. Rant and Rave laid out the simplest and most perfect plan for the Mets to make a run in 2015 and bolster the team for future years.

1-Platoon Duda and Cuddyer at first. They are both stinking it up this year.  Let he with the least stink have the job the rest of the year.


2-Go get a slugging outfielder and put him in left (or in right and put Granderson in left)

3-Put Murphy at third (if he can stay healthy long enough)


4-Put Tejada at short.

5-Put Flores at second.

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So simple it seems almost impossible but is it? There are going to be plenty of bats available as teams begin to fall out of contention. The problem that the Willnots, uhh I mean the Wilponzies, I mean the Wilpons WILL NOT pull the trigger on a deal that would give the team a chance to contend THIS YEAR because they won’t, don’t, can’t spend the money needed to make this happen. And so we are once again looking at next year. I’m tired of looking at next year. If these were the Yankees we were talking about Gee would have been traded, Niese would have been traded and a bat would have already been signed. I’m not asking for miracles. Just get a couple of MAJOR LEAGUE players on the roster. This ragtag bunch of Double A guys is a joke of an offensive lineup. Everyone knows it from Alderson down to Terry Collins down to the bat boy. Look at the numbers.I’m too tired to talk it anymore. The numbers are a disgrace. They are averaging 1.3 runs per game or some ridiculous thing like that. And don’t tell me they are still in the race, just a few games back. The Nationals are poised to make a run and when they do the 2015 Mets will be just another after thought.  I’m sick of this crap. If my kids hadn’t given me Mets tickets for Father’s Day, it would have been another season of me staying away. But I will enjoy my time at Citifield. The bats may be cold as ice but at least so is the beer.

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Tomatoes & Peppers..Summer Can’t Be Far Behind!

As discussed in the last episode, this past week we prepared the soil for the tomato bed and then this weekend we planted the tomatoes and peppers.

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Another warm weather crop is the eggplant. We usually plant these at home because the farm plot suffers from small black mites that eat the leaves of the eggplant down to a stud. By planting at home on our composite deck, the plants roots stay toasty warm and there are no mites around here to damage the leaves.  This year we planted a Japanese variety (ichiban) two black Italian types and a purple variety.


We did some research with long time farmers and we found that these nasty little dudes morph into a flying insect of some sort and are usually done by mid June. If you don’t have a convenient deck to grow your eggplant, just wait till the middle of the month when they are gone before you put your plants in the ground.

Time to plant your peppers as well.  We like to plant our larger growing vegetables in plastic containers with the bottoms cut out.  This serves to collect the rain water,  and the water from our hoses, in a concentrated area above the roots making sure the plants get a good soaking drink.


While the warm weather plants are going in now, there are some of the earlier cool weather crops reaching their prime time.  The lettuce has been great this year and the snow peas are getting larger everyday.  Peas will be appearing withing 10 days.

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It’s important that you keep your vegetable plants well watered during the warmer months. It is best to soak the plants early in the day or later in the afternoon after the strongest heat has subsided. This gives the water a better chance to soak into the ground rather than evaporate.

This year we planted Dinosaur kale,  an hierloom italian variety that tastes great in smoothies, in soup, salad and in a pan with garlic and oil.  It’s a cool weather crop that keeps rolling along when the summer heat arrives.

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