Saturday, April 01, 2006

It's All A Gag

I was really getting scared there for a while but eventually a few of you figured it out. Happy April Fools Day dum dums. We set this up for days and only at the last minute did anyone figure it out. We're even surprised some folks took the bait but some folks smartly hedged their bets.

Oh - and by the way we never lied. We promised a major change and said that this blog is history. Indeed, both are right (well the TEMPLATE is history). On Monday, we're debuting a new template (time for a change) and a few new writers are joining the blog. Come back Monday for all of that. In the meantime, enjoy Orville for the weekend.

Blog away dum dums!

So Long

Well folks, there isn't a lot to say, but so long. Its been a lot of fun, but I must know move on. However, this space on the internet is not going away. Former Secretary of Agriculture Orville W. Freeman is taking over the blog. I know that you will get a lot out of what you can do with fruits and veggies, gardening, and the world of produce.

You're not going to have old Sam Yorty to kick around anymore.

Until we meet again - blog away dum dums.

Mayor Sam

Greetings and Welcome To Each of You!

Its my extreme pleasure to take over this famous blog, and to have the opportunity to introduce all the folks in Los Angeles to the wonderful world of agriculture! Indeed, nature's wonders are bountiful and I hope you all take a bite. As a former United States Secretary of Agriculture I may have a bit of experience.

I want to extend my thanks to a generous man who made my moving here easier than I expected - Mayor Sam himself. What a fine man - I wish him all the best as he takes the next step in his life. I know I have big shoes to fill, but I hope you all give me a chance.

Now - lets get to farming!

Compost Beetle Could Spell Trouble

Stuart Robinson writing at the Gardening For Dummies blog warns us of the upcoming compost beetle plague. In fact, Stuart thinks this pest could be even bigger than bird flu!

This beetle, with it's rapid reproduction patterns (they can double their population every 24 hours in their peak mating season of Autumn to the end of Spring) is fast becoming a threat, not just nationally, but globally.

Thousands of cases have been reported around the country and other countries as well. One unlucky gardener even lost her life its been noted.

Open Root for Saturday

Well folks this is kind of like open thread, but because we're a farming and gardening blog, we're going to call it open root.

To get started, here are some basics about the tomato from Wikipedia:
The tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) is a plant in the Solanaceae or nightshade family, native to Central and South America, from Mexico to Peru. It is a short-lived perennial plant, grown as an annual plant, typically growing to 1-3 m tall, with a weakly woody stem that usually scrambles over other plants. The leaves are 10-25 cm long, pinnate, with 5-9 leaflets, each leaflet up to 8 cm long, with a serrated margin; both the stem and leaves are densely glandular-hairy. The flowers are 1-2 cm across, yellow, with five pointed lobes on the corolla; they are borne in a cyme of 3-12 together. The fruit is an edible, brightly coloured (usually red, from the pigment lycopene) berry, 1-2 cm diameter in wild plants, commonly much larger in cultivated forms.

The word tomato derives from a word in the Nahuatl language, tomatl (IPA /tɔ.matɬ/).