Killin Tomato and Cucumber Plants, and a Laugh or Two to Boot

Good morning to each and every one of you guys! We sure hope you’ve been having a nice weekend, and this finds you all in good health and spirits! Thanks for droppin back in on us, it’s appreciated.

Let me start off this morning by letting you guys know that our good friend Bob passed away Friday morning about 5:00 am. It’s a hard loss, but we both know that Bob is in a much better place. What a great guy he was, and we’ll all miss him.

God Bless you Bob, we sure enjoyed your company buddy!

Also, Deb and I would like to thank you all for your prayers in Bob and Linda’s behalf, and please keep Linda in your prayers.

Okay, ya’ll know we’d put in a new grow area around our greenhouse. We planted cucumbers and Beefsteak tomatoes, and dern if I haven’t gone and killed our cucumbers, and I’m doin a pretty good job of killin the maters too!

I’m one of those people that when I get an idea, then I hit it “wide open.” It doesn’t matter what it is. I’m the same way with this little endeavor. “Wide open!” Wide open has worked very well for me most times through this life of mine, but there have been times that wide open bites me slap dab in my rear-end too. This just happens to be one of em! LOL!

We brought in all the new compost to grow in, but I hit a snag, and actually a couple of them. The first being our compost is still, “hot,” so the heat generated through our compost is keeping the soil temperatures a little too hot and this is burning the roots on these young plants. Lesson #1…slow down, Dub!

Secondly, we’ve never grown off plants in a greenhouse before. Shoot, I didn’t know you were supposed to “harden” them up some prior to stickin those little fellers out in the full sun??

Shoot, ever since I was just a young pup, I’ve either started my seeds out in the garden, or bought plant sets from the feed-store or wherever, and stuck them straight into the garden as well. FULL SUN, right off the bat! Suck it up, and get tough guys…I’m waitin on you guys to produce me some groceries, let’s get with it!

Well, this is not so when first bringin them out of the greenhouse…no, no! I’ve had some very good gardeners contact me and advise me of my mistakes. They’ve all been very positive on my behalf, and they caution me on this, help me to understand that, all in simple terms.

They’ve all been very supportive and very polite. They’ll say, “you’ll learn,” or “It’s just a bump in the road,” or, “you’ll laugh at this down the road aways.” WHAT they’re really saying to themselves is… “That dern Dub’s a nut!” LOL! I can’t say what Deb calls it!

This is pretty simple to understand if you’ll stop and think it out. An example of this is our greenhouse has a white poly roof. Why? Well, it’s to knock down some of this hot Florida sun. I believe it is a 50% knockdown factor.

Well, DUH Dub…might make sense to harden those little fellers up some before you go to digging holes and droppin plants in, wouldn’t a think? Well, after killin off about 50 new sets, that hardening up some is certainly startin to make a little sense to me! How’d a thunk??

Deb says I’m…a MASS MURDERER! LOL! Deb says a lot of things though, most of which I try to let go in one ear, and right back out the other!

So, lesson # 2 today is, slow down Dub!

“Hardening” the plants, for those that don’t already know, is simply setting them out in the sun a few hours a day to let them adjust to their new environment…or hardening them up some.

Now I don’t mind them hardening up some if that’s what needs to happen, shoot, I’m all for it. I DO know though, them muthas better start hardening up pretty dern quick, cause we got a BUNCH of those little fellers comin on!

So if they don’t harden up fast, then they’re going to have another problem…they’ll be root-bound next, and that’ll be a whole nother post!! LOL!

So, I just figured out there is even a lesson #3 in today’s post…SLOW DOWN DUB, SLOW DOWN some man!! LOL!

I will say this though…I must be of man of good character. Why? Cause it doesn’t matter if I screw up, using today as an example of this, why shoot, I’m laughin about it! What a fine quality this “character thing” must be!

Trouble is, I’m beginning to wonder if it truly is “character,” or the beginning of insanity, cause I do have a tendency to screw up every once in a while! I know one thing for sure…I won’t be askin Deb’s opinion of which SHE thinks it is! I already know the answer to that one! LOL!

So, I’ll be addin a little soil to our compost, hardening up our plants prior to settin em out in the full sun, and I just might give that slowin down some a fair shake…if I can find it in me to do it!
On that note, we’ll share our latest video with you guys, discussing some of all the above!

Well, it is obvious…I did it again!

Since I’ve been poking fun at myself this morning, let’s finish up with a couple jokes…

These come to us today from our good friend Diane. She’s tiltled them, “Holy Humor.”

During these serious and troubled times, people of all faiths should remember these four great religious truths:

1. Muslims do not recognize Jews as God’s Chosen People.

2. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.

3. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian world.

4. Baptists do not recognize each other at the liquor store.


A Sunday school teacher asked, “Johnny, do you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the Ark?”

“No,” replied Johnny. “How could he, with just two worms.”


A Rabbi said to a precocious six-year-old boy, “So your mother says your prayers for you each night? That’s very commendable. What does she say?” The little boy replied, “Thank God he’s in bed!”


Little Johnny and his family were having Sunday dinner at his Grandmother’s house. Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served. When Little Johnny received his plate, he started eating right away. “Johnny! Please wait until we say our prayer,” said his mother.

“I don’t need to,” the boy replied. “Of course, you do “his mother insisted. “We always say a prayer before eating at our house.” “That’s at our house.” Johnny explained. “But this is Grandma’s house and she knows how to cook.

You guys have a great day, and God Bless! Deb says to keep a smile on your face, and one in your heart!

Dub and Deb

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6 Responses to Killin Tomato and Cucumber Plants, and a Laugh or Two to Boot

  1. Sandy Grant says:

    Loved your video. Sounds like God has bestowed his blessings on your household even though he didn’t make it to the greenhouse side beds. So excited about Deb’s blood test and I cannot imagine how you two must feel. YEEHAW !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for the jokes….

    • admin says:

      Why thank you Sandy, and tell Bill hello for us. Yes Ma’am, God is surely smiling on ole Deb, huh? To be honest with you, I have to say that this past year has been our very best…bar none. The day we found out of her problem was our worst, but since day #1…all the rest have been wonderful! Now understand that I’m only speakin in Deb’s behalf, but I think she feels this past year has been just as good as the first day…she met ME! LOL!

      I know you guys are wantin to hear, “roll tide” outta me…but I ain’t gonna say it! LOL!

  2. Sandra says:

    Sandy Grants got that right. YEEHAW! Hey Dub just throw the seed on the ground,
    stand back and watch it grow. You are getting mighty uptown and professional for
    us little readers. Enjoy the vids and happy ’bout Deb. Condolences for Bob’s family.
    Some of us are gone too soon. Get READY for canning and pickles or are we going to have a truck farm? You know what that is, grow them, load them on a truck and drive around selling the veggies. You guys have come a long way and I am loving it.
    You would be proud of me too. I have been out working in my yard and planting seeds.
    Guess what? I am loving it too. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.

    • Sandy Grant says:

      Sandra, so glad you are up and at em’. What are you planting from seed?

    • admin says:

      Well, well…ole Mississippi, how the heck are ya young lady? Great hearin from you, and Deb really enjoyed speakin with you just a little ways back! Man…how proud we are of you, AND for you! Such good news to hear you’re outside gardenin! Makes you feel so good inside to be out and about watchin the bounty God provides for us, doesn’t it? What a wondrous experience, and again, we’re so glad you’re back out there in the middle of it! You’re so very welcome in regards to our prayers, BUT, we know that we’ve been in yours too…for quite sometime now! Isn’t it a good feeling to be loved? Thank you for your concern with our good friend Bob. I know that he and Linda both appreciated it very much! You’re alright Mississippi…I don’t care WHAT ole Chet has to say!! LOL!! God Bless you and yours Sandra!

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