Sweet Corn

There is a small time line between picking and eating. If your sweet corn is just outside your house, put a pot of water on to boil. Go out to your garden and pick the ears of corn where the husk is still green but the silk is dry and brown. Pull the husk down a little way to make sure it is ready to be picked. If the kernel bursts with juice when punctured with your fingernail it is ready to be picked. Pick however many you need for your meal. Next, you need to take the husk and silk off the ear of corn.

When the ears of corn cleaned, go back inside to your boiling pot of water. Add a teaspoon of sugar into the water and then your corn. By doing it this way, your corn will taste the sweetest. Ten minutes after the corn is picked it will begin to lose its natural sweetness and delicious flavor.

Natural Spider Stay Away Spray


  • 5 to 7 drops of peppermint, tea tree, citrus, lavender, or neem essential oil
  • reusable spray bottle
  • liquid dish soap
  • warm water
  • dash of white vinegar (optional)


Put five to seven drops of peppermint oil in a spray bottle (about 16 ounces is good), and fill mostly to the top with warm water. Add a squirt of dish soap, place the top on, and give the mixture a good shake. Before using, use the hose attachment of your vacuum to suck up any egg sacs or old webs. Test on an inconspicuous area, and then spray in the corners of window frames, along door cracks, or in dark dingy places spiders may be hiding out. You can also add a dash of white vinegar to the mixture, but keep in mind this could affect some fabrics and surfaces.

Lono Sprinkler App

Lono goal was to develop a technology to help us with our lawns. Like their website reads, “We’ve sent a man to the moon. So why are we still running in and out of the garage to see if our sprinklers are working? Lono lets you control your sprinkler system anywhere, anytime with your smart phone. And the things that should be automated, finally are.” Visit them online and learn more on this brand new gardener assistant.

Lono Before Sprinklers

In Hawaiian mythology, the deity Lono is associated with fertility, agriculture, rainfall, music and also peace. In one of the many Hawaiian legends of Lono, he is a fertility and music god who descended to Earth on a rainbow to marry Laka. In agricultural and planting traditions, Lono was identified with rain and food plants. He was one of the four gods (with Kū, Kāne, and Kāne’s twin brother Kanaloa)[1] who existed before the world was created. Lono was also the god of peace. In his honor, the great annual festival of the Makahiki was held. During this period (from October through February), war and unnecessary work was kapu (forbidden). In Hawaiian weather terminology, the winter Kona storms that bring rain to leeward areas are associated with Lono. Lono brings on the rains and dispenses fertility, and as such was sometimes referred to as Lono-makua (Lono the Provider). Ceremonies went through a monthly and yearly cycle. For eight months of the year, the luakini was dedicated to Ku-with strict kapus. Four periods (kapu pule) each month required strict ceremonies. Violators could have their property seized by priests or overlord chiefs, or be sentenced to death for serious breaches.

Some Hawaiians have believed that Captain James Cook was Lono returned and indeed this fact may have ultimately contributed to Cook’s death during his final voyage in 1776.It is uncertain whether Cook was taken for the god Lono or one of several historical or legendary figures who were also referred to as Lono-i-ka-Makahiki.

Harvest Egyptian Walking Onions

Harvest Egyptian Walking Onions

In mid to late summer and autumn the topsets may be harvested. The optimal time to pluck off the topsets is when the leafstalk has dried and turned brown. More than likely, it has fallen over by this time. Be sure to remove any topsets that have fallen to the ground if you do not want them to self-sow in their new locations. Despite their name, these plants are very easy to control and keep from spreading just by harvesting the topsets. You can eat, plant, or store your Egyptian Walking Onion topsets.

The greens (leaves) may be cut and harvested at any time of the year. Just harvest one or two leaves from each plant. Be careful not to cut the stalk that has the topsets. Soon after you have harvested the leaves from an Egyptian Walking Onion plant, new leaves will start to grow in their place which can be harvested again.

The onions at the base of the plant that are growing in the ground can be harvested in late summer and fall. Be sure to leave some onions in the ground for next year’s crop. An Egyptian Walking Onion bulb is about the same size and shape as a shallot. Bigger bulbs may be obtained by cutting off the topsets before they develop. That way the plant can put its energy into the onion bulb in the ground instead of into the topsets.