Liz Writes Life 6-27-17

June 27, 2017

Liz Writes Life

Published in Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, CA.


Scott Valley Protect Our Water will meet this Thursday, June 29, 2017 at the Fort Jones Community Center. Time is 7 p.m. Please bring a dessert to share. Ray Haupt, our Dist. 5 Siskiyou Co. Supervisor, will be speaking on issues facing our county. Richard Marshall, president of the Siskiyou Water Users Assoc. will also update up on the Klamath dams issues.

I believe Erin Ryan, who works for Congressman Doug LaMalfa, is planning on attending. She will give us the inside scoop on the shooting of the GOP congressman, security officers and staffer at the annual charity baseball game held June 14, 2017 in WA. D.C. When Doug first went to Washington, he practiced with the GOP team and was on the roster for this year’s game.

Last week, I complained about the fact that The Nature Conservancy is looking to sell its Buske Ranch property near Big Springs to CA. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife adding that the state has not paid its taxes on lands it owns in Siskiyou County. I asked Ray how much this tax now totals. After at least 12 years of non-payment, it totals over $800,000. That is without the Buske Ranch thrown into the mix. Sure is frustrating when our state ignores its counties.


Hot, hot hot! Soon after the first day of summer, June 20th, the heat hit. Sure makes the garden grow as long as we keep pouring the water to it. I planted the second crop of corn on Wed. and Sunday morning I saw several starting to poke up. Now that’s a fast germination. I’ve had several friends say their corn came up extra quick this year. The first watermelon and pumpkins didn’t make it, so I planted another batch and they are up.

I forgot that I wanted to plant some flathead cabbage from seed, but didn’t want to do it during this heat spell. Will do it this week and hopefully they will get big enough before the cooler weather hits in the fall. I noticed the last time I planted a late crop of cabbage, which was in early June, their growth started slowing down by September. I figured it was because of the loss of light as the sun is moving back into winter mode.

I hope the cabbages reach full term at 110 days, before it freezes as I want to see how well they handle the cold. A friend had good luck pulling back the yucky leaves, in February, and found the cabbage underneath had survived cold December and January.

Gotta mention that the carrots that I thought were coming up – didn’t. Oh, there are a few, but the weeds came up so thick and so fast that I don’t think I can save the carrots. So, I need to decide if I want to plant another batch or not. The beets didn’t come up any better either and I had worked in steer manure to make nice seed beds. Guess there were lots of other seeds ready to pop up. Hum, if the cabbage seeds come up, I can plant the cabbages in that spot.

The bok choy is seven inches tall and I need to start thinning it. I have only grown it once and that was years ago. So I looked up recipes and I think I’ll take some thinnings to stir fry in peanut oil and minced garlic. I’ve been making stir-fry with the snow peas and broccoli from the garden – adding onion, celery and cabbage. I found a recipe that uses one cup of chicken broth, a teaspoon of brown sugar and a heaping teaspoon of corn starch to finish off the dish. I add teriyaki sauce as I am cooking and I love to use peanut oil. It sorta thickens up nice and is tasty. I’ll let you know what we think of bok choy.

We didn’t keep up with the first batch of spinach. It is now tough and going to seed. I should pull it up and use it for mulch. The new crop of spinach needs to be used while it is still young. Oh, the basil I planted from seed came up and now need to be thinned. Also, the dill is growing in the onions and cucumbers, so it should be just right when I need to make dill pickles.

Road kill

Believe it or not, Oregon legislature recently passed a bill and Gov. Kate Brown signed it, allowing the salvage of wildlife killed on the road for human consumption. So, if you hit a deer in Oregon you can stop and pick it up. If there are antlers, they must be turned into the Fish and Wildlife Dept. PETA, the animal rights group, even agrees with the salvaging of deer and elk carcasses saying it is healthier meat than animals under commercialization.

The only opposition was from a Republican official in Josephine County, who told legislators that people have been salvaging road kill meat for years without a permit and shouldn’t need one. Ha! I agree.

Those in power claimed they only want to make sure that people don’t try to kill wildlife with their vehicles as another form of hunting. Really?

Apparently, Pennsylvania tops the nation in road kills, which include turkeys with over 126,000 vehicle wildlife accidents in 2015. And I thought driving through Scott Valley was bad!

Gun law

This is ridiculous. Starting July 1st, some Californians may be violating a new gun law that goes into effect. In the election last November, voters passed the initiative that makes it illegal to possess high-capacity detachable magazines that hold more than 10 bullets. If caught, violation can bring jail time. Talk about creating a bunch of outlaws!

Liz Bowen is a native of Siskiyou County and lives near Callahan. Check out her websites: Pie N and Liz or call her at 530-467-3515.

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