In Part 1 of this series, I discussed my decision to grow my own tomatoes, my selection of a Topsy Turvy “upside down” planter, and the problems with advice on the internet about growing tomatoes. In this post, I address various aspects of choosing a tomato variety, establishing appropriate growing conditions, and getting the tomato plant into the planter.
This is not a step by step tutorial. Each brand of planter comes with its own instructions for planting and cultivation, so I won’t duplicate those instructions here. I’ll emphasize some of the key points they make and add my own comments.
Keep reading — Cultivating Better (Tomato) Taste, Part 2
Is it too much to ask for tomatoes with decent flavor and ripeness? This year I decided to grow my own tomatoes, using the simplest method I could find. I discovered that I had a lot to learn.
This is the first of a series of posts about my experience growing tomatoes for the first time.
Keep reading — Cultivating Better (Tomato) Taste, Part 1
Some people say “I graduated high school”; others say “I graduated from high school.” Which is correct?
This was one of those little language posers that nagged at me from time to time. One version has to be wrong, right? I eventually bothered to figure it out, and I feel so much better now. I pass my insight on to you.
Keep reading — I Graduated It
I was diagnosed with high blood pressure in the early 2000’s. Among other things, my doctor prescribed a blood pressure medication, and told me to cut my sodium intake. (Yes, and exercise too. I’m still working on that.) Excess sodium contributes to high blood pressure, and it can also increase the likelihood of some debilitating medical conditions. Although I significantly modified my diet, I still eat plenty of good food and I don’t feel deprived, but my blood pressure numbers are now well within the normal range.
Keep reading — Too Much Sodium
The term “qualified knowledge” is my way of characterizing the nature of what we know, and how we can best express that knowledge.
Herewith, a persnickety explanation.
All of our knowledge is qualified; that is, it’s never absolute. (Okay, okay, it’s almost never absolute. No need for a self-referential paradox to complicate things.) Logically speaking, every thing that we know to be true is true only if all the necessary and sufficient conditions (qualifications) that make it true are present.
Keep reading — A Qualified Proposition