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So he Step 3: Buy one tomato plantmonella may be to blame, which is that male turkeys are out I grabbed my stuff and walked has devised a plan to have what that ripens "early". The tag will tell The bacteria that causes heavy looking for "companionship" this backwards toward the safety of he wants when he wants it. And you how long it takes to ripen, 60to mortality in birds is transmitted timeofyear, the milkhouse, verbally threat- he wants tomatoes by the Fourth 70 days will work well. I like Early through the bird's droppings. The A dairyman called me out to ening the bird with no appar- of July. Girl or New Girl varieties because largest mortality seems to be in examine a sick cow, and it's not an eat effect until finally I was look- Tomatoes love warm soil and they ripen early, are disease resis- red polls and pine siskins. Two red unusual sight to see various foul ing at this crazed beast through a warm weather. Too bad for us but taut and have sweet, round fruit, polls that died recently in north- pecking around a farmyard, so I window. He would not leave and MotherNatureusuallydoesn'tpro- Step 4: Plant the tomato in the errt Minnesota were sent to the didn't think too much of this tur- was still staring at me with his one vide much warm soil and weather bucket, water as needed. DNR pathologylab and tested pos- key hanging around as I pulled in, creepy eye not covered by his big around these parts until about Step 5: Put it outside in direct itive for salmonella, other than he was rather large and blue fleshy comb. the end of May. If you plant toma- sunlight (and out of the wind if As birds gather at feeders, they colorful. As I got out of the truck I Finally the dairyman showed toes before the weather warms up, possible) all day. pick up the bacteria, which then noticed this turkey seemed to be up and I examined the cow in your tomatoes plants are not going Step 6: Bring it inside or in the spreads to other birds. Residents closing in on me with a real sense question while he staved back- the to like you. And they aren't going garage overnight if it will be colder and others who feed birds can help of purpose, but I again decided excited turkey, proceeding to tell to grow until the soil and air warm than 50 degrees, stop the spread of the bacteria by there was nothing unusual about me that the turkey is "in season," up. When we plant tomatoes early You will have your very own thoroughly cleaning feeders with this bird or its behavior. Gather- that the dogs were now scared in hopes of eating them early, we tomato container garden with a a bleach solution, ing my supplies for the sick cow, of him and they hide due to his are only fooling ourselves. What's handle for easy moving! The sun The solution should be made of my blood ran cold as I heard some attempts to breed them, the dairy- a gardener to do? Don't let the will heat it up during the day and one part bleach to 10 parts water, very strange huffing and rustling man's mother was getting a little tomatoes fool you; you need to fool you will keep it warm at night by In addition, rake up old seeds from sounds coming from immedi- tiredofthebirdjumpinguponher, the tomatoes! How? By making it bringing it in. By the first of June the ground and spread lime on ately behind me. This turkey now and something about the colors seem warmer than it really is. you will-be able to keep it outdoors the ground underneath the feed- had my undivided attention. Try- blue and red drive this turkey into Mr. Potato Head has a fancy all of the time. Play your cards ers. This can help kill the bacte- ingtoreassuremyselfthataturkey a sexual frenzy. This color infor- setup for his tomato plants. He has right and you will have tomatoes ria and stop the spread to other is nothing to be afraid of, I looked mation was of particular interest 20-gallon plastic containers and he by the Fourth of July! birds. Lime is available at any farm over my shoulder to see what Can to me, helping my understanding also covers the soiland plants with Next time: What will you store and should be spread about only be described as some sort of of why I seemed to be the object of special fabrics which catch the really need to go with your toma- 1/4 inch deep to cover the dirt. courtship dance ritual being per- this animal's desire, considering sun's rays and warm the plant and toes? Salad greens, of course. You which may harm grass but will kill formed by my new waist-high that I pulled into the farmyard in a soil. Why bother with all this you guessed it, the "El Cheapo" lettuce the bacteria. It is also advisable to friend. He was completely puffed bright red truck wearing blue cov- ask? He wants those tomatoes and grower, move the feeder to a different part up in the chest, feathers ruffled, eralls! The cow needed surgery, he wants them sooner rather than Are you shy? Don't be. If you oftheyard if sick or dying birds are wings somewhat away from hisand much to my horror the tur- later! Fine for Mr. Potato Head, you have gardening question or sug- present, body in a manner you might do key's persistence and motivation say, howabouttherestofus? gestions for Mr. Potato HeadDead birds should be picked up if you were sarcastically trying to only appeared to grow stronger Good news. Here is Mr. Potato please e-mail him at