Welcome to Cranky Puppy Farm!

This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Wiggle It Just a Little Bit

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Here's an interesting tip from my Food Not Lawns class:  if your peppers (green, red, jalapeno, etc) or tomatoes have lots of blossoms but aren't setting fruit, try shaking them lightly 3 times a day.  Why?  No, it's not plan aerobicise.  It actually causes some of the pollen to shake loose and, hopefully, it lands in the right place.

With visions of the guy from LMFAO in my head, I laughed out loud in class when the instructor said this.  *snicker*

Fortunately, I've not run into this garden problem yet but will file it away as one of those "useful facts" somewhere in some dark corner of my mind where all those useless 80's song lyrics and movie quotes live.


  1. He'd really laugh at me- I've taken Q tips from flower to flower so I pollinated it! It seems to work!


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