Tennessee data info

Tennessee was the 16th state admitted June 1, 1796. With more than six million residents, Tennessee is home for Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry with the country music roots of the entire country. Also on the west edge of Tennessee is the Mississippi River and Memphis Tennessee and Beale Street.

Not only a home for Blues and Elvis Presley, some argue that Memphis holds the roots of American Rock and Roll. Also home to Davy Crockett, Andrew Jackson, and Sam Houston, Tennessee has a rich political heritage. Tennessee furnished more soldiers for the Confederate Army than any other state, and more soldiers for the Union Army than any other Southern state, and the state’s nickname is the Volunteer State.

Tennessee was home to the Manhattan Project’s uranium enrichment facilities, helping to build the world’s first atomic bomb at Oak Ridge. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park inhabits the eastern part of Tennessee and the University of Tennessee is in Knoxville Tennessee and Vanderbilt is in Nashville.

The history of skinny banjos

We all know of the famous scene from the Burt Reynolds movie that bore rise to the ‘Dueling Banjos‘ song. Deliverance was published in 1972 and also starred Ned Beatty and Jon Voight as a set of adventurous blokes from Atlanta taking a canoe trip on a wilderness river before a dam that was in the process of being built turned the raging rapids into a docile lake. The fictional Cahulawassee river was the backdrop for a tussle with folk probably inspired by the stories of the Hill People along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Chattooga River between Georgia and South Carolina was used as a backdrop when filming this classic movie. But more about Banjos.

The Banjo has four or five strings and instead of an acoustic box such as that in a guitar, the strings excite a circular bit of parchment or animal hide (usually pig or bore skin) or plastic much like a loudspeaker. The simpler form in the video may be like the primitive African instruments fashioned by indenturees in pre-colonial America, i.e. when the continent was colonized by France, Spain, Portugal and Great Britain.

The banjo is common in country and folk music but also has taken a shine to Irish and even pop music. Steve Martin, a comedian, was a proficient player of the banjo. African roots to banjo music may have been the foundation for country and bluegrass.

The banjo is often played with a set of picks on the fingers. Modern picks are sold in the left and right thumb configurations. Players that strum with their right hand would get a right hand set where the thumb pick is tailored to the right hand thumb. The finger picks are interchangeable between hands. A thumb pick and two finger picks for most players are the complement of picks that acouter a banjo picker’s strum hand. Most modern banjos are strung with stainless steel for the high note strings and a thicker but lighter and more flexible metal alloy to produce the lower tones. Bronze, an alloy primarily of copper and tin, is a common material used in lower tone strings of four and five string banjos.

Banjos come stung with anywhere from 3 to 10 strings, but five is most common. Instruments related to the banj o with a similar sound might even have one string or 12. We can al picture the old washtub with a stick of would levered to pull one sting tightly, we have a vibrating drum and a sting making this a crude form of banjo but the deft touch to apply the correct pressure to tune the sting and still have the slack in the timpani of the washdrum is not as easy as it looks.

Winter Garden Prep

Dormant Season Ending!  Now is the last chance for bareroot planting, dormant pruning and spraying! Finish these tasks by mid-month.

Don’t miss the most important spray to prevent peach leaf curl on nectarines and peaches. Spray with lime sulfur or fixed copper when buds begin to swell but before they show color — about mid-month. Copper sprays must contain 50% fixed copper. Do not use lime sulfur on apricots.       If fireblight has been a problem on your pear trees, including evergreen pears, spray while the tree is in blossom with copper or agricultural grade streptomycin.

Spray weekly when the weather is warm and humid. Warm means an average daily temperature of over 60 degrees. Add the high and the low for the day and divide by two to get the average temperature for the day.      Weed Prevention  If you have had problems with crabgrass or spotted spurge in the past, apply a fertilizer that contains a pre-emergence herbicide (weed preventer) in mid-February. Crabgrass begins to germinate by the end of the month. These weeds are not problems until summer, but you need to act now if you want to prevent them from growing at all. Pendamethalin prevents oxalis and spotted spurge as well as crabgrass. Dacthal is also effective against a wide range of summer weeds.

Gallery prevents crabgrass and many broadleaf weeds.   Cool and wet weather encourages red thread, a fungus disease, in lawns. This disease will show up as small (3 to 5 inch) brown spots in your lawn. Look closely at the tips of the blades to see the red color. Prevent or treat red thread by applying a high nitrogen fertilizer. Bluegrass lawns are especially susceptible.   Spot spray dandelions in lawns with a broadleaf weed killer. Only the most severe infestation of weeds require a weed and feed product, which applies chemicals over the entire lawn rather than on just the weeds themselves.      Plant Bulbs and Seeds  Plant bulbs for late spring and summer — glads, lilies, iris, cannas, callas, anemones, ranunculus, tuberous begonias. Plant crowns of strawberries, rhubarb, asparagus and artichokes. Begin planting gladiolus corms now; they will bloom in 10 weeks. Plant them 6 inches deep and 6 inches apart. Plant every two weeks in March and April also to space out the blooming. Thrips attack leaves and flowers, especially during the hot summer months. Be sure to get started planting now.  In the greenhouse or under lights, plant seeds of spring flowers and vegetables — stock, calendulas, sweet Williams, lettuce, cole crops, root crops, parsley, onions.  If rains are light, be sure to water as deciduous trees put out new leaves and blossoms.

Cut back fuchsias and hydrangeas. To make hydrangeas blue, give them a monthly application of aluminum sulfate.      Flowers for February  Vines:   Hardenbergia violacea is sold as Coral Pea. It belongs to the Pea Family, Legumimosae, and is native to Australia. Adapted to USDA Zones 9 and 10. Give it sunlight, a well drained soil, and regular watering. It blooms profusely in February. Prune after flowering. Train as a vine or prune as a mounded shrub. Also does well in containers.