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Follow Along — Our Mission to Grow

9th State Record!

Ryan broke his 9th state record for the length of an ear of corn measuring 21 1/2 inches long.

Long Gourd State Record

Ryan set the longest gourd state record of 104 3/4″

Largest Eggplant State Record

Ryan set his 5th state record for the largest eggplant weighing 4 lbs 7.2 oz.

Outside Summer Update #9

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First Outside Summer Update for 2022

First Summer Update for 2022

Week 11

Ryan took first place in the winter growing competition with his cucumber which weighed 4.75lbs (4lbs 12oz.) and 3rd place with his sunflower at 73” tall.

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Hi, I’m Ryan Cook!

I’ve started a veteran’s group called A Skill to Heal because I know that veterans need to have a mission every day with the help and support from friends and family to reach their ultimate goal of finding joy and peace while
facing a host of everyday challenges. As a veteran, I understand the things that can hinder us. Firstly, the cost of finding a hobby and the cost of a start-up when you do finally find a hobby. The second issue is the “gimmick” offers
from those people and businesses that try to target veterans as an easy mark. Well, rest assured this is NOT a gimmick. This is my way of giving back.

I’ve found that growing giant plants for food, fun, or competition creates an appealing brotherhood much like the military. Veterans are challenged by other veterans and other growers to be the best that they can be and
accomplish the end goal of growing great plants. One fantastic thing is that you can grow just about anywhere. You can grow indoors during the winter or in a greenhouse. You can grow in the summer in your backyard or on a
porch, patio, or balcony. Whatever your living situation, we can assure you that growing is possible. We have created a special You Tube channel called Heavenly Hills Homestead where you can learn all the growing techniques to
help you grow giant fruits and vegetables successfully just like I did! There can even be big rewards in it for the
successful grower.

So, please sign on and join our group, have fun, relax, learn and be totally amazed at the award winners you can grow when you put your all into it!

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The Genesis of an Idea

Eldo and Julie bought a house in mid-Tennessee and invited me to visit over the summer of ‘76. It was a sharp right off Hwy 70 outside of Nashville over a small bridge and then miles on a dirt road. It turned out that they had to run a water line up the side of a steep wooded hill so that this old fixer-upper would have water. I told Eldo that I was ready to work for Julie’s fried chicken dinner. He stopped to caution me that we both had to put on a pair of pantyhose before we ventured out on that overgrown hillside. After 3 hours of clambering up and down the hill and laying in the dirt, we finished the task. It’s when we went inside to change that I realized that the pantyhose acted as a barrier against those nasty ticks that dotted the outside of the leggings. That lesson has stayed with me all these years later. Each time I hear about the myriad of tick and mosquito-borne diseases that we have to deal with…Lyme disease, West Nile virus, EEE, I think of Eldo’s great pantyhose trick! Finally, I’ve designed something based on his clever solution that improves protection and helps us take back the woods!

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Unbelievable Award Winning Squash

It doesn’t always happen that a joyous customer makes contact to let you know that they’ve grown a world’s record squash using your Trident’s Pride liquid fish soil enhancer. But here is the living proof…squash soup anyone??

Hello my name is Ryan and this was my first year growing giant pumpkins, watermelons, tomatoes etc etc. I grew the New World Record Butternut at 83lbs 1oz and I used your product to help achieve that! I have pictures if you’re interested in seeing it that I can email you! Thank you for a good product at an affordable price!!

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Hot Flash from Buckingham Palace

Did you know that the Queen’s gardener is using garlic spray on the roses? We didn’t! A guided tour with Alan Titchmarsh in The Queen’s Garden (ITV) was a rare treat and told the story. This show, the first of a two-part documentary, hid another surprise. We’ve always thought Prince Charles was the eco-warrior in the family, keen to abide by organic methods. But it turns out it’s the Queen who is most committed to pesticide-free gardening. She insists that no man-made chemicals are used to spray the roses for greenfly — instead, the bushes are doused in water steeped in garlic.

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Garscentria (Garlic and Essential Oils) vs. Mosquitoes and Ticks

GarScentria Fogger

Just Scentsational is planning a 2020 introduction of an exciting new product designed to combat mosquitoes and ticks and the dangerous diseases that they spread.   Company spokesman Ed Brookmyer states, “with each passing season, we have noticed a significant increase in mosquito and tick activity and mosquito and tick borne diseases, hitting closer and closer to home with each passing year.  It is with some trepidation that we all leave our homes at the height of mosquito and tick season and with global warming the season is growing longer.  You never know what you might be exposing yourself to”. 

The growing outbreak of EEE and Lyme disease throughout the northeast has focused the attention of Just Scentsational on creating a consumer controlled solution to the problem.  As we all have seen,  in the past few years, an entire new industry has sprung up all over the US dedicated to treating outdoor areas against mosquitoes and ticks by “fogging” home landscapes using a handful of alternative natural botanical extracts which have shown themselves to be effective in repelling both mosquitoes and ticks.  Some companies are using essential oils while others are using garlic liquids.  Each competing company seems to have created its own blend by selecting only those essential oils that it feels are most effective while leaving out other essential oils which are equally effective but might not fit into their “cost structure”.  The one thing, however, that all of these companies have in common is the high monthly costs for treating the homeowner’s  grounds!   Our approach is different.  The introduction of the new GarScenrtial fogger has taken the high monthly cost of family protection away from the “professional” and put the full control and savings into the hands of the homeowner.  Now, for the first time, the homeowner is in control of their pocketbook and when and where to apply the unique GarScential blend. The Just Scentsational approach is to combine all of the effective botanical extracts into one liquid to maximize the efficacy without limiting the scope of the product. 

The Just Scentsational GarScentrial is a highly effective blend of concentrated essential oils including the popular and widely used garlic concentrate.  GarScentrial can be effectively used indoors or outdoors without causing issues.  It’s a broad spectrum solution that is designed for use anywhere.  There is no aquatic toxicity and no pyrethroid restrictions (each essential oil and the garlic liquid component is EPA FIFRA 25(b) exempt).   It’s wholly effective on larvae in standing water as well as disrupting the neurotransmitter function in adult mosquitoes.

Pests Controlled:

Crawling and flying insects including, but not limited to: ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, cadelles, beetles, mealworms, spiders, ticks, rice weevils, mosquitos, bees, wasps, moths, flies, fleas, gnats, millipedes, pillbugs, silverfish, sowbugs, cigarette beetles, dark mealworms, dried fruit beetles, drugstore beetles, confused flour beetles, fleas, grain mites, fowl mites, mites, nuisance beetles (such as lady beetles), red flour beetles, rice weevils, saw-toothed grain beetles, spiders, spider beetles, yellow mealworms, house flies, horse flies, stable flies, horn flies, aphids, boxelder bugs, crickets, darkling beetles, firebrats, ground beetles.

Areas of Application:

INDOOR USE AREAS: Includes, but is not limited to, apartment buildings, bakeries, beverage plants, bottling facilities, breweries, cafeterias, candy plants, canneries, cereal processing and manufacturing plants, dairy barns, poultry facilities, flour mills, food processing plants, frozen food plants, homes, hospitals, hotels, houses, industrial buildings, kennels, kitchens, laboratories, manufacturing facilities, mausoleums, meat processing and packaging plants, meat and vegetable canneries, motels, nursing homes, office buildings, restaurants, schools, stores, supermarkets, warehouses and similar structures.

OUTDOOR AREAS: Includes, but is not limited to, building foundations, dairy facilities, drive-in restaurants, drive-in theaters, golf courses, parks, playgrounds, poultry houses, recreational.


Green treatment

Long residual

Immediate knockdown of flying insects

Safe alternative

All natural

Non offensive scents


Safe Around children, pets, plants and shrubs

Fast treatment of open areas

Environmentally friendly


Octopamine blocker

Harnessing the power of organics to fight insects and repel unwanted yard and garden pests.  Garscentrial is a highly effective blend of concentrated essential oils.  Garscentrial is a broad spectrum solutions for indoor/outdoor use.  There is no aquatic toxicity and no pyrethroid restrictions.  Each essential oil and garlic liquid is EPA FIFRA 25(b) exempt.  Wholly effective on larvae in standing water, immediate knockdown of flying insects as well as disrupting the neurotransmitter function in adult mosquitoes (octopamine blocker).

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Gnawing Rodents Attacking Your Car Wiring?

The auto industry has recently begun to use a new soy based wiring insulation in the engine wiring of many cars. It was supposed to be a big step forward in reducing the plastic wire insulation that has been used in automobiles. However, drivers have been noticing with increasing frequency that small rodents such as mice, chipmunks and squirrels have been having a field day under your hood. Not only is the engine compartment nice and warm but it now offers a smorgasbord of good eating. Yes! They are under your hood gnawing away at the seemingly delicious wiring insulation and sooner or later you’re going to have a major and costly issue.

One customer that phoned recently has found a cure that she swears by… urine. She has found that by spraying fox urine on and around the wiring under the hood and on the car tires that she has all but eliminated the annoying pests that were literally eating her car. So, whether your car sits on your driveway or in your garage…this is a case where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure….or should I say….available in 8oz or 16oz’s of cure!