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1 posted on 05/08/2011 2:22:03 PM PDT by orsonwb
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To: orsonwb

Oh yeah rising food cost is such a huge boon...


2 posted on 05/08/2011 2:27:38 PM PDT by Tempest (Ruining the day of corporate butt kissers everywhere.)
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To: orsonwb
I'm sure the government, with the tacit agreement of both political parties, will find a way to screw seniors out of a Social Security COLA again this year (which will freeze my rat-a** govt pension also.)
3 posted on 05/08/2011 2:38:31 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: orsonwb

I seldom do the shopping, but when wife was out of town in early March I had to. I discovered that the local grocer was getting $2.50 for leaf lettuce. For the first time I decided to plant lettuce, and I now have about sixty plants, forty of which I am now harvesting from. It grows like a weed, and tastes better than the stuff you get at the grocery. Unfortunately, the Texas heat will soon require that I make a final harvest of this season’s crop fairly soon. But I can replant again in September, and I fully intend to.


4 posted on 05/08/2011 3:03:22 PM PDT by Skepolitic
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To: Red_Devil 232

Garden list ping?


6 posted on 05/08/2011 3:24:07 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: orsonwb

As long s you can keep the critters out of the garden!! Something is pulling my plants down from underground including garlic and onions!!

We think it may be a chipmunk.

And I’ve given up on swiss chard because something is getting over my fencing and scarfing that down as soon as I plant it.

We have already paid for our farm share this year, so thats like money in the bank.


10 posted on 05/08/2011 3:56:12 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: orsonwb

4% increase? I think NOT! Last year, I could buy a whole bag of tomatoes. This year, I either leave the store without any or just buy one. Ha, that’s going to come to a halt any day when my garden tomatoes ripen. Going to be eating squash any day, too. In fact, I’m eating spinach right now from the garden.

There was this thread a few days ago - “Prices at LDS canneries show inflation for food up between 11 and 49%”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2706902/posts?page=24


11 posted on 05/08/2011 3:58:58 PM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: orsonwb

Living in apartments, even with patios and outdoor spaces, makes it difficult for some to grow their own. And some landlords frown on the attempts to be self-sufficient. What a shame.


12 posted on 05/08/2011 4:03:34 PM PDT by tob2
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To: orsonwb
Rising Food Costs Mean there’s Gold in your Garden

Two thoughts.
Since food and energy are not essential parts of consumers' financial burden they are not counted for inflation adjustment for real Social Security recipients (as opposed to the larger welfare recipients of SS,) it doesn't matter. So expect an Executive Order taxing home grown food.
And don't even think think about producing your own ethanol...

19 posted on 05/08/2011 4:20:40 PM PDT by Publius6961 (There has Never been a "Tax On The Rich" that has not reached the middle class)
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To: orsonwb

Before I can get gold out of my potential garden, I have to get the poison hemlock out.


20 posted on 05/08/2011 4:21:45 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: orsonwb

Found this today and it seems relevant here.

“Talks on Manures” by Joseph Harris

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19448

Pretty lengthy discussion on natural fertilizer from the 1919 era.

Did not read it all yet, but am will. Pretty sensible discussion.


24 posted on 05/08/2011 4:33:42 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: orsonwb

Don’t think I’m going to plant much corn, wheat, and soybeans in my backyard.

I long for a government that actually does something to help the American public.


25 posted on 05/08/2011 4:34:40 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: orsonwb

Already tired of eating the raddishes I grew. Got squash coming out my ears. About to start freezing some. Green beans, okra and corn are blooming. Purple hull peas looking good. Tomato plants are loaded down with green tomatoes.

When I started this garden I figured I was doing it for a hobby. But with food prices going through the roof it looks like I’m actually saving money.


26 posted on 05/08/2011 4:55:49 PM PDT by Terry Mross (Only a SECOND party will get my vote....maybe.)
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To: orsonwb
Living in a place like Alaska has its own set of problems. Our short growing season and summer climate preclude growing much of anything beyond leafy and root vegetables and berries for fruit. Anything else we manage to wrench from the ground usually is the result of greenhouse growing or the incredibly resourceful tendency for Alaskans to specialize in "Experimental" gardening. Containers help, as does finding the "mini-climates" around the house.

But, by and large, everything else is shipped in, even more so from September through June.

34 posted on 05/08/2011 9:42:50 PM PDT by redhead (Get the GOVERNMENT out of our BUSINESS!!)
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To: orsonwb; tdscpa; JustaDumbBlonde; Oberon; Dacula; Black Agnes
FREE SEED EXCHANGE

Thrifty? Gifty? Curious? Generous? Spare seeds? Rare seeds? For a tiny plot? Or a flower- pot?

Send seeds? Befriend seeds? Just want 10 seeds?

If you have garden seeds you can offer other FReepers for free, for a SASE, and/or in exchange for other seeds, please send me your info. (Private Message Mrs. Don-o) and I will add you to this list, which I will post on the garden thread from time to time. Please also Private Message me to be removed when you no longer have the seeds to offer. FReepo-seedoholics can contact each other by Private Message to arrange any transactions.

Remember that old seeds may have reduced germination. (Although I’ve had great luck with them. And for free, you can't lose...) If possible, list year and variety.

Mrs. Don-o

I CAN OFFER a few of these seeds (say, 10) for free to anybody who wants to send me a SASE:
Basil (“Genovese” 2010)
Beans (“Jackson Wonder Butterbean “2011)
Beans (“Southern Zipper Cream” – actually a Cowpea)
Broccoli (“Bonanza” 2011) Chard (“Bright Lights” 2010)
Fennel (“Florence” 2011)
Kale (“Redbor Hybrid” 2010)
Squash (“Acorn 2009”… and I had really good germination with it, this year!)
Squash “(Georgia Candy Roaster” 2011.. a terrific winter squash!)
Tomato (“Brandy Boy” 2011)

INTERESTED IN
Seeds for Fall, e.g. Japanese radish
Anything (surprise me!)


I HAVE HEIRLOOM TOMATO SEEDS (FREEPER TDSCPA) from about 75 popular, open-pollinated heirloom varieties. Tell me via PM what varieties you’re interested in, and if I have them I could send you a few seeds (10?) if you will send me a SASE.

Don’t know what variety to grow? I can make suggestions, if you want to grow plants from seed. Contact Tdscpa


If anyone needs or wants okra seeds (says JustaDumbBlonde)… please let me know. I saved a ridiculous amount in the fall of 2010. Two different varieties, Clemson and Jade, are both are heirloom variety so that you will be able to save seeds from your plants. Both are spineless and heavy producers. Jade is a bit darker green than Clemson and the pods are a bit shorter and fatter. Both are good for frying, soups, freezing, dehydrating or canning. Don’t be shy, l have more than plenty to share! Tip for planting okra: soak your seeds for 24 hours before planting. Okra seeds are hard like peppercorns and soaking will assist in quicker germination. Contact JustaDumbBlonde


I have some black-seeded Simpson lettuce seeds and some Buttercrunch lettuce seeds if anyone’s interested. (says Oberon), And... anybody have any Gold Nugget yellow cherry tomato seeds? I’m interested. Contact Oberon


I have about 100 Canna seeds that I would be glad to share (says Dacula), These plants are tropical and last up to the first frost. I live north of Atlanta and my cannas grow up to 6 feet and have beautiful flowers. I leave them in the ground over winter, but you can take the bulbs and over winter them. . In order to get the seeds to germinate, you have to lightly sand the outside of the seed and soak them overnight. Contact Dacula


Free Winter Squash or Stevia seeds or Heirloom Tomato/Pepper Seeds (says Black Agnes) The 'Patio Marconi' seeds are container peppers that are sweet and good for salads, sandwiches or frying. Open pollinated if that interests you. Cilantro seeds too. It's good used fresh to detox heavy metals. Contact Black Agnes



37 posted on 05/09/2011 6:16:00 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Gardeners abhor a vacuum.)
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To: orsonwb
I'm a great-granny and that dang ground just keep getting further away - so, THIS year,I'm trying the straw bale garden. It's a perfect height.

Of course, we still have danger of frost = My bales topped with compost and fish mulch are ‘perking’ and will be planting in a week or so.(I have garlic coming on good from sticking some in the ground in October - but just stuck some in my new bale garden, along with some onions - just to see if they'll get up. Garlic is getting to be worth it's weight in gold, like in Roman days.

http://strawbalegardens.com/

68 posted on 05/09/2011 8:57:18 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (watch the otherhand)
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