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Weekly Gardening Thread 2011 (Vol. 39) October 7
Free Republic | 10-07-2011 | Red_Devil 232

Posted on 10/07/2011 5:03:50 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232

Good morning gardeners. Wow the first week of October! The garden has been officially put to rest and my compost pile has been tilled into the garden and is now depleted. It’s going to need a lot of leaves, grass clippings and other plant materials to build it back up for next years garden. The leaves on the trees here in East Central Mississippi have awhile yet before they turn color and start to fall in quantity so I am letting about half of my grass clippings turn brown before adding them to the compost pile and mixing them with the green clippings.

Now it is time for a “Blast From The Past”. Thanks to Freeper SunkenCiv for the lead to this news story. It is an article about how a Food archaeologist in Arizona is saving plants that were used as a food source thousands of years ago. Not only is he saving the seeds and plants, “he also has made his academic work edible, encouraging home cooks and award-winning chefs to actually use these culinary archaeological finds.” Read the article here: Food archaeologist gives new life to nearly extinct grains, veggies

If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just encouragement please feel free to join in and enjoy the friendly discussion. Our Freeper community is full of gardeners, each with varying interests and skill levels from Master Gardener to novice.

I hope all your Summer gardens did well this year and your Fall gardens prosper.


TOPICS: Agriculture; Food; Gardening; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: garden; gardening; recipes; weekly
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To: Red_Devil 232

I was more concerned with the actual measurement of the duck eggs. Probably should take a liquid measurement and use a guide (often in the back of better cookbooks) to compare with the chicken eggs. You can also find those equivalents on the carton of egg beaters at the grocery store.

The big eggs (duck, goose, peahen) are larger. It doesn’t make much difference with quick breads. I don’t know how critical that measurement is with yeast breads.


41 posted on 10/07/2011 10:08:42 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Red_Devil 232
Yeh, it was in one of my books on growing grains, and sounded like something worth trying. Just think, at one time it supported a whole civilization.

I just finished checking the weather for the next 10 days. Only 3 days of rain, days in the high 70’s, nights in the 50’s so no frost in sight! Great gardening weather, and we'll be able to eek out a few more crops.

I love this time of year for outdoor work.LOL.

42 posted on 10/07/2011 10:08:42 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Good to know, thank you!


43 posted on 10/07/2011 10:14:26 AM PDT by Ellendra (God feeds the birds of the air, but he doesn't throw it in their nests.)
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To: Red_Devil 232; momtothree; stefanbatory

Could you all SEE that video? I just had lots of static, green lines, etc. A big blur. I’ll have to try again on a different computer. Perhaps I don’t have the right tool o this one..


44 posted on 10/07/2011 10:17:05 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: greeneyes

I’d just roast them with the gel still on, then winnow after roasting.


45 posted on 10/07/2011 10:17:43 AM PDT by Ellendra (God feeds the birds of the air, but he doesn't throw it in their nests.)
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To: greeneyes
Maybe next year, it will be amaranth.

Be prepared to defend your amaranth against "helpful" friends and family members. Amaranth is a weed in most parts of the country. The times I've grown it, I've had to keep my dad away from it, because he tries to "help pull weeds" and destroys the whole patch.
46 posted on 10/07/2011 10:22:51 AM PDT by Ellendra (God feeds the birds of the air, but he doesn't throw it in their nests.)
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To: Ellendra

That dog’s behavior sounds like he may have had an epileptic attack. My male Irish Setter has Canine Epilepsy and when he has an attack he basically goes blind and will run into and over any thing in his way. It is scarey for him and us. If anyone who did not know him were to be around when he has an attack they might think he was going mad with rabies as he foams at he mouth and just randomly runs into things. He is basically looking for me or my wife to help him out and keep him safe.

He is a good obedient pup and it has become our job to keep him safe and unharmed.


47 posted on 10/07/2011 10:31:42 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Ellendra

Yeh, that’s what I’m going to try.


48 posted on 10/07/2011 10:51:25 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

J I Rodale, the founder of Organic Farming and Gardening Magazine was a pioneer in the research of Amaranth grains starting in the 1940s when my Mother became a early subscriber. JI traveled the world looking for different varieties and wrote extensively on them...


49 posted on 10/07/2011 12:29:01 PM PDT by tubebender (She was only a whiskey maker, but I loved her still.)
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To: tubebender
Yep, it is indeed a very versatile plant from the roots on up!

Yet well I ken the banks where Amaranths blow,
Have traced the fount whence streams of nectar flow.
Bloom, O ye Amaranths! bloom for whom ye may,
For me ye bloom not! Glide, rich streams, away!
_ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

50 posted on 10/07/2011 1:05:14 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

yes, it was just you...:P

I asked Diana, but Jungs doesn’t sell donut seeds...:(


51 posted on 10/07/2011 1:54:55 PM PDT by stefanbatory (Insert witty tagline here)
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To: stefanbatory

LOL! I can see the video fine on my work computer. I must be missing some tool on my laptop. I didn’t know that you could turn Cheerios into donuts that way. Learn something new every day. :)


52 posted on 10/07/2011 4:00:44 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Arrowhead1952

Nothing here yet. We’re hoping for some this week end. You’re so lucky to be in the “rain belt” of Texas.


53 posted on 10/07/2011 4:37:21 PM PDT by tillacum
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To: Red_Devil 232

They’re on the same shelf as grits seeds. yummy.


54 posted on 10/07/2011 4:40:30 PM PDT by tillacum
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To: Red_Devil 232
Here is an article that may interest Garden Threaders:

Vegetable thieves steal from community farm

That is just infuriating. I drive by one of those community farms on the edge of my county and I often wonder if they suffer any thefts. The gardeners all appear to be Hmongs and other Asians from Milwaukee.

55 posted on 10/07/2011 4:55:47 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Ellendra

Good to know. Thanks.


56 posted on 10/07/2011 6:25:57 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Red, I had 6 seeds from the persimmons today, and I put them in a little container with some oxi clean and water. Then I rinsed them several times, and drained them.

The gel was then sort of like a thin skin that I was able to take my fingernails and slip the nail between the “skin” and the seed, to pop the seed out of it's jacket. Best method so far.

Soon as I get a few more, I will roast them. Tomorrow, I am going to collect some persimmon leaves and sassafras leaves to dry. Then, I can try some persimmon tea.

Thanks for reminding me about oxi clean.

57 posted on 10/07/2011 6:38:53 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Woo-hoo! My beautiful bell peppers survived two nights around 30 degrees in an unheated greenhouse...way to go, guys! Natch, temps are heading to the mid 80’s Sunday, so bells will now have to worry about heat...sigh...at least the five weeks of roasting and processing tomatoes into sauce is about over.


58 posted on 10/07/2011 6:51:11 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: greeneyes
Thanks for reminding me about oxi clean.

All hail Oxi-Clean...was able to process and save 20,000 tomato seeds with one small 1.3 lb. container. Very quick, very easy...

59 posted on 10/07/2011 6:59:48 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Wow! That’s a lot of seeds.


60 posted on 10/07/2011 7:14:57 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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