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Weekly Gardening Thread (Catalog Fever) Vol. 1 Jan 6, 2012
January 6, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde

Posted on 01/06/2012 9:53:54 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde

January is not the most hospitable month of the year to be sure. If you're like me those cold dreary days are best spent curled up in a chair (for the guys that don't *do* curl -- sit there very manly) with a cup of tea (insert the manly beverage of your choice) and a stack of garden catalogs that you need a front-end loader to move (got you with the front-end loader, didn't I?).

I've got to hand it to the catalog people, the covers are exceptional this year and, by golly, with all of the $25 to $100 coupons right there on the front ... I saved $475 just walking in from the mailbox!

Your first five minutes spent thumbing through will tell you something, regardless of which catalog your choose: Prices. Are. Up. Must be that ol' supply-n-demand thing, because I choose to believe that MY favorite seed suppliers would never take advantage of a market that is growing by leaps and bounds as people discover that you can feed your family the highest quality foods and save money at the same time. Not to mention, you know exactly how your food was handled and by whom. It must be said -- produce from Mexico just doesn't have the same tropical appeal that it once did.

These are the catalogs I've received as of this morning. I've put these in the form of a link that you can take to that company, if you so desire. You can request a catalog of your own or, do what I do, which is peruse the paper catalog and then place an order online.

Gurney's Seed & Nursery Co.
Musser Forests, Inc.
Michigan Bulb Co.
Agri Supply
Growers Supply
Stark Bro's Nursery
The Greenhouse Catalog
Gardener's Supply Company
Totally Tomatoes
The Cook's Garden
Burpee
Henry Field's Seed & Nursery Co. *
Gurney's Seed & Nursery Co. *
Jung's Seeds & Plants
R.H. Shumway's Illustrated Garden Guide

* Henry Field's and Gurney's are one and the same group. I suspect that Burgess is also owned by them, but haven't confirmed

Please let us know about your favorite catalogs and gardening-related companies. I know that we all love to discover something new that will further our fun in the garden.


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The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil and seeds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level, we would love to hear from you.

This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won't be flamed here and the only dumb question is the one that isn't asked. Jump in and join us!

1 posted on 01/06/2012 9:53:59 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; gardengirl; girlangler; SunkenCiv; HungarianGypsy; Gabz; billhilly; Alkhin; ...
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2 posted on 01/06/2012 9:55:37 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I’m still harvesting kale, spinach and a bit of lettuce from my cold frame. ;-)


3 posted on 01/06/2012 9:56:58 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: All
Thought this might be useful. If you have a question on gardening, please let us know your hardiness zone.

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4 posted on 01/06/2012 9:58:02 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: SumProVita

I would love to have some kale right now ... sauteed with some balsamic vinegar ... ewwww weeeee, make you wanna slap yo momma!


5 posted on 01/06/2012 10:00:34 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I like Territorial Seed Company.

I should go sit down and curl up with a catalog and get that order in before the mad rush.


6 posted on 01/06/2012 10:01:39 AM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

We are having a BIG FREEZE in South Florida...all my lovely veggies and tropical flowers are looking SAD.
:-(

Oh well, the year is young.


7 posted on 01/06/2012 10:03:01 AM PST by left that other site
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
The Weekly Gardening Thread ping list boasts 494 members as of this morning. Since we are in the midst of FR's first fundraiser of the season, and in honor of the anticipated 500th member of our ping list, I will make a $25 donation to Free Republic in your screenname if you are the 500th.

Please post to me if you would like to be added or removed from The Weekly Gardening Thread ping list. Or, you may send me a private message through FReepmail. Thanks!

8 posted on 01/06/2012 10:06:00 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

It’s definitely yummy stuff...and much less bitter than what’s found in the grocery store. Powerhouse for the immune system too!!

;-)

Another place to be able to get some seeds/things at better prices: https://www.superseeds.com (Pinetree Garden Seeds)


9 posted on 01/06/2012 10:06:14 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: left that other site; satan69
I saw some of the damage done by the Florida deep freeze. Satan69 posted a photo of his/her dead eggplant on last week's ongoing thread.

A hard freeze will do you some good with weed and insect control though, if you like looking on the bright side of things.

10 posted on 01/06/2012 10:08:45 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; All
Thanks for the thread and all the links JADB. We are experiencing a glorious sunny day in Missouri. We have had great sunny weather all week. We had a high of 67 degrees yesterday.

Not much new with the gardens. We picked up a lot of seeds last year at year end sales. Now I am glad we did what with the increases you are talking about. Of course I grow heirloom for the most part, and save my own seeds. Hubby orders more hybrids.

Have a great weekend everyone. God Bless.

11 posted on 01/06/2012 10:09:21 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: metmom

The Deep South, over and through Texas, is where lots of pea and bean seed are raised, as well as other veggie seeds. With the extreme drought of last year, I have no doubt that some seed crops failed and seeds will become scarce before spring. Ordering early is a good idea this year. Especially cowpeas of all varieties.


12 posted on 01/06/2012 10:12:46 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Great Plant Hardiness map ! Thanks.

I also found some great information on Plant Hardiness at the following two locations;

HERE on Wikipedia and also HERE at Agriculture Canada.

I've also read that micro-climates can also be created within locations that can greatly effect plants.

13 posted on 01/06/2012 10:13:16 AM PST by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Thank you! You are too good to us.


14 posted on 01/06/2012 10:13:51 AM PST by amom
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To: greeneyes
Thanks for the report, gal. We have been having some beautiful weather here in NELA too, in a repeating pattern that goes like this: 3-4 days beautiful sun ... 2-3 days of overcast/light rain as a cool front comes through and leads us back to 3-4 days of sun.

We had several inches of rain the last 2 weeks of December, which brought new water into our ponds and bayou. I've caught two messes of fish that have been filleted and put in the freezer.

Has anyone noticed the price of catfish in the stores????? Good grief, last night at Sam's it was over $7/lb. Thank heaven I can catch bass, crappie and catfish to my heart's content.

15 posted on 01/06/2012 10:18:18 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Weed and Insect Control are “” here in S. Fl! :-) Thank You for the encouraging Words!


16 posted on 01/06/2012 10:23:25 AM PST by left that other site
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To: pyx

You’re most welcome and thank you for those links.


17 posted on 01/06/2012 10:25:20 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Can’t read that. But, I think I’m still zone 5 (plant to 3 or 4)


18 posted on 01/06/2012 10:25:28 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: amom

You’re welcome ... I enjoy every minute of it!


19 posted on 01/06/2012 10:25:59 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Yes, the price of everything including fish is really up. We don’t have much selection in our tiny town either. It’s frozen and unless it is marked where it comes from I won’t buy it.

The fish and steaks cost about the same. We eat canned salmon or tuna, since we were able to stock up on that as part of our emergency preparedness.

We have been talking about how we could raise some sort of fish, on our extra lot, but just talking for now.


20 posted on 01/06/2012 10:27:45 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’ll try to post a better one next week. Sorry!


21 posted on 01/06/2012 10:27:57 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Not your fault, but if you can find a better one it would be appreciated.

Yesterday was 47 degrees in Milwaukee. I didn’t even wear a coat — just a heavy Irish fisherman’s sweater.


22 posted on 01/06/2012 10:32:04 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: metmom

You’ve reminded me that I didn’t receive a Territorial Seed catalog. huh.


23 posted on 01/06/2012 10:32:22 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: All

I’ve got to feed the livestock and finish a few chores, but I’ll be back in a while. Post away, FRiends!


24 posted on 01/06/2012 10:34:20 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Put me on the list, although I get so jealous as I live in the middle of Wyoming and can’t even turn over the frozen ground until the end of April.


25 posted on 01/06/2012 10:35:06 AM PST by doubled ( never in the field of human con tricks has so much been owed by so many to so little effect - Steyn)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Here’s one that might be of interest to our readers:

http://rareseeds.com/


26 posted on 01/06/2012 10:37:12 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
the only dumb question is the one that isn't asked. Jump in and join us!

OK, I'll jump and let my dumbness show. Why all the interest in paper catalogs if a person has internet? What am I missing here?

27 posted on 01/06/2012 10:37:57 AM PST by rightly_dividing (1Cor. 15:1-4)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Territorial’s catalog was late this season...


28 posted on 01/06/2012 10:38:21 AM PST by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I got one just a couple days ago.

Maybe it’s on its way.


29 posted on 01/06/2012 10:39:31 AM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
I know that we recently received a Burpee's catalogue. Last summer my tomato plants did nothing due to a lack of attention. I hope to do better this summer.

I was very glad that we had as much as we did planted in containers on the deck, or I would have missed the season altogether.

30 posted on 01/06/2012 10:39:50 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

That’s nice! [Imitating an Obama supporter] Can we get off the list, then back on just for free stuff from your stash? ;-)


31 posted on 01/06/2012 10:43:22 AM PST by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I just finished for the day in the garden, 5 hrs.. WOW, Never plant Lima beans, WOW are they hard to get off the fence they grew on.. Also all the squash is cleaned up and hauled off. WOW was that a lot of work, I sprayed down a gal of fake round up and now I have to wait for my Burpee order to get here. I just love Burpee gift cert for Christmas..

I tried to clean up one of the tomatoes that sorta survived but I made a mess of it. I think I will wait to clean up the other 4 for a week till I see how much of it is dead. the Burssle sprouts loved it and have no dammage that I can see.

Time for my afternoon nap.. My hands and arms are killing me after all that work. I have 3 crushed disks in my lower back so I have to get down on my butt to work on the garden. It’s great till I get stuck and have to grab my tools to get up or I have to craw to the fence and pull myself up.. Being disabled sucks but I am sorta liking being retired after climbing telephone poles for 34 years.. I think I am getting used to this “RETIRED” thing!
Take care everyone!
Come on BURPEE...
P.S. I also got some SWEET MEAT squash I am going to try. They look sorta meaty..


32 posted on 01/06/2012 10:45:02 AM PST by satan69 (garden)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

“Thanks for the report, gal. We have been having some beautiful weather here in NELA too, in a repeating pattern that goes like this: 3-4 days beautiful sun ... 2-3 days of overcast/light rain as a cool front comes through and leads us back to 3-4 days of sun.
We had several inches of rain the last 2 weeks of December, which brought new water into our ponds and bayou. I’ve caught two messes of fish that have been filleted and put in the freezer.

Has anyone noticed the price of catfish in the stores????? Good grief, last night at Sam’s it was over $7/lb. Thank heaven I can catch bass, crappie and catfish to my heart’s content.”

Thats nice to know, I have a pond full of the fl spotted cat fish.. UMMMM, That sounds good for dinner.. My sister is coming for a visit and fried cat fish sounds great! Thanks!
I have been feeding these fish for some unknown reason, Time for some payback... They stand on their tails and chow down on all the floating food!


33 posted on 01/06/2012 10:50:13 AM PST by satan69 (garden)
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To: rightly_dividing
Oh wow, I don't know how to explain it really, but I just go nuuuuuuts trying to study a catalog on line. It takes forever, and my eyes start watering and I get a headache when I try to review catalogs on line.

But curling up in a comfy chair with coffee or tea and reading glasses perched on the end of my nose, I can see better, and am more comfortable. Plus I can finish the catalog faster and my brain has a cohesive idea of the entire catalog.

34 posted on 01/06/2012 10:53:02 AM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Good list JADB!

Heirloom acres is another one I have had great luck with... and they respond well if there is a problem with your order!


35 posted on 01/06/2012 10:59:59 AM PST by JDoutrider
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

So far I have Jung’s, Burpee, Gardener’s Supply, White Flower Farm, R. H. Shumway, and Chamblee’s Rose Nursery, and I’m trying to stay out of them. It’s hard, though.

I showed my husband Jung’s winter hardy peaches and nectarines, and he just growled, “No more projects,” and warned that the deer would eat them.

The current project (which just involves money) is replacing the 2 big, picture windows in the living and dining rooms of my house. I wrote the check the other day. It really hurt (to write the check), but they are going to be beautiful. We did the front door in November.


36 posted on 01/06/2012 11:07:01 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; rightly_dividing; All

JADB great start on your new adventure!

Peggy drove to Shreveport yesterday and arrived safely with no problems. She is staying at her sister’s home. They live way out in the country and her cellphone does not have service there - but they have a land line she can use. She plans on visiting her new store sometime today to introduce herself and then starts work tomorrow.

The weather here in East Central Mississippi is wonderful for Jan. 6th, sunny and temps are forecasted for the high 60’s. My digital outside thermometer says it is 71 right now. Sure feels good for a January day.

I do hope that all FReeper’s gardening dreams are fulfilled this spring.

RedDevil


37 posted on 01/06/2012 11:09:47 AM PST 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: rightly_dividing

OK, I’ll jump and let my dumbness show. Why all the interest in paper catalogs if a person has internet? What am I missing here?


Because I don’t take my laptop to bed at night for some sleepy time pre-dreaming.


38 posted on 01/06/2012 11:12:38 AM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

https://www.nicholsgardennursery.com/store/

This company has a great 2012 catalog that you can see online. It looks like they haven’t printed the 2012 catalog yet, but you can still order the 2011 catalog for $1 with a $2 coupon included.

There are lots of heirloom variety vegetables and herbs that might be hard to get elsewhere.


39 posted on 01/06/2012 11:13:06 AM PST by ResponseAbility (Islam...Imperialism in a turban.)
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To: doubled
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40 posted on 01/06/2012 11:25:01 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Please add me to your ping list...thanks

I am in OR and prefer Territorial Seed catalog as well. Just received ours last weekend and so far have just skimmed over it.


41 posted on 01/06/2012 11:29:23 AM PST by AccountantMom
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To: SumProVita

Kale is high up on nutrient rich foods.

There’s only broccoli and onions in the garden now. I haven’t tended it in months so am surprised anything is growing. The tomatoes at the grocery were so bad this week that Mr. B said I needed to get back to the garden. Oh, for some homegrown tomatoes!


42 posted on 01/06/2012 11:35:26 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: doubled
" ... although I get so jealous as I live in the middle of Wyoming and can’t even turn over the frozen ground until the end of April."

And I get jealous of your zone because you can do much more with cole crops that I can in Louisiana. But, if you start your seedlings indoors in March, you should have some nice healthy plants to put out around May 1. Until then, you can enjoy the triumphs and tragedies of us Southern gardeners. :)

My favorite BIL lives in Bozeman MT, and I've had to coax him along on getting his garden going. He grows cukes, tomatoes and speckled butter beans with little hassle. Has to choose short season varieties, but that is no problem whatsoever.

Welcome to the list! Look forward to seeing you regularly.

43 posted on 01/06/2012 11:38:43 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Disambiguator

Thank you! I like that one.


44 posted on 01/06/2012 11:39:22 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I noticed the price of cookies have also gone up. Well, make that the package size has decreased with the price remaining the same. Good grief, who ever heard of a 9 oz package of cookies? But I saw more than one brand has reduced to 9 oz. Heard the same from a Walmart clerk. Better get those transplants started and increase the size of our garden areas to keep up with rising prices. Hey, anyone know of a good high yield cookie seed?


45 posted on 01/06/2012 11:42:04 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: rightly_dividing
"What am I missing here?"

For me, it is easier and more pleasant to sit down with a few catalogs. For instance, I can turn to the cukes section of each one and look back and forth, comparing varieties and prices. I can lay several out on the coffee table at once.

I will admit that Windows 7 did make it easier online by allowing you to put two panes up side by side, but then you are limited to 2.

I am fond of going through my catalogs on the road while my husband is driving. The screen on my smartphone is not quite big enough to show a whole web page and I don't have a tablet or notebook.

Those are basically my reasons. I'm sure somebody else will chime in with other very good reasons.

46 posted on 01/06/2012 11:46:44 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: trisham

Hope that you have more time to tend your maters this year. It was a scorcher last year and the maters needed lots of help.


47 posted on 01/06/2012 11:48:01 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Betis70

LOL! Let’s do one signup per screenname, just to be sure :) LOL


48 posted on 01/06/2012 11:49:13 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: JDoutrider

I will look at Heirloom Acres and add them to the list of links. It is my intention to begin each weeks’ new thread by summarizing the last thread ... hope that will be helpful.


49 posted on 01/06/2012 11:51:36 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: greeneyes

Tuna isn’t cheap. Drain it and then weigh the meat without the water. Then figure how much it is per pound. You’d be surprised.


50 posted on 01/06/2012 11:53:46 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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