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  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 40) October 14

    10/14/2011 5:20:03 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 71 replies
    Free Republic | 10-14-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. The October weather here in East Central Mississippi has been nothing but amazing this past week. We have had a few rainy days that have helped keep my compost pile moist as I am still working on building it up. It is satisfying to see the steam rise from it when I give it a turn on these cool mornings. 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...
  • 'I am really scared': Family lost in corn maze calls 911 for help

    10/12/2011 1:38:31 PM PDT · by bgill · 118 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | Oct. 12, 2011 | msnbc.com
    A Massachusetts family got the Halloween scare of a lifetime by getting lost inside a dark and creepy Salem-area corn maze and had to call 911 for rescue. Danvers police say they got a call of distress from a mother of two about 6:32 p.m. Monday. The woman alerted the 911 operator of their situation in the Connors Farm in Danvers, a short distance from Salem... He said a Danvers police with a tracking dog quickly plunged into the depths of the maze with a farm manager to search for the disoriented dad, mom and two young kids. Within a...
  • Post melt down money.....gold not all it is cracked up to be.

    10/08/2011 8:32:15 AM PDT · by Lowell1775 · 15 replies
    Open Source Survival ^ | 10-7-2011 | Ronin Gael
    If you have planned, prepared, and trained well.....snip.....you can relax and enjoy the simpler life of time gone by where everyday is a satisfying accomplishment if you just live through it. So what about the money? Where does it fit in? Money will be the insurance for what you have forgotten, lost, broke or had stolen from your list of essentials above. You will hopefully be able to use items of value (currency, goods, gold, silver) or some combination to trade for what you need at that moment when the local Wal-Mart has been looted and burned to the ground....
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 39) October 7

    10/07/2011 5:03:50 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 88 replies
    Free Republic | 10-07-2011 | 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...
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Gray Wolf Delisting

    10/06/2011 12:16:57 PM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 7 replies
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of External Affairs ^ | October 4, 2011 | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    Following approval of a revised wolf management plan by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to remove the gray wolf population in Wyoming from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. Due to recovery efforts and the provisions of the revised state plan, the Wyoming wolf population is healthy and stable, current and future threats to wolves have been addressed, and a post-delisting monitoring and management framework has been developed. Today’s formal proposal follows an agreement with the state of Wyoming that serves as the blueprint for returning wolf management to...
  • Chickening out in Iraq

    10/04/2011 11:20:17 AM PDT · by Sarajevo · 4 replies
    Asia Times Online ^ | By Peter Van Buren
    Introduction Who doesn't like roasted chicken? Fresh, crispy with a little salt, it falls off the bone into your mouth. It's a great thing, unless the price is US$2.5 million of your tax dollars. As a Foreign Service Officer with a 20-year career in the State Department, and as part of the global wars of terror, I was sent to play a small part in the largest nation-building project since the post-World War II Marshall Plan: the reconstruction of Iraq following the American invasion of 2003. My contractor colleagues and I were told to spend money, lots of money, to...
  • Has anyone successfully shelled sunflower seeds?

    10/03/2011 5:30:58 AM PDT · by knarf · 28 replies
    self ^ | Octember 3, 2011 | knarf
    So, I grew all these mammoth sunflowers ..
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 38) September 30

    09/30/2011 5:02:33 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 116 replies
    Free Republic | 9-30-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. Fall is in the air here in East Central Mississippi on this last day of September. It has been beautiful weather for cleaning up outside and taking care of the yard. Our daytime temperatures have been in the 70s with an occasional bump up into the 80s and the overnight lows are ranging from the 40s to the 60s. While I am waiting for Spring to arrive I will be occupied by continuing to hone my skills at home brewing. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice...
  • Farm advocates encourage Sen. Bob Casey to level playing field for small farmers

    09/28/2011 8:33:12 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 14 replies
    The Express-Times ^ | September 27, 2011 | Lynn Olanoff
    John Place wanted to get in to the commercial milk business when he opened his dairy farm in 2007 in Moore Township but found it wouldn’t be worth it. Small-time farmers got so little back on the sale of milk that he wouldn’t be able to make ends meet. Place and his wife, Amanda, instead have developed a business selling raw milk, cheese and grass-fed beef from the Route 248 farm called Keepsake Farm & Dairy. The couple's raised awareness today to make national agriculture policy more equitable to small farmers like them. Farmers and their advocates in Bethlehem, Harrisburg...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 37) September 23

    09/23/2011 7:28:24 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 76 replies · 2+ views
    Free Republic | 9-23-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I am getting a late start posting the thread this morning. Cleaned up my garden plot and will be tilling in some of my compost and wheat straw when the soil dries out a little more. I put a bail of straw around the base of my Fig trees in the hopes the straw will help them through the winter. 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...
  • UCLA scientists find H1N1 flu virus prevalent in animals in Africa

    09/23/2011 6:45:00 AM PDT · by decimon · 5 replies
    University of California - Los Angeles ^ | September 22, 2011 | Unknown
    UCLA life scientists and their colleagues have discovered the first evidence of the H1N1 virus in animals in Africa. In one village in northern Cameroon, a staggering 89 percent of the pigs studied had been exposed to the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu. "I was amazed that virtually every pig in this village was exposed," said Thomas B. Smith, director of UCLA's Center for Tropical Research and the senior author of the research. "Africa is ground zero for a new pandemic. Many people are in poor health there, and disease can spread very rapidly without authorities knowing...
  • Northeast farmers warn of Irene pumpkin shortage

    09/17/2011 5:07:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/17/11 | Chris Hawley - AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — Northeastern states are facing a jack-o'-lantern shortage this Halloween after Hurricane Irene destroyed hundreds of pumpkin patches across the region, farmers say. Wholesale prices have doubled in some places as farmers nurse their surviving pumpkin plants toward a late harvest. Some farmers are trying to buy pumpkins from other regions to cover orders.
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 36) September 16

    09/16/2011 5:18:08 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 144 replies
    Free Republic | 09-16-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. It has been another beautiful week here in East Central Mississippi we have had moderate daytime temperatures with cool nights. Perfect weather to get out and do some garden and yard clean up. My Fig trees have finished producing and it is time to winterize them with a thick layer of straw. All my of the pears have been picked and either canned or eaten. My vegetable garden is basically through producing except for a few Jalapenos that are still hanging on and still producing large peppers. My Beer brewing experiment is still progressing nicely with 6...
  • A Chicken Breed to Fit Your Need

    09/10/2011 7:32:49 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 99 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | September 10, 2011 | Mother Nature Network
    You’ve decided to take the plunge and raise your own chickens. What’s next? In addition to building a chicken coop and mulling over the egg-eating options — scrambled or over-easy? — you need to consider what kind of chicken breed is right for you. There are 60 different breeds of chicken today, and each breed has unique qualities. Your decisions should be based on what you want (and don’t want) from a chicken. Are you hoping for steady egg production? Meat production? Both? Do you get a kick out of multi-colored eggs? Do you need a chicken guaranteed to thrive...
  • Green Tea With a Hint of Panda Manure

    09/09/2011 4:11:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    China Daily ^ | 9/5/2011 | Chen Yingqun
    A university teacher has plans to grow green tea using panda manure as fertilizer and sell it at sky-high prices, the West China City Daily reported. An Yanshi, a teacher at southwest China's Sichuan University, learned during a conference that pandas only absorb 30 percent of what they eat, leaving 70 percent of the nutrition in their manure. He then secured a patent to grow tea leaves with panda dung. He expects to sell the tea for 219,865 yuan ($34,422) for half of a kilogram. An's version will be priced 10 times higher than the most expensive tea on the...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 35) September 9

    09/09/2011 5:02:47 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 122 replies
    Free Republic | 9-9-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. It has been beautiful weather here in East Central Mississippi. We received about 3 inches of rain out of TS Lee on Monday and the daytime highs have been in the mid to high 80s with overnight lows in the 50s. It is 50 right now. This is quite cool for this time of year for us. My garden is basically done for the year. I bottled my first batch of beer yesterday, 30 quarts. Now it is wait for two weeks and maybe up to a couple of months, while it conditions, until it is ready...
  • Collin County Beefs Up Its Technology

    09/07/2011 10:38:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Thursday, Sep 8, 2011 | Randy McIlwain
    Collin County is the first community in Texas to put its cattle branding registry online. The county's information technology department has created software that allows ranchers to register their livestock and tattoos online. "The old method was all paper," County Clerk Stacey Kemp said. Cattle brands mark an animal with a unique design so it can be identified if the animal is lost or stolen. In Collin County, the process dates back to the 1860s -- and so did the registration process. Ranchers registered animals in huge, handwritten albums that can take 40 minutes or longer to fill out. Deputy...
  • What does one do with a clumsey daughter?

    09/05/2011 10:47:02 AM PDT · by Little Bill · 100 replies
    self | 9/05/2011 | self
    I was insructing my Daughter into theymystries of CanningPickels. She is a Graduate of Culinary School along with several other degrees which added nothing to her employabilty. I bought a cheap mandolin to insure consistant thickness of the cukes we were slicing, she proceeded to cut the tip of a finger off, The blood, the blood, after doing first aide I sent her off to the ER. Is this normal? I mean cooks deal with sharp stuff, how many fingers lie at the bottom of our salads?
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 34) September 2

    09/02/2011 5:25:52 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 103 replies
    Free Republic | 09-02-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I Hope all is well with you, your gardens and your endeavors. To make saving your prized tomato seeds easier than ever try using some Oxy-Clean. Oxy-Clean? Yep the same stuff that Billy Mays pushed in all those TV commercials! Thanks to Freeper “who knows what evil?” for the heads up on this easy to do technique. Here is a link to a web page that describes the procedure - Saving Tomato Seeds Now how easy is that? If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just...
  • Legendary flower of Buddhist yore blooms at a Mapo convenience store

    09/01/2011 2:30:03 PM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/01/11 | Staff
    Korean news outlets are reporting that an udumbara -- a legendary flower in Buddhist literature believed to bloom once every 3,000 years -- has sprouted at a humble Family Mart. Store manager Kim Jong-woo was cleaning when he spotted the 17 tiny flowers growing on the window. He recognized the flowers, he said, from images on television.
  • Plans for a Homemade Butter Bean Sheller

    08/31/2011 9:14:40 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 22 replies
    DavesGarden.com ^ | July 24, 2010 | Terry Lea of Dave's Garden
    I found these plans and I thought I might share them. Click on them for the source. Several years ago, Bud generously shared his detailed plans for a bean sheller. These plans draw in numerous visitors to Dave's Garden, and today we say "thank you!" to Bud for sharing them with us and so many gardeners around the world. If you've never had purple-stained fingers from hand-shelling purple-hull or black-eyed peas, a sheller might not seem like an important tool, but to those who harvest and hull a lot of field peas, you'll appreciate the convenience of a sheller....
  • Texas Ag Commisioner Anounces 2nd Annual 'Hog Out Month'

    08/31/2011 10:10:30 AM PDT · by waterhill · 26 replies
    Texas Dept. of Agriculture ^ | 8-30-2011 | Todd Staples
    Press Releases Print Commissioner Todd Staples Texas Department of Agriculture FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 08-30-2011 CONTACT: Bryan Black Veronica Obregon (512) 463-7664 Commissioner Staples Announces Second-Annual Statewide Hog Out Month County Challenge AUSTIN - Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today called upon all 254 Texas counties to participate in Hog Out Month - a statewide challenge to decrease the state's feral hog population. This challenge will coordinate various feral hog removal strategies implemented across the state into one statewide effort. "Wild hogs are finding their way into urban and rural areas destroying yards, golf courses, parks and crops at a cost of...
  • Girls get caught for late-night goat walk

    08/31/2011 7:30:22 AM PDT · by Oztrich Boy · 4 replies
    mankatofreepress ^ | August 29, 2011 | Dan Nienaber
    Young culprits found with animal from Sibley Park zoo MANKATO — A couple of young rustlers attempted to use their imagination to escape the long arm of the law Saturday, but after about an hour of story telling they eventually learned they’d made a baaaaad decision. A Mankato resident called 911 at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday to report two very young girls, who turned out to be under the age of 10, were walking along Carney Avenue north of Riverfront Drive. They were in their pajamas and had a goat with them, the caller said. ~~~ They told the officer...
  • World record pumpkin contender

    08/30/2011 7:19:11 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 13 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | August 30, 2011 | Bill Roth
    Dale Marshall started a pumpkin plant in his Anchorage greenhouse on April 1. Five months later, he is looking to break the Alaska and world records for pumpkin size in judging at the Alaska State Fair.
  • Graceful living: 103-year-old recalls blessed life

    08/30/2011 12:50:31 PM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 10 replies
    Quad City Dispatch Argus ^ | 08/27/11 | Stephen Elliot
    She worked at the former Westclox plant in LaSalle as a bookkeeper. She met her husband one night during a local dance. "We'd been to the auditorium and I was just coming off the dance floor," she remembered. "For 25 cents you could go up and dance. I went with my girlfriend. "I had my head turned, and he (Elmer Kaiser) was lighting a cigarette with his feet sticking out. "And, I fell over him, and he grabbed me. And, that's how I met him." Mrs. Kaiser said married women were not allowed to work at the Westclox plant. In...
  • UK Family Faces Jail Or Eviction From Farm For Living ‘Off The Grid’

    08/27/2011 6:57:02 AM PDT · by Twotone · 25 replies
    Disinformation ^ | August 26, 2011 | Jacob Sloan
    The Mason family purchased an abandoned orchard and moved out of public housing. Their self-sustaining lifestyle has baffled local authorities however, who have ordered them to give up their property or face jail time.
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 33) August 26

    08/26/2011 10:14:53 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 227 replies
    Free Republic | 8-26-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon gardeners. I hope all of you in the path of Irene heed the warnings and please stay safe! Not much gong on garden wise here in East Central Mississippi. I am just waiting to see how a few paste tomatoes do. And while I am waiting I decided to use some of my pears to make preserves. I am using the recipe I posted on last weeks thread, which calls for a little activity and a lot of waiting. I will be doing the final canning step this morning. This recipe may be way to sweet for my...
  • Team Obama Regulates Goat Herders' Workplaces

    08/25/2011 11:20:53 AM PDT · by Osage Orange · 11 replies
    Human Events ^ | 8/24/2011 | Audrey Hudson
    The Obama administration is setting new workplace regulations to assist foreign workers who fill goat herding positions in the U.S. , including employee-paid cell phones and comfy beds. These new special procedures issued by the Labor Department must be followed by employers who want to hire temporary agricultural foreign workers to perform sheep herding or goat herding activities. It describes strict rules for sleeping quarters, lighting, food storage, bathing, laundry, cooking and new rules for the counters where food is prepared. “A separate sleeping unit shall be provided for each person, except in a family arrangement,” says the rules signed...
  • The Goat Portrait: Taking Pictures to Sell Livestock

    08/25/2011 9:43:02 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 31 replies
    Yahoo/AC ^ | August 25th, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    If I had tried to get this same image by trying to pose the animals, it never would have happened. The best pictures of livestock and pets come from the moment. Animals have emotions, but they do not provide them on a command. Looking at Rita's face, the strength and love of this animal shows.
  • Holy Henthouse Magazine! [Chicks with Assets]

    08/24/2011 8:17:55 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 16 replies
    CuteOverload ^ | 08/24/11
    Farmer Ted just took a sudden interest in egg collecting.
  • The pathway to go after farming and fertilizers ( Anti-capitalists have a plan?)

    08/24/2011 11:00:58 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | August 22, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    Reading this, especially with the climate doom opening paragraph, I’m left with the idea that it will be used as a tool to limit modern farming practices by going after yield enhancing chemical fertilzers. …it might even be feasible to use the knowledge in order to prevent nitrous oxide from being released into the atmosphere, for example, by additives in fertilizers that preserve the functioning of N2O-reductase… From the Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyNature: How the N2O Greenhouse Gas Is DecomposedFor the First Time, Microbiologists Identified the Structure of the Bacterial Enzyme that Decomposes Nitrous Oxide and the Decomposition Mechanism The...
  • *vanity* How do log homes fare with earthquakes? *vanity, chat*

    08/24/2011 7:08:02 AM PDT · by Mamzelle · 50 replies
    vanity | 8/24/55 | Mamzelle
    In the rural mountainous south, there are a number of log home buildings and builders. After the recent quake, I'm wondering if log structures might have an advantage when the ground shakes?
  • A Jew, an Arab and an Owl Walk Into a Barn

    08/24/2011 12:43:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 8/23/11 | Zafrir Rinat
    A popular superstition holding that owls are bad luck caused Arab farmers to refuse for quite some time to put up nesting boxes for the birds, even though they are widely used by Jewish farmers as a form of biological pest control. But this attitude has begun to change of late, thanks to the efforts of an ornithologist from the Lower Galilee village of Iksal. Samah Darawshe, of the Israel Ornithology Center, has managed to persuade Arab farmers in the Lower Galilee to put up dozens of nesting boxes over the last year, and dozens more are slated to go...
  • 500 years ago, yeast's epic journey gave rise to lager beer

    08/22/2011 8:03:21 PM PDT · by allmost · 30 replies
    Physorg.com ^ | August 22, 201 | Terry Devitt
    In the 15th century, when Europeans first began moving people and goods across the Atlantic, a microscopic stowaway somehow made its way to the caves and monasteries of Bavaria. The stowaway, a yeast that may have been transported from a distant shore on a piece of wood or in the stomach of a fruit fly, was destined for great things. In the dank caves and monastery cellars where 15th century brewmeisters stored their product, the newly arrived yeast fused with a distant relative, the domesticated yeast used for millennia to make leavened bread and ferment wine and ale. The resulting...
  • Lager Beer's Mystery Yeast

    08/22/2011 7:12:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 22 August 2011 | Sara Reardon
    Enlarge Image Bottoms up. Lager, as we know it, is likely a hybrid of S. cerevisiae and a newly discovered yeast from Patagonia. Credit: Stephan Zabel/iStockphoto Lager may have its roots in Bavaria, but a key ingredient arrived from halfway around the world. Scientists have discovered that the yeast used to brew this light-colored beer may hail from Argentina. Apparently, yeast cells growing in Patagonian trees made their way to Europe and into the barrels of brewers. Through the ages, brewers have tried to make their beers better, for instance, by improving on taste or color or making them...
  • Anyone know anything about Pressure Cooker/Canners?

    08/22/2011 9:21:30 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 49 replies
    22 August 2011 | US Navy Vet
    I am getting ready to do Fall Canning and I need to know what one is a good one.
  • World's Weirdest Food Festivals

    08/21/2011 3:22:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 8/21/2011
    From launching tomatoes to heaving tunas, people love to throw food, and some of the most spirited annual events offer an excuse to do so. Rumored to have originated as a local brawl (possibly an attack on city council members by disgruntled townspeople), La Tomatina in Buñol, Spain, is the world's largest food fight. In late August, the event attracts some 45,000 people who throw more than 250,000 pounds of overripe tomatoes at one another. “Participants have a wonderful time throwing tomatoes at anything that moves,” according to the Tourist Office of Spain. A horn signals the start of the...
  • Goodbye Soil: Researchers Grow Crops on Thin Films

    08/20/2011 2:37:09 PM PDT · by decimon · 19 replies
    Tom's Guide ^ | August 20, 2011 | Tuan Mai
    Japanese researchers at Mebiol have discovered an innovative new way to grow plants and crops. Substituting traditional soils with ultra thin films made of hydrogel, the scientists have been able to successfully block out unwanted bacteria and viruses in soil that can be harmful for plants. Essentially removing dirt from the equation, plant roots grow alongside the thin membrane of the hydrogel, a substance that is commonly found in diapers. The method isn't exactly a perfect replacement to traditional growing methods, since water is absorbed at a much slower rate.
  • Drought Increases Texas Black Bear Concerns

    08/20/2011 10:57:36 AM PDT · by waterhill · 18 replies
    TPWD ^ | 8-17-11 | Tom Harvey/ TPWD
    News Release Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.state.tx.us Aug. 17, 2011 Drought Increases Texas Black Bear Concerns Rural Residents, Hunters Advised to Be Bear Aware AUSTIN — Wildlife biologists are advising hunters, ranchers and rural residents that black bears appear to be roaming longer distances and may approach people or houses in search of food and water because of the drought. If conditions remain dry, people could see more bears, said Mike Krueger, district leader of the Edwards Plateau Wildlife District for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “We’re getting a few reports of people seeing bears during daylight hours, and...
  • China: Dog break-in scares 600 rabbits to death (beware of rural stray dogs)

    08/20/2011 8:28:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Asia One ^ | 08/18/11
    Dog break-in scares 600 rabbits to death China Daily/Asia News Network Thursday, Aug 18, 2011 CHINA - Three dogs broke into a rabbit farm in a village in Zhejiang province and scared 600 rabbits to death. Yan Fugen, owner of the farm in Haixin village, found about 1,000 rabbits had died after three dogs broke into the farm on Aug 7. He was surprised when he saw the nearly 600 rabbits that had died had no injuries on their bodies. Chen Dongxiang, an expert with the local animal husbandry bureau, said the deaths were the result of the animals' stress...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 32) August 19

    08/19/2011 5:01:37 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 203 replies
    Free Republic | 08-19-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. Weather has been great here in East Central Mississippi but my garden is basically done for the season. I do have some paste tomatoes coming along just fine and hope they produce before the first frost. They have a good chance to produce because the first frost around here is usually in late October or early November. 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...
  • Mt. Pleasant, Iowa Old Threshers Reunion, 2011

    08/18/2011 7:37:48 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 4 replies
    Yahoo/AC ^ | June 29th, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Tractor and Steam Engines- There are literally rows of vintage tractors and the mighty steam engines of the past. Every day when the noon whistle blows, there is a parade of tractors and steam engines in front of the grandstand. Work horses -- You can find some of the greatest work horses in the country at the Old Threshers Reunion. Watch them work at designated times during the day. They may be threshing, helping drill and much, much more. This link shows you some work horse teams and singles from last year
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 31) August 12

    08/12/2011 5:28:22 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 160 replies
    Free Republic | 08-12-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. There is not much garden news to report from East Central Mississippi this morning. I am just trying to keep everything watered and alive and picking a couple of peppers and a zucchini every once in awhile. 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 gardens are flourishing.
  • 10 Things You Didn't Know About Bananas

    08/07/2011 5:08:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | Heather Lovejoy
    Jacksonville is bananas for bananas. Consumers here eat so many that Dole Fresh Fruit has bestowed on us the title "Top Banana City." But how much do you really know about bananas? 1. They're naturally radioactive, but it's no big deal. We're exposed to low levels of natural radiation every day; it's even emitted by our bodies. So it's OK to keep eating bananas, radiation and all. 2. Bananas are berries. Botanically speaking, "berry" is defined as a fruit produced from a single ovary, so bananas are in the same category as grapes, cranberries and tomatoes. But botanically, strawberries and...
  • Oak Park Woman Faces 93-Days in Jail For Planting Vegetable Garden

    08/06/2011 3:22:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    MyFoxDetroit ^ | ALEXIS WILEY
    "The price of organic food is kind of through the roof," said Julie Bass. So, why not grow your own? However, Bass' garden is a little unique because it's in her front yard. "We thought it'd be really cool to do it so the neighbors could see. The kids love it. The kids from the neighborhood all come and help," she said. UPDATE: Story becomes internet sensation around the world, click here.>> Bass' cool garden has landed her in hot water with the City of Oak Park. Code enforcement gave her a warning, then a ticket and now she's been...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 30) August 5

    08/05/2011 5:38:05 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 154 replies
    Free Republic | 08*05*2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I transplanted 10 young paste tomato plants into my garden last Friday and wouldn’t you it, the heat gets turned up again. The area of my garden where I planted them gets shade from about 3pm on but I am having to supplying them shade from late morning until then. So far they are doing ok. I hope they survive. My pepper plants are doing well and producing nicely and I may get another round of zuke production. I got a very nice hard rain yesterday evening. Probably about 1/2 inch. If you are a gardener or...
  • The Food Crisis War Endgame

    08/04/2011 2:07:19 PM PDT · by Errant · 10 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | Aug 4, 2011 | Andrew McKillop
    Nothing gives better proof of a sure and certain, rapidly growing global food shortage than the simplest look at how commodity markets have been responding to the US debt crisis, the coming devaluation of the US dollar, and the merited exposure of Barack Obama as a loser. Stripping away the short covering, the dollar crisis, inflation fear and all the rest, we find that food prices are resisting a lot better than oil prices, to the rising likelihood of recession in the western world, and maybe also global economic recession. If food products were "pure commodities", like oil basically is,...
  • Garlic-fed cows combat global warming (!)

    08/04/2011 3:23:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 04 August 2011
    Reducing farm animals’ wind by adding garlic to feed could substantially reduce greenhouse emissions, according to research by West Wales’ scientists featured by Euronews. An organosulfur compound obtained from garlic kills off methane-producing bacteria in the digestive system of cows, according to Professor Jamie Newbold, who heads up a €5-million ($7.2-million) research program at Aberystwyth University. Cows eating feed enriched with the garlic compound — called Allicin – release 40% less gas without interference to their normal digestive fermentation, according to the research. Methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and agricultural emissions constitute approximately 18%...
  • A San Francisco Plant Once Thought Extinct Is Still Hanging on

    08/02/2011 9:21:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 2, 2011 | Maria L. La Ganga
    The Franciscan manzanita occupies a patch of hillside in the Presidio. Secrecy and a nursery rich with seeds and cuttings are part of the plan to reintroduce it to the wild. Some worry that federal park rules are not enough to protect the species. The Franciscan manzanita — described by some as San Francisco's unicorn — thrives in a kind of botanical witness protection program. Only one specimen of the low-growing shrub exists anywhere in the wild; until recently, it was believed to be extinct, having fallen victim generations ago in this city's battle between nature and development. Today, the...
  • Drought, lack of water push animals to breaking point (Texas)

    08/02/2011 10:16:45 AM PDT · by bgill · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Midland Reporter-Telegram ^ | July 27, 2011 | John Boyd
    With a record drought and record heat drying up everything from livestock troughs to full-size reservoirs, biologists say the environmental stress levels of many indigenous species are at a breaking point. Soon, the old and the young will start dying, those in the middle will put off producing offspring another year and the effects of both will echo in habitats and among hunters for years to come... As West Texas' drought-hardy plant species protect their interests by going dormant, huntable bird species like dove, quail and especially turkey lose their source of both food and cover. "Many turkeys aren't even...