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  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 3, January 20, 2012

    01/20/2012 9:56:41 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 163 replies
    January 20, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    It was just a couple of weeks ago that I was really glad that the last of my garden had frozen. Being blessed with a long growing season is not always what it's cracked-up to be. You understand ... gardening is hard work! When it lasts from March or April until December, it can get tedious.Then, yesterday, my first order of seeds that I don't need came in from John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds. Four beautiful little envelopes that sound like maracas; Baby Lincoln Leeks, Tres Fine Maraichere Endive, Beaumont Broccoli, and Large Fruited Mixture Ornamental Gourds.I am stoked.Yep,...
  • Draft horse dies at Pa. Farm Show

    01/14/2012 2:36:36 PM PST · by dickmc · 62 replies
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | January 14, 2012 | Laura Olson
    HARRISBURG -- Tuesday evening was showtime for Mark, a burly 6-year-old Belgian draft horse competing in the Farm Show's pulling event. He had trained on a farm in Fulton County with a couple interested in buying him. But his owners decided they couldn't part with the animal, and brought him home before entering him in the state competition. He and his partner pulled a full load in the competition, carrying a sled with more than 8,500 pounds of weight, but he collapsed as he was being unhooked. He was declared dead shortly afterward, from what likely was an aneurysm or...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Seeds) Vol. 2, January 13, 2012

    01/13/2012 8:25:57 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 176 replies
    January 13, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning everybody! It is cold and clear here in NE Louisiana, zone 8a, we should reach 50° today under sunny skies. We've received several inches of rain in the past 3 weeks, so there will be no garden prep for a while yet, but the sunny sky has a way of getting me in the mood. In last week's thread we discussed our seed and supply catalogs. This week I intended to discuss saving seeds from our own harvests, and starting seeds indoors. In preparing, I actually found a couple of articles that are very informative and give good...
  • It's a good start to labeling our foods

    01/10/2012 11:26:08 AM PST · by Libertynotfree · 6 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | Jan10,2012 | Libertynotfree
    Percy Schmeiser, a Canadian farmer, works on farming and developing his own seeds for 50 years. When his fields were contaminated, Monsanto threatened him, intimidated him, and tried to take his land away. He took them to court.
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Catalog Fever) Vol. 1 Jan 6, 2012

    01/06/2012 9:53:54 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 316 replies
    January 6, 2012 | 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...
  • Fedzilla is demanding I complete a 4-page survey ... about my garden! (vanity)

    01/06/2012 8:50:18 AM PST · by matt1234 · 147 replies
    me ^ | Jan. 6, 2012 | me
    Are you ready for the vegetable census? Yesterday I received the “2012 National Agricultural Classification Survey” from the US Dept. of Agriculture. It was accompanied by a cover letter stating (in large, bold font) that my response is required by law; and, if I do not reply, I “may be personally visited.” I am not and have never been a farmer or rancher. My land has never been farmed or ranched. I do, however, have a vegetable garden that I built in 2009. This garden is private and noncommercial. There is no illegal activity whatsoever on my property. The survey...
  • “Zombie” Fly Parasite Killing Honeybees

    01/05/2012 10:00:37 AM PST · by BlueDragon · 36 replies
    Scientific American ^ | Jan. 3, 2012 | “Zombie” Fly Parasite Killing Honeybees
    A heap of dead bees was supposed to become food for a newly captured praying mantis. Instead, the pile ended up revealing a previously unrecognized suspect in colony collapse disorder—a mysterious condition that for several years has been causing declines in U.S. honeybee populations, which are needed to pollinate many important crops. This new potential culprit is a bizarre—and potentially devastating—parasitic fly that has been taking over the bodies of honeybees (Apis mellifera) in Northern California.
  • 2012 National Agricultural Classification Survey

    01/04/2012 8:46:05 AM PST · by LRS · 6 replies
    vanity;U.S. mail ^ | USDA, vanity
    2012 National Agricultural Classification Survey
  • Jerry Dimitman Dies at 91; Professor Grew Prized Asian Fruit

    01/03/2012 7:17:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 3, 2012 | David Karp
    Jerry Dimitman, a retired professor of plant pathology at Cal Poly Pomona who regularly caused an uproar when he showed up to sell his exotic fruit at the Alhambra farmers market, died Dec. 14 of a stroke at his home overlooking the San Gabriel Valley. He was 91. Such was the mystique that he cultivated, along with some of the state's oldest, largest and rarest exotic Asian fruit trees, that he and his family always insisted that his home's location remain unspecified to deter intrusions by overzealous fruit lovers. Many of his crops, such as lychees, longans, pummelos and mandarins,...
  • Utica (NY) Police Officers Caught on Tape (Planting drugs?)

    01/03/2012 10:04:29 AM PST · by thefactor · 41 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jan 2, 2012 | Youtube
    I don't think there are any real articles written about this yet. Seems to have occurred about 11 months ago and is just coming to light. The action occurs at exactly the 1 minute mark.As many of you know, I'm a cop. I complain about the anti-cop posts and posters, but I also have the responsibility to bring things like this to light. If this went down, this guy needs to be fired and sent to prison. I have also heard that one of the cops is the son-in-law of the new Mayor.
  • Kent State University's winemaking degree: Whatever happened to ...?

    01/03/2012 3:44:28 AM PST · by EBH · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 1/3/12 | Karen Farkas
    "And we are finding a lot of people are making wine in their basement and are interested not necessarily in a degree but in the knowledge," she said. Classes will be offered for continuing education as well as for credit, she said. Currently all students are taking classes for credit, she said. The Kent State program, the first in Ohio to offer college degrees related to winemaking, is affiliated with the Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance, founded about eight years ago to serve wineries between the Appalachians and the Rockies. The alliance, at Missouri State University, has partnered with...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 51) December 30

    12/30/2011 8:33:35 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 155 replies
    Free Republic | December 30, 2011 | JustaDumbBlonde
  • Medical Journal Article: 14,000 U.S. Deaths Tied to Fukushima Reactor Disaster Fallout

    12/25/2011 6:35:16 PM PST · by LucyT · 68 replies
    PR Newswire. ^ | Dec. 19, 2011, | oseph Mangano and Janette Sherman, International Journal of Health Services
    Impact Seen As Roughly Comparable to Radiation-Related Deaths After Chernobyl; Infants Are Hardest Hit, With Continuing Research Showing Even Higher Possible Death Count An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, according to a major new article in the December 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services. This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima.Authors Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman note that their estimate of 14,000 excess U.S. deaths in the 14...
  • A Vandalized Valley (VDH nails it)

    12/21/2011 5:47:29 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 31 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/21/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    While the elites make excuses, citizens cope with theft and destruction. I am starting to feel as if I am living in a Vandal state, perhaps on the frontier near Carthage around a.d. 530, or in a beleaguered Rome in 455. Here are some updates from the rural area surrounding my farm, taken from about a 30-mile radius. In this take, I am not so much interested in chronicling the flotsam and jetsam as in fathoming whether there is some ideology that drives it. Last week an ancestral rural school near the Kings River had its large bronze bell stolen....
  • It's all about global food control

    12/19/2011 4:28:31 PM PST · by Libertynotfree · 7 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | Dec 19,2011 | Libertynotfree
    Excerpts: In accordance with the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Codex Alimentarius scheme for global food control, the NZ Food Bill, if passed, will essentially transfer primary control of food from individuals to corporations under the guise of food safety. And unless massive public outcry and awakened consciences within the NZ government are able to put a stop to it, the bill could become law very soon. According to NZ Food Security, a group working to protect the food freedom of New Zealanders, the bill will turn growing and sharing food into a government-granted privilege rather than a human right. It...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 49) December 16

    12/16/2011 5:47:03 AM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 92 replies · 1+ views
    Free Republic | 12-16-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I hope all of you are doing well and wish you a Merry Christmas. Today’s thread will be the last one I post as the host of the gardening thread. Thankfully the thread will continue to be posted by Freeper JustaDumbBlonde. Not only is she is a very experienced gardener, she and her husband run a large acreage family farm growing corn, cotton, wheat, soybeans and various other crops. Her large kitchen garden is so successful she has set up a roadside stand to sell her produce. I am confident the Gardening Thread will be in very...
  • Norway butter shortage threatens Christmas treats

    12/14/2011 12:47:57 PM PST · by bgill · 18 replies
    AFP ^ | Dec. 13, 2011 | Mychele Daniau
    An acute butter shortage in Norway, one of the world's richest countries, has left people worrying how to bake their Christmas goodies with store shelves emptied and prices through the roof. The shortfall, expected to last into January, amounts to between 500 and 1,000 tonnes, said Tine, Norway's main dairy company, while online sellers have offered 500-gramme packs for up to 350 euros ($465)... Last Friday, customs officers stopped a Russian at the Norwegian-Swedish border and seized 90 kilos (198 pounds) of butter stashed in his car.
  • Why did Obama Lift the Ban on Horse Slaughter?

    12/14/2011 10:36:34 AM PST · by Libertynotfree · 33 replies
    While we were celebrating Thanksgiving, Obama quietly signed legislation on November 18, which removed the ban on horse slaughter and allowing it for human consumption. Why did he change his position on banning the horse slaughter? As we know, President Obama made a campaign promise in 2008 to permanently ban horse slaughter and exports of horses for human consumption. Furthermore, in certain States, the U.S. Federal Government set aside millions of acres of public lands for the indigenous wild horses, or Mustangs. Read more... http://www.naturalremediesmatter.wordpress.com
  • Nebraska Governor Criticizes HSUS

    12/13/2011 1:34:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Farm Futures ^ | December 13, 2011 | Grant Schulte AP
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman criticized the Humane Society of the United States on Monday, saying he would fight any efforts by its lobbyists to push legislation that could hinder Nebraska's agricultural industry. The Humane Society of the United States opened an office in Omaha last year. A group spokesman has said the new office and state issues director in Nebraska were intended to help small farmers gain access to markets traditionally dominated by larger operations. But Heineman, a Republican, said he did not trust the group's intentions.
  • Pinot noir grapes reveal 700-year climate record

    12/12/2011 4:07:55 AM PST · by Renfield · 24 replies
    PhysOrg.com ^ | 12-09-2011 | Chris Gorski
    The French call pinot noir "the noble grape" and have long considered it a source of inspiration. Now it can also be appreciated as the reason for an extensive, localized climate record. A study found a close match between pinot noir grape harvest dates in Burgundy, sea surface temperature trends and the Western European climate. The relationship could be used to forecast harvest dates months in advance. Yves Tourre, from the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, N.Y. and the French meteorological service, Meteo-France, in Toulouse, presented research on the significance of a nearly 700-year record of pinot noir grape...
  • Wandering cows cause collisions on W. Ky. Parkway

    12/11/2011 10:17:55 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Henderson Gleaner (Evansville Courier and Press) ^ | December 10, 2011 | Gleaner staff
    Transportation officials closed a section of Interstate 69/Western Kentucky Parkway for hours Saturday after a group of cows obstructed the roadway causing several collisions in Caldwell County. Spokesman Keith Todd for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said he was first alerted of the situation around 3:45 a.m. and that there were “an undetermined number of cows loose along Interstate 69.” By 7 a.m., some of the cattle had been rounded up but officials decided to close the Interstate between Exit 12 and Exit 24 near Princeton. Todd said only one motorist had been taken to Methodist Hospital for minor injuries after...
  • Back to the future.

    12/09/2011 5:10:03 PM PST · by Lowell1775 · 5 replies
    Open Source Survival ^ | 12-8-2011 | Brother Rat
    Revisiting the resilient lifestyle… Things finally collapse, and you go to the basement, start digging out survival gear and freeze dry food. You gather the family around the radio, shotgun in hand and begin worrying about how long the “stuff” will last. OR You get up at six AM as usual, open a bag of your favorite coffee, mixing it 50/50 with the chickory root you gathered in the summer. Opening the spout on the Big Berkey water filter, you fill the percolator you picked up at a yard sale, for 2 bucks. You set the coffee on the woodstove...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 48) December 9

    12/09/2011 6:08:33 AM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 70 replies
    Free Republic | 12-9-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. As many of you may know, my wife is a manager at a Wal-Mart Superstore. About a month or so ago she was approached, via email, by Wal-Mart, informing her that there was a position opening up in one of their stores in Shreveport, La. and they wanted to do a phone interview with her if she was interested. She agreed and did the interview. Well last week they called her back and told her the position was hers if she wanted it. We were given an hour to make the decision. Job wise this is a...
  • Something "Green" That May Be Worthwhile

    12/07/2011 8:30:41 AM PST · by ferrgus · 28 replies
    So, I just discovered a product called "strawboard." Apparently it's been used in Europe for 40+ years, but it's kinda new in the US. Some sources say that a typical house requires about an acre's worth of clear-cut timber, which would take about 30 years to replace. That same house (according to these sources) could be built using 18 acres of straw -- which is a waste product from wheat production. I've been searching, but I haven't found any serious problems with using strawboard. Presumably, it doesn't hold up as well to moisture as traditional wood does, but I don't...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 47) December 2

    12/02/2011 5:11:38 AM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 79 replies
    Free Republic | 12-2-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I can’t believe it is already December, Brrrrrrrrr! It is 27 this morning in East Central Mississippi and is forecast to be in the mid 60s this afternoon. There are no plans to do any outside work for this gardener today. What needs to be done can wait until Saturday and Sunday when it is supposed to be in the high 60s and into the 70s. Just waiting for Spring now. 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...
  • A friend in mead is a friend indeed.

    11/29/2011 7:56:30 PM PST · by Lowell1775 · 6 replies
    As I mentioned in a previous entry, I went experimental on this batch of mead. I was concerned that fermentation was stuck and I honestly was afraid I might have to start over. My curiosity finally got the best of me last evening so I decided to sample and bottle it, if it was any good. Here is a list of what you need to bottle your mead. Getting ready for a cold winters night. EVERYTHING MUST BE STERILIZED! Bottles (20-24 per 5 Gal) Corks A container of water big enough to hold the corks Press to place the corks...
  • Rick Perry 1992 RNC Convention Speech

    11/27/2011 8:16:40 AM PST · by shield · 65 replies · 1+ views
    YouTube ^ | 1992 | RNC Convention 1992
    Rick Perry 1992 RNC Convention Speech as Texas Ag Commissioner.
  • 5 unbeaten eating challenges

    11/25/2011 4:28:46 PM PST · by GeronL · 32 replies
    CBNC/Yahoo ^ | Nov 23, 2011 | Paul Toscano
    For many people, the word eating challenge evokes the iconic scene in the movie "The Great Outdoors,"when John Candy tackles "The Old 96er" to the chagrin of his digestive tract. More recently, the Travel Channel's "Man vs. Food" show has popularized eating challenges, which have increasingly become a strategy for restaurants across the country to make a name for themselves, draw in new customers, and simply have fun. For those testing their fortitude through eating challenges, clearing a plate of outrageously large or spicy meals will often win them a T-shirt, their photo on the wall, and dinner on the...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 46) November 25

    11/25/2011 5:10:38 AM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 62 replies
    Free Republic | 11-25-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. My day was nice, quiet and lazy. Mrs. RD had to go to work at one pm and did not get off until two this morning, so we will be having our Thanksgiving feast this afternoon. We are having a roasted Turkey breast with the typical side dishes. We usually have a Ham but Mrs. RD wanted Turkey this year so Turkey it is. It is forecast to be in the low 70s today so I may get out and gather up some leaves for the compost and some...
  • How Private Property Saved the Pilgrims

    11/24/2011 8:45:34 AM PST · by FreeKeys · 24 replies
    Hoover Digest ^ | January 30, 1999 | Tom Bethell
    When the Pilgrims landed in 1620, they established a system of communal property. Within three years they had scrapped it, instituting private property instead. Hoover media fellow Tom Bethell tells the story. There are three configurations of property rights: state, communal, and private property. Within a family, many goods are in effect communally owned. But when the number of communal members exceeds normal family size, as happens in tribes and communes, serious and intractable problems arise. It becomes costly to police the activities of the members, all of whom are entitled to their share of the total product of the...
  • Surprise! America's favorite meal may be secretly dedicated to Allah

    11/22/2011 7:30:20 AM PST · by Usagi_yo · 143 replies
    Worldnetdaily ^ | November 21, 2011 | By Drew Zahn
    As you sit down with your family on Thanksgiving and consider offering a prayer of gratitude, be aware the turkey at the center of the table may have already been "blessed" – in the name of Allah. Customer service representatives from Butterball, one of America's most popular Turkey brands, confirmed to WND that the company's whole turkeys are – without being labeled as such – slaughtered according to Islamic "halal" standards. "Halal slaughter involves cutting the trachea, the esophagus and the jugular vein and letting the blood drain out while saying, 'Bismillah allahu akbar' Read more: Has your Thanksgiving turkey...
  • The Beefbreaker: Oscar Yedra Wants His Cut of the New Meat-Carving Movement

    11/20/2011 10:19:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    San Francisco Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Nov 16 2011 | Lauren Smiley
    There is nothing subtle about a 200-pound, fat-flanked steer hindquarter slung on a man's back. The sight brings out the red-blooded Neanderthal in even the Mason-jar-wine and skinny-jeans crowd at Oakland's Eat Real Festival in September. Despite the event's civilized sponsorship partners, like Whole Foods and Prius, the spectators roar and whistle as if a gladiator had entered the Colosseum. The charge is visceral, vaguely sexual. "Kill somebody!" one man yells. Staffers hang up the leg by its heel on a hook. "Bring on the ketchup!" "Give us some scraps!" The crowd sees a naked animal carcass, arguably as provocative...
  • Well, if 60 Minutes says taxes need go up, who can argue?

    11/20/2011 5:05:42 PM PST · by Minn · 13 replies
    Setting aside the fact that Grover Norquist is an agent of Islamic jihad, did you catch 60 Minutes? Dan Rather would be proud. The only reasonable position one can take is that taxes have to go up. Even "Republican" Alan Simpson says so. No mention of the fact that increased taxes have never been shown to reduce deficits anywhere at any time.
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 45) November 18

    11/18/2011 5:11:32 AM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 137 replies · 1+ views
    Free Republic | 11-18-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. Thanksgiving is next week and I hope all Freepers enjoy a bountiful feast with family and friends. Don’t forget to give thanks, it can turn a meal into a feast. A reminder for those of you who have a frozen turkey, for every 4 pounds of turkey it will take a day to thaw in the refrigerator. A 20-pound turkey will take 5 days so you need to start defrosting it tomorrow. If your turkey will not fit into your fridge defrost it in an ice chest with ice. If the turkey is allowed to thaw at...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 44) November 11

    11/11/2011 5:06:00 AM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 89 replies · 1+ views
    Free Republic | 11-11-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. Remembering Veterans Day. Here is a big Thank You to all who have served our Country. Just wondering how many of you gardeners are Veterans? It is a Chilly 29 F here in East Central Mississippi. I have been trying to keep up with the leaves falling off the trees and I am hating the pine needles more and more everyday. I don’t use them in my compost pile because they take to long to break down. I pile them by the roadside and the county comes by once a week and vacuums them up. I hope...
  • Any tips for getting rid of ticks on wooded property? (Vanity)

    11/10/2011 9:40:38 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 72 replies
    11/10/2011 | BuckeyeTexan
    Does anyone have recommendations for treating heavily wooded property for ticks? My one-year-old basset hound (Sophie) is an indoor dog, but she has free access to a little over an acre of heavily wooded property. (300+ oaks and pecans.) I've tried every treatment I can find to put on Sophie to prevent ticks, but I'm still finding them on her once every few days. She sleeps on my daughter's bed, so I'm worried about a tick dropping off in the bed. She's a lemon basset hound so the ticks are easy to see unless they're really small. Is there anything...
  • Royal Agricultural Winter Fair starts in Toronto

    11/04/2011 10:05:11 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 4 replies
    English xinhuanet News ^ | November 5th 2011 | Tang Danlu
    Six beautiful photos with captions of the show. Fruits and vegetables planted in Canada are displayed during the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair at Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, Canada, on Nov. 4, 2011. The ten-day 2011 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair that opened here on Friday is one of the largest combined indoor agricultural fair in the world.(Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Drought Adds Poignant Twist To Deer Season

    11/04/2011 3:05:44 PM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | November 4, 2011 | Jason Sickles
    When dawn breaks on the Texas horizon Saturday morning, hundreds of thousands of hunters will be lying in wait with rifles in hand. In the Lone Star State, opening day of deer season is as coveted as the Cowboys and cold beer. "The night before is as close to Christmas Eve as you can get without presents under the tree," says Mike Cox, a spokesman with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Hunters, however, could be in for a cruel surprise this year. Texas just suffered through its hottest summer ever and is in the midst of an unrelenting historic...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 43) November 4

    11/04/2011 5:08:00 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 74 replies
    Free Republic | 11-04-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I hope all of you are doing well this first week in November. Daylight Saving Time officially ends in the U.S. and Canada, at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6th, when clocks are moved back one hour. We have had some nice weather with lows in the mid to high 30’s and up into the mid 60’s for highs the last couple of days. Forecasts are calling for lows in the 40’s with Highs in the low 70’s for the next week. I hope all your Fall gardens are prospering. If you are a gardener or you...
  • I have a Science Question (vanity)

    11/03/2011 4:03:50 AM PDT · by 30Moves · 38 replies
    self | 11/3/11 | 30Moves
    Do the hot coals left over from a wood stove put in a metal bucket and left in my greenhouse give off CO2 or Carbon Monoxide or both? I do this to keep the temp above freezing - the greenhouse is not completely air-tight - due to my inept construction it cannot be :) - so there is some fresh air getting in. Will doing this kill my plants? I have done research but still am unclear.
  • USDA Predicts Surging Food Prices in Coming Year

    10/30/2011 6:55:00 PM PDT · by JDW11235 · 45 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 30, 2011 | Christopher Santarelli
    The USDA has released their projections for food price inflation in 2011/2012, showing troubling forecasts that may send you to the grocery store today, before paying higher prices tomorrow. The report shows that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for all food increased 0.8 percent between 2009 and 2010, and is forecasted to increase 3.5 to 4.5 percent in 2011. Items that are expected to inflate the most include beef, cooking oils, and seafood. Processed vegetables and beverages were projected to to see smaller changes in the CPI. The Wall Street Journal notes that “the midpoint of the new USDA outlook...
  • Couple Lost in Apple Orchard Calls 911 [Massachusetts -- again]

    10/29/2011 12:04:42 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 63 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct 29, 2011 8:00am | Colleen Curry
    There must be something in the water in Massachusetts this year. For the second time in a month, police have responded to a 911 call from a couple stranded — and lost — on a farm outing. This time, the rescue appeal came from an apple orchard. When Mark and Marcia Rosenthal of Boston went apple-picking on the afternoon of Oct. 22, they didn’t expect it to end with a rescue. According to the farm’s owner, the two wandered too from their parked car at Honey Pot Orchard in Stow, and as night began to fall, they became frightened that...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 42) October 28

    10/28/2011 5:05:33 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 149 replies
    Free Republic | 10-28-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. We had our first frost last Friday but the weather has been beautiful ever since. I have been gathering leaves and other yard waste to add to my compost pile, which has grown nicely over the last few weeks and it is heating up and cooking nicely. I hope all your Fall gardens prosper. 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...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 41) October 21

    10/21/2011 5:04:45 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 71 replies
    Free Republic | 10-21-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. We have had the first frost of Fall this morning in East Central Mississippi. It will warm up into the 70s the next few days and possibly even up to 80s by Tuesday. Not much gardening will be going on for me until next Spring. I hope all your Fall gardens prosper. 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...
  • Drug-Resistant Staph Infections in Europe Could Mark Start of a New Epidemic

    10/18/2011 10:04:33 AM PDT · by FritzG · 3 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 16 Oct 2011 | Robin Lloyd
    FLAGSTAFF, Arizona—A relatively new type of drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus could represent the world’s next bacterial epidemic, an environmental health expert said here today at a conference for science writers. The superbug, called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strain 398, or MRSA ST398, was first identified in an infant in the Netherlands in 1994 and traced back to her family’s pigs. Now, researchers are starting to see more serious infections and some of the cases reveal no direct link to livestock, said Lance B. Price, director of the Center for Microbiomics and Human Health at The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), in Flagstaff. “The rate...
  • Thanks for the hay

    10/15/2011 8:22:41 PM PDT · by bgill · 5 replies
    vanity | Oct. 15, 2011 | vanity
    Thank you, Indiana for sending hay to the Texas ranchers! With this drought, they truly need it.
  • 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...