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  • Chimp: You Ma Dawg!(Russian Chimp Raised By Matiff)

    02/05/2012 4:03:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 5, 2012 | Cynthia R. Fagen
    This loving mastiff didn’t mind adding one more to her litter of pups, even though it didn’t have a tail to wag and was suspiciously wearing a diaper.
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Vacation) Vol. 5, February 03, 2012

    02/03/2012 6:59:49 AM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 132 replies
    Free Republic | 02-03-2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners! Red Devil here. JustaDumbBlonde and her husband are on their way up to Montana for a well deserved vacation. She should be able to post the thread from her remote Montana location next week.  I am sure she will continue with her plans for a soil structure thread next week. Her Thread subjects are so informative and interesting. Although I have not been real active on the thread, I read each and every post. Y'all have been doing a great job!I should be able to get some sort of a  garden going this year, at our...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Soil Types) Vol. 4, January 27, 2012

    01/27/2012 10:40:54 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 85 replies
    January 27, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    I have a dear friend and neighbor who is elderly and not in the best of health. Day in and day out during gardening season she sits at her kitchen table and watches me work in my yard and garden, living vicariously through me. Once or twice a week I'll take her some vegetables and we discuss gardening, which was such an important part of her earlier years. You can see the love of gardening in her eyes every time we have a talk. I asked her one day to tell me the difference between dirt and soil. Soil,...
  • Green Lebensraum: The Nazi Roots of Sustainable Development

    01/27/2012 9:55:48 AM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman
    The American Thinker ^ | 1-27-2012 | Mark Musser
    After the war, social engineering based on Aryan biology was replaced with a blander form of socialism, but its ties to environmentalism and sustainable development continued unabated and grew exponentially in the decades to come. Environmental planners just exchanged brown paint with red paint -- all the while keeping the interior green. German spatial planners played an early critical role in the development of the EU's sustainable development policies ...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (U.S. Hardiness Zones) Supplemental Vol. 1

    01/26/2012 12:04:04 PM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 44 replies · 1+ views
    U.S. Department of Agriculture ^ | January 26, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    SUPPLEMENTAL VOL. 1 USDA Unveils New Plant Hardiness Zone Map The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released the new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map, updating a useful tool for gardeners and researchers for the first time since 1990 with greater accuracy and detail. The new map — jointly developed by USDA's Agricultural Research Service and Oregon State University's PRISM Climate Group — is available online at . ARS is the chief intramural scientific research agency of USDA. For the first time, the new map offers a Geographic Information System based interactive format and is specifically...
  • NEW USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Maps

    01/26/2012 9:53:45 AM PST · by orsonwb · 16 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | January 26, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    On January 25, 2012, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM), the first major update since 1990. See the new map, detailed state specific PHZMs, as well as PHZMs for Australia, Canada, China, Europe, and Japan...
  • Rabies vaccine to be dropped from the air

    01/22/2012 3:52:05 PM PST · by Libertynotfree · 18 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | Jan22,2012 | Libertynotfree
    The Texas Department of State Health Services will drop vaccines from the air Wednesday. It's part of the annual effort to protect people and livestock from rabies.
  • Evidence for Oldest Popcorn in South America Discovered

    01/21/2012 3:44:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Live Science ^ | 01/20/12 | Remy Melina
    Evidence for Oldest Popcorn in South America Discovered Remy Melina, LiveScience Staff Writer Date: 20 January 2012 Time: 10:50 AM ET They may not have had television sets, but ancient Peruvians did share one part of our movie-watching culture: popcorn. Researchers have found evidence that societies living along the coast of Peru were eating the air-filled snack about 1,000 years earlier than previously estimated — even predating the use of ceramic pottery. Corn husks, stalks, cobs and tassels (pollen-producing flowers on corn) dating from 6,700 to 3,000 years ago were unearthed at Paredones and Huaca Prieta, two sites on Peru's...
  • 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 · 317 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