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  • Farm parody of 'Sexy and I Know It' goes viral

    07/06/2012 6:07:31 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 7-6-12 | Roxana Hegeman
    WICHITA, Kan. -- Kansas State University student Greg Peterson and some friends were unwinding at a drive-in restaurant when LMFAO's song "Sexy and I Know It" came on the radio. He groaned. But as the chorus droned on, the 21-year-old found inspiration. He switched "sexy" to "farming" as he began rapping. Then he started coming up with lyrics. It would be fun, he thought, to do a video parody with his brothers when he returned home to the family farm in central Kansas. Peterson said the brothers aimed the video at their city friends on Facebook because they "hardly knew...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 27, July 06, 2012

    07/06/2012 10:51:22 AM PDT · by Ellendra · 110 replies
    It's Friday once again, and our regular gardening threadmasters still seem to be MIA. If anyone has the gardening ping list, or if anyone can get hold of JADB and have her send it to me, it would be much appreciated. In the mean time, I'm going to try and rebuild the list. That's going take a while. Welcome to the Weekly Gardening thread! Fell free to jump in, whether you're a master gardener, or have never touched a seed in your life, this is the place to have fun and learn! It's impossible to get off-topic, since this thread...
  • Farming in Dark Age Britain

    07/06/2012 4:50:58 AM PDT · by Renfield · 26 replies
    Suite 101 ^ | 3-18-2011 | Brenda Lewis
    In the Dark Ages, the early Anglo-Saxon settlers in Britain led a hard life farming the land, in total contrast to their Romano-British predecessors. When the Romans invaded Britain in 43AD, they found a land of thick forests, heath and swampland. There were no towns, no roads - or nothing that a Roman would have recognized as proper roads - and no bridges. After the Romans However, by the time the Romans abandoned Britain four centuries later, they had turned it into a quite different place. The Anglo-Saxon settlers who began to arrive in large numbers in around 450AD found...
  • I'm Farming and I Grow It - YouTube

    A parody music video promoting agriculture! If you like it, feel free to share it with your friends! No copyright infringement of original song intended. Lyrics: When I'm up at seven, the sunrise gives me a glimpse of heaven I get right to work, a farmer's life can be a little berserk yeah This is how I roll, I feed the cattle till their stomachs are full Treat em right, that's my belief, What's for dinner? I say beef! Gotta feed Everybody Gotta Feed Everybody Gotta Feed Everybody (Uh-Huh) I work out (side!) When I step to the bunk (yeah)...
  • Why supermarket tomatoes tend to taste bland

    06/30/2012 2:03:31 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 31 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 30 June 2011 | Jon Bardin
    The mass-produced tomatoes we buy at the grocery store tend to taste more like cardboard than fruit. Now researchers have discovered one reason why: a genetic mutation, common in store-bought tomatoes, that reduces the amount of sugar and other tasty compounds in the fruit. SNIP But the new study, published this week in Science, found that the mutation that leads to the uniform appearance of most store-bought tomatoes has an unintended consequence: It disrupts the production of a protein responsible for the fruit's production of sugar. SNIP The study authors set out to pin down the genetic change that makes...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 26, June 29, 2012

    06/29/2012 10:18:09 AM PDT · by Ellendra · 77 replies
    Our regular gardening threadmasters seem to be busy, so I'm posting one to start us off with. If anybody has the ping list, please use it!
  • Nothin' Runs Like a Deer - FLOTUS

    06/27/2012 5:00:51 PM PDT · by IamConservative · 36 replies
    6/27/12 | yt
    FLOTUS in her best John Deere Summer Apparel..
  • Senate Passed Farm Bill

    06/22/2012 2:55:15 PM PDT · by Libertynotfree · 4 replies
    foxnews ^ | June22,2012 | Libertynotfree
    The Senate on Thursday completed a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that cuts farm subsidies and land conservation spending by about $2 billion a year but largely protects sugar growers and some 46 million food stamp beneficiaries. The 64-35 vote for passage defied political odds. Many inside and outside of Congress had predicted that legislation so expensive and so complicated would have little chance of advancing in an election year. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell called it "one of the finest moments in the Senate in recent times in terms of how you pass a bill."
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 25, June 22, 2012

    06/22/2012 7:06:41 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 65 replies
    Friday, June 22, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Anybody enjoying the heat???? Good morning, FRiends and fellow gardeners! My thanks to Red Devil_232 and his beautiful tomato plants for hosting last week's gardening thread. Here in NELA, we welcomed the first day of summer with temps in 3 digits ... at one time yesterday afternoon, our digital weather station had the temperature outside at 102.4! The remote unit that is transmitting the temp is on the north end of the house, tucked up under the eve and out of the sun. Whew!Lots going on here. We've been enjoying sweet corn (var. Serendipity) all week, and the harvest...
  • Invasive brown kelp worries Calif. researchers

    06/20/2012 8:39:51 AM PDT · by kevkrom · 11 replies
    SFGate ^ | 2012-06-20 | Peter Fimrite
    A highly invasive form of brown kelp native to Japan has spread throughout the San Francisco waterfront since it was discovered three years ago and could threaten native species and ecosystems if money and resources aren't put into stopping its spread, researchers say.
  • The case for mandatory GMO labeling

    06/18/2012 3:53:02 PM PDT · by southern rock · 26 replies
    Natural News ^ | 06/18/2012 | Mike Adams
    The case for mandatory GMO labeling - even if you believe in limited government and the free market (NaturalNews) Now that the GMO labeling ballot measure has been officially accepted onto the California ballot, Monsanto is gearing up its propaganda campaign that aims to convince people you don't need to know what you're eating! Trust us, we're the food companies! We never lie, do we? For the record, I'm an opponent of most government mandates against individuals. When the government says you have to give your children vaccine shots, that's a violation of your liberty. When Mayor Bloomberg says you...
  • Downeast Cider Revs Up

    06/16/2012 5:06:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    WBUR ^ | May 25, 2012 | SUE MCCRORY
    Megan Riesz Ross Brockman and Tyler Mosher used to wake up at 7 AM to study for the GMATs. But one morning, Mosher turned to Brockman and admitted he hadn’t looked at the test materials for two weeks. “I was like, ‘me neither,’” Brockman said in a phone interview. “This was a turning point for us.” Instead of pouring their efforts into getting into business school, the two former Bates College graduates – along with another former classmate, Ben Manter – were in the midst of building Downeast Cider House, a hard cider company currently based in Waterville, ME, but...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 24, June 15, 2012

    06/15/2012 5:33:15 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 64 replies
    Free Republic | Red_Devil 232
    Weekly Gardening Thread Good morning gardeners. JustaDumbBlonde has been very busy lately and asked me to post this weeks thread for her. She felt bad about not being able to respond to posts on last weeks thread. I hope all of your gardens are doing well. My little 6 x 6 raised bed tomato patch is coming along fine. It has benefited from a couple of good rain showers in the last couple of weeks. "> This picture was taken at about 3:30 pm yesterday. The shade starts moving on to the tomato patch at about 3 pm and...
  • Would You Live in a Meat-Free ‘Utopia?’

    06/11/2012 6:51:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Monday, Jun. 11 2012 | Zosia Bielski
    When only macadamia–based cheese will do for that late-night craving, a new luxury condo on New York’s Lower East Side delivers: the Madison Jackson has been “designed to support a vegetarian or vegan organic lifestyle,” offering prospective tenants 24-hour organic vegetarian room service, organic dry cleaning and an on-site juice bar, “for those who get kale cravings at 2 a.m.” The “vegan condo” will also offer in-house nutritional counselling, craniosacral therapy and Jivamukti yoga, which combines hatha yoga with meditation and stresses veganism and environmentalism. “We have many people who are health conscious,” Michael Bolla, the building’s developer, told
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 23, June 8, 2012

    06/08/2012 7:26:30 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 125 replies
    June 8, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning! Hope that all of my FRiends and fellow gardeners have had a good and productive week.Began the Spring harvest in my apiary yesterday, which yielded 7 gallons of beautiful honey from 3 hives. Still have 3 hives from which to pull the honey boxes, and the remaining hives will not harvest until Fall because they are relatively new. Bit of trivia here ... a gallon of honey weighs 12 pounds.The wheat harvest is over and the farm is buzzing with tractors getting cotton and soybeans planted on the wheat ground. The field corn has tassled and pollinated,...
  • Any St. Augustine, Fl folks here?

    06/08/2012 7:03:03 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 10 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | 6/8/12/ | Oshkalaboomboom
    I have some friends going to St. Augustine next week and I'd like them to pick me up some Datil peppers, maybe even a plant. Where is the best place to get some? Do they have them in the produce section of the local supermarkets like Publix or do you have to seek out a local grower? I've just started some plants from seeds I bought online but if I could get some peppers right from the source I could not only have something to eat now I'd have more seeds for future projects. Thanks in advance for any pointers.
  • How Wisconsin and Alabama just helped save the world

    06/07/2012 9:35:26 AM PDT · by djone · 29 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | June 6 2012 | James Delingpole
    "Governor Scott Walker's victory in Wisconsin and an equally important but perhaps less well-publicised victory won in the Alabama house and senate over the UN's malign and insidious Agenda 21."
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 22 (Keywords 2) June 1, 2012

    06/01/2012 8:06:36 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 123 replies
    Friday, June 1, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning and happy June to my gardening FRiends and fellow gardeners!You may have noticed that I titled last week's thread "Keywords", and then totally forgot to write the first word about the topic. That illustrates perfectly how frazzled my mind is these days. As I was getting ready to hit the post button, I kept thinking there was something I was forgetting, but finally convinced myself that it probably wasn't *that* important, and I posted the thread. I apologize.There has been more than once that great information has been posted by one of our members, but I can't...
  • Whitewater Baldy Complex Fire

    05/30/2012 8:37:58 PM PDT · by Carthego delenda est · 14 replies
    Incident Information System ^ | 5-30-2012 | government
    The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team, under the direction of Incident Commander Tony Sciacca, assumed command of the fire at 6:00 a.m. Saturday 5/26. Mandatory evacuations are in place for the community of Mogollon and the Willow Creek Subdivision. Road/Trail/Area closures and Catwalk National Rec Trail Closure are in place on the Gila National Forest. Visit the Gila NF website at for details. Smoke advisories are in effect. View the Smoke Advisory article under "Announcements" for further information. Smoke projection models are posted in "Photographs." Areas around Albuquerque, Belen, Socorro, Magdalena and Carrizozo will see smoke during...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 21 (Keywords) May 25, 2012

    05/25/2012 8:00:24 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 96 replies
    May 25, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Huge thanks to Red Devil_232 for posting the thread last week!!! It is absolutely crazy around the farm, with everybody going in different directions at the same time and trying to stay coordinated with one another.The wheat harvest is well underway, and the yields have been above our wildest dreams. The field corn has tasseled and is pollinating nicely. Several hundred acres of cotton have been planted and it is now being fertilized, sprayed for weeds, sprayed for bugs, etc. Still have about 900 acres of cotton left to plant behind the wheat.My sweet corn patches are looking good,...
  • Questions about Raw Milk

    05/18/2012 3:34:42 PM PDT · by Libertynotfree · 36 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | May18,2012 | Libertynotfree
    Most questions you have about raw whole milk, it was answered in this video. More..
  • Only global poverty can save the planet, insists WWF - and the ESA!

    05/18/2012 11:32:18 AM PDT · by LucyT · 34 replies ^ | 16th May 2012 08:19 GMT | Lewis Page
    Extremist green campaigning group WWF - endorsed by no less a body than the European Space Agency - has stated that economic growth should be abandoned, that citizens of the world's wealthy nations should prepare for poverty and that all the human race's energy should be produced as renewable electricity within 38 years from now. Most astonishingly of all, the green hardliners demand that the enormous numbers of wind farms, tidal barriers and solar powerplants required under their plans should somehow be built while at the same time severely rationing supplies of concrete, steel, copper and glass. The WWF presents...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Harvesting Wheat) Vol. 20, May 18, 2012

    05/18/2012 5:59:55 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 102 replies
    Free Republic | 5/18/2012 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. JustaDumbBlonde asked me to post the thread this morning because she and her Husband are out in the fields harvesting their wheat. Looks like they will have good weather. I hope all of your gardens are doing well. My gardening efforts have been scaled back this year to a 6x6 raised bed planted with eight of my three favorite tomato varieties. I am also continuing to pursue my Homebrewing hobby and will be brewing up a Honey Bee Ale later this afternoon and also bottling a Cranberry Mead that I started last November with a cork popping...
  • Grasp a Rare Grappa

    05/15/2012 4:23:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New Zealand Herald | Monday May 7, 2012 | Don Kavanagh
    Grasp a Rare Grappa
  • Goats for Hire, Come With Voracious Appetites

    05/14/2012 9:27:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    WTOP ^ | Monday - 5/14/2012 | Michelle Basch
    If you have a big lawn you're tired of mowing or have overgrown land you need to clear, there are some four-legged friends who are hungry for the job. Prosperity Acres Farm in Sunderland, Md. has what it calls "green goats." As an alternative to using herbicides, property owners in Southern Maryland can hire the goats to chow down on unwanted vegetation. Many of the things goats feast on, are things you don't even want to touch. "They love the wild rose bushes, poison ivy, poison sumac, poison oak. (They're) not a problem for them whatsoever," says farm owner Mary...
  • Egypt's Real Crisis: The Dual Epidemics Quietly Ravaging Public Health

    05/14/2012 3:54:13 PM PDT · by LucyT · 15 replies
    PandamicInformationNews ^ | May 14 2012, 7:01 AM ET | Laurie Garrett & Steven A. Cook
    A combination of avian flu and foot and mouth disease risk destroying the protein supply, eroding public trust, and further destabilizing the Arab world's most populous country. Lost in the recent political jockeying and protest violence leading up to Egypt's May 23 presidential elections is the unfolding public health disaster there. Avian flu and foot and mouth disease are running rampant, killing people and livestock as well as inflating the price of food. It's a serious health and economic issue, but it has potentially much larger implications for Egypt, and this little-discussed crisis is beginning to resemble those that occur...
  • I need a truck

    05/13/2012 8:41:05 AM PDT · by waterhill · 108 replies
    me | 5/13/12 | me
    My 02 GMC has 200k+ on her now, she is showing signs of old age. I want to upgrade to a diesel. Just wondering what the FReeper World thinks is the best diesel 3/4 ton or 1 ton truck. I am not picky about brand names. I could go with a Ford for political reasons...... Much as garcias....
  • Spinnin’ Blades, Got To Go ‘Round

    05/12/2012 8:52:53 AM PDT · by Twotone · 7 replies
    54°40’ Or Fight! ^ | May 11, 2012 | Staff
    The brain trust at the California Department of Fish and Game, having solved all other problems, moved in and confiscated a stuffed wolverine and red-tailed hawk from a bar, some fifty years after they’d been put on display. Zero tolerance is a wonderful replacement for common sense, and in that bastion of liberalism that is California, it is clear that you can have any kind of sense you want – as long as it isn’t common.

    05/12/2012 8:37:12 AM PDT · by Twotone · 11 replies ^ | May 11, 2012 | Nathan Rao
    BRITAIN is braced for a “depressingly cold” snap next week with snow forecast as the miserable weather continues to put summer on hold. There is also a risk of more flooding with torrential rain driven by gale- force winds. One family had to be rescued from the roof of their car in Morpeth, Northumberland, yesterday after getting stuck in a swollen ford.
  • "Reality Prepper Website" Turns Down Reality TV. Integrity, Fame, and Fortune

    05/11/2012 7:47:07 PM PDT · by Lowell1775 · 3 replies
    Open Source Survival site ^ | May 9, 2012 | Brother Rat
    Well it finally happened, we have been approached by a production company that shoots reality shows for Discovery and History Channel! Now for the kicker, I turned them down flat. Despite the fact that this could have really put OSS on the map and likely free’d me from my day job to work full time on bringing you guys, our readers more and better REALITY based survival info, I could not sacrifice my integrity to say yes to these folks. The premise of the show being shot, is heavy on weapons and prepping, mainly the weapons aspect. They wanted to...
  • Above the Ocean in Malibu, a Rare Orchard of Loquats

    05/11/2012 1:53:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 11, 2012 | David Karp
    High on a steep, terraced mountainside in Malibu, with a spectacular view of the Pacific, perches the largest and probably the only commercial planting of loquats in the United States. A pome fruit related to apples and pears, the loquat is one of the great pleasures of spring in Southern California. It has firm but juicy flesh with the texture of cantaloupe and a sweet-tart flavor evoking cherry. The irony is that it is so well-adapted and common as a backyard tree that there's little local demand for the fruit. "They grow almost like weeds here, so people won't spend...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 19 (Getting Projects Done) May 11, 2012

    05/11/2012 8:02:17 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 97 replies
    Friday, May 11, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning FRiends and fellow gardeners!! Here's wishing all mothers and grandmothers a very joyous and beautiful Mother's Day. We rock! It has been a very busy couple of weeks in my yard. Lots of projects going on and I was able to finish a few of them in between serious dumpings of rain. My rain gauge has registered just over 4" since Monday. We have a 50% chance of more by the first part of next week. Need to be harvesting wheat, but can't really be upset with the rain after the drought we experienced last year.A look...
  • It's only the first week in May .. (vanity)

    05/05/2012 5:03:23 PM PDT · by knarf · 43 replies
    self, sky, universe ^ | May 5, 2012 | knarf
    and it's 8PM eastern, and it's still daylight.I don't remember getting the longer days until later in the month.anyone?
  • National Christmas Tree has died near White House.

    05/05/2012 11:56:18 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 108 replies ^ | May 5, 2012 | Fox News
    <p>Federal officials say the National Christmas Tree planted near the White House a year ago has died and is being removed.</p> <p>The National Park Service says the Colorado blue spruce died of "transplant shock." It came from a tree farm in New Jersey last year and was planted on the Ellipse just south of the White House in March 2011.</p>
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 18, May 4, 2012

    05/04/2012 7:31:41 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 206 replies
    Friday, May 4, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning FRiends and fellow gardeners! I really enjoyed all of you that participated in last week's thread. I've been so busy that I didn't have time to respond to each and every comment, but I think about what y'all write and the photos that you post while I'm out working on my own projects. You truly inspire me!Looking forward to reading your updates this week. We welcomed 2 new members to the ping list last week, bringing us to 525 members. That is fantastic, and we are on track to add 100 members this year.In my own little...
  • Problem possum drinking game 'nothing new'

    05/03/2012 12:09:25 PM PDT · by goseminoles · 12 replies
    3News New Zealand ^ | 5/4/12 | Unknown
    People partaking in a popular drinking pursuit "possum" are causing headaches for staff at Dunedin's Botanic Garden, who are forced to clean up broken bottles, food scraps and vomit left behind. The drinking game, played by the city's students, involves participants sitting in a tree like possums while consuming large volumes of alcohol. It ends when the players descend the tree voluntarily or fall from it. Dunedin City Council gardens and cemeteries team leader Alan Matchett says garden staff first came across possum players about four years ago. Since then, he says, the game has grown in popularity to the...
  • Pests: The "Dark Side" of Gardening

    04/28/2012 6:03:19 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 32 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | April 28, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    Learn how to utilize a technique called Integrated Pest Management to control pests in our garden...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 17, April 27, 2012

    04/27/2012 8:13:43 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 88 replies
    Friday, April 27, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning everyone! I'm looking forward to hearing your gardening challenges and successes today. Please check in and let us know how it's going.This morning I've put together a little pictorial of how Mark and I cut a honey bee hive out of a wall or similar place. This is a medium-sized cutout that we did back in March. The hive was located in an old shed that the owner wanted to tear down, but they were trying to reclaim windows and the old boards and the bees weren't having any of that. So, the owner got her building...
  • Corn insecticide linked to honeybee die-off

    04/27/2012 1:06:42 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 17 replies
    By EarthSky ^ | MAR 19, 2012 | By EarthSky
    New research has linked springtime die-offs of honeybees with insecticides used to coat corn seeds, according to a study in American Chemical Society’s journal Environmental Science & Technology on March 6, 2012. The finding might be a clue to the cause of the mysterious malady afflicting honeybees called colony collapse disorder.
  • 'Warming hole' delayed climate change over eastern United States: study

    04/27/2012 12:47:28 AM PDT · by allmost · 22 replies ^ | 04/026/12 | They're hiding it seems.
    While greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane warm the Earth's surface, tiny particles in the air can have the reverse effect on regional scales. "What we've shown is that particulate pollution over the eastern United States has delayed the warming that we would expect to see from increasing greenhouse gases," says lead author Eric Leibensperger (Ph.D. '11), who completed the work as a graduate student in applied physics at SEAS. "For the sake of protecting human health and reducing acid rain, we've now cut the emissions that lead to particulate pollution," he adds, "but these cuts have caused the...
  • Mexicans Living in U.S. Illegally Drops for First Time: Study

    04/23/2012 9:15:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Monday, Apr 23, 2012
    Apprehensions of Mexicans trying to cross the border illegally have plummeted by more than 70% in recent years The number of Mexican immigrants living illegally in the U.S. has dropped significantly for the first time in decades a new study suggests. The figures represent a dramatic shift as many illegal workers, already in the U.S. and seeing few job opportunities, are returning to Mexico. The analysis of census data from the U.S. and Mexican governments finds that roughly 6.1 million unauthorized Mexican immigrants were living in the U.S. last year. That's down from a peak of nearly 7 million in...
  • The Green Nazi Tycoon Alfred Toepfer

    04/23/2012 9:44:19 AM PDT · by Olympiad Fisherman · 2 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 4-22-2012 | Mark Musser
    Many environmentalist are extremely rich - Al Gore, James Cameron, Robert Redford, and Ted Turner just to name a few, not to mention so many wealthy foundations that contribute to the green movement. The Nazis had their green tycoon too. His name was Alfred Toepfer ...
  • Proof at last as chicken comes before egg

    04/21/2012 6:56:19 PM PDT · by Revolting cat! · 12 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | Staff writer
    A HEN produced a live chick in a freak birth at a poultry farm in central Sri Lanka, a veterinary surgeon says. The vet in charge of the town of Welimada, PR Yapa, said the egg appeared to have incubated inside the hen for 21 days and the hen died when it gave birth to the chick. "I had only heard about such aberrations, but I was able to see it for myself today," Dr Yapa told AFP. He said the free-range farm owners alerted the local veterinary authorities after the highly unusual phenomenon and he performed a post-mortem examination...
  • Old Fashioned Garden Planting Times

    04/20/2012 12:13:19 PM PDT · by Peter from Rutland · 7 replies
    Vanity ^ | April 20, 2012 | Peter from Rutland
    Garden planting the old fashioned way. If anyone has any others please add to the list! Plant: - Cabbage and broccoli after dogwoods lose their flowers. - Swiss chard, spinachm beets and onions when daffodils are in bloom, - Peas when maple trees bud. - Potatoes when oak leaves are the size of a cats ear. - Beans and cucumbers when apple blossoms drop. - Warm weather crops when peonies flower. Source: Jerry Baker
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 16, April 20, 2012

    04/20/2012 10:06:22 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 148 replies
    Friday, April 20, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning to my FRiends, fellow gardeners, future gardeners, and lurkers! It is beautiful and sunny today here in NELA. We received 2-1/2 inches of rain earlier in the week and it is still very wet in the yard and garden. I've been keeping busy with my bee yard ... I got called about a swarm day-before-yesterday, about 25 miles south of my house. I still had all of my bee catching equipment in my truck from doing a hive cutout last weekend, so off I went. Below is a photo of the swarm when I got there, and...
  • Save the Bees!

    04/19/2012 1:19:30 PM PDT · by Libertynotfree · 13 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | 04/19/2012 | Libertynotfree
    Over 1 million urge EPA to suspend use of pesticide harmful to bees, fix broken regulatory system (Washington, DC) Today, commercial beekeepers and environmental organizations filed an emergency legal petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend use of a pesticide that is linked to honey bee deaths, urging the agency to adopt safeguards. The legal petition, which specifies the pesticide clothianidin, is supported by over one million citizen petition signatures, targets the pesticide for its harmful impacts on honey bees. “EPA has an obligation to protect pollinators from the threat of pesticides,” said Jeff Anderson of California...
  • Obama Dog Eater Parody to the Tune Of Hall and Oates' Man Eater

    04/19/2012 12:09:45 PM PDT · by rightstrand · 6 replies
    Social Juice ^ | rightstrand
    Dog Eater to the Tune of Hall and Oates - Man Eater He'll Only Come Out for Dinner The Lean and Hungry Type Nothing has Changed and I Have Seen Him Here Before Watching and Waiting He's Sitting with You but his eyes are on the Dogs. So many do not want to see. What you think you're getting is not Beef. The Man is Hungry a He-Man Tamed by the Scent of Meat. Doggy What's the Matter? If You're Man's Best Friend You aint gonna Get Too Far. Oh Here he Comes Watch Out Bo, He'll Chew You Up...
  • The disease which is turning British cats into living robots

    04/19/2012 12:00:56 AM PDT · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 40 replies
    Mail Online ^ | April 16, 2012 | Fiona Macrae
    Cats are being struck down by a mystery disease that turns them into 'living robots'. Their legs become rigid, giving them an odd, stiff gait, their personality changes and their tail stiffens and sticks out. There is no known treatment or cure. The symptoms become progressively worse and the animals are put down when their suffering becomes too much. The condition has baffled vets, as tests for numerous viruses have come back negative. Their best guess is that the pets caught the disease while out hunting.
  • Banned pesticides found in teas sold in Fujian, Sichuan & Hainan

    04/14/2012 3:00:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    What's on Xiamen ^ | 15 Apr 2012
    TEA produced by some of China's top companies contained residue of banned pesticides, Greenpeace said in a report. The environmental organization tested nine brands of 18 types of tea sold in Beijing, Sichuan and Hainan, including green tea, oolong tea and jasmine tea. Prices ranged from 120 yuan (US$19) to 2,000 yuan per kilogram. Some brands tested, such as Wuyutai and Zhangyiyuan, are among the most popular in China. The tests showed that all the samples contained at least three types of pesticide residue from a total of 29 pesticides identified. One type of oolong tea, bearing the Richun brand,...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 15, April 13, 2012

    04/13/2012 8:19:42 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 130 replies
    Happy Friday the 13th, and good morning fellow gardeners and FRiends! I hope that you are enjoying weather as beautiful as what we are experiencing here in NE Louisiana. Nights and mornings are cool and breezy, and the days very warm.I've planted 1.6 acres of bi-color sweet corn. We checked the seed the next day and it had already sprouted, and was pegged the following day. Perfect conditions!Looking forward to hearing what's going on in your neck o' the woods. The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds....