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  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD 2/02/2018

    02/06/2018 2:20:56 PM PST · 27 of 28
    Marcella to Daffynition; greeneyes; All

    “Aspirin water.”

    As soon as I have time, I’m going to read about aspirin water. I never did grow hot peppers and won’t, but I need to know what aspirin water does.

    greeneyes, no, I haven’t put my list of new seeds I bought or the names of the old ones I have left, on my computer - yet. I need to send off two queries to “Christian” book agents, then I will do that.

    If any of you have extra hours in a day you don’t use, send them to me.

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD JAN. 26, 2018

    01/31/2018 3:40:26 PM PST · 83 of 84
    Marcella to greeneyes

    I always started seeds in the house in Feb. here in Texas. My “Jiffy Tomato Greenhouse” is here; it has 16 slots in it. The peat pellets are bigger/longer in the tomato one so longer, stronger roots can grow before putting them outside.

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD JAN. 26, 2018

    01/28/2018 9:15:40 PM PST · 78 of 84
    Marcella to Shadowstrike

    “might I suggest a copy of the Strongs Concordance as well? It shows the original Greek, Latin, Hebrew and Aramaic?”

    I have Strongs Concordance - big book.

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD JAN. 26, 2018

    01/28/2018 9:11:59 PM PST · 77 of 84
    Marcella to Shadowstrike; All

    “Sounding mushy, ain’t I?”

    No, you “ain’t”. You are a caring person who can love others. Speaking of love, I wrote this today to a Christian friend:

    If, when everyone in this country got up in the morning, we said out loud to ourselves, “I will be like Christ today”, behaviors would change radically.

    I teach a Bible class, and will say that to them this coming Saturday when we meet.

    “...they come and ‘eat’ at our blueberry bushes.”

    About those blueberries. They are high in antioxidants. When my Bob had bladder cancer (before I knew him), the treatment scrambled the inside of his bladder; it was mush. Bob was eating gobs of blueberries every morning with his cereal. His bladder inside was healing so fast, the surgeon said he had never seen anything like that and he attributed it to the blueberries saturating his bladder with antioxidants. It has been ten years since that cancer and it hasn’t come back.

    We never miss having plenty of blueberries with our cereal.
    We are living well, able to walk well and do what we need to do and want to do - I am 84, he is 83.

    I wish I had your blueberry bushes and I want you to eat blueberries every day. When yours are out of season, break down and buy some, okay?

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD JAN. 26, 2018

    01/28/2018 10:35:52 AM PST · 69 of 84
    Marcella to greeneyes; MomwithHope; Reddy; MileHi; boxlunch; tomcat; doorgunner69; OldMissileer; tflabo; ...

    From: EMERGENCIES HAPPEN! BE PREPARED”
    Emergency Water Source in Urban Area

    Let’s say you are away from home, in town where there are commercial buildings but none are open –no building is open, not even restaurants. An emergency happens and you need to get home or maybe you can’t get home. There is a pure water source right where you are. Rule: Always have some type of water container in your car or with your person, could be an empty water bottle, the ones about 17 oz., anything to collect water – bigger is better. There is a collapsible water jug in the trunk of my car.

    You need to buy one item that is less than $10 on Amazon or at any hardware store. I also see one for less than $9 at Lowes and Home Depot. What strange thing is this to allow you to have water in town? It is a Silcock key (some sellers call this a Silcox key).

    A commercial building has a water outlet on the outside of the building. Had you thought about that? Start looking on the outside of commercial buildings to find this outlet in order to assure yourself this is true. That outlet is fixed so it won’t freeze in cold weather so don’t expect to see a plain exposed pipe/faucet like you have at your house outside – it may have some kind of cover on it with the heavy-duty pipe inside with a place to fit the key or have no cover but be an exposed fancy heavy-duty pipe with a place to fit the key.

    A Silcock key will open that outlet and you have pure water. The key you want has four sizes of key on it. I saw one that is just one size and you don’t want that one. One with four sizes of key assures you will have the right size to insert in the outlet and start water flowing. After gathering your water, turn it off with the key.

    Are you stealing water if you do this? Technically, you are. If the building was open, you could fill your water bottle at a water fountain inside – is that stealing? No one would accuse you of stealing water if you filled your water bottle in the building. If the building is closed and you must have water in an emergency situation, use the key. When the emergency is over, you may go to the company and offer to pay them an amount for the water you took but I doubt they will take it.

    Keep this Silcock key in your car or in a backpack if you carry one all the time, or in your Bug Out Bag if you keep one in your car. Make sure a Silcock key is in your car.

    Consider people in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico after the hurricane floods. They could have gotten good water out of closed commercial buildings if they had a Silcock key. All that water was still in the locked buildings but they could not get to it. Get yourself a Silcock key today, okay?

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD JAN. 26, 2018

    01/28/2018 9:25:59 AM PST · 67 of 84
    Marcella to greeneyes; Osage Orange

    “We collect rainwater from the roof and put it into a swimming pool to use for the dry months.”

    I have a rain barrel near a downspout for roof water to drain, with an inserted diverter in the downspout to switch to the rain barrel to collect the water. I let the first dirty water from the roof continue to drain through the downspout,until that dirty part is gone, then switch it to the rain barrel. I have four plastic blow up kid’s pools to put in the back to collect rain water.

    All this is for emergency water. I have a Big Berkey water purifier to turn all that water into good drinking water or cooking water, etc. If I have plenty of good water from other sources, I can use that collected water for growing plants.

    These townhouses have a swimming pool and it’s close to my townhouse. I could use that water for plants or put it through the Big Berkey to drink/cook/whatever.

    I’ll write about a Silcock key everyone should have in his/her car for emergency water.

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD JAN. 26, 2018

    01/27/2018 11:35:14 AM PST · 44 of 84
    Marcella to greeneyes

    “St. Louis has casinos
    I’d stay out of the ones on the Mississippi River.
    There’s one in West County”

    We have already been to all of those - twice. When we go north to Ohio/Penn./New York, we stop at those and others on our way up. We come back a different way and stop at casinos on that route south. I hate a plastic bag full of our cards for all those casinos.

    Casinos are day care centers for seniors. They come with canes, power chairs or someone comes with them and pushes their wheelchairs. They are safe there, can get free soft drinks and have fun playing machines. Those of us who are still walking on our own, help them if they need help.

    Last week, I was at a machine and an elderly little man sat down at the one next to me. He was not familiar with that machine. He left and came back with his daughter. She was standing behind him. He started playing the machine and a bell started ringing and he didn’t know why. I told him to look up, he had just won a $700 jackpot. He broke into a big smile as the ringing kept going showing the money going into where he could get it out of the machine. His daughter patted his shoulder and said to me, “He is amazing; he can do anything!” He took out his money and off they went, still laughing over his good luck.

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD JAN. 26, 2018

    01/27/2018 10:10:41 AM PST · 40 of 84
    Marcella to Neoliberalnot

    “We had a tremendous crop last year and it seemed every seed I planted produced a thriving plant. How can humans not see God’s hand?”

    God created all on earth, specifically telling us He created seeds for us to grow food. When I see Him, I will chastise Him for not including directions on seeds. I will also tell Him, He screwed up on our bodies - the cartilage cushion between our lower back bones don’t hold up and neither do knees. He needs to go back to the drawing board for these two items.

    From The New Jerusalem Bible (translated from original manuscripts in Hebrew, Greek, Arabic):

    GENESIS
    11 God said, ‘Let the earth produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants, and fruit trees on earth, bearing fruit with their seed inside, each corresponding to its own species.’ And so it was. 12 The earth produced vegetation: the various kinds of seed-bearing plants and the fruit trees with seed inside, each corresponding to its own species. God saw that it was good.

    29 God also said, ‘Look, to you I give all the seed-bearing plants everywhere on the surface of the earth, and all the trees with seed-bearing fruit; this will be your food. 30 And to all the wild animals, all the birds of heaven and all the living creatures that creep along the ground, I give all the foliage of the plants as their food.’ And so it was.

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD JAN. 26, 2018

    01/27/2018 9:25:02 AM PST · 39 of 84
    Marcella to greeneyes

    “I have been doing some research on this stuff too, and checking out the various tracking sites. The pacific plate has been going through quite a lot of slipping.
    The ring of fire has seen quite a few sizable seismic events. People have been evacuated in the Philippines - Mt. Mayon still going I think - haven’t checked today.”

    Every time something happens on the ring of fire, I ask Bob, “What happens now?” I’ll keep asking him that when something explodes underground in either earthquakes or volcanoes and let you know what he says. He has been all over the world doing seismic readings graphs including in the oceans.

    Going on a trip with Bob is going to class. He tells me, shows me, explains it, when we go from one large earth/rock formation to another. Twice we have driven to Ohio (near Amish country), to Penn., then up to Ithaca, New York, where his daughter lives. There is a lot of different rock/strata traveling that area. I have now passed “Earth 101” class with Bob as the professor.

    It appears we will make that trip again this May. When we make that trip, we stop at casinos along the way.

    Right now, we go to casinos within one hour and two hours away from here, in Oklahoma. We go once a week. I’ve had luck lately at three of those casinos; my net win was over $5,000; I only play two types of machines. My computer was dying, so I used a thousand of the winnings to buy a new computer. I also use that money for emergencies and giving some of it to people who need money.

    Our dog groomer, Karen, fell and broke both bones in her left arm and the wrist was pulled apart. She now has a metal plate and eight screws in her arm and can’t use her left arm/hand at all yet. During the number of weeks she couldn’t work, I gave her money out of casino winnings and Bob gave her money, too. She doesn’t have much money and I couldn’t have my casino money, knowing she was in need.

    I teach a senior Bible class, named “Angelus” and some of those seniors need items to live better, so I use casino money to help them.

    Money is stuff you need to buy stuff you need.

    That is all it is but you have to have some.

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD JAN. 26, 2018

    01/27/2018 8:36:54 AM PST · 38 of 84
    Marcella to ApplegateRanch

    “...to be ready when my package of bees arrives. Without pollination, all the seeds, fertilizer, and work just doesn’t produce food.”

    You will be interested in my gardening chapter about pollination, as you are correct here is no food without it.
    That specific part of pollination is “Bees, Butterflies, Perennial Flower Plants to Attract Them”.

    I had to learn pollination when I constructed a net room in the garden to keep out squirrels and birds. Could not put a plant in the net room that needed outside pollination - they had to produce on their own.

    One has to know the science of plant production to grow food.
    I cover that in the book so first time growers can learn how to grow food plants.

    My first screw ups trying to grow food sent me to the science of growing - now I know it for every type plant and I wrote it in plain words in the book so people won’t screw up like I did.

    You are correct about my research - if I don’t know something, I beat it to death until I know it all.

    I’ve started writing another book:

    “Earthly Life to Eternal Life”
    Subtitle: “No One Dies, Not Even You”

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD JAN. 26, 2018

    01/26/2018 9:14:38 PM PST · 29 of 84
    Marcella to greeneyes

    You have been planting and keeping records for many years. You have your act together.

    The seeds I have in the box were all bought the same year. I’ll have to make a record now that I have these new ones. The old seeds are in alphabetical folders. I just need to make a document of which seeds are in each folder and the age of them. Everything got jumbled when I moved here.

    I am not growing plants now. However, I did just buy a “Jiffy 60mm Tomato Starter Greenhouse 16”. I want to see if this thing really does start tomato seeds well. I have large planters to put the seedlings in, but there are 16 bird houses around this house, plus some squirrels. I’ll have to use nets to keep them out. Actually, I have a solid cover, not net, that lets sun and rain in but keeps out animals/birds. Even three or four producing tomato plants would be great to have.

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD JAN. 26, 2018

    01/26/2018 8:48:51 PM PST · 26 of 84
    Marcella to greeneyes

    About weather:
    Bob is an earth scientist/geologist.
    A few days ago, there was an 8 earthquake in Alaska.
    When I read that to Bob, I said, “What now?” He said it would cause earthquakes south through California. He has taken seismic data from the west coast into the ocean and knows the layout of every earthquake zone there.

    When will it happen - it’s according to how much stress those areas are already under. As far as California is concerned - fires, mud slides, earthquakes. People like to live there, it’s great unless one of those disasters happens where you live.

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD JAN. 26, 2018

    01/26/2018 8:15:43 PM PST · 22 of 84
    Marcella to ApplegateRanch

    See my post 20,21.
    Glad to see you are still here. I remember, you are one fine gardener.

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD JAN. 26, 2018

    01/26/2018 8:10:36 PM PST · 21 of 84
    Marcella to greeneyes; MomwithHope; Reddy; MileHi; boxlunch; tomcat; doorgunner69; OldMissileer; tflabo; ...

    Here are the Table of Contents for the Gardening Chapter:

    CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX
    GARDENING

    Introduction
    Murderers of Plants
    The Solution to Defeat Plant Murderers
    Making Seeds Grow – Seed Germination
    Germinating Seed Indoors Without a Grow Lamp
    Germinating Seed Indoors with a Grow Lamp
    Equipment
    Transferring Plants
    Pollination
    Veggies Using Wind to Pollinate or Use No Outside Pollinator
    Veggies Pollinated by Human Hand Plus Wind Plus Insects
    Veggies That Need Pollinators
    Bees, Butterflies, Perennial Flower Plants to Attract Them
    Types of Flowers
    Fertilizer for Containers, Ground
    Re-use Potting Soil Mix from Season to Season
    Types of Final Containers
    Container Size
    Seeds to Choose
    Storing Seed
    Storage Life of Seeds
    Hybrid Seed
    Heirloom Seed
    Tomatoes
    Saving, Storing Tomato Seed
    Fruits
    Other Seeds
    For the Apartment Dweller – and Others
    Foods and Fruits to Grow Inside

    Do contact me if you want the huge Table of Contents for the whole book: “EMERGENCIES HAPPEN! BE PREPARED”
    Subtitle: “Live Well in an Emergency – You Can Do It”

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD JAN. 26, 2018

    01/26/2018 8:00:59 PM PST · 20 of 84
    Marcella to greeneyes; MomwithHope; Reddy; MileHi; boxlunch; tomcat; doorgunner69; OldMissileer; tflabo; ...

    I have pinged the people who spoke to me on another thread. We spoke about JRandomFreeper, Johnny, who died in January, 2016. They all miss Johnny and I know those of you who knew him on the gardening thread, loved him.

    I just bought seeds for storage in case of an extended emergency. Most can be grown in containers and certainly in the ground. I tried to cover almost all foods one would need to have a decent diet.

    Add to these seeds, the actual plants: Egyptian Walking Onions Heirloom - only need to plant them once, and Jerusalem Artichokes Heirloom - Norton Naturals has them – only plant them once and use as potatoes. And, greeneyes, don’t forget Tromboncino Squash Seed, grow them in containers, and they will produce long squash without getting killed by murderer squash eaters getting into their trunks because this squash doesn’t have hollow trunks like other squash.

    I keep seeds in a large, file type, totally enclosed, air proof plastic box, in the dark in a temperature of about 73 degrees. I have written in my book the years various seeds will stay viable this way. Note a number listed are hybrid. Why are hybrid seeds developed? Because of these attributes: they are less disease prone, grow stronger, maybe produce more, maybe have a longer growing season to keep getting product, start growing earlier in the spring, etc. They were grown to be better than their aged relatives.

    I know the “principled” grower with scoff at storing hybrid seed, but I will have food growing when their heirlooms get sick and die and I don’t have to salvage seeds and dry them and hope they grow. Think about this before you kick hybrids to the curb for storage and only grow heirlooms now so you can save seed and have you ever actually saved seed from a growing plant? At least store hybrids along with heirloom so you have the option of using them in an emergency situation.

    These new seeds are from Burpee: You can read about their qualities, their ability to grow strong, productive plants:

    Bean Cannelino Heirloom Organic
    Broccoli Sun King Hybrid
    Cauliflower Attribute Hybrid
    Corn on Deck Hybrid
    Cucumber Spacemaster
    Cucumber Sugar Crunch Hybrid
    Eggplant Meatball Hybrid
    Lettuce Black Seeded Simpson
    Lettuce All Season Romaine Blend
    Onion Parade Bunching
    Pea Peagoda
    Tomato Burpee’s Early Pick VF Hybrid (new one)
    Tomato Cherry Punch Hybrid – remember this one has more Vit. C than any tomato
    Tomato Bushsteak Hybrid
    Onion Sturon Organic
    Pepper Sweet Candy Apple Hybrid
    Bean Beananza Bush
    Bean Bush Blue Lake 47
    Cauliflower Fioretto 60
    Carrot Caracas Hybrid

    I didn’t get radishes because they cause me stomach trouble.

    Here are the other tomato seeds I already had in the storage box for, now four years old:

    Burpee’s Long Keeper Tomato
    Fourth of July Hybrid
    Better Boy Hybrid
    Tomato Mortgage Lifter Red
    Volkov Red Cosmonaut
    Sabre Tomato
    Red Icicle Tomato
    Sweet Million Hybrid

    I will replenish some heirloom tomatoes because it’s easy to do – just check them, hit “CART” and buy them. I already had other food seed, heirloom and hybrid, but you know what? I’ve forgotten what they are. They are in the box and four years old. Do you do that? Do you actually know the names of the seeds you have without looking?

    I wanted to get fresh seed and it hit me, I really needed hybrid seed to better my chances of growing food plants in an emergency situation, just buy enough to last years so I would have the seed.

    I will make another post, listing the Table of Contents of the Gardening Chapter of “EMERGENIES HAPPEN! BE PREPARED”. If you want the Table of Contents for the whole book, you can contact me. It’s too long to put on here. The book is with book agents, waiting to be accepted by one of them. Full book is about 370 pages when the Index gets added. I wrote the book in four months, sitting every day at the computer, and falling in bed at night worn out and doing it again the next day and every day after that. I wrote the book to save lives.

    I thought of this gardening thread as I wrote the gardening chapter. We had so much fun on here when Johnny was alive – oh, and the laughs you gave me as I learned to grow plants and screwed up over and over. Remember, I dumped ground to grow plants, and went to containers. Then, the second year, I started the seeds inside the house, then had over 100 containers outside all growing food.

  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD JAN. 26, 2018

    01/26/2018 7:46:34 PM PST · 19 of 84
    Marcella to tubebender

    Hi, tubebender; yes, I am here. Lady Bender is minus the use of both arms. What a terrible thing for her. She is lucky to have you to help her. Husbands are nice to have, every woman should have one.
    Marcella

  • Please keep those donations coming in, folks. Let's keep FR alive!! [FReepathon XXIII]

    01/24/2018 7:59:21 PM PST · 24 of 24
    Marcella to MomwithHope

    “Great idea Marcella, we just donated as well for Johnny.”

    Thank you; FR was his home within his home.

    He had a very small home with one bedroom, BUT there was a Baby Grand Piano that took up most of the small living room.

  • Please keep those donations coming in, folks. Let's keep FR alive!! [FReepathon XXIII]

    01/23/2018 9:49:50 AM PST · 2 of 24
    Marcella to Jim Robinson

    I just sent a donation in the memory of JRandomFreeper, Johnny, who died January 22, 2016. He and I met on this forum and some here remember him and wrote about him on the current thread about the Memorial Wall.
    Good wishes to you, Jim, and I hope your health is good.

    If you keep going to “Olive Garden”, I’m sure you will do well. As usual, you can use my donation for Mexican food.
    Marcella

  • FR Memorial Wall

    01/23/2018 9:35:40 AM PST · 141 of 163
    Marcella to Jim Robinson

    I should have pinged you to my post, 140.
    I will donate some money in the memory of JRandomFreeper, Johnny. He died on January 22, 2016.

  • FR Memorial Wall

    01/23/2018 9:30:09 AM PST · 140 of 163
    Marcella to MomwithHope; Reddy; MileHi; boxlunch; tomcat; doorgunner69; OldMissileer; tflabo; piroque; ...

    I was notified about this thread and came to read it. Kartographer, Johnny (JRandomFreeper), and I were buddies.

    When I met Johnny on this forum, I lived over four hours away from him. Then, I moved north of Dallas and could get to his house in 30 minutes.

    Then, cancer hit him. He was fond of my Bob, who is an earth scientist/geologist. Johnny loved to talk “shop” with Bob. Being a female, I was ignored in their talks. Then, one day, they were making something and couldn’t read the small print at the bottom of a page about putting this thing together. I, the worthless female, could read that print – Ha! They needed me.

    Sometimes he needed to go to an appointment with one of his doctors and couldn’t get there, and we would take him to the doctor, then to the grocery store. We did have wonderful times with him during the year he dealt with the cancer. He absolutely was not going to give up fighting that.

    I have written a book, “EMERGENCIES HAPPEN! BE PREPRED”. Am going through the process to find a book agent to sell it to a publisher. As I wrote the book, I thought of Kartographer and Johnny and the FR prepper threads where we had such a good time together, sharing prepper knowledge. Johnny and I were also on the Gardening threads, run by greeneyes, and we had a blast with all on there.

    tflabo, yes, I hated killer squirrels that murdered my plants. Rather than kill the murdering squirrels, I got net to keep them out and also built a “net room” in the middle of the little garden so the murdering squirrels and murdering birds couldn’t get in. There is a gardening chapter in my book which tells readers what to do about murdering squirrels and murdering birds. Writing that chapter took me back to the gardening threads here.

    greeneyes, I just bought new seeds of all kinds, most of them suitable to live in containers. These seeds are for storage so I will have them in a prolonged emergency situation. I should go to your gardening thread and list these seeds as I studied seeds to know about new ones available now.

    To all: it was a pleasure to come back to FR and speak to friends.