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  • Last Freeze Date for your Garden

    04/07/2015 6:13:16 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 49 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | 04/7/2015 | Rick Bickling
    The most important factor in determining when to plant a certain type of vegetable in your garden is the “Last Freeze Date” in the spring for your area...
  • Tomatoes - A Complete Planting Guide

    04/01/2015 5:42:10 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 52 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | 04/01/2015 | Rick Bickling
    Tomatoes - A complete planting guide including state specific planting dates and varieties, tips for soil preparation, planting, watering,fertilizing, insect and weed control...
  • Video of President Clinton signing the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    03/27/2015 11:46:02 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 3 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | March 28, 2015 | Joe Carter
    Yesterday Governor Mike Pence of Indiana signed into law the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The action has drawn sharp criticism by people and politicians who directly oppose religious freedoms and by those who are simply unaware of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the federal model for Indiana’s new law. Here is what you should know about these types of religious freedom legislation: What is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act? The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is a 1993 United States federal law aimed at preventing laws that substantially burden a person's free exercise of religion. The legislation was introduced...
  • Christ worker in the Vatican Gardens

    03/20/2015 2:53:36 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    News Cattoliche ^ | 3/20/15 | Nicola Nuti
    Pieces of old gates, rusty chains, scrap metal scattered, which together have the form of Jesus, hung on the cross, is what has made a young Argentinean artist, Alejandro Marmo, friend of Francis, also referred to as "the artist of the Pope". "Christ worker", is the name of the work that a few days ago a good impression in the heart of the Vatican Gardens. The irons used for its development are all from a local Pontifical Farms in Castel Gandolfo where these irons and gates abandoned, scraps of yesteryear, were herded.
  • Il Silenzio

    03/15/2015 5:11:44 PM PDT · by Vanders9 · 30 replies
    About six miles from Maastricht, in the Netherlands, lie buried 8,301 American soldiers who died in "Operation Market Garden" in the battles to liberate Holland in the fall/winter of 1944. Every one of the men buried in the cemetery, as well as those in the Canadian and British military cemeteries, has been adopted by a Dutch family who mind the grave, decorate it, and keep alive the memory of the soldier they have adopted. It is even the custom to keep a portrait of "their" soldier in a place of honour in their home. Annually, on "Liberation Day," memorial services...
  • 2015 Seed Source Guide

    03/05/2015 5:27:31 AM PST · by orsonwb · 5 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | 03/05/2015 | Rick Bickling
    Newly updated table with an alphabetical listing of many sources of Seeds, Transplants, and Bulbs for Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers, Grains, Grasses, Ground Covers, Vines, Fruits, Sprouting, Trees, Wildflowers, and much more..
  • Secrets of Saddam's nuclear programme hidden under tree

    09/25/2004 1:15:57 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 24 replies · 1,208+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | September 25, 2004 | KATHERINE PFLEGER SHRADER
    AN IRAQI scientist-turned-author says the most significant pieces of his country’s dormant nuclear programme were buried under a lotus tree in his backyard, untouched for more than a decade before the US-led invasion in 2003.But their existence, Dr Mahdi Obeidi writes in a new book, is evidence that the international community should remain vigilant as other countries try to replicate Iraq’s successes before the 1991 Gulf war to develop components necessary for a nuclear weapon. In The Bomb in my Garden, Dr Obeidi details Saddam’s quest for a nuclear bomb: "Although Saddam never had nuclear weapons at his disposal, the...

    09/12/2014 8:26:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 86 replies
    AP ^ | September 12, 2014 | Candice Choi
    Olive Garden is hurting itself by piling on too many breadsticks, according to an investor that's disputing how the restaurant chain is run. In a nearly 300-page critique, the hedge fund Starboard Value says Olive Garden restaurants lack training and discipline and that servers bring too many breadsticks to tables at a time. That leads to waste — and cold breadsticks, Starboard says.
  • In Florida, A Turf War Blooms Over Front-Yard Vegetable Gardening

    12/17/2013 11:54:34 AM PST · by Theoria · 36 replies
    NPR ^ | 16 Dec 2013 | Greg Allen
    In tropical South Florida, it's growing season. Temperatures are in the 80s, there's lots of sun and good rain, and normally, Hermine Ricketts' plants would already be in the ground. "By now, this should be probably Red Sails lettuce, which is a beautiful color lettuce, or purple mizuna, which is a beautiful filigreed purple leaf," she says. But this year, Ricketts' vegetable planting has been derailed by a legal fight over what she can plant and where she can plant it. Her garden is in the front yard of her home in Miami Shores, because that's where the sun is...
  • Florida city uproots couple’s 17-year-old garden, over new ordinance

    11/19/2013 11:04:14 AM PST · by rawhide · 28 replies
    fox News ^ | 11-19-13 | By William Patrick
    <p>Few things in life are as benign as a home vegetable garden.</p> <p>Here's what happened to Hermine Ricketts and her husband, Tom Carroll. For the past 17 years they’ve grown a garden in the front yard of their modest South Florida home. The backyard, they say, doesn’t get enough sunlight.</p>

    11/15/2013 12:14:17 PM PST · by greeneyes · 149 replies
    Free Republic | November 15, 2013 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. There is no telling where it will go and... that...

    10/18/2013 1:07:54 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 275 replies
    Free Republic | October 18, 2013 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • First lady's garden being weeded

    10/17/2013 1:50:33 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 68 replies
    First lady's garden being weeded By Emily Goodin - 10/17/13 04:12 PM ET Michelle Obama's garden is back to being weeded and cared for now that the government has reopened. National Parks Service staff is back taking care of the White House grounds, which includes the kitchen garden, according to the first lady's office. Those workers were furloughed during the shutdown, which resulted in Obama's much-lauded garden being overgrown with weeds, riddled with wildlife and vegetables rotting on the vine, according to Obama Foodorama, a popular White House food blog. But President Obama signed legislation early Thursday morning night that...
  • The White House In Shutdown: First Lady Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden Is Wrecked [Fraud alert!]

    10/14/2013 11:09:37 PM PDT · by grundle · 37 replies ^ | October 11, 2013 | Eddie Gehman Kohan
    skip to main | skip to sidebar Obama Foodorama The Blog Of Record About White House Food Initiatives, From Policy To Pie Friday, October 11, 2013 The White House In Shutdown: First Lady Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden Is Wrecked Photos: The showcase plot is filled with unharvested vegetables and weeds, and wildlife running amok...Washington, DC - The first government shutdown in seventeen years has had a dramatic impact on First Lady Michelle Obama's world-famous Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn, currently bursting with more than thirty kinds of vegetables, including Presidential pumpkins awaiting harvest just in time for Halloween. ...
  • Squirrels relish White House kitchen garden as shutdown sidelines staff

    10/14/2013 7:59:08 PM PDT · by machogirl · 136 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 14, 2013 | Roberta Rampton
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the famous White House kitchen garden, tomatoes are rotting on the vine. Herbs have gone to seed. And the sweet potatoes - a favorite of President Barack Obama - have become worm food. It's another impact of the government shutdown, one that only the fox and the many squirrels that live on the White House grounds could love. A foodie blog called Obamafoodarama that obsessively covers the White House "food ephemera" and the administration's food policy has posted photos of the normally immaculate garden looking more like what most gardeners' plots appear at this time of...
  • Grow your own to save money 6 cold-weather plants that are perfect to plant this Fall

    09/30/2013 10:47:39 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 31 replies
    Clark ^ | 9-17-13 | Crystal Collins
    ost people think that Springtime is the time to start growing that vegetable or herb garden. But there are many types of plants that should mainly be grown during the cooler months. Fall is a great time to try your hand at growing leafy greens, and that makes this a great way to save some money on produce. If you end up with a good harvest, you'll have a bountiful source of vegetables while other people are paying higher prices for greens at the grocery store. Here are 6 cooler weather plants you may want to try your hand at...

    09/20/2013 12:16:53 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 356 replies
    Free Republic | September 13, 2013 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • Dig up the garden

    07/13/2013 9:32:01 AM PDT · by BwanaNdege · 17 replies
    Facebook | unknown | unknown
    An old man lived alone in West Virginia. He wanted to spade his potato garden but it was very hard work. His only son, Bubba, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and mentioned his predicament. "Dear Bubba, I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won't be able to plant my potato garden this year. I'm just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me. Love,...
  • UK:Couple discover 7,500 machine gun, shotgun and pistol bullets in their back garden

    06/30/2013 3:53:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 58 replies ^ | 28 June, 2013 | Peyvand Khorsandi
    A couple who recently moved into a rented home discovered a cache of 7,500 bullets in a pond in their back garden. Neil Tipping, 33, who lives with his girlfriend Eleanor Mercer, 32, made the shocking discovery while he was clearing weeds from the water feature. He said he saw a flash of metal and thought it was a piece of gold, but upon closer inspection he found that it was actually a bullet. Police officers arrived at the house where they discovered 2.2mm rifle rounds, up to 30 machine gun rounds, shotgun cartridges, and a cache of 9mm and...
  • How Plant a Garden on Mars — With a Robot

    05/14/2013 6:32:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 52 replies ^ | May 14, 2013 | Nancy Atkinson on
    Mars in particular is a key target for future human planetary adventures even though on the face of it, it seems so hostile to human life. In fact Mars actually has the most clement environment of any planet in the Solar System outside of Earth and is known to have all of the resources necessary in some accessible form, to sustain life on the surface. So how might we survive on Mars? The crucial things for humans on Mars are the availability of oxygen, shelter, food and water, and not just endless consumables delivered to the planet from Earth. For...
  • Garden Rebels: 10 Ways To Sow Revolution In Your Own Back Yard

    05/09/2013 9:11:36 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 5-9-2013 | Daisy Luther
    Garden Rebels: 10 Ways To Sow Revolution In Your Own Back Yard Daisy Luther May 9th, 2013 The Organic Prepper Sometimes I think that the next Revolutionary War will take place in a vegetable garden. Instead of bullets, there will be seeds. Instead of chemical warfare, there will be rainwater, carefully collected from the gutters of the house. Instead of soldiers in body armor and helmets, there will be back yard rebels, with bare feet, cut-off jean shorts, and wide-brimmed hats. Instead of death, there will be life, sustained by a harvest of home-grown produce. Children will be witness to...
  • Michelle Obama: White House garden 'semi-open to the public,' can be seen through the fence

    05/07/2013 10:03:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/7/13 | Vince Coglianese
    Michelle Obama told an audience attending her book signing Tuesday that the White House garden is still “semi-open to the public” because visitors can see it through the fence. She was promoting her book, “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America,” released in May 2012. “[M]y goal in this book is to share the story of the creation of the garden,” Michelle Obama said during the Tuesday morning signing at Washington’s Politics and Prose Bookstore, “because while it is semi-open to the public — because if you visit the White House along the...
  • Obama's Planting Seeds: MOOCHelle In The Garden, Big Guy In California

    04/06/2013 9:12:56 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 15 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-6-2013 | MOTUS
    What a week! Big Guy was in San Fran, acting all heterosexual over the hot California AG: which was great because it gave the Legacy Media something to cluck-cluck over, so as not to have to talk about the 90 million people who Big Guy has “disappeared” from the workforce since he took office. Nor will they have to note that the “official” unemployment rate of 7.6% includes another 11.7 million people also out of work. That’s over 100 million of us not working! That’s, like, nearly one third of our population!!! No wonder Lady M is teaching the children...
  • Kansas couple: Indoor gardening prompted pot raid

    03/30/2013 7:44:49 AM PDT · by bgill · 61 replies
    Two former CIA employees whose Kansas home was fruitlessly searched for marijuana during a two-state drug sweep claim they were illegally targeted, possibly because they had bought indoor growing supplies to raise vegetables.

    03/29/2013 2:17:42 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 166 replies
    Free Republic | March 29, 2013 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 32, August 10, 2012

    08/10/2012 8:41:20 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 75 replies
    Friday, August 10, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning, FRiends and fellow gardeners! We finally have power again, some dog-gone big and vicious storms ran over us last night here in NE Louisiana. If anybody figures out how to get a solar system to work at night without spending $100k on batteries, please let me know!! lol Received anywhere between 2.5" and 5" of rain, depending on the field. The 2.5" we registered here at the house can't possibly be right ... the rain was blowing so sideways that I don't think half of it got in the gauge. It was sorely needed and I am...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 31, August 3, 2012

    08/03/2012 6:25:21 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 52 replies
    August 3, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning everybody! I hope you've had a peaceful and productive week. Last week I posted photos of my cowpea patch and it has changed drastically since. Not only did they blossom, I have pea pods that are already 5" long! We will be picking before too long.Thanks to all who posted photos last week. It was a beautiful thread.Looking forward to reading your comments about what is happening 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. From complete newbies that are...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread, Vol. 30 July 27, 2012

    07/27/2012 6:36:15 PM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 67 replies
    Friday, July 27, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Apologies for the late posting of the thread ... I have been on the go since I woke up this morning, and didn't even think about it being Friday until we were 20 miles from the house.I harvested another 15 gallons of honey last Sunday ... boy am I rethinking how many bees I really want to have. Honey robbing in 105 degree heat is no fun, even with a camelback of cold drink under my suit. Got 3 new queens in the mail and installed one in a hive that I had split into 2 hives, and the...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 29, July 20, 2012

    07/20/2012 11:11:39 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 115 replies
    July 20, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning, FRiends, fellow gardeners, and yet-to-be gardeners!Thanks go out to all that participated in the thread last week. Beautiful photos were posted, and info was shared that will make big differences in the gardening lives of our members.If you can ... please remember to add keywords that will make our threads more useful when searched. I think that I was the only one that added keywords as the thread progressed. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone that needs a good rain. Drought is an awful situation. I am off to the back end of the yard to...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 28, July 13, 2012

    07/13/2012 8:35:18 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 150 replies
    Friday, July 13, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning and happy Friday (the 13th) to all of my FRiends and fellow gardeners! My special thanks go to Ellendra for posting the thread while I took a week to go to the mountains. I was hoping to find relief from the heat, only to find that it was in the 90's in SE Montana, not much cooler than here in Louisiana.I began the long process of becoming a fly fisherman, and I am hooked, so to speak. Just what I needed ... another hobby to compete for my limited time!Today is the first time I've seen the...
  • Time to Start Planning Your Fall Garden

    07/11/2012 6:50:55 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 27 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | July 10, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    Even as the temperatures soar, the excitement of fireworks are still fresh in your mind, and the garden is producing at its peak, it’s time to grab a cold drink, find some shade, and start making plans for your fall garden. Thoughts of fall are probably the last thing on your mind right now. But by planning, and where appropriate planting now, your landscape and garden will be ready to flourish this fall...
  • Utah Garden Challenge Actually Government Registration In Disguise

    07/07/2012 11:31:23 AM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 35 replies ^ | 7/6/2012 | Cassandra Anderson
    This article was written by Cassandra Anderson and originally published at The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is promoting the Utah Garden Challenge in order to collect information about independent food production for the USDA. The Utah Garden Challenge is a voluntary contest to register 10,000 gardens. The data mining project has a broad interest in any "resource" who is growing food: Whether you grow a tomato in a pot, a row in a community garden, have backyard gardens, a CSA or working fruit and vegetable farm, we want to hear from you because you are an important...
  • 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...
  • Rose Garden Obama slams Romney for not answering media questions

    06/22/2012 10:42:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/22/12 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama’s campaign issued an attack video Friday ripping Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for evading the media’s immigration-related questions. The video was released even though immigration activists are still seeking answers about the president’s June 15 proclamation in the White House’s Rose Garden, where the president pointedly declined to answer The Daily Caller’s questions about how the policy impacts American workers. “On Friday, the president announced a change to U.S. immigration policy. Ever since, Mitt Romney has been dodging questions
  • 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...
  • Woman Sues City of Tulsa For Cutting Down Her Edible Garden

    06/16/2012 11:07:10 AM PDT · by Altariel · 87 replies
    News on 6 ^ | June 15, 2012 | Lori Fullbright
    TULSA, Oklahoma - A Tulsa woman is suing the city's code enforcement officers after she said they cut down her garden with no cause. Denise Morrison said she has more than 100 plant varieties in her front and back yards and all of them are edible and have a purpose. She knows which ones will treat arthritis, which will make your food spicy, which ones keep mosquitoes away and treat bug bites, but she said none of that matter to city inspectors. Last August, Morrison's front and back yards were filled with flowers in bloom, lemon, stevia, garlic chives, grapes,...
  • 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...

    06/14/2012 12:00:20 PM PDT · by Sarajevo · 18 replies
    I Love Texas Facebook page ^ | 14 June 2012 | unk
    Snakes also known as Garter Snakes (Thamnophissirtalis) can be dangerous. Yes, grass snakes, not rattlesnakes. Here's why. A couple in Sweetwater, Texas, had a lot of potted plants. During a recent cold spell, the wife was bringing a lot of them indoors to protect them from a possible freeze. It turned out that a little green garden grass snake was hidden in one of the plants. When it had warmed up, it slithered out and the wife saw it go under the sofa. She let out a very loud scream. The husband (who was taking a shower) ran out into...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Happy Easter!) Vol. 14, April 6, 2012

    04/06/2012 9:30:28 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 67 replies
    Friday, April 6, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning, FRiends and fellow gardeners! The weather has cooled-down a bit, the sun is shining and my grandgirls have been here all week. I am one happy blonde today.It rained again 2 and 3 days ago, so I haven't even disked up the garden spot yet, but that will get done Monday.All of the fruit trees and bushes that I've planted are doing very well and the regular rains have been perfect to keep them moist and off to a great start! Some of the raspberries that I planted were established plants, and some were bare-root canes. Many...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread -- Vol. 13, March 31, 2012

    03/31/2012 4:00:04 PM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 93 replies
    Saturday, March 31, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good evening, FRiends and gardeners! I deeply apologize for the delay in posting this week's thread ... this is an extremely busy time here on our farm, and when you've got just a handful of folks farming 3,000 acres, there are times when it is all hands on deck all night long. The rain has been spaced exactly right to be wrong, and we were down to the wire getting our corn crop planted.With that out of the way, how in the world is everybody doing with their gardens and plans for gardens? We have so many members with...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread -- Vol. 12, March 23, 2012

    03/23/2012 8:53:54 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 157 replies · 1+ views
    Friday, March 23, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning, FRiends and fellow gardeners! Hopefully everyone has received beneficial rain this past week. We've had an additional 2 inches, which was a blessing because just to the south and southwest of us as much as 10 inches fell. While the area needed the rain, it didn't need it all at one time.Looking forward to reading what you're doing with your gardens and plans this week. Photos will earn you bonus points! :^) It is too wet for me to do anything in the garden, but I do have lots of raspberry bushes to get planted. Then, the...