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  • Weekly Gardening Thread - July 20-26, 2019

    07/20/2019 5:43:37 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 66 replies
    July 20, 2019 | Diana in Wisconsin/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. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. 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...
  • How to Grow Green Beans: 20 Master Gardener Tips

    07/17/2019 10:22:34 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 12 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | July 2019 | The How Do Gardener
    VIDEO: 20 Master Gardener Tips to grow your best Green Beans ever. Includes tips on Soil Preparation, Planting, Fertilizing, Watering, Weed Control, Insects, Diseases, Harvesting and Storing. Includes a detailed listing of State Specific Recommended Varieties and Planting Dates.
  • Weekly Gardening Thread July 13-19, 2019

    07/13/2019 6:57:38 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 125 replies
    July 13, 2019 | Diana in Wisconsin/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. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. 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...
  • Patient With 'Tree Man' Syndrome Says He 'Can Finally Live A Normal Life'

    07/08/2019 1:21:16 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 36 replies
    NPR ^ | 8 July 2019 | SARA TOTH STUB
    More than two years after doctors in Jerusalem removed thousands of bark-like lesions that had prevented Mahmoud Taluli from using his hands for more than a decade, he continues his battle with a rare, incurable skin condition. "After years of suffering and solitude, I can finally live a normal life," said Taluli, 44, who lives in Gaza and suffers from epidermodysplasia verruciformis, "Amputation is a non-starter that would create more problems," The operations have been largely successful in clearing away enough growths to allow Taluli to use his hands, but new growths continue to appear. "You can't just shave these...
  • Make your own earthquake preparedness kit

    07/06/2019 8:20:42 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 30 replies
    FOOD -- Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables. -- Canned juices, milk, soup -- Sugar, salt, pepper -- High energy foods such as peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix; foods that will not increase thirst. -- Vitamins -- Foods for infants, elderly, persons with special dietary needs -- Comfort/stress foods: cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee, tea bags. -- Pet food, at least one ounce per animal pound per day. -- Avoid foods like rice, pasta and dry beans that require a great deal of water to prepare. Remember to restock your food once a year. FIRST...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread July 6-12, 2019

    07/05/2019 3:24:11 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 113 replies
    June 5, 2019 | Diana in Wisconsin/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. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. 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...
  • Watermelon crop behind schedule, Texas growers worry ahead of July 4th

    06/29/2019 10:26:53 AM PDT · by bgill · 36 replies
    kxan ^ | June 28, 2019 | Wes Rapaport
    Spring weather has delayed the Texas watermelon harvest, casting doubt on the supply ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. Fields across the state are behind schedule due to weather, meaning peak sales for the summer holiday are in jeopardy statewide, growers say. Gary Collins first started growing watermelons 66 years ago. This season, he said, has been “pretty rough.” “Ground was cold, ground was real cold,” Collins said.
  • Weekly Gardening Thread June 29-July 5, 2019

    06/29/2019 5:22:01 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 87 replies
    June 29, 2019 | Diana in Wisconsin/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. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. 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...
  • UMD Offers Country’s First Medical Marijuana Master’s Program

    06/25/2019 11:41:34 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 12 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | 06/24/2019
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — As more states legalize cannabis for medical use, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is launching the nation’s first master’s program to train students about the science and policies of medical marijuana. The two-year program, based at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, is designed for health care practitioners, scientists, regulators, dispensary owners and industry professionals. Classes will be primarily held online, with an in-person symposium held each semester.
  • Weekly Gardening Thread - June 22-28, 2019

    06/22/2019 5:32:52 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 124 replies
    June 22, 2019 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    Our 'Greeneyes' has been FOUND, but she is STILL having computer issues, so I have been asked to keep the Weekly Garden Thread rolling until she returns. That said, I will be posting once a week, and I will TRY to stick to her schedule of a Friday Night/Saturday Morning Weekly Post. 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...
  • 7 Smokable Plants You Can Grow That Aren’t Marijuana

    06/21/2019 6:38:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 89 replies
    modernfarmer.com/ ^ | July 18, 2018 | By Brian Barth
    Don't worry, it's totally legal. Quite a few plants may be safely, and pleasurable, lit up in a pipe or rolling papers. Those listed below are legal, unregulated, and totally safe to use. They are also non-hallucinogenic and non-addictive – perhaps that explains their lack of popularity? While they won’t get you high, when blended according to the instructions below, these herbs produce a smooth, tasty smoke and give a gentle, relaxing buzz. All of the following varieties may be purchased online or at any well-stocked herb store. You may also grow your own. Of course, we’d be remiss not...
  • Popcorn will be scarce this year as Midwest rains prevent planting

    06/20/2019 2:22:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    UPI ^ | 06-20-2019 | By Jessie Higgins
    Bridgett O'Brian makes a fresh batch of popcorn in 2014. Popcorn prices are predicted to increase, as supplies dwindle from farmers unable to plant this spring. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo =============================================================== EVANSVILLE, Ind., June 20 (UPI) -- Going to a movie could become pricier later this year for people who enjoy popcorn with a flick. The snack will be in short supply because relentless spring rain prevented many growers across the Midwest from planting. Popcorn processors estimate 30 to 40 percent of the nation's popcorn fields went unplanted this spring -- and the crops in many...
  • Vanity: My garden is dying from all this rain; weeds are of course thriving. What's going on?

    06/16/2019 11:44:52 AM PDT · by dayglored · 95 replies
    My Poor Bedraggled, Dying Garden ^ | Jun 16, 2019 | (self)
    I live in rural Upstate NY, in a field in the woods on a hill in the Finger Lakes. Mrs. Dayglored and I have a large garden (flowers and ornamentals, not produce) that in most years is gorgeous this time of year with blossoms all over. (Lots of weeds to remove too, of course.) This year, all the #&!@* RAIN that started early and continues through today has wreaked havoc on it! The ground is saturated and there are puddles that never go away. A dozen little evergreens we planted last year are drowning and dying. Many flowers that are...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - June 15-21, 2019

    06/15/2019 5:24:50 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 121 replies
    June 15, 2019 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    Our 'Greeneyes' has been FOUND, but she is STILL having computer issues, so I have been asked to keep the Weekly Garden Thread rolling until she returns. That said, I will be posting once a week, and I will TRY to stick to her schedule of a Friday Night/Saturday Morning Weekly Post, but it depends upon what is going on here at MY farm. (It's Spring; it's BUSY!) 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...
  • Asia's longhorned tick takes its first documented bite in the U.S.

    06/09/2019 3:19:11 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 45 replies
    MPR ^ | 7 June 2019 | Fran Kritz
    And this species is definitely different from other ticks -- in ways that are potentially worrisome to humans. First, female longhorned ticks can reproduce without the aid of a male. A single female can lay thousands of eggs, which will hatch into more females.
  • Weekly Garden Thread - June 8-14, 2019

    06/08/2019 5:50:16 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 96 replies
    June 8, 2019 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    Our 'Greeneyes' has been FOUND, but she is STILL having computer issues, so I have been asked to keep the Weekly Garden Thread rolling until she returns. That said, I will be posting once a week, and I will TRY to stick to her schedule of a Friday Night/Saturday Morning Weekly Post, but it depends upon what is going on here at MY farm. (It's Spring; it's BUSY!) 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...
  • Family of fox live nearby

    06/06/2019 11:09:50 AM PDT · by Dacula · 75 replies
    Self
    We have a family of foxes that live nearby. There have been multiple reports of sightings. In fact, my son and I saw one of the parents and two of the kits in our driveway last night.
  • The unseen carcinogenic danger lurking in New York City's public parks

    06/06/2019 6:10:44 AM PDT · by McQ444 · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 06-06-19 | Ben Kallos
    Parks are New Yorkers’ oasis. They’re where we escape the crowds, the din of traffic, and our often tiny apartments; where we play with our children, walk our pets, and relax in the sun. Parks should be a place where New Yorkers can relax and play without being exposed to dangerous chemicals. So why is a herbicide believed to cause cancer being sprayed in our parks? The New York City parks department is a prolific user of Roundup, a popular weedkiller sold by Monsanto. Yet research by the World Health Organization has linked the active chemical in Roundup, glyphosate, to...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - June 1-7, 2019

    05/31/2019 6:16:18 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 91 replies
    June 1, 2019 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    Our 'Greeneyes' has been FOUND, but she is STILL having computer issues, so I have been asked to keep the Weekly Garden Thread rolling until she returns. That said, I will be posting once a week, and I will TRY to stick to her schedule of a Friday Night/Saturday Morning Weekly Post, but it depends upon what is going on here at MY farm. (It's Spring; it's BUSY!) 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...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - May 25-31, 2019

    05/25/2019 6:57:33 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 105 replies
    May 25, 2019 | Diana in Wisconsin
    Our 'Greeneyes' has been FOUND, but she is having computer issues, so I have been asked to keep the Weekly Garden Thread rolling until she returns. That said, I will be posting once a week, and I will TRY to stick to her schedule of a Friday Night/Saturday Morning Weekly Post, but it depends upon what is going on here at MY farm. (It's Spring; it's BUSY!) 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...