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  • Harsh winter revs up spring allergies in New Jersey

    04/13/2014 2:35:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    northjersey.com ^ | Sunday, April 13, 2014, 4:05 PM | CHRISTOPHER MAAG
    In a traditional spring, various species of pollinating trees and flowers bloom sequentially over a period of about 2˝ months, said Estelle Levetin, who has studied airborne pollen since 1980. If spring is delayed, more plants pollinate all at once, creating a shorter but more intense season that can exacerbate symptoms for people who are allergic. “This year we had an unusually cold winter that lasted longer than normal, and that set back pollen release significantly,” said Levetin, a biology professor at the University of Tulsa. “Each individual plant is not pollinating much more than normal. We’re just having a...
  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD VOLUME 15 APRIL 11, 2014

    04/11/2014 12:34:19 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 345 replies
    Free Republic | 4/11/2014 | 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...
  • Tomato Planting Guide

    04/09/2014 5:23:43 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 47 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | 03/26/2014 | Rick Bickling
    Tomato planting guide with state specific recommended varieties and planting dates...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 14 APRIL 4, 2014

    04/04/2014 12:54:31 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 305 replies
    Free Republic | April 4, 2014 | 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...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 13 MARCH 28,2014

    03/28/2014 12:39:07 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 432 replies
    Free Republic | March 28, 2014 | 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...
  • Complete Spring Gardening Seed Source Guide

    03/27/2014 4:33:25 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 6 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | March 26, 2014 | Rick Bickling
    Complete Spring Seed Source Guide with 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. Many are Open-pollinated, Non-GMO, Organic, and Heirloom varieties...
  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 12 March 21, 2014

    03/21/2014 12:44:59 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 325 replies
    Free Republic | March 21, 2014 | 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...
  • Tumbleweeds Overtake Colorado Neighborhood and Trap Families in Their Homes

    03/19/2014 7:10:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 60 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 19, 2014 | Charlene Sakoda
    Tumbleweeds overtake neighborhood and trap families in their homes Recent tornado-like winds have covered a Colorado Springs, Colorado neighborhood in tumbleweeds. The large dried plants have invaded the Cuchares Ranches subdivision to such a degree that some residents said they were trapped in their homes and had to call 911 for help. “I look outside and tumbleweeds are literally blowing up and over our house,” Melissa Walker told KRDO NewsChannel 13. “I didn’t expect to be able to jump from my second story window into a pile of tumbleweeds.” In some places, the tumbleweeds are stacked 10-feet high. As reported...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 11 MARCH 14, 2014

    03/14/2014 12:57:29 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 256 replies
    Free Republic | March 14, 2014 | greeneyes
    Posted on Friday, March 07, 2014 2:18:07 PM by 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....
  • Pot connection? Colorado schools deny spike in applications sparked by marijuana law

    03/13/2014 2:41:34 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/13/2014 | By Katharine J. Crane
    Colorado colleges and universities have seen a dramatic jump in applications, including from out of state, following the legalization of marijuana, but officials insist there’s no drug connection. Applications to the University of Colorado are up 30 percent since Amendment 64 made recreational pot legal, according to Director of Admissions Kevin MacLennan. But while several marijuana advocates told FoxNews.com it is hardly surprising that the Centennial State would become a mecca for college-bound tokers, MacLennan disagrees. “We aren’t getting a lot of questions about this,” MacLennan said, referring to the new law. He said a better explanation for the rise...
  • For Merle Haggard, a Boxcar Was Home. Now It Needs Work.

    03/10/2014 3:22:28 PM PDT · by dennisw · 30 replies
    nytimes ^ | FEB. 26, 2014 | By PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN
    OILDALE, Calif. — The tanker trains loaded with crude oil still rattle down the tracks at the end of the alleyway where Merle Haggard, a living legend of country music, grew up in a boxcar that his father transformed into the family home. “The walls were thick: cool in the summer and warm in winter,” Lillian Haggard Rea, the musician’s 93-year-old sister, recalled of the boxcar that their father, James Haggard, a carpenter with the Santa Fe railroad, converted by hand during the Depression. It was, she said, “just a wonderful home to live in.” Like much of the music...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 10 MARCH 7, 2014

    03/07/2014 12:18:07 PM PST · by greeneyes · 270 replies
    Free Republic | March 7, 2014 | 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...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 9 FEBRUARY 28, 2014

    02/28/2014 12:35:18 PM PST · by greeneyes · 338 replies
    Free Republic | Feb 28, 2014 | 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...
  • Michelle Obama Busts a Move With Giant Dancing Vegetables [Who Let The Dogs Out?]

    02/27/2014 10:40:57 PM PST · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    ABCNews ^ | February 27, 2014 | Matthew Larotonda
    Michelle Obama Busts a Move With Giant Dancing Vegetables By Matthew Larotonda Feb 27, 2014 BOWIE, Md. — First lady Michelle Obama wants you to eat your vegetables. She also loves dancing. So it may not have come as a surprise when she merged those two interests today, busting a move with a trio of giant, human-sized vegetable dancers. The eggplant, carrot and broccoli characters of “Super Sprowtz,” a traveling troupe promoting healthy eating in kids, met Obama today during the fourth anniversary tour of her “Let’s Move” campaign. The first lady had traveled to daycare center La Petite Academy...
  • Hipster wannabes get facial hair transplants (beard club for men?)

    02/26/2014 2:07:58 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 25, 2014 | 1:16pm | Natalie O'Neill
    It’s shear madness! Brooklyn’s hipster beard craze has grown so popular that men in New York are rushing to doctors for “facial hair transplants” — surgery that helps make beards look thicker and less patchy, sources said. Stubble-challenged guys are forking over up to $8,500 for the beard-boosting procedure, which has spiked in popularity in recent months, plastic surgeons told The Post. “Brooklyn is probably the nucleus of the trend, it’s the hipster ‘look’ guys want. If you have a spotty beard, and you let it grow out, it looks sloppy, ” said Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, a Midtown-based plastic surgeon....
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 8 FEBRUARY 21, 2014

    02/21/2014 12:13:29 PM PST · by greeneyes · 249 replies
    Free Republic | Feb 21, 2014 | 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...
  • 8-Year-Old Boy Buried Alive After Fainting

    02/20/2014 3:54:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, February 20, 2014
    Mum and husband were arrested after burying the boy in a remote placeAn Arab woman and her new Saudi husband buried her eight-year-old son alive in a remote place in Saudi Arabia after they thought the child was dead when he fainted, a newspaper in the Gulf Kingdom reported on Thursday. The woman, who is staying illegally in Saudi Arabia, was on a picnic with her 35-year-old husband and her son from a previous husband outside the Western town of Makkah when the boy fainted apparently because of exhaustion, Sada daily said. “They thought the boy was dead so they...
  • Masters landmark Ike's Tree suffers major damage, removed

    02/17/2014 5:45:35 AM PST · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | 2-16-2014 | John Boyette
    Golf’s most famous pine tree is no longer guarding the 17th hole at Augusta National Golf Club. The Eisenhower Tree suffered major damage in an ice storm and was removed over the weekend, the club confirmed Sunday. Photos showed major limb damage, particularly on the left side and top of the tree. “The loss of the Eisen­hower Tree is difficult news to accept,” Augusta National and Masters Chairman Billy Payne said in a prepared statement. “We obtained opinions from the best arborists available and, unfortunately, were advised that no recovery was possible.” The Masters landmark, also known as Ike’s Tree,...
  • Just how much water is in all of this snow on the ground?

    02/14/2014 5:25:50 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 47 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 14, 2014 | Mark Torregrossa
    There is a lot of snow on the ground in Michigan. When the snow melts, just how much water is in all of the snow on the ground now? The top graphic shows the "snow water equivalent" for the Lower Peninsula. This means the amount of liquid if the snow in a tube was all melted at once. All of the Lower Peninsula has at least one inch of liquid in the snow. Most of the Lower Peninsula has two to six inches of liquid in the form of snow. The heaviest snowfall areas in northwest Lower Michigan have between...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 7, FEBRUARY 14, 2014

    02/14/2014 12:27:30 PM PST · by greeneyes · 306 replies
    Free Republic | Feb. 14, 2014 | 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...
  • Man Robs Store Wearing Flower Pot as Disguise, Wielding chainsaw

    02/13/2014 4:13:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    WFTV ^ | Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
    If there were awards for such things, an Australian teen would assuredly win the prize for most unique robbery attempt. According to the Queensland Times, police were called to a local 7-Eleven store after reports that a chainsaw-wielding suspect, wearing a flowerpot on his head to disguise his identity, made a memorable attempt to rob the store. Workers at the convenience store say around 4:30 a.m. Monday the suspect, Steven Frank Steele, entered the store and began terrorizing them in an attempt to rob the place. They say Steele "lunged at them" with the chainsaw and then attacked several display...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 6 FEBRUARY 7, 2014

    02/07/2014 12:31:57 PM PST · by greeneyes · 351 replies
    Free Republic | February 7, 2014 | greeneyes
    CONGRATULATIONS AFRAID FOR THE REPUBLIC 55 YEARS OF MARRIED BLISS
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 5, JANUARY 31, 2014

    01/31/2014 12:38:35 PM PST · by greeneyes · 262 replies
    Free Republic | Jan. 31, 2014 | 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...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 4, JANUARY 24, 2014

    01/24/2014 12:24:31 PM PST · by greeneyes · 313 replies
    Free Republic | Jan 24, 2014 | 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...
  • Rainwater Harvesting: Reasons to Consider

    01/22/2014 4:42:48 AM PST · by orsonwb · 14 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | Jan. 21, 2014 | Rick Bickling
    In the first installment of this two part series, we examine the factors that are influencing how individuals, major corporations, and other countries, are rethinking the most basic, yet vital resource of all, water. In part two, we take a detailed look at an increasingly popular alternative to the municipal water system, Rainwater Harvesting...
  • Patriots fans in Denver for game scoring plenty of legal pot

    01/18/2014 1:12:51 PM PST · by Red Steel · 14 replies
    Westword ^ | Jan. 17, 2014 | Michael Roberts.
    No matter how the AFC Championship game between Denver and New England turns out, the Broncos playoff run will turn out well for Justin Staley. Why? Staley's an owner of Mile High Medical Cannabis, whose location, at 1705 Federal Boulevard, is only steps away from Mile High Stadium. Last week, plenty of San Diego Chargers fans in town for their match-up stopped by the shop to take advantage of legal recreational pot sales -- something that presumably helped them deal with a 24-17 loss -- and visiting Patriots boosters are following suit. "We had around 225 or so Californians come...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 3, JANUARY 17, 2014

    01/17/2014 5:49:09 AM PST · by greeneyes · 374 replies
    Free Republic | Jan 17, 2014 | 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...
  • China cloning on an 'industrial scale'

    01/14/2014 7:27:56 AM PST · by Theoria · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 Jan 2014 | David Shukman
    You hear the squeals of the pigs long before reaching a set of long buildings set in rolling hills in southern China. Feeding time produces a frenzy as the animals strain against the railings around their pens. But this is no ordinary farm. Run by a fast-growing company called BGI, this facility has become the world's largest centre for the cloning of pigs. The technology involved is not particularly novel - but what is new is the application of mass production. The first shed contains 90 animals in two long rows. They look perfectly normal, as one would expect, but...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD, VOLUME 2 JANUARY 10, 2014

    01/10/2014 12:20:06 PM PST · by greeneyes · 298 replies
    Free Republic | Jan 10, 2014 | 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...
  • Pest discovered in shipment of fresh basil from Mexico

    01/09/2014 6:47:32 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    KGO-TV.com ^ | KGO-TV
    SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Calif. (KGO) -- A rare pest was recently discovered at SFO in a shipment of fresh basil from Mexico. The pest is often referred to as a type of stink bug and poses a major agricultural threat. .. After authorities identified the pest, the entire shipment was refused entry and ordered to be exported from the United States. ...
  • What safety standards will Colorado implement for recreational pot grown by licensed retailers?

    01/07/2014 1:16:56 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 22 replies
    1/7/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Should the state of Colorado issue licenses to (for example) long-established farmers instead of retailers for the growing of medical marijuana? Will licensed retailers have the same quality, safety standards (per qrowing of recreational marijuana) that will be monitored by the state of Colorado... As in, will fertilizers used, types used, etc, be kept track of by CO state safety monitors so as to ensure that (for example) no "night soil" is used?
  • Soil: It's Not a Dirty Word

    01/06/2014 3:46:53 AM PST · by orsonwb · 8 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | Jan. 06, 2014 | Rick Bickling
    Soil covers only 10% of the earth’s surface, but within this small area, all of the world’s crops are produced. It provides the anchor that allows plants to grow upright and is the primary source of water and nutrients for plants. Scientists have identified over 70,000 varieties of soil in the United States alone...
  • How to use fruit peels to filter your water.

    01/05/2014 1:35:42 PM PST · by carriage_hill · 33 replies
    mother nature network ^ | 12/17/2013 | Bryan Nelson
    Who needs fancy water purifiers? Try this easy water treatment technique instead, using nothing more than fruit peels and rubbing alcohol. With more and more eco-conscious people replacing their bottled water intake (and for good reason) with tap water, there is a growing demand for water filtration devices. But you don't need to go out and buy a fancy device to ensure that your tap water is free from pollutants. Researchers with the National University of Singapore have recently discovered a simple do-it-yourself method for filtering water using nothing more than fruit peels and rubbing alcohol, reports Wired. Researcher Ramakrishna...
  • Say It With Shrubs? EPA Wants You to Love the Earth on Valentine's Day

    01/03/2014 5:24:08 PM PST · by PROCON · 26 replies
    CNSNEWS.COM ^ | Jan. 3, 2014 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) - Why say it with flowers, when you could send your love a shrub? The Environmental Protection Agency is offering Americans "Tips for February Fun," encouraging them to think outside the flower box on Valentine's Day. On one of the busiest days of the year for florists, the EPA says Americans should consider buying long-lasting silk flowers, potted plants, or live bushes, shrubs, or trees that can be planted in the spring.
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 1, JANUARY 3,2014

    01/03/2014 12:19:51 PM PST · by greeneyes · 395 replies
    Free Republic | Jan 3, 2014 | 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...
  • Hydroponics: An Update, by D.P.

    01/02/2014 10:05:57 AM PST · by Errant · 29 replies
    The Survival Blog (James Rawles) ^ | 2 January, 2014 | D,P.
    Today I have an update for you on my hydroponics adventures. The system has been up and running all season (April 20 - November 1) so there is a lot of information to be shared. The system currently includes 12 beds - 4 outdoors and 8 in a greenhouse - for a total surface area of 56 sq.ft (~ 5.5 m2). An in-depth description of the system was published last year on Survivalblog. I made only 1 substantial change since then and that is in the way the polyethylene drain pipes are connected to the beds. The connections need to...
  • U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Rehearse Rose Parade Flyover

    12/31/2013 11:57:40 PM PST · by Colofornian · 14 replies
    KTLA.com ^ | Dec. 31, 2013
    Frank Buckley, Jessica Holmes and Mark Kriski were live from the Tournament of Roses House in Pasadena. They watched in awe as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds rehearsed their Rose Parade flyover with six F-16s soaring in formation along the Colorado Blvd. parade route.
  • Pollution Rising, Chinese Fear for Soil and Food

    12/31/2013 12:24:47 PM PST · by Theoria · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Dec 2013 | Edward Wong
    The farm-to-table process in China starts in villages like this one in the agricultural heartland. Food from the fields of Ge Songqing and her neighbors ends up in their kitchens or in the local market, and from there goes to other provinces. The foods are Chinese staples: rice, cabbage, carrots, turnips and sweet potatoes. But the fields are ringed by factories and irrigated with water tainted by industrial waste. Levels of toxic heavy metals in the wastewater here are among the highest in China, and residents fear the soil is similarly contaminated. Though they have no scientific proof, they suspect...
  • WTF News: Glow-in-the-Dark Pigs Created Using Jelly Fish Genes

    12/27/2013 2:01:40 PM PST · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    http://allhiphop.com ^ | December 26th, 2013 @ 1:27pm | by Friday Foster
    Scientists in China created 10 piglets that glow green under black fluorescent lights, using a technique developed by the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Medicine. A group of scientists from South China Agricultural University were able to do this by injecting fluorescent protein from jellyfish DNA into pig embryos, thus creating the green-glowing pigs. This same technique was used to create the world’s first glow-in-the-dark bunnies in Turkey earlier this year, where they are currently working to produce similar results with fluorescent-glowing sheep. Scientists, however, are not creating glowing farm animals for seasonal décor. The goal of the...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 52 DECEMBER 27, 2013

    12/27/2013 12:25:05 PM PST · by greeneyes · 427 replies
    Free Republic | Dec. 27, 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...
  • Carolina Reaper pepper crowned the world's hottest pepper

    12/27/2013 9:07:41 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 92 replies
    upi. ^ | Dec. 27, 2013 | Evan Bleier
    According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the hottest peppers in the world are the Carolina Reaper peppers grown in South Carolina by Ed Currie of PuckerButt Pepper Co. Currie spent more than four years working with students at Winthrop University to alter a sweet hot pepper from the Caribbean and give it more zip. During tests at Winthrop, the Reaper averaged just shy of 1.6 million Scoville Heat Units. To put that in perspective, a standard jalapeno pepper registers around 5,000 on the Scoville scale. The previous record holder, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper, was measured by New...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 51 DECEMBER 20, 2013

    12/20/2013 10:03:22 AM PST · by greeneyes · 193 replies
    Free Republic | 12/20/2013 | 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...
  • In Florida, A Turf War Blooms Over Front-Yard Vegetable Gardening

    12/17/2013 11:54:34 AM PST · by Theoria · 35 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...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 50 DECEMBER 13, 2013

    12/13/2013 12:25:11 PM PST · by greeneyes · 384 replies
    Free Republic | 12/13/2013 | 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... that...
  • Awesome Youtube Video: Molding a Fire Ant Colony of Molten Aluminum [A Cast of Thousands]

    12/13/2013 6:16:20 AM PST · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | 220 Nov 2013 | AntHill Art
  • Casting a Fire Ant Colony with Molten Aluminum

    12/12/2013 5:07:12 AM PST · by Abathar · 41 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | 12/12/14 | uncredited
    Very cool art, but I wonder where PETA stands on this?
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 49 DECEMBER 6, 2013

    12/06/2013 12:14:15 PM PST · by greeneyes · 329 replies
    Free Republic | Dec. 6, 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...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 48 NOVEMBER 29, 2013

    11/29/2013 3:57:22 PM PST · by greeneyes · 245 replies
    11/29/13 | 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...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 47 NOVEMBER 22, 2013

    11/22/2013 12:40:12 PM PST · by greeneyes · 226 replies
    Free Republic | November 22, 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...
  • Slavery Makes a Comeback: Eco-Activists Voluntarily Enslave Themselves as Manual Laborers

    11/18/2013 7:25:59 AM PST · by rktman · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/17/2013 | Zombie
    The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States — but the authors of that amendment didn’t take into account how to cope with people who want to become slaves as a political statement. Absurd as it may seem, self-enslavement is now a growing fad among privileged white eco-activists, who happily “volunteer” to do unpaid manual farm labor, to alleviate themselves of civilizational guilt and to get in touch with the Earth. It wasn’t long ago that lower-middle-class kids would spend summers working on farms in order to earn money. Now upper-middle-class kids labor in the fields for no pay...