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  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD FEBRUARY 5, 2016

    02/05/2016 2:49:23 PM PST · by greeneyes · 30 replies
    freerepublic | Feb. 5, 2016 | 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. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • New 'Johnny Cash' Tarantula Uproots Spider Family Tree (14 new species found in U.S.)

    02/04/2016 8:56:25 PM PST · by dayglored · 79 replies
    National Geographic ^ | Feb 4, 2016 | Michael Greshko
    A challenging, years-long survey has uncovered 14 new species of U.S. tarantula, including one named after Johnny Cash. Some, like Aphonopelma madera, live on forested "sky islands," mountains surrounded on all sides by Arizona's deserts. Others, like the tiny Aphonopelma atomicum, nestle themselves in silk-lined burrows near Nevada's nuclear test sites. And Aphonopelma johnnycashi, named for the legendary country musician, makes its home near Folsom Prison, California. True to form, adult males are mostly black, a getup of which Cash--the Man in Black--would have no doubt been proud. (Also see "New Tarantula (Not Beetle) Named After John Lennon.") To uncover...
  • How Garden & Gun Magazine Defies Industry Slump

    02/03/2016 7:51:13 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1 feb 2016 | JEFFREY A. TRACHTENBERG
    Since it made its debut in April 2007, the publication has hewed to its own course, focusing on everything Southern from ham biscuits to bird-dog trainers... it remains tightly focused on food, drink, the land, travel, and the sporting life, including bird hunting and shotguns. Roughly 72% of subscribers live in the Southeast or Southwest... “Our audiences are very different,” said Sid Evans, the former editor-in-chief of Garden & Gun who now edits Southern Living. He noted that more than 90% of Southern Living’s subscribers are female. Women account for about 47% of Garden & Gun’s subscribers.... At a time...
  • THE WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD JANUARY 29, 2016

    01/29/2016 2:04:21 PM PST · by greeneyes · 64 replies
    freerepublic | Jan. 29, 2016 | 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. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD JANUARY 22, 2016

    01/22/2016 1:55:21 PM PST · by greeneyes · 54 replies
    freerepublic | January 22, 2016 | 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. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD JANUARY 15, 2016

    01/15/2016 12:55:47 PM PST · by greeneyes · 69 replies
    freerepublic | January 15, 2016 | 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. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Space Zinnias Rebound from Space Blight on Space Station

    01/11/2016 7:52:57 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 01/10/2016 | Ken Kremer
    Zinnia experimental plants growing aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have staged a dramatic New Year’s comeback from a potential near death experience over the Christmas holidays, when traces of mold were discovered. ... After suffering from a serious case of space blight on the space station, the 'Space Zinnias' growing inside the orbiting outposts Veggie facility are now on the comeback trail from space based trials and tribulations. ... At first the space station Zinnias made great progress, sprouting healthily into larger plants with bigger leaves than those growing on Earth. "These plants appear larger than their ground-based counterparts...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD JANUARY 8, 2016

    01/08/2016 1:36:46 PM PST · by greeneyes · 69 replies
    freerepublic | January 8, 2016 | 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. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Oprah Loves Microgreens, Should You?

    01/05/2016 9:43:41 AM PST · by simpson96 · 34 replies
    Yahoo Health ^ | 1/5/2016 | Lisa Kaplan Gordon
    Call them "microgreens" or "babygreens" or even "vegetable confetti." But whatever the name, these itsy-bitsy salad fixin’s are loaded with nutrients and are tantalizing the taste buds of such celebs as Oprah Winfrey, who recently posted a picture of herself nibbling mustard lettuce microgreens. The post got almost 56,000 "likes" and over 1,100 comments.(snip) Expensive babies. Farmers must use many more pounds of seeds to grow a salad bowl of microgreens than mature greens; and the microgreens shelf life typically is five to seven days, compared to two to four weeks for mature vegetables. Accordingly, the infant plants typically sell...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD JANUARY 1, 2016

    01/01/2016 1:18:03 PM PST · by greeneyes · 39 replies
    freerepublic | Jan 1, 2016 | 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. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Anybody do cyclone fence? Need a pipe bender...

    12/30/2015 1:03:19 PM PST · by djf · 40 replies
    OK, this is under the gardening topic, thats the closest I could find. I had a YUGE fir tree come down at the beginning of December. Fortunately, it missed the house and shed. But it pretty much wrecked my cyclone fence. It smashed and bent the top bars, but left the posts still standing straight. It caused the weave or whatever you call it to fold down. So my first step was to buy new bars along the top, and the attachments that hold them to the posts. But the posts aren't straight, and I need to bend the bars....
  • Indianapolis man accused in double murder of teenagers

    12/30/2015 9:07:01 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 30 Dec 2015
    Both teens vanished on Christmas Eve after leaving a home next door to Watkins' residence. Court documents say police found blood and apparent brain matter outside Watkins' home and two bloody trails leading away from it. Deputy Prosecutor Denise Robinson says investigators are still searching for the victims' bodies.
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD DECEMBER 25, 2015

    12/25/2015 9:48:59 AM PST · by greeneyes · 99 replies
    freerepublic | 12/25/2015 | 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. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD DECEMBER 18, 2015

    12/18/2015 11:36:05 AM PST · by greeneyes · 46 replies
    freerepublic | December 18, 2015 | 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. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD DECEMBER 11, 2015

    12/11/2015 1:50:07 PM PST · by greeneyes · 35 replies
    freerepublic | Dec 11, 2015 | 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. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD DECEMBER 4, 2015

    12/04/2015 3:42:18 PM PST · by greeneyes · 63 replies
    freerepublic | Dec. 4, 2015 | 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. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • More efficient way of converting ethanol to a better alternative fuel [BUTANOL]

    12/04/2015 12:48:06 PM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    phys.org ^ | December 3, 2015 | by Peter Iglinski & Provided by: University of Rochester
    Ethanol, which is produced from corn, is commonly-used as an additive in engine fuel as a way to reduce harmful emissions and scale back U.S. reliance on foreign oil. But since ethanol is an oxygenated fuel, its use results in a lower energy output, as well as increased damage to engines via corrosion. But now a research team, led by William Jones at the University of Rochester, has developed a series of reactions that results in the selective conversion of ethanol to butanol, without producing unwanted byproducts. "Butanol is much better than ethanol as an alternative to gasoline," said Jones,...
  • Neuroscientists now can read the mind of a fly

    12/04/2015 10:57:31 AM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | December 4, 2015 | Provided by: Northwestern University
    Drosophila sp fly. Credit: Muhammad Mahdi Karim / Wikipedia. GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 ======================================================================================================== Northwestern University neuroscientists now can read the mind of a fly. They have developed a clever new tool that lights up active conversations between neurons during a behavior or sensory experience, such as smelling a banana. Mapping the pattern of individual neural connections could provide insights into the computational processes that underlie the workings of the human brain. In a study focused on three of the fruit fly's sensory systems, the researchers used fluorescent molecules of different colors to tag neurons in the brain...
  • Cannabis increases the noise in your brain

    12/03/2015 2:19:25 PM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | December 3, 2015 | Provided by: Elsevier
    Cannabis indica. Credit: Wikipedia ========================================================================================================================================= Several studies have demonstrated that the primary active constituent of cannabis, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (∆9-THC), induces transient psychosis-like effects in healthy subjects similar to those observed in schizophrenia. However, the mechanisms underlying these effects are not clear. A new study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, reports that ∆9-THC increases random neural activity, termed neural noise, in the brains of healthy human subjects. The findings suggest that increased neural noise may play a role in the psychosis-like effects of cannabis. "At doses roughly equivalent to half or a single joint, ∆9-THC produced psychosis-like effects and increased neural...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD NOVEMBER 27, 2015

    11/27/2015 2:03:54 PM PST · by greeneyes · 49 replies
    freerepublic | Novemeber 27, 2015 | 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. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD NOVEMBER 20, 2015

    11/20/2015 1:41:41 PM PST · by greeneyes · 76 replies
    freerepublic | November 20, 2015 | 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. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD NOVEMBER 13, 2015

    11/13/2015 1:55:12 PM PST · by greeneyes · 57 replies
    freerepublic | November 13, 2015 | 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. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Who is 'Wet Prince of Bel-Air'? LA resident infuriates neighbors by using 11.8 million gallons/year

    11/08/2015 11:02:37 AM PST · by dennisw · 17 replies
    dailymail. ^ | 8 November 2015 | By Christopher Brennan For Dailymail.com
    Who is the 'Wet Prince of Bel-Air'? LA resident infuriates his neighbors by using a 11.8 MILLION GALLONS of water a year despite the severe drought as a 'posse' sets out to identify him Unidentified resident of wealthy Los Angeles neighborhood is state's top waster of water, using 90 times average household use Authorities have handed out fines to celebrities using water for their mansions' pools, including Kylie Jenner, Tyga and David Hasselhoff Residents of a posh Los Angeles neighborhood furious after their neighbor used 11.8million gallons of water while others cut back to preserve the precious resource in the...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD NOVEMBER 6, 2015

    11/06/2015 5:06:11 PM PST · by greeneyes · 75 replies
    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. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Vanity. 2 Cycle oil opins?

    11/04/2015 5:07:21 AM PST · by CGASMIA68 · 43 replies
    Been to a few forums and thought I would ask around here. I have a Stihl BR600 blower and a "Husky" saw. Been using the premeasured small bottles of Stihl Ultra Synthetic in both. Its not cheap but I am.6 Pack 18 bucks. Needed 2 stroke oil yesterday so I went to NAPA and picked up a bottle of Valvoline 2 stroke. Stopped in the Stihl shop and the mech said don't use it in the BR600 it requires 100% synthetic only use the Stihl Ultra. The Husky maybe but he wouldn't. I try to take care of my equip...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD OCTOBER 30, 2015

    10/30/2015 1:52:08 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 100 replies
    freerepublic | October 30, 2015 | 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. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Massive 'crack in the Earth' opens up suddenly in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains

    10/30/2015 8:21:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 80 replies
    www.mnn.com ^ | By: Bryan Nelson | October 30, 2015, 12:40 a.m
    The crack appears like a miniature Grand Canyon up close. (Photo: Randy Becker/Facebook) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A dramatic crack has suddenly formed in the foothills of Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains that measures an impressive 750 yards long and 50 yards wide. It was discovered recently by surprised backcountry hunters who travel frequently to the area in search of game. First reported by SNS Outfitter & Guides, a hunting company, on their Facebook page, the mammoth chasm appeared over the course of just a couple of weeks. It's an impressive example of just how quickly very large geological events can occur under the right...
  • Researchers compare 'natural' mosquito repellents to DEET

    10/28/2015 12:46:26 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 96 replies
    phys.org ^ | 10/28/2015 | by Josh Lancette &Provided by: Entomological Society of America
    Every summer while preparing for long weekends at our family cabin in the north woods of Minnesota, we'd face the same dilemmas. What food should we bring? Is SPF 50 sunscreen enough protection? And, most importantly, which mosquito repellent should we buy? If we picked the wrong kind, we'd be opening ourselves up to evenings of constant swatting by the campfire and nights of uncontrollable itching. Protection from the unofficial state bird, the mosquito, was not something to take lightly. However, while itchy limbs might be annoying, Minnesotans don't have much to worry about from mosquitoes, except for the occasional...
  • Meet Donald Trumpkin: When Famous People Are "Pumpkin-ized"

    10/28/2015 11:05:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | October 28, 2015 | Breitbart News
    This article was originally posted by cnn.com: (CNN)You can see Donald Trumps face almost everywhere this campaign season. Heres proof. Jeanette Paras painted a caricature of the GOP presidential candidate onto a larger-than-life pumpkin. The giant Trumpkin, as she calls him, weighs in at 374 pounds and took 10 hours to create.
  • Paramedics come to mans aid not once, but twice in a day

    10/27/2015 5:18:16 AM PDT · by seantruet · 2 replies
    albasun ^ | 27.10.2015 | seantruet
    PAY IT FORWARD: Paramedics with the Mehlville Fire Protection District were called to a South County home after a man fell from his roof and broke his leg while working to remove leaves. Paramedics returned to the home after transporting him to a nearby hospital and finished the project the man started - bagging up leaves in his yard. It gets better, an off-duty paramedic brought his personal trailer over to haul away the leaves for this family! What a great act of kindness we felt needed to be shared!
  • This Giant Van Gogh Painting Is Made of Pumpkins, Watermelons and Squash

    10/25/2015 9:02:09 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 10-25-15 | Danny Lewis
    How crop artist Stan Herd made an acre-wide ode to "Olive Trees" If you're flying through MinneapolisSt. Paul International Airport this fall, keep an eye out for Vincent van Gogh's "Olive Trees" from your airplane window. It won't be hard to miss this aerial crop art covers more than an acre of land. The unique ode to van Gogh is the work of landscape artist Stan Herd, reports Mary Abbe for the Star Tribune. It was commissioned to honor two milestones: the Minneapolis Institute of Art's centennial and the 125th anniversary of van Gogh's death. "It's an iteration of...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD OCTOBER 16, 2015

    10/16/2015 2:04:37 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 86 replies
    freerepublic | 10/16/2015 | 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 wont be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnt asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • 'Club Drug Ketamine May Treat Depression, PTSD, Tinnitus

    10/16/2015 9:00:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    www.laboratoryequipment.com ^ | Thu, 10/15/2015 - 9:05am | By Texas A&M University
    Ketamine, a drug that is used as an anesthetic, may be a way to safely treat pain, PTSD, depression, and ringing ears (tinnitus), a new study suggests. Since the drug is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration, it could potentially be available sooner and cost less. Its a lot more economical to repurpose drugs than to take a new drug and make it from scratch, says David E. Potter, professor and chair of pharmaceutical sciences at Texas A&M Universitys Rangel College of Pharmacy. Not only in terms of dollars, but also in terms of time. And because a...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD OCTOBER 9, 2015

    10/09/2015 1:47:55 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 45 replies
    freerepublic | October 9, 2015 | 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 wont be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnt asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Vanity: I need a hard cider recipe

    10/08/2015 7:17:40 PM PDT · by goodwithagun · 65 replies
    10-9-2015 | goodwithagun
    I'm going to a festival Saturday at which I will purchase fresh, preservative-free apple cider. I'd like to brew a five gallon batch. I've found a few interesting recipes, but I'd like info from the best people on the inner webs! Do you have a recipe you'd like to share?
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD OCTOBER 2, 2015

    10/02/2015 1:17:25 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 48 replies
    freerepublic | 10/2/2015 | 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 wont be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnt asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • 7 Reasons to Start Homesteading Today

    10/01/2015 8:47:01 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 26 replies
    The Prairie Homestead ^ | 1-2-2015 | Jill Winger
    So, you say youre still on the fence about homesteading? I get it. I really do. Attempting to make the switch from buying all your food at the grocery store without a second thought, to someone who suddenly has an insatiable desire to garden and milk goats is quite the transition, ya know? And then you have the whole convincing the family/spouse hurdle. Sometimes its easy to persuade them their future lies between rows of homegrown, GMO-free corn and beans, while in other cases, it can be a bit of a struggle to help them see the vision. Its easy...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 39 SEPTEMBER 25, 2015

    09/25/2015 7:25:07 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 32 replies
    freerepublic | September 25, 2015 | 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 wont be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnt asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • New diversity for lager beers

    09/25/2015 1:49:00 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    phys.org ^ | September 25, 2015 | Provided by: American Society for Microbiology
    Unlike ales, lager beers differ little in flavor. But now, by creating new crosses among the relevant yeasts, Kevin Verstrepen, PhD, Stijn Mertens, and their collaborators have opened up new horizons of taste. The research is published in the September 25 Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The relative uniformity of flavor among lagers turned out to result in significant part from a lack of genetic diversity among the yeasts. Genetic studies showed that lager yeasts had resulted from just two crosses between the parent yeasts, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and S. eubayanus. The problem was...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 38 SEPTEMBER 18, 2015

    09/18/2015 1:12:45 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 100 replies
    freerepublic | September 18, 2015 | 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 wont be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnt asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 37 SEPTEMBER 11, 2015

    09/11/2015 12:39:52 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 54 replies
    freerepublic | September 11, 2015 | 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 wont be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnt asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Tell Us About Your First Job

    09/06/2015 6:35:43 PM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 200 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 9/6/2015 | blueunicorn6
    In honor of Labor Day, tell us a little bit about your first job.
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 35 SEPTEMBER 4, 2015

    09/04/2015 12:31:29 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 68 replies
    free republic | 9/4/2015 | 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 wont be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnt asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Three trillion trees: Study finds there are 7.5 times more trees than previously believed

    09/02/2015 10:56:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 115 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | September 2, 2015 | Provided by: Yale University
    The global map of tree density at the square-kilometer pixel scale. Credit: Crowther, et al A new Yale-led study estimates that there are more than 3 trillion trees on Earth, about seven and a half times more than some previous estimates. But the total number of trees has plummeted by roughly 46 percent since the start of human civilization, the study estimates. Using a combination of satellite imagery, forest inventories, and supercomputer technologies, the international team of researchers was able to map tree populations worldwide at the square-kilometer level. Their results, published in the journal Nature, provide the most comprehensive...
  • Corpse Flower 'Lacks Energy to Bloom,' Says Chicago Botanic Garden

    08/30/2015 2:52:29 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 30 replies
    WTTW ^ | 29 Aug 2015 | rebecca Palmore
    After much anticipation, the Chicago Botanic Garden on Saturday night announced that Spike is not expected to bloom.
  • Despite Poultry Ban, 14-Year-Old Designs Chicken Tractor For State Fair

    08/28/2015 5:30:06 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 6 replies
    WCCO.COM ^ | 28 AUGUST 2015 | RACHEL SLOVIK
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) This year, the poultry barns have a much different look at the Minnesota State Fair. Live birds are banned to prevent the spread of the avian flu. That decision had a big impact on the 4H and Future Farmers of America program. Back in May, when state health officials made the decision to ban poultry, many kids wondered if theyd still get a chance to compete at the county and state level. The 4H and FFA found a way and this year, becoming a poultry champion had nothing to do with the actual bird. Weeks...
  • The True Story of Kudzu, the Vine That Never Truly Ate the South

    08/28/2015 4:42:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | September 2015 | Bill Finch
    As s a young naturalist growing up in the Deep South, I feared kudzu. Id walk an extra mile to avoid patches of it and the writhing knots of snakes that everyone said were breeding within. Though fascinated by the grape-scented flowers and the purple honey produced by visiting bees, I trembled at the monstrous green forms climbing telephone poles and trees on the edges of our roads and towns. Introduced from Asia in the late 19th century as a garden novelty, but not widely planted until the 1930s, kudzu is now Americas most infamous weed. In a few decades,...
  • THE WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 34 AUGUST 28, 2015

    08/28/2015 1:33:15 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 74 replies
    freerepublic | 08/28/2015 | 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 wont be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnt asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 33 AUGUST 21, 2015

    08/21/2015 12:55:47 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 99 replies
    freerepublic | 08/21/2015 | 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 wont be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnt asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Idaho replaces mile marker 420 with 419.9 to thwart stoners

    08/18/2015 2:28:22 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 107 replies
    BOISE, Idaho If you're looking for milepost 420, you won't find it in Idaho. Idaho transportation officials say the mile marker has been replaced with 419.9 signs to curb thieves eager to own a number associated with marijuana enthusiasts. Turns out, Idaho isn't alone in this problem. States like Washington and Colorado have also replaced 420 signs with 419.9 after consistently having to replace them after thefts by supposed sticky-fingered stoners. Adam Rush of the Idaho Transportation Department says officials have replaced the old sign along U.S. Highway 95 with "MILE 419.9," just south of Coeur d'Alene. ~snip~ The...