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Gardening (General/Chat)

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  • Beavers do dam good work cleaning water, research reveals

    06/19/2018 12:14:58 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    phys.org ^ | May 9, 2018 | University of Exeter
    A female beaver in Devon. Credit: Michael Symes/Devon Wildlife Trust ___________________________________________________________________________ Beavers could help clean up polluted rivers and stem the loss of valuable soils from farms, new research shows. The study, undertaken by scientists at the University of Exeter using a captive beaver trial run by the Devon Wildlife Trust, has demonstrated the significant impact the animals have had on reducing the flow of tonnes of soil and nutrients from nearby fields into a local river system. The research, led by hydrologist Professor Richard Brazier, found that the work of a single family of beavers had removed high...
  • 23-foot python swallows woman tending her vegetable garden

    06/16/2018 4:49:55 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 30 replies
    Associate Press ^ | 6/16/2018 | Staff
    A 23-foot-long python has swallowed a woman in central Indonesia, a village official said Saturday. The victim, 54-year-old Wa Tiba, went missing while checking her vegetable garden near her village on Muna island in Southeast Sulawesi province on Thursday evening, according to the village chief, Faris. On Friday, her family went to look for her at the garden but found only her belongings, including sandals and a flashlight, said Faris, who uses a single name. The family and villagers launched a search for the woman, and found the snake with a bloated belly about 50 yards from where her belongings...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD

    06/15/2018 7:34:01 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 73 replies
    freerepublic | 6/15/2018 | 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...
  • Fairfield Woman Severely Mauled By Own Dog In Backyard Attack

    06/14/2018 11:33:48 PM PDT · by Norski · 51 replies
    CBSSanFranciscoBayArea ^ | June 14, 2018 | Staff
    FAIRFIELD (CBS SF) — A 29-year-old Fairfield woman was severely mauled in her backyard by her own dog early Thursday before police shot it dead, authorities said. Fairfield police said the attack took place in the woman’s backyard in the 1600 block of Kentucky St. A next-door neighbor called 911 to report they had heard the woman screaming and looked over the fence and saw a large dog attacking her. Arriving officers could see the woman lying face down and bleeding profusely from both arms with a large dog standing over her. The woman’s house has an unusually large yard,...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD 6/08/2018

    06/08/2018 11:21:28 AM PDT · by Augie · 90 replies
    Greeneyes is having computer issues today, so we'll have to start the party without her.
  • The cancer-preventing pizza: Italian scientists use Mediterranean vegetables

    06/04/2018 9:54:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Published: 05:42 EDT, 4 June 2018 | Updated: 09:52 EDT, 4 June 2018 | By Sam Blanchard
    Scientists and chefs in Italy say they have made a pizza which prevents cancer and heart disease. The Pizza Pascalina, designed by scientists in Naples, has been called 'the pizza that extends life' and an 'anti-tumour' pizza. The Pascalina is packed with ingredients from the Mediterranean diet which are known to have health benefits. Neither cheese nor meat feature on the dish; its toppings include tomatoes, olives and rapini – a type of broccoli. It will be on sale at the Napoli Pizza Village, a pizza festival in Naples this week. Scientists from the Istituto Nazionale Tumori in Naples –...
  • Man posts morel mushrooms on Facebook, gets a visit from the cops

    06/02/2018 7:58:07 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 86 replies
    The takeout ^ | 1 June 2018 | Gwen Ihnat
    . Recently, Garrison posted a lucky motherlode of morel mushrooms, saying he intended to sauté them with brown sugar and cinnamon and “see how that turns out.” It turned out poorly for Garrison As Garrison put it in a later post, “He thought he was on the biggest bust of his career thinking we were having a magic mushroom party.” ...Garrison was exceedingly good-natured about the incident
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD 6/01/2018

    06/01/2018 10:21:50 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 88 replies
    freerepublic | 6/02/2018 | greeenyes
    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...
  • Now Cropping Up: Robo-Farming

    06/01/2018 1:26:26 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    www.wsj.com ^ | June 1, 2018 8:00 a.m. ET | By Vibhuti Agarwal
    Agricultural-equipment makers gear up driverless tractors, combines in quest to produce more food, more sustainably The bright red, driverless tractor drags the tiller in a perfect line in a south Indian field, makes a turn at the edge of the property, encounters a test dummy and then stalls, not knowing what to do. India’s Mahindra & Mahindra , one of the biggest suppliers of smaller tractors to the U.S., and other manufacturers are racing to develop what they see as the future of farming: robo-tractors and other farming equipment to help produce more food, more sustainably at a lower cost....
  • Travis County approves funding to control crazy ants population

    05/30/2018 11:20:28 AM PDT · by bgill · 40 replies
    kxan ^ | May 30, 2018 | Lauren Kravets
    Travis County is partnering with the University of Texas at Austin to evaluate a pathogen as a biological control agent for tawny crazy ants. The invasive ants can threaten your yards and get into your home. They also threaten songbirds and some endangered species. Researchers at UT will introduce the microsporidian pathogen by inoculating tawny crazy ant colonies. In prior research, experts found the pathogen may significantly reduce TCA populations.
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD 5/25/2018

    05/25/2018 7:09:34 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 150 replies
    freerepublic | 5/25/2018 | greeenyes
    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...
  • There’s A Melania Trump Orchid & It Won An Award This Weekend

    05/23/2018 6:09:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Bustle ^ | May 23, 2018 | Monica Hunter-Hart
    Add this to the ongoing list of fun facts about the Trump family: Melania Trump has an orchid named after her. The flower is a hybrid orchid known as Rhyncholaeliocattleya Melania Trump, or "Rlc Melania Trump," and it even won an award this weekend. When you know the context, the fact that this flower exists isn't so bizarre. It was created by Chadwick & Son Orchids Inc., a company that breeds orchids and has a longstanding tradition of naming flowers after the spouses of the two leading presidential candidates during election years. The company gave both Melania Trump and Bill...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD 5/19/2018

    05/19/2018 9:48:45 AM PDT · by greeneyes · 95 replies
    freerepublic | 5/19/2018 | 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...
  • Couple finds buried safe in backyard

    05/18/2018 4:35:38 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/18/2018 | Kwegyirba Croffie
    For years Matthew and Maria Colonna-Emanuel thought a piece of rusty metal behind some trees in their backyard was just part of a cable or electrical box. But it wasn't. It was a safe containing $52,000 in cash, gold and diamonds. And the story of how they discovered it -- and what the couple did next -- is remarkable. The couple saw the metal box between some trees when they moved in to their Staten Island home in New York, but never paid much attention to it. "I thought it was an electrical box," Matthew Colonna-Emanuel told CNN affiliate WCBS....
  • I Love Carbon Dioxide and You Should Too

    05/16/2018 7:32:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/16/2018 | Gregory Wrightstone
    The demonization of the “miracle molecule,” carbon dioxide, continued last week with the announcement that its concentration had reached 410 parts per million (ppm). Nearly all reporting of this noted that this was the highest level in 800,000 years and predicted a host of associated climate calamities. While the current concentration of this vital gas is about 40% higher than at the start of the Industrial Revolution, unreported is that Earth has been suffering from steadily decreasing and perilously low concentrations of CO2. Until the consumption of fossil fuels began liberating this important gas from ancient rocks , the Earth...
  • Woman arrested after digging up hundreds of plants in downtown Greeley

    05/16/2018 5:12:02 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 22 replies
    KDVR.com ^ | 5/15/2018 | Keagan Harsha
    GREELEY, Colo. -- A woman in Greeley was caught on camera digging up hundreds of newly planted flowers and plants and tossing them onto the ground to die. It happened shortly after 2 a.m. on Monday morning on 8th and 9th Avenues in Greeley. "At midnight it was fine. At 6 in the morning there were plants all over," said Jeff Dyke a resident who lives nearby. Police say more than 300 plants were removed from the city's planters. The damage is estimated at more than $1500. Police arrested 59-year-old Catherine Louise Birnstiehl. She's facing felony criminal mischief charges because...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD 5/11/2018

    05/11/2018 7:13:11 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 95 replies
    freerepublic | 5/11/2018 | greeenyes
    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...
  • Scientists Study How Spiders Jump On Their Prey

    05/08/2018 6:41:36 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 30 replies
    Value walk ^ | 8 May 2018 | Danica Simic
    . These spiders don’t make spider webs but instead use different methods for hunting. Also, they are equipped with excellent vision, having four large eyes at their front, and four smaller eyes located at the top of their head... “And then she can time her jumping performance at take-off to execute a jump that is optimal in terms of energy demand.” “Our results suggest that whilst Kim can move her legs hydraulically, she does not need the additional power from hydraulics to achieve her extraordinary jumping performance,” said co-researcher, Dr Bill Crowther.
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD MAY 4, 2018

    05/04/2018 7:17:17 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 53 replies
    freerepublic | MAY 4, 2018 | greeenyes
    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...
  • Live longer: One of Britain’s oldest people, age 110, praises ONIONS for her long life

    05/04/2018 11:29:44 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    www.express.co.uk ^ | Fri, May 4, 2018 | By Michael Knowles
    ONE of Britain’s oldest people has turned 110, saying her long life is thanks to friends...and onions. Daisy Bastin puts her longevity down to the combination, saying: “I am very lucky in my life to have had such loyal friends and to still be in good health.” She added home cooking with fresh onions had helped too. She said: “They keep me going. They’re good for the skin too.” Mrs Bastin, of Glastonbury, Somerset, was born on May 3, 1908, in Devon as one of seven children. She met her husband Alf in 1933 and they were happily married for...