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  • Back to the future.

    12/09/2011 5:10:03 PM PST · by Lowell1775 · 5 replies
    Open Source Survival ^ | 12-8-2011 | Brother Rat
    Revisiting the resilient lifestyle… Things finally collapse, and you go to the basement, start digging out survival gear and freeze dry food. You gather the family around the radio, shotgun in hand and begin worrying about how long the “stuff” will last. OR You get up at six AM as usual, open a bag of your favorite coffee, mixing it 50/50 with the chickory root you gathered in the summer. Opening the spout on the Big Berkey water filter, you fill the percolator you picked up at a yard sale, for 2 bucks. You set the coffee on the woodstove...
  • The Donald's Hair is HIS!

    12/09/2011 12:13:19 PM PST · by WellyP · 29 replies
    Fox News | 9 Dec. 2011 | Fox News/Megyn Kelley
    The Donald's hair is his!
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 48) December 9

    12/09/2011 6:08:33 AM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 70 replies
    Free Republic | 12-9-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. As many of you may know, my wife is a manager at a Wal-Mart Superstore. About a month or so ago she was approached, via email, by Wal-Mart, informing her that there was a position opening up in one of their stores in Shreveport, La. and they wanted to do a phone interview with her if she was interested. She agreed and did the interview. Well last week they called her back and told her the position was hers if she wanted it. We were given an hour to make the decision. Job wise this is a...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 47) December 2

    12/02/2011 5:11:38 AM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 79 replies
    Free Republic | 12-2-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I can’t believe it is already December, Brrrrrrrrr! It is 27 this morning in East Central Mississippi and is forecast to be in the mid 60s this afternoon. There are no plans to do any outside work for this gardener today. What needs to be done can wait until Saturday and Sunday when it is supposed to be in the high 60s and into the 70s. Just waiting for Spring now. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just encouragement please feel free to join in...
  • Household Budgeting: Women Hone Domestic Skills

    12/01/2011 9:40:19 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | June 30th, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    The Gloria Steinem generation convinced women that they were not doing jobs. Women were told they were being slaves to their families, and not getting paid for it. In lousy economic times, these newly learned old skills give women a bigger choice of where to spend money. They can cut corners by mending, canning, and growing a garden. They have the power and flexibility to fill their pantries and not depend on the government or stores in difficult times.
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 46) November 25

    11/25/2011 5:10:38 AM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 62 replies
    Free Republic | 11-25-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. My day was nice, quiet and lazy. Mrs. RD had to go to work at one pm and did not get off until two this morning, so we will be having our Thanksgiving feast this afternoon. We are having a roasted Turkey breast with the typical side dishes. We usually have a Ham but Mrs. RD wanted Turkey this year so Turkey it is. It is forecast to be in the low 70s today so I may get out and gather up some leaves for the compost and some...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 45) November 18

    11/18/2011 5:11:32 AM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 137 replies · 1+ views
    Free Republic | 11-18-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. Thanksgiving is next week and I hope all Freepers enjoy a bountiful feast with family and friends. Don’t forget to give thanks, it can turn a meal into a feast. A reminder for those of you who have a frozen turkey, for every 4 pounds of turkey it will take a day to thaw in the refrigerator. A 20-pound turkey will take 5 days so you need to start defrosting it tomorrow. If your turkey will not fit into your fridge defrost it in an ice chest with ice. If the turkey is allowed to thaw at...
  • Larry Sinclair is NOT dead

    11/14/2011 4:52:20 AM PST · by palmer · 45 replies · 3+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 14 Nov 2011 | vanity
    Body of thread (REQUIRED)
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 44) November 11

    11/11/2011 5:06:00 AM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 89 replies · 1+ views
    Free Republic | 11-11-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. Remembering Veterans Day. Here is a big Thank You to all who have served our Country. Just wondering how many of you gardeners are Veterans? It is a Chilly 29 F here in East Central Mississippi. I have been trying to keep up with the leaves falling off the trees and I am hating the pine needles more and more everyday. I don’t use them in my compost pile because they take to long to break down. I pile them by the roadside and the county comes by once a week and vacuums them up. I hope...
  • Any tips for getting rid of ticks on wooded property? (Vanity)

    11/10/2011 9:40:38 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 72 replies
    11/10/2011 | BuckeyeTexan
    Does anyone have recommendations for treating heavily wooded property for ticks? My one-year-old basset hound (Sophie) is an indoor dog, but she has free access to a little over an acre of heavily wooded property. (300+ oaks and pecans.) I've tried every treatment I can find to put on Sophie to prevent ticks, but I'm still finding them on her once every few days. She sleeps on my daughter's bed, so I'm worried about a tick dropping off in the bed. She's a lemon basset hound so the ticks are easy to see unless they're really small. Is there anything...
  • Food Stamp usage at record levels.

    11/07/2011 11:27:55 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 3, 2011 | Daid Paulin
    Nearly 15 percent of the population -- 45.8 million people - were on the food-stamp dole in August, the Wall Street Journal reported. How come? According to the paper, it's all because of the horrible economy, with the number of people on food stamps having risen 8.1 percent in the past year. What the WSJ doesn't mention is that the exploding use of food stamps has much to do with changing attitudes over the years about what food-stamp recipients are entitled to -- and that now includes junk food and sugary drinks. In addition, soaring levels of fraud have helped...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 43) November 4

    11/04/2011 5:08:00 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 74 replies
    Free Republic | 11-04-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I hope all of you are doing well this first week in November. Daylight Saving Time officially ends in the U.S. and Canada, at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6th, when clocks are moved back one hour. We have had some nice weather with lows in the mid to high 30’s and up into the mid 60’s for highs the last couple of days. Forecasts are calling for lows in the 40’s with Highs in the low 70’s for the next week. I hope all your Fall gardens are prospering. If you are a gardener or you...
  • Maybe There’s No Free Lunch, But There Is Free Mulch

    10/31/2011 6:02:40 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 14 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | October 27, 2011 | Rick Bickling
    Applying mulch around your trees, shrubs, garden, and landscape beds is one of the easiest and most effective ways of not only keeping plants healthy, but also reducing water usage, preventing weeds, minimizing mowing...
  • Scientists plan $1.5bn laser strong enough 'to tear the fabric of space'

    10/30/2011 6:38:40 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 59 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Oct. 30, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A laser powerful enough to tear apart the fabric of space could be built in Britain. The major scientific project will follow in the footsteps of the Large Hadron Collider and will answer questions about the universe. The laser will be capable of producing a beam of light so intense that it will be similar to the light the earth receives from the sun but focused on a speck smaller than a pin prick. Scientists say it will be so powerful they will be able to boil the very fabric of space and create a vacuum. A vacuum fizzles with...
  • The Exciting Adventures of Gary the Snail

    10/29/2011 11:23:55 AM PDT · by TheOldLady · 126 replies
    Free Republic | Various | JoeProBono et al.
    This is an archive of the saga of Gary and Harriet, two snails in love. Gary was a wild and crazy guy who met Harriet, and as a consequence, settled down to married life with children. He has stepped up to the plate and become a caring father and a great husband. Harriet is a happy mom who loves her family dearly. We follow their journey using their own family photos, and look forward to each new entry with happy anticipation. But the story isn't here; it's in the body of the thread in pictures. They are, of course, Conservative,...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 42) October 28

    10/28/2011 5:05:33 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 149 replies
    Free Republic | 10-28-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. We had our first frost last Friday but the weather has been beautiful ever since. I have been gathering leaves and other yard waste to add to my compost pile, which has grown nicely over the last few weeks and it is heating up and cooking nicely. I hope all your Fall gardens prosper. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just encouragement please feel free to join in and enjoy the friendly discussion. Our Freeper community is full of gardeners, each with varying interests and...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 41) October 21

    10/21/2011 5:04:45 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 71 replies
    Free Republic | 10-21-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. We have had the first frost of Fall this morning in East Central Mississippi. It will warm up into the 70s the next few days and possibly even up to 80s by Tuesday. Not much gardening will be going on for me until next Spring. I hope all your Fall gardens prosper. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just encouragement please feel free to join in and enjoy the friendly discussion. Our Freeper community is full of gardeners, each with varying interests and skill levels...
  • Bored Housewives of Pennsylvania Avenue

    10/16/2011 4:01:26 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    The Ameriican Thinker ^ | 10-16-11 | Clarice Feldman
    In his book God Knows, Joseph Heller perfectly described the manipulative, power hungry bored first lady. Bathsheba, in his telling, is a constant meddler, jockeying for power and, desperate to have her son, Solomon, made David's successor to the throne. She spends her free time in creative activities like inventing pantaloons because she is way too narcissistic to play second fiddle even to the king. We should be so lucky. The last two Democrat First Ladies cost us a bundle in their effort to be co-Presidents. Hillary ("two for the price of one"), with hair styles changing weekly, mucked about...
  • You Cant Buy Olives in California

    10/14/2011 3:49:19 PM PDT · by FoxPro · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Friday, October 14, 2011 | Me
    I apologize for the vanity posting, but I am at the end of my rope on this. And that leads me to ask this question to the smartest people in the world, the people that read and post articles to the Free Republic website. You cant buy fresh "off the tree" olives anywhere, that I can find, in California. And they are everywhere. I was up in Napa and Sonoma Valley last week, and there are olive trees everywhere. We drove all over the place, to every produce stand we could find. Nobody sells uncured olives. The thing is, I...
  • You Cant Buy Olives in California

    10/14/2011 3:49:12 PM PDT · by FoxPro · 9 replies
    Friday, October 14, 2011 | Me
    I apologize for the vanity posting, but I am at the end of my rope on this. And that leads me to ask this question to the smartest people in the world, the people that read and post articles to the Free Republic website. You cant buy fresh "off the tree" olives anywhere, that I can find, in California. And they are everywhere. I was up in Napa and Sonoma Valley last week, and there are olive trees everywhere. We drove all over the place, to every produce stand we could find. Nobody sells uncured olives. The thing is, I...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 40) October 14

    10/14/2011 5:20:03 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 71 replies
    Free Republic | 10-14-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. The October weather here in East Central Mississippi has been nothing but amazing this past week. We have had a few rainy days that have helped keep my compost pile moist as I am still working on building it up. It is satisfying to see the steam rise from it when I give it a turn on these cool mornings. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just encouragement please feel free to join in and enjoy the friendly discussion. Our Freeper community is full of...
  • 'I am really scared': Family lost in corn maze calls 911 for help

    10/12/2011 1:38:31 PM PDT · by bgill · 118 replies ^ | Oct. 12, 2011 |
    A Massachusetts family got the Halloween scare of a lifetime by getting lost inside a dark and creepy Salem-area corn maze and had to call 911 for rescue. Danvers police say they got a call of distress from a mother of two about 6:32 p.m. Monday. The woman alerted the 911 operator of their situation in the Connors Farm in Danvers, a short distance from Salem... He said a Danvers police with a tracking dog quickly plunged into the depths of the maze with a farm manager to search for the disoriented dad, mom and two young kids. Within a...
  • The Race to Grow the One-Ton Pumpkin

    10/08/2011 9:57:39 PM PDT · by FritzG · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 05 Oct 2011 | Julia Scott
    EARLY one morning about a month ago, Don Young peeled the floral bedsheets off the giant pumpkins growing in his backyard. Tiptoeing around the jungly vines, he carefully checked for holes. Then, bending his ear down over the nearest gourd, which was as high as his gut and wider than a truck tire, he gave it a solid smack and listened intently, like a doctor with a stethoscope. “This one’s thumping pretty good,” he said with a grin. Mr. Young is one of a number of amateur gardeners whose heart’s desire is to raise a pumpkin bigger than anybody else’s....
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 39) October 7

    10/07/2011 5:03:50 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 88 replies
    Free Republic | 10-07-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. Wow the first week of October! The garden has been officially put to rest and my compost pile has been tilled into the garden and is now depleted. It’s going to need a lot of leaves, grass clippings and other plant materials to build it back up for next years garden. The leaves on the trees here in East Central Mississippi have awhile yet before they turn color and start to fall in quantity so I am letting about half of my grass clippings turn brown before adding them to the compost pile and mixing them with...
  • Has anyone successfully shelled sunflower seeds?

    10/03/2011 5:30:58 AM PDT · by knarf · 28 replies
    self ^ | Octember 3, 2011 | knarf
    So, I grew all these mammoth sunflowers ..
  • Troopers: Fatal Crash Exposes Pot Operation

    10/02/2011 4:32:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Car Plows Into House Where Marijuana Plants Grew CORYDON, Ind. -- Indiana State Police said a fatal crash near Corydon late Friday led to the discovery of a large indoor marijuana-growing operation. Troopers said a 2006 Chevrolet heading south on Old Highway 135 ran off the road and crashed into the side of a house and caught fire. The driver, whose name has not been released, was killed. Investigators said they went into the house to make sure no one was injured and found a large indoor marijuana grow site. After making sure the fire was out, investigators said they...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 38) September 30

    09/30/2011 5:02:33 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 116 replies
    Free Republic | 9-30-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. Fall is in the air here in East Central Mississippi on this last day of September. It has been beautiful weather for cleaning up outside and taking care of the yard. Our daytime temperatures have been in the 70s with an occasional bump up into the 80s and the overnight lows are ranging from the 40s to the 60s. While I am waiting for Spring to arrive I will be occupied by continuing to hone my skills at home brewing. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice...
  • 4 Americans Get Pot From US Government

    09/28/2011 7:00:09 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    EUGENE, Ore. -- The U.S. government considers marijuana among the world's most dangerous drugs, classifying it as a highly-addictive substance that has no medical use. But there's a catch: The government also supplies four people with 300 marijuana cigarettes each month. They are patients in the government's Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program. The program began when a Washington, D.C., man sued the government in order to get access to marijuana to treat his glaucoma. He won, and the program was born. The pot is grown in Mississippi as part of the government's research into marijuana. It's then sent to a...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 37) September 23

    09/23/2011 7:28:24 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 76 replies · 2+ views
    Free Republic | 9-23-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I am getting a late start posting the thread this morning. Cleaned up my garden plot and will be tilling in some of my compost and wheat straw when the soil dries out a little more. I put a bail of straw around the base of my Fig trees in the hopes the straw will help them through the winter. If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just encouragement please feel free to join in and enjoy the friendly discussion. Our Freeper community is full of...
  • State by State Freeze & Frost Dates

    09/22/2011 11:16:03 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 12 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | Sept. 21, 2011 | Rick Bickling
    The most important factor in determining when to plant a certain type of vegetable in your garden is the “Last Freeze Date” in the spring, and the “First Freeze Date” in the fall for your area. These dates for a given area are based on historical weather data from that area over a 30 year period compiled by the National Climatic Data Center. View the state by state charts...
  • Need help identifying a plant.

    09/18/2011 6:32:32 AM PDT · by Dusty Road · 63 replies
    This is the only one I've seen on the ranch and it's growing by one of my tank batterys, the soil beneath the tank was hauled in.
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 36) September 16

    09/16/2011 5:18:08 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 144 replies
    Free Republic | 09-16-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. It has been another beautiful week here in East Central Mississippi we have had moderate daytime temperatures with cool nights. Perfect weather to get out and do some garden and yard clean up. My Fig trees have finished producing and it is time to winterize them with a thick layer of straw. All my of the pears have been picked and either canned or eaten. My vegetable garden is basically through producing except for a few Jalapenos that are still hanging on and still producing large peppers. My Beer brewing experiment is still progressing nicely with 6...
  • Ancho Chili recipes and ideas

    09/15/2011 8:05:30 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 28 replies
    One of the big successes in this year's garden has been my Ancho Chilis. I've already smoke-roasted a dozen or so with mesquite, until they were shriveled and dry. They make a great addition to beans or chili once you rehydrate them and strain out the skins. But what else do you do with an nice Ancho? I have a bunch more still on the plant and they are really nice, dark green and really delicious looking. I've been harvesting jalapenos and using them for cooking, but I have never cooked with raw Anchos, and was looking for ideas about...
  • 'Webcam 101 for Seniors': Fumbling elderly couple become viral sensations

    09/15/2011 12:49:45 AM PDT · by rawhide · 7 replies ^ | 9-14-11 | Jennifer Madison
    An elderly couple struggling to learn how to use a webcam have become viral video sensations after their granddaughter posted the fumbling footage online. Bruce and Esther Huffman, of McMinnville, Oregon, captured close to three minutes of themselves making faces at the camera and trying to navigate their new laptop. But they didn't realise until the very end they were being recorded as she tried to take a picture.
  • Ahh, the phree peoples (of Rick perry) republic stike again [1, 2, phree ZOT!1111]

    09/12/2011 9:27:32 PM PDT · by Hillary's Folly · 88 replies
    Again, this site "provides" many legitimate options for posting one's opinion. You can even come all the way to bloggers, and then even add weird stuff, all just to warn the average Rick Perry supporter that their false beliefs just might be questioned. But even under weird blogger a simple thread with a simple question gets pulled. Folk's, ive been a registered member of this site for 12 years. i am not someone who lives here, sorry. i registered here because i care. i troll here because i care...and i know my posting "privileges" will be pulled. For this is...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 35) September 9

    09/09/2011 5:02:47 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 122 replies
    Free Republic | 9-9-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. It has been beautiful weather here in East Central Mississippi. We received about 3 inches of rain out of TS Lee on Monday and the daytime highs have been in the mid to high 80s with overnight lows in the 50s. It is 50 right now. This is quite cool for this time of year for us. My garden is basically done for the year. I bottled my first batch of beer yesterday, 30 quarts. Now it is wait for two weeks and maybe up to a couple of months, while it conditions, until it is ready...
  • Photo essay: Where children sleep

    09/03/2011 10:26:19 AM PDT · by bgill · 7 replies
    The Lookout ^ | Sept. 1, 2011 | Liz Goodwin
    Recently, the charitable organization Save the Children asked documentary photographer James Mollison to come up with an idea to get people thinking about the rights of children around the world. What he came up with was an unusual, but powerful project: a photo essay of more than 200 children and their bedrooms, called "Where Children Sleep."
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 34) September 2

    09/02/2011 5:25:52 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 103 replies
    Free Republic | 09-02-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good morning gardeners. I Hope all is well with you, your gardens and your endeavors. To make saving your prized tomato seeds easier than ever try using some Oxy-Clean. Oxy-Clean? Yep the same stuff that Billy Mays pushed in all those TV commercials! Thanks to Freeper “who knows what evil?” for the heads up on this easy to do technique. Here is a link to a web page that describes the procedure - Saving Tomato Seeds Now how easy is that? If you are a gardener or you are just starting out and are in need of advice or just...
  • Gardens were important to ancient civilizations

    09/01/2011 4:50:15 PM PDT · by Renfield · 9 replies
    We tend to think of garden design as a relatively new vocation. The truth told by archaeological findings not only lays such thoughts to rest, it tells a tale of a rich and ancient heritage of garden design. One such finding shows a garden of Ninevah, in present-day Iraq, that dates back to 650 BC. There are date palms, trees and shrubs of many types. True, an enemy's severed head is seen hanging from one of the trees, but times were different, or are they? They did like their gardens, however. Our vision of ancient Egyptian temples is one of...
  • Legendary flower of Buddhist yore blooms at a Mapo convenience store

    09/01/2011 2:30:03 PM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/01/11 | Staff
    Korean news outlets are reporting that an udumbara -- a legendary flower in Buddhist literature believed to bloom once every 3,000 years -- has sprouted at a humble Family Mart. Store manager Kim Jong-woo was cleaning when he spotted the 17 tiny flowers growing on the window. He recognized the flowers, he said, from images on television.
  • Man finds $150,000 in garden

    09/01/2011 6:32:32 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 34 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 08/31/2011 | By Claudine Zap
    As the old saw goes, money doesn't grow on trees. But sometimes it sprouts up in the garden. An unemployed man in northern Illinois was out working in his backyard when he came across some serious green: bags filled with $150,000 cash. Wayne Sabaj was headed to pick some broccoli to go with his roast. The carpenter spotted duffel bags that looked like trash by the peppers -- but they turned out to be a cash crop: stacks of $20 bills that added up to about $150,000. The 49-year-old, who is living with his dad, did not exactly jump for...
  • Plans for a Homemade Butter Bean Sheller

    08/31/2011 9:14:40 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 22 replies ^ | July 24, 2010 | Terry Lea of Dave's Garden
    I found these plans and I thought I might share them. Click on them for the source. Several years ago, Bud generously shared his detailed plans for a bean sheller. These plans draw in numerous visitors to Dave's Garden, and today we say "thank you!" to Bud for sharing them with us and so many gardeners around the world. If you've never had purple-stained fingers from hand-shelling purple-hull or black-eyed peas, a sheller might not seem like an important tool, but to those who harvest and hull a lot of field peas, you'll appreciate the convenience of a sheller....
  • Time for Fecal Fest: Get Your Zoo Waste Now (Seattle)

    08/31/2011 12:18:06 PM PDT · by illiac · 21 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 8/31/11 | SeattlePI
    Want some highly-coveted zoo poop? Yes? I sincerely hope you’re a gardener. The Woodland Park Zoo is getting rid of its — err — natural fertilizer during its annual Fall Fecal Fest, and devoted gardeners can apply to take it off their hands. (Oh, gosh. I hope it’s not really on anyone’s hands.) Starting Thursday, the zoo is accepting bids for Zoo Doo and Bedspread, two fertilizer products comprised of what’s left after zoo animals digest their meals.
  • World record pumpkin contender

    08/30/2011 7:19:11 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 13 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | August 30, 2011 | Bill Roth
    Dale Marshall started a pumpkin plant in his Anchorage greenhouse on April 1. Five months later, he is looking to break the Alaska and world records for pumpkin size in judging at the Alaska State Fair.
  • UK Family Faces Jail Or Eviction From Farm For Living ‘Off The Grid’

    08/27/2011 6:57:02 AM PDT · by Twotone · 25 replies
    Disinformation ^ | August 26, 2011 | Jacob Sloan
    The Mason family purchased an abandoned orchard and moved out of public housing. Their self-sustaining lifestyle has baffled local authorities however, who have ordered them to give up their property or face jail time.
  • Weekly Gardening Thread – 2011 (Vol. 33) August 26

    08/26/2011 10:14:53 AM PDT · by Red_Devil 232 · 227 replies
    Free Republic | 8-26-2011 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon gardeners. I hope all of you in the path of Irene heed the warnings and please stay safe! Not much gong on garden wise here in East Central Mississippi. I am just waiting to see how a few paste tomatoes do. And while I am waiting I decided to use some of my pears to make preserves. I am using the recipe I posted on last weeks thread, which calls for a little activity and a lot of waiting. I will be doing the final canning step this morning. This recipe may be way to sweet for my...
  • 10 ways you can fight food inflation costs

    08/24/2011 11:08:26 PM PDT · by big bad easter bunny · 94 replies
    8/24/11 | b.b.e.b.
    I am a chef, I eat great and don't spend diddly squat on food, I am into food and love making something for almost nothing, you could say it's my forte. Here are things you can do to spend a lot less on food and help inflation; 1) Spend some time checking out what is on sale at 3-4 stores, the ads are in your mail box on Tuesday. Plan your shopping and do a bunch of stops, not just one for convenience. The sale items are also online... 2) If you are over-weight, buy less food, you eat too...
  • A Jew, an Arab and an Owl Walk Into a Barn

    08/24/2011 12:43:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 8/23/11 | Zafrir Rinat
    A popular superstition holding that owls are bad luck caused Arab farmers to refuse for quite some time to put up nesting boxes for the birds, even though they are widely used by Jewish farmers as a form of biological pest control. But this attitude has begun to change of late, thanks to the efforts of an ornithologist from the Lower Galilee village of Iksal. Samah Darawshe, of the Israel Ornithology Center, has managed to persuade Arab farmers in the Lower Galilee to put up dozens of nesting boxes over the last year, and dozens more are slated to go...
  • Whose doing your fishing?

    08/23/2011 9:16:59 PM PDT · by Armedanddangerous · 11 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 8/17/2011 | phil elmore
    Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.
  • 500 years ago, yeast's epic journey gave rise to lager beer

    08/22/2011 8:03:21 PM PDT · by allmost · 30 replies ^ | August 22, 201 | Terry Devitt
    In the 15th century, when Europeans first began moving people and goods across the Atlantic, a microscopic stowaway somehow made its way to the caves and monasteries of Bavaria. The stowaway, a yeast that may have been transported from a distant shore on a piece of wood or in the stomach of a fruit fly, was destined for great things. In the dank caves and monastery cellars where 15th century brewmeisters stored their product, the newly arrived yeast fused with a distant relative, the domesticated yeast used for millennia to make leavened bread and ferment wine and ale. The resulting...