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  • Weekly Garden Thread - October 12-18, 2019

    10/12/2019 6:37:48 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 59 replies
    October 12, 2019 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite, 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...
  • Rodents Are Feasting On Newer Cars' Soy-Based Wiring Insulation

    10/10/2019 11:07:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 96 replies
    www.thedrive.com ^ | By Justin Hughes May 15, 2018
    It seems that making insulation out of an edible substance makes it more appealing to pests. SHARE In an effort to be more friendly to the environment, companies are making more and more automotive components out of renewable materials, such as soy or even cannabis. Unfortunately, a side effect of building cars out of edible materials is that rodents are eating them, reports the Detroit Free Press. The use of soy in car parts is nothing new. Ford has been making seats out of a soybean-based foam for the past ten years. Ford also uses soy rather than petroleum for...
  • Squirrels stash more than 200 walnuts under hood of car

    10/10/2019 9:37:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    UPI ^ | Oct. 9, 2019 / 1:33 PM | By Ben Hooper
    Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A Pittsburgh woman who detected a burning odor and heard a strange noise while driving her car looked under the hood and discovered a squirrel had stashed grass and more than 200 walnuts on top of her engine. Holly Persic said she hadn't looked under the hood of her car since an inspection about a month before she discovered the squirrel's winter stash Monday. "They were everywhere, under the battery, near the radiator fan," Persic's husband, Chris, told CNN. "The walnuts on the engine block were black and smelt like they were definitely roasting." The Persics...
  • Stunning Survey Reveals Quarter Of Americans Have Never Eaten Vegetables

    10/08/2019 8:48:54 AM PDT · by mowowie · 124 replies
    studyfinds.org ^ | October 8, 2019 | Ben Renner
    NEW YORK — The most popular vegetable in America is — corn! That’s according to a survey of 2,000 Americans who were asked which vegetables they liked and disliked the most. However, it turns out the most surprising result of the study may be that a staggering number of adults haven’t eaten any vegetables their entire lives....
  • Weekly Garden Thread - October 5th-11th, 2019

    10/05/2019 5:48:56 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 81 replies
    October 5, 2019 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite, 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...
  • Glut in U.S. egg supply brings lower prices, revenue losses for producers

    10/04/2019 7:27:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    UPI ^ | Oct. 3, 2019 / 2:31 PM | By Jessie Higgins
    EVANSVILLE, Ind., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Egg prices fell across the United States this year as the national egg supply spiked and demand waned. But what was good news for consumers was detrimental to producers. "The egg price is very low right now," said Maro Ibarburu, an associate science-business analyst at the Egg Industry Center, which serves the U.S. egg industry from Iowa State University. "It doesn't even cover the cost of production." The average retail price for a dozen "regular" eggs in the United States was $1.12 at the start of October, which was a jump from under 90...
  • Baldwin County cotton thriving in heat wave [AL]

    10/01/2019 10:16:30 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    www.fox10tv.com ^ | 10/01/2019 | Staff
    SUMMERDALE, Ala. (WALA) - The fall harvest in summer-like heat continues in Baldwin County. Having tackled his peanuts in Robertsdale last week, farmer Tim Mullek is now focusing his efforts on cotton. It's been growing for 5 months and is ready for picking. "We haven't had a rain in 5 weeks. So all these bolls -- almost every boll -- has opened with no rain in it," explained Mullek. The conditions may be bone dry, but there's no shortage of the white fluffy stuff. "When you pick cotton… the lint needs to be dry and the seeds need to crack....
  • Weekly Garden Thread - September 28th - October 4th

    09/28/2019 5:39:12 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 95 replies
    September 28, 2019 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite, 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...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - September 21-27, 2019

    09/21/2019 7:10:40 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 63 replies
    September 21, 2019 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one...
  • BUGGED OUT Deadly ‘super mosquitoes that are even tougher’ accidentally created by scientists

    09/18/2019 7:34:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    The Sun UK ^ | 17 Sep 2019, 17:49Updated: 18 Sep 2019, 15:21 | Charlotte Edwards, Digital Technology and Science Reporter
    FULL TITLE: BUGGED OUT Deadly ‘super mosquitoes that are even tougher’ accidentally created by scientists after bungled experiment ============================================================ GENETICALLY modified mosquitoes that were designed by scientists to help populations decrease are actually thriving. This is according to new research that claims the plan to create gene-hacked mosquitoes that have offspring which die immediately has spectacularly backfired and now scientists don't know what will happen next. he modified mosquitoes were released in Jacobina in Brazil and were supposed to mix with the local population and decrease numbers with their weak offspring genetics. Although the wild population did plummet for a...
  • Composting for Beginners

    09/17/2019 3:12:48 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 34 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | September 13, 2019 | The How Do Gardener
    VIDEO: Save money, have a more productive garden, healthier soil, and help the environment with composting.
  • Weekly Garden Thread - September 14th-20th, 2019

    09/14/2019 5:22:59 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 169 replies
    September 14, 2019 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one...
  • High fat diet may cause brain changes, leading to increased desire to eat

    09/09/2019 2:16:29 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 95 replies
    UPI ^ | Sept. 9, 2019 / 12:16 PM | By Tauren Dyson
    Researchers say that a diet too high in fat could change microglial cells in the brain, causing animals -- including humans -- to consume more in order to satisfy energy needs, and become obese. ============================================================== In mice, consumption of a high-fat diet caused physical changes to the brain, seemingly making the body seek more food to satisfy energy requirements. File Photo by Gena73/Shutterstock ============================================================== Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Hamburgers, french fries, pastries and other fat-filled foods can create neurological changes that may lead to obesity, a new study says. During an experiment, mice who ate a high-fat diet experienced hypothalamic...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - September 7th-15th, 2019

    09/07/2019 5:27:20 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 82 replies
    September 7, 2019 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one...
  • Crop Rotation in the Home Garden

    09/06/2019 1:34:06 PM PDT · by orsonwb · 5 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | September 6, 2019 | The How Do Gardener
    Whether on the Homestead or Home Garden, practicing crop rotation can greatly increase your vegetable yield, improve soil health, and discourage insect damage. WATCH THE VIDEO...
  • Human migration, hunter-gatherers to agriculture, & 8 different Indian policies over 500 years

    09/04/2019 12:16:02 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 1 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 29, 2019 | Bill Federer
    The Pulitzer Prize winning book Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, written by Jared Diamond (1997), documented that throughout human history, hunter-gathers were always subdued by people groups who had transitioned to agriculture. The first plants to be cultivated were: wheat, barley, rye, oats, lentils, peas, chickpeas, beans, almonds, and olives. Flax was cultivated as a source for linseed oil and fiber for clothes, ropes, rugs, bedding, curtains, and sails. Agricultural domestication of plants led to the domestication of animals, such as: donkey, horse, camel, pig, chicken, cattle and oxen. Harvests led to storage techniques, methods of...
  • Fall Garden Planting | How to Grow Cool Season Vegetables

    09/01/2019 12:25:56 PM PDT · by orsonwb · 20 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | August 31, 2019 | The How Do Gardener
    VIDEO: Plan, Prepare, and Plant your Fall Garden. 10 Master Gardener Tips to grow your best cool season vegetables ever. Far from being the end of the gardening year, fall offers abundant opportunities for cool weather crops.
  • Weekly Garden Thread August 31-Sept 6, 2019

    08/31/2019 7:42:36 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 129 replies
    August 31, 2019 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one...
  • Weekly Garden Thread August 24-30, 2019

    08/24/2019 6:00:41 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 160 replies
    August 24, 2019 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one...
  • Should we resurrect the American chestnut tree with genetic engineering?

    08/22/2019 9:47:46 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 96 replies
    latimes.com ^ | JUNE 25, 2019 | JULIA ROSEN
    The wild chestnuts around this leafy college town used to grow in such great numbers that locals collected the nuts by the bushel and shipped them off to New York City for a small fortune. These days, though, it can be hard to find a single tree thanks to a devastating blight imported from Asia in the late 1800s.