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  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD 5/25/2018

    05/25/2018 7:09:34 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 31 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...
  • Farewell, No. 16: scientists left 'miserable' after world's oldest spider dies aged 43

    04/28/2018 6:31:22 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 36 replies
    The telegraph ^ | 27 April 2018 | Henry Bodkin
    The world’s oldest known spider has died at the age of 43, outliving its nearest rival by 15 years, Australian scientists have reported. Affectionately known as “Number 16”, the female Giaus Villosus or trapdoor spider had been under observation in the wild since its birth in 1974. The arachnid is believed to have survived for so long by sticking to one protected burrow its entire life and expending the minimum of energy.
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD APRIL 27, 2018

    04/27/2018 8:07:01 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 99 replies
    freerepublic | APRIL 27, 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...
  • Brussels Sprouts: The Unexpected Culinary Swan

    04/20/2018 8:33:07 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 76 replies
    Some kind of "Brussels sprouts" website ^ | It was some time ago | Dani Lind (Girl, I suppose)
    All my life I’ve had a thing for the underdog. Be it the passed over toy as a little girl or the loser boyfriend as a teenager, I guess I took the ugly duckling fairy tale to heart. Now in my adulthood, I have taken the poor, rejected, locally grown vegetables under my wing—the underutilized, the newly-trendy, the formerly beloved fallen out of modern favor, or the just plain weird. In the case of Brussels sprouts, they are a vegetable all too often cooked very wrong and, hence, tend to carry a bad rap. Who wouldn’t hate Brussels sprouts if...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD APRIL 20, 2018

    04/20/2018 6:38:54 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 98 replies
    freerepublic | 4/20/2018 | 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...
  • Growing pains: how Oregon wound up with way more pot than it can smoke

    04/20/2018 1:27:43 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 67 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 04/19/2018 | Lily Raff McCalou
    Trey Willison, a cannabis farmer in Eugene, first started worrying last May about there being too much marijuana in Oregon. He had sold all his “clone” plants to other growers, who were using them to cultivate yet more marijuana. “You start doing the math on that and it just didn’t make sense how people could be growing that many plants,” Willison said. Fast-forward nearly a year and Oregon does indeed have a glut of marijuana; there are over 1m lb of usable but unsold marijuana, according to the state tracking system. That’s more than 128m “eighths” of weed, and almost...
  • Microchips helping to prevent cactus poaching in Arizona national parks

    04/14/2018 11:44:29 AM PDT · by bgill · 25 replies
    abc15 ^ | Apr. 13, 2018 | Cameron Polom
    An unusual problem at Saguaro National Park requires an unusual solution to stop it. Cactus poaching; a lucrative crime that's caught the attention of the national park service. Chief O'Neil says even small saguaro can fetch a hefty bounty. "We understand that they sell for about a hundred dollar a foot, so this little guy is worth four or five hundred dollars," said O'Neil referencing a rather young, albeit 40-year-old saguaro. "We're looking to microchip cacti that are most likely to be taken," said O'Neil.
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD APRIL 13, 2018

    04/13/2018 8:31:30 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 126 replies
    freerepublic | 4/13/2018 | 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...
  • Is Heinz’s new “mayochup” just innovation gone wrong?

    04/13/2018 2:34:27 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 79 replies
    www.fastcompany.com ^ | 04/13/2018 | Staff
    [Photo: courtesy of Kraft Heinz] _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ As if our nation weren’t polarized enough, a new condiment is threatening to divide us even further: On Wednesday, Heinz announced potential plans to bring “mayochup” into the world. It’s half ketchup, half mayonnaise, and if you ask some people, 100% wrong. The food-processing company announced Thursday it’s contemplating selling the new product, provided it garners enough interest. It launched a public poll on Twitter, asking Americans to make the hard decision for them: “Want #mayochup in stores? 500,000 votes for yes and we’ll release it to you saucy Americans.” The reaction is mixed....
  • Tarantula burger special sold at North Carolina restaurant has legs.

    04/13/2018 12:34:57 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/13/2018 | By Jennifer Earl | Fox News
    Hungry customers began calling Bull City Burger and Brewery in Durham, North Carolina, last month in search of their famous tarantula burgers. The restaurant has been serving the eight-legged dish for the past three years in honor of exotic meat month -- and this year would be no different, though the establishment pushed the date back a month.
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD 4/6/2018

    04/06/2018 8:07:45 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 86 replies
    freerepublic | 4/6/2018 | 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...