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  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD JAN. 12, 2018

    01/12/2018 9:09:30 PM PST · by greeneyes · 41 replies
    freerepublic | JAN. 12, 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...
  • Joyless Town Wants Grandmother To Take Volkswagen Beetle Out Of Tree

    01/11/2018 1:13:08 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 84 replies
    Jalopnik MSN ^ | 01/11/2018 | Jason Torsinsky
    Janis Zettel of Clearfield City, Utah was given a non-running ‘73 Volkswagen Super Beetle as a gift by her son. While neither her nor her son was that interested in getting the Beetle running, Zettel liked the car, which she named Lucy and painted to look like a ladybug. Deciding the car made her happier as lawn art, she had it placed in a tree in their front yard. Now, Clearfield officials are demanding it be removed because, I suppose, they hate fun. The Super Beetle had its engine removed and most of the interior stripped prior to being made...
  • Seed Source Recommendations Needed

    01/11/2018 1:04:13 PM PST · by fwdude · 37 replies
    Fwdude
    Can any expert Freepers recommend a good online seed/garden source? Primarily, I'm looking for: - variety and unusual - includes heirloom varieties - doesn't empty the wallet - isn't a front for a leftist cause - stands behind products I the past I've used Park Seed, Shepherds, and Seeds of change. Thanks for your knkwledge. Going to get the garden going after several fallow years.
  • Cancer targeted with reusable 'stinging nettle' treatment

    01/09/2018 12:14:48 PM PST · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    phys.org ^ | January 9, 2018 | University of Warwick
    Representation of the organic-osmium compound, which is triggered using a non-toxic dose of sodium formate, a natural product found in many organisms, including nettles and ants. Credit: Dr James Coverdale/University of Warwick ================================================================================================================== Cancer cells can be destroyed more effectively and selectively with a unique new reusable treatment, activated with a substance found in stinging nettles and ants—thanks to new research by the University of Warwick. Led by Professor Peter J. Sadler from Warwick's Department of Chemistry, researchers have developed a new line of attack against cancer: an organic-osmium compound, which is triggered using a non-toxic dose of sodium formate,...
  • Thousands of flying foxes fall from sky after being ‘boiled alive’ in sweltering Australia heatwave

    01/08/2018 10:46:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 73 replies
    www.thesun.co.uk ^ | Updated: 8th January 2018, 12:44 pm | By Sam Webb
    THOUSANDS of flying foxes died in an Australian heatwave so severe it has melted tarmac. The animals fell from the trees as they were boiled alive in temperatures exceeding 40C in Campbelltown in New South Wales. Animal welfare volunteers battled to save the lives of the hundreds of babies and some adults in distress but the death toll is believed to be in the thousands. A spokesman from the charity Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown said: "The efforts of our volunteers yesterday was both heroic and heartbreaking. "In extremely trying conditions they worked tirelessly to provide sub-cutaneous...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD JAN. 4, 2018

    01/04/2018 8:59:54 PM PST · by greeneyes · 36 replies
    freerepublic | JAN. 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...
  • Woman, 67, who battled blood cancer for five years 'recovers after treating it with TURMERIC'

    01/03/2018 6:56:28 AM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 04:33 EST, 3 January 2018 | By Ben Spencer, Medical Correspondent
    A woman who battled blood cancer for years without success finally halted the disease with turmeric, it has been reported. Dieneke Ferguson is now leading a normal life after giving up on gruelling treatments that failed to stop it. Doctors say her case is the first recorded instance in which a patient has recovered by using the spice after stopping conventional medical treatments. With her myeloma spreading rapidly after three rounds of chemotherapy and four stem cell transplants, the 67-year-old began taking 8g of curcumin a day – one of the main compounds in turmeric. The cancer, which has an...
  • THE WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD DEC. 29, 2017

    12/29/2017 7:47:02 PM PST · by greeneyes · 26 replies
    freerepublic | DEC. 29, 2017 | 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...
  • Growing Up on An Iowa Farm, 1897-1915

    12/27/2017 6:40:52 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 24 replies
    Annals of Iowa ^ | Winter 1974 | Clifford Merrill Drury
    Those who lived on Iowa farms at the beginning of this century, and look back over seventy or more years, appreciate the tremendous changes which have taken place in farm life. Although many others have written about the years of transition, when we passed from the horse and buggy days to the machine age, it is hoped that this memoir will make a contribution toward preserving a picture of what life was ˇike on an Iowa farm during the turn of the century. '
  • Chelsea Clinton thanks Melania Trump for preserving part of the magnolia tree

    12/27/2017 11:48:49 AM PST · by ColdOne · 74 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 12/27/17 | Meghana Kurup
    Chelsea Clinton thanked first lady Melania Trump for preserving part of a damaged magnolia tree planted by former President Andrew Jackson. “Thank you to all the Chief Horticulturists and everyone from the National Park Service who have taken care of the beautiful grounds of the @WhiteHouse over the years,” tweeted Clinton, who grew up in the White House during her father Bill Clinton's two terms in office. “Thank you @FLOTUS for preserving part of a tree I & so many have treasured.”
  • Iconic White House tree to be cut down

    12/26/2017 12:02:57 PM PST · by mairdie · 104 replies
    CNN ^ | December 26, 2017 | Kate Bennett
    The south facade of the White House will undergo a dramatic change this week: the historic Jackson Magnolia, a tree that has been in place since the 1800s, is scheduled to be cut down and removed. The enormous magnolia, one of three on the west side of the White House and the oldest on the White House grounds, extends from the ground floor, up past the front of the windows of the State Dining Room on the first floor and beyond the second-level executive residence. The tree has had a long and storied life, yet has now been deemed too...
  • THE WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD DEC. 22, 2017

    12/22/2017 6:28:55 PM PST · by greeneyes · 38 replies
    freerepublic | DEC. 22, 2017 | 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 have isolated the very first rust pathogen gene that wheat plants detect...

    12/21/2017 3:31:44 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Mr Jiapeng Chen, a PhD candidate from the University of Sydney who initiated the work by sequencing and analysing the genome of a virulent rust isolate, said this was the first important step in addressing the diagnostic challenges posed by ever-changing fungi, which result in new rust pathogen strains. Professor Park explained: "It's like an ongoing arms race - we've got to keep one step ahead of this changing pathogen. "The last major epidemic of wheat stem rust in Australia alone, in 1973, caused $AU300 million in damage - imagine what that would be today." Co-corresponding author, Dr Peter Dodds...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD DEC. 15, 2017

    12/15/2017 4:20:54 PM PST · by greeneyes · 29 replies
    freerepublic | 12/15/17 | greeenyes
    he 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...
  • Do not eat your veggies — if they are grown in your front yard, Miami Shores says

    12/12/2017 1:45:22 PM PST · by Red Badger · 58 replies
    www.miamiherald.com ^ | 12/12/2017 | By LINDA ROBERTSON
    Hermine Ricketts and her husband Tom Carroll may grow fruit trees and flowers in the front yard of their Miami Shores house. They may park a boat or jet ski in their driveway. They may place statues, fountains, gnomes, pink flamingoes or Santa in a Speedo on their property. Vegetables, however, are not allowed. Ricketts and Carroll thought they were gardeners when they grew tomatoes, beets, scallions, spinach, kale and multiple varieties of Asian cabbage. But according to a village ordinance that restricts edible plants to backyards only, they were actually criminals. They didnÂ’t think they were engaged in a...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD DEC. 8, 2017

    12/08/2017 6:30:21 PM PST · by greeneyes · 30 replies
    freerepublic | DEC. 8, 2017 | 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 DEC. 1, 2017

    12/01/2017 3:25:59 PM PST · by greeneyes · 30 replies
    freerepublic | DEC. 1, 2017 | 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...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD NOVEMBER 24, 2017

    11/24/2017 6:22:19 PM PST · by greeneyes · 65 replies
    freerepublic | NOVEMBER 24, 2017 | 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...
  • Pennsylvania Couple Arrested After Hibiscus Plants Mistaken For Cannabis

    11/19/2017 11:48:49 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 35 replies
    civilized ^ | Nov 17, 2017 | Neil Bonner
    Take a look at the picture at the start of this article. The one on the left is good ol' cannabis, the plant we know and love. The one on the right is kenaf hibiscus, a plant which is not marijuana. Could you tell the difference? Well, a Nationwide Insurance agent couldn't - or didn't want to. What followed was an arrest and a lawsuit. On Oct. 5, the agent spotted the hibiscus plants while investigating a fallen tree on the property of Buffalo Township, PA couple Edward and Audrey Cramer. He then told police they had marijuana on their...
  • Verify: The healing power of poop

    11/18/2017 5:16:27 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 52 replies
    WFAA.COM ^ | 18 NOVEMBER 2017 | WFAA.COM
    If I told you there's a new kind of medicine that could heal you, but it was made from germs, would you take it? If you’re open to the idea – or maybe because it sounds gross – then hang with me and let’s start here. We see germs as a threat, and we've gotten really good at killing the ones that cause infections with things like hand sanitizers and antibiotics. In fact, since 1950 the rate of infectious diseases, like measles, mumps and TB has plummeted. But during that same time, chronic diseases, including asthma, diabetes and Crohn’s disease...