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Gardening (General/Chat)

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  • No See Um Vanity: How do I get rid of the itch?

    08/15/2014 7:31:00 PM PDT · by goodwithagun · 63 replies
    We left the beach early Tuesday morning, but my no see um bites are still very present and still very itchy. I accidentally sliced a couple of them off of my legs while shaving. I'm requesting from the best folks I know: How do I stop the itch?
  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 33 August 15, 2014

    08/15/2014 12:26:58 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 126 replies
    Free Republic | August 15, 2014 | 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. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy

    08/11/2014 2:42:20 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 34 replies
    Gardening Know-How ^ | May 15, 2014 | Bonnie L. Grant
    Prozac may not be the only way to get rid of your serious blues. Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potentials. Learn how to harness the natural antidepressant in soil and make yourself happier and healthier. Read on to see how dirt makes you happy. Natural remedies have been around for untold centuries. These natural remedies included cures for almost any physical ailment as well as mental and emotional afflictions. Ancient healers may not have known why something worked but simply that it did. Modern scientists...
  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 32 August 8, 2014

    08/08/2014 1:25:23 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 72 replies
    Free Republic | 8/8/2014 | 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. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Man Armed With Leaf Blower Arrested For Doing Yard Work In The Nude

    08/08/2014 1:21:57 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    http://www.thesmokinggun.com ^ | 08-08-2014 | Staff
    A Massachusetts homeowner was arrested Monday for “open and gross lewdness” after passing motorists spotted him--leaf blower in hand--doing yard work in the nude, according to cops. As Richard Capra, 69, worked on the curb appeal of his Shrewsbury home, “several vehicles were slowing down taking photographs,” according to the Shrewsbury Police Department. Responding to 911 calls, Officer Timothy Charland spotted Capra “completely nude, blowing off his driveway with a leaf blower.” Capra was “intoxicated and belligerent towards police” when questioned. Capra, arrested on a misdemeanor charge, was later released from custody after posting $500 bail. He is scheduled for...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 31, AUGUST 1, 2014

    08/01/2014 12:20:34 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 119 replies
    Free Republic | August 1, 2014 | 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. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread

    07/25/2014 6:40:01 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 5 replies
    7/25/2014 | ApplegaeRanch forGreeneyes
    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. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 30 July 25, 2014

    07/25/2014 6:35:12 PM PDT · by JRandomFreeper · 96 replies
    Free Republic | 25 July 2014
    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. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • California couple may be charged $500 for not watering lawn, or $500 for watering it

    07/25/2014 4:48:00 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 20 replies
    HOTAIR.COM ^ | 24 JULY 2014 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    Ahh, government: In this week’s “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t” file: A Southern California couple received a letter from Glendora city officials threatening to fine them $500 if they don’t get their sun-scorched brown lawn green again, reports AP. Which Laura Whitney and Michael Korte would gladly do, except for one thing: They could also be fined $500 if they water their lawn too much; they’re currently only watering twice a week. With more than 80% of California in an extreme drought, according to the Los Angeles Times, the state water board voted this week to implement...
  • George Harrison memorial tree killed by... beetles

    07/22/2014 9:44:16 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 38 replies
    USA Today ^ | 7/22/14 | USA Today/LA Times
    USA Today. No excerpts. Just title and link. http://www.kare11.com/story/entertainment/music/2014/07/22/george-harrison-memorial-tree-killed-by-beetles/12985001/
  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 29 July 18, 2014

    07/18/2014 12:31:17 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 120 replies
    Free Republic | 7/18/2014 | 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. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • 37 Percent Of Mississippi GOPers Would Back Confederates In Civil War (82% Dems Back Union)

    07/16/2014 3:39:24 PM PDT · by equalator · 28 replies
    TPM ^ | 7-15-2014 | Daniel Strauss
    Broken down by party affiliation, 82 percent of Democrats said they would support the United States while just 9 percent said they would support the Confederate States of America. Among Republicans, 37 percent said they would support the Confederate States of America while 41 percent said they would support the United States. Another 21 percent of Republicans said they weren't sure while 9 percent of Democrats said they weren't sure.
  • Hate Crimes Against Migrants Masquerade as Reader Comments (Being Illegally in US is Fine)

    07/16/2014 3:25:05 PM PDT · by equalator · 11 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 7-15-2014 | Joe Schaeffer
    A University of Arizona professor says reader commenters of newspaper articles and letters-to-the-editor writers are using a posture of opposing illegal immigration to promote violence against people of Mexican ancestry, and are thus committing hate crimes. "The vast majority [of undocumented immigrants] are not criminals. They confuse being a migrant with being a criminal," Rodriguez says in the interview. "[T]hese are people not being charged with violence. They're not being charged with drug running. None of that. The crime is simply entry and re-entry."
  • Weekly Garden Thread, Volume 28 July 11, 2014

    07/11/2014 2:15:53 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 144 replies
    Free Republic | July 11, 2014 | 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. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Study: Plants React Defensively to Being Eaten

    07/11/2014 12:32:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | JUL 3, 2014 | Anne Sewell
    Following various studies, a report has been published by the University of Missouri-Colombia (MU) speculating that plant growth and reaction is influenced by sound, wind and touch. For instance, as a caterpillar eats the leaves of a plant, the plant respond to the sounds made and launches defenses against the attack. Heidi Appel, senior research scientist in the Division of Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the Bond Life Sciences Center at MU, said: “Previous research has investigated how plants respond to acoustic energy, including music.” “However, our work is the first example of...
  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD VOLUME 27 JULY 4TH 2014

    07/04/2014 12:43:46 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 185 replies
    Free Republic | July 4, 2014 | 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. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Have you ever seen an Excavator Mulcher?

    07/02/2014 6:42:25 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 34 replies
    deniscimaf.com ^ | 7-2-2014 | DENIS CIMAF
    Advantages of forestry mulchingBy processing trees and other vegetation where they stand, mulching machines eliminate many of the steps involved in land clearing such as site prep, cutting/felling/hauling, and site cleanup. This also eliminates the need for multiple machines such as a bulldozer accompanied by some combination of excavators, tree shears, wood chippers or grinders, and hauling equipment. One simpler jobs only one mulching machine is required, reducing fuel requirements and emissions. Some mulching machines also have the ability to operate on steep slopes and in small or tight areas, in poor ground conditions, and in wet or snowy weather....
  • Grandpa Kipp's Sure-Fire Yellow Jacket Trap!

    07/01/2014 2:56:00 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 58 replies
    AOJ Field Notebook ^ | A while ago | Grandpa Kipp?
    My grandpa turned me onto this sure-fire yellow jacket eliminator about 50 years ago when I was just a youngster. I've observed its efficiency in removing all the yellow jackets from our campsite in a matter of a single day and before the week was over the entire campground was free of these hostile pests that make camping and other outdoor activities miserable. This method is NON-TOXIC and for the most part pet and wildlife friendly due to the harmless components that are used to build the "system." There are quite a few commercial products on the market to eliminate...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 26 JUNE 27, 2014

    06/27/2014 12:49:59 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 242 replies
    Free Republic | 6/27/2014 | 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. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • ‘Corpse’ Flowers Causing a Blooming Stink

    06/24/2014 7:52:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    WBCO ^ | 6/24 | Letitia Stein
    The blossoming of twin “corpse” flowers, whose towering, phallic-shaped blooms reek of rotten flesh, is drawing tourists like flies to what experts are calling a lunar eclipse of the botany world. It is unusual to see one of these endangered titans bloom in its native Indonesia, much less in captivity, and two are putting on a show within days of each other at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. The creamy yellow flower – actually a stalk called an inflorescence containing thousands of flowers – extends up to 10 feet (3 meters) and emits a stench like decomposing flesh...
  • Kubota BX1870 or 2370

    06/22/2014 9:18:22 AM PDT · by CGASMIA68 · 16 replies
    6/22 | cgasmia68
    Looking at a BX 1870 or 2370 with a FE Loader. With a ballast box it will NOT fit in the garage and I won't leave a brand new item out all winter for the chip munks and mice to move into. Do I need a B Box with the loader because I think with out it all I can lift is mulch! Been to a few forums and I won't be lifting much with out but just some snow would help my back Any experience and input out there amongst the freepers could help as I have to deiced...
  • FCC to Fine Chinese Jammer Retailer $34.9M for Online U.S. Sales (Signal Jammers)

    06/21/2014 3:29:59 PM PDT · by equalator · 18 replies
    GPS World ^ | 6-20-2014 | Staff
    The Federal Communications Commission plans to issue the largest fine in its history against C.T.S. Technology Co., Limited, a Chinese electronics manufacturer and online retailer, for allegedly marketing 285 models of signal jamming devices to U.S. consumers for more than two years. Signal jammers are radio frequency transmitters that intentionally block, jam, or interfere with authorized communications, such as cellphone calls, GPS systems, Wi-Fi networks, and first responder communications. It is a violation of federal law to market, sell, import, or use a signal jammer in the United States and its territories, except in very limited circumstances involving federal law...
  • White House Unveils Bee Plan, Creates Strategy To Restore Pollinator Populations (Huh?)

    06/20/2014 8:44:46 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 39 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | June 20, 2014 23:10 GMT | Justin Streight
    The White House is finally addressing a serious, and misunderstood, problem with a new “bee plan.” The bee plan is a federal strategy to stop the sharp decline of pollinators, most notably bees, and restore pollinator populations to their previous buzzing glory. Can the White House end a problem that has alluded scientists and policy makers for over a decade? The bee plan is focused on habitats… and bureaucracy. The first step of the plan is form a task force. The group will include representatives from 14 major federal departments (click here for the full list).
  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 24 June 20, 2014

    06/20/2014 12:30:26 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 227 replies
    Free Republic | June 20, 2014 | 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. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 24 June 13, 2014

    06/13/2014 12:33:35 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 156 replies
    Free Republic | 6/13/2014 | 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. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Stawberries Question (vanity)

    06/09/2014 10:23:55 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 37 replies
    me
    As a rookie gardener, I planted some strawberry bushes two years ago. I did not get any fruit that year, but I was told that was normal. Last year I got fruit, but the strawberries were all no bigger than a thumbnail. What went wrong? Any advice would be appreciated.
  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 23 June 6, 2014

    06/06/2014 12:39:39 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 252 replies
    Free Republic | June 6, 2014 | 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. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Firewise Landscaping

    06/06/2014 5:31:47 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 9 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | June 4, 2014 | Rick Bickling
    With the severe drought that has been blanketing most of the country, and the wildfires ravaging Colorado this summer, now is the time to take steps to prepare for the unexpected...
  • Brazilian man goes under the knife to look Korean (Interesting Transformation)

    06/01/2014 5:27:41 PM PDT · by equalator · 30 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 5-28-2014 | Gabriel Galli
    Originally blue-eyed with blonde hair, he became interested in having plastic surgery after spending some time as an exchange student in Korea. He was inspired by how common plastic surgery is here. Xiahn, who asked not to be named to protect his family from Internet scrutiny, underwent 10 surgical procedures on his eyes, along with other less-invasive procedures, which cost him around $3,100. He also began wearing contact lenses to change his eye color.
  • Watch this rabbit in action!

    06/01/2014 2:27:10 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Facebook ^ | 6-1-14 | unknown
    Watch this rabbit in action!
  • 'The Shack' mania heads to big screen (Oprah to play the part of God!)

    05/31/2014 5:27:24 PM PDT · by equalator · 18 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5-31-2014 | Bob Unruh
    “It’s going to be interesting to see how people react to the movie – especially considering the fact that Winfrey is most likely playing the role of God. “‘The Shack’ goes to the heart of universal reconciliation, Christian universalism.” It created shock waves among many Christians not only for its theology but also for its portrayal of the Trinity as an elderly black woman, an Asian woman and a carpenter. Universalism is the belief that a God of love and goodness never would allow people to be separated from him forever, which means everyone ends up in heaven.
  • Australian Sheep Get High and Die on Toxic Weed

    05/31/2014 2:01:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    When Australian farmer Tony Knight first saw a purple-flowering plant growing across the bushfire-scarred terrain where his sheep grazed, his first thought was that it looked like “good stock feed.” However, the “pleasant-looking plant” was far from the nutritious food his livestock needed after their paddocks were razed bare by the fires that swept through the northwest region of New South Wales state last year. Instead, the native weed known as the “Darling pea” contained a toxin that affected the sheep’s nervous systems, killing hundreds by triggering mental and physical deterioration. “To start with, they will do quite well when...
  • Weekly Garden Thread Volume 22 May 30, 2014

    05/30/2014 12:57:27 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 180 replies
    Free Republic | May 30, 2014 | 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. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Va. Small Family Farm Promote Historical Agricultural Practices

    05/28/2014 8:45:01 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 6 replies
    Virginia Free Citizen ^ | May 27, 2014 | Kate Miller
    Brian and Kim Criley operate their farm business Slow Grown in Virginia from the Spring Hill Farm in Caroline County, Va. The Crileys are on a mission to preserve Virginia’s historical small family farming practices, as they produce natural herbal products (including teas), organic seasonal produce, bath and body care products, homemade baked goods, and crafts and home décor products, as well as pasture-raised pork, poultry and eggs. They do not use any herbicides, pesticides, hormones, chemical growth enhancers or genetically modified organisms. They also operate a farm store, where they offer community-supported agriculture and co-op programs. Brian, a former...
  • USDA seeks partnerships to protect soil, water

    05/27/2014 5:56:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2014 8:47 AM EDT | John Flesher
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is teaming with businesses, nonprofits and others on a five-year, $2.4 billion program that will fund locally designed soil and water conservation projects nationwide, Secretary Tom Vilsack said. Authorized by the new farm law enacted earlier this year, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program is intended to involve the private sector more directly in planning and funding environmental protection initiatives tied to agriculture. Officials provided details of the program to The Associated Press ahead of an announcement scheduled for Tuesday. …
  • We're Home !!

    05/26/2014 7:14:36 AM PDT · by knarf · 22 replies
    self ^ | May 26, 2014 | knarf
    SEND NO MORE MONEY !!I'm negligent in updating ... I still want to do an essay with pics.
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 21 MAY 23, 2014

    05/23/2014 12:40:08 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 369 replies
    Free Republic | 5/23/2014 | 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. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Feds don’t want irrigation water used to grow pot

    05/20/2014 3:00:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2014 5:54 PM EDT | Nicholas K. Geranios and Gene Johnson
    The U.S. Interior Department said Tuesday it doesn’t want federal irrigation water being used to grow marijuana in Washington, Colorado or anywhere else. But the practical effects of the policy remain unclear: The Bureau of Reclamation said only that it would refer any violations to the Justice Department, and it seems unlikely that the Justice Department would target irrigation districts for supplying the water when it’s not going after the people who are actually growing the pot. […] The question of whether federal water can be used to grow marijuana is the latest iteration of a messy conflict posed by...
  • Colorado River reaches gulf

    05/16/2014 3:13:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2014 5:14 PM EDT | Astrid Galvan
    She wasn’t necessarily popping champagne Thursday, but conservationist Jennifer Pitt was certainly celebrating the arrival of water from the Colorado River into the Sea of Cortez. It was a monumental moment for conservationists, who said that water hasn’t flowed regularly from the Colorado River to the sea in more than 50 years. It temporarily reached the sea twice in the 1980s and last in 1993. […] The water reached the sea on Thursday afternoon. It traveled nearly 100 miles from a previously barren delta at the Morelos Dam just south of where California, Arizona and Mexico meet. It was a...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 20 MAY 16, 2014

    05/16/2014 12:31:49 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 221 replies
    Free Republic | may 16, 2014 | 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. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Hedge Clippers

    05/12/2014 11:31:09 AM PDT · by stirrinthepuddin · 47 replies
    I have a couple of questions that I need answers to before I run out and purchase a new hedge clipper. My first question is: Should I go with a corded or battery powered one? I have never had any type of battery operated tool (other than a drill) that was worth a d@mn .. battery wears out quickly or doesn't hold a charge for long and is usually underpowered. My other question is: What length blade is ideal? I have be using a cr@ppy little 16 inch blade for a few years and it really sucks using it on...
  • Honeybees abandoning hives and dying due to insecticide use, research finds

    05/11/2014 7:05:56 AM PDT · by Renfield · 37 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 5-9-2014 | Damian Carrington
    The mysterious vanishing of honeybees from hives can be directly linked to insectcide use, according to new research from Harvard University. The scientists showed that exposure to two neonicotinoids, the world's most widely used class of insecticide, lead to half the colonies studied dying, while none of the untreated colonies saw their bees disappear. "We demonstrated that neonicotinoids are highly likely to be responsible for triggering 'colony collapse disorder' in honeybee hives that were healthy prior to the arrival of winter," said Chensheng Lu, an expert on environmental exposure biology at Harvard School of Public Health and who led the...
  • Freaky backyard image

    05/10/2014 11:31:59 PM PDT · by keat · 27 replies
    ^self
  • Weekly Gardening Thread VOLUME 19 MAY 9, 2014

    05/09/2014 10:16:25 AM PDT · by rightly_dividing · 275 replies
    Free Republic | May 9, 2014 | rightly_dividing
    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. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Parents of 2 arrested after marijuana lab discovered under covered pool

    05/07/2014 2:22:21 PM PDT · by BBell · 27 replies
    SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The parents of a teenager and a young girl have been arrested and charged after a marijuana lab was found under a covered, drained swimming pool. The discovery was made late Monday night, at around 11:55, at a home located 21964 S.W. 125th Place. "This is one of the more challenging grow houses we have seen," said Miami-Dade Police Detective Roy Rutland. "This is challenging because you're not going to smell it; more than likely you're certainly not going to see it." After police received a tip, they obtained a warrant and arrested Luis Ramirez-Gonzalez...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 18 MAY 2, 2014

    05/02/2014 12:25:41 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 269 replies
    Free Republic | 5/2/2014 | 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. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 17 APRIL 25, 2014

    04/25/2014 12:24:10 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 231 replies
    Free Republic | 4/25/2014 | 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. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Bracing For A Battle, Vermont Passes GMO Labeling Bill

    04/24/2014 10:39:01 AM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    NPR ^ | 24 April 2014 | Eliza Barclay and Jeremy Bernfeld
    The Green Mountain State is poised to become the first to require food companies to label food products containing genetically modified ingredients.Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin tweeted he will sign a bill state lawmakers passed Wednesday mandating that foods with GMOs be labeled as having been produced with "genetic engineering." The bill would also make it illegal for foods with GMOs to be labeled "all natural" or "natural."While Maine and Connecticut have already passed GMO labeling bills, those bills contain clauses that keep them from going into effect until surrounding states pass similar rules. Vermont's bill would go into effect on...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 16 APRIL 18, 2014

    04/18/2014 12:29:02 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 247 replies
    Free Republic | 4/18/2014 | 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. There is no telling where it will go and... that...
  • Birthplace of the domesticated chili pepper identified in Mexico

    04/18/2014 9:49:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04-18-2014 | by Pat Bailey AND Journal reference: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
    Central-east Mexico gave birth to the domesticated chili pepper—now the world's most widely grown spice crop—reports an international team of researchers, led by a plant scientist at the University of California, Davis. Results from the four-pronged investigation—based on linguistic and ecological evidence as well as the more traditional archaeological and genetic data—suggest a regional, rather than a geographically specific, birthplace for the domesticated chili pepper. That region, extending from southern Puebla and northern Oaxaca to southeastern Veracruz, is further south than was previously thought, the researchers found. The region also is different from areas of origin that have been suggested...