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  • First Lady Melania Trump Harvests White House Garden with Local Children

    09/23/2017 6:03:58 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 42 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 22 September 2017 | Penny Starr
    First lady Melania Trump helped children from organizations in the District of Columbia harvest vegetables and plant a fall crop in the White House garden on Friday. The “White House Kitchen Garden” and the tradition of inviting local children to take part in planting and harvesting was started by former First Lady Michelle ObamaMelania Trump is continuing the tradition, this year with children from the Girls and Boys Club of Greater Washington and FBR Clubhouse. Trump greeted the children, one of whom asked if she was Melania Trump. “Yes, I am the first lady for those of you who don’t...
  • WEEKLY GARDENING THREAD SEPT. 22, 2017

    09/22/2017 5:53:26 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 38 replies
    freerepublic | 9/22/2017 | 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 SEPT. 15, 2017

    09/15/2017 6:02:31 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 76 replies
    freerepublic | SEPT. 15, 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...
  • 11-year-old Frank does a 'great job' mowing White House lawn

    09/15/2017 9:19:05 AM PDT · by freedomlover · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2017-09-15 | Fox News
    Eleven-year-old yard services entrepreneur Frank Giaccio locked down his biggest client ever Friday morning, mowing the White House lawn on the invitation of President Trump. (excerpted)
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD SEPT. 8, 2017

    09/08/2017 5:40:24 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 51 replies
    fr | Sept. 8, 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...
  • Mice found able to ward off fungal lung infections by causing fungus to kill itself

    09/08/2017 2:14:18 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 6 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | September 8, 2017 | by Bob Yirka
    (Medical Xpress)—A team of researchers from the U.S., Germany and Israel has found that mice are able to ward off fungal lung infections because their immune systems cause fungal spores to die. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes the means by which they discovered how mice are able to ward off fungal lung infections and what their findings might mean for human patients. Fungus is all around us, so much so that most people breathe in approximately 1000 fungal spores every single day. But the means by which people ward off fungal infections in the...
  • Huge pot grow ‘pretty brazen’

    09/08/2017 8:49:57 AM PDT · by kitchen · 54 replies
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | Thursday, September 7, 2017 | Gabrielle Porter
    Well before dawn Thursday, about a dozen local and federal law enforcement agents drove to an abandoned well pad near De Beque, shouldered some 60 pounds of gear each and began a three-mile trek through the chilly dark of the Colorado River banks by way of Union Pacific railroad tracks. Agents with night optics peered down from cliffs on either side of Interstate 70, and three Mesa County Sheriff’s Office boats took to the river as the team made its way to one of two river islands they believed were home to a massive illegal marijuana grow guarded by three...
  • The sand trap: Demand outpaces caution—and knowledge [We're running out of it]

    09/07/2017 11:18:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    phys.org ^ | 09-07-2017 | Provided by: Michigan State University
    Sand, spanning miles of beaches, carpeting vast oceans and deserts, is a visual metaphor for limitless resources. Yet researchers in this week's journal Science seize another metaphor - sand in an hourglass, marking time running out. Sand is the literal foundation of urban development across the globe, a key ingredient of concrete, asphalt, glass, and electronics. It is cheap and easily extracted. Scientists in the United States and Germany say that easy access has bred a careless understanding of the true global costs of sand mining and consumption. Sand mining across the world is being linked to coastal erosion, habitat...
  • The brilliant indoor benefits of LED grow lights

    09/03/2017 11:29:17 PM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 93 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 3, 2017 | James Wong
    As a self-confessed science geek I am fascinated by technology. Yet in the world of gardening this is often synonymous with the gimmicky (fiberglass meerkat solar light, anyone?) or the hugely complex and costly – think hydroponic growers that require a degree in electrical engineering to install. So it was with trepidation that I started experimenting with LED grow lights last winter in my tiny flat. Nine months down the line I am a total convert, eulogizing about them to all my gardening mates. They are something I feel could be a gamechanger to many modern gardeners, if we could...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD SEPTEMBER 1, 2017

    09/01/2017 7:01:32 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 96 replies
    freerepublic | 9/1/2017 | 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...
  • THE BLOBTerrifying blob creature that looks like a BRAIN discovered in a spooky lake...

    09/01/2017 6:26:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 57 replies
    www.thesun.co.uk ^ | Updated: 1st September 2017, 12:39 pm | By Jasper Hamill
    Video shows hideously ugly organism jiggling and pulsating as it's dragged from the water. A DISGUSTING blob creature that looks like a BRAIN has been discovered in a lake called The Lost Lagoon. The horrible beastie is a nasty brown colour and is said to feel squishy but firm to the touch, a bit like jelly. This horrible thing is made up of millions of tiny organisms ===================================================================== Celina Starnes, an ecologist from the Stanley Park Ecology Society, dragged the blob from its watery home This image gives a sense of the size of the horrible creature ====================================================================== Celina Starnes...
  • Dutch scientists say human lifespan has limits

    08/31/2017 11:45:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | August 31, 2017
    Dutch researchers claimed Thursday to have discovered the maximum age "ceiling" for human lifespan, despite growing life expectancy because of better nutrition, living conditions and medical care. Mining data from some 75,000 Dutch people whose exact ages were recorded at the time of death, statisticians at Tilburg and Rotterdam's Erasmus universities pinned the maximum ceiling for female lifespan at 115.7 years. Men came in slightly lower at 114.1 years in the samples taken from the data which spans the last 30 years, said Professor John Einmahl, one of three scientists conducting the study. "On average, people live longer, but the...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD AUGUST 25, 2017

    08/25/2017 7:41:56 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 41 replies
    freerepublic | August 25, 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...
  • Rice Farming TV

    08/20/2017 9:35:56 AM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 26 replies
    Rice Farming TV ^ | various | Matthew Sligar
    This is Youtube channel I follow. Thought Freepers might be interested in a third-generation California rice farmer's adventures and to learn about rice farming. "Rice Farming TV aims to promote California grown medium grain rice through educational and dynamic weekly videos. Follow the growing season from planting to harvest. Follow me, Matthew and my adventures as a California Rice Farmer!"
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD AUGUST 18 (19) 2017

    08/18/2017 11:47:23 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 58 replies
    freerepublic | August 19, 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...
  • Missing Ring Turns Up On Carrot

    08/16/2017 2:12:47 PM PDT · by mountn man · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/16/2017 | Kerry Justich
    When Mary Grams of Alberta, Canada, lost her engagement ring over a decade ago, she never thought she’d find it. But to her surprise, her missing carat was found on none other than a carrot. The 84-year-old recalls losing the beloved piece of jewelry back in 2004 when she was working on her family’s farm. She told CBC News that it must have fallen off while she was pulling a weed from the ground. “We looked high and low on our hands and knees,” Grams said. “We couldn’t find it. I thought for sure either they rototilled it or something...
  • Question on Canning for SHTF

    08/12/2017 2:00:52 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 117 replies
    Free Republic ^ | Aug 12, 2017 | Vanity
    I either read or dreamed that I read in one of the SHTF preparedness manuals that one of the religious orders usually has a canning facility set up in their halls so members can get ready for the future and save via economy of scale. Was that the Jehova's Witnesses? Can nonbelievers use their facility?
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD AUGUST 11, 2017

    08/11/2017 7:32:26 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 49 replies
    freerepublic | 8/11/2017 | 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...
  • The Things Inside My Shed

    08/11/2017 2:55:15 PM PDT · by Eagles Field · 16 replies
    My Shed | 8-11-17 | Eagles Field
    My shed is like a lot of other sheds. ItÂ’s an old shed, flirting with almost 25 years now. ThereÂ’s some rust in parts, it has some dents, but so do I. ThereÂ’s tools galore that assisted in building, fixing, destroying and defending our tiny corner of the world. TheyÂ’re proud of a job well done. Strewn are pieces of memories that beg for momentum to be remembered. Raising their hand to answer the question of glory past. In the corner is a shovel splintered with half the handle cut off. The narrowing part that comes to form a rounded...
  • Scientists create the first mutant ants

    08/10/2017 12:45:23 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 10 at 12:00 PM | By Ben Guarino
    Despite what you might've seen in 1950s monster movies, it's difficult to raise mutant ants. For years biologists have altered the genetics of organisms as varied as mice and rice. Mutant fruit flies are a laboratory staple. But ants' complex life cycle hampered efforts to grow genetically engineered ants — until now. On Thursday, two independent research teams described their work deleting ant genes. Two papers chronicling the first mutant ants appeared in the journal Cell, along with a third study that altered ant behavior using an insect brain hormone. Claude Desplan, a New York University biologist and an author...