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  • 5 Warning Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Magnesium

    05/18/2022 6:49:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    https://scitechdaily.com ^ | May 18, 2022 | Staff
    Food With Magnesium Many popular foods contain magnesium, including almonds, avocado, bananas, cashews, dark chocolate, and peanuts. Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a role in muscle relaxation, blood pressure regulation, and nerve function. Magnesium is also involved in the production of energy from food. That’s why some people call it the “energy mineral.” Despite its importance, not everyone gets enough. Magnesium deficiency is relatively common in Western diets because so many people eat a heavily processed diet low in magnesium. Plus, they eat too few whole grains, nuts, seeds, and leafy green vegetables naturally high in magnesium. According...
  • Top 20 SURVIVAL GARDEN Crops

    05/15/2022 2:54:06 PM PDT · by orsonwb · 47 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | May 15, 2022 | The How Do Gardener
    Everything you need to know to start a Survival Garden including the 20 Survival Crops that provide the greatest return of nutritious food for the time, space, and effort required to grow them at home.
  • Too hot for the tulips: Immersion Garden closes Sunday as flowers wilt in the extreme heat (Holland, MI)

    05/15/2022 8:31:09 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 15 replies
    Channel 3 News ^ | May 15, 2022 | Staff Writer
    HOLLAND, Mich. — A first-time, popular Tulip Time Festival exhibit is closing Sunday due to unusually warm weather, which has been record-breaking in parts of West Michigan. Organizers said hundreds of tulips at the Immersion Garden in Holland are wilting sooner than they normally would. “The tulips really like it to be about 40 degrees at night, 60 degrees during the day," Gwen Auwerda, executive director for the Tulip Time Festival. "So when its 80 degrees during the day or 90 degrees at night, they just wilt really quickly." The tulips planted in downtown Holland are faring a lot better...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - May 14-20, 2022 [I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for...Rhubarb?]

    05/14/2022 4:44:23 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 132 replies
    May 14, 2022 | Diana in WI/Greeneyes in Memoriam
    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 a non-political respite. 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...
  • Don’t Eat That: A Walk Through a Poison Garden

    05/11/2022 9:45:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Yahoo News! ^ | Lydia Kang
    I do enjoy poisoning people. Fictional people, that is. Many find this surprising, given that in addition to writing books, I’m a physician. I’m in the real-life business of keeping people alive. But on my off hours, eh, I kill characters. SNIP In two of my books, The Half-Life of Ruby Fielding and The Impossible Girl, I leaned heavily upon plant lore and plant poisons for key plot points. (Warning: spoilers ahead!)
  • It's too cold and too wet to plant across the northern Plains

    05/09/2022 4:35:28 AM PDT · by EBH · 32 replies
    AgWeek ^ | 5/9/22
    Cold temperatures and excessive moisture have delayed spring planting across the northern Plains. Cold temperatures and excessive moisture have pushed back spring planting across the northern Plains and bumped the final dates for crop insurance coverage too close for comfort for some farmers. April storms that dropped heavy snows and rains delayed planting across the entire state of North Dakota, and fields in Minnesota also were too wet and soil temperatures too cold to plant in April. Seventy-one percent of North Dakota's soil moisture was rated adequate or surplus for the week that ended May 1, the U.S. Department of...
  • USDA: Farmers in Arkansas, 3 other states can apply for drought loans

    05/09/2022 4:27:59 AM PDT · by EBH · 9 replies
    KY3 ^ | 5/8/22 | By The Associated Press
    <p>NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says drought during the growing season has made farmers in most of Texas, all of Louisiana and parts of Arkansas and Mississippi eligible to apply for federal aid.</p><p>The department’s Farm Service Agency says low-interest emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of equipment or livestock. They can also be used to reorganize a farming operation or refinance certain debts.</p>
  • How Foragers are Reconnecting with the Land

    05/08/2022 11:38:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Good Times Santa Cruz ^ | April 19, 2022 | Erin Malsbury
    From mushrooms to seaweed, a beginner’s guideBefore our walk through the woods, Caitlin Wild places one hand on her heart and one on the Earth. “It’s just sending this place some real heartfelt gratitude, in recognition of all the wild ones, seen and unseen,” she says. “Extending our gratitude to the native people who call this place home and stewarded this land for thousands of years before us. May we walk humbly, remembering our place in the family of things, and listen to the wisdom of the wild ones.” Wild, the founder of Mountain Sea Adventures, started guiding edible and...
  • Ego's ZTR IS the Electric Lawnmower to Beat Out Gas ($7000)

    05/08/2022 3:45:49 AM PDT · by dennisw · 88 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | |May - June 2022 | ROY BERENDSOHN
    Ego's ZTR IS the Electric Lawnmower to Beat Out Gas WE LOVE THE POWER AND VERSATILITY of gas-engine mowers. But after decades of testing them and many more decades of using them, we're also keenly aware of their shortcomings: noise, smell, numerous hot surfaces, oil changes, tune-ups, and mechanical complexity. Electric mowers look more inviting with every passing year. But can they really go head-to-head with gas machines? And, more importantly, could they even be the better mowers? We now have a lawnmower that answers "yes" to both those questions. This spring, outdoor power equipment manufacturer Ego rolled out its...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - May 7-13, 2022 ['Capability' Brown Edition]

    05/07/2022 4:59:11 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 86 replies
    May 7, 2022 | Diana in WI/Greeneyes in Memoriam
    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 a non-political respite. 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...
  • Ordered Eleanor's VF=11 Plant Food online. Received Nothing! Buyer Beware Buyer Beware.

    05/02/2022 12:34:19 PM PDT · by lee martell · 25 replies
    May 2nd 2022 | Lee Martell
    I have been using plant fertilizer Eleanor's VF-11 for decades on plants, both indoors and outdoors. I like it because it is effective almost immediately and best of all, it does not burn the plants so easily, the way most fertilizers do. Since the Covid era began, this particular product has been near impossible to find in retail stores. I went to the website for Eleanor's VF-11 and ordered one gallon for about $25.00. My money was accepted on April 5th, 2022. I received a Receipt of that sale and told I would be contacted when it shipped. Since then,...
  • Can pee help feed the world?

    05/02/2022 4:27:06 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 46 replies
    AFP via Breitbart ^ | 2 May 2022
    “Go pee on the rhubarb!” Engineer Fabien Esculier has never forgotten his grandmother’s unconventional approach to gardening — in fact, it has inspired his career. Human urine may seem like a crude way of fertilising plants in the era of industrial agriculture, but as researchers look for ways to reduce reliance on chemicals and cut environmental pollution, some are growing increasingly interested in the potential of pee. Plants need nutrients — nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium — and we ingest these through food, before “excreting them, mostly through urine”, said Esculier, who runs the OCAPI research programme in France looking...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - April 29- May 6, 2022 [Plant By The Light of the Moon Edition]

    04/30/2022 6:05:05 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 140 replies
    April 29, 2022 | Diana in WI/Greeneyes in Memoriam
    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 a non-political respite. 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...
  • From the Extension: Citrus greening can easily decimate oranges and more

    04/28/2022 11:26:48 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    https://www.dailycommercial.com ^ | APRIL 23, 2022 | Staff
    While commercial citrus growers in Florida are keenly aware of where the industry stands with citrus greening, I get many questions from the general public about the disease and citrus in general, so I thought an update on the situation was fitting. I’ll start with a quick history lesson to bring us all up to speed. Citrus greening or HLB is short for Huanglongbing, a bacterial disease that affects nearly all types of citrus and ultimately cause trees to die. Many have reported that it is the worst disease to ever impact citrus. The disease is vectored or transmitted by...
  • Americans are eating more beef than ever — despite vegan ‘trend’

    04/23/2022 1:08:21 PM PDT · by dennisw · 98 replies
    NY POST ^ | April 23, 2022 | By Steve Cuozzo
    Americans have renounced beef! Everyone’s eating plants! The vegan trend is supposedly so huge these days, we are in the midst of an identity crisis, The New York Times claimed recently. “When it comes to America’s legacy of Manifest Destiny, there’s perhaps no meal more symbolic than a bleeding steak. So who are we now that we’re consuming less red meat?” the paper of record blathered. The only problem is that such claims are 100% baloney. Although US consumption of beef fell from about 80 pounds annually per capita in the 1970s and early ’80s to a low of 54...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - April 23-29, 2022 [Phenology and You Edition]

    04/23/2022 6:00:06 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 107 replies
    April 23, 2022 | Diana in WI/Greeneyes in Memoriam
    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 a non-political respite. 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...
  • Ancient Spider Reveals a Secret Glow That Sustained It For Eternity

    04/21/2022 10:21:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    https://www.sciencealert.com ^ | April 21, 2022 | CARLY CASSELLA
    Spider fossil under UV light. (Olcott et al., Communications Earth and Environment, 2022) =================================================================== 21 APRIL 2022 A fossilized spider that glows under ultraviolet light has given away the secret of its exceptional 23-million-year-long existence. When researchers placed the fossil and others like it under a fluorescent microscope on a whim, they were surprised to notice the subtle outline of the arachnids suddenly pop against their background. "To our surprise they glowed, and so we got very interested in what the chemistry of these fossils was that made them glow," explains geologist Alison Olcott from the University of Kansas. Analyses...
  • What Is Going On? Union Pacific Railroad Begins Restricting Rail Shipments of Nitrogen Based Fertilizer During Spring Planting Season

    04/21/2022 7:36:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | April 18, 2022 | Jim Hoft
    In early March, Tucker Carlson invited Iowa Corn and soybean farmer Ben Riensche on his top-rated program to discuss the massive inflation we are about to see in food prices here at home. According to Rienshe, grocery prices may increase up to $1,000 per month due to Russia’s sanctions on fertilizer. ... “It’s embarrassing how little most people know about fertilizer, what it means, tell us the implications of this sanction?” Carlson asked. .... Soaring fertilizer prices are likely to spike food prices,” Riensche said. “If you’re upset that gas is up a dollar or two a gallon, wait until...
  • Putin’s Inaccurate Historical Propaganda : The History of the Russian and Ukrainian Relations

    04/16/2022 7:42:46 AM PDT · by dennisw · 7 replies
    M. Laser History 150K subscribers ^ | Mar 10, 2022 | M. Laser History 150K subscribers
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzxBKcTpRe4&t=843s
  • Weekly Garden Thread - April 16-22, 2022 [Favorite Gardening Tips Edition]

    04/16/2022 6:55:11 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 160 replies
    April 16, 2022 | Diana in WI/Greeneyes in Memoriam
    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 a non-political respite. 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...