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Gardening (General/Chat)

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  • Will Bird Flu Be the Trigger to “Normalize” Cricket Protein in America?

    05/17/2024 10:55:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    The Liberty Daily ^ | May 17, 2024 | Staff
    In mid-2022, we set up a news alert for terms like “cricket protein” and “cricket burgers.” Since then, there have been occasional peaks with a whole lot of valleys in interest as Americans generally aren’t excited about the prospects of getting their necessary protein from bugs. There was a spike that started shortly after news broke that bird flu was being transmitted to cattle. On the surface this makes sense, but it was conspicuously odd that there was no spike when bird flu was limited to poultry. Surely Americans would be concerned about their sources of protein whether it was...
  • NATIONAL APPLE PIE DAY | May 13

    05/13/2024 6:21:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    National Day Calendar ^ | May 13, 2024 | Staff
    NATIONAL APPLE PIE DAY National Apple Pie Day, America’s favorite dessert, is observed annually on May 13th. #NationalApplePieDay The first apple pie recipe printed was in England in 1381. The list of ingredients included good apples, good spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron, and cofyn (a type of pastry crust). While the apple pie existed well before the Pilgrims landed on the eastern shores of what is now The United States, Americans wax poetic about how American apple pie is. The phrase "as American as apple pie" has been around for more than 100 years. During the turn of the 20th...
  • Psychotic Squirrels

    05/12/2024 4:55:01 AM PDT · by SMARTY · 70 replies
    Self | 5/12/24 | Self
    I am watching the silly squirrels in my back yard. Why are they behaving that way? They throw themselves up in the air and flip over ... then squirm all around. They do this repeatedly
  • Negative & Positive Reinforcement

    05/11/2024 9:42:49 PM PDT · by kawhill · 11 replies
    National Library of Medicine ^ | 2011 Spring | Kelly J Bouxsein, Henry S Roane, and Tara Harper
    Abstract Positive and negative reinforcement are effective for treating escape-maintained destructive behavior. The current study evaluated the separate and combined effects of these contingencies to increase task compliance. Results showed that a combination of positive and negative reinforcement was most effective for increasing compliance.
  • Trojan Tomato: A New GMO is Designed to Infiltrate America’s Gardens

    05/08/2024 6:48:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 66 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | May 06, 2024 | Sina McCullough
    Gardeners can buy a new seed, a genetically modified tomato the FDA barely looked at and GMO proponents hope will win Americans over to more modified foods. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As spring gardening approaches, a new contender has entered the fray—the genetically modified (GM) Purple Tomato. Unlike its GM predecessors, the GM Purple Tomato is not destined solely for the fields of commercial agriculture—it has made its debut in the backyards of home gardeners across the United States. With claims of heightened antioxidant levels and potential health benefits, this novel creation has stirred both excitement and controversy among consumers and scientists alike....
  • It's World Naked Gardening Day!

    05/04/2024 4:53:09 PM PDT · by orsonwb · 37 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | May 4, 2024 | The How Do Gardener
    The first Saturday in May was designated as World Naked Gardening Day... -WATCH THE VIDEO-
  • Landscaping question (vanity)

    05/04/2024 12:11:37 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 70 replies
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    An older friend of mine inherited a house with a large flower garden in the back. The flower garden is maybe 10 feet by 30 feet. Between the flowers and the shrubbery there are many weeds (no surprise there). A landscaper she talked to will clear the area of weeds, and has given her some options to control future weed growth.
  • More Evidence Showing Vitamin D Combats Cancer

    05/01/2024 6:19:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    Liberty Daily ^ | May. 1, 2024 | Dr. Joseph Mercola
    * Evidence continues to accumulate showing that vitamin D is a strong ally to combat cancer * Low vitamin D levels are linked to an increased risk of cancers, while vitamin D can attach to the vitamin D receptor (VDR) in your cells, setting off a series of signals that may affect how they grow, develop and survive * Although increasing vitamin D levels may help to reduce cancer deaths, health officials rarely recommend optimizing levels for this purpose * Vitamin D targets cancer in multiple ways, including anticancer, antimetastatic and anti-tumorigenic effects * The best way to optimize your...
  • The Garden Thread - May, 2024

    05/01/2024 6:00:41 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 359 replies
    May 1, 2024 | Diana in WI/Greeneyes in Memoriam
    The MONTHLY Gardening Thread is a 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 the...
  • Sapphire Tower Plant Blooms For First And Last Time In 20 Years...This plant has spectacular, otherworldly-looking flowers.

    04/23/2024 12:00:22 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    IFL Science ^ | April 16, 2024 | ELEANOR HIGGS
    It's not hard to see how the sapphire tower gets its name. Image Credit: HannaTor/Shutterstock.com Sometimes in nature, there are events that we have to wait for. Some, like the upcoming American cicadapocaplypse might not be so popular – whereas, across the pond in Birmingham, UK, botanists are thrilled to reveal the blooming of their sapphire tower. The sapphire tower plant (Puya alpestri) from the Chilean Andes can take up to 10 years to flower. The plant is a member of the bromeliad family, distantly related to the pineapple. Normally found at high elevations of up to 2,200 meters (7,218...
  • NATIONAL CHERRY CHEESECAKE DAY - April 23

    04/23/2024 9:45:03 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    National Day Calendar ^ | April 23, 2024 | Staff
    NATIONAL CHERRY CHEESECAKE DAY April 23rd recognizes the food holiday National Cherry Cheesecake Day. Cookbooks and bakers offer a large variety of recipes for cherry cheesecake. Some cherry cheesecake recipes call for the cherries to be mixed into the batter and others place the cherries on top. #CherryCheesecakeDay This smooth dessert hits the spot when the end of the meal rolls around. While most cakes have a crumb, cheesecake’s texture is nothing like cake. Indeed, its creamy, thick pudding-like character comes from the soft cheese used as the main ingredient. Depending on the recipe, either cream cheese or cottage cheese...
  • Easiest Landscape ROSES on Earth!

    04/21/2024 3:13:53 PM PDT · by orsonwb · 6 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | April 21, 2024 | The How Do Gardener
    Looking for the easiest landscape roses to grow? Look no further! These roses are low-maintenance and perfect for adding beauty to your garden. [WATCH THE VIDEO]
  • Calories are key to weight loss regardless of fasting schedule, study shows

    04/19/2024 11:13:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    UPI ^ | APRIL 19, 2024 / 1:23 PM | By Ernie Mundell, HealthDay News
    Despite the fact that fasting diets are all the rage, if you simply cut your daily caloric intake, weight loss will occur no matter when you eat, the study authors concluded. Photo by Adobe Stock/HealthDay News A head-to-head trial of obese, pre-diabetic people who ate the same amount of daily calories -- with one group following a fasting schedule and the other eating freely -- found no difference in weight loss or other health indicators. So, despite the fact that fasting diets are all the rage, if you simply cut your daily caloric intake, weight loss will occur no matter...
  • Ireland’s last Leprechaun Whisperer Reveals All

    04/18/2024 7:42:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    EuroWeekly News ^ | 16 Apr 2024 | John Ensor
    Irish folklore has many mythical characters such as the banshees or Tir na nOg, but according to one man Leprechauns are 100 per cent real. Kevin Woods, recognised as Ireland’s one and only leprechaun whisperer, recently shared astonishing claims on Ireland AM. During the broadcast, Woods, who comes from Carlingford, County Louth and affectionately known as McCoillte, shared some of the secrets involving leprechauns and their long history which has become intertwined with human spirits. Is British wine the next big thing? According to woods’ official website: ‘He talks to the 236 leprechauns that still exist there. They are affectionately...
  • (from 2022) Anti-vaxxer nurse who injected up to 8,600 elderly patients with saltwater instead of Covid vaccine walks FREE from court in Germany

    04/18/2024 7:21:05 AM PDT · by dennisw · 113 replies
    UK DAILY MAIL ^ | 1 December 2022 | CHRISTIAN OLIVER
    The nurse in Germany jabbed up to 8,600 elderly people with ~saline solution The nurse administered the fake vaccines and left people without protection The defendant shared anti-vaxxer posts on social media during the pandemic Antje T jabbed up to 8,600 patients who were mainly hospital employees, educators and doctors above the age of 70 between March 5 and April 2021, leaving them with no protection against the deadly virus. Police told the court that she was able to introduce the saline solution undetected, because she was in charge of vaccine and syringe preparation during her shift at the vaccination...
  • Herbs: The BEST Garden Investment

    04/13/2024 2:01:01 PM PDT · by orsonwb · 28 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | April 12, 2024 | The How Do Gardener
    Grow Culinary Herbs right at home. Includes tips on Soil Preparation, Planting, Fertilizing, Watering, Weed Control, Insects, Diseases, Harvesting and Storing.
  • Watermelon overdose cases reveal a deadly risk to compromised kidneys

    04/12/2024 12:23:43 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    New Atlas ^ | April 03, 2024 | Paul McClure
    14% of American adults are affected by chronic kidney disease – and anyone in that category should be very careful about how much watermelon they eat. A new series of case studies examines how a favorite fruit can cause life-threatening issues. There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a slurpy bite of watermelon on a hot day. With the US watermelon season fast approaching, many are looking forward to eating the naturally sweet fruit. And because watermelon is made up of 92% water, nothing in it can cause health problems, right? Not quite. A collection of three case studies recently published...
  • Toxic Cancer-Causing Ingredients Found in Popular Kids Meal ‘Lunchables’

    04/12/2024 12:12:02 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    Daily Fetched ^ | April 11, 2024 | Jason Walsh
    Popular kids’ food Lunchables has been found to contain large amounts of lead and ingredients linked to cancer in its pre-packaged meals, according to a new study. 12 Lunchable products were tested by Consumer Reports, which found that five contained over 50% more lead than California’s legal amount. Following the revelations, the quick-fix children’s lunch product, which has been used by parents for decades, could soon be removed from the shelves. Amy Keating, a dietitian at Consumer Report, stated: “There’s a lot to be concerned about in these kits.” “They’re highly processed, and regularly eating processed meat, a main ingredient...
  • Ham Radio Operators. VANity. Kind of neat.

    04/08/2024 7:08:51 PM PDT · by kawhill · 88 replies
    https://www.arrl.org/getting-licensed ^ | it hasn't been it's a vanity post | kawhill
    Before you can get on the air, you need to be licensed and know the rules to operate legally. US licenses are good for 10 years before renewal and anyone may hold one except a representative of a foreign government. In the US there are three license classes—Technician, General and Extra.
  • IS THE ECLIPSE GONNA KILL MY GARDEN?

    04/07/2024 10:01:30 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 77 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | April 7, 2024 | The How Do Gardener
    There are a lot of concerns about what may happen during the Total Solar Eclipse. Some well founded, and some...not so much. But what's going to happen to my garden? Let's take a look. - WATCH THE VIDEO -