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|Gene Woodling taught me how to Bunt|
Friday, May 22 @ 10:15:51 CDT by (3871 reads)
I am hearing troubling rumors that some of you people like these daily
emails more than you like the blog. This means that maybe you like me
delivering my ramblings straight to your email box and maybe you aren't
going to the blog to read? Which means I'm losing "hits" on the site
maybe? It's so confusing, but I am glad you like the daily posts (if
you do... if you don't, then I'm not glad at all).
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|Lots of Scatterstuff|
Thursday, May 14 @ 21:42:18 CDT by (6063 reads)
|Every single one of the guest blogs on A Process Driven Life this month have been great, but I have a
surprising guest blogger for tomorrow (Friday) so make sure to read
each new issue every day.|
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|Boast the Most Compost|
Friday, May 08 @ 15:28:55 CDT by (2800 reads)
|Carol writes "|
BOAST THE MOST COMPOST
Part 1: Fast and Easy
When we moved to the Ranch in 2007 the
compost pile went up the next month. It was February and the weather
wasn't even ready for the early onions, peas and lettuce to be
planted but I knew from what little I'd read that without yet a flock
of chickens to feed food scraps to we would have plenty of raw
material to compost. Let's combine this with the fact that we had a
first year garden to put in soon and this was the ONLY year I wanted
to buy compost and manure by the bag full. That was our first and
last compost purchase."
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|8 Steps for How to Make Better Garden Soil|
Tuesday, May 05 @ 15:49:18 CDT by (3402 reads)
|truthseeker3 writes "|
By Harvey Ussery
to build a new garden isn’t difficult. Most people begin by going out
into their yards with a shovel or garden tiller, digging up the dirt
and putting in a few plants. Following the organic and natural methods,
add a little mulch or compost, and you’re well on your way to make good
soil for your homegrown vegetables. But in the long run, the success of
your garden depends on making healthy garden soil. The more you can do
to keep your soil healthy, the more productive your garden will be and
the higher the quality of your crops.
In the last issue, I
discussed the value of soil care methods that imitate natural soil
communities. These include protecting soil structure, feeding the soil
with nutrients from natural and local sources, and increasing the
diversity and numbers of the microbes and other organisms that live in
the soil.In this article, I’ll focus on specific ways to achieve
these goals. There are many ways to do this, but they all revolve
around two basic concepts: For more fertile soil, you need to increase
organic matter and mineral availability, and whenever possible, you
should avoid tilling the soil and leave its structure undisturbed."
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|What To Plant in May: Southern Interior Region|
Saturday, April 25 @ 13:15:59 CDT by (2978 reads)
|truthseeker3 writes "|
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|Top 8 Vegetable Seeds Having The Longest Shelf Life |
Saturday, April 25 @ 12:41:50 CDT by (4836 reads)
|HereAmI writes "|
With legislation that threatens family farms such as HR 875, Codex Alimentarius, and C-51, it is more important than ever to acquire high quality, royalty-free seeds. However, seeds will not keep forever, lasting between 2 and 5 years on average. This article will outline those seeds with the longest average shelf life to help seed savers maximize the longevity of their investment."
In the past, seeds have been worth their weight in Gold. Seeds cannot be created from scratch, yet they do self replicate, and they offer plant life in its most compact form. Many of our ancestors sewed seeds (literally) into the lining of their clothing to avoid having them be detected (and confiscated) during immigration. This allowed them to maintain heirloom varieties that their families had often kept for generations.
However the pesticide industry has been buying up the seed industry at an aggressive pace over the past two decades. Consumers and corporations have different interests regarding seeds and vegetables. Given a choice, consumers prefer more tender vegetables that are vine-ripened since they normally have more flavor (and nutrition). Big Agribusiness however opts for items that can better survive freight, often at the expense of all else. While consumers want diversity, corporations want uniformity. For example, out of 10,000 edible plants, only 120 (or about 1%) provide 90% of the food worldwide!
Types of Seeds
Before purchasing seeds it is essential to understand the three main types of seeds:
* Heirloom seeds (known as Heritage seeds in Europe) will reproduce the same every generation (most assume all seeds are like this). Heirloom seeds are also referred to as being Open Pollinated since they can be pollinated by birds, insects or the wind. While many plants must be protected from being crossed with other types using a greenhouse, walls or field isolation, some crops are "self pollinating" and can be relied upon to breed true, with the occasional "off type".
* Hybrid seeds are a combination of two or more heirloom varieties. While providing diversity, over time these seeds gradually revert to the parent that was dominant, often changing unpredictably for the worse. Hybrid seeds must be repurchased each season in order to obtain the same exact crop. Hybrid seeds are also known as Closed Pollinated seeds since they are typically pollinated under controlled conditions to show specific traits.
* Genetically Modified (GMO) seeds are manipulated in a laboratory (often combining plants with animal matter in ways impossible in Nature). On one hand, the corporations that make GMO seeds claim that their product is unique enough to patent; on the other hand they argue that no testing should be required since these products are GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe). GMO pollen not only contaminates organic farms nearby, but courts have found those organic farmers guilty of patent infringement! Some GMO crops have been designed to produce sterile seeds by using a gene Terminator (picture a seed with dark shades saying "I'll not be back!"). Recent studies confirm that GMO crops not only require more pesticide but produce lower yield than conventional crops. GMO pollen can never be recalled and biotechnology will likely one day provide the world with a major Bio-uh-oh.
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|Free pallet wood and birdhouses add up to big country dollars |
Wednesday, April 15 @ 08:59:21 CDT by (1124 reads)
|truthseeker3 writes "
If I could show you how to
manufacture a product anywhere in the country and if I offered to find
you the raw materials free, would you be interested? If so, here is a
business plan that works.
Have you seen those weathered wooden pallets stacked behind grocery
stores, piled beside feed stores or next to the dumpster in your local
lumber yard? Those pallets, your initiative, and the information that
follows could mean money in your pocket for years to come.
Pallets are often available
free for the asking. Businesses are glad to get rid of them so they
don’t have to pay to haul them away. There are two kinds of
pallets—reusable and throw away. The reusable pallets are often made of
oak, poplar, and occasionally maple. If there is a big stack of them,
some stores will give these away free too. But the ones I like best are
the throw away pallets made of pine, oak, or poplar wood.
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|Design your own insulating window quilts |
Monday, March 30 @ 19:08:14 CDT by (892 reads)
|truthseeker3 writes "By Sue Robishaw
Windows in a home are important.
They invite the sun in with light, and heat. And in the winter,
we crave both. But at night, or on those very cold, gray days, those
windows aren't so friendly. They draw out that precious heat, and
light, too. But there is a friendly compromise-window quilts.
Over the years, and many window quilts
later, I've learned that a winter window covering needs to be easy to
use, both going up and coming down. It needs to be cheery when in place
(light colors help), and it needs to be inexpensive to make-so you can
make them for all of your windows."
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|Milkweed: A truly remarkable wild vegetable|
Monday, March 23 @ 08:39:08 CDT by (747 reads)
|debylin writes "By Sam Thayer
Director of the Wild Food Institute
Milkweed isn't your average weed;
in fact, I feel guilty calling it a weed at all. The common milkweed,
Asclepias syriacqa, is one of the best known wild plants in North
America. Children love to play with the downy fluff in autumn, while
farmers despise it as a tenacious weed of hayfields and pastures.
Butterfly enthusiasts adore milkweed as the sustenance for their
beloved monarch. Hardly any country dweller can fail to notice this
unique, elegant plant so laden with fragrant, multi-colored blossoms in
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|Even the ''World'' sees America's true religion|
Thursday, March 19 @ 10:30:46 CDT by (958 reads)
|loghomebuilder writes " In modern American culture, the true state religion is not so much Judeo-Christianty as it is the pursuit of financial success. Consequently, American men have been conditioned to take financial failure in much the same way men in a medieval village were conditioned to take banishment by the local religious authority. "
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