Book Review – “All New Square Foot Gardening”

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Posted in Garden, Miscellaneous | Posted on 07-04-2014

chili-hungarianThis year’s Springtime warm-up seems to be running late and I am just not one to wait.  With snow still on my planting beds there is little that I can do about it.  So what to do with my time as I wait for Mother Nature to catch up?  Over the winter season I usually read; a lot.  I like to keep up on various methods of gardening to help me develop a style that works for my yard, my climate and me.  Not to mention, I just can’t stop looking at gardens, planning my beds, and getting ready for the next seasons’ crops.  I might be a little obsessed.  Maybe.  Some books I  have found have helped me be more organized, and given quite a bit of information on how to be a better gardener.  One of the newest I have found, though it has been around for a long time, is Mel Bartholomew’s All New Square Foot Gardening.

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Phone-Free Communications

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Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 17-04-2013

TH-UVF1Sometimes a cell phone just can’t beat a walkie-talkie when you need a quick and easy way to communicate.  Having a lightweight portable two-way radio can make working on projects with another person much easier when you need to keep in contact but don’t have the time or patience to dial a phone and then wait for it to ring until the other person answers the phone.  Sometimes you need something instant, and depending on where you are, maybe a cell signal might not get through, like if you’re in a basement, or a garage or if you’re out in the boonies with limited or no cellular coverage.

There have been times when I needed to get up on the roof to adjust a TV or satellite antenna while another person watches the TV in the house to let me know when the signal is coming in strong, and other times when I went fishing or hiking with friends and we wanted to split up; having a radio to keep in contact with each other made things much easier, especially out in the wild where a cell phone is limited to taking pictures or playing music since cellular service is unavailable in those areas. Read the rest of this entry »

Newly Created Chicken Breed

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Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 01-04-2011

For those of you who keep chickens, there is an exciting new “product” that will be available from all the major big-name hatcheries this spring…

Genetically modified chickens that have four legs!

Naturally occurring four-legged (polymelia) chickens do appear from time to time in nature, so building off of that natural trait with research grants from various poultry meat venders and the increasing demand for chicken meat from big chain restaurants, the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Wisconsin have developed the first commercially available four legged chicken.

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How to Choose Houseplants

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Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 20-11-2010

Well, the weather has begun to turn here in the Midwest and that means the next several months will be spent indoors.  So before we hibernate for the winter, I want to expand my house plant collection a little so that the winter is not so colorless.  I need to have green growing things around me as much as possible to help me through the cold whiteness of the winter season.  And while many plants for your garden are cold tolerant, I don’t think even the hardiest lettuce will survive a 30 below windchill.  (I am serious, it can get even colder!)  So I turn my attention to the indoors and some corners that are long over due for some greening up.

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A New GM Hybrid, The Venus-Tomato

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Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 01-04-2010

Photo Courtesy of Noah Elhardt

As most of you know, I’m a seed-saver, so I plant only heirloom seeds.  I normally stay away from all hybrids, especially Genetically Modified hybrids, but I just found one that I am excited to be growing in my garden this year!

The new Genetically Modified hybrid called a Venus-Tomato (Muscipula Lycopersicum) was made from genetically combining the DNA from the common Cherry Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum) with the DNA from a Venus Flytrap (Dionaea Muscipula).  Although originally spliced together in 2006 in the lab of a Swedish botanist, after 4 years of research and development, today the Venus-Tomato has been perfected and propagated, and on March 19th of this year, the USDA and the FDA both gave their stamp of approval for sale here in the United States.

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