Sorry if this *seems* OT, but Bill hasn't heard of Ventria. Here's a
bit o' news.
Ventria poses a threat to the food supply. Gardens are a source of
food, hence another danger that many don't even want to hear about.
Now, back to the regular programming. Nothing to see here folks, just
keep on moving. Don't bother with these scary sounding doom-saying
articles. Hey, the USDA approved this, so it *must* be obeekaybee,
Good goin' Charlie. Thanks for the heads-up. Bush is just the most
obvious center of greed in this world but there are plenty of others
just waiting to open oblivion for us. Most, like myself, are just
caught up in the intoxication of Spring. I hope you all read this. Read
Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ventria_Bioscience . Do your
googles. I know you don't want to think about it but, it's here now.
Charlie has done all he can. Wake-up!
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BIll, and all, I read this article on another group that some of you
might find interesting and informative. It is a moderated group, so
there is no chatter and none of this "OT" BS. Just news... "the
unpleasant, slap you in the face with a hefty dose of reality, not
shown on the daily propaganda shows" type of news.
Good luck, be well
I planted 12 strawberries, 2 tomatoes ( a Mortgage Lifter and a Stupice
to go with 2 stripped Germans, a Zebra Stripe and, a volunteer?). Also
planted 2 plantains (psylliums). 12 asparagus pole beans, 6 Maxi Belles
(bush), 6 Fin de bagnols and, 6 Vitorelli (sp?) bush beans, 3 bitter
melons, and I saw 2 bees in the violets. Fox Gloves, violets and,
Valerians are volunteers.
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Hey, your bee population has doubled, eh?
Ya' trolled me in with the heirloom 'mater list! The Striped German
(similar or same as Old German, Mr. Stripey, etc) is one of the best
tasting and meaty tomatoes I have raised. I raise at least one every
year. The flavor is fantastic. First year for the Stupice here...
we'll see. I am after that *really* early tomato. They are blooming.
I just bought 25 Tristar strawberries and am going to try them in pots
and containers. Some say this works well...again, we'll see!
Charlie, good to hear from you. I hope life is getting back to being
boring. I love boring, as compared to the alternative.
As luck would have it, I got my tomatoes in the ground today, one each:
Rose, Green Zebra, Stupice, Marmande, Peche de Jaune, San Marzano
Redorta, Carmello, Brandywine, Morgage Lifter, a volunteer (Striped
German x something or other?) and, 2 Striped Germans. I guess I'm
feeling cocky and experimenting with what may be possible here. I just
hope I'm here again next year to try again. Something about gardening,
you just know if, you make it to January, your going to make it through
harvest. Curiosity is a strong force.
I got back-ups to most of my tomatoes in case the gastropods raise their
ugly heads. I'll try to shoe horn them into the garden later,somewhere.
The rest I'll try and place with my neighbors. I got this far with them.
I'd hate to toss them.
Tomorrow is a job interview and, then I'll try to get the peppers in.
God, the weather has been beautiful. High clouds to blue in the 80 F
range. The Striped Germans have been growing an inch a day. They seem to
be lower in acidity than the Brandywines. I particularly like them in
My German Shepard, Lilly, is an avocado fancier. I've never heard of
that before. This afternoon I found her licking the little cucumber
plants that have been getting eaten. Her kind may be from Germany but
her heart is in California now. I may need to set up another sprinkler.
I'm glad that Beau (the McNabb) only wants to see kibble.
I planted my bitter melons. I hope they help with the diabetes. The
purslane germinated. They will go in the ground in a few weeks. High in
omega-3 fatty acids. Good for high cholesterol. The valerian has
volunteered all over the yard and I have a half dozen more germinating,
as well as Fringe Pink, English Hawthorn as well as, jiaogulan. The last
2 hold particular promise. Embarrassingly, I have herbs from last year
that I thought had died but that came back and, I have no idea what they
are. I'll probably have to ask for help.
My work in the soil has really paid off. Now when I see a mint raise
its' tasty little head in the garden, it offers no resistance when I
pull on it and the whole root comes right up. (During the day, mint and
lemon water is the beverage du jour.)
The lettuce garden is about 2 weeks away from my first salad. It is
incredible the difference between slow grown garden lettuce and
supermarket lettuce. Besides the crispness, it has flavor.
I bought 2 six packs (Diamond [sp?] & Seascape) of strawberries to put
among my dwarf citrus that had been over run by clivers (on purpose). I
just bought them on impulse. I have no idea of what kind of strawberries
they produce. I can barely wait until I can do a strawberry-rhubarb
I lost one of the thymes because of the cold winter but the other
survived so that is not a big deal. The rest of the herbs came back as
I have 2 1/2 lots to work with but a lot of that is in the shade, on a
steep slope and, my better-half insists on her share of the garden for
flowers. I have to admit, when we have dinner (outside), it is wonderful
to have color vision.
So the garden is going well. I just wish the finances and the health
could say the same. Life is shaky but when I look around, it all looks
really good. Life in a climax forest.
How's by you? You and yours are well I trust. I envy your grand kids.
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"Cultivating boredom lengthens one life" paraphrase of Calvin or
Hobbes or Charlie Brown or one of the other great philosophers.
sigh..I just commited pepper and tomato murder. I friggin' hate to do
that, but the ground is full, the patio pots are full and the family
and neighbors have all they want....
G'luck wi' the interview.
Gawd, what I wouldn't give for and avacado or six in the garden!!!!!
My Dane doesn't eat anything but the echinacea.... the rest the big
bitch just tromps hell out of if I forget to shut the garden gate.
The cat is a godsend with his penchant for catching and eating little
bunnies (which he then pukes all over the garage... though cleaning up
cat's-puke is better than losing everthing to the rodents)
Understood. I use hawthorn, valerian and purslane and a host of other
tings as well. Trying to stay off the pharms and away from the docs.
The purslane is native here and is kind of a pest, though I eat as
much as I can. Spreads like nothing you ever saw. Google it for a
description of it's survival tactics! It is an amazing plant.
Does the jiaogulan have a postive effect on BP? I hope that is the
reason for your use. I might try it for the BP and vascular effects.
Bitter melon has a good history with lowering BG, as you know doubt
Fringe Pink? A quick search didn't give me much...what is it?
Ahhhh. Sounds like your soil is doing very well. Part of mine is
like that... the rest I still wrestle with, but am gaining the upper
hand. A friend just dropped off a couple cubic yard of grass
clippings and I am busy building a new compost heap,,,, adding alfalfa
and dry matter and whatever else looks healthy and isn't being guarded
Ain't that the truth. It is actually food instead of filler.
I started several old varieties of lettuce inside this year and
transplanted and darned if it didn't work quite well. We have been
having fresh greens for quite a while now. Tried some mizuna this
year. I really like it, both in salads and sauteed, but wife is not
so sure. I am letting most of it bolt now and will save and freeze
the seed, in our family seed ark.
"tis the truth, brother.
Good, good. Your happiness and contentment show.... even when you are
having a go with JoeSpareBedroom in the other group ;-)
I really try to remember this everyday...what is *now*.... this exact
moment... is all that there is. I forget this often, but you know,
the garden does bring one back to center. That and music and family
and children, which I combine with the garden. It gets no better.
I can only surmise about your health, but it sounds as if you are
taking "treatment" into your own hands, to some degree anyway.
Same here... HBP, elevated blood sugar (though not over the OLD
limits...funny how they change the numbers on BP and BG and gain
several million new customers for big pharma)
We are all pretty well, thanks. Other than the aging thing, but you
know, it's OK. The first half-century was really healthy and
feel-good. Second half is cuasing a bit of a slowdown and a few
worries, but like I said, It's ok...we need to slow down and get out
of the road a bit.
Life is good, despite all the s**t going down around the world. But I
will continue to bitch and rail and try and illuminate the
problems.... it is our duty.
And thank you for the compliment... I'll tell 'em about Bill, from the
other side of the country, and how he likes to play in the dirt! :-)
Guess what? We have two more grands on the way.... both DILs are
pregnant....one due soon, the end of June and the other the end of
October! The first one is another grandson.....don't knwo about the
other yet. The Clan is growing (yep... scots-irish).
Is this OT folks? Not really......families and gardens both need lots
of nurturing and love....there is a definite correlation 'tweenst the
May your days be bright, may your soil be dark and may your gardens
Care, be good to yourself and yours
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