OT... For Bill Rose... Ventria pharma rice threatens food supply

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, right?
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Good night.... and good luck.
Charlie
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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!
- Bill Coloribus gustibus non disputatum (mostly)
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wrote:

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.
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Good luck, be well Charlie
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<Charlie> wrote in message

Cite numbers for severe weather events, of course, unlikely. Who pays for it if the "unlikely" occurs?
And if likely, like 911, there's always denial... Dave
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Dave, it's spin and theater.
- Bill
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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.
- Bill
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wrote:

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
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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 sandwiches.
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 cobbler.
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 usual.
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.
- Bill
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wrote:

"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 know.
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 too closely!

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 two.
May your days be bright, may your soil be dark and may your gardens flourish!
Care, be good to yourself and yours Charlie
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