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Michelle Obama is a big city girl and I think this is her very first vegetable garden. I hope she read Michele's rules for Beginner Vegetable Gardeners where the comments still don't work.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2009 on What a gardener looks like at Garden Rant
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You make it sound so easy Michele. Where is the drama in that? Drama sells. These are dramatic times. Shouldn't it be more like,"If I have to dig, hoe, steal seeds or kill bugs. As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again."
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In the ‘Morning Light’ I see Ample blessings for me Being land rich and dirt poor There is quality time to explore To collect the wild plant seeds And still time left over For ornamental garden chores Plenty blue Chicorium intybus was sown And planted as companion For silvery white wisps of grass From one small Miscanthus sinensis purchased A waving hedge of ‘Morning Light’ will grow Interspersed with sky blue orbs Division and seed sowing is often the way to go This ornamental organized prelude To a wild meadow of dazzling blooms Surrounds a tended patch Of vegetables I have room for too It’s a little early to get nekkid A winter storm of near eight inches Has slowed the burgeoning green That protects the family roadside vegetables As the neighbors pass slowly by Eyeing the creative, perhaps unusual changes To their old time bucolic scene
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Four inches of snow at least, a temperature of 22 and of course the ever pleasant howling 30mph winds. Tomorrow it is supposed to be 50 and sunny. I'm with you. No babying, coddling or extra effort allowed on cultivated grounds that will be over an acre in time. Survive or be gone.
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2009 on Don’t worry; be happy at Garden Rant
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I'm gonna get all southern on you people. There is a scary racist image in this scenario, where you have the First Laundress going to Whitey's House. Don't do it Michelle!
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Urban chickens don't have near the economic impact as the drug trade unless the city can arrest, prosecute and jail the chickens to help support a private chicken warehousing industry. Your friends should just ignore the law and start selling eggs, chicks and barbeque. If a few relatively quiet chickens get locked up, the city can promise they are tough on chickens and will win the war on chickens. Meanwhile more eggs are hatching.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2009 on Backyard chickens in jeopardy at Garden Rant
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I have spent $4.94 on the vegetable garden this year on two packages of spinach seeds. The rest of the seeds, lettuce, beets, radish and snap peas I have sown so far were gifts. The wood chip mulch was free. Come real vegetable gardening season in mid May I may spend about $40 on vegetable starts because I don't have the proper space to start my own warm season veggies right now. There was a request for strawberries to, so that may cost a bit more. The raccoon insists on getting his share of the sweet corn, but other than that we eat way way more than $50 worth of fresh produce. $3000 worth, I don't think so. Are you exaggerating just a bit Michele? Or do you just grow massive quantities of potatoes or the expensive gourmet stuff? As far as time spent, I am not sure if the puttering around in there after the mulch is spread qualifies as real work. With the mulch there are hardly any weeds. Watering is minimal, even with a so called drought last year. I kind of just wait til it is time to harvest things. I grow it, harvest, wash it and the best part of all is someone else prepares and cooks all that fresh food. Then I do the dishes and clean the kitchen.
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2009 on Only The Inexperienced Are Cynical at Garden Rant
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This proposed bill is another trojan horse claiming to have pristine and sanitary manure. It is just more coprporate influence on our laws. "A sponsor of those bills, Congresswoman Rosa Delauro (D-CT) is working with Monsanto to create these so-called food safety laws. How can a member of Congress get away with this? Her husband, Stan Greenberg, is her Monsanto connection." http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Clintons--promoting-t-by-Cheryl-Neilson-and-090228-126.html
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My first thought is this must be the northern urban version of the southern bottle tree in a vacant lot down by the river. St Paddy's day residue is a much more comforting thought.
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2009 on The first Buds of spring at Garden Rant
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I know the farmers here spread cow manure in the fields because I see it. I don't know how or if they process it first, but it is usually dry and flaky enough to spread as a uniform layer. Other fields are used as feed lots during the winter which has a more random and concentrated application of fresh manure. These fields are then put into feed corn mostly come summer planting time. I just use my wood chips in the vegetable garden as an ongoing worm compost factory and might add a dash of bagged manure when planting. You can see my prepped veggie garden here: http://outsideclyde.blogspot.com/2009/03/walking-with-spots.html
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2009 on Manure Or Not To Manure? at Garden Rant
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Why yes this is part of a story I have been writing and this contest was a nice spark to get me to tap out a few more words, 99 to be exact. He smelled ramp and followed the powerful aroma up the mountain path to a tiny cabin nestled in the forest surrounded by gardens and orchards. He hadn’t had a decent meal in thirty years and pounded on the door, determined to taste what was cooking inside. She opened the door. They both gasped in horrific recognition. The knife in her hand trembled. He lunged in the door at the same time she placed the knife out in front of herself. That familiar growl turned to a whimper as his full weight pushed on her. Dinner would have to wait.
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Do these plants only come in green? I need something to match my sofa and drapes.
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2009 on Guest Rant: Worst Plant Tag Ever at Garden Rant
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JT that is exactly my experience in twenty years of doing landscape work. Not only did routine spraying cause more large scale outbreaks of pests, the plants themselves were often less vigorous. That was probably the result of killing off much of the soil micro flora and fauna as well as direct chemical burn.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2009 on In Praise of the Bug Man at Garden Rant
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You betcha Sparky! Tedious is a very apt description. Adios.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2009 on Keep 'Em In The Dark at Garden Rant
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"So you entered into the discussion about hormones in milk...." No you do not understand. I never entered the discussion of milk. Have you ever considered brevity as a way to enhance your communication? Sometimes the messenger deserves to be shot.
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2009 on Keep 'Em In The Dark at Garden Rant
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To recap, as you so accurately pointed out now that you feel it is relevant, I never once entered a discussion with you about milk. You have major problems with reading comprehension. I was discussing YOU and the impression you create. It’s not good. Are you being paid for this? Who do you work for? If you really want to educate people, why don’t you start your own blog or site with all the facts about what you are so passionate about? Or is that too much to expect from a big giant gASS bag?
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2009 on Keep 'Em In The Dark at Garden Rant
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As I suspected, no you can’t spell pompous. If you had looked up the meaning of the word that might have helped. I hope you are not being paid to litter the internet with your knowledge. Your benefactors aren’t getting their money’s worth. Your approach turns off more people than it attracts. A big giant gas bag that causes the level of CO2 in the atmosphere to rise with every breath is a real turn off. The dearth of comments in the posts in which you pontificate other than from those who find you objectionable just might be an indication of your level of success in educating the ignorant masses.
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2009 on Keep 'Em In The Dark at Garden Rant
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They're might be. Your the expert at spurious claims and arguments. Let me know. Just curious, can you spell pompous?
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2009 on Keep 'Em In The Dark at Garden Rant
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Be sure to read a handful of the comments to Jackie Avner's article. There Great! It seems Ms. Avner is in the biotech business looking to breed allergen free cats using Transgenics. "Transgenic refers to the process of introducing new genetic material into a cell. A transfected cell is a cell with new DNA material in it." http://www.felixpets.com/index_files/Page673.htm
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2009 on Keep 'Em In The Dark at Garden Rant
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I like clever Mr. Dog. Maybe you can teach that to some people.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2009 on Keep 'Em In The Dark at Garden Rant
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The comntent becomes rather irrelevant when the tone and style of delivery over powers it. A smarter person would recognize that.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2009 on Keep 'Em In The Dark at Garden Rant
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Exhibit A of that close minded pathology. Why is it that they can never bother to use a spell check?
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2009 on Keep 'Em In The Dark at Garden Rant
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This to me is a sign of the dominant business mentality where profits trump all other concerns. That mentality gets to the point of a close minded pathology that does not lead to happy endings. On principle I do not have an objection to crop science and bio-engineering. I think there are enough potential benefits that the risks are worth it if they can be monitored and avoided as much as possible. These big seed companies are not doing themselves any favors with their heavy handed approach. It makes them look bad to the general public, like they are trying to hide things. At some point the farmers might just get disgusted enough to say F you.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2009 on Keep 'Em In The Dark at Garden Rant
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I was not responding to logic.
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2009 on George Carlin on Saving the Planet at Garden Rant
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Jon you are an idiot. Nuff said. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/24/science/earth/24brfs-GASESINATMOS_BRF.html
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2009 on George Carlin on Saving the Planet at Garden Rant
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