Saturday Gardening and Puttering Thread, January 23 [KT]

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Hi, everybody! By-Tor has sent in some inspiring photos of eagles. Don't you love the one above?

These were taken about 2 weeks ago at the Ontario International Airport, (CA) Which according to local biologists, is extremelty rare for an eagle to be there.

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Highlights from last week's comments

Wee Kreek Farm Girl has a culinary report:

Ordered a few things from the Baker Creek Seed Co. for next spring. I have plenty of seeds but what is a garden season if one doesn't have a few "experiments". I ordered some Lemon Bee Balm for the bees of course,

Cosmic purple carrot which I have done before and they did really well for me,

more Mahdu melon seeds as I was out and I love them for the summer,

Butterfly Milkweed to help out the butterflies,

some Jing Orange Okra (I don't really like Okra but the looked so pretty and supposedly do well in our summers so I thought I would try it, I have a friend who LOVES it so it won't go to waste),

and some Dwarf Lemon Cilantro because it sounded so interesting.

Harvest my first Habenro of the year the other day and it was mighty spicy. Made an orzo pasta salad with it called "The Devil's Pasta Salad", and let me tell you it was delicious! Have a few more ready to go so I might have to make some more.

Hope Mad Coyote Joe's version linked above comes close to the right recipe. Jing Orange Okra looks attractive.

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The famous Pat* posted one of her typical detailed Garden Reports late in the day. Inspiring:

From Idaho's Treasure Valley, Boise area: We trimmed our wild rose hedge/windbreak down to 4 feet high. Lots of debris added to the burn piles in the paddock.

We had some snow Tues. morning, but it all melted off, so it was no impediment to raking sycamore leaves on Friday.

I started my winter sowing project - 6 Roma seeds in a 1# salad container, and 14 onion seeds, within half-height toilet paper tubes, in a smaller salad tub. I'll do a different variety of tomatoes with the next salad tub.

I still need to buy a few other types of seeds. We already drew up the plan for what gets planted where.

Our garden is not "survive the apocalypse" level, but it has definitely reduced how much produce we need to buy, by quite a bit, and we'll probably never need to buy jelly or pickles again. We occasionally think we'll need a second chest freezer.

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My usual encouragement to all here: improve survival skills, build a trustworthy network of friends/allies, keep up morale, resist oppressive "FedCoats", and mock gov't officials & media (without getting caught red-handed).

Roma tomatoes are well-suited for "putting by" for winter. Which I am sure Pat* and her husband have done.

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Roma Tomatoes Information, Recipes and Facts

The Year Goes 'Round

From The Cousin Connection, some photos from different times of the year in the same region. We have things to look forward to.

Before Christmas, my cousin and his wife set up trail markers on a trail in the nearby mountains. So they could follow the trail when snowshoes were required in deep snow.

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Someone else set up "markers" near the trail head.

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There wasn't enough snow after Christmas for snowshoes.

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Recently, cables or cleats on boots have been necessary. Still no snowshoes.

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What they have to look forward to later in the year:

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Gardens of The Horde

The segment above kinda pushed other content from The Horde into the future. But we will still have room for yours, I think. Anything going on in your garden?

Any interesting puttering?

Anything new from the catalogs?

If you would like to send information and/or photos for the Saturday Gardening Thread, the address is:

ktinthegarden
at that g mail dot com place

Include the nic by which you wish to be known when you comment at AoSHQ,
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1 Majestic, beautiful birds those eagles. Amazing pics!

Posted by: My life is insanity at January 23, 2021 01:19 PM (Z/jzm)

2 Wow, tose bald eagle shots are amazing.

Posted by: JuJuBee at January 23, 2021 01:21 PM (mNhhD)

3 Beautiful pictures.
Thanxs for sharing.

I have two eagles near the Casa de Diogenes. I love sitting out and watching them.

Posted by: Diogenes at January 23, 2021 01:21 PM (axyOa)

4 Hi Diogenes!

We have a nest down here on the beach as well. I love it when the eagles go out for patrol and the crows go berserk.

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 23, 2021 01:23 PM (U2p+3)

5 Nice pictures.
Not much to report, it's to cold to go out, at least no snow here in mid Atlantic area

Posted by: Skip at January 23, 2021 01:23 PM (Cxk7w)

6 Roma tomatoes are one thing that seems to pop up volunteers the year after, didn't have them last year.

Posted by: Skip at January 23, 2021 01:25 PM (Cxk7w)

7 Years ago, I lived in an apartment that had a small closet with the water heater in it. It was perfect for starting tomatoes from seed.

Our current house has the water heater in an awkward-to-access crawl space, complete with black widow spiders. So I never started seeds there. Other methods, such as using a heating pad underneath to provide gentle heat, didn't work as well.

But our new house has a water heater closet! Yay! I hope the seed-starting works as well as I remember.

Posted by: Emmie at January 23, 2021 01:26 PM (ofYez)

8 I saw at least a dozen bald eagles on my trip up to Montana and back. A couple were feasting on a mule deer by the side of the road, accompanied by a gang of crows trying to look cool.

Posted by: Pug Mahon, Being Moar Dumber at January 23, 2021 01:27 PM (x8Wzq)

9 Love the bald eagle photos!

Posted by: Emmie at January 23, 2021 01:27 PM (ofYez)

10 I've only seen bald eagles in the wild a few times - it's always breathtaking.

Posted by: Buck Throckmorton at January 23, 2021 01:27 PM (d9Cw3)

11 Roma tomatoes are the only kind I buy. They're easier to cut and de-seed.

Posted by: JuJuBee at January 23, 2021 01:28 PM (mNhhD)

12 The eagles don't feel like the US is their country and left for Canada. The only ones left are on the US money and they are trying to get off those bills and coins to fly North for Bidens dark winter.

Posted by: The Walking Dude at January 23, 2021 01:29 PM (cCxiu)

13 A few years ago, I caught video of a spider attacking an inchworm. It was intense. Lately, I've been taking pics of the new critters in my backyard - squirrels and the 3 new kitties that have started coming around (but that's for the pet thread).

Posted by: SFGoth at January 23, 2021 01:30 PM (KAi1n)

14 >> I've only seen bald eagles in the wild a few times - it's always breathtaking.
Posted by: Buck Throckmorton at January 23, 2021 01:27 PM (d9Cw3)

Same. Driving to Platteville on the smaller county hwys taking daughter to school we saw one. Had to pull off the road to watch. Just mesmerizing.

Posted by: My life is insanity at January 23, 2021 01:31 PM (Z/jzm)

15 Any one have greenhouse tips for a very northern climate? USDA zone 4

Posted by: Pete Bog at January 23, 2021 01:32 PM (vffK4)

16 I think I'm going to buy some periwinkle. It sounds hardy in the seed catalog and I have got shady spots that could use a pretty ground cover. Also thinking a few Sedum although I'm not sure where I'd put them. I have a lot of sunny bare spots, but they are mostly not handy to water and even drought resistant plants need water for a year or two so maybe I'll just resist that urge.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at January 23, 2021 01:37 PM (zcKJv)

17 A dandified buzzard.

Ben Franklin.

Posted by: ccoffer at January 23, 2021 01:40 PM (6k5fc)

18 I love watching eagles soar. I almost want to say "proof of global warming" to the Ontario CA sighting. But reality is probably that the eagles are just getting numerous enough now to re-occupy 2nd tier spots.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at January 23, 2021 01:42 PM (zcKJv)

19 Where I live in Oregon, once you get on the open road you see a bald eagle about every 3-4 miles of driving. The other day just south of Halsey (OR) I saw 3 in the same tree. In this part of the Willamette Valley you can see red tail hawks, bald eagles, osprey and blue heron in all in about 15 minutes of driving.

Posted by: Lemmiwinks at January 23, 2021 01:42 PM (h1jJh)

20 >>> 15 Any one have greenhouse tips for a very northern climate? USDA zone 4
Posted by: Pete Bog at January 23, 2021 01:32 PM (vffK4)

Istr an episode of "This Old House" or something like it, in the NH / VT / MA region, where they made greenhouses out of rectangular hay bales for the walls and an old window for the roof. No heat source that I remember.

Posted by: Helena Handbasket at January 23, 2021 01:42 PM (TK8Ry)

21 Does the orange okra taste any different from the green? Can you pickle them?

Posted by: Dr. Varno at January 23, 2021 01:45 PM (vuisn)

22 Garden report...
It's dead Jim!

Posted by: lin-duh at January 23, 2021 01:51 PM (UUBmN)

23 6 Roma tomatoes are one thing that seems to pop up volunteers the year after, didn't have them last year.

Posted by: Skip at January 23, 2021 01:25 PM (Cxk7w)



We used them to make jars, crossed the bridge to Jersey to buy bushels of them for that purpose. We called them plum tomatoes though

Posted by: kallisto at January 23, 2021 01:54 PM (DJFLF)

24 Shut up Ben! You're dead. And the republic too.

Posted by: JAS, AoSHQ addict at January 23, 2021 01:55 PM (2BZBZ)

25 The last sunflower that was planted in the front yard and only grew about a foot tall is now blooming, months after all the others have died. It's pathetic little flower, but then I was surprised to see anything come from a 10 year old seed package.

Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not using Okta to secure logins (Unlike Parler) at January 23, 2021 01:55 PM (SchxB)

26 Wonderful eagle pictures! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Captain Josepha Sabin -- Bitterly clinging to the deplorable life at January 23, 2021 01:56 PM (cLSW1)

27 15 Any one have greenhouse tips for a very northern climate? USDA zone 4
Posted by: Pete Bog at January 23, 2021 01:32 PM (vffK4)


I've heard of people "harvesting" heat from compost.

Also, there's a guy in Wyoming or Nebraska who builds greenhouses designed to require very little supplemental heat. They take advantage of the stable 50 degree underground temperature to heat the greenhouse in winter and cool it in summer.

Posted by: Emmie at January 23, 2021 01:57 PM (ofYez)

28 Orange okra: Probably tastes a lot like the green kind, and can be pickled. Don't think it will stay orange after cooking. Don't think red okra does.

Comments on description of Jing Orange say it is a tender variety. Best seller for Baker Creek.

Posted by: KT at January 23, 2021 01:57 PM (BVQ+1)

29 19 Where I live in Oregon, once you get on the open road you see a bald eagle about every 3-4 miles of driving. The other day just south of Halsey (OR) I saw 3 in the same tree. In this part of the Willamette Valley you can see red tail hawks, bald eagles, osprey and blue heron in all in about 15 minutes of driving.
Posted by: Lemmiwinks at January 23, 2021 01:42 PM (h1jJh)

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Here in Minnesota, bald eagle sightings are common. I once saw a golden eagle land on the road. Those things are huge!

Many years ago, the city was taking down old highway lights. However, an osprey had built a nest on one of them, so the city waited until it left the nest before taking it down.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at January 23, 2021 01:58 PM (CAJOC)

30 Up here in Idaho's West Central Mountains, we just get too much snow to keep the greenhouse going all year round. I usually cut it off when the temps get to freezing, as my water is scheduled daily from a timer connected to a well head faucet.
We get one continuing crop of tomatoes and hot peppers till then. Have to put a 50% sunblock tarp on the greenhouse, or summer inside temps go past 110, when outside is tickling 90.
Haven't tried canning anything yet. Will next year, considering the evil all around us.

Posted by: Jimmy Doolittle at January 23, 2021 01:58 PM (XUaJ9)

31 Love that little creek (pronounced "crick" where I grew up) in the last photo.

Posted by: Shy Lurking Voter at January 23, 2021 01:58 PM (DkHo+)

32 beautiful shot by Bi-Tor! Now I want to see what the Snow Dog has to offer.

Posted by: Tom Servo at January 23, 2021 01:58 PM (trdmm)

33 Cold-weather greenhouse:

https://greenhouseinthesnow.com/

Posted by: Emmie at January 23, 2021 01:59 PM (ofYez)

34 Not much to report, it's to cold to go out, at least no snow here in mid Atlantic area
Posted by: Skip

Monday night

Posted by: JT at January 23, 2021 02:00 PM (arJlL)

35 Beautiful photos of the eagles!
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I'm not much of a gardener, (and my yard is mostly woods), so this year I decided to participate in a local CSA. Bought a 'small family'-sized share for three of us. Harvesting begins in June with green house-grown items.

This actually helped me with my need to prep right now, as I didn't think I could be successful in growing enough fresh vegetables for us.

Posted by: squeakywheel at January 23, 2021 02:04 PM (T2vUn)

36 Great pics.
My day was going to be hauling old horse manure from a nearby city stable back to the garden area.
Rented the trailer (ours is down) and found out one Bobcat tire was flat. Wouldn't air up. No tire stores that work on Bobcat tires are open....
Next week, foam filled tires!
No charge on trailer. Good place.
Even being careful, we'll still be picking the nylon string from the hay bales for years... including out of the tillers.

Posted by: MarkY at January 23, 2021 02:04 PM (7fxD9)

37 There are some red tails in my area with green or blue wing disc tags, indicating they have been relocated from one of our airports. (Seatac, boeing field, etc). Airports and big birds don't mix!

Posted by: Funsize at January 23, 2021 02:05 PM (SISGq)

38 31 Love that little creek (pronounced "crick" where I grew up) in the last photo.
Posted by: Shy Lurking Voter at January 23, 2021 01:58 PM (DkHo+)

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I lived next to a man-made creek (also pronounced "crick") growing up. It was nothing to look at. Most of the time it was only a few inches deep. During severe storms, though, it could reach near the top of the walls (maybe about 15-20 feet). It overran the walls a few times in my life. Since we lived near the top of a small hill, we only got an inch or so of water in the basement when that happened. Folks down hill ended up with as much as 3 feet of water.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at January 23, 2021 02:05 PM (CAJOC)

39 My garden is done up in fancy sticks and leaves.

Posted by: Jimco Industries at January 23, 2021 02:05 PM (buTO7)

40 Sidebar: Larry King. Every time I've seen him in the last decade, I've been surprised he was alive. It's not that he was ancient, but he had that look and feel, like he might smell like an old library book, dusty.

Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls at January 23, 2021 02:06 PM (H5knJ)

41 Excellent eagle photos!

Our garden is not "survive the apocalypse" level, but it has definitely reduced how much produce we need to buy, by quite a bit, and we'll probably never need to buy jelly or pickles again.

I'm still trying to reliably source the pickles I used to buy by the gallon at Costco before they discontinued selling them here. Once I finally get a house (perhaps soon) I'll have to look into a cucumber farm!

An off-topic plea to Ace and the COBs:

PLEASE stop driving traffic to garbage leftist websites and, instead, use Archive.today to provide a link to a persistent copy of the page. For example, here's a safe link to the """anti-racist""" crap currently in the sidebar:

https://archive.vn/NiHQD

Posted by: antisocial justice beatnik at January 23, 2021 02:09 PM (DTX3h)

42 Question about orange trees:

I got one. Was here when I moved in. Produces big alluring oranges. But they are garbage. Thick skin, emaciated "meat" inside, a zillion seeds.

Wondering if there's anything I can do to improve it. Could be the climate is wrong and nothing I can do. I'm in Houston area. Or maybe I just need to feed the tree better? I don't do anything for it.

Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls at January 23, 2021 02:10 PM (H5knJ)

43 I can't believe what I just saw. I'm out running errands and just passed a huge billboard. "US Capital Violence - Call 1-800-blahblah to Report Tips! In screaming red letters.

Posted by: Lady in Black at January 23, 2021 02:12 PM (h/RdS)

44 From Breitbart - Too funny, Bezos gets some of his own shenanigans. Mail-in ballots for thee, but not for me:

E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly seeking to postpone a unionization vote at a warehouse in Alabama and is fighting back against federal labor authorities' decision to allow mail-in voting.
Amazon claims it has created a "safe, confidential and convenient proposal for associates to vote on-site, which is in the best interest of all parties - associate convenience, vote fidelity and timeliness of vote count." The company is also reportedly requesting that federal labor authorities reconsider a decision to allow mail-in voting due to the pandemic.

Posted by: LeftCoast Dawg at January 23, 2021 02:13 PM (sy5kK)

45 I can't believe what I just saw. I'm out running errands and just passed a huge billboard. "US Capital Violence - Call 1-800-blahblah to Report Tips! In screaming red letters.

Report governors who signed off on the cheat as ringleaders.

Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not using Okta to secure logins (Unlike Parler) at January 23, 2021 02:13 PM (SchxB)

46 I made a mini greenhouse with aluminum store front doors, have plexiglass on two sides and top, one has 1/4 black plastic and side I craw into is 2" foam.

Posted by: Skip at January 23, 2021 02:17 PM (Cxk7w)

47 Didn't do much this week- our little snow storm was melting.
Cleaned out the bird house and hung a new feeder. It's one of those made in the US from recycled milk cartons. Seems very sturdy.

Will not get to enlarge the garden, BUT there's a new sustainability demo site going up south of town, so I can go putter around there.
At home, we'll just have the herbs and some flowers.

Posted by: Sal at January 23, 2021 02:18 PM (KTdeA)

48 Good greenhouse tips. Thank you. I'm exploring a system I read about using a water heater element and circulating tanks. Need to keep the interior above 40 degrees Fahrenheit when outside temps are well below freezing. Will report back

Posted by: Pete Bog at January 23, 2021 02:19 PM (vffK4)

49 Kevin McCarthy now says "everyone" is to blame for the Capitol 'riot'. Wanker.

Posted by: JuJuBee at January 23, 2021 02:20 PM (mNhhD)

50 And those eagle photos are amazing. Well done, By-Tor

Posted by: Sal at January 23, 2021 02:22 PM (KTdeA)

51 bear with asymmetrical balls at January 23, 2021 02:10 PM

If the oranges were on the tree when you got there, they could be second-year fruit, which will be terrible. If not, regular water may help. The zillion seeds may indicate that the tree may have gone to rootstock though. Valencias are the most common oranges with seeds. They ripen in summer. But you could check with your extension agency for other local varieties.

Posted by: KT at January 23, 2021 02:24 PM (BVQ+1)

52 >>> 33 Cold-weather greenhouse:

https://greenhouseinthesnow.com/
Posted by: Emmie at January 23, 2021 01:59 PM (ofYez)

I can't tell if that reference on their page to the video is supposed to be a link or not, so:
https://hooktube.com/ watch?v=ZD_3_gsgsnk

Posted by: Helena Handbasket at January 23, 2021 02:26 PM (TK8Ry)

53 All the pics are beautiful.. especially the eagles..

I believe they are the perfect symbol for our country.. in so many ways..

We've had a fairly mild winter here in the western burbs of Chicago.. a couple dustings of snow and the recent sunny days have burned most of that off..

We are due for a storm Monday which will drop 6 inches or so.. but, hey.. it's winter!

So no gardening news here! Although I am planning on making a window sill shelf for herbs.. I hate being without fresh basil, oregano, etc..

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at January 23, 2021 02:27 PM (CjFDo)

54 37 There are some red tails in my area with green or blue wing disc tags, indicating they have been relocated from one of our airports. (Seatac, boeing field, etc). Airports and big birds don't mix!
Posted by: Funsize


You know, it's funny the left never acknowledges the damage wind farms do to birds and bats. Millions of birds dead.

Posted by: nurse ratched at January 23, 2021 02:27 PM (U2p+3)

55 Well Barbara Sreisland doesnt have a dead bird from windmill issue because she makes sure there are no green windmills in her viewscape.

Posted by: torabora at January 23, 2021 02:31 PM (Y274z)

56 Had a 70 ft black cherry fail at the roots this morning

never seen a cherry fall like that

but it caused no damage

Posted by: REDACTED at January 23, 2021 02:32 PM (zZxh0)

57 Be sure you REALLY want the periwinkle (vinca) as a ground cover in the area. It does spread very nice, the flowers are pretty in the spring, but it's a pretty vigorous grower.

Posted by: Lirio100 at January 23, 2021 02:32 PM (uFOGo)

58 Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at January 23, 2021 02:27 PM (CjFDo)

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I'm about 50 miles north of you and we have plenty of snow with more coming. You know what really sucks? When you remember that all your sons no longer live with you and you'll have to shovel the driveway yourself.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at January 23, 2021 02:32 PM (kTF2Z)

59 Awesome BIF shots. Lots of great outdoor shots already have me wanting for spring! Just got back from the farmer's market - gonna make a big pot of chicken soup to act as a covid prophylaxis.

Posted by: clutch cargo | with more crushed glass flavor crystals at January 23, 2021 02:33 PM (L8ADy)

60 16 PaleRider, resist the urge to buy periwinkle (Vinca) unless you can control where it goes; it's invasive. Husband and I used to identify old homestead sites in the Santa Cruz Mtns. (CA) by spotting Vinca that was still there.

We spotted 6 flickers, and a covey of Calif. Quail, out back on Wednesday.

Winter sowing project continues, with 6 Burpee tomato 'Super Beefsteak'. I have the 3 current salad boxes in a sunny spot behind the kitchen.

I was surprised to find all my pots with tulips bulbs in them, have sprouts! Not the front beds by the sidewalk - I expect them to be on their usual schedule. I'm surprised these tulips are up before the hyacinths, which have always been first before. This is a mild winter so I'm watching for them.

I threw away the tomato and watermelon debris from 2 raised beds, and part of the debris from tomato plants in the paddock. Still a bit more cleanup to do.

We do can Romas as tomato sauce. But we had a poor crop last 2 years - not enough time to ripen the fruits - which is why we're trying to get the head start the Winter Sowing project could provide.

Later today, we'll be canning up what little Roma crop we got in 2020.

Posted by: Pat* at January 23, 2021 02:34 PM (2pX/F)

61 ..never seen a cherry fall like that

but it caused no damage

Posted by: REDACTED at January 23, 2021 02:32 PM (zZxh0)



I cannot tell a lie. IT WASN'T ME!

Posted by: George Washington at January 23, 2021 02:35 PM (QzJWU)

62 Second part of message: My usual encouragement to all here: improve survival skills, build a trustworthy network of friends/allies, keep up morale, resist oppressive "FedCoats", and mock gov't officials & media (without getting caught red-handed).

Posted by: Pat* at January 23, 2021 02:35 PM (2pX/F)

63
I'm about 50 miles north of you and we have plenty of snow with more coming. You know what really sucks? When you remember that all your sons no longer live with you and you'll have to shovel the driveway yourself.
Posted by: Duke Lowell
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Indeed! Although I had 2 daughters and never got a lot of help..

But for Christmas this year, my 2 girls gave me a really nice present! They hired someone to do my snow shoveling for the entire season!

I'll get to use that big time this week!

I have seen the snow patterns track mostly north of us.. lucky you, Duke!

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at January 23, 2021 02:36 PM (CjFDo)

64 My college in Susanville was gifted existing geothermal greenhouses.

Lots of thank yous.

When the geothermal bill came the dumbass college president ordered the heating turned off.

Yep. It snowed.

Phd Ed....just like Jill. They're idiots.

Posted by: torabora at January 23, 2021 02:36 PM (Y274z)

65 Just so you know, many seed companies have put a temporary halt to new orders. There has been such a run, they need time to catch up. It's not just the US.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at January 23, 2021 02:40 PM (YynYJ)

66 You know, it's funny the left never acknowledges the damage wind farms do to birds and bats. Millions of birds dead.
Posted by: nurse ratched

but the coyotes are well fed

Posted by: Jean at January 23, 2021 02:40 PM (Xih1H)

67 Sorry to break from the theme -- the photos of the bald eagle are stunning.

I just want to share something with The Hoard that must be said about Biden.

In addition to dementia, he is blind. That's why he doesn't know where to go unless someone guides him.

He doesn't know what he is signing when executive orders are in front of him.

His earpiece has to tell him there are Marines in front of him.

Look at how some staffer had to TALK HIM THROUGH his stroll down Pennsylvania Avenue. It was just like a home aide talking to a patient as they walk through their own house.

Joe Biden is blind.

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot It Ain't Democracy When You Steal It at January 23, 2021 02:42 PM (gAXBD)

68 I've heard of people "harvesting" heat from compost.

I've been composting for 30 years, and my mom did it when I was a girl, and in all that time, only ONCE did my compost pile produce heat that I could feel when I extended my hand over it. Either the heating happens when I'm not aware of it, or the compost does its thing without noticeably heating up.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at January 23, 2021 02:42 PM (5Uh8B)

69 I saw a bald eagle sitting on a rock in the feather river. He was fishing.

Posted by: torabora at January 23, 2021 02:44 PM (Y274z)

70 >>Joe Biden is blind.
Posted by: Adirondack Patriot It Ain't Democracy When You Steal It at January 23, 2021 02:42 PM (gAXBD)

Might explain his vacant look

Posted by: My life is insanity at January 23, 2021 02:45 PM (Z/jzm)

71 I saw a bald eagle sitting on a rock in the feather river. He was fishing.
Posted by: torabora at January 23, 2021 02:44 PM (Y274z)

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What kind of tackle was he using?

Posted by: Duke Lowell at January 23, 2021 02:46 PM (kTF2Z)

72 61 ..never seen a cherry fall like that

but it caused no damage

Posted by: REDACTED at January 23, 2021 02:32 PM (zZxh0)


I cannot tell a lie. IT WASN'T ME!
Posted by: George Washington at January 23, 2021 02:35 PM (QzJWU)

you're a little old to be busting cherries

Posted by: REDACTED at January 23, 2021 02:49 PM (zZxh0)

73 BackwardsBoy, if you are still here, try the product RootX for your tree root sewer problem. We have used it for many years and it really works. Excellent product and does not hurt the trees.

Posted by: tecumsehtea at January 23, 2021 02:49 PM (skoMC)

74 You didn't have enough manure. You need that and green matter to get the heat. We used to have rabbits in cages and composted the hay and manure in a round chicken wire bin outside. You could see steam coming off it and it was too hot to put your hand n the middle. When it cooled, it was full of worms. I may raise rabbits again, just for manure for the garden.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at January 23, 2021 02:49 PM (YynYJ)

75 Thanks for the warnings folks but IF the vinca expanded beyond where I put it I'd have no worries about goats heads in that patch. Soil here is alkaline sand and it would be a rare domesticated plant that could become invasive.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at January 23, 2021 02:51 PM (zcKJv)

76 Joe Biden is blind.
Posted by: Adirondack Patriot It Ain't Democracy When You Steal It at January 23, 2021 02:42 PM (gAXBD


That would explain why he can't tell whether he's speaking to a young woman or a lying dog-faced pony soldier.

Posted by: Emmie at January 23, 2021 02:52 PM (ofYez)

77 When on a day charter for salmon, out of Ketchican, AK, the skipper pulled the boat into a secluded cove, and told the four of us on board to get our cameras ready. He took the boat out of gear about 50 yards from the shore, where a Bald Eagle was in clear view, perched about 2/3 the way up a tall pine.

Then the skipper whistled loudly, the Eagle launched into the air, glided down and with absolute precision, took the proffered baitfish out of the man's hand. Four circuits around the boat, and four perfect grabs. Cap'n said he's not been nicked even once, over the years. It's really something, being close enough to one of those flying by that you can feel the airwash from it's flight.

Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at January 23, 2021 02:53 PM (QzJWU)

78 The other thing with compost is that you need mass. Small piles don't heat up that well. I once saw a set up of about ten 55gal drums welded together and open on both ends. There was a slope to the place so there was a platform at the top to load the first drum for compost. There were a few chains welded to it to let you rotate. He just fed the new stuff at the top and it was compost by the time it got to the bottom.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at January 23, 2021 02:54 PM (YynYJ)

79 Either the heating happens when I'm not aware of it, or the compost does its thing without noticeably heating up.
Dr. Mabuse

You need greenstuff in a compost pile to generate heat. Our woodchip piles steam on a cold morning.
You can add moisture to generate heat, but the bacteria that start if off (before the fungi move in) need greenstuff and moisture. Green grass gives both. Fresh leaves give both. Kitchen scraps give both.

Posted by: MarkY at January 23, 2021 02:55 PM (7fxD9)

80 My first thought upon seeing the eagles was "gorgeous!" Then I wondered if those eagles might be the ones that hangout along the St Clair River and Lake Huron. But Ontario airport isn't in Ontario...

Yesterday I found a wooly-bully - woolly bear caterpillar - on the driveway. It's in the low 20s;. too cold for caterpillars. It must be dead, right.

After lunch, I see it's moved closer to the car.. and it's STILL moving! Weird, huh? I come home a little after five, and it's motionless in a cement seam. But when I moved it, it was using its amazing grippy feet to hang on. I rolled it onto a leaf and put it in the flowerbed. Today it was gone.

If the length of its black bands predicts the length and severity of winter, what apocalypse is foretold by it hightailing in the dead of winter?!? Ha ha.

Posted by: NaughtyPine at January 23, 2021 02:56 PM (/+bwe)

81 I love the pics of the bald Eagle. I've never seen one in the wild.

Posted by: CaliGirl at January 23, 2021 02:57 PM (MYL08)

82 74 You didn't have enough manure. You need that and green matter to get the heat. We used to have rabbits in cages and composted the hay and manure in a round chicken wire bin outside. You could see steam coming off it and it was too hot to put your hand n the middle. When it cooled, it was full of worms. I may raise rabbits again, just for manure for the garden.
Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at January 23, 2021 02:49 PM (YynYJ)

we got a farm about 10 miles south in Canaan, CT

they process their manure in huge enclosures

it's like black gold, use a few tons every year on my land

Posted by: REDACTED at January 23, 2021 02:58 PM (zZxh0)

83 Nurse, spot on. Solar farms as well.

Posted by: Funsize at January 23, 2021 02:58 PM (EiPf6)

84 Eagle photos are absolutely stunning.

Posted by: Sua Sponte at January 23, 2021 03:00 PM (xTGxm)

85 ammonia to heat up compost. That is why manure is so helpful. Hmm. If one wanted to go full bore rabbits are supposed to be excellent for heating a small insulated structure, plus their waste would heat up a compost pile Not sure how folks deal with keeping them from overheating in the summer. Maybe sufficient to move the cages to a shady well ventilated spot. I'm not going to try to garden here. If things get that bad I'll have to go build a sodhouse at the WY property and garden by its creek.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at January 23, 2021 03:01 PM (zcKJv)

86 Oh you country folk with your manure! I'm just an old lady in the city - my compost bin is for plant scraps from the kitchen and garden, with some dry leaves mixed judiciously. I've no access to piles of manure.
On such a small scale, I guess heat isn't in the cards, but it DOES produce compost at the end of each season, and I apply it to my garden.

Posted by: Dr. Mabuse at January 23, 2021 03:02 PM (5Uh8B)

87 Noted sprouts of the San Marzano, a Sun Gold cherry tomatoes but none on the Mortgage Lifter yet.
I hope to get about 7 of each and put them in the raised beds.
Trimmed the really large swiss chard leaves and noted lots of fresh little leaves below them. We've been using the fresh leaves and stems in breakfast omelets.
Last year's tomato is still covered with green, orange, and red 1" tomatoes so harvesting continues.
I'll be taking that and the current swiss chard out to rotate crops in a couple of weeks.

Posted by: AZ isolated deplorable at January 23, 2021 03:02 PM (gtatv)

88 Pets is nood

Posted by: Duke Lowell at January 23, 2021 03:03 PM (kTF2Z)

89 I watched a show on youtube saying that insects were becoming extinct. Then they ran a test to see if hand pollination of apple trees would be better than using bees. It wasn't.

Posted by: Jimco Industries at January 23, 2021 03:03 PM (buTO7)

90 I had a woodpecker eating on the suet cage a couple of days ago. It was so pretty, even nurse would like it.

Posted by: Ronster at January 23, 2021 03:03 PM (3qVOd)

91 54. Yup Nurse. Tells me all I need to know about so-called environmental groups like Sierra Club and Audobon society that they aren't suing to stop windmills.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at January 23, 2021 03:04 PM (zcKJv)

92 At the place we had the compost pile, the house was on pier/post and the land sloped under it. We had them under the house. When we moved to the woods, we had them outside under trees.

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at January 23, 2021 03:05 PM (YynYJ)

93 Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX
Posted by: Jim at January 23, 2021 02:53 PM (QzJWU)

That is so cool!

Posted by: NaughtyPine at January 23, 2021 03:11 PM (/+bwe)

94 KT, Mad Coyote Joe's recipe is exactly the one I use. He is somewhat 0f a local celebrity chef and he published that recipe 16 years ago in our local paper and I have used it ever since. If you like Habanero's it is a must try. Had so many habaneros today I made a sort of Sriracha sauce with habaneros and serranos. VERY SPICY. I am in quarantine with the Covid and no real symptoms except a loss of taste and smell. I was blending the sauce and started to cough from the spice but I couldn't smell it. Mr. Wee Kreek said it was delicious. He hasn't lost his taste or smell. Go figure. I will let you know about the orange Okra if I get them to go.

Posted by: Weekreekfarmgirl at January 23, 2021 03:33 PM (Zi+W5)

95 I need to go out and move some hay and manure from horse pen to bare spots in yard. Must break free from the comfy chair and general doldrums.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at January 23, 2021 04:08 PM (Aashi)

96 The bald eagles have returned to the area just north of St. Louis. Beautiful birds to watch.

While on a job site, one coworker mentioned it was a glorious day with sunshine, warm Temps and biden* winning the election. Another coworker said it was Trump keeping an eye on him. I told him it was looking for a biden* supporter to shit on.

Posted by: Dwayne at January 23, 2021 06:47 PM (gtu/X)

97 Weekreekfarmgirl at January 23, 2021 03:33 PM

Aw, sorry about the COVID and your sense of smell.

Might be worthwhile trying to get some fluvoxamine or ivermectin, even if you have to sign up for a 50 percent chance in the big fluvoxamine clinical trial. From home.

Latest on early treatments:
https://tinyurl.com/yaafgdtr

Posted by: KT at January 23, 2021 07:13 PM (BVQ+1)

98 I started some kale seeds in our well house. It has a portable heater set at 50 degrees and a flourescent light on for 10 hours. My aloe vera has grown like gangbusters in there along with a baby lavender I saved from the garden last fall. I'll start seedlings in April but I love to push the envelope so maybe a few seeds at the end of March. I've started planting scallion seeds every two weeks in a front flower bed thanks to Treasure Valley Pat's commenting about winter planting. I use lots of scallions so the more the merrier.

Posted by: S.Lynn at January 23, 2021 09:33 PM (nlzHD)

99 Eastman Kodak would have given his Kodachrome for the Eagle pics
They belong in national archive
Or
Which is better?
Smithsonian

Ok. Place in National Geographic first

Thanks for the beauty

Posted by: CarpetheadLaRo at January 24, 2021 01:55 AM (+ITg4)

100 Ben was for the turkey as national bird. I read somewhere

I believe Ill have a hit of 101 and contemplate


Hey
Turkeys are good birds in my book

Posted by: CarpetheadLaRo at January 24, 2021 02:05 AM (+ITg4)

101 Yeah dude
101 is very excellent

Posted by: CarpetheadLaRo at January 24, 2021 02:06 AM (+ITg4)

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