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Walking the walk / Manure - Hazards for Gardeners
« on: August 16, 2014, 11:50:06 AM »
Hot Topic
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Russ Poston, Home & Garden Information Center
http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/hot_topics/2012/08to_manure_or_not_to_manure.html
"Many homeowners consider manure to be a safe, organic fertilizer for use in the flower or vegetable garden.  The belief is that manure is something that is naturally produced, and therefore, is a safe product to use. So why is it that after application of some manures, plants show symptoms of damage? These symptoms can include leaves that are twisted, cupped and elongated; fruit that is deformed; reduced yield; death of young plants; and poor seed germination."
I have been very busy this summer with outside activities - will be back for more participation with you folks when the weather turns cold.

My brother-in-law, whom I consider to be a very good gardener, had the worst garden this year ever experienced.  In late winter - early spring ( before planting) he decided to add extra compost to his garden.  Over twenty ( >20 ) bags of low cost big box store manure.  Three ( 3 ) time he's planted "Green Beans" - each time they sprout, get about six ( 6 ) inches high, wilt and die - and it's not from a lack of water.  Reminds one of weeds sprayed with "Weed-b-Gone."
He does not spray for weed control - tills and hoes.

Beware of Big Box Stores Bags of Manure
If you don't know where it came from and whats in it ! ! ! ! !
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Killer Compost Reports: Contaminated Manure and Herbicide Contamination Damaging Gardens
 "Since 2005, thousands of farmers and gardeners who have simply applied compost or mulch to their gardens or fields have unknowingly poisoned their own crops. These tragedies happened — and are still happening — because of potent, persistent herbicides including clopyralid and aminopyralid."

Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/killer-compost-herbicide-contamination-zl0z1211zkin.aspx

For more information Google a search "manure herbicide"

p.s. - hope you were not expecting advice to not step in it.

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Walking the walk / Chicken Dressing (Modified for Links in 1st Post)
« on: March 20, 2014, 10:30:02 PM »
In my area many city/town councils are revising animal ordinances to allow limited poultry keeping on private property for eggs, - supposedly for the family/personal consumption only, - say for example six hens and no roosters.

Anyone here processed a backyard grown poult for the table in the past year?
( http://www.thefreedictionary.com/poults  )

I met a young couple at a (November) Thanksgiving Dinner who were starting to do more about where their food came from.  They had about ten hens and gave away a few eggs, but, had never slaughtered ( I call it dressing ) a bird.  Went and did one with them and the wife is now a whiz and husband gets a little squeamish.

Neven, would it be taboo to discuss the procedures/gory details.
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3.  Third, no need to be boring - vociferous - wealth of information onLine.
https://www.google.com/#q=butcher+slaughter+kill+chicken

2.  Second, because it is the way I was forced (taught) to do as a youngster.  Decapitating.
http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/how-to-butcher-a-chicken-5.html

1.  First Time killing your own chicken - watch this one first, especially the artery severing, (~ 3:20) First time how to butcher slaughter a free range chicken, Advice from rookie to rookie.  Has some nice introduction with a link to an experienced butcher farmboy procedure.
Preface this -       youtube.com/watch?v=F558NikTSu4
with http://www.    full link below

4. Forum member bkpr recommends
www.google.com/#q=polyface+farms+kill+cone





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The rest / Volcanic Winter
« on: February 15, 2014, 03:35:15 PM »
Anyone here who pays attention to denier/anti-AGW sites seeing claims something to the effect we'll have a much cooler next few months due to Thursdays Indonesian (Java) eruption?

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Perhaps for those interested in going to the next level.

Istanbul, Turkey – June 14-16, 2013
Chicago, U.S. – July 30-August 1, 2013

More info link
http://climaterealityproject.org/leadership-corps/

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Science / CO2 did not Lag temperature by 800 years - new Science Study
« on: March 02, 2013, 02:48:42 PM »
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/01/science/earth/at-ice-age-end-a-smaller-gap-in-warming-and-carbon-dioxide.html?_r=1&

has an article about CO2 levels during ice age recovery being in lock-step or leading temperature rising - warming, NOT an 800 year lag as many others claims.

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