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February 2011 Blog Posts (40)

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SCHOTT ASE 145W MODULES

 

S-SCHOTT245 Schott ASE145W modules

Crate of 20
2,400 lbs $2,842.00

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Added by Joe Tittiger on February 28, 2011 at 2:58pm — 3 Comments

Advantages to Raising Ducks over Chickens

There is a great blog post on the Clark Gardens Botanical Park's blog.  You might want to check it out to read about some real advantages to raising ducks over chickens - or in addition to chickens...

 

http://www.clarkgardens.org/home/garden-blog/tags/tag/ducks.html

 

I found it to be very interesting...  Mimi

Added by Shirah Miriam "Mimi" Aumann on February 26, 2011 at 7:50pm — 2 Comments

Nutrition and Health

Did you know the life force/chi/ki of a plant, fruit, or vegetable begins to fade after removing it from the source. As fresh flowers wilt, so does food. When we import our fresh produce from 1500 miles away, by the time it makes it to our mouth it has lost 80% of the nutrients possible in that food. Also heating the food above 116 degrees kills the enzymes. Again, not good for our elimination of food not broken down. 

 

I highly recommend watching the movie "Food Matters." You…

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Added by Shelah Schenkel on February 24, 2011 at 3:01pm — 1 Comment

The Xerces Society's New Pollinator Book plus Wildflowers equals Action for Bees!

The Xerces Society's New Pollinator Book plus Wildflowers equals Action for Bees!

Information provided by Dr Chris Barnhart



According to the website, "The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Established in 1971, the Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation… Continue

Added by George Deatz on February 23, 2011 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Winter Chores Abundant in the Home Fruit Planting

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Delicious cold weather foods like spiced cider and strawberry jam on warm muffins should remind anyone with home fruit plantings of the winter chores that need to be done for spring and summer success.



Perhaps the most important winter chore in the home fruit planting is dormant season pruning according to Patrick Byers, a horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension.



“Apples, pears, and grapes may be pruned before Jan. 1, but wait… Continue

Added by George Deatz on February 22, 2011 at 4:46pm — 1 Comment

Master Gardener of the Ozarks Spring Conference Branson, MO March 19th

Master Gardener of the Ozarks Spring Conference Branson, MO March 19th

Information prepared by MU Extension



The Master Gardeners of the Ozarks, in conjunction with Missouri University Extension, will present a spring conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 19, at the Faith Lutheran Church, 221 Malone St. in Branson.



Pre-registration is required and can be done online at www.mgozarks.com or by calling the Stone County… Continue

Added by George Deatz on February 21, 2011 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Are you smarter than a 5th grader? President’s Day Challenge today

Are you smarter than a 5th grader? President’s Day Challenge today

Event Date/Time: February 21 – 1:00-3:00

Event Type: Competitions

Location: Botanical Center 24oo S. Scenic, Springfield

Free Admission – Accepting Donations



Looking for something to do today that warm and dry? The public is invited!



The Gray/Campbell Farmstead–Liberty School Project is sponsoring a fundraising and awareness event at the new Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic on… Continue

Added by George Deatz on February 21, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Mini "Greenhouses" for Seed Starting Indoors

This is a really neat blog post on using paper tubes, coconut coir and clear plastic cupcake/cookie boxes from the grocery/bakery to start your seeds.  There are also several other good suggestions in the post...

 

http://mrbrownthumb.blogspot.com/2009/01/paper-tube-seed-pot-holder.html

 

Tis the season!

Mimi

Added by Shirah Miriam "Mimi" Aumann on February 19, 2011 at 8:06am — No Comments

High Tunnel Subsidy, Apply before March 4th

High Tunnels Extend Growing Season; Apply for USDA Funds Before March 4 to Use on High Tunnels

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Many agriculture and horticulture experts believe high tunnels are going to become a familiar part of the American agricultural landscape, the 21st-century equivalent of silos and red barns.

 

Seasonal high tunnels are structures made of plastic or metal pipe covered with plastic sheeting. Easy to build,…

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Added by Shirah Miriam "Mimi" Aumann on February 18, 2011 at 4:50pm — 1 Comment

Can We Pressure Obama As Much As Monsanto Is?

Michelle, What is up? You're all about taking on our nations health problems. Yet, over the last 3 weeks the Obama administration approved three new biotech crops. I hope I'm wrong but there are lots of indications that the GMO industry will be the next Big Tobacco. There is so much money being made and set to be made by patenting and owning…

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Added by ThePopp on February 18, 2011 at 12:55pm — No Comments

HARVEST DREAMS

 

 

HARVEST DREAMS

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Added by Lincoln B. Justice on February 16, 2011 at 3:22pm — 1 Comment

Top 10 Ways to Prepare for Spring Lawn and Garden Work

Top 10 Ways to Prepare for Spring Lawn and Garden Work

Posted by George Deatz to the FOG News Blog www.friendsofthegarden.org



SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Even during the cold winter days when weather is too uncomfortable to think about any outdoor gardening activity, chores can be done inside to get a jump on spring.



“If you don’t start preparing for spring lawn and garden activities now, there may not be enough time when cold… Continue

Added by George Deatz on February 16, 2011 at 8:14am — No Comments

Branson YMCA Local Food Event

March 5th from 10 to noon is the Branson YMCA conference for local food and community gardens. Be at the Hughs Brothers Theater for a morning of fun and learning about what is happening with neighbors to the south. There will be food by local chefs and live music. Come be a part of the expanding grow local buy local movement.

Added by Steve Pennington on February 15, 2011 at 4:04pm — No Comments

The importance of the Farmer

Interesting article in the Daily Telegraph.  It seems more people around the globe are starting to understand The importance of farmers to our future.

 

That being said with real unemployment in the US at 10%+, 43.7 billion Americans on Food Stamps, fewer people working in manufacuring in America than were in 1941 and fewer high tech jobs…

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Added by Vincent David Jericho on February 14, 2011 at 4:01pm — 1 Comment

For those who like Big Picture stuff and witty commentary on certain 'unlearned lessons of history,' please check out Dmitri Orlov's book Reinventing Collapse- its a great recommendation from Larry a…

For those who like Big Picture stuff and witty commentary on certain 'unlearned lessons of history,'

please check out Dmitri Orlov's book Reinventing Collapse-

its a great recommendation from Larry and Ruth Lewis.

I found the laugh-out-loud Russian gallows humor worth the read all by itself.

Its a perfect gift for anyone more or less determined to remain stuck in denial, 

[about our mutual food security and energy predicament], or maybe to…

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Added by Galen Chadwick on February 14, 2011 at 12:21am — No Comments

Trees

Just a quick note for those who may be unaware - you can buy tree seedlings from http://mdc.mo.gov/landwater-care/landowners-and-farmers/seedling-orders/2010-2011-seedling-order-form relatively inexpensively. The nursery is near Licking and operated by the MO Dept of Conservation. The trees offered are all indigenous species. They also have some fruit trees and blackberrys.

Added by Densel Kimbrough on February 13, 2011 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Ozarks Daylily Club Meets Saturday, February 12, 3:00 pm at the Botanical Center

Ozarks Daylily Club Meets Saturday, February 12, 3:00 pm at the Botanical Center



Ozarks Daylily Club http://www.ozarkdaylily.org/ is a great garden group.



Their meeting is Saturday, Feb 12, 3:00 pm at the Botanical Center 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield. The public is invited. They have done so much to make the Daylily Garden at Close Memorial Park a show place, come out Saturday and find out how they do it.



Questions Walt… Continue

Added by George Deatz on February 10, 2011 at 11:24pm — No Comments

Go-Gettin’ Out with Sue Schuble: Backpacking Trails – Program February 16, 6:30 pm

New Parks Program for 2011! GO–GETTIN’ OUT with SUE Schuble

Go-Gettin’ Out with Sue Schuble: Program February 16 – Backpacking Trails



Come join Sue Schuble at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center on the dates listed below to engage in slide presentations and discussions of monthly outdoor topics and to become informed of places to go and things to see in nature! Learn how and where to connect with nature around the Ozarks and places beyond! Learn about “Children in… Continue

Added by George Deatz on February 10, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Force Majeure enforced

 

Mexico has experienced a severe freeze on crops and has notified contractors that it will not recognize previous agreements.

Hang on to your wallets!

Added by pee freely on February 10, 2011 at 8:15am — No Comments

NEW DATE: Learn How to Make Hypertufa Planters – Feb 17th

Learn How to Make Hypertufa Planters – New date, Feb 17, 2011 – 1:00 pm

By Cherry Court Garden Club

Member of Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri



Program: Learn How to Make Hypertufa Planters

DATE CHANGED to Thursday Feb 17th due to weather.

The good news is you can still go, call today to reserve your place (see below).



Presenter: Lee Coates

Owner of Peggy’s Flowers in Highlandville, MO. With Lee’s expertise we shall each create a hypertufa planter.…

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Added by George Deatz on February 9, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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