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    I have one bucket of potatoes this year--volunteering from last year. Remember that early potatoes (especially Yukon Gold) do not do the layering thing.
  2. Toys R Us

    The local store's stock now belongs to a liquidating company, which jacked up all the prices--sometimes more than double--and then cut them to what they had been before. With a few items actually pretty cheap. Let the buyer beware.
  3. Kratom?

    http://cnb.cx/2z5G1J2 Article on CNBC.
  4. Living with a sheeple is so frustating

    I live with my older son, whose back is almost as badly damaged as mine. I'm hiring out a lot of work now, and my frustration level is very high. He's working on not rolling his eyes too obviously.
  5. Lawn herbs

  6. Prayers needed

    Please doublecheck this, and not with your former employer. Preferably, do it by filing for benefits. In Florida, wages from church employment (with "church" shockingly broadly defined) are not wages earned in covered employment, so you can't get benefits based on them. But wages from nonprofits, even a lot of church-affiliated nonprofits, are--so you can get benefits. For-profit employers have to pay a tax that functions a lot like an insurance premium, while nonprofit employers can choose to go under that plan or just reimburse the state on a dollar for dollar basis for any benefits collected.
  7. Kratom?

    From what I hear, Rifat is probably the most cold-tolerant and grows with some protection as far north as southern Georgia. Dwarfing is being worked on, as is toughening it up, but without much repeatable success. A four-inch-high plant costs $45. Or so I hear.
  8. Kratom?

    Let's put it this way--as hard as they're working to make it illegal, it probably does work.
  9. The More I Know People

    700 is the bottom line for "good." Over 750 is very good.
  10. Lawn herbs

    Elderberry loves wet feet. Note that gum does not burn. It sits there and sulks forever in a fire. You're better off chipping it up for mulch or hugel-wood. I read that the Cherokee used redbud for cough syrup. It is cousin to the black cherry, after all.

    Wow. Today's big accomplishment was up-potting a dozen start-over trees/bushes/vinees to gallon-sized pots so I can baby them for a year. Yes, I am pretty much starting over from scratch--or very near to scratch. But it's a lovely scratch. After up-potting those, went to Esposito's (which is now an Ace franchise) for another dozen pots. Normally I don't pay for pots, but these are superior quality and only 60 cents apiece, and they're uniform. When I finish with them all, if I remember, I'll post a photo. Trying to root a Violette de Bordeaux fig cutting. Up-potted two other dwarf figs: Texas Everbearing and Little Ruby. The VdB twig is way bigger than the other plants, one of which is a whole two inches tall. Other stuff: Dwarf Everbearing mulberry (turns out I ordered two of these--poor me --one finger-high rooted cutting and one waist-high actual plant) Ouachita thornless blackberry Triple Crown thornless blackberry Dwarf Cavendish banana Double Mahoi banana (previously up-potted, and severely frost-damaged. It might survive.) Wonderful pomegranate Higgins scuppernong Louise Philippe rose Manzanillo olive Arbequina olive Black Coral taro cranberry hibiscus (false roselle) And yeah, there's even more. I went a little crazy ordering. Most of these, if they survive, will hit full production by the time I retire.
  12. The More I Know People

    The worst part was finding his address on two of the credit agency reports, after all that work to get it off.
  13. Lawn herbs

    Cool. Thanks!
  14. The More I Know People

    I had to write statements about my identity thefts, and the thief's New Jersey address that's still on two of my credit reports, to get my mortgage.
  15. gardening in clay?

    There's an auger of some kind in the barn, or maybe it's a paint mixer. I'm not sure. I went a little crazy buying three-inch-high olive trees and other baby plants that might still be babies when I'm too old to deal with them any more. Yes, raised beds are good on clay bottomed or bottomless, depending on your weed load and whether there's any loam atop the clay. Also, bottomless barrels, half-sunk, for the trees, with the dirt loosened as deep as possible under the barrels. Half-sunk, you're less likely to drown the roots when the clay turns into a bowl itself. Bottomless, so a tree with any oompf to it at all will stick roots down into that clay and suck up minerals while anchoring itself against the winds. The blue food-grade barrels, cut in half, last a good long time if you put on a coat of latex paint to protect them from the sun.

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