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Ok to plant?

I've been working like crazy on my big flower lasagne beds. I know I started them very late this winter, instead of last fall, but still hoping to plant seeds end of month or so when the temps at night get above freezing.

But, its not having much time to cook. My whole front yard has been torn up and just about ready to plant. How successful do you think that will be? Have all my seeds ready to go, and the hollyhocks I've already transplanted are going to town. The layers have been cardboard, horse manure, thick layer of leaves, more manure, and dead stuff raked up from the pasture. Have plenty of free wood mulch to finish once going. One thing I'm thin on is good black dirt. Mostly red clay here.

My big vege field was plowed up last week, and my wonderful hubby bought a tiller to break up further. I just have to finish tilling, rake up some weeds, and its ready to go.

Eastern monarch butterflies may be doomed

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2016/03/21/eastern-monarch-butterflies-may-doomed/82072636/

Restoring native habitat could reverse the monarch butterfly's downward population trend, scientists say.

Without help, Eastern monarch butterflies will go extinct in the coming decades, according to a newly published study. U.S. Geological Survey and Scripps Institute of Oceanography scientists calculate a substantial chance - between 11 percent and 57 percent - of what they called "quasi-extinction" by 2036. That means a population so small that recovery becomes impossible.


I'm planting two different types of milkweed in the garden this year.

Donald Trump threatens to send supporters to disrupt Bernie Sanders’ events

Source: Raw Story

“Bernie Sanders is lying when he says his disruptors aren’t told to go to my events,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Be careful Bernie, or my supporters will go to yours!”

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2016/03/donald-trump-threatens-to-send-supporters-to-disrupt-bernie-sanders-events/

Alternatives to Roundup

I'm looking for a safer alternative to glycophosphate to cover a small field I'm turning into a vegetable garden. It's been a horse pasture, so plenty fertilizer to be tilled in. But also a ton of weeds and grass.

What would you use?

25 Picks For Bernie Sanders' Vice President

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Media/Slideshow/2016/02/19/25-Picks-Bernies-Vice-President?page=21

Some of these are just plain foolish, a few could be contenders.

Lasagna Gardening

Hi all!

Just discovered this group, looks like the Rural group is kaput.

Anyone doing lasagna gardening? I'm starting some HUGE gardens this year, and trying this in the flower garden. I was able to get an entire bundled load of free flattened cardboard boxes from the local Amish store, so that will be my base. Then horse manure and bedding on top of that, leaves/twigs on that, more manure, then pine needles/leaves from our woods, and more manure/bedding (did I mention I have horses?). So green layers, then brown layers. Already getting the fence done (combination of gabions (lovely rocks free from my veterinarian), and dead cedar posts/rails from our farm). Easy and fun to build. Hope to start laying cardboard this weekend, snow should be melted. The flower garden will be about 200' x 200', with lots of mulched paths. Basically, redoing my front yard. I have all my seeds, and some transplants--very exciting! Trying to get the process going before planting in April.

The vege garden is a small pasture being converted. Much too big for lasagna'ing. I really don't want to go the Roundup route, but don't know there will be much choice. The good thing is I can get all the free wood mulch I want from a sawmill up the road.

What say you? Would like to post photos when I figure out how to do it.










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What party are/were your parents?

One thing I've noticed over the years is that people tend to remain Democrat or Republican depending on their parents' affiliation. My mom was a die-hard Democrat from South Carolina. I have some good Republican friends who follow the political footsteps of their folks. My little brother turned rabid Repug. Go figure.

How many actually saw the light and changed to the Democratic Party?
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