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    We are scattered across all corners of our beautiful nation, and have representation from other countries on either side of the equator. Therefore, what works for me, will not work in Texas or Australia. Different temperatures, soils, water availability, weed pressure, and pests, So, let's...
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    The New Way Forward Act

    This is beyond scary. It's terrifying: Starts at 4:30
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    Legal tip of the year

    When signing any document during this year, do not abbreviate the date. For example, if signing a date for March 14: Do not abbreviate it as 3/14/20. It can then be altered by adding extra digits. For example, 3/14/2019!
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    Canned pound cake?

    Found this recipe today. Intrigueing. Any one tried such a thing? “Canned” Pound Cake Canning Recipes November 21, 2016 Comments: 18 Grandma’s have done this for years yet you won’t find this in any canning books. Based on friends who have done this for years and the canning grannies out...
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    Best ever cranberry sauce

    12 oz. fresh cranberries, 3/4 C. brown sugar, 1/4 C. freshly squeezed orange juice, 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. ground ginger, 1 tsp. orange zest, 1/8 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp ground cloves, 1/8 tsp ground allspice. Mix all, boil till you decide it's done. Feel free to adjust the spices. This...
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    Inspiration for winter gardening

    Here's a bunch of neat ideas for DIY cold frames. Many of these frames can be built from recycled materials that most readers may already have just waiting for a project! Enjoy! DIY cold frames
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    This thread is for folks who want to save seeds from their favorite veggies to use in future gardens. Let's hear what kinds of seeds you save, any seed saver's tips, and your results: both the expected, good, unexpected, and bad! Here's a good article that explains the wide variation of...
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    Every gardener runs across insects that are not familiar. This thread is for sharing the information we read about those insects that cross our paths. This entry is provided with thanks to University of Maine Cooperative Extension. If you have not yet searched your State Cooperative...
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    I found this video to be an "aha" moment!
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    Hatchery reviews

    I'm doing homework for 2020!!! I'd love to hear about your experience with the various hatcheries, especially when dealing with mail order. What hatcheries have you used? Feed store? Cooperative? What was your experience with each hatchery? Include breeds and numbers ordered. Gender...
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    A few SS members have mentioned that they are limited by physical disabilities. This has an impact on allowing them to follow their dreams to living a more sufficient life style. Even without severe limitations, we all have days when we pay dearly for our homesteading activities! (with joint...
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    Peek-A-Boo! I often see a note that says there are a lot of "guests" on this forum. So... if you're a guest, and are enjoying the conversations, why not become a member, and join in. It's nice to have new folks join the forum. Let's hear from you. What you got going in your yard? What are...
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    This is a place to post your recipes for salves, ointments, and tinctures: Any thing you put on your skin, nails, or hair that has healing properties. I think it would be helpful to have all the recipes in a single thread instead of scattered throughout multiple years of "new topics". I'm...
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    All things hatching

    This thread is for observations and data collection pertaining to hatching eggs, whether by natural (broody) or artificial (incubator) means. I found some excellent articles that cover a lot of scientific jargon. But, if you're the type of person who wants to know how things work, you'll enjoy...
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    What are you thankful for today?

    This thread is for posting the pleasures that make up your day, the delights you encounter, and even the learning experiences. Today, I am thankful for: Warm sunshine. It's such a treat to feel the sun warming my body after a long brutal winter, and many wet gloomy spring days. Baby...
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    Orchard care: tools, management

    I want to buy a pruning saw. Want decent quality, don't want to spend more money than necessary. Any suggestions?
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    I just LOVE growing potatoes. I think they are my favorite vegetable to grow. And a freshly scrabbled potato does not at all resemble the pathetic specimens found at the grocery store. I've been wandering down the google bunny trails about all things pertaining to potatoes, and have found...
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    The best of the best tomatoes

    Going through my stash of seeds, it's no surprise to me that I have amassed quite a collection of tomato seeds. I've had luck with sprouting 9 year old seeds. So... this year, I'm going to grow some of my usual favorites, and try a few new ones, or do repeat trials of some. I'm reading a lot...
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    Get the most out of your garden

    The purpose of this thread is to help us gardeners to think outside the box in terms of crop management: 1.companion planting. 2. interplanting. 3. succession crops. 4. extending the season from the front and back end in the typical garden. There is a lot of literature about companion...