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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tired of Winter?

I placed my tomato seed order yesterday in hoping we will have an early final frost.  I don't know about all of you but I am ready for winter to go!  I am going to try out some Heinz seed this year, I'll let you know how it goes.  I also ordered some grape and cherry that I hope will do well.  I will put a couple in the beds but the rest will go into containers.  They grew terrible last year and I wasn't the only one who had trouble.  It irritated one of my neighbors so much that he is making a new bed this year and I quote "I need new dirt!"  We may make a new bed this year due to a tree's growth spurt. I am also looking for a well producing straight neck summer squash because I am disgusted with what I planted last year.   We still have the large bed on a neighbor's plot that we split the bounty with.  I also have a list of other projects I plan to tackle that I'll share as soon as they are started, all geared towards a more productive food harvest (I hope!).  Groceries have gone up another 3%, it's bad when you go to the market one week for milk then go the following week and it's a dollar more.  But hey, job outlooks are supposed to look good this year and aid in the economic recovery.  You will have to excuse me but I haven't figured out yet how to type an effective equivalent to blowing a raspberry!

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

U.S. government commits avian holocaust

U.S. government commits avian holocaust with mass poisoning of millions of birds

government(NaturalNews) The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is engaged in what can only be called an avian holocaust through its Bye Bye Blackbird program that has poisoned tens of millions of birds over the last decade. The USDA even reports the number of birds it has poisoned to death in a PDF document posted on the USDA website.

Anticipating the USDA possibly removing that document, we have posted a copy on NaturalNews servers at:

The original source URL of this file was:

This document shows that, just in 2009, the following bird populations were poisoned and killed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, using taxpayer dollars: Follow link below to read more:

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hopes for the New Year

I hope every one's holiday season went well.  My hopes for my family are the same hopes for all of you, a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.  Prosperous is in the eyes of the beholder I'm afraid, with government being as it is and I am curious as to what will happen with tax returns.   As long as we have a roof over our heads, food in our stomachs and bills paid, I think we are prosperous.  I think the more self-sustained we become the more prosperous we become. 
Resolutions anyone??   My resolutions are the same for the most part, get out in the garden more, produce more of our own food and educate myself more on what we can do to be less dependent.  Now is the time I start planning what will go in the ground and drool over seed catalogs.  For those starting out, the key is to start.  I've talked to many people who say they are planning to, going to, looking into it... start doing instead of burning up google.  
One gift I got this Christmas from my husband is a Presto three piece regulator pressure canner.

I have never pressure canned before!  I am looking forward to it!  For those of you new to pressure canning as I am there is a good article by Jackie Clay (of course) at Backwoods Home Magazine. I don't want to forget the Mississippi State Extension Service's resources.  Anyone with any tips they would like to share please jump in. 
And if there are topics you would like to have covered drop me a line.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Some Facts About Mississippi

Do you know the States motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms). How about the origin of the name Mississippi: From an Indian word meaning “Father of Waters” Follow this link and learn a few other known and not so known facts about Mississippi: Mississippi: History, Geography, Population, and State Facts — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108232.html#ixzz1A03QO45U
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