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Food in the Garden

By Tanya Steel Yes, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. has the actual Star Spangled Banner. Yes, it has Dorothy’s ruby slippers. Yes, it even has Julia Child’s kitchen, down to the drawer knob. But now it also has a Victory Garden, which is doubling as an herbaceous-smelling site for a summer-long program of talks, tastes, and tours. “The inspiration for Food in the Garden grew out of our desire to extend the themes and reach of the Food exhibition,” says curator Paula Johnson. “We’re focusing on ‘Growing Local,’ and we’ve had terrific panels on heirlooms (old, new, local, global) and foraging. Essentially, the garden series expands our timeframe to the present, and invites a new audience to share in the conversations.” Each Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., food and garden lovers can learn from, and interact with, experts on various topics: Tomorrow, August 1, focuses on the importance of community and schoolyard gardens, and how they can be an agent of change and activism. Next Thursday, August 8, you can get dirty, as the focus shifts to soil, fertilizers, and composting. On August 15, the museum will celebrate Julia Child’s 101st birthday with a showing of “Julie & Julia.” Sponsored by the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts and DuPont Pioneer, tickets are a very good value–$20, and include two cocktails plus fresh-from-the-garden nibbles.

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Source: Epicurious

Valorie Zimmerman: Getting a Green Thumb

The phrase green thumb comes from gardening. When a person is really in tune with their garden plants, they often rub off nubs which will become branches in the wrong place, or pull out small, tender weeds before they grow to be pest-sized, thus ending up with green-stained fingers and thumbs. In our community, such tuned-in consciousness can help us grow and thrive. When one sees or hears a comment heading into negative territory, each of us can perhaps take a moment to ask the commenter more about their situation. Maybe they have encountered a bug, or just don’t see how to choose to do what they need to get their task done. If you are a developer, maybe their difficulty can guide you toward a better user interface! If you do documentation, their questions and difficulties might help you explain the software more clearly. Perhaps the person is feeling bad for some other reason entirely. In any case, by asking for more information, you will effectively have turned what could have turned into a “trollish” situation, into a pleasant personal interaction and maybe more. Of course not all of us have the time or feel like spending our time being tuned in all the time. Which is why I urge each of my readers to take your turn by doing this part of the time. Our list moderators, IRC channel operators, and forum admins get tired, have vacations and other time off, and so forth. We can all be leaders of the community part-time, in this gentle, non-confrontational way. If you’re good at it, and enjoy it, maybe it’s time to volunteer to help moderate a list, become one of the channel operators, or help administer the forums. It is not necessary to have an official leadership position though, to exercise leadership. Perhaps you would like to become part of the KDE Community Working Group?[1] We have a need for a new team member right now. See the KDE-Community list for more information.[2] And see the Freenode Catalysts page [3] for more details about this mode of leadership. The Ubuntu 1. Community Working Group: http://ev.kde.org/workinggroups/cwg.php 2. KDE-Community list: https://mail.kde.org/mailman/listinfo/kde-community 3. Be a Catalyst: http://freenode.net/catalysts.shtml …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Planet Ubuntu

3 Homemade Vegetable Garden Remedies

By Mike the Gardener

No gardener is immune to the
agony of watching their garden getting eaten away by insects that seem
invisible, rodents that steal in the night and the plant disease that
appears out of nowhere.

We have all been there. Whether the holes in the cabbage plants seem to
get larger by the second, or squash bugs infiltrate the zucchini plants
by the thousands, these unforeseen circumstances can arise at anytime
for any gardener.

While weather, that force of nature you have no control over, can play a
factor in a lot of the plant diseases you may face, you can take some
steps in helping put more of that control back into your hands, as well
as rule over the harmful insects that will arise.

Here are three homemade recipes you can put together yourself to help you with your efforts.

Compost/Manure Tea
This is a great recipe to use. You simply fill a burlap sack with a
gallon of compost or well seasoned manure and drop it into a bucket
containing 4 gallons of water. Cover the bucket and let it sit for 72
hours. Once complete, remove the burlap sack, pour the mixture into a
watering can or a sprayer, and use on your vegetation. This works
great as a fertilizer for your plants and when sprayed on foliage, it
helps prevent many types of diseases.

Baking Soda Spray
If you are looking for an easy to make spray that helps prevent and
manage various plant diseases such as powdery mildew, then try this one.
Simply mix one and a half tablespoons of baking soda, a tablespoon of
vegetable oil and one and a half gallons of warm water in large
container. Mix thoroughly. Make sure the mixture is well blended
prior to pouring it into a sprayer. Use this right away while the water
is warm.

Garlic/Pepper Spray
At a local garden center here where I live, they sell a commercially
made organic pepper spray. These types of sprays work great for keeping
a lot of insects and rodents off your vegetation. There are but two
downfalls. First, it has to be applied after every time your plants are
watered, regardless of whether you are doing the watering or mother
nature. Second, because you will use a lot of it, sprays purchased at
the store can get expensive over time. So instead make your own.

Using a blender, food processor etc., mix together eight cloves of
garlic, one and a half tablespoons of cayenne pepper (or another very
hot pepper variety), and three and a half cups of hot water. Mix these
ingredients thoroughly and allow the mixture to steep for seventy-two
hours. Strain the mix as you pour it into your sprayer, then use on
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Source: Mike the Gardener

Sizing air lines and the output size from compressor tank

By T-W-X

So I have this new-to-me, excellent-condition air compressor. I’m giving it the thorough inspection and I notice that the bung for the output pipe is huge, but the hole tapped into it to receive an NPT connection is small, 3/8″ NPT to be precise.

Now I’m trying to figure out if there would be an advantage to having a larger output, like 1/2″ NPT or 5/8″ NPT, what size lines for the system would be best for a given hole through the bung, etc. Currently my hose reels are 3/8″ NPT with rubber hoses, and the current delivery system that must be replaced is 1/2″ PVC pipe.

Basically I’m at a point where I can redo the whole thing from scratch and should do just that to get rid of the plastic.

I plan to hang several hose reels and regulators, and right now the furthest compressed air drop by pipe distance will probably be about 70′ away. I’m considering also running a drop to a garden shed that’s much more distant though, and would be probably 150′ away by pipe distance. Yes, I would put a ball valve in to shut that drop off when it’s not actively needed.

I’ve already pulled the tank drain, I could easily enough drill and re-tap to 1/2 NPT or 5/8 NPT if it would be beneficial to do so. I’d just have to blow compressed air from the old-going-away compressor through the bung to push the junk from drilling and tapping out through the bottom of the tank.

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Source: DoItYourself.com

The World Series Champion San Francisco Giants Visit the White House

By Courtney Corbisiero

President Barack Obama welcomes the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants

President Barack Obama welcomes the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants during a ceremony to honor the team and their 2012 World Series victory, on the South Lawn of the White House, July 29, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

The San Francisco Giants visited the White House today to celebrate winning the 2012 World Series championship, their second in three years.

President Obama welcomed the team back to Washington and congratulated them – celebrating their resilience throughout the season. “This team faced elimination a total of six times in the playoffs,” the President said. “It’s no wonder that your own fans still refer to Giants baseball as torture.”

The President also highlighted a Giants’ initiative close to First Lady Michelle Obama’s heart – encouraging healthy eating.

“I’m proud to announce that next season they’re planning to turn the centerfield bleachers at AT&T Park into what’s believed to be the first ever edible garden in a major American sports facility. With rows of kale and strawberries and eggplant, the Giants are going to help encourage local youth to eat healthy — even at the ballpark.”

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at The White House

Airlock relief hole on Wayne WSS30V and other suggestions

By Riverstorm

I bought a Wayne 1/2 HP Battery Backup Sump Pump System Model# WSS30V with the battery backup. It’s has a “Y” connector that connects two pumps together. The check valve threads directly on the pump. I did actually call Wayne and they said it doesn’t require but they recommend drilling a 1/8″ airlock relief hole.

My question is since the check valve is threaded directly to the pump do I still need it? If so where would I drill it? Most of the posts say between the discharge pipe and check valve. That’s not possible in this setup.

Also if I do drill a hole should I do it on both sides of the Y connector or would one suffice? Possibly further up the pipe where it merges? If you Google a picture it only has about 2 inches on each side between the rubber coupling connecting the check valve to where the Y connector starts. It’s really a compact setup to goes back down to one pipe within a few inches.

This time of year we have little rain so my pit is dry and give me some time to test it with a garden hose hooked to a faucet in the basement utility room. The main pump leaves a few inches of water in the bottom keeping the intake covered but that secondary pump sucks the water right down to the bottom and also I see a side jet of water shooting from it. It doesn’t shut off until it’s emptied. I am guessing if the backup does kick on and it drains it all the way down it could “deprime” the pump? The switch sits higher and doesn’t kick on unless the pit is filling really fast but in the spring it cycles constantly and during heavy rains it goes off at 15 to 20 second intervals and I could see them both working during that time.

Another question. I am basically replacing the radon cover on my sump pump pit since I am tired of scraping and caulking every time I get into the pit.

Do you have any suggestions on how high to make the pipe before changing 90 degrees and going towards the wall? I was going to have the pipe about 3 feet above the hole (to high or to low?). Then join the pipe with a rubber coupling and go right through the lid and use another coupling to connect to the sump pumps.

The lid I was going to use is called the “Original Radon Cover” Sump Dome (Google has good pics). My thought was I could easily disassemble the lid for a quick look or if need be I could take it apart without much effort and no caulking. 🙂

This lid has a 4″ high ring base that attaches to the floor that is stationary and then the cover is removable from the top with a few screws around the lip.<br …read more

Source: DoItYourself.com

Vinyl siding cleaning

By daswede

I want to clean my grungy vinyl siding.

I see many products that one can attach to a garden hose, and spray away the dirt.

I have a single level 22 x 44 foot ranch. Most products claim that 1 bottle of their product will do 1000 to 1500 sq feet.

Are any of these products worth the time and money? How many bottles do i need? Any other words of wisdom would be appreciated.


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Source: DoItYourself.com

Patio of the Week: A Cozy Backyard Escape Warms Seattle Gardeners (6 photos)

This Seattle couple has more passion for gardening than they do for sports, so they replaced a full tennis court on their property with a vegetable garden, greenhouse and tool shed with a living roof. Located close to Discovery Park in Seattle, the garden’s greenhouse provides a respite from cold and…

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Pikmin 3 Review

Unexpectedly for a game about being a squat little extraterrestrial on an alien planet, Pikmin 3 evokes a subtle, sweet nostalgia for its foreign world. Exploring its miniaturised woodlands and ponds recall childhood autumns spent kicking through leaves, or summer afternoons digging through soil to examine the bugs at the bottom of the garden. This beautifully organic planet is home to wonderfully inventive creatures unlike anything we have on Earth, but there’s still just enough familiarity to raise a smile when the aliens rechristen things like plums, grapes, and lemons as Lesser Mock Bottoms, Dawn Pustules, and Face Wrinklers.

It’s this familiarity that makes Pikmin 3 emotionally relatable, and causes the ostensibly disposable pikmin themselves to feel like more than just units on the field. Their little squeaks and dying sighs made me feel guilty when I sent them to their demise by literally throwing them into battle, like I’d let them down. If you fail to round any of the wee guys up at the end of the day before the sun sets, you have to watch them getting munched by nocturnal predators as they make a desperate run for your departing ship, which made me feel like the worst person in the world. Nostalgic, evocative, and clever, Pikmin 3 is a delight while it lasts, blending strategic thinking, exploration, and life-or-death struggles against alien creatures – but it left me eager for more (and fearful of another nine-year wait between games).

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Video Games

Poached Scrod with Herbed Vinaigrette

By Monica Reinagel

brought to you by epicurious.com and NutritionData.com

Calories 318; Total Fat 15g; Carbohydrates 3g

Here’s a delicious recipe that’s low in calories and carbohydrates and ready in less than 45 minutes. Look at your local farmers’ market (or your own herb garden) for the freshest and most flavorful herbs for best results. Scrod is a term used to describe young cod or haddock, either of which will work just as well. Cod is particularly rich in vitamin B6 (which helps regulate mood) and selenium, a cancer-preventing mineral.

Go to the healthy recipe on epicurious.com

Nutritional Information

Amounts per serving plus the % Daily Value (DV) based on a 2,000 calorie diet:

  • 318 Calories (16%)
  • 15g Total fat (23%)
  • 2g Saturated Fat (10%)
  • 83mg Cholesterol (28%)
  • 166mg Sodium (7%)
  • 3g Carbohydrate (1%)
  • 1g Fiber (2%)
  • 41g Protein (82%)

See the full nutritional analysis from NutritionData.com

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Source: Epicurious

pansies spent?

By sgull

Two or three months ago these pansies were planted around in the planters, you know the kind you buy from the garden store ready to plant. They have good dirt and decent nutrition/fertilizer. They grew nicely and were colorful and healthy looking but now the look like the photo below. What should be done, just yank em out now and figure that’s it for the year. Or leave them in and maybe they grow back next year, or get better somehow again this year? Trim em, prune em, anything like that to make em grow nicer again? They’re ugly now.

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Source: DoItYourself.com