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A reply to a post in another community reminded me of a time-honored practice in Southern Appalachia. My cousin and good friend Duck first brought it to my attention.  In spring, weeds are removed from under the trees in apple orchards, then field or cow peas are planted among the trees to suppress weeds and fix nitrogen. The mature peas are harvested and eaten before the vines are cut and left in the orchard as compost that is worked into the ground the following spring. My friends and I are experimenting with this method in order to avoid herbicides and improve the fertility of the local clay soil.  
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Happy Natal Anniversary and thanks for sharing some great posts!  

Oops! 2 days early! You're so special that I wanted to make sure that I didn't miss your big day!

Nap time

Jul. 23rd, 2009 11:11 pm
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Somebody set out a small black cat that I never could catch to take to a spay appointment. I tried trapping her and caught a possum, a raccoon, and a chihuahua before I finally gave up. She had 3 kittens, one of which was killed by dogs. The surviving kittens are living the good life, which includes naps on comfy blankets. Momma Kitty is much tamer since having her babies, so I'll be able to get her spayed soon. 
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Robotic vocals have no emotional impact. Some of the greatest vocal recordings of all time featured less-than-perfect vocals. Percy Sledge was out of tune on "When a Man Loves a Woman." Ben E. King was straining in the upper limits of his vocal range on "There Goes My Baby." Hank Williams' voice wasn't capable of vocal gymnastics, yet his songs pack a powerful emotional punch. The trick is to know when a flaw enhances a performance.
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Every year, morning glories try to overrun my flowerbeds. 

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I grew these for planters in front of a friend's business.
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Red hibiscus blossom in the morning sun. I propagated the plant from a cutting.
more pics... )
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One of my red roses in the morning sun.
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My friends in the local big's garden center box tell me that it's not unusual to find snakes in shipments of shrubbery from large farms.
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When you read this article, watch the accompanying video; I had trouble embedding it. I saw the video clip on the local NBC affiliate's noon news. If this doesn't break your heart, nothing will.

"Don't ask, don't tell" endangers the lives of gay personnel because reporting harrassment is considered telling. Isn't it time to get rid of a failed policy?

Family members and several bloggers have made statements that contradict the Navy's description of the condition of Provost's body when it was discovered. 
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Hey, Ladybugs, my rose garden is a nice vacation spot...
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One of the great lost voices of the 60s. I love her version of "Today I Started Loving You Again," but I couldn't find a video.  
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I went to the creek today to gather sand and rock for some gardening projects. I found some native fresh water mussel shells. Some species are endangered because they can only survive in pristine waters. Older relatives tell of times past when the mussels were so plentiful that they were gathered and eaten like oysters. The mussel species frequently have folksy names like "Carolina Heel-splitter." 

I took this pic in low light to test my new camera.

The mussel shells in a bucket of sand and pebbles.

Road trip

Jul. 8th, 2009 11:11 pm
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"My love is in league with the freeway
Its passion will ride as the cities fly by
And the tail-lights dissolve in the coming of night
And the questions of thousands take flight"
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"I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straight forward and trustworthy and we had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul."  Oh, did you now, Mr. Bush? Didn't you see anything conniving and dangerous in there?

The Russian reaction to Obama's visit proves just how badly Bush misjudged Putin. The Russians have fallen under Putin's spell and have no respect-or use-for the U.S.  

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I had no idea that the French actually want to see Armstrong; they've always done their best to ban him from competing.


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