Wednesday, February 17, 2016

a little farming

Planted 3 earthboxes today...mesclun, kale, chard.  72,80,49,0,B

25 comments:

Janet said...

Good for you. I hope you find a way to have something for all seasons.

Larry G said...

glad to see you're gonna have another run at it!

JohnnyM said...

Water, drainage & a small amount of sun...

Steve said...
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Steve said...

Maybe think ahead a little and grow some medical marijuana in preparation for your next injury.

Larry G said...

legal in Texas? bad idea if not - they can seize your assets... if not legal.

I don't know - is it legal in Texas?

Margery Bills said...

Not legal here in Texas-talking about probation, car monitor, jail time, record.

Margery Bills said...

Some doctors in the U.S. want to make it legal in some places.

Larry G said...

keep in mind - the Feds still don't think it's legal...

I know Willie gets away with it... but he's got a legal team

Margery Bills said...

I remember in the 60's when a man in Dallas got caught with a joint and served ten (10) years jail time. I was in college in the U.P. MI and not a smoker. We were schocked. In MI a person at AnnArbor got a ten dollar fine.

Margery Bills said...

In AK in the 80's a person could grow, sell, and smoke M.J. anywhere (could not drink beer on the street though). Now it is illegal.

rj said...

You could always rent a new car and make a (probably much needed) field trip to Colorado where they sell it retail.

Ronald Mahan said...

I do not believe very many of us would benefit from a: ------------------------------- "much needed field trip to Colorado where they sell it retail."--------------------- ------------------------------------You certainly better not smoke any of that stuff on your long drive back to Texas. Recreational Marijuana is still illegal in most states.

Janet said...

So interesting how we went from kale, chard and mesclun to "The Weed". There are many beneficial, nutritious plants and herbs. It seems the two most important considerations are location and preparation. What does the plant like and what would be good companion planting.

John's place would probably be perfect for growing white ceremonial sage -- it kills desert molds and fungi and I think it is pretty. Can he grow lots of aloe vera and maybe other beneficial plants? What do they grow in Mexico? Maybe he can grow chia seeds or cilantro. Hippocrates said, "Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food." Maybe nutritionally dense is a good idea, i.e. high Brix or sugars. I'm still learning . . .

John Wells said...

I have absolutely no interest in growing pot in my greenhouse. Having gone through a phase of smoking it in my youth, all I can say for it is it lowers your ability to make reasonable judgments and gives you a false sense of euphoria. No matter what you have read on the internet, the medical value of marijuana lacks long term clinical analysis. Too many people who have "a prescription" for medicinal marijuana are interested in one thing and only one thing - getting high. Getting "high on life" is a little more difficult but far more rewarding.

Bill R said...

Will be interesting to see how the Earthboxes work out. Went to the web site and looked into them. I'd think you could do well with those all winter in Terlingua if you get adequate sun in the green house.

Ronald Mahan said...

Well said John!

" Getting "high on life" is a little more difficult but far more rewarding."

Cheers

Margery Bills said...

Two good paragliders went slowly directly at low level over my house and yard for the second time I know about yesterday around 6p.m. Looked good and fun. My giant male Weimarainer from a ranch by Laredo was again very interested. I think those packs etc. are a little heavy for me. They might have launched from the lodge and boat ramp in my area.

Dale said...

Lol I wouldn't grow weed either with a checkpoint between me and the rest of the world.

Steve said...

Sorry to fire up the crowd with kidding John about the weed thing. Despite what folks are told to believe, outside of the recreational uses, there is ample clinical data to show clinical benefit it many therapeutic areas. It's not the THC (the intoxicant component) that is showing great promise medically. And yes, it does have some analgesic properties without the common issues associated with the schedule III narcotics/analgesics. It's also shown incredible results with kids prone to seizures, and one grower in Colorado has developed a strain with the THC virtually removed so that it could be used on a couple salvage pts. ( little kids ) who have gone from having several hundred seizures per day, to only 1 or 2 seizures per week. No other class of drugs has been able to show results like that. And the current standard of care drugs for seizures have horrendous side effects. So before we throw the baby out with the bathwater, don't assume because hippies smoke it, it's bad.

Problem is that our fearless Congress is so scared to free up funding to the NIH to fund research in marijuana that all the academic labs are afraid to touch it for fear of losing existing grants. What is actually happening is that the research is taking place overseas now since they aren't saddled with the 19th century laws we currently have to contend with. Once again, we had opportunity for important scientific research, but our Puritan roots have gotten in the way of scientific advancement. There are already several drugs available for glaucoma patients and cancer patients that are synthetic versions of some of the components. In the next 5 years hopefully the larger medical community will see past Congress and demand that testing be brought into the academic labs. Right now between the trepidation of congress to fund research, and the draconian laws regulating the drug, we'll have to leave the research to our overseas scientific community. Of course, their companies will be the ones to profit from any advances. But that shouldn't surprise anyone, now should it?

And no, I don't use that stuff. I'm practically overdosing on life already.

John Wells said...

American Epilepsy Society, November 7, 2014: "The recent anecdotal reports of positive effects of the marijuana derivative cannabidiol for some individuals with treatment-resistant epilepsy give reason for hope. However, we must remember that these are only anecdotal reports, and robust scientific evidence for the use of marijuana is lacking. The lack of information does not mean that marijuana is ineffective for epilepsy. It merely means that we do not know if marijuana is a safe and effective treatment for epilepsy, which is why it should be studied using the well-founded research methods that all other effective treatments for epilepsy have undergone. Such safety concerns coupled with a lack of evidence of efficacy in controlled studies result in a risk/benefit ratio that does not support use of marijuana for treatment of seizures at this time. Healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers are reminded that use of marijuana for epilepsy may not be advisable due to this lack of information on safety and efficacy."

Steve said...

That is a predictable response from the AES given the current lack of placebo controlled double blind studies. But, just because they cite anecdotal evidence does not negate efficacy. AES would be remiss to say anything otherwise.

Once again, until people and institutions are less scared of how they would "look," there will be little progress in the US. Many scientific institutions still consider the marijuana question a third rail.

Here's a perfect example which parallels what I was trying to say about the lack of acceptance of marijuana, and initial reluctance to engage in research.

https://med.emory.edu/gamechangers/researchers/gruentzig/bio.html

It's far easier to take the easy path and just say it can't or shouldn't be done. I think the Wright Brothers might have an opinion on that. Less than 100 years after they were told they were crazy, and that powered flight was an impossibility, we had humans walking on the surface of the moon. I guess you have to decide what your motivation is. Is it fear or curiosity that gets you out of bed in the morning.

Steve said...

Sometimes people just need to tune out the naysayers and trust their own instincts and intellect. As an addendum to the above --everybody said this couldn't be done. That it would never work. That it's too dangerous. Yet today, it is used extensively to treat a wide number of conditions and has saved millions of lives.

http://www.ptca.org/archive/bios/forssmann.html

Will Pugh said...

Good to see back in business! Many Native American Tribes (even mine) were hunter/gathers and by each passing day I see the wildlife coming closer to my home because in Houston everything is moving South. Large 3 story homes that are like apartments, very large, new houses but to but.
I feel sad and that is why I stop hunting and trapping, gathering berry's/roots etc.

Still same ole man Swmapman

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