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Preparing and protecting your garden soil for next year, getting houseplants ready for winter, and dividing daylilies are some of the gardening activities for September.
September gardening tips include protecting your garden soil, getting houseplants ready for winter, dividing daylilies, and visiting an apple orchard
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"their journey has been short-circuited by a startling surge in water temperatures that has turned the Columbia into a kill zone where salmon immune systems are weakened and fish die of infections.

At Bonneville Dam last week, water temperatures were more than 72 degrees, nearly 5 degrees higher than the 10-year average for this time period"
Migrating salmon on the Columbia River face tough odds for survival as the lack of snowmelt water and searing summer heat have sent water temperatures soaring.
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"Craig LeHoullier, a retired chemist from Raleigh, N.C., can take credit for introducing us to the Cherokee Purple tomato, one of the most popular heirlooms grown and sold today." http://buff.ly/1NvJHnQ
Consumers have seed savers and amateur breeders to thank for discovering and sharing heirloom varieties of some vegetables and tomatoes like the Cherokee Purple.
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Don't you just love this time of year? My summer vegetable garden harvest. http://buff.ly/1MnZS60
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There is no silver bullet to make weeds magically disappear.
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Are the weeds in your lawn sending you a message about the soil? Maybe the weeds in your garden are actually tasty edibles growing in the perfect spot.
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Who would have thought that tomatoes were weapons of mass destruction?
One of the vehicles used by internet giant Google to gather images for its Streetview service has been put out of action after it was attacked by revellers at a famous tomato-throwing festival.
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A remarkable video which shows the life cycle of a Monarch Butterfly. You'll notice that the only plant a female lays eggs on and a Monarch caterpillar eats is the Milkweed plant.
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I wrote a post on this years ago. Glad to see Rodale promoting it. Once you get past the "ick" factor, the science can't be disputed http://buff.ly/1hll6q3 http://buff.ly/1hll3ul
Depending on which gardening circles you hang with, the concept of urine in the garden may already have surfaced as a discussion topic. So what's the deal? Should you seriously pee on your peas, tinkle on your tomatoes, and take a leak on your lettuce?
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It's almost time for Milkweed to seed. Don't destroy a pod like this when you see one, as we need to cultivate as much Milkweed as possible to restore habitat for Monarch butterflies. http://buff.ly/1DPNKcL
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The response from my representative in Congress regarding the recent bill which would have created a labeling law for all GMO foods. Unfortunately, in spite of its name, the bill will be neither safe nor accurate. It's currently awaiting passage. And that bull about compliance costing consumers more $$$... spare me.

Bottom line is, most GMO crops are grown with massive amounts of pesticides, not less as Monsanto initially advertised. And that's the current, actual danger of consuming these products. Yes, the science is still out on long-term GMO effects. My opinion? Buy organic or grow your own, if you want GMO and pesticide-free foods.

Dear Mr. Heft,

Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns regarding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food. I appreciate the time you have taken to share your views with me on this issue.

Under current law, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the authority to regulate the safety of all foods, including GMO foods. The FDA has found GMO foods to be just as safe and nutritious as non-GMO food, and therefore does not require any different or additional labeling for GMO food.[1] Not only has the FDA found GMO foods safe, but the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Medical Association and the World Health Organization have all reached this same conclusion.[2],[3],[4]

On 23 July 2015, the House passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 by a bipartisan vote of 275 to 150. If enacted, this legislation would grant the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the sole authority to require mandatory labeling on GMO foods if they are ever found to be unsafe or materially different from foods produced without GMO ingredients. Under current law, states also have the authority to and have already begun to establish their own labeling requirements. This current arrangement will lead to a patchwork of state laws, making it difficult and expensive for food producers to comply with a wide range of requirements. The cost to comply with these regulations could lead to an increase of as much as $500 a year for a family of four.[5]

H.R. 1599 would also require a developer of a GMO food to submit a notification to the FDA demonstrating that their food is as safe as a comparable non-GMO food. This notification will ensure that any biotechnology is studied and found safe before entry to market. Finally, for producers that would like to certify and market their product as free of GMOs, H.R. 1599 establishes a voluntary non-genetically engineered food certification program to permit the labeling of such foods. A number of organizations supported this legislation, including the Pennsylvania Farmers, Pennsylvania Food Merchants, and the Pennsylvania Restaurants.

I voted in favor of this legislation because without it, families, especially those who are already struggling to make ends meet, will be burdened by increased grocery costs. This is undoubtedly the reason that Vermont exempted 60% of food products from the GMO labeling requirement when they passed their own state law. Furthermore, H.R. 1599 will ensure that decisions regarding food labeling will continue to be made on the basis of the best scientific evidence available.

Upon House passage, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act was referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry where it awaits further action.

With Best Wishes,

Sincerely,

Charles W. Dent
Member of Congress

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What are you planting for a fall harvest? I'm going with broccoli and a late planting of beans. I had peas in, but rabbits made quick work of them last night.
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Sharing information on caring for your flower gardens, vegetable gardens and lawn using only organic methods. As industrial agriculture and traditional landscapers use increasingly toxic chemical fertilizers and pesticides, anyone who eats food or takes a stroll in a public park is exposed to an ever increasing soup of chemical residues which have proven negative impacts on our health.

I grow and write in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, which is situated where the Lehigh and Delaware rivers meet. At my home I grow as much food as possible – organic vegetables, herbs and fruit – with a focus on sweet corn, beans, tomatoes, basil, sweet peppers, parsley, carrots, potatoes, spinach, thyme, cucumbers, mint, melons, raspberries, blackberries and pears. I also find myself continuously expanding my flower garden when not in my vegetable garden or climbing the pear tree. My wife claims I have “a plant problem” and I think she’s right.

I’m not formally schooled in horticulture or botany, but I started gardening when I was in primary school, working alongside my mother and grandmother. My Paternal Grandfather had been a farmer, as was my Uncle, so you might say I was born into this sort of thing.  As many gardeners have, I learned from experience and listening to the wisdom of previous generations. I add to my knowledge with an ever-expanding personal library devoted to all things plants.

P.S.: I’m always interested in guest blogging opportunities!