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Whats wrong with my plant?

The grower say's, "I use a water soluble fertiliser every 2 weeks. I also gave them some Epsom salts 2 weeks ago.. I'll try some iron and see how I get on."

My advice is to check the soil PH (a measure of soils acidity or alkalinity). Sometimes these micro nutrients are available in the soil, but the plant cannot use them since the PH of the soil is incorrect. So rather than just apply more fertilizer, we do a soil check to find the PH. Peppers like it around 6.5, so if the soil is too acidic (6 or lower) we would add some lime to the soil, or soil sulfur, if it's to alkali (7 or higher).

Once the soil PH changes, the nutrients the plant is starving for become available, and you may not actually need all those different "remedies".

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Juxtaposition

Here we are looking down upon the mountains from Donner Pass. The concrete structure is an abandoned snow shed for The Union Pacific Railroad. There are miles of these snow sheds that covered the tracks allowing train passage during winter. Built by Chinese labor during the 1860's, the crossing over Donner Pass was the most difficult part of building the Transcontinental Railroad.

The railroad moved the tracks years ago, and this has become a popular place for hiking, biking, rock climbing, and "tagging". The insides of these tunnels are filled with "graffiti", some of it's pretty good. At this one spot the tunnel wall has collapsed opening to this spectacular view of the Sierra Nevada.

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What a wonderful world and vastly more so when our holy father is ready *****
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Agrobot: Robotic Strawberry Harvester

The SW 6010 has an artificial vision system to identify your fruit and perform real-time shape and color analysis. It analyzes your fruit one by one and picks them off with accuracy.

I don't necessarily like the idea of my food being grown and harvested by robot's. It's happening and their use will only increase. The amazing thing here is the machines ability to "recognize" a ripe strawberry, and then to gently "grab" the fruit and harvest it. Amazing!

via: gadgetify
http://bit.ly/29J6pw2

#robots
#strawberry
#harvest

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Trey Pistsenberger. Com certeza ô robôs vai deixá muitas gente sem trabalho eu não certo os humanos precisam do trabalho para sobre viver você não acha ? Trey um boa noite tudo de bom pra você .!!!!
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OUCH!

Since we started beekeeping the bee stings have become more frequent. When I get stung on my hand my lower forearm swells up, so this article was an interesting read. Anything to keep the swelling and pain down is the goal. One subject touched on is how quickly to remove the stinger. Some say to scrape the stinger out with a credit card so as not to squeeze the poison further into the arm. This article indicates speed in removing the stinger it is more important than how it's removed. It must be removed withing 8 seconds to prevent up to 30% of the swelling.

Also interesting was smoking the sting with your smoker tool so as to mask the "attack" pheromone the bee puts off when stinging you. It's that "attack" pheromone that calls the other bees to join in the attack.

Interesting read for both the beekeeper, and anyone interested in the physiology of the bee sting.

Bee Culture, Bee venom and the chemistry of the "ouch!"
http://bit.ly/29tHPz8

#bee
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#beekeeping
By: Sharla Riddle Zap! Stings happen. Even the most experience beekeepers catch a sting occasionally. It’s the price we pay for those beautiful jars...
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Hey kids, it's Levi's Electric Rodeo!

My last post mentioned how we happened upon The Levi's Electric Rodeo truck languishing in a lot on old Hwy 40, in Newcastle, Ca. Here is a great picture of the truck in action around 1940.

“A 100% electric rodeo. It moves. It talks. Its figures are all hand-carved likenesses of famous rodeo people. And they’re all dressed in authentic Western togs…miniature replicas of garments made in California since 1853 by Levi Strauss & Company”.

According to The Hemphill County News (1941), “The rodeo carries its own power plant to operate the twelve electric motors and scores of electric magnets that actuate its tens of thousands of moving parts. From behind the scenes, it has the complexity of Rube Goldberg’s mechanical nightmares. Yet, so perfectly has the mechanism been designed that it works automatically throughout, without the necessity of any attendant to pull a wire or so much as throw a switch. The entire action and sound of the rodeo are directed by the electric brain of a concealed robophone. So exact is the coordination of sound and movement that when any performer speaks, his mouth moves in time with the words he is uttering.”
Amazing!

Check out the Hemphill News excerpt here. http://bit.ly/29qvifY
Great article on the Electric Rodeo here. http://bit.ly/29qvJql
The truck as it looks today. http://bit.ly/29qvn3j

#levi's
#rodeo
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Van Gogh from a different perspective
 
What happens when we look at things from a different perspective? Sometimes, whole new world's can open up to us. Check out these paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, which went through a Photoshop process in which a bit of blur is added to the painting’s backgrounds. You get a whole new perspective, where the subjects seem to exist just off the surface of the paintings.
Check out the others at the link. http://bit.ly/295KsU5
 
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Van Gogh was insane...his psychiatrist..was a much better painter them him...could never figure out why his paintings went for so much money..guess was his name...
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Humans working together with birds to find honey

Interesting story concerning how humans work with "honey guide birds" in Africa. They communicate in what is considered one of the oldest animal/ human cases of collaboration.

"The bird might even have played a role in the emergence of fully modern humans and their energetically demanding brains. Honey is a vital resource for many subsistence cultures sometimes supplying 80 percent of calories in a month.”

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In Africa, Birds and Humans Form a Unique Honey Hunting Party

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/23/science/birds-bees-honeyguides-africa.html

John N. Thompson, a distinguished professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, said: “I think it’s an absolutely terrific paper. This is one of those ‘just-so’ natural history stories we’ve known for years, and now we’ve got some hard-won data to show it really is so.”
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Very cool +Kathryn Kure. Do you have Honey Guide Birds in your area?
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Imaginary Camouflage

Behold the Hide-mushi, which gets its name from Hideo Noguchi, who appears on the 1000 Japanese yen bill (mushi means insect). The Hide-mushi camouflages itself amongst Japanese currency and feeds on paper, which can affect its color.

The Hide-mushi is an imaginary insect that lives in the mind of artist Takumi Kama. He imagines what it would be like if the natural surroundings insects might mimic are gone and man made items are whats available.

Be sure to check out the link to see the fine detail, and almost 3-D effect on a flat surface.

#imagination  
#insects   #Japan  
To avoid becoming prey, leaf insects use mimicry to blend into their surroundings. But in Takumi Kama’s imagined future, when the insect's natural environment has been completely destroyed, these masters of camouflage will have no choice but to move in with those who took away their home.
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Red

This bright red Chrysler caught my eye on Highway 1, Bodega Bay, CA. Don't know much about the history of this machine, but who ever owns it has taken great care with it. Tops down, ready for cruzin up and down the road.

#chrysler
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*One person, one species *
 
Here is a great story about one mans fascination with butterflies. For centuries, the California pipevine swallowtail — or, Battus philenor hirsuta — called San Francisco home. As development increased in the early 20th century, the butterfly slowly began to disappear. Today it is a rare sight. Then aquatic biologist at the California Academy of Sciences, Tim Wong decided to do something about that.
 
"He researched the butterfly and learned that when in caterpillar form, it only feeds on one plant: the California pipevine (Aristolochia californica), an equivalently rare flora in the city. 'Finally, I was able to find this plant in the San Francisco Botanical Garden [in Golden Gate Park],' Wong says. 'And they allowed me to take a few clippings of the plant.' Then in his own backyard, using self-taught techniques, he created a butterfly paradise."
 
The importance of native plant species should not be underestimated. What Tim Wong has done is show that with the right tools, and attitude, one person can change the course of history for one species. If people in the city were to start planting more native plants, the decline of The California pipevine swallowtail in San Francisco could be halted, and even reversed.
 
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We can all contribute to conservation efforts — sometimes even from our own backyards.
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Is this how we will farm in the future?

Here is an interesting primer on hydroponics and growing food. These vertical farms are sprouting up all over, and promise a regular supply of food for urban, and suburban populations.

This is the future of mass produced food. Eventually the bulk of food grown will be in greenhouses using hydroponic methods. Those "hot house" tomatoes, and lettuce in plastic green containers? All grown in greenhouses!

Food that is grown in the ground will become a "niche" form of gardening/farming. People will pay more for sunlight grown food that has it's roots in the soil. Just like the "organic" section in the market, there will be "sun grown" plant section. Like fine wine people will toast the "terroir" of the vegetables they eat. It may open up a whole new appreciation for sun grown fruit.

I will continue to grow much of my own food, and buy from local suppliers. However, many in our world don't have that option. Hydroponics and greenhouse growing may be a solution for feeding our ever growing population. Not the most romantic image of food culture, but one that seems to work.

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#food  
#farming  
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+Peter Lindelauf no will I. Always prefer food grown under the sun. It is the future of mass food production though, as arable land and weather changes make some areas of the world less arable.
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Levi's Puppet Rodeo

Travelling down old Hwy. 40 in Newcastle we spotted this truck parked behind a chain linked fence. It stood out with the color, shape, and large "fin" on top of the drivers compartment. It seemed to exude a somewhat creepy vibe to me, especially since I had no idea what the "puppet rodeo" was.

Turns out it was built in 1940 by The Levi Strauss Corporation. The same denim Levi's that you put on "one leg at a time". It was built to house the “Mechanical Rodeo”. The mechanical rodeo was built for The Golden Gate International Exposition, celebrating the building of The Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. The fair was held on the newly constructed "Treasure Island" in the San Francisco Bay. The rodeo soon became "The Talk of Treasure Island."

According to The Levi Strauss web page, "Wooden puppets were dressed in miniature Levi’s® jeans, satin rodeo shirts and cowboy hats. They sat on a fence and watched the antics of a horse and mule on a revolving stage decorated, naturally, with a display of the famous 501® jeans. Behind the stage, a record player boomed out classic cowboy songs. It was a total hit and LS&Co. created a color postcard as a souvenir of the Electric Rodeo for visitors." See the link below for the postcard.

"When the fair finally closed, the company renovated a large truck and installed the display, renaming it the 'Puppet Rodeo.' It toured county fairs and towns with large Levi’s retailers. During World War II, it also toured towns raising money for the war effort.

The truck is now in private hands, and much of the display has been lost. Today, a couple of pairs of the little jeans reside in our Archives, along with the postcard, photographs and brochures, and the fair’s promotional materials."

Quite a story for an odd truck sitting forlornly behind chain link along Old Hwy. 40. Do follow the link to Levi's website for some more pictures, and more on The Electric Rodeo. http://bit.ly/2987Zno

I just found this photo of the truck in operation back in 1940. http://bit.ly/2989Pof

Here is a Google map street view of the location in Newcastle, which includes the Puppet Rodeo truck. http://bit.ly/298rkF0

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I am a horticulturist (plantsman) by trade. Small business owner (Garden Shop). Writer (First Trade Blog 2005). Born in Southern California (Lakewood) Grew up in The Bay Area (Belmont).Went to my first concert in SF(Grateful Dead, Winterland) Live in the Sierra Nevada (Garden Valley). Wide range of interests. Camping (tent). Mountain Biking. Hiking. Kayaking. Make the best Mojito's. Dry sense of humor. Friendly. Curious. A bit shy at first. Then not so much. 

"In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order."  Carl Jung 

"Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it's a feather bed.”  
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