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I disagree with the eariler poster about the manure burning your plants that is simply not true with horse manure, it is not that strong. I have two horses myself and use their manure year around. It IS best to put it on late summer or early fall, so that it has time to break down and allow seeds in the manure to germinate. Then you till it all up over and over to mix it in good and kill the weed/hay seedlings. You asked if it is dangerous .no, horse manure consists of digested hay and maybe some grains its all natural. I would suggest that you try to till it into your garden as soon as possible, just because it makes the soil easier to work in if it is all mixed up nice and broken down. Worms will do the work for you fast. Like I said, if you do have some fresh manure in your compost, the biggest problem you may face is unwanted weeds sprouting up in your garden as things warm up not a big deal, just hoe them up!
--Rene Mon Mar 4 10:25:32 2013
We planted a Honey Crisp apple this spirng, and got maybe a dozen apples on it. They were quite a burden on the tiny twigs that the tree has for branches, but tasted good. The birds and squirrels seemed to enjoy them too.The only trouble with apples is that they all seem to ripen at the same time, so you eat as many as you can, can what you can't, and still throw away more than you use. I suspect this is true of most crops  when they are ready, you had better be.Two possibilities that MIGHT avoid this, somewhat, are A) a fruit salad tree, which has peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries grafted onto a single trunk (which can be done, because they are all closely related), or B) a mulch-variety apple grafting, that has the apples coming ripe at different times (My grandfather has one of these, and eventually most of the grafted branches died  after thirty years of harvests). You also need to be close enough to other apple trees to pollinate, but that should be no problem if your neighbor has trees in bloom at the same time as yours.The person to ask is the one who sells trees in your area. They know what grows well, and what doesn't. BUT you won't find much knowledge about the multiple grafting trees  they seem to be more of a novelty item.
--Dana Mon Sep 16 05:12:51 2013
During my interview for this job, an ituhginfsl but ultimately untenurable colleague asked me how I would begin the first class of an introductory course in music. I blithely told him, I'll play a pop song that everyone knows and use that as a point of departure for discussion. With his many years of teaching at Baruch under his belt, he smiled and responded, You'll find here that two students in your class listen only to Taiwanese pop, four listen to Heavy Metal, six listen to Rap, one exclusively to Dominican bachata and two only to merengue, five know just Korean pop, three follow one female singer from Hong Kong, four are R&B fans, etc. Baruch is so diverse. You'll never find a musical overlap.  I'll be darned, if he wasn't right.Occasionally, when I think I can tap into certain aspects of American popular culture using popular TV shows like The Simpsons, Family Guy, The Daily Show, The Chappelle Show, and SNL in order to highlight a news item, I find myself still at a loss. Most students are just too busy to catch a satirical show, not to mention finding the time to read a newspaper (even The Ticker).The two universals that always seem to work are sexual passion and an unfulfilled craving for material things. They know longing; they know desire. This makes them particularly susceptible to understanding 19th-century Romanticism (e.g., Tristan und Isolde).So instead of Glenn's grafting image, a wonderfully delicate and fruitful metaphor, I've always thought of teaching as being more violent and haphazard, like throwing mud (or whatever) at a wall. If you just keep throwing and throw hard enough, eventually you will get some material to stick.
--Ivana Thu Sep 19 04:42:20 2013

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