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  1. You are exactly correct! Home heating oil shortages is what I've been worried about for a few weeks now. As a result, I'm checking out firewood prices currently & will be ordering some in the early part of the summer. I have a woodburning stove that I don't use all that often, but I have a bad feeling that I might need to run it with some regularity this coming winter & I would prefer to buy the wood NOW rather than waiting until fall/early winter (when it will in all likelihood be even more scarce/costly). I imagine anyone with a woodburning stove or fireplace will also be buying more firewood this year. I agree, it's not at all "green" to burn wood... but hey, who can blame a homeowner for keeping that option on the table under the circumstances? The current "energy policy" (or lack thereof) is so ill-planned, it's mind-boggling. So, people really need to be ready for the worst. Shortages certainly, but possibly even more hacking attacks on utility companies. At this point, when it comes to the basics (like having heat in winter), I want back-ups to my back-ups... and after that... even more back-ups.
  2. My uncle (former bullseye shooter) has one of those, too! But, are they considered "old school"? Errr... not that I'm implying, of course, that you're old... or not one of the trendy cool kids... I literally just don't know, not having been to one of those matches. [wipes sweat from brow nervously... ]
  3. Yeah, I've seen this issue raised in a few places now... yet I haven't seen any of the articles specifcally mention home fuel oil (which fuels my own house). Home fuel oil is essentially the same thing as diesel (I believe one of them - the diesel, I think? - just has a dye added to it to ensure certain taxes are collected). And I know that, because I've added diesel to my house's tank more than once before I signed up for an automatic delivery service. My point is... are these 2 fuel supply chains kept completely separate...? It's hard to imagine that shortages of diesel won't necessarily result in shortages of home fuel oil, also... does anyone here have some knowledge about that stuff? I suppose it's not quite as pressing right now, heading into warmer weather... but it's still a worrisome development for sure. If shortages affect both diesel AND home fuel oil supplies and then continue into colder seasons, then people's ability to heat their homes would also be impacted. So, yeah... potentially a HUGE problem... on multiple fronts!
  4. Don't cry for me, Argentina... errr, Glen! I suspect the aforementioned tarp and the cardboard you suggest serve a similar purpose - it's really about blocking the light for a good period of time, hopefully killing what lies below. Of course, I won't know until next year if it worked. I already bought a large dark tarp and will get out there this week to tarp both existing raised beds thoroughly. Meanwhile, I'm going full-bore on the deck gardening. I have already pulled my largest containers out of storage and started prepping them. Several packs of seeds are winging their way to me through the postal service - mini cukes, mini zucchini, mini tomatos, even mini melons! I was pleased to see there's been a TON of development in recent years for smaller-scale, container-sized plants. And I've already planted nasturtium seeds in my hanging baskets. I have always done well with container gardening... it's in my wheelhouse... so, my confidence is relatively high. Who knows...? I might even just stick to deck veggies going forward if it works out nicely. I have a very large and sunny deck - I even have lattice-work privacy panels all along one side that are the perfect built-in trellises for any heavier produce. As I've eyeballed the situation, I've realized I actually have a LOT of potential to squeeze production from that space (while still weaving in some flowers to keep it all pretty). You might say my gardening ambition is defiant and unbroken in the face of The Great Mugwort Scourge of 2022. I'll report back during the growing season! I hope others will do the same.
  5. Just curious... any reason you're jumping right over .22lr? Barring a zombie invasion, it seems to fit your needs, no? The ammo would be a huge cost savings, and the money you save as you're plinking away could be put towards your next gun. (Because, as I'm sure you know, there's always a next gun).
  6. Very nice! Just curious... have you also tried Etsy?
  7. Well, what the heck... I'll try this! I'll lose a full season of potential growing, but it's worth a try. Then, if it pops back up again next year, I'll just dissemble the beds entirely, toss the soil, and move permanently into deck gardening only. Thanks for the advice!
  8. Ugh...I'm so depressed! And here I was brimming with optimism just a few days ago... I was eagerly awaiting my asparagus crowns to come in the mail in anticipation that my young landscaper kid (who lives in my 'hood & does a great job on all tasks) was going to clear my raised beds of any weeds, etc. & that I could immediately get started planting. What I came to realize just today is how bad of a "mugwort" infestation I actually have in those raised beds. (Out of sight, out of mind... I admit I hadn't really examined them in months. My bad!). Mugwort is apparently a very intractable problem. He actually showed me that the roots of these things are going down at least a foot solid in both raised beds - I could see for myself that it's awful!! He actually recommended (if I want to garden this season) completely relocating the raised beds and starting over with fresh soil. I'm just beyond disgusted! I feel like for 3 years now I keep sinking mo' and mo' money into vegetable gardening... first I bought the lumber, the cute little metal corner brackets, the soil... the year after that, I bought the cattle panel to make arches to connect both raised beds, etc. and of course, each year I'm buying live plants, watering them, and yet, after all that... it seems I've only eeked out a few nice vegetables! Some of it was inexperience, but it seems I just keep running into bad luck too! First year it was a rabbit with ginormous, scary teeth who LOVED the buffet I planted for him. Next year, it was a groundhog - another grateful vegetarian with ginormous teeth. This year, I haven't even really gotten started yet... and I'm already tasting the Agony of Defeat due to... a WEED... of all freaking things! Arrrrghhhh! I just don't understand why I'm such a green thumb in other ways (thriving houseplants, and each season, a truly stunning display of containers on my deck & porch)... and yet vegetable gardening in the yard has been pretty much an epic disaster for me! Why is this so hard? Apparently, I'd have made one lousy pioneer woman! If the apocalyse ever happens... I will surely starve! @Scorpio64 (or others) - Other mugwort solutions? Is there something I could do now to keep the plots in the same location, even if it means losing one season of planting? I haven't quite given in to despair though... I'm trying my best to pivot! I have a very large deck - and about 2/3rds of it is bathed in a full day of sunlight. Since I do so well with containers, Plan B is to go big time into edible gardening on my deck. For instance, I have 2 large containers that I rig up each year with pea trellis connecting to the pergola above. I usually plant interesting annual vines - a mix of Japanese morning glories, cypress vine, etc. It provides a wall of color and also screens the scorching late afternoon sun from the table and chairs.This year, I may just devote both of those containers to vining vegetables - and weave in more veggies into other containers as well. Though none of that will save my sweet, tender little asparagus crowns.... Call me Bitter Gardener!
  9. Good eye! I missed that, lol.
  10. I've locked it for the moment - will hide it once the one person following it moves over to the new thread.. @1LtCAP - you were following this first thread - you might want to follow the new one.
  11. Maybe you have a mix of things in there? I know I get both creeping charlie AND wild violet occasionally sprouting up in my lawn. In fact, some of those bigger leaves almost look like violets...? The creeping charlie blossoms are really quite tiny... they're maybe only one-third of an inch while the violet blossoms are about 3/4 inch. But you're right, of course... we'll all defer to Scorpio on this one...
  12. Not only a GREAT movie.. but Ennio Morricone was one of the greatest Hollywood composers ever!
  13. I'm pretty sure that's Creeping Charlie. You'll have to read up on it as to treatment.
  14. I do have some "garden ambitions" this year! I just ordered 2 small batches of asparagus crowns - Martha Washington and Jersey Supreme. That vegetable apparently requires patience and self-discipline - no harvest this year, and barely any harvesting allowed next year. But, I freaking love asparagus!... I buy it all the time even though it's crazy-expensive at the store (and getting MORE expensive by the day)! So, the wait should be worth it... because an established asparagus patch can produce for 15, 20 or even 30 years! So, I figure I'm playing the long game. From a prepping standpoint, I like the thought that it's perennial - I don't have to worry about a run on veggie plants or seeds. It will just sprout up year after year. (And if I'm fortunate enough to escape this state... eh, hopefully the next owner will also love asparagus!) So, the asparagus will fill up one raised bed... My other plans for the garden are loading up the "cow panel" wire arches I had installed that now connect my (2) 4x8 raised beds. So, it's basically an 8 ft long, 6+ ft high wire arched tunnel - perfect for supporting vining plants! I'll have some indeterminate tomatoes (of course!), probably some cucumbers, and I'm also currently eyeballing some "personal size" melon varieties that mature to a petite 4-6" (adorbs! I like to try things you don't find in the grocery stores - that's half the fun). That will leave just enough room in the 2nd plot for maybe 4-6 not-too-large upright-type plants. No doubt, I'll plant some eggplant. I bought a beautiful Italian variety in the past - white with pale lavendar stripes - very tasty too! Because I have such limited space, I have to avoid plants that are space hogs. So, sadly, no zucchini. Has anyone tried growing Brussels Sprouts btw? If so, did you get a 2nd year's harvest out of it? It's supposed to be biennial - but I'm not sure if we're too cold here in NJ to get that 2nd year of growth even if mulched...? It's nice and narrow in shape - so it would be a real space-saver for my small garden & it's another vegetable that I do purchase frequently. I'm also going to weave edibles onto my deck plantings. Instead of buying flowering baskets this year as I normally would, I'll be direct sowing nasturtium seeds into hanging containers (the flowers, leaves and stems are all edible, have a mild peppery bite, and are an attractive addition to salads). I'm also going to try direct sowing lettuce in a long trough container - hopefully, I can continue to sow throughout the summer - though I'm not sure how that will work in the worst heat? It's an experiment. I'm also going to try a late season planting of Sugar Ann sugar snap peas in another deck container (no staking required). I'll learn a lot this season about what works and what doesn't. I'll be better next year... BTW, just recently I came across this useful chart for NJ vegetable gardening - it really maps out the timing of everything you need to do: https://www.ufseeds.com/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-UrbanFarmer-Library/default/dwacc4bb44/images/content/New-Jersey.pdf
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