Posted by: dwjmcneil | December 27, 2007

Website Progress!!

Ok, Christmas was good.

I’m glad to see progress with the site. I just got to 1,001 Hits!!! It hasn’t even been two months yet. Whats the point of writing if know ones reading, right? I would still do it anyways, its just fun!

I started doing aquaponics to help my mother, but in doing so, I have really enjoyed it. It has become a passion. Its pretty sad when all of your Friends tell you there sick of hearing about your “fish.” For me, its not just about “fish,” its a hobby. I know lots of you out there do this for living, but that’s a lot of work. The level that I’m doing it at is satisfying, but still easy to maintain.

Of course there are dreams of expanding. “With much is given, much is required.” So I’m happy. I would love to read about any of your adventures with aquaponics. There is other people that do this “fish thing.” Hear is another enthusiast that has the same hobby.

Posted by: dwjmcneil | December 26, 2007

SunShine to $$$

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Sunshine to Dollars Is a book you can buy (I bout it in PDF). The author tells how you can get and make free solar products, green house, ect. I was interested on the part of receiving FREE solar panels and glass for green houses (I would like to have a green house soon).

It cost 12.95, and the PDF is about 75 pages w/pic. and step by step on how to make things like; water heater, converts salt water to fresh water, ect. (just click on the link for more info). 

The author also has other books about cars w/no gas and other ways to save money by harnessing the sun.

I’m still working on implementing the authors ideas.

Posted by: dwjmcneil | December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas; dinner

Anyone planing on having tilapia for there Christmas dinner?

Any Favorite recipies?

Posted by: dwjmcneil | December 23, 2007

Merry-X-Mass; candy canes

Merry X-Mass

Jesus the Son of Christ has been born.

I found this about Candy Canes:

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   The Candy Cane was first introduced in the late 1880’s by a candy- maker in Indiana. He wanted to make a candy that could be a witness during the holiday season. He began with a stripe of pure, white to show the virgin birth and the sinless nature of Jesus Christ. The hardness of the candy was to reperesnt Jesus as the Solid Rock, the foundation of the church, and the firmness of the promises of God. The white stripes on the Candy Cane represent the purity of Christ. The small red stripes symbolize the scourging of Jesus before he was hung on the cross.

   The shape of the the Candy Cane represents the Shepherd’s staff becuase Jesus is the great shepherd. If you flip the Candy Cane around, you will notice the letter “J” which is the first letter of Jesus’ name.

Posted by: dwjmcneil | December 22, 2007

Parrot Feather

Parrot feather

Parrot feather grows partially above water, and below. This is one of those plants that I have an ample amount growing in my fish tank. This plant my fish clean house on. They say it does not have much nutritional value for the fish, but my fish like it, so my fish get it. It grows fast, upkeep not required, and it’s decretive in the pond.

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Make sure the roots of the plants are covered with rocks, so your fish don’t eat them. Start with a large amount of the plant, so the heads of the leaves will surface the water. If some of the leaf is out of the water your fish won’t be able to eat the whole plant and it will still be able to get the sunlight it needs.

*Remember: your tilapia can eat!!!*

Posted by: dwjmcneil | December 21, 2007

Facts on Romaine

Here is some lettuce facts from Wikipedia

Romaine or cos lettuce is a variety of lettuce which grows in a long head of sturdy leaves with a firm rib down the center. Unlike most lettuces, it is tolerant of heat. One cup (47 grams) of raw shredded romaine lettuce is 8 calories, and naturally contains 4 mg salt and 1 gram of sugar. 

The thick ribs, especially on the older outer leaves, should have a milky fluid which gives the romaine the typically fine-bitter herb taste. Romaine is the standard lettuce used in Caesar salad. Romaine lettuce is often used in the Passover Seder as a type of bitter herb, to symbolise the bitterness inflicted by the Egyptians whilst the Israelites were slaves in Egypt.

The World’s Healthiest Foods

Not all lettuce is created equal, but if you start your meal with a salad made of romaine lettuce you will be sure to add not only a variety of textures and flavors to your meal but an enormous amount of nutritional value. Most of the domestic U.S. harvest of romaine lettuce and other salad greens comes from California and is available throughout the year.

Lettuce is synonymous with salads as they are predominantly made from crispy green lettuce leaves. Most varieties of lettuce exude small amounts of a white, milky liquid when their leaves are broken. This “milk” gives lettuce its slightly bitter flavor and its scientific name, Lactuca sativa derived from the Latin word for milk.

Posted by: dwjmcneil | December 20, 2007

Lettuce Guessing Game

With Florida’s weather, its possible that Hot weather may have made my romaine bitter. In my pursuit for an awnser I found that there is a pretty big family (variety) of lettuce. take a wild guess on how many there are.?

In fact, lets see what you know. Take a guess before you look.

How many different varieties of lettuce are there?

A. 12

B.  24

C. 32

D. 46

Were you close? I sure wasn’t. Let me know.

For a full description and pictures of all different kinds of lettuce go to: The Cook’s Thesaurus.

Posted by: dwjmcneil | December 14, 2007

Bitter Romaine Lettuce

Is the romaine lettuce normally bitter? Mine alway seems to have a “kick you in the butt” taste. My leaves are big, and the stalk is tall, but… bitter. Am I doing something wrong, or does my lettuce taste right, and everyone else’s are wrong?

So readers, any help? 

Posted by: dwjmcneil | December 10, 2007

Mr. Potato Head

My pumpkin from early October starting to get a little moldy. We never carved it, but we used a Mr. Potato Head to decorate it for my little nephew. He really enjoyed putting the pieces on. And with X-mas here, the “Fall” decorations had to go.

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My worms were happy to meat Mr. Potato Head. We had a few “cool-spells” (50 degree’s F) and I wanted them to stay warm (When adding “food,” you warm your worm bed). So they should be chewing on that for a while.

I’m thinking I may relocate my worms. More to come!!!

Posted by: grandma | December 9, 2007

Recycle Marigolds

Marigolds

Ron Smith, Horticulturist, NDSU Extension Service 

Q: I have a healthy marigold in my front yard. However, the frost soon will kill the plant. I was thinking about getting seeds from this plant for next year, but I’m not sure how to go about doing this. My dad says the seeds are in the flowers. If that’s true, do I have to wait until a certain time to gather the seeds? Do I have to dry the seeds? I’m a little confused as to what I need to do, so your help would be appreciated. (e-mail reference)

A: Tie a paper bag over the flower heads and cut them off. As the heads dry, the seeds will fall into the bag (hang the cut-off heads upside down). Next spring, plant the seeds in the soil or in a well-lit room. Hybrids will not reproduce the same type of flower, so don’t expect the resulting plants to be like the one you harvested.

FYI: Tilapia love the roots of the merigolds, so when the frost gets it, feed the roots to your fish.

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