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  •  We're hoping it will be a little warmer ... (5+ / 0-)

    ... than last time; but I haven't actually checked the forecast yet.

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    by davehouck on Sat May 11, 2013 at 08:43:27 AM PDT

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    •  They never change the forecast (5+ / 0-)

      in mid-summer. Hot with a chance of thunderstorms.

      •  So I won't need a sweatshirt? (4+ / 0-)
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        Yes, we do indeed get into long periods of unchanging daily forecasts in mid-summer.  But with each passing year, as the United States Congress continues to do nothing to address the increasingly extreme weather conditions resulting from climate change, the chance of snow in July increases.  So it might be a good idea to bring gloves and a toboggan.

        :)

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        by davehouck on Sat May 11, 2013 at 09:18:17 AM PDT

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        •  Y'know, we are pretty lucky (5+ / 0-)

          here in WNC, while much of the rest of the state/country are in for some serious adaptation issues. All the forecasts I've seen - and I have been paying attention for some time now - have us making out okay over the next century or so. Overall average temperature rise of 4-6 degrees, about 20 inches more rainfall. So long as the temp. rise is mostly spring/winter and fall, we'll be able to cope. Extra rain doesn't hurt. And we can always plant peaches and figs instead of cherries and apples.

          Biggest problem are those intensified storms. Too much rain and the mountains start slipping downhill. A rail worker got killed last week just up the tracks from us, double landslide. And those tend to bring down big trees and very large boulders while they're at it. Don't suffer much from tornadoes, but you never know. Hard for them to travel much in these steep environs, but if one's got your name on it, it'll drip right down on top of you.

          I'm stocking up on heirloom/open pollination seeds, have a nice box in the freezer should I ever need more than what I'm growing. That's a good storage place for most varieties so they retain fertility. And it's a really good idea for people to familiarize themselves with the many food choices that grow wild all over these abundant mountains. Check out A-ville's new wildings market, down by the French Broad Co-Op and its tailgate market -

          Asheville Wild Foods Market

          •  A friend of mine is involved in that project (4+ / 0-)
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            (In the picture, he's the one on the left with the "ears".)  And some of our potlucks have been graced by greens collected by foraging.

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            by davehouck on Sat May 11, 2013 at 10:09:59 AM PDT

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          •  Also, one of the folks at our last meetup ... (4+ / 0-)
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            ... has been learning wild plant foraging too; she had just collected some Japanese Knotweed and Bamboo.

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            by davehouck on Sat May 11, 2013 at 10:17:08 AM PDT

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            •  Nice! I'd like to grow (4+ / 0-)
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              bamboo and cattails in my bottomland, but it apparently doesn't get enough sun. We do have an ample supply of kudzu, though. It's a very nutritious green a lot better for you and better tasting simmered in broth than poke. Occasional morels, oysters, puffballs (great stuffed) and shelf 'shrooms, wild Jerusalem artichokes, groundnuts and acorns. Heck, some of the weeds in my garden are way more nutritious than spinach!

            •  Hi everyone - that would be me, and what I gather (1+ / 0-)
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              foraging goes to the Wild Foods Market. It's my antidote to in town apartment living and environmental despair.

              Have been enjoying the gardening and drying discussion. Looking forward to more when we meet in July.

              Meantime, there's an Asheville segment of May 25's worldwide March against Monsanto at 2pm - originally set for Pack Square - I'll look at their facebook page to see details. If anyone else is planning to be there, it would be fun to meet before or after.

              All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”–The Elders, Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation

              by DawnN on Sat May 11, 2013 at 11:27:47 PM PDT

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