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  1. #1
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Weck canning jars

    Just got a catalog in the mail a little while ago that is touting the
    Weck canning jars as BPA-free and that you can spot spoilage quickly as
    they don't have the "wire-bail" of other jars. Look like one of the old
    time canning jars with the rubber ring and wire-bail but without the
    bail. First time I've ever seen them advertised in the US. The jars
    start at $17.99 for a case of six of the Tulip, mini jelly jars and run
    up to $23.99 for a 6 jar case of 1 liter jars. Wow! I think I'll stick
    with Ball Mason jars myself.

    This and outfit called Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply in Grass
    Valley, CA. I've bought beneficial nematodes from them a couple of times
    to keep grubs under control in our garden but the latest catalog looks
    like something an extreme environmentalist back-to-the-earth type would
    use. They even sell chicken houses and runs on wheels so you can move
    your chickens around the property. Nothing is low-priced either.

    All I can say is Wow!

    No canning or preserving here today except Miz Anne is drying some curly
    parsley on a tea towel in the kitchen. I had to throw out some you dried
    last year as it turned completely brown.

    Tomorrow the very expensive plumbers come to replace the sewer line from
    the house to the city line at the street. We've a very large hole
    appearing in our yard and they will fill that up when they're done. I
    guess we will plant a flower bed over that area when they're done, the
    flowers should grow well. <G>

  2. #2
    Kathi Jones Guest

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    "George Shirley" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] ...
    > Just got a catalog in the mail a little while ago that is touting the Weck
    > canning jars as BPA-free and that you can spot spoilage quickly as they
    > don't have the "wire-bail" of other jars. Look like one of the old time
    > canning jars with the rubber ring and wire-bail but without the bail.
    > First time I've ever seen them advertised in the US. The jars start at
    > $17.99 for a case of six of the Tulip, mini jelly jars and run up to
    > $23.99 for a 6 jar case of 1 liter jars. Wow! I think I'll stick with Ball
    > Mason jars myself.
    >
    > This and outfit called Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply in Grass
    > Valley, CA. I've bought beneficial nematodes from them a couple of times
    > to keep grubs under control in our garden but the latest catalog looks
    > like something an extreme environmentalist back-to-the-earth type would
    > use. They even sell chicken houses and runs on wheels so you can move your
    > chickens around the property. Nothing is low-priced either.
    >
    > All I can say is Wow!
    >
    > No canning or preserving here today except Miz Anne is drying some curly
    > parsley on a tea towel in the kitchen. I had to throw out some you dried
    > last year as it turned completely brown.
    >
    > Tomorrow the very expensive plumbers come to replace the sewer line from
    > the house to the city line at the street. We've a very large hole
    > appearing in our yard and they will fill that up when they're done. I
    > guess we will plant a flower bed over that area when they're done, the
    > flowers should grow well. <G>


    ya, that is pricey! I can get pretty, non-functional stuff like that at the
    Dollarama. Looks nice, but would never can in it. I too, will stick to
    Bernardin, (Ball) and Golden Harvest jars with the 2 pc lid ...

    I'm looking over some pretty tomato flowers...and hoping for a few to eat
    fresh....that is if the local wild turkeys dont pick them off the vine
    first... (like last year)

    Kathi, hmmm...thinking perhaps wild turkey hunting is in the forecast....!
    LOL



  3. #3
    George Shirley Guest

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    On 6/15/2010 8:04 PM, Kathi Jones wrote:
    > "George Shirley"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected] ...
    >> Just got a catalog in the mail a little while ago that is touting the Weck
    >> canning jars as BPA-free and that you can spot spoilage quickly as they
    >> don't have the "wire-bail" of other jars. Look like one of the old time
    >> canning jars with the rubber ring and wire-bail but without the bail.
    >> First time I've ever seen them advertised in the US. The jars start at
    >> $17.99 for a case of six of the Tulip, mini jelly jars and run up to
    >> $23.99 for a 6 jar case of 1 liter jars. Wow! I think I'll stick with Ball
    >> Mason jars myself.
    >>
    >> This and outfit called Peaceful Valley Farm& Garden Supply in Grass
    >> Valley, CA. I've bought beneficial nematodes from them a couple of times
    >> to keep grubs under control in our garden but the latest catalog looks
    >> like something an extreme environmentalist back-to-the-earth type would
    >> use. They even sell chicken houses and runs on wheels so you can move your
    >> chickens around the property. Nothing is low-priced either.
    >>
    >> All I can say is Wow!
    >>
    >> No canning or preserving here today except Miz Anne is drying some curly
    >> parsley on a tea towel in the kitchen. I had to throw out some you dried
    >> last year as it turned completely brown.
    >>
    >> Tomorrow the very expensive plumbers come to replace the sewer line from
    >> the house to the city line at the street. We've a very large hole
    >> appearing in our yard and they will fill that up when they're done. I
    >> guess we will plant a flower bed over that area when they're done, the
    >> flowers should grow well.<G>

    >
    > ya, that is pricey! I can get pretty, non-functional stuff like that at the
    > Dollarama. Looks nice, but would never can in it. I too, will stick to
    > Bernardin, (Ball) and Golden Harvest jars with the 2 pc lid ...
    >
    > I'm looking over some pretty tomato flowers...and hoping for a few to eat
    > fresh....that is if the local wild turkeys dont pick them off the vine
    > first... (like last year)
    >
    > Kathi, hmmm...thinking perhaps wild turkey hunting is in the forecast....!
    > LOL
    >
    >

    How about wild turkey,stuffed with squirrel, stuffed with a grackle. The
    last two being the bane of our garden along with the !@#$% Southern
    Cardinal, aka Redbird. The redbirds peck a hole in the tomatoes, eat a
    few seeds then go away. I'm trying to coerce the blue jays into
    attacking the redbirds, would make a heckuva color wheel.

  4. #4
    gloria.p Guest

    Default Re: Weck canning jars


    > "George Shirley" <[email protected]> wrote in message


    >>
    >> This and outfit called Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply in Grass
    >> Valley, CA. I've bought beneficial nematodes from them a couple of times
    >> to keep grubs under control in our garden but the latest catalog looks
    >> like something an extreme environmentalist back-to-the-earth type would
    >> use. They even sell chicken houses and runs on wheels so you can move your
    >> chickens around the property. Nothing is low-priced either.




    George, if you have time for reading I suggest "The Omnivore's Dilemma"
    by Michael Pollan. I know you are interested in food and gardening.

    It's a story of four meals from farm to table:

    a McDonald's meal
    a "factory" meal (AKA supermarket food)
    an organically and ecologically grown meal
    a "hunter-gatherer" wild foods meal

    I think you would enjoy it, particularly some of the growing techniques
    used by the organic farmer. I thought it was fascinating reading.

    gloria p

    gloria p

  5. #5
    desertgardener Guest

    Default Re: Weck canning jars

    On Jun 15, 2:29*pm, George Shirley <gsh...@bellsouth.net> wrote:
    > Just got a catalog in the mail a little while ago that is touting the
    > Weck canning jars as BPA-free and that you can spot spoilage quickly as
    > they don't have the "wire-bail" of other jars. Look like one of the old
    > time canning jars with the rubber ring and wire-bail but without the
    > bail. First time I've ever seen them advertised in the US. The jars
    > start at $17.99 for a case of six of the Tulip, mini jelly jars and run
    > up to $23.99 for a 6 jar case of 1 liter jars. Wow! I think I'll stick
    > with Ball Mason jars myself.
    >
    > This and outfit called Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply in Grass
    > Valley, CA. I've bought beneficial nematodes from them a couple of times
    > to keep grubs under control in our garden but the latest catalog looks
    > like something an extreme environmentalist back-to-the-earth type would
    > use. They even sell chicken houses and runs on wheels so you can move
    > your chickens around the property. Nothing is low-priced either.
    >
    > All I can say is Wow!
    >

    I thought BPA was in plastics. Wouldn't the Ball jars be free of it
    too, or is it supposed to be in the canning jar lids? I guess the Weck
    jars are prettier than my Ball jars, but unless it's for gifts I don't
    see the point.
    A lot of people started thinking about growing their own vegetables
    when the economy nosedived. That plus the interest in organically
    grown food gave companies a chance to make a little money. I bet some
    of those people don't realize they don't have to spend a mint on a
    garden.
    I guess the backyard chicken thing started about the same time. Lots
    of interest in that. For people who take their dogs to day care
    centers, buying a fancy chicken tractor probably looks like a good
    thing. In fact I know someone who just decided he needs backyard
    chickens and showed me the pix of his new chicken coop. I'd live in
    that, it has glass windows!

    Cyndi

  6. #6
    AlysonRR Guest

    Default Re: Weck canning jars

    Tur-Squir-Kle? Yum (lol)

    >
    > How about wild turkey,stuffed with squirrel, stuffed with a grackle. The
    > last two being the bane of our garden along with the !@#$% Southern
    > Cardinal, aka Redbird. The redbirds peck a hole in the tomatoes, eat a
    > few seeds then go away. I'm trying to coerce the blue jays into
    > attacking the redbirds, would make a heckuva color wheel.



  7. #7
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: Weck canning jars

    On 6/15/2010 10:11 PM, gloria.p wrote:
    >
    >> "George Shirley" <[email protected]> wrote in message

    >
    >>>
    >>> This and outfit called Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply in Grass
    >>> Valley, CA. I've bought beneficial nematodes from them a couple of
    >>> times to keep grubs under control in our garden but the latest
    >>> catalog looks like something an extreme environmentalist
    >>> back-to-the-earth type would use. They even sell chicken houses and
    >>> runs on wheels so you can move your chickens around the property.
    >>> Nothing is low-priced either.

    >
    >
    >
    > George, if you have time for reading I suggest "The Omnivore's Dilemma"
    > by Michael Pollan. I know you are interested in food and gardening.
    >
    > It's a story of four meals from farm to table:
    >
    > a McDonald's meal
    > a "factory" meal (AKA supermarket food)
    > an organically and ecologically grown meal
    > a "hunter-gatherer" wild foods meal
    >
    > I think you would enjoy it, particularly some of the growing techniques
    > used by the organic farmer. I thought it was fascinating reading.
    >
    > gloria p
    >
    > gloria p


    We used to be organic gardeners, that lasted until we moved to the land
    of 60-100 inches of rain a year and got into our seventies. Now we use
    chemicals, sparingly of course, but much easier here with no source of
    organic fertilizers I would trust.

    When we first moved here I could get aged cow manure from a work friend,
    then he ran out and recommended a horse breeder. Talked to the horse
    breeder and he uses multiple medications for his quarter horses, that
    left that source out. Recently found a rabbit operation nearby but he is
    out of fertilizer this season and then he told me what he gets for it,
    by the pound. I'll stick with chemicals.

  8. #8
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: Weck canning jars

    On 6/15/2010 10:31 PM, desertgardener wrote:
    > On Jun 15, 2:29 pm, George Shirley<gsh...@bellsouth.net> wrote:
    >> Just got a catalog in the mail a little while ago that is touting the
    >> Weck canning jars as BPA-free and that you can spot spoilage quickly as
    >> they don't have the "wire-bail" of other jars. Look like one of the old
    >> time canning jars with the rubber ring and wire-bail but without the
    >> bail. First time I've ever seen them advertised in the US. The jars
    >> start at $17.99 for a case of six of the Tulip, mini jelly jars and run
    >> up to $23.99 for a 6 jar case of 1 liter jars. Wow! I think I'll stick
    >> with Ball Mason jars myself.
    >>
    >> This and outfit called Peaceful Valley Farm& Garden Supply in Grass
    >> Valley, CA. I've bought beneficial nematodes from them a couple of times
    >> to keep grubs under control in our garden but the latest catalog looks
    >> like something an extreme environmentalist back-to-the-earth type would
    >> use. They even sell chicken houses and runs on wheels so you can move
    >> your chickens around the property. Nothing is low-priced either.
    >>
    >> All I can say is Wow!
    >>

    > I thought BPA was in plastics. Wouldn't the Ball jars be free of it
    > too, or is it supposed to be in the canning jar lids? I guess the Weck
    > jars are prettier than my Ball jars, but unless it's for gifts I don't
    > see the point.
    > A lot of people started thinking about growing their own vegetables
    > when the economy nosedived. That plus the interest in organically
    > grown food gave companies a chance to make a little money. I bet some
    > of those people don't realize they don't have to spend a mint on a
    > garden.
    > I guess the backyard chicken thing started about the same time. Lots
    > of interest in that. For people who take their dogs to day care
    > centers, buying a fancy chicken tractor probably looks like a good
    > thing. In fact I know someone who just decided he needs backyard
    > chickens and showed me the pix of his new chicken coop. I'd live in
    > that, it has glass windows!
    >
    > Cyndi


    So did the ones in the catalog, and they were made of redwood! I didn't
    know redwood was acceptable to the green movement as the trees grow so slow.

    We had a chicken tractor on the farmette, we just opened the gate and
    let the chickens roam the ten acres. We kept them penned until after the
    hens laid their eggs and then turned them loose. Lost a few to hawks and
    foxes but not many, our old boxer dog thought she was a chicken herding
    dog and watched after the chickens pretty good.

  9. #9
    songbird Guest

    Default Re: Weck canning jars

    George Shirley wrote:

    > How about wild turkey,stuffed with squirrel, stuffed with a
    > grackle.
    > The last two being the bane of our garden along with the !@#$%
    > Southern Cardinal, aka Redbird. The redbirds peck a hole in the
    > tomatoes, eat a few seeds then go away. I'm trying to coerce
    > the blue
    > jays into attacking the redbirds, would make a heckuva color
    > wheel.


    is that the boat-tailed grackle? we have the common grackle
    and they are the one bird that the management decided she
    could not abide. i now have an air-rifle with a scope on it
    and finally we have some respite.

    last year, the entire growing season she was out there with
    a ladder pulling nests from the trees and they would not get
    the hint and go away -- they kept rebuilding. this year they
    returned about two dozen strong to take over again. not to
    be...

    they now leave us mostly alone and fly around the edges
    and i take pot shots at them to remind them it's not their
    territory any longer.

    they were taking a huge chunk out of all the other bird
    populations as last year we hardly had any variety at the
    birdbaths or nesting in the trees. in reading about them
    this year i saw that they raid other bird's nests so now i
    see why...

    around our veggie garden we have an 8ft fence, the
    turkeys don't get in there... we have flocks of 30-60
    birds in the fields, but they stay away from here. considering
    that they probably eat about anything i'd encourage them
    to move along if they started making a habit of visiting.

    at least we do not have a pond that the geese take
    over. the neighbors have that problem.


    songbird


  10. #10
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: Weck canning jars

    On 6/16/2010 8:24 AM, songbird wrote:
    > George Shirley wrote:
    >
    >> How about wild turkey,stuffed with squirrel, stuffed with a grackle.
    >> The last two being the bane of our garden along with the !@#$%
    >> Southern Cardinal, aka Redbird. The redbirds peck a hole in the
    >> tomatoes, eat a few seeds then go away. I'm trying to coerce the blue
    >> jays into attacking the redbirds, would make a heckuva color wheel.

    >
    > is that the boat-tailed grackle? we have the common grackle
    > and they are the one bird that the management decided she
    > could not abide. i now have an air-rifle with a scope on it
    > and finally we have some respite.


    I think it's just the common grackle, we call them Mickey Dee birds
    around here as they hang out at every McDonald's, scavenging the stuff
    people toss on the ground.

    >
    > last year, the entire growing season she was out there with
    > a ladder pulling nests from the trees and they would not get
    > the hint and go away -- they kept rebuilding. this year they
    > returned about two dozen strong to take over again. not to
    > be...
    >
    > they now leave us mostly alone and fly around the edges
    > and i take pot shots at them to remind them it's not their
    > territory any longer.
    >
    > they were taking a huge chunk out of all the other bird
    > populations as last year we hardly had any variety at the
    > birdbaths or nesting in the trees. in reading about them
    > this year i saw that they raid other bird's nests so now i
    > see why...
    >
    > around our veggie garden we have an 8ft fence, the
    > turkeys don't get in there... we have flocks of 30-60
    > birds in the fields, but they stay away from here. considering
    > that they probably eat about anything i'd encourage them
    > to move along if they started making a habit of visiting.
    >
    > at least we do not have a pond that the geese take
    > over. the neighbors have that problem.
    >
    >
    > songbird



  11. #11
    Kathi Jones Guest

    Default Re: Weck canning jars


    "George Shirley" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On 6/15/2010 8:04 PM, Kathi Jones wrote:
    >> "George Shirley"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected] ...
    >>> Just got a catalog in the mail a little while ago that is touting the
    >>> Weck
    >>> canning jars as BPA-free and that you can spot spoilage quickly as they
    >>> don't have the "wire-bail" of other jars. Look like one of the old time
    >>> canning jars with the rubber ring and wire-bail but without the bail.
    >>> First time I've ever seen them advertised in the US. The jars start at
    >>> $17.99 for a case of six of the Tulip, mini jelly jars and run up to
    >>> $23.99 for a 6 jar case of 1 liter jars. Wow! I think I'll stick with
    >>> Ball
    >>> Mason jars myself.
    >>>
    >>> This and outfit called Peaceful Valley Farm& Garden Supply in Grass
    >>> Valley, CA. I've bought beneficial nematodes from them a couple of times
    >>> to keep grubs under control in our garden but the latest catalog looks
    >>> like something an extreme environmentalist back-to-the-earth type would
    >>> use. They even sell chicken houses and runs on wheels so you can move
    >>> your
    >>> chickens around the property. Nothing is low-priced either.
    >>>
    >>> All I can say is Wow!
    >>>
    >>> No canning or preserving here today except Miz Anne is drying some curly
    >>> parsley on a tea towel in the kitchen. I had to throw out some you dried
    >>> last year as it turned completely brown.
    >>>
    >>> Tomorrow the very expensive plumbers come to replace the sewer line from
    >>> the house to the city line at the street. We've a very large hole
    >>> appearing in our yard and they will fill that up when they're done. I
    >>> guess we will plant a flower bed over that area when they're done, the
    >>> flowers should grow well.<G>

    >>
    >> ya, that is pricey! I can get pretty, non-functional stuff like that at
    >> the
    >> Dollarama. Looks nice, but would never can in it. I too, will stick to
    >> Bernardin, (Ball) and Golden Harvest jars with the 2 pc lid ...
    >>
    >> I'm looking over some pretty tomato flowers...and hoping for a few to eat
    >> fresh....that is if the local wild turkeys dont pick them off the vine
    >> first... (like last year)
    >>
    >> Kathi, hmmm...thinking perhaps wild turkey hunting is in the
    >> forecast....!
    >> LOL
    >>
    >>

    > How about wild turkey,stuffed with squirrel, stuffed with a grackle. The
    > last two being the bane of our garden along with the !@#$% Southern
    > Cardinal, aka Redbird. The redbirds peck a hole in the tomatoes, eat a few
    > seeds then go away. I'm trying to coerce the blue jays into attacking the
    > redbirds, would make a heckuva color wheel.


    ok, I know what turducken is - what would you call that? tursquirkle? LOL

    actually, my biggest issue with wildlife so far this season is black bears
    feeding at the birdfeeders. I love to watch my birds - purple finches, rose
    breasted grosbeaks etc, but when the bears show up? I have to sacrifice the
    bird watching for safety!! Had a 250 lb bear here a couple weeks back -
    totally destroyed a feeder and was going for a second before I decided to
    try banging on the window to scare him off. It worked...but I'm on the
    market for a 'blow horn' or whateveryoucallit...

    Kathi




  12. #12
    Kathi Jones Guest

    Default Re: Weck canning jars


    "songbird" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > George Shirley wrote:
    >
    >> How about wild turkey,stuffed with squirrel, stuffed with a grackle.
    >> The last two being the bane of our garden along with the !@#$%
    >> Southern Cardinal, aka Redbird. The redbirds peck a hole in the
    >> tomatoes, eat a few seeds then go away. I'm trying to coerce the blue
    >> jays into attacking the redbirds, would make a heckuva color wheel.

    >
    > is that the boat-tailed grackle? we have the common grackle
    > and they are the one bird that the management decided she
    > could not abide. i now have an air-rifle with a scope on it
    > and finally we have some respite.


    ya, grackles - we call them pig birds - eat everything in sight!!


    >
    > last year, the entire growing season she was out there with
    > a ladder pulling nests from the trees and they would not get
    > the hint and go away -- they kept rebuilding. this year they
    > returned about two dozen strong to take over again. not to
    > be...
    >
    > they now leave us mostly alone and fly around the edges
    > and i take pot shots at them to remind them it's not their
    > territory any longer.
    >
    > they were taking a huge chunk out of all the other bird
    > populations as last year we hardly had any variety at the
    > birdbaths or nesting in the trees. in reading about them
    > this year i saw that they raid other bird's nests so now i
    > see why...
    >
    > around our veggie garden we have an 8ft fence, the
    > turkeys don't get in there... we have flocks of 30-60
    > birds in the fields, but they stay away from here. considering
    > that they probably eat about anything i'd encourage them
    > to move along if they started making a habit of visiting.
    >
    > at least we do not have a pond that the geese take
    > over. the neighbors have that problem.
    >
    >
    > songbird




  13. #13
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: Weck canning jars

    On 6/16/2010 3:18 PM, Kathi Jones wrote:
    > "George Shirley"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> On 6/15/2010 8:04 PM, Kathi Jones wrote:
    >>> "George Shirley"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>> news:[email protected] ...
    >>>> Just got a catalog in the mail a little while ago that is touting the
    >>>> Weck
    >>>> canning jars as BPA-free and that you can spot spoilage quickly as they
    >>>> don't have the "wire-bail" of other jars. Look like one of the old time
    >>>> canning jars with the rubber ring and wire-bail but without the bail.
    >>>> First time I've ever seen them advertised in the US. The jars start at
    >>>> $17.99 for a case of six of the Tulip, mini jelly jars and run up to
    >>>> $23.99 for a 6 jar case of 1 liter jars. Wow! I think I'll stick with
    >>>> Ball
    >>>> Mason jars myself.
    >>>>
    >>>> This and outfit called Peaceful Valley Farm& Garden Supply in Grass
    >>>> Valley, CA. I've bought beneficial nematodes from them a couple of times
    >>>> to keep grubs under control in our garden but the latest catalog looks
    >>>> like something an extreme environmentalist back-to-the-earth type would
    >>>> use. They even sell chicken houses and runs on wheels so you can move
    >>>> your
    >>>> chickens around the property. Nothing is low-priced either.
    >>>>
    >>>> All I can say is Wow!
    >>>>
    >>>> No canning or preserving here today except Miz Anne is drying some curly
    >>>> parsley on a tea towel in the kitchen. I had to throw out some you dried
    >>>> last year as it turned completely brown.
    >>>>
    >>>> Tomorrow the very expensive plumbers come to replace the sewer line from
    >>>> the house to the city line at the street. We've a very large hole
    >>>> appearing in our yard and they will fill that up when they're done. I
    >>>> guess we will plant a flower bed over that area when they're done, the
    >>>> flowers should grow well.<G>
    >>>
    >>> ya, that is pricey! I can get pretty, non-functional stuff like that at
    >>> the
    >>> Dollarama. Looks nice, but would never can in it. I too, will stick to
    >>> Bernardin, (Ball) and Golden Harvest jars with the 2 pc lid ...
    >>>
    >>> I'm looking over some pretty tomato flowers...and hoping for a few to eat
    >>> fresh....that is if the local wild turkeys dont pick them off the vine
    >>> first... (like last year)
    >>>
    >>> Kathi, hmmm...thinking perhaps wild turkey hunting is in the
    >>> forecast....!
    >>> LOL
    >>>
    >>>

    >> How about wild turkey,stuffed with squirrel, stuffed with a grackle. The
    >> last two being the bane of our garden along with the !@#$% Southern
    >> Cardinal, aka Redbird. The redbirds peck a hole in the tomatoes, eat a few
    >> seeds then go away. I'm trying to coerce the blue jays into attacking the
    >> redbirds, would make a heckuva color wheel.

    >
    > ok, I know what turducken is - what would you call that? tursquirkle? LOL
    >
    > actually, my biggest issue with wildlife so far this season is black bears
    > feeding at the birdfeeders. I love to watch my birds - purple finches, rose
    > breasted grosbeaks etc, but when the bears show up? I have to sacrifice the
    > bird watching for safety!! Had a 250 lb bear here a couple weeks back -
    > totally destroyed a feeder and was going for a second before I decided to
    > try banging on the window to scare him off. It worked...but I'm on the
    > market for a 'blow horn' or whateveryoucallit...
    >
    > Kathi
    >
    >
    >



    Look for an air horn, it's a loud little horn on top of a can of
    compressed air. Don't use it too much though or Br'er Bear will get used
    to the noise. Bear is one our tribal totem animals so I just avoid them
    when possible. Luckily there are hardly any along this coast, a stranger
    will wander in every once in awhile. The black bear population in this
    part of the south is increasing due to the amount of prey animals and
    routine bear fare increasing.

  14. #14
    Dan L. Guest

    Default Re: Weck canning jars

    In article <[email protected]>,
    George Shirley <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On 6/15/2010 8:04 PM, Kathi Jones wrote:
    > > "George Shirley"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:[email protected] ...
    > >> Just got a catalog in the mail a little while ago that is touting the Weck
    > >> canning jars as BPA-free and that you can spot spoilage quickly as they
    > >> don't have the "wire-bail" of other jars. Look like one of the old time
    > >> canning jars with the rubber ring and wire-bail but without the bail.
    > >> First time I've ever seen them advertised in the US. The jars start at
    > >> $17.99 for a case of six of the Tulip, mini jelly jars and run up to
    > >> $23.99 for a 6 jar case of 1 liter jars. Wow! I think I'll stick with Ball
    > >> Mason jars myself.
    > >>
    > >> This and outfit called Peaceful Valley Farm& Garden Supply in Grass
    > >> Valley, CA. I've bought beneficial nematodes from them a couple of times
    > >> to keep grubs under control in our garden but the latest catalog looks
    > >> like something an extreme environmentalist back-to-the-earth type would
    > >> use. They even sell chicken houses and runs on wheels so you can move your
    > >> chickens around the property. Nothing is low-priced either.
    > >>
    > >> All I can say is Wow!
    > >>
    > >> No canning or preserving here today except Miz Anne is drying some curly
    > >> parsley on a tea towel in the kitchen. I had to throw out some you dried
    > >> last year as it turned completely brown.
    > >>
    > >> Tomorrow the very expensive plumbers come to replace the sewer line from
    > >> the house to the city line at the street. We've a very large hole
    > >> appearing in our yard and they will fill that up when they're done. I
    > >> guess we will plant a flower bed over that area when they're done, the
    > >> flowers should grow well.<G>

    > >
    > > ya, that is pricey! I can get pretty, non-functional stuff like that at the
    > > Dollarama. Looks nice, but would never can in it. I too, will stick to
    > > Bernardin, (Ball) and Golden Harvest jars with the 2 pc lid ...
    > >
    > > I'm looking over some pretty tomato flowers...and hoping for a few to eat
    > > fresh....that is if the local wild turkeys dont pick them off the vine
    > > first... (like last year)
    > >
    > > Kathi, hmmm...thinking perhaps wild turkey hunting is in the forecast....!
    > > LOL
    > >
    > >

    > How about wild turkey,stuffed with squirrel, stuffed with a grackle. The
    > last two being the bane of our garden along with the !@#$% Southern
    > Cardinal, aka Redbird. The redbirds peck a hole in the tomatoes, eat a
    > few seeds then go away. I'm trying to coerce the blue jays into
    > attacking the redbirds, would make a heckuva color wheel.


    Hmmm... a little gamey, but may not be that bad

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    Enjoy Life... Dan

    Garden in Zone 5 South East Michigan.

  15. #15
    Dan L. Guest

    Default Re: Weck canning jars

    In article <hv9fcn$bii$[email protected]>,
    "gloria.p" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > > "George Shirley" <[email protected]> wrote in message

    >
    > >>
    > >> This and outfit called Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply in Grass
    > >> Valley, CA. I've bought beneficial nematodes from them a couple of times
    > >> to keep grubs under control in our garden but the latest catalog looks
    > >> like something an extreme environmentalist back-to-the-earth type would
    > >> use. They even sell chicken houses and runs on wheels so you can move your
    > >> chickens around the property. Nothing is low-priced either.

    >
    >
    >
    > George, if you have time for reading I suggest "The Omnivore's Dilemma"
    > by Michael Pollan. I know you are interested in food and gardening.
    >
    > It's a story of four meals from farm to table:
    >
    > a McDonald's meal
    > a "factory" meal (AKA supermarket food)
    > an organically and ecologically grown meal
    > a "hunter-gatherer" wild foods meal
    >
    > I think you would enjoy it, particularly some of the growing techniques
    > used by the organic farmer. I thought it was fascinating reading.
    >
    > gloria p
    >
    > gloria p


    I second that! A good read!

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    Garden in Zone 5 South East Michigan.

  16. #16
    Kathi Jones Guest

    Default Re: Weck canning jars


    "George Shirley" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected] ...
    > On 6/16/2010 3:18 PM, Kathi Jones wrote:
    >> "George Shirley"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> On 6/15/2010 8:04 PM, Kathi Jones wrote:
    >>>> "George Shirley"<[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>>> news:[email protected] ...
    >>>>> Just got a catalog in the mail a little while ago that is touting the
    >>>>> Weck
    >>>>> canning jars as BPA-free and that you can spot spoilage quickly as
    >>>>> they
    >>>>> don't have the "wire-bail" of other jars. Look like one of the old
    >>>>> time
    >>>>> canning jars with the rubber ring and wire-bail but without the bail.
    >>>>> First time I've ever seen them advertised in the US. The jars start at
    >>>>> $17.99 for a case of six of the Tulip, mini jelly jars and run up to
    >>>>> $23.99 for a 6 jar case of 1 liter jars. Wow! I think I'll stick with
    >>>>> Ball
    >>>>> Mason jars myself.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> This and outfit called Peaceful Valley Farm& Garden Supply in Grass
    >>>>> Valley, CA. I've bought beneficial nematodes from them a couple of
    >>>>> times
    >>>>> to keep grubs under control in our garden but the latest catalog looks
    >>>>> like something an extreme environmentalist back-to-the-earth type
    >>>>> would
    >>>>> use. They even sell chicken houses and runs on wheels so you can move
    >>>>> your
    >>>>> chickens around the property. Nothing is low-priced either.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> All I can say is Wow!
    >>>>>
    >>>>> No canning or preserving here today except Miz Anne is drying some
    >>>>> curly
    >>>>> parsley on a tea towel in the kitchen. I had to throw out some you
    >>>>> dried
    >>>>> last year as it turned completely brown.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Tomorrow the very expensive plumbers come to replace the sewer line
    >>>>> from
    >>>>> the house to the city line at the street. We've a very large hole
    >>>>> appearing in our yard and they will fill that up when they're done. I
    >>>>> guess we will plant a flower bed over that area when they're done, the
    >>>>> flowers should grow well.<G>
    >>>>
    >>>> ya, that is pricey! I can get pretty, non-functional stuff like that
    >>>> at
    >>>> the
    >>>> Dollarama. Looks nice, but would never can in it. I too, will stick
    >>>> to
    >>>> Bernardin, (Ball) and Golden Harvest jars with the 2 pc lid ...
    >>>>
    >>>> I'm looking over some pretty tomato flowers...and hoping for a few to
    >>>> eat
    >>>> fresh....that is if the local wild turkeys dont pick them off the vine
    >>>> first... (like last year)
    >>>>
    >>>> Kathi, hmmm...thinking perhaps wild turkey hunting is in the
    >>>> forecast....!
    >>>> LOL
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>> How about wild turkey,stuffed with squirrel, stuffed with a grackle. The
    >>> last two being the bane of our garden along with the !@#$% Southern
    >>> Cardinal, aka Redbird. The redbirds peck a hole in the tomatoes, eat a
    >>> few
    >>> seeds then go away. I'm trying to coerce the blue jays into attacking
    >>> the
    >>> redbirds, would make a heckuva color wheel.

    >>
    >> ok, I know what turducken is - what would you call that? tursquirkle?
    >> LOL
    >>
    >> actually, my biggest issue with wildlife so far this season is black
    >> bears
    >> feeding at the birdfeeders. I love to watch my birds - purple finches,
    >> rose
    >> breasted grosbeaks etc, but when the bears show up? I have to sacrifice
    >> the
    >> bird watching for safety!! Had a 250 lb bear here a couple weeks back -
    >> totally destroyed a feeder and was going for a second before I decided to
    >> try banging on the window to scare him off. It worked...but I'm on the
    >> market for a 'blow horn' or whateveryoucallit...
    >>
    >> Kathi
    >>
    >>
    >>

    >
    >
    > Look for an air horn, it's a loud little horn on top of a can of
    > compressed air. Don't use it too much though or Br'er Bear will get used
    > to the noise. Bear is one our tribal totem animals so I just avoid them
    > when possible. Luckily there are hardly any along this coast, a stranger
    > will wander in every once in awhile. The black bear population in this
    > part of the south is increasing due to the amount of prey animals and
    > routine bear fare increasing.


    that's it - air horn - really loud.

    When I smacked on the window to scare him away from the 2nd feeder, he (she?
    I dunno) kinda thought about it before running away....

    I don't want to hurt them if I dont have to, but lazing about in my front
    yard is a bit too close for comfort!

    Kathi



  17. #17
    pete Guest

    Default Re: Weck canning jars

    Kathi Jones wrote:

    > bears feeding at the birdfeeders.


    Birds can't taste the heat in hot pepper. Bears can.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&s...AAAKoEBU_QDQ_h

    Results 1 - 10 of about 4,950 for cayenne pepper bird feeder bear

    http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7246.html

    "Some people have had success by mixing cayenne pepper
    with the bird seed to make it less palatable.
    This practice has some value with individual bears
    who will learn to avoid specific feeders,
    however in bear country,
    every bear that finds the feeder will have to knock it down
    to learn that it contains pepper and is not a good source of food.
    Removal of the attraction is the only long term solution."

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    pete

  18. #18
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Weck canning jars

    In article
    <fdcb78c6-1a01-[email protected]>,
    desertgardener <[email protected]> wrote:
    > chickens and showed me the pix of his new chicken coop. I'd live in
    > that, it has glass windows!
    >
    > Cyndi


    I hope it's air conditioned, too. :-)


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  19. #19
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Weck canning jars

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Kathi Jones" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > I'm looking over some pretty tomato flowers...and hoping for a few to eat
    > fresh....that is if the local wild turkeys dont pick them off the vine
    > first... (like last year)
    >

    Any way to keep the bird out, Kathi?


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    Shop early and shop often. Good gin and cheap chocolate preferred.
    Or cash. :-)

  20. #20
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Weck canning jars

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Kathi Jones" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > ya, grackles - we call them pig birds - eat everything in sight!!


    You misspelled it, Kathi; it's damngrackles.
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