Episode-733- Listener Calls for 8-26-11 — 7 Comments

  1. As far as “silver in the wild” is concerned, over the course of the last few years I’ve built a reputation with all of the cashiers I deal with on a regular basis. They know I will buy any silver from them at spot, so they will buy and hold all silver they find until I come in. Result: I’m adding several ounces of silver to my stack every week.

    Now they come to me with all sorts of things: Silver and gold jewelry, silverware – you name it. Very cool!

  2. There’s a discussion on one of the forums that winded to teachers’ compensation. Attached is a link to the average salary for South Dakota teachers (the lowest average for teachers in the US). If you look at the bottom of that link there are some pretty interesting and telling financials. Total expenditures per student ($9,658) exceeds revenues per student ($4,887) by $4,771. That is the definition of unsustainable. Yet teacher pay increased from 2008 to 2009 by 2.46%?

    Prophet Ike was right!

  3. just a note on the hurricane, my wife and i have been t.s.p. members for a year or so and have been prepping since. were here in central ma.
    we both sit in awe at all the people scrambling around right now, getting “ready”. my wife works at a grocery store and they cant keep the shelves stocked.
    thanks to or preps. other than tying down the boat and $20.00 worth of deisel for the tractor, were ready for the worst. thanks jack

  4. I was concerned when my daughter was waiting tables at a local country club. For “security reasons” there were cameras and sound recorded throughout the country club. The owners had access to this info, several employees claimed to see the owners listen in to “private” conversations. She couldn’t confirm that was so, but was very concerned. I have no idea why sound would ever need to be recorded for “security reasons.

  5. Hi Jack,
    I have always admired you for your reasonable and sensitive nature as far as animals go. We kill them to eat but the animal should suffer as little as possible. That goes for the vine borers as well!!!!! It is not his falt he is a vine borer and we hate what he does. No living creature deserves a horrible death!
    Love your show and never miss a session.
    Greetings from Germany, Gabriele

  6. Jack, you mentioned cabbage “flies” on your broccoli in this podcast. I’m not sure if these are the same things I call cabbage moths. The true name of what I’m talking about are “small whites.” Punch that into wikipedia to see if we’re talking about the same thing.

    These were the bane of my garden until this year. I’ve changed two things: given up on spring cabbage plantings, and now rely on Tuscan kale and a cultivar of broccoli developed in Brazil as my main season brassicas. It’s the broccoli that I think deserves so much attention. The name is a mouthful: piracicaba. (Say: “peer-ah-SEE-kah-bah.”) First off, the cabbage moths utterly ignore it, and because of that I think they’re less interested in my garden in general. My kale has significantly less damage from the moths than it did when I grew it along with spring cabbage. Secondly, as we’re experiencing significantly hotter and dryer summers than our norm I’m finding the piracicaba holds up *amazingly* well to heat and lack of rain with little to no watering. Finally, I really like this broccoli because it was developed as a “non-heading” variety. It does in fact produce small heads that taste exactly like any other broccoli, but the cultivar was developed for its leaves, which are delicious in stir-fries or steamed. The plants produce very steadily over the whole main season and actually need to be harvested regularly to keep them from going to seed. With just two adults in the household we have trouble keeping up with our five plants, though admittedly my husband travels a lot for work. The only damage I find on the piracicaba is from flea beetles, and that is minimal. I have not treated the piracicaba with anything whatsoever and it has done very well for me the past two years.

    I think this is a remarkable brassica variety which gardeners in this country should start paying attention to. Seeds were available through Fedco the past two years and I think other seed vendors are starting to carry them.