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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: July 15, 2018, 06:38:24 PM »
We got our first peaches off of our 3 year old tree but unfortunately every one had a worm of some kind next to the seed.

General Discussion / Re: Growing sweet corn
« on: July 15, 2018, 10:50:49 AM »
I can tell when I go out and find the raccoons have been having a busy night.

Corn is ready to be picked as soon as the ears have completely filled out. You can tell when this happens by feeling the end of an ear. If it's rounded or blunt rather than pointed, the ears are ready. The silks also dry up when the ears are almost ready to be picked.

The Greenhouse / Re: 2018 High Tunnel
« on: July 14, 2018, 08:22:44 PM »
Your photography skills just compliments an awesome garden.  :)

General Discussion / Re: Propane Garden Torch
« on: July 11, 2018, 04:29:36 PM »
I borrow the shoulder strap off of my Stihl weedeater to help carry my tank around.

General Discussion / Re: A few pics of rice harvest
« on: July 11, 2018, 09:25:59 AM »
Where I grew up in Missouri has converted most of the land around into rice fields.  I don't know if it's typical but they even had GPS guided auto drivers where the operator is just there to make sure nothing goes wrong.  A friend asked me to 'help' out one night when they were short handed and it was all I could do to stay awake since you just sat there.

« on: July 11, 2018, 07:17:49 AM »
You folks made some awesome progress in a fairly short time.

Livestock / Re: Ewe Nursing Big Lamb
« on: July 11, 2018, 06:05:40 AM »
Thanks - they are rewarding animals to raise and they make it easy most of the time.

We close off sections at a time to keep them from grazing it too close. The grass in the picture is actually our back yard behind our house.  I use electric netting so I can open the gate and call them in off of the pasture.  I cut the taller grass to keep it from shading out the new growth that they really like.

Livestock / Ewe Nursing Big Lamb
« on: July 10, 2018, 01:25:05 PM »
I'm not starting another lambing thread but we took one picture this morning that is funny.  We pull all of our ram lambs at 3 months but many pull at 2 months.  We have some ewes that hold their condition even with a long nursing period so we let them continue nursing.  The lamb grows faster and we pull them when it's obvious they don't need to be nursing any longer.

This ewe is one of my favorites and she makes pretty lambs.  The lamb in the picture is 4 months old and as big as her dam.

General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« on: July 04, 2018, 07:37:33 PM »
95 today and humid beyond belief.  I just talked to an Uncle in Orlando and he said the high there today was low 80's.

Happy Hour / Re: Independence Day!
« on: July 04, 2018, 03:33:21 PM »
Thanks Maggie.  We have no plans other than do a simple meal on the grill.

I was going through some old photos the other day and got into a couple of boxes of slides when I was on USS Forrestal and we were in New York Harbor for the Bicentennial in 1976.  There was war ships from 22 countries that all came up the narrows followed by a Coast Guard Cutter leading a group of 16 tall ships from all over the world.  This was before the digital age and even if I had the means I was one of the sailors manning the rail so I wouldn't have been able to take pictures anyway.  All the pictures I have are after we were in port. :)

General Discussion / Re: Tomato Transplanting Question...
« on: July 03, 2018, 08:41:46 PM »
That sounds like a winner.   :)

Happy Hour / Re: Here is a memory from our past
« on: July 01, 2018, 07:54:21 PM »
I remember watching that show when I was a child but we get it on one of our local channels so I find myself watching it again. It's kind of cheesy but usually has some moral to all the stories (kind of like Gunsmoke did in the earlier years).  :)

Add my Thanks.  That looks to be a great resource.

Livestock / Re: Lamb boxes for traveling.
« on: June 28, 2018, 04:54:15 PM »
I'm attaching a picture of the feeders I use for mineral and salt.  We don't put anything on the ground level other than their feed in a pvc pipe cut in half and attached to 2x4's with half moon cut outs.  We have 8 paddocks that we rotate into so I attached the mineral feeders to most of the gates.  I have been doing it this way for a couple of years now and have never had a problem with the product getting wet.  The one in the picture is a little tall for young lambs but they get plenty from their dams until they are big enough to reach into the feeders.  This type of feeder can be screwed directly into a wall also.  It's simple, cheap and they work.

Livestock / Re: Lamb boxes for traveling.
« on: June 28, 2018, 04:47:08 PM »
They don't need really big bowls for feed for two lambs as you won't be feeding that much at one time.  If you have a Tractor Supply they have everything you need but you should be able to get small live stock gear at most feed stores.  Premier1 online has everything you can't get locally.

You will need Sheep Mineral - don't let anyone try to tell you that Goat Mineral is fine because it isn't.  Sheep don't tolerate copper and that's a big component of goat mineral.  If the farm you are getting your lambs from is supplementing with any feed, find out what they are already eating since you don't want any sudden switch.  We just bought 4 ewe lambs from another farm and they sold me a 50 pound bag that I could use till I got them switched over.  As it turned out I like the feed they use so made arrangements to have the same blend made up for us at the same place they used.  The difference is that the store is 45 minutes from me and 1 1/2 hours from them.  :)

Any switch in feed is handled just like with other animals.  A mix for a short time and add more till they have adjusted.  Any switch in feed is probably going to cause the runs.  Find out what type of wormer they are using and when they were wormed.  They should be vaccinated (depending on their age) but they will need CDT vaccine and a booster later.  According to the law they should already have a Scrapie ear tag in legally leave their farm.

I don't know how much you know or don't know but ask if anything comes up.

Forgot - for water a bucket bungey corded to a wall or fence works fine for two animals.  You want it tall enough that their poop won't get in the water (and it will if the container is too short).  I use two part hanging feeder (small) for minerals and salt.  I also add a little Sea90 (another mineral) to their water and mineral but you likely won't have access to it and it's just a supplement that isn't mandatory.  We keep a couple of different wormers on hand.  Many (most) folks use some form of Ivermectin but we also keep Prohibit on had.  Ivermec doesn't work on Barber Pole worms and when you first see the signs, they can go from healthy to dead in a couple of days. Most of our sheep are grass fed only but we do give them some feed a couple times a week to keep them coming when called.  We have dogs to herd but it's easier to not use the dogs and the sheep don't get stressed out.

I wasn't meaning to write a book but like I said above, I don't know what you already know and there are so many small things that can come up.

General Discussion / Re: Fall Tomatoes
« on: June 27, 2018, 11:14:16 AM »
My fall tomatoes are dependent on what I planted as spring tomatoes.  I only want 3 or 4 plants but I just take suckers off of the original plants to use.  They will root in a week or so and be ready to plant in the garden in a few weeks.

Happy Hour / Re: Bucket list train ride
« on: June 26, 2018, 12:43:34 PM »
That is a great idea and perfect for getting past any limitations you might have.  I would have to pass on the cruise idea though.  I had a little over 12 years on sea duty and I'm not about to pay anyone to take me out there again.  :)

Happy Hour / Re: Old men and their dogs start to look alike
« on: June 24, 2018, 09:31:40 PM »
I can tell immediately that the dog needs more affection.  :)

General Discussion / Re: Coons n corn
« on: June 24, 2018, 08:46:11 PM »
I have caught possums with sardines but no raccoons yet.  I'll have to try a sweet treat.

General Discussion / Re: Suckering Tomatoes
« on: June 23, 2018, 08:15:25 PM »
I have good intentions and mean to sucker every year but all of the other chores get in the way and I just make sure I keep the tomatoes supported.  I'm lucky since if I have a bad season I can go to the Amish produce auction and buy all I want for around $16 a half bushel which is what we did last year due to drought and heat.  What is bad is the Amish had the same weather and had a bumper crop.

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