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Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« Last post by Maggie13 on September 24, 2018, 08:26:28 PM »
Beautiful flower.
Flowers / Re: What is Blooming?
« Last post by OrangeTxn on September 24, 2018, 06:57:05 PM »
Another one of my vacant lot garden stops. The red spider lilies are blooming. I always stop and pay homage to the lilies scattered around the lot. The old home that they surrounded was torn down several years ago, but the lilies still patiently stand watch.
Happy Hour / Re: Got any interesting news?
« Last post by whiskydog on September 24, 2018, 05:23:16 PM »
I finally left the farm for a few days, to attend the Georgia Trappers Convention this past week end.

It was a good trip down to Pine Mountain Georgia,  it was held at the Franklin D. Roosevelt, state park.   we rented a cabin at the park.  It was interesting and I learned some tips about trapping coyotes.  I met some interesting people there, and bought home a few items I think will help me in trapping beavers to keep them from flooding my garden..

One interesting fellow I met was if you watched 'Live Free or Die' on the TV series was Colbert from the South Georgia Swamps..  I caught up with him after lunch and had a good conversation with him.   I really enjoyed the trip and people..

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« Last post by Gymgirl on September 24, 2018, 02:34:03 PM »
Grabbed my stirrup hoe and weeded a raised bed.  That thing is invaluable.  Trying to pull those tiny weed seedlings by hand would've taken forever, but, only 2 minutes with the stirrup hoe!

Then, I mixed up a batch of container mix to finish topping off the bed.  It is still too hot outdoors for my liking, so, no seeds have been sown outdoors.  Maybe by the weekend, after it rains again this week...I can sow seeds until January 20th, LOL, so, no pressure to get going.

I mixed the following, per batch.  Had to do small batches, cuz it's as much as I could turn over at one time in the wheelbarrow.  My "part" was a five-gallon bucket:
One part Sphagnum peat
One part Homemade compost
One-half (1/2) 40 lb. bag of Black Kow Composted Cow Manure
2 cups Garden Lime
1 Cup Triple 13 Fertilizer
1 Cup Blood Meal
1 Cup Bone Meal
1 Cup Super Phosphate

I filled in the top 3" of a raised bed with this formula.  Had to make two batches to fill both halves of the bed.

In the future, I'm gonna revise my formula when I top off, to include either two buckets of coarse builder's sand, or two buckets of double grind pine, to include some "chunkiness" to the mix.  It needs air and water pockets for good drainage, and aeration.

I was pooped after two batches, and, it got dark.

Will do another box today.

General Discussion / Re: A bit of farming humor or don't underestimate a combine
« Last post by thebayougardener on September 24, 2018, 02:28:37 PM »
That was interesting.  Thanks Daniel.

General Discussion / Re: Geothermal heating home and greenhouse
« Last post by GopherBroke on September 24, 2018, 10:43:11 AM »
Thanks DG!  This is not new or rocket science either, but so under utilized all over this country.   Mother Earth News had articles on this subject way back in the 70's, but it has never gain widespread acceptance for what ever reason.  The cost of trenching in the pipe at 8 foot would be high, but I expect it would not take very long to regain that investment with the cost of heating an cooling a high tunnel or greenhouse.  I hope some of our members give this serious consideration before they put up there high tunnels.   
Happy Hour / Re: Whats for supper ?
« Last post by Rabbitproof on September 24, 2018, 10:06:48 AM »
Simple for tonight.....roasted herb chicken, crowder peas, corn on the cob, sliced maters....chocolate/cherry cake for dessert.
Happy Hour / Re: Got any interesting news?
« Last post by Rabbitproof on September 24, 2018, 10:05:01 AM »
The USA has gotten really weird.....and kinky!!
Happy Hour / Re: Got any interesting news?
« Last post by Ragun Gardener on September 24, 2018, 08:48:24 AM »
This one leaves you scratching your head, what will they come up with next?

Sex robot brothel wants to open in Houston
General Discussion / Geothermal heating home and greenhouse
« Last post by Daniel Grant on September 24, 2018, 08:35:56 AM »
This is an interesting video about an 80+ year old in Nebraska who has designed a geothermal system that heats and cools his home and greenhouse. He is growing various kinds of citrus, grapes, blackberries and vegetables. He is able to sell fresh citrus from his greenhouse. Cost is very competitive and operation is 80 cents a day. This is in a climate that gets to -20 degrees in the winter.
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