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I have learned so much from Mr. Donald and the Forum.  I am very appreciative of him and many others like him that take time from their days to show other people how they do things.  Over their years of trial and error many lessons have been learned and better ways are found.  Thanks you all that enjoy sharing that knowledge with me and anyone else that would like to know of your experiences.  In the last five years, I have gone from a complete novice to having a pretty decent garden.  I still have a loooong way to go to be as good as you guys. 

By watching Mr Donald’s videos, he has saved my back by using the crop netting with Pole bean -  below are a couple of picks with my version of them.  TPPHPs were a first for me this year and will be every year from now on.  Anytime I want to try something new, the first 2 places I go are the WebCajun channel on you tube and then this forum and search both.  I’ve planted my first ever beets a couple of weeks ago with some valuable information and am looking forward to trying them and putting some up.

Next year, I plan to not be hardheaded and side dress my tomatoes and add some copper spray so they are more healthy productive plants.

Tangentalstorm – thank you for your service!

General Discussion / Re: Fun Begins in Central Florida
« on: September 13, 2017, 07:36:17 PM »
That is great news!  Happy for your safety and minimal loss.  The 19th is just around the corner.  Maybe you could use the oaks for some firewood for the fall bonfires or smoking some ribs later.

Hope you can keep your generator running!

The Range / Dock / Re: Osage Orange
« on: September 12, 2017, 03:22:14 PM »
They are also prized and used by custom Turkey call makers.  The smaller cuts of wood could be sold to some of these folks too.

General Discussion / Re: Fun Begins in Central Florida
« on: September 10, 2017, 08:25:59 PM »
Bill & Norma

Our prayers are with you and all the others in the wake of Irma.  Stay safe and keep us updated.  BTW - you'll get to that fall garden - it just may be delayed a little and not quite as big as you would have hoped for, but you'll get some seeds in the ground.

General Discussion / Re: TROPICAL STORM HARVEY
« on: August 27, 2017, 09:46:42 AM »
That is certainly great to hear!  All of your hard work have surely helped with soaking up a lot of water. Sounds like you have used all of your materials to aid in deferring water from the patio and into the den with great success!  Continued prayers for you and all the others in the wake of Harvey.

General Discussion / Texas Friends
« on: August 25, 2017, 04:25:25 PM »
Many prayers for all of you in Texas and in the path of Harvey.  Know they we are keeping you and your families safety in our thoughts and prayers.  May God bless you all.

General Discussion / Re: New Homestead part next.
« on: August 10, 2017, 03:51:02 PM »
That is a good looking home there for your Primos grill! You did a great job building it. I'm sure the brisket will be the best yet on your new homestead.

Beautiful place you have there to grill.

Looks like a great crop this year!

General Discussion / Re: Grass and Pigweed Control - Help!
« on: August 06, 2017, 11:02:30 AM »
I also spot spray roundup with a low pressure pump sprayer.  But I always wondered what effect it is having besides killing the weeds.  None of the bugs in the weeds particularly like it and skeee-daddle out of the way when sprayed.  I don't use any other herbicide or pesticide and would like to get away from round up too.  I will also be reading more about Arrow and Treflan.  Thanks for all the advice - it is always helpful.

Welcome JetCat.

General Discussion / Re: 2017 Garden Brag Thread (Post your Pics)
« on: July 28, 2017, 03:17:43 PM »
That is one BIG UGLI!  I bet there is a good support for that tomato plant.  Very Nice.

General Discussion / Re: Time to Cut Back my TPPHPeas
« on: July 26, 2017, 11:55:30 AM »
That sounds like a good idea.  Good luck with the 2nd crop.

General Discussion / Re: Garden update
« on: July 26, 2017, 08:38:12 AM »
That is a beautiful garden!  Great job.  All your work is certainly paying off for you. It's great eating. What type corn do you have?  5 ears one one stalk is incredible.

General Discussion / Re: Someone picked our tomatoes
« on: July 25, 2017, 08:24:59 AM »
I would be glad to give them some - but I can't stand someone stealing them!  The electric fence and bear trap would certainly get their attention.  I believe I would have to put a trail camera up to see who it is that is doing that.

General Discussion / Re: Unlikely meeting
« on: July 24, 2017, 02:18:50 PM »
Ben - Thanks for the story.  It sounds like you guys have helped each other.  Gardens are a lot of work but they give us more than food.  I agree with the Dr and find it relaxing being able to get out in the garden and  work out some of the worries of the day.  Hope all went well for your appointments. 

General Discussion / Christmas Pole Lima Beans
« on: July 24, 2017, 01:47:37 PM »
This year I expanded my garden on each end so I could try some items I had never tried before.  Some worked pretty good and some were pulled up after the first harvest and were a flop – at least for us.  I’ll put some of them in different threads.  Since this is one of my first posts - please let me know if this is too long or if I need to cut down on pictures.

One of the good news stories were Christmas Pole Lima beans.  We were pleasantly surprised how good these were.  They don’t really taste like a typical lima bean and to us they had a soft, creamy texture that is similar to a buttered potato.  I would recommend giving them a try if you have a spare row.  They seem to be in better shape with the SC 100 degree heat lately. I kept the first meal simple with just sautéed onions and garlic added to the beans so the flavor wasn’t masked to much.  I think next time we’ll add celery and okra with a little smoked paprika or meat of some kind.  It doesn’t take too many beans to make a meal.

I got a pound of the beans from Morgan County Seeds for $3.40 and there were more than enough for 2 – 50 ft rows.  I planted each side of the support fencing.  I planted them April 13th with my first harvest July 16th. 

Phaseolus limensis
Giant Speckled Christmas Lima Pole Bean (80 days) – excerpt from

A heavy yielder, easy to shell, and is a reliable producer in hot, humid areas. Christmas Limas are related to the lima bean, similar to the giant Peruvian Lima but plumper. This is a large bean with a maroon batik pattern over a creamy background.

The Christmas Lima may be referred to as a speckled lima or butter bean. The bean is 7/8 long and maintains its markings after cooking.  The bean's chestnut flavor combined with its festive coloring are the reason for the name Christmas Lima.

The Christmas Lima has a buttery flavor and creamy texture. The lima's crisp nutty flavor- sometimes described as similar to chestnuts. The cooked texture is similar to that of a baked potato.  Source of information: Gary Joseph

They were easy to grow and are still producing well with no signs yet of slowing down.  The vines are somewhere close to 11 ft long.  Here are some pics of beans and we’ll do it in reverse order from this week back to March.

Here is the most important part – the Beans  are about the size of a quarter.  I have let them dry some before harvesting them.

Here is the support fence.  It is my old fence line before expanding this South side.  The posts are 8 ft tall with a cattle panel on the bottom and 4 ft of crop netting across the top.  I didn’t use any wire or rope on the top and will add that for last year.  It’s a 15ft run between posts and is much too much weight for supporting the beans.  I’ll have to add that next year.

Hope this isn’t too long and you’ll give them a try next year.

Thanks for all the welcomes

General Discussion / Re: Purple Hull Pea 2nd Crop
« on: July 22, 2017, 04:27:28 PM »
Thanks Double B!

Glad to be here.  I have been on as a Guest and gathered a great deal of knowledge from all of the folks here.

Have you tried Christmas Pole Lima Beans?  I planted a couple of rows of them this spring and love them too!  I'll start a new thread next week about them with Pics.  The only thing they have in common with Lima beans is the name.  To me they taste like a buttered potato with a creamy consistency.  I was very surprised with the taste. I will have a row every year now.

You'll have to share your results of the new varieties of peas with us.

General Discussion / Re: Purple Hull Pea 2nd Crop
« on: July 21, 2017, 01:31:56 PM »
TBone - I was pondering the same question last week.  This is my first year growing them and was pleasantly surprised with how good they were.  I mowed mine down last weekend and wondered if they had a chance in the SC heat.  I looked this AM and most all of the stalks are green and have blooms starting again already. 

The only downside I can see is picking the PHP will now be much closer to the ground and harder on the old back.  The blooms are about 6 inches off the ground.  I guess they are still Top Pick PHPs but the top isn't near where is was a few weeks ago.

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