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General Discussion / Happy Father's Day
« on: June 17, 2018, 06:25:49 AM »
Hope all the father's out there have a great Father's day today!

General Discussion / Squirrel issue solved
« on: June 04, 2018, 11:39:52 AM »

You can use a 2X4 set on end instead of a stick. Also if you prebait an area and get them used to the area you can get a bunch quite fast.  I put 3-4 snares on each pole. Can use the same type set up for coons if you use a heavier wire.
Best thing is it's quiet and can be very pet friendly if set correctly.

General Discussion / Cajun Gardener Fall GTG
« on: April 29, 2018, 08:43:56 AM »
What are the dates???

General Discussion / Finally......
« on: April 12, 2018, 05:12:50 PM »
Well after almost 2 years I finally signed the contracts for the grants to build my High Tunnel greenhouse today. A whole new adventure is about to start, I'm so looking forward to enjoying it and sharing the experience with you all.


General Discussion / Happy Easter
« on: April 01, 2018, 06:26:54 AM »
Here hoping everyone had a great Easter with family and friends!

General Discussion / Stink bug trap!
« on: March 24, 2018, 08:15:22 AM »
Got a link from Vince
Hope it works, looks pretty easy.

General Discussion / Sawmill
« on: November 19, 2017, 10:10:45 AM »
Ordered a Wood Mizer LT15 Sawmill to be able cut my own wood to build my planned raised bed garden.
Is going to be an incredible venture I hope.

General Discussion / L.E.D's
« on: October 03, 2017, 04:29:30 AM »
Do LED replacement bulbs for florescent fixtures provide the correct light waves for plants. Need to set up my over winter room up and don't want to waste money.
Thanks in advance.

General Discussion / Who's on Chat?
« on: October 01, 2017, 06:21:27 AM »

General Discussion / Compost pile
« on: June 25, 2017, 12:11:06 PM »
Started a compost pile to get ready for next year. My question is: What is the best way to get it set up. I have fairly well composted horse manure/sawdust mix, endless amount of wood chips and 5 acre's of grass clippings available if I wanted to. The first run I put down manure mix, wood chips and a bunch of clippings then fired up the tractor and rototilled it all together. This time I mixed it up and then added manure mix and a bunch of clippings and turned it all up. Is this a "proper way" to do this or am I doing it wrong? Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated.
Might have to go buy a case of old Milwaukee and pour it on the pile.

General Discussion / Garlic scapes
« on: June 10, 2017, 09:44:51 AM »
My garlic is starting to make scapes and I was wondering when and how to remove them. Thanks in advance for tips and ideas.


General Discussion / Memorial Day
« on: May 29, 2017, 05:54:32 AM »
To those who made the ultimate sacrifice, I am humbled by your service and will be forever thankful. Our freedoms were bought by the price you paid. Godspeed to each of you!
Semper Fidelis.

General Discussion / Went and met Maggie13 and Jim
« on: January 23, 2017, 02:30:08 PM »
Finally made it over to the nicest people that have the prettiest Green house in NY yesterday. Had a wonderful time getting to know the two of them and got the grand tour of their homestead. Trust me when I say that the picture she post are very nice but nothing like in real life. The High Tunnel and pond project are incredible and when the pond is done they are going to have such a beautiful spot and view.
Was given the tour of the wood working shop and received the greatest surprise ever. They designed and made a BEAUTIFUL plaque that will be the new logo for my little business venture..... On a CNC machine that Jim built himself no less.

To say I was shocked and in awe is an understatement for sure.
After the tour I we conversed a bit more and I was treated to the best homemade pizza ever!

I am very blessed to have met these wonderful and TOP SHELF people and am proud to call them my friends! Thank you Maggie and Jim, look forward to our next meeting.

Gunny Steve

General Discussion / Who's in Chat?
« on: January 12, 2017, 07:55:40 PM »

Happy Hour / Came across this. Long but good read!!
« on: January 04, 2017, 05:21:23 PM »
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.
“Let me explain the problem science has with religion.” The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand. “You’re a Christian, aren’t you, son?”
“Yes sir,” the student says.
“So you believe in God?”
“Is God good?”
“Sure! God’s good.”
“Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?”
“Are you good or evil?”
“The Bible says I’m evil.”
The professor grins knowingly. “Aha! The Bible!”
He considers for a moment, “Here’s one for you.
Let’s say there’s a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it would you help him? Would you try?”
“Yes sir, I would.”
“So you’re good!”
“I wouldn’t say that.”
“But why not say that? You’d help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn’t.” The student does not answer, so the professor continues.
“He doesn’t, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Hmmm? Can you answer that one?” The student remains silent.
“No, you can’t, can you?” the professor says. He takes a sip of water from glass on his desk to give the student time to relax.
“Let’s start again, young fella. Is God good?”
“Er…yes,” the student says.
“Is Satan good?”
The student doesn’t hesitate on this one, “No.”
“Then where does Satan come from?”
The student falters, “From God.”
“That’s right. God made Satan, didn’t he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world?”
“Yes, sir.”
“Evil’s everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything, correct?”
“So who created evil?” The professor continued, “If God created everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil.”
Again, the student has no answer.
“Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?”
The student squirms on his feet. “Yes.”
“So who created them?”
The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question, “Who created them?”
There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized.
“Tell me,” he continues onto another student. “Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?”
The student’s voice betrays him and cracks. “Yes, professor, I do.”
The old man stops pacing, “Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?”
“No sir. I’ve never seen Him.”
“Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus? Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that matter?”
“No, sir, I’m afraid I haven’t.”
“Yet you still believe in him?”
“According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?”
“Nothing,” the student replies. “I only have my faith.”
“Yes, faith,” the professor repeats. “And that is the problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith.”
The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of His own. “Professor, is there such thing as heat?”
“Yes,” the professor replies. “There’s heat.”
“And is there such a thing as cold?”
“Yes, son, there’s cold too.”
“No sir, there isn’t.”
The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to explain. “You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don’t have anything called ‘cold’. We can hit up to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees.” “Everybody or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.” Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer.
“What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?”
“Yes,” the professor replies without hesitation. “What is night if it isn’t darkness?”
“You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? That’s the meaning we use to define the word. In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?”
The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a good semester. “So what point are you making, young man?”
“Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.”
The professor’s face cannot hide his surprise this time, “Flawed? Can you explain how?”
“You are working on the premise of duality,” the student explains. “You argue that there is life and then there’s death; a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought.” “It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never been seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it.” “Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?”
“If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do.”
“Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?” The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.
“Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?” The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has subsided. “To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me give you an example of what I mean.” The student looks around the room, “Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor’s brain?” The class breaks out into laughter. “Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor’s brain, felt the professor’s brain, touched or smelt the professor’s brain? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir.” “So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?”
Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face unreadable. Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers, “I guess you’ll have to take them on faith.”
“Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life,” the student continues, “Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?”
Now uncertain, the professor responds, “Of course, there is. We see it everyday. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.”
To this the student replied, “Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.” The professor sat down.

General Discussion / Using blood instead of blood meal
« on: December 29, 2016, 08:09:29 PM »
Is it possible to do this or would one be asking for trouble from varmits?

General Discussion / Christmas tree's
« on: December 28, 2016, 04:42:06 PM »
The county and villages will be driving around next week or so chipping up all the discarded Christmas trees! My question is, I can have them dump the chips at the new garden spot, but will they make good material for composting? I still have piles of leaves and horse Poo and I just acquired more sheep Poo than I'll ever be able to use up. Going to try and find a guy with a big dump truck to bring it all in a couple trips instead of 20 trips with dump trailer.
Also with the sheep manure it is loaded with quite green hay and straw so can I consider that as a "green" nitrogen for composting?
Any and all ideas are appreciated as always!!


General Discussion / Merry Christmas!
« on: December 23, 2016, 03:39:11 PM »
Merry Christmas to the best group of people on the web. I won't have internet all weekend so I wanted to wish you all the best now!!!
Love and God bless you all during this wonderful celebration!!


General Discussion / Another weed question, sorry!
« on: December 07, 2016, 05:28:25 PM »
Can't figure this guy out. Green and doing good considering numerous sub freezing nights, and then 2 ft of snow. It appears to be thriving and the deer love it. Looks like it has small beans or pea pods on it. Thanks for the help,


General Discussion / Help with weed ID
« on: November 17, 2016, 06:24:06 PM »
Not the best pictures but does anyone know the name of this Prickly sprawling out weed? It has a main rootball and spreads out to all points. Almost like a briar patch but only at ground level. Poor Maxwell when he walks across it.


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