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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: September 19, 2017, 12:58:04 PM »
Plowed my best field today, kind of thinking to get ready for spring, but something about a fresh plowed field makes me want to plant or sow something on it.. maybe some greens or turnips..
anyway smelling the fresh turned soil I remembered as a child running barefoot through the fields after Dad plowed with the mules..  Sucked in a deep long breath, and at least two gnats..  got to remind myself not to do that again..  :D


General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« on: September 12, 2017, 03:34:44 AM »
Noah came by, stopped for a couple of beers yesterday,  Then a little gal named Dorothy and her little dog Todo floated by asking which way is Kansas?   

Just Kidding, where I'm at its not bad at all.. just a steady rain..

General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« on: September 11, 2017, 08:41:53 AM »
If it don't rain today we are going to miss a good chance of it.. :D :D :D

Homesteading Skills / Re: Robber in the Apiary!!!
« on: September 03, 2017, 03:04:20 AM »
KSP, yes, bees have a lot of problems these days.. it isn't like back in the 60s when I was a kid, Dad had three hives here and they took care of themselves.. no problems back then with mites or the small hive beetle.  Also now days new pesticides seem to be a problem, and I believe the GMO corn crops have an effect on their larva as they are fed pollen harvested from corn crops.. These days you really have to keep an eye on the hives, and take action when needed to maintain bees.  I'm not sure I know enough to keep my hive through the winter, but if it does make it till next spring I want to work with the bees and build up more hives with it.  I'm new at it and trying to learn, sometimes it seems the bees aren't reading the same books as I am..

General Discussion / Re: Curtis SE_Tex is good and well................
« on: September 02, 2017, 02:32:41 AM »
Thanks Boudreaux, good to know Curtis and family are safe..

General Discussion / Re: Another okra question
« on: August 29, 2017, 02:55:32 AM »
I do top my okra but only when its the right height for picking.  it will set the production back around 2 weeks before it recovers..  I thin the plants to around 3 foot spacing, thats enough to encourage the side branches to grow and they will produce more okra on the same plant..  I don't really like to pick okra until later in the fall when its tall enough that I don't have to be bent over to pick.  I usually grow a half acre or more okra and sell it..

Some okra depends on what type it is whether to top or not.. the fife or long horn types grow so lush I can't control those varieties as well.. so I don't plant those types.. they will get big and I have to pick both sides of the plants..

Happy Hour / Re: Massey Ferguson
« on: August 22, 2017, 08:29:55 AM »
I remember those old hand cranks, but I don't recall a place to store them on the tractor.. we kept ours in the barn..

Homesteading Skills / Re: Home made table
« on: August 21, 2017, 04:32:08 PM »
well lets see if a old dog can learn a new trick..
the stain was honey.   the daughter saw the table and decided it was an indoor table and the old one went to storage..  can't wait till the next shop project..

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 15, 2017, 05:02:44 PM »
Planted some cabbage plants today..

Today was National Relaxation Day.. Finally a national celebration I could really enjoy..

General Discussion / Re: Grass and Pigweed Control - Help!
« on: August 03, 2017, 11:01:03 AM »
In the hot dry days of August if you will break bermuda up and turn it every third day it will die..

at least thats how I get rid of it..

an old farmer told me that back in the 60s when I was helping him on his farm.

The Range / Dock / Re: Trail Cam 2017
« on: July 31, 2017, 03:01:49 PM »
Thanks Adrian,

I'm still looking at cameras.. I don't know which type to buy right now.  I sure liked the video you posted.. I don't use video very often, and now that the coyotes aren't around here any more I probably will just go with pictures.

Homesteading Skills / Re: Robber in the Apiary!!!
« on: July 28, 2017, 05:16:15 PM »
Durana, its a white clover, I sowed it last year but I didn't see any till about May here.

I had given up on it and sowed crimson clover last fall, it did well here and the bees worked it.  I like crimson here in zone 7
it dies out in May about time to start my garden and comes back again..  I sow some buckwheat around the gardens and in one small field so the bees have a little something along this time of year. it grows and blooms quick, bees seem to like it.. buckwheat seed  was cheap this spring.. 50 pounds was about 35 bucks.. the honey is harvested already so the bees will be using the buckwheat honey for themselves..

At first I wanted to get into bees and a big way, but since changed my mind, maybe 5 hives is about all I want now..  very interesting insect, I just sit and watch them for hours.. or until they invite me to leave.. :D

General Discussion / Re: And on the 7th Day, He Rested....
« on: July 28, 2017, 12:32:14 PM »
What I hope I'm doing is killing off weeds.  I got pigweed seed in a bunch of pea seeds I bought last year..  Came up right  in the row with the peas and out grew them.. plowed the whole crop up.

General Discussion / Re: And on the 7th Day, He Rested....
« on: July 27, 2017, 04:39:42 PM »
I can just say what i'm doing this year, don't know if its right or not..
I sowed crimson clover last fall it bloomed in April and died in May,  I sowed buckwheat about June it bloomed and some went to seed.. I am plowing the field now every few days or so to kill out the weeds and compost it all back into the dirt.  thinking I might sow it in either peas or greens soon.

The Range / Dock / Re: Trail Cam 2017
« on: July 26, 2017, 06:38:30 AM »
Adrian, nice vid, I'm going to look into getting a StealthCam, the moultries I have only take very short I rarely use that feature,  I like to study coyotes working a set the longer video would be nice. 

The Range / Dock / Re: Trail Cam 2017
« on: July 25, 2017, 04:38:24 PM »
Nice cam vids..  now you know who visits..

Homesteading Skills / Re: Robber in the Apiary!!!
« on: July 23, 2017, 09:39:22 AM »

I'm not so sure the bees help the garden crops so much as fruit trees and nut trees..
they aren't native to the Americas and there are other bees that pollenate as well.

I didn't see much in the way of increase in my garden.. it wasn't pretty this summer.  Most of the things I planted were wind pollenated.  squash cukes and bee pollenated things I just didn't bother with this time.. the daughter had a good garden and was bringing in plenty for both families.  So I pretty much let mine go.. I did sow clover and buckwheat for the bees so much of my gardening area was in bee crops.

I'm getting the fields ready for fall crops now.. since things have dried out now, I'm feeling the urge to plant again..

Homesteading Skills / Re: Robber in the Apiary!!!
« on: July 22, 2017, 07:56:59 PM »
we got 10 pints and the bee keepers who helped and we used their equipment took 2 quarts..

I'm really new at this, so I'm learning as I go.. I think we are early enough, they should be able to store up more. We didn't take all of the honey. there should be a fall nectar flow and the bees should be able to store up enough for the winter.. I'll check them later and if I don't see much stores I'll feed them sugar water..

when I installed the package of bees I did feed them 1 to 1 sugar water until the nectar flow picked up, then they quit taking the feed.. 

bees are interesting, I tell folks I'm a bee watcher more than a keeper.. they keep themselves..

General Discussion / Re: Corn twice a year???
« on: July 21, 2017, 03:22:27 AM »
I've made late corn before, on the maturity date add a little extra time because the days are shorter in the fall..

Homesteading Skills / Re: Robber in the Apiary!!!
« on: July 16, 2017, 07:31:37 AM »
Thanks Ya'll.

Adrian no we don't have enough honey for a sale.  I'm going to split with the bee keepers they helped and we used their equipment.  I have a few on the list for gifts.  Monday we split it up and will see what we have left.

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