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General Discussion / Re: Epsom Salt around Tomato Plants
« on: June 10, 2018, 04:17:58 PM »
I'm not sure how much the amount matters as relates to the plant size.  I use a couple of tablespoon to a gallon of water and foliar feed it with a watering can.  It gets into the plants system faster and it also helps pepper plants.

Livestock / Re: Lamb boxes for traveling.
« on: June 08, 2018, 07:10:17 AM »
I have seen some people even use dog kennels and they actually travel well.  They don't stress out very much if they are used to being handled.  Like was said they need to be kept in shade since they won't drink any water when they are under stress.

General Discussion / Re: Can BER be stopped once it starts?
« on: June 07, 2018, 04:04:01 PM »
We added some Epsom salts to some tomatoes that had BER and it stopped it on new fruit that set.

Happy Hour / Re: Deer fawn
« on: June 03, 2018, 08:50:05 PM »
We have seen similar things with our sheep.   The difference is the mama sheep aren't afraid of humans and will go wherever their babies go when the babies are being handles.  We have seen more issues with bottle babies that are raised by humans and it seems they are not getting all of the 'training' for their lives that they get from their sheep dams. 

The rabbits at our place are survival mode impaired.  The majority of our property is pasture that has Livestock Guardian Dogs with a free run so they either stay out of those or don't live long.  They wind up with a burrow out in the open where the mower will take them out.

General Discussion / Re: Corn is gone - again!
« on: May 31, 2018, 11:54:01 AM »
I keep my pellet gun by the door for when I see tree rats. 

The Greenhouse / Re: 2018 High Tunnel
« on: May 27, 2018, 01:49:40 PM »
Looking great as we have come to expect.   8)

Livestock / Re: New Sheep arrivals
« on: May 27, 2018, 01:47:55 PM »
Thanks Ben - We have a nice herd that is very marketable.  We are trying to provide both meat and breeding stock (both registered and commercial).  We have already sold 14 lambs this season and are getting ready to breed back 17 ewes with 6 of those ear marked for sale once we are sure they are bred.

Fruit Trees / Re: Blueberry time
« on: May 27, 2018, 07:31:01 AM »
I finally gave up on  blueberries here.  In the few places I can plant them I can never get the soil ph right.

General Discussion / Re: First potato harvest
« on: May 26, 2018, 08:41:00 PM »
That is a good haul and coming up out of straw is even better.  :)

Livestock / New Sheep arrivals
« on: May 26, 2018, 08:24:12 PM »
We made a day trip down to Section Alabama to pick up some ewe lambs.  We are slowly switching to registered Katahdin stock and these 4 will replace 6 of our commercial ewes.  We will still be raising commercial quality sheep but they will be selling as meat sheep instead of breeders.

The farm these lambs came from cull really hard and truly only keep the ewes that are outstanding.  These girls are all about 2 1/2 months old and a little over 80 pounds so they have had phenomenal growth. They are all out of either twins or triplets but these girls won't be bred until they are a little over a year old to let them get to their adult size.

General Discussion / Re: Green Bean Report
« on: May 25, 2018, 11:32:03 AM »
T-boy - I don't know how much weight you can put on it but if you look at Companion Plant charts most that I have say that beans and onions are combative. I don't know if they would have that much of an affect though.

Livestock / Re: New Pullets!
« on: May 21, 2018, 02:45:05 PM »
They are pretty - Rhode Island Reds???

We have about a dozen Reds and one that we named E.D. for Egg Delivery.  She will fly out and go to a big flower pot that she pulled the plants out of months ago but we left it there for her.  She will lay her egg in the pot and then walk around the front door till someone comes out.  If we don't see her she throws a fuss so we can open the gate to let her back in.  There are lots of trees inside their pen so for whatever reason she doesn't think she can fly back in.

I put some okra in hydrogen peroxide as suggested by Gymgirl and another small batch in water yesterday morning.  The next time I do that I'll plan on 12 hours or so since the hydrogen peroxide seed has sprouts 1/4" long and the seed in water just barely started to sprout.

Try soaking the seeds in Hydrogen Peroxide, instead.  Just plain old H2O2 in the dark brown bottle...

That is a new one on me, never heard that but I might give it a try.  I'm just planting our little bit of okra this week and we are planting Clemson Spineless and one that I haven't tried before and Bull Dog which is a burgundy okra on a compact plant.

General Discussion / Re: Summer lettuce
« on: May 18, 2018, 11:42:30 AM »
I just found one called All Year Round that sounds like it might be decent but the reviewer in this case was in Zone 5.  I'm going to try some and see if it can be babied along with some shade cloth.

General Discussion / Re: Summer lettuce
« on: May 18, 2018, 09:00:39 AM »
I had that same question last week and came up with the link below that offers a few alternatives. I dd some Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach last year using shade cloth in the afternoon with some success but they were hard to germinate (maybe because of the heat).

Happy Hour / Re: The year was 1955
« on: May 17, 2018, 08:34:52 PM »
I can relate to most of those things.  I was born in 1950 ang got hired out to farmers doing manual labor in my teens for 40 cents an hour.  I worked for one farmer who was generous because I busted my butt and he paid me $1 an hour but that was unheard of back then.

Just before I graduated High School in 1969 gas was 32 cents a gallon in St. Francis, Arkansas.  :)

Fruit Trees / Re: Celeste Fig Tree
« on: May 13, 2018, 07:08:06 AM »
Thanks Gene - Your brother is due east of us so his climate is ours also.  I think I'm going to include this tree in our sales booth.  :)

Fruit Trees / Re: Celeste Fig Tree
« on: May 12, 2018, 08:24:11 PM »
I figure Gene will jump in at some point :)

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