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General Discussion / Re: Corn ripeness
« on: Today at 11:25:27 AM »
LSU AG Center recommends 18 - 24 days after silks are visible and it is pretty close.  This year it will be about 26 days after silks appeared.  This is the longest it has ever taken for my Merit Corn to ripen.  Today is 23 days and it is not quite ready.

Bob

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Worked on grass removal in the garden and a ditch.  Worked the Okra and checked the corn it should be ready by Thursday or Friday.  Picked 13 Better Boy maters and 15 Roma mater.  Will start Creole Mater seeds and Amish Paste mater seeds tomorrow hopefully for Fall garden. 

Anxious to get the corn picked so I can plant more butter peas and get the garden ready for the fall garden. I also have the rows the onions and potatoes were on to get ready for fall.

Bob

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General Discussion / Re: Happy Fathers Day to All U Fathers Out there
« on: June 17, 2018, 01:07:28 PM »
X 2, Happy Father's Day to all the Fathers.

Bob

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General Discussion / Re: Fish Emulsion.....and problems??
« on: June 17, 2018, 08:29:03 AM »
Haven't used it in years but when I did, I had no such problems. I have been thinking about using it in my drip tape but just keep putting it off.

Bob

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: June 16, 2018, 09:30:54 PM »
Canned 7 qts. tomato sauce.  Picked a 5 gal bucket of Top Pick Purple Hull Peas.  Froze 5 zip lock freezer quarts of cleaned and halved Jalapeno peppers for stuffing and Poppers.  Picked a bucket of tomatoes and checked corn, not ready just yet.

Bob

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Tools and Equipment / Re: Lets talk Mowers
« on: June 15, 2018, 07:55:45 AM »
Back when I was young, I bought a very used Sears Craftsman 8 hp lawn tractor with a 48" deck, 48" snow thrower, an a 48" scrapper blade.  Mowed a lot of grass, moved tons of snow, with 8 HP!   That tractor had a V belt limited slip drive system, that would move mountains.  I look at all of these high HP mowers an wonder what has changed?  It wasn't fast, but It was a work horse.

What happened is what happened to everything, cost reduction, increased profit. We have become a throw away society.
Bob

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Tools and Equipment / Re: Lets talk Mowers
« on: June 14, 2018, 01:59:32 PM »
I just replaced a 50" Exmark that I had for 6 years. Put a hole in the block.  Loved the machine, but they now put an Exmark motor in them and they said that all parts had to be purchased at a Exmark dealer.

Replaced it with a Big Dog 54" and have cut my time mowing  by about 20 min (1hr 45 min) on my 2.5 acres.

I have a Wood's 60" finish mower, but it takes me about 4 hours to mow because of the 4 buildings and I have to finish with a push mower. The only time I use it is if the zero turn ls down.

Had a 40" JD riding mower, and it took me 4 hours also to cut the grass.

Bob

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: June 13, 2018, 08:55:36 PM »
Finished pulling my onions
1. 1015 Y Texas Super Sweet
2. Candy
3. Texas Early White

Bob

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Happy Hour / Re: Lord......I Apologize .
« on: June 12, 2018, 01:33:56 PM »
I do all the time.

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: June 10, 2018, 11:45:22 AM »
It is official, I am at war with red ants.  I just dug my potatoes and threw out almost as much as I kept due to red ant damage.  I am going to go the county agent tomorrow to verify it is ant damage but I am 90% sure that is what it is.  I should have had 150 to 200 lbs ended up with 80.  Always have a little damage from ants but this is ridiculous. 

Bob

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: June 08, 2018, 01:52:49 PM »
This morning's picking.


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Happy Hour / Re: One of the Coolest Things
« on: June 07, 2018, 08:41:01 AM »
Congratulations.

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: June 06, 2018, 08:03:22 PM »
picked 3 Better Boy Tomatoes and 5 Roma Tomatoes.  Wanted to dig potatoes, but just too wet, sinking to ankles.

Bob

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: June 04, 2018, 12:43:11 PM »
GG you sure have a lot of cukes there.  They look like they are getting really big.

This morning I picked a little more than 5# of blueberries.  This is my first harvest off of 3 trees 3 yrs, old.  Also picked my first tomatoes one better boy and 3 Roma.  Lots of green ones on there.  May get a decent mater harvest this year if I can keep the leaf footed bugs and stink bugs out of them.

Bob

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: June 02, 2018, 08:44:39 PM »
Rain and weeds have gotten out of control.... Spent most of the day with reinforcements to start getting some of it under control again... This was one of the onion rows.  I need to figure out another way to avoid all these weeds.  Maybe a pre-emergent when I put out transplants.

Same problem I had after spending 4 hours a day 3 days a week for physical therapy, 1 hour traveling there, 1 hour therapy, 1 hour eating lunch and shopping with wife, and 1 hour back.  The rain was relentless and garden looked just like that.

Finished therapy couple of weeks ago and still have one row of Purple hull peas that look just like that.  Too dang hot to mess with this.

Bob

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General Discussion / Re: Ripe squash
« on: May 31, 2018, 09:11:29 PM »
X2, 5-6 inches much bigger they get hard

Bob

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: May 30, 2018, 09:24:35 PM »
pulled Candy Onions. not doing as good as 1015 SS.  The Candy not as big and has had fungal damage.  Will pull 1015 SS after I dig potatoes.

Bob

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I don't know why, but rabbits don't bother my garden.  I sit every evening and watch them eating grass all around the garden and they never go in it.  The only critter other than bugs that have damaged my garden is tree rats when the corn is almost ready and deer eating 2 rows of soy beans once and my wife's flowers in front the house.  Not bad for 10 years.

Bob

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Happy Hour / Re: Memorial Day
« on: May 28, 2018, 07:53:41 PM »
I knew 2 boys I went to school with who died in combat in Vietnam.  Both were 18 years old when they died. Too young to die, never had a chance to live.  I think of them often and thank them for their sacrifice. 

My BIL and his brother were both in the army in Vietnam.  They will never talk about what went on over there.  Both suffer from PTSD and my sister will tell you it is a challenge living with him.  I know Memorial Day is about those ho died in service to our country, but sometimes those who lived suffer more than those who died.

Bob

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I don't know if you have a country agent, I have used them before when I was stumped with a garden problem.  Worth the the try.

Bob

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