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General Discussion / Re: Corn ripeness
« on: Today at 06:34:04 AM »
You have a lot going on in each photo.  The first photo I would say that the corn needed more nitrogen when the corn started to tassel.  I say that because the corn looks yellow an not the deep dark green of well fed corn.  2 that ear looks nearly ready.  We use feel an stripping back the husks to see if corn is ready to pick.  When ready the ear should be full an firm at the top of the ear.  Strip back the husks just enough to see the top of the ear, an you will know if it needs more time.   The silks in that photo don't look quite ready, but it is close.  Photo 3,that ear needs more time, as you can see it is skinny which is not filled out yet.  Probably several more days before it will be ready.  The other photos shows a pretty good stand of corn.  Those photos do look like you had enough nitrogen as the color looks nice an dark green.
The quicker you go from garden to table, or freezer is important to really get the sweetest corn.  We usually grow ambrosia which is good tasting corn, but I have never raised or tasted the G 90 so I just don't know about that corn.  I hope that helps. 

Happy Hour / Re: Cajun Cooks
« on: June 16, 2018, 09:10:48 PM »
 There are some good to excellent Cajun cooks on this forum, as I have had my feet under their tables, so I expect you will get some good info here. 

« on: June 16, 2018, 10:27:09 AM »
You have a good looking place, an something I have always lusted for a nice pond! 

General Discussion / Re: Garden Scooter Deal
« on: June 15, 2018, 06:56:11 PM »
NKH that answer is exactly why this forum is so good!   Everyone wants to help.  Now if we can only get video of the ride.   

Tools and Equipment / Re: Lets talk Mowers
« on: June 15, 2018, 07:14:48 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.

Homesteading Skills / Re: Cucumber storage
« on: June 08, 2018, 10:20:50 AM »
Good on you GeorgiaClay!  You can start eating them any time now.
Adrianrog I am sorry for my mistake, as I thought had made the refrigerator pickles, which can be eaten right away, but you had started a batch of fermented pickles, oppsy!   I have never made fermented pickles, so i hope they turn out great.

General Discussion / Re: Can BER be stopped once it starts?
« on: June 07, 2018, 08:39:57 PM »
Plain old cheaper than dirt is bonemeal.   BER is caused by lack of calcium, an as stated above there are lots of remedies that will work, just depends on what you choose.   My 93 year old senior gardener (mom) uses a mixture of equal parts of lime, bonemeal, an Epson salts mixed into the bottom of the hole before planting the maters an you won't have BER ever again.   

Happy Hour / Re: One of the Coolest Things
« on: June 07, 2018, 09:06:34 AM »
Wow BB!  That is some serious salsa to beat out the competition in all categories!   Congrats to you grandson, as that is a life time memory for y'all.   

Homesteading Skills / Re: Cucumber storage
« on: June 07, 2018, 06:44:59 AM »   this poped up on my FB page this am, an it has a short video, but it is similar to the fridge pickles above only bread an butter pickles. 
Adrianrog  did you try them?   The recipes always say to wait, but I suffer mightly  from being a boomer baby so I can not wait.  They do get a tiny little bit better, but you can eat them right now! 

Maggie I would think with all of the water removed, you will have very little left, but it sounds good.  Keep us posted. 

Homesteading Skills / Re: Cucumber storage
« on: June 06, 2018, 09:55:49 AM »   this is an easy recipe but you have to keep them in the fridge.  Like I said in this thread you can go a little crazy an put just about any other hard vegetable in with the cukes that you like as this is a basic recipe.  If you want bread an butter pickles add some pickling spice too, or dill weed if you want dill pickles.  This is a crowd pleaser recipe.

Homesteading Skills / Re: Cucumber storage
« on: June 06, 2018, 06:12:33 AM »
Don't let them get to big, but a cuke is a cuke.   What type of pickles do you like?  I make a simple refrigerator pickle that is quick an easy, an very versatile as you can add any veggie into the brine like peppers, onions, garlic ,carrots along with your cukes, an it is a good potluck dish.   Some people like the bigger cukes but the seeds start to get big too, so smaller size makes for better pickles. 

Homesteading Skills / Re: Cucumber storage
« on: June 05, 2018, 07:55:49 PM »
I expect they will be ruined by freezing them as they are mostly water.  The only way to save would be to pickle them as far as I know.  Sacrifice one an put it on The freezer tonight an that it out in the morning, an you will know if it is worthwhile. 

Recipes / Re: Anyone have this recipe? Sweet (B&B) pickles
« on: June 05, 2018, 02:40:52 PM »
Those babies are not diabetic friendly!  Didn't see cloves in the recipe, but there might be some in the pickling spice?   I am glad you found your recipe. 

General Discussion / Re: Sunflowers as a Trap Crop
« on: June 05, 2018, 02:31:57 PM »
You have a ways to go Nugget as those babies will get to 6 or 7 feet tall.  We have had sunflowers in the garden for years an the twitty birds love them when they mature.  I expect you will see heads forming when they are 5 feet tall or so.  The down side to the big sunflowers is that the trunk is like a 2 to 3 inch tree when they mature.  For the last few years we have shoved them out with a tractor with a fel an burned the stock's in s pile. 

Recipes / Re: Anyone have this recipe? Sweet (B&B) pickles
« on: June 02, 2018, 03:27:37 PM »
Rabbit, in your spare time (lol) you might want to make a batch of those pickles just to see if it is close to what you remember.  You can add spices to store bought pickles, as I often add pepper corns, or hot peppers just to jazz up the pickles to my liking.  Cloves is one of those spices I do not care for, so I would not be a fair judge. 

Recipes / Re: Anyone have this recipe? Sweet (B&B) pickles
« on: June 01, 2018, 06:10:03 PM »
RecipeSource   this site has lots of pickle recipes, hope you find what your looking for.  I am not able to post links on my tablet so you will need to search that site for "pickles" an it should pop up. 

General Discussion / Re: Spraying Tomatoes?
« on: June 01, 2018, 12:00:53 PM »
Rabbitproof I am under the impression that copper is ok for organic use.   Please confirm but as I recall it says so on the container. 

General Discussion / Re: Spraying Tomatoes?
« on: May 31, 2018, 07:28:21 PM »
We use copper spray on the maters, peppers, an this year on the cucumbers an cantaloupe as they all suffer from blight an fungus which kills them well before the season is over.  Last year was the first year we used copper, an the only reason we had any peppers at all, as the leaves were falling of the plants with ever breeze, an they were nearly cleared of leaves when I started spraying an each plant regained its health an we had a good crop of peppers. 

Happy Hour / Re: Question for y'all....Chromebook
« on: May 30, 2018, 11:59:35 AM »
I had a chrome tablet for a couple of years an it was ok.  It finally died but I had bought it at a pawn shop for less than a hundred bucks so I think I got my moneys worth.  I did have a laptop at the time so if I needed to do something more than the basics I could, but it was a Windows 10 computer an it was pretty pitiful !

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