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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: November 20, 2017, 10:55:53 AM »
Double B that is a nice looking row of onions!  You and Texan have inspired me to get some in the ground.  Just ordered some from Dixondale and hope it's not too late to get them planted.  There's only one way to find out.

Rajun - thanks for the video links.  They certainly have a good operation going there.

Boo - what will you do with all those peppers?

Harvested my one and only Daikon Radish and some tender greens for dinner.

General Discussion / Re: What type plant is this?
« on: November 15, 2017, 03:41:42 PM »
Yep.  That's it.  Looks just like the pictures in the link you sent GG.  You guys sure are good at this!

Thanks.  I think we'll try it and see if I should plant more.

General Discussion / What type plant is this?
« on: November 15, 2017, 02:09:55 PM »
I planted a row of Kale and this plant showed up and took off growing. I'm sure it is not Kale. I really don't know what it is and have not seen one before. So I wanted to see if you all could help me out and identify it.

It is a dull yellow or cream color.  The root is about the size of the circle you make with your thumb and first finger ~2 inches at the top.  The root is about 8 inches above the ground.  It has a look of a carrot but the leaves look more like a turnip - so I didn't think it was a carrot.  What do you folks think it is?  Is it edible?

Homesteading Skills / Re: Canning failure
« on: November 10, 2017, 01:25:28 PM »
Sorry, I'm just getting back to this thread, and missed your question.  I've not used the test strips before.  I ran across a YouTube video that shows a canner using them to test for acidity. 

Google it under something like, "using pH Test strips in canning foods".  Something should pop up! ;)

No worries - we are all busy and come here for some fun reading.

Good idea - what did we ever do before the Internet?

Have a great weekend!

General Discussion / Re: Mushroom identiying
« on: November 10, 2017, 01:21:41 PM »
Those are some nice sized mushrooms.  No idea if there are edible or not, sorry. If they are, there are lots of ways to cook or stuff them. The only ones I can identify are morels.

The Range / Dock / Re: Osage Orange
« on: November 08, 2017, 09:10:41 PM »
KSP - it is beautiful in your neck of the woods.  One of my best high school buddies lives in Calvert City and has a practice in Paducah.  I wish I could make it up there more often.  It's hard to find time to do everything we have to do much less the things we would like to.

General Discussion / Re: Candy Onion seeds
« on: November 08, 2017, 08:58:38 PM »
JB - those look great!  You should be all set for the spring planting. 

Let me know if you have any extra that you won't be able to use, I would rather buy sets from you than somewhere else.  I didn't get any seeds started this fall.  It seems hard for me to keep up with everything and the timing of it all.  That is just part of the fun of it all!!

Hope all is well with you across the dam.

General Discussion / Re: Our Fall Garden 2017
« on: November 08, 2017, 07:05:04 PM »
I have to ask Hippie - how do you keep it so clean?  The grass is really close but doesn't seem to be invading the edges of your garden.  Right now, I can't tell the end of my yard and the start of my garden -  LOL.

All of my free labor has left the house and graduated from college, so it's hard to keep up with just one person.    Appreciate any tips you can share with us on your success and ability to keep the weeds and grass in check.

The Range / Dock / Re: Friend's Grandson kills deer on first Hunt
« on: November 08, 2017, 11:59:53 AM »
Congrats to all the youngsters and their successes!!  Sounds like they were taught well.

Looks like venison is on the menu for the coming months.

General Discussion / Re: Our Fall Garden 2017
« on: November 06, 2017, 11:24:41 AM »
Beautiful garden you have there!  You'll be enjoying those real soon.

General Discussion / Re: Planting Garlic
« on: November 06, 2017, 11:13:45 AM »
Joe - that is a great looking planter you have there.  Your back thanks you for it every time you plant.

Thanks for all the tips on planting, fertilizing and working the soil.  I need to add some fertilizer to my rows.  I planted 1/2 lb of 3 different kinds on the 14th and I am already seeing some of them sprouting.  Hope I didn't plant it too early.

Nuggethound - where in SC are you?  I'm just outside of Irmo.

Boo - you will continue to carry on the tradition from Mr Donald in the best of ways.  Thanks to Mr Donald for getting us started, Mr Boo for carrying on the torch and all of you for continued support so none of us will give up!  We are all better armed tomorrow than we were yesterday.

Love the name GG!

General Discussion / Re: Fall tomatoes
« on: October 26, 2017, 10:25:28 AM »
Congrats on a great fall crop!  I wish I was closer to help with some of those maters -- sounds like you may have more than you can handle.....

Agree with the ladies - keep posting.  Really good for us to see what is successful and what is not.  It makes us all better and more knowledgeable.

My tomato crop this year was not good and I look to change the location of them next year and better utilize side dressing and copper spray.  Tips that I have learned this year from a good many folks here. 

The Range / Dock / Re: Osage Orange
« on: October 26, 2017, 09:09:04 AM »
That was the biggest haul I had ever found.  I don't find many people in SC that look for them, but there aren't that many here.  A good buddy of mine in Marion, KY was the one that originally showed them to me while we were turkey hunting around his house.  I grew up in Eastern, KY around Ashland and we didn't hunt Morels growing up.

There are quite popular to hunt in the midwest and Appalachia.

Where are you in Western KY?

The Range / Dock / Re: Osage Orange
« on: October 25, 2017, 01:39:28 PM »

On the tailgate of my profile pic are a bunch of Morel Mushrooms.  My family is much happier with a mess of Morels than they are with the turkeys.  I have to agree. They are outstanding sauteed in some butter or lightly coated with flour/cornmeal and pan fried.   

After the turkeys quit gobbling after flydown, I'll wander around some creekbottoms looking for the mushrooms. Just keep it slow and stop a good bit looking around - kinda sounds like turkeys feeding around. I was looking for mushrooms about 9:30 that morning and doing pretty well and hadn't heard a gobble in an hour or so and one opened up about 100 yards from me.  Talk about dropping the mushroom bag and hitting the ground in a hurry -- it would have been comical to have watched!  Purred to the birds and scratched in the leaves a couple of times and here they come just hammering and strutting.  5 longbeards come looking for that hen.  4 left.   ;D   He sure was good with those mushrooms!

Homesteading Skills / Re: Canning failure
« on: October 25, 2017, 11:26:22 AM »

I like the idea of the pH test strips.  Which ones do you use?  Are you able to use these to spot check the pH in the garden too?


Homesteading Skills / Re: Jambalaya Recipe - Easy crockpot recipe
« on: October 25, 2017, 11:15:54 AM »

This looks pretty tasty and easy to make.  I'll give it a try one cool weekend sometime soon.

Thanks for sharing.

Homesteading Skills / Re: Rainy Labor day smoke house BBQ
« on: October 25, 2017, 10:29:42 AM »

That is some smokehouse your friend has there.  I would like to build something similar to what he has there.  Do you have any more pictures or videos of it?

Looks like you guys had a fun time.


Homesteading Skills / PawPaw Gene's Cajun Candied Jalapenos
« on: October 25, 2017, 10:21:19 AM »
Reposting PawPawGene's post from another thread.

Hi friends,
This is a recipe for making Cajun Candied Jalapenos supplied to me by my friend Diana. These are slightly sweet, slightly sour, and as hot as you want to make them. If you want them hotter leave more seeds and the white membrane that holds the seeds. They are delish with crackers and cream cheese or on sandwiches. In fact they're great right out the jar.

Cajun Candied Jalapenos
Diana Callahan

•   3 pounds fresh, firm, jalapeno peppers, washed , (1 pound with seeds included and 2 pounds de-seeded)
•   2 cups cider vinegar
•   6 cups white granulated sugar
•   ½ teaspoon turmeric
•   ½ teaspoon celery seed
•   3 teaspoons granulated garlic
•   1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1.   Wearing gloves, remove the stems from all of the jalapeno peppers. The easiest way to do this is to slice a small disc off of the stem-end along with the stem. Discard the stems.
2.   Slice the peppers into uniform 1/4 inch rounds. Set aside.
3.   In a large pot, bring cider vinegar, white sugar, turmeric, celery seed, granulated garlic and cayenne pepper to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the pepper slices and simmer for exactly 4 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the peppers, loading into clean, sterile canning jars to within ¼ inch of the upper rim of the jar. Turn heat up under the pot with the syrup and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 6 minutes.
4.   Use a ladle to pour the boiling syrup into the jars over the jalapeno slices. Insert a cooking chopstick to the bottom of the jar two or three times to release any trapped pockets of air. Adjust the level of the syrup if necessary. Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean, damp paper towel and fix on new, two-piece lids to finger-tip tightness.
5.   *If you have leftover syrup, and it is likely that you will, you may can it in half-pint or pint jars, too. It’s wonderful brushed on meat on the grill or added to potato salad or, or, or… In short, don’t toss it out!
6.   Place jars in a canner, cover with water by 2-inches. Bring the water to a full rolling boil. When it reaches a full rolling boil, set the timer for 10 minutes for half-pints or 15 minutes for pints. When timer goes off, use canning tongs to transfer the jars to a cooling rack. Leave them to cool, undisturbed, for 24 hours. When fully cooled, wipe them with a clean, damp washcloth then label.
Allow to mellow for at least two to four weeks. The peppers will “plump up” and age like fine wine.
The amount of seeded jalapenos controls the heat level of the finished product. This one is my personal favorite. You may prefer hotter .

General Discussion / Re: Time for a new garden
« on: October 25, 2017, 10:04:23 AM »
Thank you Sugarcityarts -- and welcome to the forum.  There's a bunch of really good folks here that have a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience.  I'm pretty new to it but have learned alot.

Maggie - to be honest, I didn't know you were supposed to cull female plants until you mentioned it here  - LOL.  :o  So thanks!  I googled it and it seems that the female plants can overrun the garden or overcrowd the patch.  Since this is my second year with asparagus, I would welcome others advice on it.  I planted 25 the first year and then added the rest in these pics this past spring.

At this point, I had just planned to put out 3-4 lbs of 10-10-10 after I cut back the ferns.  Now I guess I will pay better attention to the number of ferns with berries on them and how many seedlings have started.  I will most likely pull up all of the seedlings.  I need to do more research to see what the best action is, as it was expensive and a lot of work to get them in.  I had hoped to "set it and forget it" -- for about 20 years, but I don't think it works that way!

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