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General Discussion / Re: Question for northern gardeners???
« on: August 17, 2018, 01:39:32 PM »
Yeah things are very late here...normally at this time of year we are full blown into picking multiple 5 gallon buckets every few days. Right now we are getting like you said "enough to eat" but not enough to really ramp up the canning and such.

I am in zone 6A

General Discussion / Re: Bell Peppers
« on: August 14, 2018, 04:33:25 PM »
This year I am growing Keystone Giant and Yolo Wonder bell peppers and so far they are doing great even though EVERYTHING  is coming in late it seems...weird weather year here in the mountains.

Homesteading Skills / Re: Any wine makers in the house?
« on: August 08, 2018, 04:30:07 PM »
Porter was always just about my favorite of the darks....oh how I miss it.

Recipes / Re: What's up Doc?
« on: August 08, 2018, 04:27:44 PM »
Rob that looks damn good. It's been quite a while since I had rabbit makes me wonder if the bunnies near the house are safe from me now..*wink*

General Discussion / Re: FINALLY!!!!
« on: August 03, 2018, 01:11:48 PM »
ccat...that is gorgeous fertile looking flat ground you have there...I'm jealous. Congrats!

General Discussion / Re: Tomatoes
« on: July 19, 2018, 04:05:31 PM »
Corvette walk through them and smack them around a little...seriously...just tap on the stem with the blooms to vibrate them a bit. Now if you have 100+ tomato plants well then it could be an all day job but if the number of plants is reasonable it may help them pollinate a bit better.

Just a thought

General Discussion / Re: The war starting AGAIN
« on: July 13, 2018, 04:52:09 PM »
Very nice!

Whenever I go hog hunting it's with my .300BL AR, Palmetto Lower, Daytona Upper that I built. A friend of mine makes these "Hog Whacker" rounds I use that are just brutal on pigs.

Now if it's going to be somewhere I might need to really reach out and touch someone so to speak, it's my 7.62 FN FAL.

General Discussion / Re: The war starting AGAIN
« on: July 13, 2018, 01:21:45 PM »
Kill'em...kill'em by the bushel basket full.

What kind of AR do you use?

General Discussion / Re: Purple Hull Peas
« on: July 12, 2018, 06:36:15 PM »
I do a side dressing when it's about 4-6 inches and then 6 weeks later and then once it starts to tassel.

Happy Hour / Re: The smell of corn!
« on: July 12, 2018, 06:33:50 PM »
Gopher...they say that smell is the one of our senses most directly related to memory. I get taken back to my childhood whenever I smell a tobacco field. If you have ever been in a area where a lot of tobacco is grown at a certain point it has this aroma that some might call pleasant others might call kinda musty but when my wife and I were driving through the area I grew up we drove down a road where there were big tobacco fields on both sides and she looked at me kinda funny and said "What is that smell?"

I said "Tobacco, and it's almost cutting time. Do you like the smell?"

She said "I don't really know if I do or not. You can tell it's time to harvest just by the smell?"

I said "Yup. That field on the left is ready, the one on the right will be anytime in the next week. Been able to do that since I was about 10."

General Discussion / Re: Purple Hull Peas
« on: July 12, 2018, 03:46:30 PM »
sp... the timing sounds right to me..the ears not being filled before browning though kind of speaks to a pollination problem of some kind now as to whether that's a planting distance thing or lack of wind or some thing I wasn't there so I couldn't tell ya.

I don't know about the soil conditions where you are but As for fertilizing I always use a an NPK balanced fertilizer like a 10-10-10 in granular form too so it releases a bit slower. 
To me keeping the nutrition balanced just always made more sense than growth spurring with nitrogen heavy fertilizers.

I don't know much about N2 except that it is nitrogen heavy and is used extensively in bioethanol corn production. 

General Discussion / Re: Purple Hull Peas
« on: July 12, 2018, 02:49:07 PM »
sp... I have grown Truckers favorite a few times and never found it to be tough. What kind of weather were you having? And how long after it tasseled brown did ya pick it?

General Discussion / Re: Hello guys & gals
« on: July 10, 2018, 03:19:54 AM »
Marshmud... Welcome from the mountains of Virginia!

General Discussion / Re: Greenhouse supplemental lighting
« on: July 02, 2018, 04:27:26 PM »
Mbell... if you are gonna use fluorescent light make sure you get the sunlight bright ones (I forget the actual name) they are sharper and quite frankly light better than soft white fluorescent and as I recall about the same price as regular soft fluorescent.

General Discussion / Re: Tomato seedling ?
« on: July 02, 2018, 04:23:57 PM »
Mbell.... I usually go by size and leafing but if I had to ball park it I would say 30-45 roughly speaking. I use temp controlled heat mat, 4 colored light, and my own seedling mix to do it though so perhaps my results aren't typical.

General Discussion / Re: Free tomatoes!!!
« on: July 02, 2018, 05:53:47 AM »
RG....are you hoping to stabilize this cross or do you think they are already stabilized? I wish I had a longer growing season or a real greenhouse to help out with this.

General Discussion / Re: Bit, Eaten, Stung and chomped on
« on: June 29, 2018, 03:50:59 PM »
Saw the first mosquito of the yr out in the garden today----at least it was a very small one. I popped him and saw no more.

How is it I am north of you and I am getting eaten alive almost every night by the blasted things?

General Discussion / Re: Is anybody tired of summer yet?
« on: June 28, 2018, 12:59:38 PM »
Now there's a visual for ya....bugs crawling up......*shiver*

General Discussion / Re: Is anybody tired of summer yet?
« on: June 28, 2018, 08:34:54 AM »
My winters are about the same as Rabbit's so I concur with them. I used to love winter but now the cold just beats the heck out of me. My woman says it's because I have spent so much time in hot places that it has thinned my blood I laugh but there might be more truth to that than I care to admit.

Now days I would rather deal with the heat even though the heat here is much different than the heat in the middle east and southwest asia. The heat is damp and honestly it doesn't bother near as much as the cold. The cold in the 'Stan is a different kind of cold than we get here. The cold here is that damp cloying cold that sinks into your bones whereas the cold in Afghanistan is very very dry, dangerously dry to be honest, but it's easier to deal with.  The heat there is very dry too. The heat in the rest of the middle east is pretty dry too unless you are near a river or the coast and then the humidity can be brutal. I went outside one day in July in Baghdad and I heard on the radio that the heat index in the city was 135. Dry or wet doesn't matter then cause that's just UGLY HOT no other way to put it. As soon as you walked outside it felt like a load of bricks landed on your head and shoulders trying to drive you into the ground. That's the best way I can describe it.

 I came home on leave in August on one tour and went to hang out with some friends at a get together and it was about 90 and humid and my friends are all but dying around me and they were really complaining and all then they started looking at me funny and asked "Aren't you hot?" I guess because I hadn't complained about it at all. I just laughed and told them "This ain't hot, you don't know true hot. This is just a little sticky is all." they looked at me like I had lost my

General Discussion / Re: Crop Net Question
« on: June 27, 2018, 04:19:17 PM »
thats funny I bought more crop netting today from memphis net and twine.. I checked the last I bough was 5 years ago.. been using it off and on for all that time.. the only reason I bought more was I don't have enough this season.. we planted about 500 foot of tomatoes..

I went a little overboard this season.. may have bitten off more than this old man and chew..

If you have kids and grandkids you have built in field

I have a pool and lure them in with the pool and when they get there I tell them to use the pool requires 2 hours of field works...sometimes anyway when mama is otherwise busy that

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