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General Discussion / Re: Corn ripeness
« on: June 19, 2018, 06:05:43 PM »
Nope, you guys were right.  I just pulled 1 ear from each variety and although they were pretty sweet they were also pretty starchy.  They evidently were pollinated pretty good as both ears were kernel full.  I could tell at the very top the kernels had not fully grown.  Very excited about the possibility of a good stand of corn. 



General Discussion / Re: Corn ripeness
« on: June 19, 2018, 10:26:49 AM »
Georgia Clay,

Here is a photo I took last week of four ears of G90 I harvested. This was super sweet and tender and just keep checking to make sure yours is ripe the way you like it. In my opinion, this is at the perfect stage of maturity to get the maximum flavor of the corn. If it was left to go a couple more days, the kernels would be crowding each other, the texture would be tougher and the sweetness would be less.

On the other end of that, the second photo is of a couple of ears a few days earlier that I pulled to see if mine was ripe and although it was okay, it was not nearly as sweet as the corn in the top photo because of the immaturity. To me, there is hardly anything that can compete with the taste of fresh corn unless it's a plate of sliced ripe tomatoes to go along with it ;) Best of luck with yours!

Thanks DoubleB, I suspect most of mine looks a lot like what you have in the second picture.  I can really see the difference in the shape and size.  I think I'll go through the garden this evening I put my hands on a bunch of them to see if there are any with larger blunt ends.  I guess the best way to learn is to get your hands on them and maybe pull a couple back to confirm my suspicion.

General Discussion / Re: Corn ripeness
« on: June 19, 2018, 05:56:40 AM »
10-4 Dou keep B,  I'll give them a few more days, maybe look to harvest some this weekend.  Thanks everyone.

General Discussion / Re: Corn ripeness
« on: June 18, 2018, 05:47:09 PM »
And that's why I joined this group!!!  Thanks so much folks, I will tear a ear back tomorrow afternoon and take a quick look see.  Is it possible to have some ears ready to harvest and some not?  I have always thought all corn was harvested at the same time.

General Discussion / Corn ripeness
« on: June 17, 2018, 09:48:05 PM »
Hey everyone, I have read all the opinions on when to pull your ears of corn but I wanted to post a couple of pictures to get your opinions on where I am with mine.  With all of the rain we have had and the very cool spring and early summer i was wondering if my corn might look a little skimpy.  There are 2 varieties in the picture the first are G90 and the second are Ambrosia.  They were all sowed around April 12th or so.





As you can see the ears are still pretty pointy and do not have blunt ends, I would say about 70% of the silks have died back and a good portion of the pollen on the tassels are gone. 

General Discussion / Re: Tips for Gardening with a Bad Back
« on: June 17, 2018, 10:22:09 AM »
Great question, I also have a bad back and at 42 years old I am in for a future of issues. I had L5 S1 back surgery back in February.  I have been picking Pole and Bush beans the last couple of weeks and believe me it has left me laying face down on the floor in the bedroom.  I think taking lots of breaks in the garden has been crucial, I also built a small bench for the garden that I can stop and sit on.

General Discussion / Re: BLT picture
« on: June 15, 2018, 12:28:54 PM »
Is there bread on that sandwich?  Or is the bacon serving 2 purposes.  Lol

Livestock / Re: Lamb boxes for traveling.
« on: June 08, 2018, 07:17:17 AM »
Good to know, thanks guys

Homesteading Skills / Re: Cucumber storage
« on: June 08, 2018, 07:15:43 AM »
Thanks for the recipe ideas everyone, tried the refrigerator pickles last night and they turned out great!!!!


Livestock / Lamb boxes for traveling.
« on: June 07, 2018, 10:23:33 AM »
Hey Mikem
I have been reading your lambing season posts, I love the pictures.  I am going to be buying a market lamb for my daughter to show this year and had a quick question.  I do not have a trailer to pull this lamb to the shows but have been told that a lot of people build lamb boxes that fit in the back of the truck.  I guess some these are insulated and can get very nice.  Do you have a opinion on doing something like this?  How would you go about building one if you were going to?  I have built dog boxes in the past but this would be a little different.

Homesteading Skills / Re: Cucumber storage
« on: June 06, 2018, 09:54:29 PM »
I made the recipe I posted above tonight.  Should know how they taste in 4-10 days.  Considering how warm it is, I suspect it'll be  closer to 5-7.  Has water, salt, cucumbers, jalapenos, garlic, dill, and muscadine leaves.  Each of those jars is 1/2 gallon.

What does the muscadine leaves do?

Homesteading Skills / Re: Cucumber storage
« on: June 06, 2018, 01:53:52 PM »   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.

Great Gopher thank you for the recipe, I just didn't want my cucumbers to go to waste.  Think I'll try this, this weekend.

Homesteading Skills / Re: Cucumber storage
« on: June 05, 2018, 09:55:15 PM »
Can you pickle slicing cucumbers?

Homesteading Skills / Cucumber storage
« on: June 05, 2018, 06:57:09 PM »
Hey yall
Was wondering if anyone has ever frozen cucumbers?  I have 12 to 15 on our first harvest and was looking for some way to preserve them for later.  There are two varieties, straight 8 and sweet yet hybrid, both slicing variety.  I read about freezing the slices for water but am more interested in freezing for storage. 

General Discussion / Re: Gardening will make you a humble person
« on: June 05, 2018, 12:45:35 PM »
Thank you!  It has truly done its job!!
Wow!!! I don't know gymgirl that looks really fancy, maybe to fancy for this redneck. Lol

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: June 03, 2018, 06:34:12 PM »
A little modest harvest today

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General Discussion / Re: Bugs and pests
« on: June 02, 2018, 02:57:01 PM »
You might add both suggested organic and non organic ways of knocking them out without harming pollinators. Like Spinoza, BT. You can use 1/4 cup powdered detergent mixed with 3 gallons of water to knock out most Beetles
That's a great idea of listing how to get rid of them but I would need a lot of other people to get on board because I have no idea what most of the remedies would be.  Maybe I will start posting pictures of various bugs and other people could add there .2 cents

General Discussion / Re: Bugs and pests
« on: June 02, 2018, 12:37:21 PM »
I was thinking of something like this


Anasta Tristis (Squash Bug)

General Discussion / Bugs and pests
« on: June 02, 2018, 09:09:03 AM »
I recently have joined a emal list that tries and keep track of garden bugs and when they are starting to move.  I don't know how legit this is but it gave me an idea.  Wonder if we could start a sticky page with pictures of bugs and insects?  That way when we see something in the garden we can quickly open up the page and identify it.  I know there have been a million times I would have used this.  I also know we could just look them up on Google but this would put them all in the same place.  I don't mean taking pictures of these insects when we see them but using what's already on Google but just organizing them on the forum.

General Discussion / Re: Ripe squash
« on: June 01, 2018, 03:55:25 PM »
     Mr. Clay...   Where are the squash bugs?????????????   If I took a pic. it would have a bug or two.


I haven't had any issues with bugs this year at all.  I can only assume it's because this is brand new dirt that my garden is in, this is the first crop planted here.  My guess is that it will get worse as I plant more and more.

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