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General Discussion / Re: The Bayou Gardener Family
« on: August 05, 2019, 09:01:50 PM »
One thing that might need to be considered is the cost to run a forum (which I have no idea what that is).  I made donations to Mr. Donald a few times over the years but I don't know if he ever got enough to cover the cost.  I really think he kept the forum going for the spirit that he created here.  I wouldn't expect Don JR. to want to carry whatever the cost is for very long.

General Discussion / Re: RIP Donald, aka Webcajun
« on: August 03, 2019, 07:57:54 PM »
This is not what I expected to see when I logged on.  Rest In Peace Mr. Donald and know that you will be in a ton of memories for years to come.

I have always planted Heirloom tomatoes until this year.  All of our tomato plants this year are the same variety grown by the Amish market farms around us - Mountain Fresh Plus.  We are getting more production out of these than we have in a long time.

General Discussion / Re: Mammoth Jalepeno
« on: June 21, 2019, 07:26:24 PM »
I grew Mammoth for several years and they weren't Hybrid.  At least the ones I originally got Bonnies supplies all the garden vendors around here and they aren't marked as Hybrids.

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Donald!
« on: June 18, 2019, 08:36:04 PM »
Happy Birthday Mr. Donald. 

General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« on: June 06, 2019, 08:52:22 PM »
We haven't had any rain for three weeks until today.  It was a nice light rain but came down for several hours today so it was able to soak in instead of run off.  We didn't get a lot but did get a bit over an inch.

The Greenhouse / Re: 2019 High Tunnel
« on: June 02, 2019, 03:27:15 PM »
Your beds always look great but that flower box is a great idea!

Livestock / Re: January 2019 Lambing
« on: May 28, 2019, 08:59:19 AM »
We will be weaning the last born lambs soon but we weaned the bottle lambs yesterday.  They had only been getting a few ounces a day plus feed so they are fat and sassy.  Maisy made the transition back with the rest of the herd pretty easy as she still looks after them and the rest seem to understand that the lambs are off limits in the pecking order duels.

General Discussion / Re: Any Bets on how HOT this summer will be?
« on: May 28, 2019, 08:54:03 AM »
We don't have the temps you guys in the deep south have but I heard on the local news this morning that we are on average 12 degrees over the norm and it has been that way for over three weeks.  Being in the hills though we usually have a breeze to help some.

General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« on: May 24, 2019, 08:29:53 PM »
We had a record high for May here in Tennessee.  We worked trimming sheep hooves from about 9:00 in the morning till 1:30 in the afternoon and had to call it quits.

Happy Hour / Re: Any pilots in here?
« on: May 23, 2019, 07:59:55 PM »
Have your brother in law show you some of the maneuvers that you do during training and that will excite you even more.  :)

Happy Hour / Re: Any pilots in here?
« on: May 21, 2019, 09:01:17 PM »
All the military communications are based on GMT but operations are conducted based on the time zone the unit is in.  In most cases that I have seen, both the GMT and local time were used in messages to avoid confusion.

Recipes / Re: Hot Pepper salt method
« on: May 19, 2019, 02:28:36 PM »
I have some red bell pepper that I dried and ground up over two years ago that I use in soups and that type of thing.  It still has an awesome flavor.

Happy Hour / Re: Any pilots in here?
« on: May 17, 2019, 03:50:40 PM »
I was an Air Traffic Controller in the Navy and retired at what was then NAS Millingrton, TN so it was easy and convenient to get my license using the Navy Flying Club there back in 1991.  I loved flying but haven't done so for many years.  If you are going to be able to afford to fly often enough to stay proficient, I would say go for it.  My job had me gone for weeks at a time so I was never able to fly more than a few hours a month.  That isn't enough to maintain the edge you need to have to keep flying safe.

The License process gets you to the point where you have all of the basics down but only flight time on a consistent basis makes you a better pilot.  The ideal thing would be if you had your own or possibly bought into a share with other pilots.

The Greenhouse / Re: 2019 High Tunnel
« on: May 09, 2019, 12:14:44 PM »
That looks great!!!

Livestock / Re: January 2019 Lambing
« on: May 08, 2019, 09:07:41 PM »
This has been our best group of lambs since we started with sheep.  We have had 17 ram lambs and 22 ewe lambs with only one loss (still born) so that is about as good as you can ask for.  We don't do quick turn around with our ewes and give them a break so they are only bred once a year.

Livestock / Re: Our new ram
« on: May 06, 2019, 07:37:34 PM »
He is a handsome fellow for sure but the look that the steer is giving him is priceless  ;)

The ram had just rammed the cow shortly before I took the picture so he was probably still considering revenge.   :)

Livestock / Re: Our new ram
« on: May 06, 2019, 07:35:57 PM »
I hope he works out for you as well as Rambo did.

I work with him every day and he is getting easier to handle.  I know the program he was in as a lamb and they are handled all of the time.  The original owners are among the group that believe a ram can never be trusted and can not be tamed.  I have tamed every herd sire I have been around and my ram lambs that go for sale are often sold because they are so easy to handle.

Livestock / Our new ram
« on: May 05, 2019, 09:31:06 PM »
We picked up our new ram last month (Max).  There are thousands of sheep in Tennessee but they all have a similar pedigree so I went up to St. Joseph Missouri to pick up our new one.

Our past ram (Ringo) is going on 6 years old which is about the max for a breeder of a large herd but we found him a forever home in central Texas that is only breeding terminal lambs.  They picked him up a few weeks ago and he is being spoiled as he should be.  The steer in the picture is a bit of a bully (or would like to be) but Max has taught him that the ram has a harder skull that the steer.

The new ram isn't as tame as Ringo but he will be before long. :)

The Greenhouse / Re: 2019 High Tunnel
« on: April 24, 2019, 07:31:04 AM »
It's always so nice to see such growth this early in the season.

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