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General Discussion / Re: IT's a TRAP
« on: February 06, 2019, 10:24:06 AM »
PK - Probably wouldn't hurt to spread a big piece of plastic over your garden-to-be area to kill the grass and 'tenderize' the soil.......

General Discussion / Re: Lime in the Garden
« on: December 28, 2018, 09:48:48 AM »
My garden has not been doing well for the past several years so I finally did a soil test and - surprise - it needed lime badly!  I had adjusted the Ph several years ago but didn't realize that lime was 'consumed' and needed attention on a regular basis.  I put out peletized lime in October but didn't till it in.  I'll till in a lite application in the spring and test again this fall.  Also, surprisingly, the nutrients weren't in too bad a shape, the Ph was so out of whack that the plants couldn't take them up.............

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: September 24, 2018, 07:24:10 AM »
Check for non-ethanol suppliers near you.............

General Discussion / Re: Who's putting in tomato plants?
« on: March 04, 2018, 10:25:00 AM »
Tried the grits thing in my yard when we first moved to the country.  The next morning when I went to check on the ants, they were all out waiting for breakfast.  Was I supposed to cook the grits first?  ;)

General Discussion / Re: Category 2 "hurricane Nate"
« on: October 09, 2017, 09:50:18 AM »
Thanks for the links to the National Weather Service and Intellicast - I've updated my bookmarks.  Weather Underground was good for years but in the past several months has become all but useless.

I think there is the potential for loss of nitrogen from fertilizer.  I've always understood then when applying fertilizer to my garden or to the plants themselves (side dressing) it is best to cultivate it into the soil rather than leaving it on the surface.  Since there are a lot of people much smarter than I am on this subject, I'll encourage them to jump in.  Google nitrogen volatilization for more information on this topic.

General Discussion / Re: Killed a king snake today
« on: July 12, 2017, 01:23:35 PM »
My rule is that I kill all poisonous snakes and any that surprise me..........

General Discussion / Re: Giving stuff away
« on: July 11, 2017, 09:10:29 AM »
Mother used to tell a story about the year Dad made a lot of eggplant in his garden.  She said that when he went to work carrying a bag in his hand, folks would move to the other side of the hall just to get away from him  ;<)

Our kids won't even take vegetables from our freezer but love them when they are served cooked...........

General Discussion / Re: Southern peas question
« on: June 29, 2017, 10:11:37 AM »
I don't know about everybody else but the only way I've had black eyed peas is from a bag of dried peas from the grocery.  And the only way I've had PEPH peas is fresh from the garden or frozen that way.  To me, there's lots of difference right there.  Having said that, Wade, are you letting yours dry before picking them or are you preparing them fresh from the garden?

General Discussion / Re: Pepper Sauce Containers
« on: April 09, 2017, 11:12:56 AM »
Next time you're in an exam room waiting for your doctor, look on the wall for the contraption he uses to look into your ears.  It usually has an assortment of different sized replaceable, throw-a-way tips with it.  Get one of each size - they make handy small funnels for filling hot sauce bottles...................

General Discussion / Re: Another Ant Question
« on: March 16, 2017, 10:43:37 AM »
When we moved to the wilds of Covington County 20+ years ago we found many ant hills!  I tried the grits thing.  When I went back the next day to check, all the little ants were waiting for seconds.  One thing that worked pretty well was to take a shovel-full of bed/ants from one hill (with a l-o-n-g handled shovel) and dump it on another hill.  Let them fight it out...........

General Discussion / Re: household stuff you use for gardening
« on: September 19, 2016, 09:19:14 AM »
Most (all?) kitchen mops come with metal handles.  When the mop head wears out, cut the wire around the mop head, remove it, and use the handle to replace the busted wooden handle on inexpensive lawn rakes.........

General Discussion / Re: Please help with this tomato question.......
« on: July 20, 2016, 08:09:21 AM »
I remember reading an article a couple of years back about how one gardener tended his tomato plants in the fall of the year.  The writer chose to stress his plants and force them to divert the plant's energy to completing the development of the tomatoes already on the plant rather than allowing them to continue setting new fruit.  He did this by removing any new blooms and by judicious root pruning (inserting a shovel near the base of the plant to sever some roots).

Not really an answer to your question but may be on point.  Sorry, but I can't remember the source of the article but the topic may be developed with a little research............

General Discussion / Re: Purple green beans
« on: June 07, 2016, 07:50:31 AM »
Louisiana Purple Pod and they are a pole bean..............

The oak trees are just starting to bud out here in the Seminary, MS area so I'm probably rushing it by a week but I'm planting Merit today.  Hope it doesn't get washed away with the coming rain...........

When the leaves on oak trees are the size of a squirrel's ear............

General Discussion / Re: Pictures - Be Careful!
« on: January 24, 2016, 10:08:12 AM »
Been using to manipulate my pics for years and recommend it...............

General Discussion / Re: Never ending supply of Okra Seed
« on: January 19, 2016, 09:31:33 AM »
You could roast it and use it for of coffee  ;<)

"TENNESSEE BAPTIST, December 21, 1861, p. 4, c. 2
 We Have Tried It.—We have been somewhat skeptical about the various substitutes that have been proposed for coffee.—We have doubted whether any thing would have the flavor of the genuine article.  But, "the proof of the pudding is in the eating."  We have tried the okra coffee, and had we not known it to be okra, we should have supposed it the best of Laguyra or Java.  It has all the rich spicy aroma of the genuine article, and we have no doubt, is equally nutricious [sic] and probably less injurious.   
            We would advise all our friends to reserve a large space in their gardens or farms, for planting okra.  It will do, and no mistake, blockade or no blockade.—Mississippi Baptist."
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