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General Discussion / Re: FINALLY!!!!
« on: September 21, 2018, 04:48:39 PM »
I sure will.  I'll use the tractor to turn it and will every few days.
I am waiting on the leaves to fall so I can add that.

General Discussion / Re: FINALLY!!!!
« on: September 20, 2018, 09:19:39 PM »
Ran the overhead in various spots on the greens today but mowed the 5 acres and swept a bunch of it to finally start my compost.
My good friend (Country Toad) gave me the recipe for some beer/soda/ammonia concoction to help kickstart the compost pile.
I will spray it down this weekend and add more grass and coffee grounds as well.
When residents of Athens start putting bags of leaves on the curb next month, I'll swoop in a reap the rewards and spread them on the pile too.
Here's the start of my compost pile.

General Discussion / Re: FINALLY!!!!
« on: September 16, 2018, 01:37:39 PM »
A week ago, I planted 5 pounds of GroundHog Radish, 4 pounds of Rape and 2 pounds of Turnips.
I planted with a hand planter, tilled it all under a bit and let mother nature water it in. ;D
Here is the left half of my garden and the GroundHog Radish.  It's probably about 40x120 and coming along nicely.    The greens are a little bit behind the radish, but no worries.  It's all for tilling in later on.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: September 11, 2018, 06:59:11 PM »
Did nothing to my garden today except notice the 5 pounds of GroundHog Radish, 4 pounds of Rape and 2 pounds of Turnips are UP and man-o-man, they are thick......

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 29, 2018, 09:19:35 PM »
Yes, I plant in the fall, but since we just moved to northern Alabama and are building a new house, I am getting my garden ready for next spring.
I plowed it with a turning plow about 3 weeks ago and am tilling about every 2 weeks to keep the grass down.
I did plant some turnips for the greens and for tilling in.
I have some radish and alfalfa I'll be planting next weekend for tilling in later.
So,..........that's the gist of my garden now.......trying to build the soil.
I'll gather up as many bags of leaves the city of Athens will provide when folks start setting them out and spread them on the garden too.
Right now my garden is about 100x130, so it's been a fun work in progress.
if you have any advice in turning pasture into "good" soil in 9 months, let me know.
I am also looking at some chicken/horse manure soon too.
I already spread some lime too.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 28, 2018, 07:43:52 PM »
Ran the tiller in the garden again.  I am trying to till it every 2 weeks and hope to until at least December to get it ready for winter and next years "first" garden planting.

General Discussion / Re: Texas Super Sweet Vs Candy Onions
« on: August 20, 2018, 07:12:10 PM »
I planted Candy and Texas SS in different years from each other, so I didn't do a side-by-side, but if my memory serves me right, the Candy produced a lot bigger onion on average.
3 years ago, I ordered 10 bundles from Dixondale that year and averaged 130 per bundle......YEP, I was blessed with a bunch.
I did plant them all and I feel ALL made onions.    That was a year we about wore out the Vidalia chop Wizard to the tune of 40 gallons for the freezer.
So.......I guess all I can add to this is the Candy were bigger for me.

General Discussion / Re: FINALLY!!!!
« on: August 05, 2018, 07:28:23 PM »
.....and a few more pics of the toys for the tractor.
Got the Tiller (brand new) last week and the cultivator back in November for $130.   A little steel brushing, paint and elbow grease and it looks good as new.  I did miss my mark on the Kubota "orange".......more like Hunter Orange.
Oh well, I should be safe in November/December.... ;D

General Discussion / Re: FINALLY!!!!
« on: July 31, 2018, 07:41:19 PM »
Thanks yall,
I did till today with the gate lifted up.
I tilled in 80# of Lime, as it was all I had on hand.   I know it wasn't much for that big of a garden, but it will help.
I am planting a cover crop of the radishes and apparently some alfalfa (country toad ordered us some), but may mix in some other mustards as well.
I like the post above about mustards killing nematodes.   
Soil test will be in a few weeks.
I did plant 1/2# of turnips for some fall greens. :)
I have plenty of bacon grease for a few messes of greens.
Thanks again yall

General Discussion / Re: FINALLY!!!!
« on: July 30, 2018, 07:23:40 AM »
c-cat....  GO   FISHING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rick.......Wednesday will be my "first" trip on Wheeler as a resident

General Discussion / FINALLY!!!!
« on: July 28, 2018, 11:31:32 AM »
Our official move to Northern Alabama is done and now just the wait on our new house build.
I did however purchase a new tiller and got started yesterday on running my friends Turning Plow.
So far, my garden for next year is 80'x150', but I"ll finish it around 100'x150'.
My question for the forum is WHAT TO DO NOW???
My friend (Country Toad) ordered 15 pounds of GroundHog Radish and will give me 5 pounds to apply for this fall/winter.
Is there anything else I can be doing?
I'll spread lime on it later on and will gather up all leaves I can get this fall and till them in.
This garden was just a field and never had anything other than hay grass on it.
Excuse the glare on the pics.  It was 8:00 this morning when I snapped the pics
Thanks for any advice.

General Discussion / Tomato Transplanting Question...
« on: July 03, 2018, 12:05:49 PM »
I am moving to Alabama in 2 short weeks.
I knew I wouldn't have a garden this year, but my better half suggested I plant 10 tomatoes.
Well, they are getting huge with baseball green fruit.
My "suggestion" was to dig them up, put them in a bucket or range cube tub and replant them the next day on our land where we're building.
Any suggestions and/or success stories?
I didn't trench these but just dug a hole and planted, so I feel I can dig a big enough hole around the root-ball and dig them out without disturbing it too much.
Thanks for any help.

General Discussion / Re: Crop Net Question
« on: June 26, 2018, 05:12:56 PM »
Yeah, the thin was my concern but the way bales hold together was my wondering that it might work.
I am only asking as a farmer friend of mine offered me some leftover rolls.
I still might try it.
Thanks for the replies

General Discussion / Re: Coons n corn
« on: June 24, 2018, 05:18:12 PM »
OK, you knew I'd chime in.
I wouldn't waste any money on Sardines when a cut up Skipjack would work even better.... ;D
Apparently Clint built me a "bigger" live trap you could use, as there is a 8x10x12 trap on my land now.....oh wait a minute, that is the forms for the Safe Room. ;D
Seriously, just brew up some Brads' Blend and sit out there Mammy Yokum style and wait 'em out with a couple .22 longs.
I have trapped 13 squirrels in a live trap that have been stealing our blackoil seed for the birds, and caught a fat coon in it last week.
We are down here now and will be here until Wednesday.
Save us a few ears.

General Discussion / Crop Net Question
« on: June 23, 2018, 08:37:45 AM »
I saw on a "farm store" website, Hay Bale Net Wrap for sale.
It was about $130+ but was 6' and about 30 miles long.......very long.
I know the holes are smaller than crop netting, but has anyone tried using this for pole beans....etc?
I think in the long run, it would be a savings to use this, provided you could store the remaining/unused out of the light or whatever might break it down.
It would be something I would get and split it with CountryToad, up the road from me.

General Discussion / Re: Southern Blight
« on: June 22, 2018, 07:37:35 AM »
Thanks for this article.
I am going to be starting/building my garden later this summer/fall for next year on our land in northern Alabama where we're building a new house.
I have been wondering what I could plant as a cover crop to till in and build the soil.
I wonder if Mustard would be a good "preventative" for blight and other things I might encounter next year.
My garden is just field grass now, but I'll be plowing it in a few weeks and start tilling things in later this fall.
Thanks again for the article about Mustard.

General Discussion / Re: INCREDIBLE corn
« on: June 22, 2018, 07:26:24 AM »
Champs.....I am building a new house northwest of you in Limestone county and will grow it.
My friend in Lauderdale county put me on to Incredible corn and has had many years with stalks producing 3 ears.   Did you get 3 ears on any of the stalks?
Most here in NW Ark still grow Peaches and Cream.
Another variety I will try was recommended by an elderly neighbor is "Gotta Have It".

General Discussion / Re: Fish Emulsion.....and problems??
« on: June 17, 2018, 11:55:44 AM »
Bob, me either.....never had a problem with it before, but I did mix it a little heavy and we all know how it stinks.   I still bet it was a varmint or worse.....CAT.

General Discussion / Fish Emulsion.....and problems??
« on: June 17, 2018, 08:02:57 AM »
Has anyone ever used fished emulsion mixed/poured in watering can and had plants dug up the next day?
I watered some tomatoes and a jalapeno with fish emulsion and the next morning found 4 tomatoes and a jalapeno plant pulled up.
It only appeared the animal dug around the root ball and no physical damage was done to the plants.
I basically stuck them back in the hole and watered them in with some TNT tomato boost.
One or two tomatoes still look like wet tissue and don't appear they will make it.
There was a cat walking around in my garden early yesterday when I discovered this.
I can see a cat digging up for the fish smell, but don't think they could have lifted the plants out and basically hung them on the cages.
Coons?   Armadillos?
Any help would be appreciated.
I want to keep using fish emulsion but not at the expense of lost plants.

General Discussion / Re: Masterblend question
« on: June 15, 2018, 08:39:19 AM »
I use it just like RG just posted.

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