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General Discussion / Re: Harvest sweet potatoes
« on: December 09, 2018, 08:26:31 AM »
Thanks for posting the video's.....I ended up watching several

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General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« on: November 01, 2018, 08:24:18 AM »
Big rain and storms now, but some drying the next several days.......so I will plant next years garlic sometime soon.   Got about 2000 heads to bust up into cloves and plant.   Hoping/thinking that will give me close to 8,000-10,000 for next year.
Never thought a few years back when Randy (Garlic Farmer) sent me those bulbils that I'd have a small garlic farm started.    Thanks Randy.

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: October 15, 2018, 08:59:20 PM »
Hooked up the tiller to the tractor and tilled 4 rows in the garden.  In fact, I tilled the turnips up that apparently burned a bit from last weeks bonus 90 degrees Mother Nature gave us here in Northern Alabama.
I am going to run the row hippers and build some rows to leave thru the winter.
The GroundHog Radish are still growing like crazy.   They will sure be good to till under next spring.

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General Discussion / Re: NEED A LOAD OF WOOD CHIPS...
« on: October 05, 2018, 08:49:51 PM »
Tree Service......
I was driving home from fishing last week and followed a truck with chipper shredder pulled behind.
I pulled up next to the truck and called the number on the truck door.
Within 5 minutes, (and we were within 2 miles from my land anyway) I had a dump truck sized load of oak chips.....no pine, no mess, no stumps.
It was all hardwood..........KACHING....
They didn't want any money even though I gave the driver $10 and would be happy to bring me as many loads as I wanted whenever.
So.......call those local tree companies and let them know when they are in your area, you will take the chips off their hands.
Good luck with it

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General Discussion / Re: FINALLY!!!!
« on: October 04, 2018, 08:06:59 PM »
ccat - your mention of picking up leaves brought back a fond memory for me.  When my kids were growing up we lived in Pensacola and I would stop and pick up bagged grass and leaves for my compost pile.  If my son was with me he was so afraid that someone might see him that he would slide down almost on the floor so none of his friends would see him.   ;D
Yeah Mike.....it's fun when we "parents" embarrass our kids.... :)

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General Discussion / Re: Groundhog Radish Question
« on: September 30, 2018, 06:45:17 PM »
That's what I am growing them for and will till them under early next spring, but they sure look good and I have plenty of bacon grease just in case. :)

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General Discussion / Groundhog Radish Question
« on: September 30, 2018, 07:32:43 AM »
I thought this was discussed earlier but I can't find it.
Can the tops of GH Radish be eaten, like turnip greens?
Mine are about 4-8" and sure look like they should be cut, washed, washed again and cooked down with some bacon grease, salt and pepper.
I am growing the GH to be tilled under next spring.
Thanks for any advice.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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......

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 29, 2018, 09:19:35 PM »
GG
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.
Thanks

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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

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

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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.
ccat

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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.
ccat

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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

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