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General Discussion / Re: Fish Emulsion.....and problems??
« on: Today at 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: Today at 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.

General Discussion / Buckets.....Buckets....and more buckets
« on: June 09, 2018, 06:44:33 AM »
I have been meaning to post this for several years, and many of you may already know this.
If you need buckets, they are FREE and probably right in your town for the taking.
I have acquired 100+ buckets over the past few years from our local grocery store.
They are a mix of 2 gallon and 5 gallon buckets.....with lids.
If your local store has a deli that makes cakes, just ask them to save you a few.
They are buckets that cake icing comes in.
Apparently they can't sell them and will give them away.
And we all know the many uses for buckets around a garden/farm.
Covering crops in cold weather, watering, mixing compost tea, putting weeds in........
My wife calls me a bucket hoarder, which is probably correct, but stacked inside themselves, they really don't take up much room.
I hope yall can find a few around your local stores.

General Discussion / Re: Can BER be stopped once it starts?
« on: June 08, 2018, 08:36:51 AM »
I don't know about how to cure BER once it sets in, but feel the above posts and suggestions should work.
I have never had it and combat it before I plant.
I usually plant 200-300 tomatoes and when digging the hole/trench, I spoon in powdered milk and epsom salt before setting the tomato in.
An older lady told me this trick and it has worked so far.
I also now throw in an aspirin into the hole.
And to the reference to the rolaids, I had a bag of about 500 packages of rolaids, given me by a man who was supposed to be passing them out as "free samples", so I have put them in the hole as well.
Again, I have never dealt with BER and hope it's because of what I have done BEFORE I set the plant in the hole/trench.
I hope this helps for next year, but hope you get a hold of the problem this year.

Fruit Trees / Re: Apple Trees in Alabama?
« on: May 23, 2018, 03:37:24 PM »
....just remember toad that 'you' will be my go-to Johnny Appleseed when I start planting fruit trees, so keep the knowledge ready.....and your sprayer too.

General Discussion / Re: Tomato splitting
« on: May 16, 2018, 07:58:34 AM »
I agree with above posts.....drip watering will water slowly, but you can't control mother nature and a heavy downpour or saturating rain for long periods of time.
I have noticed this though........I usually plant 200-300 tomatoes each year and started trenching them 3 years ago.   I realized digging 200 holes with a post hole digger was a PAIN.
I have noticed less cracking in wet conditions and am starting to think if the roots are really deep "in a hole", they are in water longer than if they are trenched about 3-4" deep.   My thinking is they take up the water they need as it is soaking down thru the soil levels and a deep soaking rain will continue to soak down past where the roots are.   Sounds scientific, but I am no scientist.  But again, I have had less cracking in the past few years.
Heirlooms to me are wimpy and will crack more than hybrids.   I do plant heirlooms too and they are the first to crack.
Like an above post said, most cracking will occur when the tomato is bigger and skin seems to reach its' stretching point.
Hope this helps.
My .2 cents would be to trench and use driplines.

General Discussion / Re: Drainage
« on: May 06, 2018, 02:57:02 PM »
I have had the same issue here in NW Arkansas with drainage.
In fact, I don't have a garden this year as we are building a new house in Northern Alabama and the builders can't even get the footing poured because our land is so flat and it's rained for MONTHS down there and drainage has been an issue.
But to combat the drainage problem I have had for years, i plant a lot on a raised row.   It at least keeps the crops up out of the water that sometimes stands for a long time.
Donald built a drainage ditch thru the middle of his garden and when attending one of the forum gatherings a few years back at his house, I can tell you his garden is very flat.
Maybe digging a drainage ditch down the middle AND planting on a raised row might help you.
Good luck.

General Discussion / Re: Giving new life to an offset smoker
« on: April 13, 2018, 07:54:12 AM »
You got a great deal on that smoker.
Offset smokers are great.
Nice job on the mods.

General Discussion / Re: Lets talk Crap!
« on: April 07, 2018, 12:47:40 PM »
I am no expert but have been known to dish out "crap" on occasion.
I have used composted horse manure for years and have never worried about putting it into beds, tilling it in and even side dressing with it.
I will follow this tread as I am sure some will chime in about the seeds that could be in it since it's composed of cow, chicken.....
I never had much issue with germination of grasses from the horse manure, but maybe that was just the manure I was using.
As far as using it now and how much..........if it's very composted, I wouldn't worry that much, but would till it in or at least scratch it in.
Good luck

6-8 weeks, my experience and I am sure a lot of folks on the forum, setting them out in cool ground will just make them sit there.
I would plan your starting of the seeds about 6+ weeks ahead of when you know there will be no frost and when the soil should be warm.
We all know how quick seeds germinate and transplants take off when we plant them in the warmer soil.
I would wait until the soil is warmer and put them out then.   They will take off anyway and not just sit there in cold/cool soil.
How many of us have set out tomatoes and went nuts when the night time temps told us to grab buckets and tarps to avoid a frost????    I bet you this, setting out tomatoes May 15 will not be any farther along than those set out June 1.   
My mom always told me "you are not a gardener if you can't pick a ripe tomato by July 4".  Now, that's here in Arkansas but I haven't let her down yet and have set them out in early AND late May on occasion.
Hope this helps.

.....and to add to my earlier story,.....yesterday I took about 10 downspouts/gutters to the Habitat for Humanity store..........I tied it in VERY WELL, but thought of this post all the way up I-49.
It did wiggle a bit in the back of the truck, sticking out above the tailgate.  I was "puckered" the whole way.

Yeah we live and learn, and I am glad it didn't turn out worse for the people driving behind you.
My story???.....I bought a Lawn Sweeper and just put it in the back of my truck.
I put the "heavy" part/wheels on top of the basket in the truck and on the way home, flying down I-49, I looked in the rear view mirror only to see it take flight.
Luckily it stayed in the left lane and came to rest on the shoulder stripe.   The truck behind me was about 100 yards back when it flew out and was able to miss it (and probably cuss me)
I stopped, ran back, grabbed it and tied it I should have before. :-[
Lots of thankful prayers after that and I won't do that again.

General Discussion / Re: Rabbit in the Pride Land
« on: March 15, 2018, 08:33:30 AM »
I agree with all the above plus add a live trap or two.
I have squirrel issues with eating our blackoil seed and have changed 9 squirrel's addresses this winter with that trap, and changed a few of their "living" situations too with an air rifle.
Good luck

General Discussion / Re: Rain Break! Plant!
« on: February 24, 2018, 09:02:35 AM »
T,.....I liked your "bass tournaments" comment about all the rain.
It reminds me of a Jerry Clower story when he said "it rained some much, the white perch have ate up my garden..."
Yeah, we too up here in NW Ark are flooded.
My backyard is flowing at 60,000cfs according the the Corps. :D
No gardening going on here.

Tools and Equipment / Re: Advice in buying a PTO Tiller
« on: February 18, 2018, 08:47:49 AM »
Thanks yall.   I appreciate the info and MikeM.....sales tax???....never thought about that.
No sales tax in Tenn?   Yep, I'll be just a few miles south and will check places close to them.
Rural King is opening a new store in Muscle Shoals tomorrow/Feb 18 and have King Kutter and Tarter.
I will check that store out on my next trip down to Bama.

Tools and Equipment / Advice in buying a PTO Tiller
« on: February 17, 2018, 04:46:32 PM »
I recently bought at Kubota L2501 with FEL and have a cultivator and row hippers, but am in the market for a PTO Tiller.
I have researched the Land Pride RTA 1250 and the King Kutter TG 48Y.
If I shined a flashlight on both, they would basically cast the same shadow............SO, WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE????
I know the Land Pride only has 4 tines per flange and the KK has 6
The Land Pride has "C" shaped tines and KK has "L" shaped.
I know 6 is more than 4 so that should provide an advantage, but what about "C" and "L" shape?
I am thinking forward rotating tines, but really don't know why.
I need some of yall who have used these or are partial to one to chime in and send some advice/wisdom this way.
I would rather buy new so I have a warranty and will probably buy local.  I live in NW Ark ( but am building a new house to relocate in Northern Alabama (Athens) in about 4 months.   I'll buy down in 'Bama.
Thanks for the help in advance.
Oh yeah, I am looking for a 4' tiller.

General Discussion / Re: Are heirloom tomatoes worth the trouble?
« on: February 15, 2018, 03:43:38 PM »
Here's my 2 cents on the subject.
I don't plant many Heirlooms but have planted Brandywine for a few years and Mortgage Lifter one summer.
Both did well, but my advice for battling humidity would be to plant them with lots of space between.
I have been known to plant a lot of toms really close and have dealt with blight from humidity and the close spacing.
But....I did plant a mortgage lifter last year off by itself and it did well in our Arkansas humidity.
I really think having it well ventilated worked.   To me, heirlooms are wimpy when it comes to mother nature, but they sure pay off in taste.
Spacing is my advice.
Good luck

General Discussion / Re: Who do you buy your tomato seeds from?
« on: February 13, 2018, 02:57:50 PM »
I am with Champs.....TOMATO GROWERS has a huge selection and they are sorted by early season/mid/late....hybrid/heirloom.....

General Discussion / Re: Getting a start for the spring garden 2018
« on: February 04, 2018, 09:31:34 AM »
Hippie.........everything looks great, but as always, you will need to get a spraying of Sevins as that "bug" is out again.... ;D

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