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General Discussion / Can Zucchini Plants Sting?
« on: June 30, 2018, 10:12:01 AM »
Hey y'all,

I always plant zucchini in my garden.  This year my plants are gigantic and my wife and I are down there picking zucchini every morning. 

Over the past few weeks, I've noticed little sting marks on my hand when I get back to the house.  I figured I was getting bit by flies or gnats and thought nothing of it.  Today I was doing in the garden injecting some of my plants with BT to kill vine borers.  My hands were touching the plants and I began to feel a pain similar to stinging nettles.  Later, I touched my neck, and the skin turned bright red and the stinging needle pain shot all up and down my neck.

Have y'all ever heard of something like this?

General Discussion / Pump Sprayers--Do they make good ones?
« on: May 07, 2018, 02:06:25 PM »
Hey Y'all,

I need to buy a new pump sprayer. I have tried various brands and all of them last me a year before something breaks. I wash the sprayer after each use and it is stored in the garage.

Can y'all recommend a good pump sprayer?

Thanks for the help Adrian!

I have all the supplies for the trellis system.  Should I cement the poles in the ground or just use gravel and dirt?

General Discussion / Muscadine Trellis Help--Pictures and Tips Please
« on: April 03, 2018, 05:14:33 PM »
Hey Y'all,

Purchased my first muscadines from Isons last weekend. Now I need to build a trellis system.

Should I use a one wire trellis or double curtain? Do I need to brace or support the posts on the end? Best way to tighten the 9 gauge wire without using a special tensioning tool?


Can y'all post some picture of your trellis setups?


General Discussion / Re: A few pics of what's growing
« on: March 07, 2018, 01:51:34 PM »
That is awesome! Can we see some pictures of your greenhouse setup?

General Discussion / Planting with Fish?
« on: March 05, 2018, 01:25:56 PM »
Hey Y'all,

I've read about and watched YouTube videos where people are putting a fish in the hole when transplanting their plants into their garden.

Last year I decided to try it for myself and my results were awful. Almost all the plants that were planted with fish either died within a few weeks or stayed scrawny and matured very slowly.

The plants that did not have the fish down the hole did great.

Did the fish burn and kill my plants?

Livestock / Re: Meat Rabbits
« on: February 28, 2018, 01:33:37 PM »
I'm interested in seeing your setup PD-Riverman, but your attached pictures are not working.

Thanks y'all!

General Discussion / Ant Poison--What won't contaminate my root vegetables?
« on: February 28, 2018, 09:18:25 AM »
Hey Y'all,

I have had fire ants in my raised beds for the past two years. Is there a poison that I could use that would not contaminate my plants, especially my root vegetables?


General Discussion / Fabric Row Covers to Protect Greens?
« on: February 21, 2018, 12:14:09 PM »
Hey Y'all,

I have seen folks use fabric row covers to protect their plants from frost, but never from bugs.

This past fall all my greens got wiped out by these very tiny black worms/grubs.

I am considering using fabric row covers over my greens this year.  Can y'all recommend a good brand of row cover? The ones I have found on Amazon don't have that great of ratings.


Homesteading Skills / Re: Lets talk about the new Rave of Instant Pots
« on: February 14, 2018, 12:15:14 PM »
My wife and I love ours. We had some trouble at first, but it was all user error. After watching loads of YouTube videos, our roasts and veggies come out perfect. We cook the majority of our meals in it now.

General Discussion / Growing Large Pepper Plants?
« on: January 25, 2018, 11:48:55 AM »
Hey Y'all,

Every year I plant a handful of different pepper plants. Each plant grows to about about 2 feet tall and the production is alright.

I've have seen numerous YouTube videos where people have pepper plants that are 3-5 feet tall.

I have done a soil test and made amendments, but my plants are always short with limited fruit.

What can I do to improve the growth of my pepper plants this year?

General Discussion / Scuppernongs--Where to buy plants?
« on: November 28, 2017, 07:48:02 PM »
Hey Y'all,

My wife loves scuppernongs and has asked me to plant some next year.

Can y'all recommend a top notch nursery where I can order some?

General Discussion / Re: Identify this Squash (PIC)
« on: September 17, 2017, 03:42:41 PM »
The base is the size of a basketball.

I baked it today. Like I said before, it looks just like a butternut squash and a pumpkin mixed.

General Discussion / Re: Identify this Squash (PIC)
« on: September 17, 2017, 11:19:43 AM »
Does the new link work?

General Discussion / Identify this Squash (PIC)
« on: September 17, 2017, 10:24:47 AM »
Hey Y'all,

A friend gave me this squash that she grew. She could not remember the name of it.  Any ideas? It almost reminds me of a butternut mixed with a pumpkin.

General Discussion / Re: No Sweet Potatoes--What Went Wrong?
« on: August 23, 2017, 06:44:19 AM »
Planted mid-april. I was just going to pull up one to check the size of the potatoes and the first plant has nothing but real long 14+ inch roots. Pulled up another to check--same thing....etc.

General Discussion / No Sweet Potatoes--What Went Wrong?
« on: August 22, 2017, 06:52:32 AM »
Hey Y'all,

Last year I planted six sweet potato slips just for fun and was able to harvest 6-8 gallons of sweet taters.

This year I order and plant around 30 slips. The plants got huge this year with all the rain and I was ready to load up the bed of my truck. I start digging this weekend and I probably have 6 sweet taters from 15 plants.

What is going on?

General Discussion / May 7 Turkey Double---Pictures
« on: May 10, 2017, 11:36:13 AM »
Hey Y'all,

My wife was able to shoot a monster a few weeks ago.

Since then we have been terrorized by a group of 10 jakes and have been running off every opportunity we had at a gobbler. Since the jakes arrived I haven't seen or heard anymore gobblers.

On Friday, May 5, I decided to hit the woods after work for an evening hunt. I was dealing with 20+ mph winds and rain. I have a spot in a cattle field that is protected by a hedgerow. I set up there figuring that if any birds came out they would pick that spot. At 6:30 pm a jake popped into the field and I popped him.

Fast forward to Sunday morning.

It was 39 degrees and very foggy. The weatherman said it was going to be sunny so I setup the blind where the sun hits first thing in the morning. The wife and I were in the blind and by 7:30 the field was still very foggy and the wife was wanting to go back to bed. I told her that as soon as the fog clears out and the sun starts to warm up the field these birds would want to be out there to sun themselves since the previous three days were rainy and cold.

I decided to pull out a box call that I haven't used in a few years and started to send a few calls out. Seconds later a hen started yelping like crazy and didn't stop for several minutes. As she was yelping we heard a gobble over the hill. Then we see two gobblers headed our way. The birds got to 40-45 yards and hung up.  I told my wife to shoot the one on the left and I took the bird on the right.

Wife's bird

My bird

General Discussion / PTO Tiller--What Brand?
« on: April 18, 2017, 10:41:02 AM »
Looking into getting a pto tiller for our tractor. 

Is there a good, reliable brand of tiller out there?

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