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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: November 29, 2018, 04:29:22 PM »
Picked broccoli this morning.. better to get it before the weather does..

wish I could figure pictures out.. maybe one day I will break down and buy a newer machine..

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: November 18, 2018, 10:49:17 AM »
I walk the garden every chance I get, but seldom report on it.. after the last week of rain and the last few days of sunshine it was kind of nice to look things over..
I lost a bee hive yesterday fell to mice I believe, yesterday I fitted mouse guards on the other two hives.. and they were busy this morning robbing the spoils from the fallen hive...nice to see bees flying and working.. then I checked the old garden where I noticed a low flying squadron of geese heading south.. amazing.. its still soggy wet and looks like a invasion of deer took it over and stomped every thing it could.  I was glad they didn't like the small patch of rape greens I had planted, because I like many fall into the traditions of my parents where I used rape as a mixture of a combination of greens.. only recently have I discovered rape greens alone are my new favorite green..sadly I have only a small patch of them.. The frost has done its work, now the crimson clover is making its show slowly.. the buckwheat is dead few seeds dropped for the next season.. the okra stalks are still standing holding their seeds for now.. I have already harvested two quarts of seed and I hope will be enough for the next seasons okra patch. Most of the mustard greens are looking yellow now, turnips are about gone, some small kale still holding on for the winter..  Cabbage are looking good and holding medium heads, the broccoli was planted late and hold very small heads now.. carrots in the creek side garden still small and don't seem to be growing much.. while the carrots in the old garden that was invaded by deer the tops are mostly missing in action..

Thanksgiving is a family time of year, and a time for all us gardeners to share with the rest of the family things we have produced and labored to save..  and I would like to Thank Donald and all the rest of our Bayou Family for the time and tips shared here..

Al Morgan and Family

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Happy Hour / Re: show win
« on: November 18, 2018, 08:42:48 AM »
Also concerned for Miss Ellie. 

Prayers up, for her..

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General Discussion / Re: MICE
« on: November 11, 2018, 05:09:47 PM »
I keep a bucket half full of water, with a coat hanger through a water drink bottle across the bucket baited with peanut butter.. the mice fall in drown and it keeps on working.. in the shop.. works pretty well the cooler temps are driving the mice inside now..

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: October 22, 2018, 08:21:52 AM »
A little early frost this morning, about a month early here..  been working the greens patch about a month now.. so this morning I got into the collards.. got a big sack to wash up and cook down.. I won't be freezing this mess,  its lunch and left overs.. If I can keep the kids and friends out of the patch will be freezing a lot for the rest of the year later..

Al

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Happy Hour / Re: Howse Disc
« on: October 22, 2018, 03:38:14 AM »
Wow that was a lucky day,  you should get a lot of use out of it..

I am using my Dads old harrow no telling how old it is.. and its still doing the job..

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General Discussion / Re: NO LUCK
« on: October 15, 2018, 06:20:15 PM »
No luck with them here either..  so far..

carrots came up thick and pretty but a lot of them died out.  I think it was to dry for them.
waiting to see if any survive after last rain.. No idea why the beets failed.. I know the seed was good. 

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Happy Hour / Re: "These Are Times That Try Men's Souls"----here's why
« on: October 08, 2018, 04:39:14 AM »
That wonderful personal service we get from auto parts dealers.. 

has me looking for things on line, and I am finding most every thing there.. and better deals too..


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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: October 04, 2018, 09:52:38 AM »
Still picking greens and putting them in the freezer..   Washing greens  isn't my favorite pass time..

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Happy Hour / Re: Got any interesting news?
« on: September 26, 2018, 04:29:56 AM »
Yes, CH, When we moved here the creek was flooded by beavers killing out a lot of trees and just keeping a large swamp in the bottoms.  My sister hired a trapper to handle the beavers, I spoke with him one afternoon as he was filling his truck with beavers, and he told me that I should learn to trap as the beavers would move back in from down stream, and he left a few traps for me.  I did learn how to trap and drained the swamp. After that coyotes were becoming a problem they were in the yard and following me around in the woods.. After being caught in the woods without any weapons and several coyotes surrounding me I decided to trap coyotes, and I was fed up with raccoons ruining my sweet corn every year.  So trapping during season has been really a benefit for the garden and the natural wildlife here.  Foxes came back after the coyotes were controlled, I was able to clear a nice garden area where the swamp used to be, and we see wild turkeys now that the raccoons are controlled and more birds. I am able to grow sweet corn again.. ;D

I think Georgia Trapper is still around, I've never met him but I believe he lives up Northeast from here. 

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Happy Hour / Re: Got any interesting news?
« on: September 24, 2018, 05:23:16 PM »
I finally left the farm for a few days, to attend the Georgia Trappers Convention this past week end.

It was a good trip down to Pine Mountain Georgia,  it was held at the Franklin D. Roosevelt, state park.   we rented a cabin at the park.  It was interesting and I learned some tips about trapping coyotes.  I met some interesting people there, and bought home a few items I think will help me in trapping beavers to keep them from flooding my garden..

One interesting fellow I met was if you watched 'Live Free or Die' on the TV series was Colbert from the South Georgia Swamps..  I caught up with him after lunch and had a good conversation with him.   I really enjoyed the trip and people..

Al

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General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« on: September 20, 2018, 09:21:10 AM »
So hot and dry here, all ya do is shuck and add salt and butter to  the pop corn..

eating popcorn on the cob.. 8) 8) 8)

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: September 15, 2018, 10:55:55 AM »
So far I've plowed down the buckwheat, picked a few peas for lunch, plowed down a lot of weeds well the spring flower garden, Wow it sure smelled good with all the herbs in there got chopped up..
right now I am working on a couple of wide beds for carrots and beets..  just in to cool off a little before laying off the beds..  See ya in the garden..  Al

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: September 08, 2018, 10:27:25 AM »
a family affair,  we picked and shelled peas this morning.    Supper is going to be special tonight..


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General Discussion / Re: kale floret as a broccolini
« on: September 07, 2018, 08:49:43 PM »
I've never heard of broccolini,  I do let my greens go to seed mainly so the bees can work the flowers.  I wouldn't think much could be done with the small flowers the variety I plant has..
I think I have a video of the flowers I'll see if I can find a link so you might see how they bloom..

You can see the yellow blooms about 1:07 in this vid.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWYbfefPbLQ

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General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« on: September 07, 2018, 08:39:36 PM »
Thats great glad your having success with them..

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General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« on: September 07, 2018, 09:01:43 AM »
Its getting a little dry here, I normally don't worry about dry weather as long as I have things up and growing.. but I have peas coming in and I would like for them to hold in the field a little longer to give me more time to pick.. also I planted collards last week and none of them are up yet they need moisture to sprout.. but the earlier planting of greens are doing well and very near getting a first picking now..



Al

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: September 06, 2018, 01:02:41 PM »
picking peas


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New Videos / Over view
« on: August 31, 2018, 04:13:30 PM »
A short over view of the gardens..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5JKR_0MTq0

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 30, 2018, 08:20:27 PM »
Whiskeydog  How many mustard plants do you have to be able to have a mess ready for cooking in 4 weeks?  What size to pick them? How much fertilizer did you use.

I think it's too early to plant here in southwest Louisiana.  The days are still over 90 degrees.

My mustard greens went nowhere last year and I only got a tough bitter mess and I really missed having them.




Sounds like the weather was to hot, if you can find this seed called tender green mustard you might want to try it.. I'm all out of seed now or I would share some..
At first sowing I don't use any fertilizer, just prepare the bed and sow, use a leaf rake lightly rake over the seeds to cover.  usually the seed can be bought by the oz  I would get a couple of ozs just what ever you think will cover the seed bed..

We like mixed greens, but I always plant the seeds in separate beds, I've found what ever comes up first takes over the bed.. So we sow collards, turnips, kale, beets, rape, and the mustards all in different beds, that way we can mix the greens to taste as we pick.. Yeah I'm a greens addict..  ;D

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