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General Discussion / Re: Mistakes with my tomato seed
« on: March 18, 2018, 08:14:19 PM »
I used some baccto this year and won't again. It grew mold on the top of the soil. Use MG moisture control in the blue bag, your plants will love it and you won't have to water almost until you transplant at the first true leaves stage.

As for the seeds, it might just be the soil so I wouldn't blame them yet. Try again and see what happens.

Recipes / Re: Beef Back Ribs
« on: March 12, 2018, 05:21:31 PM »
Here's a good video on buying beef ribs, he explains it well.

The Greenhouse / Re: 2018 High Tunnel
« on: March 10, 2018, 09:24:30 AM »
All your plants look happy!!! That low tunnel is working nice and I see your beet still growing. I hope the snow stops, Ya'll had a bad couple of weeks.

General Discussion / Re: A few pics of what's growing
« on: March 07, 2018, 03:23:57 PM »
That is awesome! Can we see some pictures of your greenhouse setup?

I'm guessing you wanted to know about the hydro setup, right? If not let me know.
These are last years pics.
It's a small homemade GH, 14' X 16' with a dutch bucket setup inside that holds 22 buckets.

I have a small pump set to run 15 minutes 3 times a day, it pumps the fertilizer in the buckets then drains back to the reservoir.

I use this old one for the starter plants, that plastic lasted abut 2 years and now it's covered with GH plastic.

General Discussion / Re: A few pics of what's growing
« on: March 07, 2018, 01:02:51 PM »
Those seedlings where bigger than most of the others when I transplanted them, it should be a big plant. Don't be envious, Spring will be here soon. Get the GH up and start planting!!!

General Discussion / A few pics of what's growing
« on: March 07, 2018, 12:05:40 PM »

These are a mix of tomatoes I'm trialing this year, it's a long list but I'll just grow 1 or 2 of each for taste test and save seeds if they produce. Not all of the plants are pictured. Here's the list is anyone is interested
Aunt Ginny's purple
Brandywine OTV
Cherokee Purple Heart
Elgin Pink
Hundreds & Thousands
Limbaugh's Legacy
Lithium Sunset
Mayo's Delight
Porters Pride
Red Barn
Zluta Kytice
LSU Creole
Big Red
Hippie Zebra
Orange slic3 F-2
Orange slic3 F-3
WoodChips Yellow Cross from 2015, I think it's a cross, help me out WC!!
Cherokee Carbon F-2
Coeur De Surpriz
Porter's Pride
Cherokee Tiger

Better Boy

The two pans in the front is Louisiana Green Oblong Eggplant, the others are different peppers to make chow chow

7 Pot Primo

Big Mustard Momma super hot peppers

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion peppers

More BMM

Fatalii peppers

7 Pot Primo's in hydro, starting to flower

A few tomatoes on these old plants

Dasher 2 Cukes

Grapefruit from seeds

Lemon and Mandarin oranges from seeds

Over wintered Ghost peppers

Jalapeno's getting some sunshine

Blackberries from Bobcat

31 tomato plants

Goliath Giant Early Bush Hybrid


Early Girl

Big Beef

Squash and Zuchinni


The fig tree is leafing out and full of small figs

General Discussion / Re: Anyone planting eggplants and peppers yet?
« on: March 05, 2018, 04:56:11 PM »
Jimmiec, et al,
Was perusing the world wide web, and ran across this.  Thought it might be of interest....

I simply LOVE, LOVE, LOVE pictorial tutorials!  And, this guy did it right, from beginning, to the present...


Which video are you talking about? I think he quit posting, I watched a few of his last year.

He's like most pepper heads, trying to figure out how to garden and that is from experience. They are always looking for the newest thing to try because one guy had good results. Most of them still think germinating in a ziplock bag is the greatest thing ever then wonder why the plants die when they plant in small pots and water too much.

I'm not being negative just posting the truth, I'm on a big pepper forum and you should see some of the stuff they ask about. Maybe most chiliheads are also potheads and try the same stuff, I don't know.

General Discussion / Re: Anyone planting eggplants and peppers yet?
« on: March 05, 2018, 08:39:04 AM »
 We have some 40's coming for the next two weeks so I'll wait after that and see what else is predicted before I put pepper plants out. Eggplants like the heat more than peppers so I'll wait on those and keep feeding them so they're ready to go when the temps start to warm up at night.   

Flowers / Re: Quick tour of the property
« on: March 05, 2018, 08:28:50 AM »
Nice selection of trees you have!!! I think the unidentified is a Japanese Magnolia. We call them a Mardi Gras tree because that's usually when they bloom.

Happy Hour / Re: One and a wake up...Thanks All
« on: March 04, 2018, 08:20:30 AM »
Tell the truth now, how long ago did you start the countdown? LOL! Been there and I know exactly how you feel, Safe travels Brother!!!

Happy Hour / Re: Joke for today--keep it clean.
« on: March 03, 2018, 10:43:39 AM »
Fun Fact:
 A whoopee cushion filled with gravy adds a whole new hilarious dimension to a rather tiresome old practical joke. ;D ;D ;D

General Discussion / Re: Who's putting in tomato plants?
« on: March 03, 2018, 10:14:55 AM »
I started my first run of tomatoes about mid February. I improved my little lean to and they will stay there when they get 4 leaves. This year I planted : Dixie Red, Big Beef, Felicity , Fla 91 and some mystery seeds that came up in the chicken yard years ago. clusters of 4-6 golf ball sized maters. All are coming up and soon will be put into larger little pots and put under the lean to  .( I has e old windows for the removable front and a glass door for the back .. all on a 2x4 frame and a skid base. )
  I have lettuce plants but the ants got into the pallet frames they are planted in and about killed them.. In the "flood the ants out" mode now since I'm afraid to put poison in that dirt.

If the water doesn't work try sprinkling dry grits over the mound. I haven't tried it but it's an old remedy I hear from a few people.

General Discussion / Re: Who's putting in tomato plants?
« on: March 03, 2018, 10:13:23 AM »

A friend advised me to wait until the pecans begin to leaf out before planting....with these warm days it shouldn't be long.

That only works when we have a cold winter, last year I had 1 out of 13 pecan trees bud in early March and the others were later. If you go by that you lose almost a month of the growing season. I still don't have any budding out yet but every other tree has and the fig tree already has small figs on it.

Recipes / Re: Beef Back Ribs
« on: March 02, 2018, 04:19:49 PM »
Thanks guys, they came out good. Next time I think I'm gonna try them in the oven like a prime rib, blasted for the first few minutes then low and slow.

I still can't believe the price. Someone had to make a mistake, maybe the butcher so he can load his freezer too.

I went back today and bought all they had left, I even got the last 2 packs they had in the back. I almost felt guilty but the feeling didn't linger long enough to matter. :)

I got home, removed them from the trays and re-wrapped in saran wrap. I'm good for a while!! :D :D

Recipes / Beef Back Ribs
« on: March 01, 2018, 08:49:20 PM »
As much as I cook, traveled and try new things there's always something to learn.

I found these at a store I usually shop at and it's the first time I saw them there, for the price I bought some thinking I would try to cook them like real meaty ribs and if that didn't work I would use it for broth. These didn't look like there was much meat on them but wait, it's deceiving.
Can you believe this price?

After some Youtube research I feel like I stole them. This is the ribs they cut off the ribeye roast to make ribeye steaks and I know I love those bones when I cook a rib roast so the cook began. I seasoned them with S&P & Cavenders salt free seasoning after coating them in EVOO. Put on the pit set up to smoke using Hichory chips.

2 hours later I wrapped them in foil and back on the pit, it was hard not to cut off a bone and taste it. It smelled like prime rib cooking.

I unwrapped and set them back on the pit for 15 minutes to dry the crust a little and get a little more color.

After a 20 minute rest I sliced them up and had to taste one, pure beef goodness. Tender and juicy and I think it's better than brisket with 1/2 the cooking time.

I didn't really plan sides because this was more of an experiment but I cooked some boxed fettuccine and a salad with tomatoes from the greenhouse.

The Greenhouse / Re: Greenhouse growing fall 2017 thru spring 2018
« on: March 01, 2018, 08:23:28 PM »
The Mad Botanist continues!!!!!

That trough system should be fine with the heat since the tank is 6 feet under. Those plants are rolling nice, about 40 days and you should have it loaded with blushing tomatoes.

Let me know when you have room for more plants!! ;D ;D

This is another case of the system failed. I'm blaming this on the school, they knew he was a whack job and put those kids in danger.

Would you really leave your kids with this guy?

The Georgia teacher arrested for barricading himself in a classroom and firing a gun reported an unfounded claim to police in 2016 that he was involved in a woman's death.

Jesse Randall Davidson, 53, told Dalton police that he had an affair with a woman online who refused to end contact with him, and two of his friends offered to "take care of her," according to a 2016 officer incident report.
Davidson said he agreed. Later when he asked if they scared her, the friends said it was worse than that, which he understood to mean that they killed her, the incident report said. The claims went unfounded.

"It appears the subject may be delusional or have something else that had occurred that is causing to have these thoughts," read the report.

Davidson, who was on several medications for depression at the time, had just gotten out of the hospital when he spoke to police on March 21, 2016.
The teacher also had an incident near campus grounds in 2017. Davidson called his son and mother to pick him up from the school building, claiming he didn't feel well. School staff began looking for him throughout the school, but found him almost a mile away sitting on a curb. Davidson was conscious but non-responsive to Dalton staff, and was transported to the hospital via EMS, according to an incident report.

On Wednesday, Davidson barricaded himself in an empty classroom as confused students tried to enter the room, police said. Davidson surrendered about 45 minutes later. A bullet had gone through an exterior window of the room, but it didn't appear Davidson was aiming at any person, police spokesman Bruce Frazier said.

Davidson was charged with aggravated assault, carrying weapon on school grounds, terroristic threats, reckless conduct, possession of gun during commission of a crime, and disrupting public school.

Homesteading Skills / Re: Lets talk about the new Rave of Instant Pots
« on: February 26, 2018, 08:43:20 PM »
Did you check the link I put up? Check your model for recalls.

I haven't grown them but they should have excellent flavor once you get past the green color.

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