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Happy Hour / Re: Just a thought
« on: Today at 06:18:50 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Bug finder
« on: Today at 05:09:47 AM »
WOW that is an easy site to use, Thanks billygoat!

Double B i am sad to read of the loss of your pal and  for other friends you have lost this year. 

On the upside:It was a blessing that you were given those few weeks to spend time with him!

The only thing I did in the High Tunnel  was water and I watered the fruit trees.

The Greenhouse / Re: 2018 High Tunnel
« on: July 15, 2018, 04:43:04 AM »
Thanks Rabbit! I am sorry to hear your garden is struggling this year!

 Ours is behind  even though I got planted early after a  very early in the season ( for us) a ten day heat wave a few weeks ago. Our northern vegetable plants are just not used to that kind of heat.

Thank you USMC130MC!

Thanks Mike! In general I  never go anywhere without my camera!

Thankfully these days I can shoot as many pictures as I want to I am no longer limited to a 35 picture roll of film nor do I have to wait a week to get the photos back. There is something to be said about instant gratification!

The Greenhouse / Re: 2018 High Tunnel
« on: July 14, 2018, 07:37:53 AM »
JUST "green" tomatoes so far:

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: July 14, 2018, 07:30:01 AM »
Those little tomato plants look very happy in their new digs!

General Discussion / Re: The war starting AGAIN
« on: July 13, 2018, 04:44:56 PM »
I am so sorry to hear your beautiful rice field is under siege. I wish you luck on your hunt to cull the pig population.
What kind of trap do you use for a pig?.
We call them a box trap. It is 2x4x8ft. It has a cable tripped spring loaded door.

I didn't realize how many one trap can catch.

General Discussion / Re: The war starting AGAIN
« on: July 13, 2018, 01:13:00 PM »
I am so sorry to hear your beautiful rice field is under siege. I wish you luck on your hunt to cull the pig population.
What kind of trap do you use for a pig?.

« on: July 13, 2018, 05:19:49 AM »
Thanks  USMC130FE!
 It is getting there!

The Greenhouse / Re: 2018 High Tunnel
« on: July 13, 2018, 05:17:56 AM »
Thanks Double B!
 The grape tomatoes were like candy they were so sweet.
The popcorn has a long way to go before I can harvest it.

Thank you DB! My fingers toes and eyes are crossed in hope this simple solution of adding radishes to the bed works. Stink bugs and squash bugs are my nemeses. I stopped growing squash for a few years because I could not get them under control.

Thanks Gopher. You are right the corn did need to be fertilized and I did it a couple of days ago!

General Discussion / Re: Copper Sulfate
« on: July 12, 2018, 06:35:59 AM »
Have any of you used Copper Sulfate for Blight? Would you consider it organic? And also is it more of a prevention of blight or will it help if my plants already have it?

I dust with BONIDE copper fungicide as a preventative. It is made up ONLY  with copper and is considered an organic method.

I did a little research and found that:
 Copper sulfate is an inorganic compound that combines sulfur with copper. It can kill bacteria, algae, roots, plants, snails, and fungi. The toxicity of copper sulfate depends on the copper content. Copper is an essential mineral. It can be found in the environment, foods, and water. Copper sulfate has been registered for use in pesticide products in the United States since 1956.

Products containing copper sulfate can be liquids, dusts, or crystals. There are several dozen active products containing copper sulfate on the market  Some of these have been approved for use in organic agriculture.

General Discussion / Re: A little appetizer
« on: July 12, 2018, 06:19:03 AM »
I am very impressed.
 That is a lot of sausage.
How many different types do you make each year?
I have never made pork sausage.
When I have the opportunity  I do make a couple of pounds of venison pepperoni.

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: July 12, 2018, 06:07:40 AM »
Not to brag, but I harvested two tomatoes today. Granted, they don't look like much, but they resemble quite an accomplishment. By mid-June, the combination of heat, humidity, fungus issues and insect pressure pretty much put an end to the tomato season in our area. One exception is a couple of plants that I refer to as Toni's tomatoes. They're an unspecified variety of tiny cherry tomatoes that were passed along to me by a friend. They resiliently hang on, and with very little help from me, continue to produce, albeit in very limited quantities. Yep, I won't complain. I'll enjoy them as a brief snack and patiently wait for more 😉

I hope you are planning on saving some seeds from that plant. It sounds like a  survivor.

The Greenhouse / Re: 2018 High Tunnel
« on: July 12, 2018, 06:01:21 AM »
It has been awhile since I updated so let me bring you up to speed ( as they say)

The broccoli plants that the "Hooligan's: CU and Red munched down to the stems on have made a fully recovery:

Cabbage is almost ready to start harvesting: The netting has worked perfectly to keep the Cabbage moths at bay.

Candy Onion I forgot to put something next to it so you could relate its size. The emitters are 4" on center so I  would say this one is about 4" inches diameter.

We are harvesting the English Seedless Cucumbers every few days now.
They look funny at this stage but by tomorrow it will have filled out.

Our first Japanese Seedless Cucumber:

I thought this made an interesting picture of a clump of  grape tomatoes

A little further down on the stem These will be used in tonight's salad:

Poblano Peppers:

Sweet Peppers:

Japanese Hulless Pop Corn:

Starting to develop ears:

Watermelon and cantaloupe bed, I scattered seeded radish seeds when I planted, The thinking is radishes repel stink bugs and other nasty insects. We shall see if it works and or how well it works out.So far I have not spotted any

More to come:

General Discussion / Re: Spraying Peas
« on: July 12, 2018, 05:23:48 AM »
I am experimenting with growing radishes (you let them flower) among my squash, cucumbers and melons. The thinking is the smell given off my the radishes repels stink bugs and other insects so far I have not seen any stink bugs but it is still early.

I will inform you of my results at the end of the season.

« on: July 12, 2018, 05:09:58 AM »
No the pond can not freeze solid. It is over 10 -12 ft deep in two large areas.
Yes the main reason we started the project was to make it a healthy environment again for raising fish.
We are trying to be as self sufficient as possible.

We will stock it with shiners, fat head minnows, crayfish,yellow perch and large mouth bass. With 2 sections at 10 ft and 12 ft and  if we can get the pond back to completely clear water we will throw in a few rainbow trout also.

« on: July 11, 2018, 07:22:54 AM »
Thanks Mike!
The weather has been pleasant which is why we are able to work longer days.

A few of the Pond Critters waiting for the chaos to be over with:

« on: July 11, 2018, 06:16:13 AM »
Time for an update:
The weather has been perfect for working on the pond.

Jim almost slid into the pond 3 times working in this short run  from the bog to the ferns.It is steeper and mushier than it appears in the photo.

Once he reach the ferns he went around to the pine tree on the far right and  worked his way back.

First thing was to remove a lot of scrub trees and several old elm stumps on the west side between the ferns on the left and the white pine on the right.

Using a scythe we hand cut the cattails loaded them into the gator and dumped them out at our brush pile.

After about 6 hours it looked like this:

Back to digging. The cattails are gone along with all the stumps and scrubby bushes and saplings:

We had a big rainstorm late in the afternoon yesterday.I took this photo this morning:

The next step is to rebuild the dam and get ready for the guy with the bulldozer to clean up the mess we have on shore.
We still have  some little touch up here and there that needs to be done before he comes, IE the beach area still has to be tapered off  and some trees need to be taken down to give him room to move the dirt around.
The operator is thinking he can be here the first week in August.

General Discussion / Re: NewKYhome
« on: July 11, 2018, 04:31:58 AM »
We do a few turkey hunters on the site. Hopefully they will share some of their pictures here.

General Discussion / Re: A few pics of rice harvest
« on: July 11, 2018, 04:27:40 AM »
I am curious: How many pounds of rice ( if conditions are right) do you yield in an acre?

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