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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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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 30, 2018, 09:25:11 AM »
Plowed a little and laid off some rows,  Janet came out and we planted more beets, and collards. 

walked up to the top field and had nice fall green beans to pick got a good mess of them..
we are truly blessed..

Rabbitproof good luck with the mustard, I figure about two weeks from now mine will be picking size.   I believe I planted about August 15..

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New Videos / August update
« on: August 27, 2018, 10:04:46 AM »
still trying to figure out how to make a movie..  this months try..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h2xlm3eNLk

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 24, 2018, 02:27:41 PM »
We pulled the crop netting down from the tomato patch and cleaned the field, bush hogged it and harrowed it all under..  then we picked okra..  glad the tomatoes are gone.. next cabbage and greens..

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General Discussion / Re: Tomato Hornworm with Braconid Wasp Eggs
« on: August 21, 2018, 08:55:08 PM »
I've some luck with planting tobacco in the garden for a horn worm catch crop..
the other day I pulled 9 worms from one plant the day before I think it was 7 from the same plant.

To me it the worms seem worst after fertilizing the plants..

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: August 20, 2018, 01:33:39 PM »
Well the computer I use is to old to work the picture site, and the one Janet uses is newer but I am to old to use it..

Well today was tomato day, Janet and I picked a wheel barrow full of tomatoes, I got them back to the house and she peeled and is now cooking them down.. going to can them..

the son in law and I picked 20 pounds of okra hauled it to the market and got a quick 25 bucks.. well 25 bucks every other day till frost will add up..should cover this years garden expense and next years spring garden..  the market asked for 40 pounds of tomatoes.. I might bring them some I'm sure there is a truck load left in the field..

well I do need to get to work with the bees this afternoon.. going to move them out of 5 frame boxes to 8 frames give them some more room for the fall nectar flow..  wish I could post a picture or two maybe I can work something out later.. when the grand daughter gets home from school..

Al

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General Discussion / My Garden Fence Post
« on: August 19, 2018, 11:11:12 AM »
Near the garden I placed a old fence post years ago. The idea at the time was to be place I could hang trail cameras and watch what was going on while I was away.. and I have enjoyed pictures of deer, foxes both red and grays, coyotes, bob cats and many other animals over the years.. the area being out of the way and near the deep woods.  Has a lot of wild life and every now and then I notice the true value of the post..this morning I walked down to the bottom field and a large hawk or owl took off from the post.  I have seen this before but didn't think much about it.. Now I know that when I'm not around I have an mice, squirrel, snake, or other garden pest predator working for me.. just because I gave them a place to hunt..

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