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Happy Hour / Re: I have become a bird watcher
« on: April 20, 2018, 02:14:00 AM »
Watching nature is rewarding, I keep a small bowl by the garden, and every now and then put table scraps in it.. I put a trail camera over it and watch who comes for dinner.. Its good to know whats in the garden..

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New Videos / Re: My first attempt at editing a video from the farm
« on: April 17, 2018, 07:15:02 AM »
Looks good, you have a lot going on there.. Keep em coming..

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New Videos / Re: Lick Log Farm
« on: April 16, 2018, 07:09:04 PM »
Very nice video.  Did you have much trouble learning to fly the drone?

My son  made the videos.. some things are better left to the younger ones.. 8)
you can see him in the videos.
I put the movies together and posted them.

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General Discussion / Re: Been a long time!
« on: April 16, 2018, 02:44:26 PM »
Enjoyed the farm, your doing a lot with it.. 

Thats the thing about growing like you are, customers appreciate it. 
then they soon become good friends..
Its a blessing..

Al

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New Videos / Re: Lick Log Farm
« on: April 16, 2018, 12:05:43 PM »
now i know what being a bee must feel like!  so fun!

what are the red flowers?  so pretty.  they almost look like a giant raspberry on the end of a stem. 

 the yellow ones makes you want to stick your arms out and run up the rows.   ;D

The red ones are crimson clover, a good ground cover, they bloom in April in my zone 7 and die out in May about the time to plant a garden..If you let them die out they re sow themselves in the fall, works well for me with the timing.. bees will work it too..at least mine do.. the yellows are collards, mustards, and turnips, gone to seed.. I let them bloom out for the bees this season..  the bees have added to my gardening interest, I like the blooms myself.. 

Al

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New Videos / Re: In the Clover
« on: April 16, 2018, 11:51:32 AM »
the video is nice whisky...but all i could look at is the line up of tractors.  lol.  do you just put 1 attachment on each and swap out tractors instead of attachments?  lol.  :P

Yes, Gardeners think alike.. :D   thinking of getting a tiller, but I'm going to need another tractor. :-[

Rabbitproof

your right about the deer, I have plenty, its a constant problem.

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New Videos / Lick Log Farm
« on: April 16, 2018, 10:04:43 AM »

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Happy Hour / Re: The Sunflower Story
« on: April 13, 2018, 09:24:09 AM »
LOL good one Pete

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New Videos / Re: Laying off for Sweet Corn
« on: April 12, 2018, 05:59:04 PM »
Good Luck with the bees Al!

I like that drone footage, it really shows how curved those rows are. Do you have wash out problems when it rains?

The drone is thanks to my son in law, I hope he can help with more movies and pictures.
its a little beyond me..  :D

It does rain a lot here in early spring and winter, but I haven't had any wash out problems.  the fields are terraced from many years ago.  The last few years I have started hilling up rows in the fall, that pretty much traps water in the middles, and this spring I had a good tad pole farm going.. but you know toads and frogs need a little help too..  As I watch the garden I notice there is a lot of life that lives in the garden, more than just growing a few vegetables..  I have a couple of trail cams out, looking for a red fox I saw in the woods a while back. I've gotten a good many gray foxes in pictures..  No coyotes any more.  Its a balance of nature, and I realize I have to be careful with the way I can tilt it. 

Al

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New Videos / Re: Laying off for Sweet Corn
« on: April 12, 2018, 10:31:51 AM »
Whiskeydog....Bobby's Kiwanis speaker on Tues was a member who has lost most of his hives due to that disease or whatever that kills the bees. He says things are getting worse with the hive collapse situation. For some reason I had thought maybe it had gotten better----haven't heard as much about it in a few yrs. How are your bees doing????

Yes, Honey bees are in danger, I lost my starter hive last Oct. didn't even make it to winter. 
Well I'm hard headed and thinking I might be able to change the way I do things to give it another try.  Bee farms still sell bees, so they must be doing something right, so I'm looking at the way they manage hives.. the internet is a great thing for sharing information and there are a few bee farms sharing their management styles..  The idea seems to be to split as often as possible and deal with numbers instead of trying to keep a few hives.  I have a sawmill and able to build most of my own equipment, so its a little cheaper for me being retired helps too.. I bought most of the equipment I need to treat the hives last season.  It is time consuming I went through two hives this morning and going to have to go back into one, to prepare it for a split tomorrow..
I've never done this before and really just guessing all the way..  The wife and friends are all supportive and it seems I would have no problem getting rid of extra honey..

I can't say it hasn't been a good learning experience already.. It has taught me a lot about bee cover crops.  Its beautiful, the collards turnips and mustard all in bloom now.. and soon the crimson clover will light up.. Then after that I will be sowing buckwheat which makes a bloom in about 6 weeks.  It does add to the gardening experience..

Al

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New Videos / Re: Laying off for Sweet Corn
« on: April 12, 2018, 07:18:02 AM »
Thanks DB

Those curves are hard to cultivate sometimes.

This morning we will be opening up the new bee hives, hope to get a few pictures.

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New Videos / In the Clover
« on: April 11, 2018, 07:10:10 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: April 11, 2018, 01:19:17 PM »
I usually wait till things warm up better, but everyone around here has planting fever and dang if I didn't catch it myself..
The son in law and I put in two rows of silver king corn today..  I'm thinking by the time it germinates it will be a little warmer.. and past the last frost date, April 15th..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zYXrCkKq0E

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Happy Hour / The Sunflower Story
« on: April 11, 2018, 08:15:55 AM »
Just thinking this morning about things, and I remembered a fellow who once asked me about cover crops. I've grow a few different types and he wanted to know what were the ones I liked the most.
I told him of clovers and their benefits, sunn hemp the advantage and draw backs of it, but the one he liked the most was the sunflower story..

I planted a whole field full of sunflowers and when they bloomed it was a sight to see.  It was close to the road and passer bys would slow down to look..  One day a car pulled up in the drive and a gal stopped to ask if they could walk out in the field among the flowers, I figured they wanted to pick a few and gave them my blessing to do so, then went on with my business..
I noticed as the car turned around the tag was from California, unusual to see a car that far away this far in the country.. I didn't think much about it at the time..

About a week later a cousin of mine stopped to visit and asked who were the gals out in the field he saw last week.  I told him just a couple of gals who wanted to pick a few sunflowers..
He said did you notice them running around in the field topless?  Taking pictures?  Well no I hadn't.. He said he wasn't the only one to notice and the neighborhood was talking about it.. and curious who they were..

Well to make a long story short the fellow decided to plant sunflowers..

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General Discussion / Re: Getting rid of fire ants
« on: March 31, 2018, 12:17:46 PM »
Mark that made my hands itch just thinking about it.. ;D ;D ;D

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General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« on: March 20, 2018, 09:12:23 AM »
 The storm blew through here last night.. at mid night you didn't need lights to walk around if you didn't mind getting wet.. or lighting struck..  I was almost decided to plow a little and sure glad I was to lazy to go to town to pick up oil or anti freeze for the tractors..  today I pulled up last seasons crop netting all rolled up and put away, for a while, then pulled up the fence post that were driven in the ground with a driver last season for the tomato plants..I was feeling like old superman and pulling two post out of the ground at the same time with one hand each.. ;D    yeah thats wet.. I've got water hoses draining off the high grounds to the lower ones and the lower ones to the woods.. lots of water and I was already pretty darn wet..

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General Discussion / Re: Mistakes with my tomato seed
« on: March 19, 2018, 07:40:17 AM »
The last time I ordered from Burpee, I ordered some tomato seeds along with a big order.
after spending time and effort to grow the seeds and some time after transplanting the plants..
Burpee notified me they had made a mistake and sent the wrong seeds to me, and to make up for it sent a coupon for 25 dollars off the next order.. I wasn't happy..

Later I discovered I liked the mistake better than the original seeds I ordered.. so I called Burpee to find out what they had sent on the order..  well they didn't know.. that didn't help at all.. They lost a customer..

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Happy Hour / Re: Time change
« on: March 13, 2018, 10:11:28 AM »
Yeah me too, my spring ahead, sprung broke..

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General Discussion / Re: Where do you order your TPPEPH seeds from
« on: February 19, 2018, 06:32:01 PM »
I'm in zone 7, here..

The old folks say don't plant peas before the dark nights of June.. I usually wait till July myself..

Late planting puts the peas out of the pea weevil's life cycle..  I can say it works for me, I have sold a lot of shelled peas..

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