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General Discussion / Re: Sawmill
« on: November 19, 2017, 03:17:16 PM »
My little mill only handles 21 inches, but I'm getting some wide lumber out of it.  wider than the miter saw can cut, it can cut 13 inches..  My problem is drying the boards, so far I've been putting boards up in the attic of the shop to dry.. works pretty good during the summer..  I only cut for my own use, so its not a big problem..  You can get a lot of lumber out of a big tree..

I keep the mill in the shop so loading a long log is difficult.. lately I've just been cutting 5 or 6 footers..  the tractor will lift and load those easy, and I get lots of project boards..

General Discussion / Re: Sawmill
« on: November 19, 2017, 10:19:06 AM »
Its hard work but I sure enjoy it.. and I like to be able to build projects from my forest..

The great thing is I can cull out the trees that might be diseased or damaged and clean up the woods.. then use the lumber.. its good management of the forest..

Have fun 


Happy Hour / Re: CopperBackRattleMoccisan
« on: November 16, 2017, 10:51:23 AM »
Adrian its not true, I was always told that so I would go down in the swamp to cut firewood..

I guess nobody else would work the swamp.  Its snakey down there..

General Discussion / Re: planting and digging potatoes
« on: November 15, 2017, 06:41:18 AM »
I love the stories too and the smell of fresh turned earth, and the smell of a mule.
gardening seems to be in the blood something that the family has always done and I always try to do.  Last spring the son in law and I planted about 15 pounds of potatoes down in the bottoms, I still have a bunch of them left. sure made a lot of potatoes.

Tools and Equipment / Re: New (to me) Farm Truck
« on: November 14, 2017, 06:07:43 PM »
Nice Truck, I still have Dad's old 68 step side ford 100..

Amazing these old trucks are running 50 years later.. even more at what they cost new..
I don't think Dad paid more than 1100 for his truck new.

In 70 I worked for a dealership who advertised new trucks for 2,222.22 I remember the big sign over the shop..

General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: November 13, 2017, 07:21:58 AM »
Took a butcher knife to the mustard patch, mowed them high to avoid most of the big stems.  Filled a small wash tub full and got them on soak..

then put out about 3/4 sack of fertilizer on the kale, turnips, mustard, and beets.. side dressed the broccoli, collards, and cabbage.. and broadcast over the rest of the young mustard and kale greens..
its late but if the weather holds out, it might pay off..   those collard greens are looking good for Thanksgiving..

Happy Hour / Re: Veteran's Day Thanks
« on: November 12, 2017, 08:42:39 AM »
We are losing these heros to fast, just Wednesday a neighbor who served with General Patton passed, his funeral was yesterday..  Not until the last few years did he mention anything about what he lived through..

General Discussion / Re: Okra ?
« on: November 12, 2017, 08:37:53 AM »
I reckon you could pick that like bananas and sell by the bunch.. 

 Day O day O daylight come and I want to go home..  O yeah!!! 

Happy Hour / Re: CopperBackRattleMoccisan
« on: November 12, 2017, 04:27:53 AM »
One more, a lesson learned about nature..

when we moved here this was a overgrown old pasture with all the things that grow and live well in a old pasture.. rodents, and huge black snakes were the top line predator.  After I plowed clean and started a garden I had a problem with rodents, rats, mice and the like.. So determined to get rid of the critters I put out poison..  What this did was to kill off everything in the food chain.. and I started finding huge black snakes dead.. These snakes kept all the nasty poison snakes in control.. and I lost this protection by using poison..

So now I trap, but that has problems also, I was not aware, of when you are in the garden working other critters are watching every move.. I learned this by using trail cams over the garden and noticing when a deer shows up in the garden, there are eyes watching in the back ground..on night pictures the eyes glow..
So I noticed my traps were disappearing, so I started tying them down to keep them.  One day while in the garden checking and clearing traps, I was dumping the remains at the edge of the garden.  one, two, and on the third trip the two were gone.. I never saw or even have an idea of what was carrying the rats off, coyote, bob cat, or feral cat..  but one thing was certain I was being watched and maybe stalked.. I am sure whenever I walked in the woods I was stalked.. and noticed it was coyotes.. I started working on them and at this point have them under control in this area.. but it took a few years to thin them out and they finally left..  I don't know what will fill the void but I am sure something will..  It wasn't like this when I was a kid growing up here.. there were small farms and the worst thing was egg eating snakes, and possums.. chickens roamed freely around the farm in those days.. nothing bothered them..

Happy Hour / Re: CopperBackRattleMoccisan
« on: November 12, 2017, 03:01:29 AM »
Maybe about a month ago, while on my morning walk around, I was suddenly stopped by the garden in the bottoms, by something at my feet striking at me..Once I got stopped and aware of what was going on, it was a "copperbackrattlemoccasin"  on its third strike and miss..  Thank the Lord.  After that I reckon it decided to leave, confused by the little girl screaming and native snake dance that I had no idea I knew anything about.. till then.   I am more aware of where I am walking now days..

Many years ago I was cleaning up some leaves in the back yard, I was carrying a large cardboard box in front of me.  something hit the box, I stopped to see what happened, Yeah another run in with one of the snakes, I found a shovel near by and divided the situation..

I've always been told that once you crank up a chain saw snakes leave the area.. I was sure this was true and cut trees in the woods without a care or thought about snakes.. until I dropped a tree and was sawing it up in firewood lengths.. and found a snake laying by the log on the next length to be cut..  Then I realized snakes don't have ears and I've been fooled all these years.. Yes Sir I am wiser now..   snakes don't have ears.. how could I have been so silly to believe that story... :D :D :D


General Discussion / Re: Okra ?
« on: November 11, 2017, 01:03:58 PM »
wonder how often you would have to pick that..  it might get ahead of my picking..

General Discussion / Re: Mustard Green question
« on: November 07, 2017, 11:32:23 AM »
I stopped at the feed and seed in town today, but they were out of tender greens.

I don't have any either, so they are on my refill list.  remind me about next August and I'll see if I can spare a few seeds.. I buy by the pound.. We like em too. 

General Discussion / Re: Mustard Green question
« on: November 06, 2017, 05:32:03 PM »
Fry up some bacon, sausage, with a chopped onion, in a cast iron skillet, throw in those greens and cook them to tender..   Yes, Sir..  Thats greens I can eat.. 

Picked a big mess of them today..

General Discussion / Re: Mustard Green question
« on: November 06, 2017, 03:56:00 PM »
Rabbitproof you could easily mistake Tender greens for Fla. broad leaf.

Just like WhiskyDog for Monroe..

General Discussion / Re: Mustard Green question
« on: November 06, 2017, 10:48:27 AM »
I'm not sure of the one you are looking for, but I usually plant one that looks more delicate than the curly, has a smooth leaf..  its called tender green here.  I guess the name kind of describes it.. if your wanting some seed I will check the next time I'm in town and see if there is any more.. I sowed all my mustard seeds..

General Discussion / Re: Black Coyotes Rare?
« on: November 05, 2017, 01:52:38 AM »
Adrian,  I would love to come over and show ya how to make a few sets.  I don't have a license for trapping off my own property this season.  So I couldn't run a line there.

give me a call when ya get a chance. 

Happy Hour / Re: First Grandson
« on: October 06, 2017, 07:35:08 PM »
Thats great T, congrats.. 

Growing up on a farm and taking responsibilities for cattle and crops early is a learning process.
Thank Goodness I was young and quick enough to get out of the way of many of my mistakes.
I've told this one before, but there are many new people on the forum that probably haven't heard of the cow that drove dads tractor while I rode on the hood..

I had about 6 or 7 cows on a pasture lot that was eaten down and needed to be moved across the road to a fresh pasture.  One old cow never would cross the black top road and would have to be helped across.. I left her in the pasture while I took a bucket of feed and lead the other cattle to the new pasture.. no problems..

Next I fired up Dads old 8n tractor got some rope and went to get the last cow.. roped the old cow pulled her up to the tractor tied her off to the draw bar.  I put it in low gear and began pulling the cow, she fought the tractor pulling hard and having a fit as we drove up near a neighbors house.
Now the neighbor had a smart German Shepherd dog who seemed to want to help out as I pulled the cow pass the house and up near the road.  The dog fell in behind the cow and nipped at the back legs.. In a moment I noticed the cow had changed directions and was coming straight at the tractor hard.. I jumped over the steering wheel just as the cow got in the tractor seat the rope keeping her from going any farther.. So I was on the hood, wondering how I was going to stop the tractor the cow was in the seat front legs over the steering wheel, the dog was running around the tractor.. A car full of people slowed at the road, stopped for a moment watched and then drove away..I guess they figured better not get involved with such a sight.. I managed to pull spark plug wires off the plugs until the tractor stopped.. ran the dog off and told the cow she needed to get herself down because I didn't have a clue about how to do that.. anyway she finally got down and thankfully no person or animal was hurt.. funny thing she never gave any more trouble about crossing the road after that..

Happy Hour / Re: what was your first voting experience like
« on: October 04, 2017, 03:29:33 PM »
I had to wait till I was 18 to vote.. it was held at the elementary school.   Dad and I took a ballot and went in a small room, where we laid the ballots across a chest type freezer.  we filled them out and turned them in.. Now politics has never been one of my strong points, and after voting my convictions. That day started a tend, I am great at picking losers.. Out of the 50 years I've been voting I believe only two presidents I voted for won.

Happy Hour / Re: What did your Grandads do?
« on: October 03, 2017, 04:39:38 AM »
My grandpa on Mom's side was a conductor on the railroad.  I remember being in his lap and his uniform, Atlanta, Chattanooga line.  I don't know if thats the Chattanooga Cho-Cho the song was written about or not.

Dad's side was a farmer/ carpenter/hardware store clerk.  I reckon about a all around man.  I heard stories that he tore down old homes and built new ones out of the materials.. building inspectors wasn't around back then.  I know of barns and homes he built still being used today.

both men passed in the 50s so I was small but know both as loving family and taking care of them all.. guess thats what good men do best..

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