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General Discussion / Re: aquaponics/hydroponics
« on: July 14, 2019, 07:23:37 PM »
Thanks Bob! Looks like I have some reading to do!
Wade

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General Discussion / aquaponics/hydroponics
« on: July 14, 2019, 12:29:26 PM »
 Just curious if any of Y'all are doing anything in these areas. I'm starting to play around with hydro containers and trying to learn all I can. (Which means I have a lot of questions and no place to ask them)
Wade

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General Discussion / For Your Information,,,,,,
« on: July 13, 2019, 11:59:54 PM »
And since many here know or know of them, I am pleased to announce that both Bobby of mhpgardener and Susie of imstillworking had once again begun posting videos on youtube!
It feels like family has come home!
Wade

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General Discussion / Re: What would you do?
« on: July 13, 2019, 02:40:33 PM »
NO, but it is a very prominent seed company with a national following in heirlooms.
Wade

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General Discussion / What would you do?
« on: July 11, 2019, 06:31:56 PM »
Really interested in how Y'all would handle this. I'm up in the air about it.

I purchased some seed from a company I have been graduating toward for a couple of years now. Most varieties were fine, but some were not so fine as others.

I'm not immune to mistakes so is set aside two varieties of lettuce as a dual control, then took 9 varieties of seed that were suspect. All were 10 seeds each, placed on a napkin, and into individual ziplock bags and dampened with a spray bottle. All were sealed with airspace and on the same heat mat set at 68*. One was an onion variety and the rest were leafy greens.

At the end of 6 days, I checked the germination. 6 of the nine were 80% or above. That is satisfactory. One, the onion, was 60%, one lettuce was 30% and another 20%.

I took my time and carefully worded an Email to the company of my findings in detail and politely suggested they check their method and or procedures of verifying seed viability.
 It's been over three weeks now, plenty of time for them to check their seed stock to verify my findings, and plenty of time to respond to my email. I have not heard a thing!

I can only assume this means they don't really care about your input, or the satisfaction of their customers, or the quality or viability of the seed they are selling.

I may be way off base here so I am asking"What would you do?"
Wade


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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: July 10, 2019, 02:10:33 PM »
We put in millet every other year or so. Never had a problem. I'm in zone 6B. The seed cone never lasts long enough to spread as the deer wipe it out before it gets the chance to fully mature.
Wade

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General Discussion / Re: ambrosia vs. incredible corn challenge
« on: June 15, 2019, 09:54:31 AM »
I used to raise ambrosia but it's been a while. They had sturdy stocks but with the wind we get every year it is rare that any corn stands throughout the season.

FYI, I have moved away from ambrosia to bodacious and have always raised silver queen. We enjoy the silver queen to eat fresh and the bodacious for putting up in the freezer. It is by far the best corn I have ever had coming out of the freezer.

The Silver Queen is a 90-day corn whereas Bodacious is 75 day so we get it early, then switch over to silver queen while putting up the bodacious.

Then in a couple weeks we plant both again, keeping us in fresh corn all summer.
Wade

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: June 05, 2019, 03:25:34 PM »
May I suggest an alternate method? I think you will be well pleased with the outcome. If you would, try replacing the water with all vinegar. The water in the mix is why you have to can them. When you can them, the heat softens them. What I am suggesting will result in a fine crisp pickle that never has to be refrigerated.

Using your exact recipe, I would replace the water with vinegar. Go ahead and heat your mix. When you pour the hot mix into the jar, quickly put the lid and ring on and turn it upside down. What this does is allow the liquid to stay in contact with the lid, causing a better seal and a better chance for a seal. Once the jars are cool, wipe them, label them and put them up. There is no need to refrigerate before or after opening. The only consideration is that once open, be sure everything stays below the vinegar level. They will be perfectly fine sitting on the kitchen table for months and months.

I really do think you will like this method, I certainly do.
Wade

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: June 04, 2019, 10:27:44 AM »
Not to change the subject but yesterday was the first day I could get into the garden! Finally dried up enough to break ground. I tilled half the day then planted 50 tomatoes and 45 peppers. I just got the onions in. They won't do much being this late but we get what we get.

Getting ready to cut potatoes then plant sweetcorn while they heal over a bit and get them in the ground also if I can. That will be more that my body will accept but the rain comes back in again tonight! Gotta do what you gotta do!
Wade

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General Discussion / Re: PHI- pre harvest interval
« on: May 20, 2019, 05:15:37 PM »
I can only assume that the sevin is absorbed into the plant when it takes in moisture. I would think that if you just applied it and it has not rained, it would be safe if washed off.
I am no expert.
Wade

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General Discussion / Re: Reasons for Growing Tobacco
« on: May 18, 2019, 09:34:06 PM »
When I lived in Biloxi in the late 70s, it was legal to deer hunt with poison-tipped arrows. The theory was that many deer were being hit and not recovered, so by adding a poison to the arrow tip, even a poorly placed shot would bring the animal down in short order where it could be counted against the bag limit. The poison that I remember being used was nicotine! It was placed between the arrow shaft and the broadhead. Upon impact, the capsule would be crushed releasing the poison.

I can not speak to its effectiveness as I have never used them.
Wade

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: May 07, 2019, 05:57:39 PM »
Ragun, it was back when! I made some comment something to the effect of"If you could make that a target I'd use a lot more ammo! I don't remember the details but it was animated and made me crazy!LOL!
Wade

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: May 07, 2019, 04:53:15 PM »
That's not the one I was referring to but it should work!LOL
Wade

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: May 07, 2019, 03:11:54 PM »
Ragun, you need to go back and get that old avatar of yours and put it out in the garden! That should keep all them critters away!LOL!
Wade

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: April 27, 2019, 09:48:02 AM »
Hey Maggie! I sent you a PM a few days ago. Did you get it?
Wade

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: April 25, 2019, 03:55:17 PM »
Tripple 13 is more than adequate! You're putting in beans so there is no need to add nitrogen.

 As a cover, you could also use a sheet of plastic. Actually, anything to keep the nitrogen from becoming airborne.  If you want to put a couple inches of leaf mold on top I wouldn't think it would hurt a thing. All you are doing by that is making a better seal between the soil and the air, and adding insulating value to keep in the moisture and keep the ground temperature lower than the air temps.
Wade

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: April 25, 2019, 02:42:54 PM »
GG, you can spread that fertilizer right now as long as you cover it with a very fine layer of leaves. Then wet it down so it will get absorbed into the soil. What you don't want to do is top dress and leave it open to the air as much of it, especially nitrogen, will escape in the atmosphere.
Wade

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General Discussion / Re: Celery
« on: March 13, 2019, 03:52:50 PM »
T, celery is one of the few plants that require sunlight to germinate. I left some in the dark for a month before finding this out. Took them out in the sunlight and got good germination!
Hope this helps!
Wade

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General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« on: March 09, 2019, 06:06:10 PM »
We just got another inch today. We must be 6-8 inches above normal for the year now. Lucky us, we are getting 40mph gusts tonight also. I have a couple of 4x4 trucks that are setting off the road. That's where they will stay until it dries up some!
Wade

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: March 02, 2019, 09:04:22 AM »
I'm pretty much a rookie at this so I just feed 1/2 strength miracle grow every third watering. Keeping it simple and it's working.
Wade

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