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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)

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!

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?"

General Discussion / WHERE DO i GET A GOOD CHART?
« on: January 24, 2018, 01:17:52 PM »
I've been to a few places on the internet that have viability charts for seed.What I've seen so far are not even close to what I have experienced in life.For instance, some say corn seed id only good for 3 years whereas I have planted seed that was 15 years old and it germinated just fine.

Does anyone know of a good reliable chart for such things?

General Discussion / Where and how to get accurate maturity dates?
« on: August 17, 2017, 05:08:30 PM »
I'm wanting to raise multiple varieties of corn next year. According to Perdue university, they can be raised in close proximity as long as you keep a minimum of 14 days difference in their maturity dates.That works for me!
 Started looking for maturity dates from seed companies, They are not even close for the same variety of corn. For instance, white Hickory King has a maturity date of 85 days, 110 days or 135 days depending on which site you look at.

So, can any body tell me where or how to get an accurate maturity date for corn(or other vegetables also)?

General Discussion / Hoe cakes from George Washington's Mount Vernon?
« on: July 30, 2017, 11:16:59 PM »
For some reason, I never considered the hoe cake from that era. enjoy.

I know y'all down south gather in Sept but when should I be looking to do this up here in southern Indiana? I would assume you want the leaves just prior to them turning color but I really can't find a good reference.Y'all are probably the best reference anyway.

Any info would be helpful.

General Discussion / Just curious,,,,,,,,,,,
« on: July 19, 2017, 05:30:34 PM »
Anybody ever hear from Roy(reartine) or tutti? I kind of miss them and their posts. Hope all is well with them!

General Discussion / Southern peas question
« on: June 29, 2017, 09:00:34 AM »
I've been eating black eye peas since I went to Virginia in 1971. Love them! I've tried a few other cowpeas but stay with black eyes.

Lots of folks tell me I'm missing out on some good eating. I read a lot being said on here about zipper cream peas and purple hull pink eye peas. I am hoping someone on here can fill me in on why these are more desirable that black eye peas.I assume they will grow here as I raise my own black eye peas.Is there more I should be considering?

Fruit Trees / Chestnut trees?
« on: June 26, 2017, 05:46:46 PM »
I know, chestnuts are not a fruit! I didn't know where else to put it! So anyone out there have any experience raising chestnuts? I've only got 3 trees and they do OK.One is too close to the woods and has gotten quite tall, searching for light. The other two are on the edge of the power line right of way.

The power company came through last summer and cut the top out of one of them.I understand they have to do this kind of stuff. What I didn't understand is what it would do to the remaining portion of the tree!The tree with the top cut out is sid by side with the other tree and it has at least 15-20 times as much bloom on it as it did last year or as the other tree near it has!

I can't seem to find any info on proper pruning of chestnut trees and I hesitate to prune because they have now crossbred a native chestnut that is immune to the blight brought here with the Chinese chestnut.

For those who are not aware, the native chestnut trees were similar to the redwoods etc out west.A huge tree said to have enough lumber in one tree to build your house and barn and lumber left over.I certainly do not want to make a shrub out of something like that(if that's what I have).
This brings up the other part of my question since I do not know how to tell the difference between the varieties and don't know how to find out.
If anyone has helpful info I'd appreciate it.

General Discussion / tomatoe problem
« on: June 06, 2017, 10:50:45 AM »
I'm losing tomato plants as fast as I can put them in! This is something I have never seen before.

I put out 40 tomatoes oriented north to south, in two rows.The north end is around 5-6" higher than the south. Last week all 40 looked fine.The ground was crusted but needed weeding and side dressing so I added nitrogen and hoed it in. Everything seemed to be fine. As soon as you broke the crust there was plenty of moisture in the ground.

I had to leave for the weekend for various reasons and didn't even look at the garden Sat or Sun.Monday morning I go to the garden to find half the tomatoes either dried up laying on the ground brown or laying on the ground still green.I watered everything that had any color then about 5 PM we had a nice garden type rain also.

I got up this morning and went to the garden to find only 6 plants still upright but not looking healthy. They were all on the south(lower) end of the rows.ALL the other plants were laying down dying.( Plants are only 8-12 inches tall).

I've looked at the remains and all are turning brown for about one inch right at ground level then falling over.There is no sign on cutting or biting or chewing on the plant.It almost reminds you of seedling that have dampened off.

Does anyone have a clue what might be going on here?

General Discussion / A little garlic help please?
« on: June 01, 2017, 05:54:00 PM »
Hey y'all! This is my first year seriously raising garlic. I've grown some before but didn't really do anything with it.

Anyway, Perdue tells me I should plant in Aug and harvest in July up here is southern Indiana.For the last week, I have been cutting scapes off and also noticing that the leaves are turning brown. This concerns me as we still have at least a month before this should be mature. Is there something going on out of the ordinary I should be concerned about?That's a long time to take to die off I would think.(Oh, and yes this is hard neck )

General Discussion / Potatoe question?
« on: May 22, 2017, 02:51:09 PM »
I put my potatoes under woodchips for the first time. About 6" of chips over them.A couple broke through right away, the others not so much. I started digging around to find them in the row and a couple just rotted for some reason but about all the rest were sitting there with the sprouts they had on them when I planted them( most about 2" long) and they had developed potatoes about 1" in diameter without ever [utting a shoot up! I mean, they will. The shoots are pointed upward and still alive but I've never seen this before!

Have any of you found anything like this before? I guess I have never seen it because I don't normally dig into my potatoes until I dig them up.

General Discussion / BTE Potatoes?
« on: April 03, 2017, 07:25:47 AM »
Paul Gouchie sure makes it look simple! I just put a row on top the ground and covered them with wood chips.I have no idea what to expect! Have any of you out there tried raising them under woodchips?I'd be interested in anything you can tell me about it!

Seed Exchange / Broccoli
« on: March 23, 2017, 01:31:11 PM »
I have a friend that is searching for two different broccolis.I was hoping someone on her may have kept the strains alive. Looking for "green Comet".It is a 30 day broccoli. And also trying to find Pacman as it is becoming hard to get.

The Range / Dock / new carry gun!
« on: March 11, 2017, 08:02:15 PM »
I have now made the pmr30, a 22 mag with a 30 round clip my new carry gun.Some were discussing this weapon to a degree in a previous threat.Since I have had this for over a month now and am getting used to carrying on a regular basis I thought I'd post up a new thread. I

I know there was at least one person from the previous thread that stated they carry the same weapon. Thought it would give us a chance to discuss the pros/cons of this and other concealed carry weapons.I'd love to hear what you carry and why!

General Discussion / Celery ?
« on: January 10, 2017, 08:02:00 PM »
Any of y'all grow it? I usually do pretty good learning stuff off youtube but it seems you can't get the same story twice on raising celery!I hope to hear from one of y'all that has done this 'cause I haven't,yet.

General Discussion / It's veterans day!
« on: November 11, 2016, 07:40:31 AM »
So I just wanted to say thanks to y'all.You done good! I'm proud to be counted among you!


General Discussion / sweet potatoes!
« on: November 04, 2016, 05:00:51 PM »
I just wanted to give y'all a heads up on mine. This is my first year for Vardaman.I dug a couple hills of the south end of the row and went out today to check them since we are 2 weeks beyond our frost date.I dug a hill on the south end and found rot had set in so I ended up digging them all today.

The south end holds more moisture and the potatoes were larger but should have been dug a couple weeks ago. As I progressed up the row the potatoes got smaller. From a total of 21 plants I got a normal wheel barrow full so however that measures up.

If y'all still have them in the ground you might should check them sometime soon. I'd hate to see y'all lose some!

General Discussion / "thinking plants"!
« on: September 23, 2016, 11:05:20 PM »
Here's a pretty good documentary from the BBC basically on the "living soil" concept. It's 52 minutes so you know.

This isn't the video I thought it was but it is still very interesting.There is another out there that goes into detail about how plants talk to each other thru mycelium.

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