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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby SONNY » Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:51 pm

Today our big seed order came in the mail and now we will get a few things local to finish out the supply! ----also about time to do some seed testing! thanks; sonny

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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby KETCHAM » Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:01 pm

Not sure what I'm doing this year.......Not doing soybeans.....Would not mine some field corn for the chickens.....Or Indian corn for decorations...Pumpkins might be nice along with some sunflowers of course....Need a lot of green beans....and peas...for freezing...Might try some radishes and carrots.....soil has been busted up 9 years now......Kevin
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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:58 am

Kevin, growing field corn for chickens would require some sort of grinder, and dry, rodent proof storage.
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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby Eugene » Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:21 pm

ScottyD'sdad wrote:Kevin, growing field corn for chickens would require some sort of grinder, and dry, rodent proof storage.
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That would be a big YUP.

As a college student worked for uncle shelling field corn. Lots of mice and rats in the corn cribs. You will need something to at least crack corn you are feeding to chickens.

You could use some field corn to make hominy.
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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby SONNY » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:49 pm

Dont think the field corn today would good for human eating!! too many toxins and gmo's!----If you want hominy corn,get the open pollinated "old kind"----I used hickory king white one time and it would have been great cept' the skins wouldn't come off! Tried the instructions but didn't work for me! lol!!! Most chickens will eat whole corn, but they get better use from it if ground.

I have a couple hammer mills that I no longer use.----one is a nice electric power 5,000 pound per hour and the other is a CASE flat belt to tractor pulley(H size) with several different size screens.----I think it's either 6" or 8" wide .

Virginia harvested her "window" mater today and said it tasted good for an indoor tomato ! Have a few pix. of it , now if I can figure how to get them to post on cub forums! lol!!! thanks; sonny

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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby SONNY » Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:49 pm

Last week I got last years pumpkin field plowed, then I will need to disk or chop the other gardens before I can plow them.----Anybody else working ground yet? thanks; sonny

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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby Eugene » Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:06 pm

Certainly an interesting spring. Moderate drought area, open burning prohibited. However top layer of soil is damp from the heavy fog and frost, tractor tire treads leave an impression.

Been planning of disking up the deer food plot and planting native plums and hazel nuts for wildlife. If the drought persists, probably a waste of time and money to sow the food plot and plant the paid for plums and hazel nuts.

Warm enough a week earlier for the asparagus to sprout, then hard frost got to the sprouts.
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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby SONNY » Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:45 pm

Cleaned and plowed the big window garden today.--Last week we had an inch of rain here but the ground did turn up fairly decent.----Lot's of plants got froze the last couple of nights. So far this year is starting off kinda strange. thanks; sonny

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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby Eugene » Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:24 pm

Nice day. 72 degrees. Soil temperature 60 degrees.

Removed the straw from and cleaned up the strawberry patches. Planted radish.

On road trip noticed that an individual who sells produce at the farmers market had his garden plot tilled and a row of something planted.

Several folks who sell at the farmers market have fairly large hoop houses. Thinking that within a week or two there should be some cool season vegetables at the farmer market.
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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby SONNY » Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:05 pm

Well,--Today our 30 bunches of onion plants came,--SO we got a horse out and tilled the plant rows with it.--The big tiller tractor is down at sis's,( on the woven wire unroller) and the 917 shucked a trans belt plowing, so we are off to a great start!!!!
We did get almost half of the bunches planted by dark.---So far that's 4 rows 180 feet long.
Tomorrow looks clear but cold, today it did rain a bit while we were planting but we pushed on and it did clear up a bit later.
Won't be long tater time will be here!! thanks; sonny

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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby SONNY » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:32 pm

Got the rest of the onion plants in today, and raked and burned part of the big garden off! thanks; sonny

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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby outdoors4evr » Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:44 am

WOW Sonny, You are way ahead of the rest of us. We aren't frost free until Memorial Day.
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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby SONNY » Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:52 pm

I did have to till a half inch of frozen ground the first day, and it was kinda nasty on top for a few hours but things did go well,---a couple very sore backs!! lol!!!
Our last frost date here is around April 16 or so.---Onion plants need to be in now here in order to make the big bulbs that we seeeem to be able to grow, BUT they have to go in early so they have time to get established!
Sis and I did rake off most of one of the smaller gardens today and also Sis stopped by the ac/simp. dealer and got me a belt for the 917 so tomorrow I get it put on, (quite a job), then the plow comes off and I get the tiller on it and start on the tater ground!---Sis did get us 20 pounds of Norland tatoes and later we get 50 pounds of Kennebecks and 50 pounds of red pontiacs.
Also today I got an early start and tilled up enough of the window garden to plant a 2/3 rd's row of Fava beans, (growing them for the guy that does our electrical repairs for us), and a row and 1/3 of peas for us!
Wanted to get the sugar beets and carrots in but the ole back gave out about dark, plus it was raining and don't look too good for this next week , so its go when we can!
How are you guys doing???? thanks ; sonny

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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby outdoors4evr » Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:32 am

I can see getting going on the seeds in your area, they'll take a bit of time to poke through the ground. Guess I need to think about getting started earlier than I have in the past. Just might take a little bit of frost protection.
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Re: gardens and plots for 2017

Postby SONNY » Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:05 pm

20 pounds of Norland seed tatoes cut and planted today!---also got the Preen put on top of everything we have planted so if it does rain it can go to work on the weed seeds!---did rain a little today,--later tonight we sposed to get hammered for a couple or three days!!!----time will tell!----wind was 35 mph, again for most of the day, but dropped quite a bit a little before dark so we lit another big grass/weed fire and cleaned another of the smaller gardens!!!--- was glad to get rid of all that stuff BEFORE the heavy rain hits!!! thanks; sonny


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