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Re: The garden thread 2019/06/18 17:18:03 (permalink)
Mud has been relentless on my pigs and chickens. Couldn't take it anymore so I put 2 bales of straw down in chicken pen.
Don't plan on moving them again as they are just a little over a week away from the freezer.
Garden is doing fantastic and we been harvesting lettuce, kale, radishes, spinach and herbs daily as needed.
By time I get back from vacation I'm expecting peppers , cabbage and some garlic.
Time is getting busy again.

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Re: The garden thread 2019/06/24 18:43:50 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ShortBar 2019/07/02 13:41:05
Pretty incredible. A good 150 plus clams today. Ate 3 dozen for dinner tonight.
Everything we've eaten so far has come from our own 2 hands. Killer chicken, pulled pork, bacon and eggs, garden salad, herbs and venison burgers.
Life is good

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Re: The garden thread 2019/06/25 12:39:26 (permalink)
Thought a home made Local grown strawberry pie would be great right about now,BUT the relenless rain destroyed the local crop,called two local growers and same answer...NO STRAWBERRIES!!!!
The super market berries just don't turn me on.
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Re: The garden thread 2019/06/29 18:35:33 (permalink)
Doing ok on my berries, getting about half quart a day for the last week

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Re: The garden thread 2019/06/29 18:39:37 (permalink)
Strawberry or vine berries ? My vine black and re haven't started yet. Strawberry bout done.
Garlic getting harvested this week.
Here is a test one last week. Its pretty stout

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Re: The garden thread 2019/07/01 17:55:36 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ShortBar 2019/07/02 13:41:20
Yesterday we planned on processing 38 chickens.
Started about 11am and had 20 done and vacuum sealed around 3pm. That was enough for us to handle as we still had a clam, lobster and crab bake to do so we bagged it . We will finish the other 18 on independence day.
Harvested and dehydrated a bunch of oregano. Today I will do basil.
Also today I pulled 6 more garlic plants ( out of 75) to set out and dry. They look awesome. I may go out and pull a few more.
Portugal Chile peppers look great and I might pick a few to make Manhattan clam chowder with what's left of the clams, we are about 300 clams yesterday.
My zucchini is doing great, lots of little ones starting and lots of flowers.
Tons of small tomatoes growing of all various varieties, seems like a good harvest in store. Still getting a nice crop of lettuce.
Green beans are struggling. Been having trouble with them the last 2 years.
Spinach is about done, I'll try for another round and of this month.
No raspberries or blackberries yet.

1 freezer is getting full and that's a good thing 🤗

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Re: The garden thread 2019/07/01 20:51:35 (permalink)
That is incredible HT... your labor is finally yielding its just returns! Enjoy!!!
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Re: The garden thread 2019/07/01 21:10:33 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ShortBar 2019/07/02 13:41:36
Thanks fisherlady. It turned out to be a bit more work than I expected. Mostly due to having a bunch of people willing to help but were inxeperinced. Seemed to go a lot slower until everyone got the hang of things then we got a rhythm going. By then I was pretty beat and still had to put on the clambake.

I was also very surprised at how much freezer space they took up in this large stand up freezer. I will have to organize them better and thankfully I have 2 more chest freezers, 1 is very large as I have the hogs and venison going in there this fall.
Ended up pulling 12 garlic plants tonight and again very pleased with them. They are perfect size and got some good comments from a garlic guru. Probably pull quite a few more this week.

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Re: The garden thread 2019/07/04 20:56:16 (permalink)
Happy independence day folks. It was a great day to complete projects and play in the pool in between.
All my chickens are in the freezer. Went very well. Getting a bit concerned about space with lots more meat to come starting September
All my garlic is laid out to dry, also went well.
Much sage is dehydrating now.
Probably pick peppers tomorrow.
Life is good and only getting better.
Lukas Nelson and POTR on 24 in middletown ny.
Pretty sure the daisy will be trolling the great lakes adventure soon

Happy independence day folks.

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Re: The garden thread 2019/07/04 21:01:22 (permalink)
Ps.i have not eaten store bought food in 20 days

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Re: The garden thread 2019/07/06 20:50:21 (permalink)
Pigs are happy now after the deluge of rain.
Going to pick blueberries to fill freezer tomorrow

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Re: The garden thread 2019/07/07 10:11:16 (permalink)
Had a huge storm come through yesterday afternoon. We lost power and I had to make sure the generators were operating properly.
Had to go 3 towns up through debris filled roads to find a gas station that had power to fill my gas cans. I can't afford to lose my freezers packed full of meat.
Unfortunately I had about 20 tomato plants that weren't staked and they took a hit. Just finished trying to stake and salvage them.
Luckily the other 50 plants were caged and survived ok. Moved my garlic inside man cave to dry with fans blowing on them
My son just up the road had a tree fall and narrowly missed his garage.
Today is a nice low humidity day so I'm off to the local farm to pick blueberries and cherries.

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Re: The garden thread 2019/07/07 12:45:19 (permalink)
Blueberries and cherries picking was awesome. I shouldn't have stopped and will probably hit them up again tomorrow .
We will make jam , breads and vacuum seal freeze in packets for future.

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Re: The garden thread 2019/07/09 13:13:52 (permalink)
Nice...do you have access to natural gas?  Just thinking, with all the freezing, etc. you do, would be a good investment getting an automatic whole home NG genny....my mom has one and really enjoys being with power when it does go down .
 
Finally starting to sporadically pick a few tomatoes here and there...so worth the wait....soon, it will be tomato and provolone sammiches on fresh italian bread for lunch...with just a smidge of mayo, salt & pepper....
 
 
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Re: The garden thread 2019/07/09 22:46:41 (permalink)
No natural gas access. Permanent propane/ total generator system to expensive for myself . Summers are my only worries and portables will keep the freezers running.
Winter's we lose power more frequently but wood heats my house and freezing temperatures will sustain coolers

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Re: The garden thread 2019/07/11 19:41:33 (permalink)
Doing ok , strawberries are done and blueberries are not quite ready. We just do portables here too if power goes out

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Re: The garden thread 2019/07/13 13:48:33 (permalink)
All my garlic has been cured , processed and put in mesh bags for storage. Should last near 8 months.
The 5 most bulbs from each variety is set aside for replant. The rest is going quickly to family and friends.
This fall I'm definitely doing 3 times amount with 150 for sale.
We are also going to sell off 1 processed pig and about 30 chickens. We will have egg chickens as well. I have prospects on homemade canned goods.
Will have no problems with recouping my investments and the way I look at things is that we will be feeding our families for no cost.
Labor is just a thing of love.
Farming and gardening soothe my soul.
Life is good
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Re: The garden thread 2019/07/16 13:32:01 (permalink)
Good going...
Wish I had more room in my yard but, my IG pool takes up a good portion of my backyard....1/4 ac. lot....suburban livin' at its best....lol
 
Finally getting some maters and cucumbers (planted the cukes and zukes late).  Just blossoms on the zukes.  
 
Can't wait until the motherload of maters comes in...
 
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Re: The garden thread 2019/07/16 17:45:19 (permalink)
Thanks. It's not so much how much space but maximizing what you have. There are all kinds of things you can build and or get for free .I get free wooden crates from work and build boxes from rough cut lumber for cheap. Lowe's is giving away flats and containers daily for free.
The downside is watering. Now I need to water daily from rain barrels ( which are pretty dry ) with a water can. I have a dozen so far and they were free.
Mulch and straw help a LOT in retaining the water.
Really need to get the barrels set up on an auto soaked system. My livestock is and it's the best time spent with little cost.

Well the water is boiling so it's time to start canning more peaches

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