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Re: The garden thread 2019/10/13 18:37:47 (permalink)
Where do you get your seed garlic/what kind do you plant. All my bulbs were small and I would like to start over with some fresh seed. I prepped my small bed today. I only do a small plot with bout 25 plants or so.

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Re: The garden thread 2019/10/13 19:24:15 (permalink)
I get my seed garlic at festival and also keeping my biggest bulbs to replant. There are some really good garlic farmers out your way in Fulton county. I'll try to look at who they are.
My cloves I plant are giant. Smaller cloves go in the net bag for use or dehydrating.
Species I do are :
1.Music. Its mild flavor with big producing bulbs
2. German red. This has a good bite and an average size bulb
3. German white. Big bulbs and an in between bite to music and red.
4. Hungarian purple stripe. Very hardy with a small bulb and lots kick.
All my garlic is hardneck variety.
When dried and stored properly in a mesh bag , it will last 8 months.

Avoid glass jars unless you dehydrate it. Bulb garlic needs airflow or it will rot
Dehydrating garlic will keep the oils and not the moisture to rot.
I run dehydrated siced garlic through a food mill or processor to make powder on an as used basis when fresh cloves are gone.
Believe me, some say garlic is overused, we use it every day in 90 % of our cooking.
It keeps the vampires away, lol.
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Re: The garden thread 2019/10/13 19:44:59 (permalink)
Another few very good producers and low maintenance are berry bushes.
Raspberry, blueberry and blackberries don't take a ton of room once you train and trellis them. They produce a lot for jams and fresh fruits.
I struggle with trees. They are insect prone and take years to produce.
Its easier to buy a bushel of apples , peaches, pears than to raise them

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Re: The garden thread 2019/10/14 08:28:14 (permalink)
Clint, this is one vendors I usually but a lot of seed garlic from at the festival

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Re: The garden thread 2019/10/15 21:57:10 (permalink)
Thanks Rich I am going to market this weekend and may drive by this place in Fulton. I sent off lefty the pig today, cows go in Dec.  still have a row of taters to dig and some sprouts left. That's it.

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Re: The garden thread 2019/10/15 22:22:23 (permalink)
I stop at my local farm markets every week and try to buy things I don't produce. We have 3 major markets on my daily travels. I pick up only vegetables or fruits grown on their farms. For some reason my local markets miss big time on garlic. What they have for sale is not seed. It's the bulbs I cull for use. Very small. Their selling price is between $1.25 and $1.75 a bulb. This is not what I'd purchase.
The seed I buy at the festival is priced well at $2.00 each or $10.00 a lb ( about 6-8 bulbs)

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Re: The garden thread 2019/10/16 18:59:32 (permalink)
Put down a few hundred pounds of 10/10/10 yesterday and today in anticipation of the rain we are now having- first in a while.
Like the blend- acts fast and doesn't burn- also can use it on our plentiful flower beds.
Cut back about 75 Iris yesterday- only bout 300 to 350  more to go.
Also cut back 3 long Peoney beds.
Tulip are all in and need no  work.
Also started working on several dozen Hosta as well as wildflower beds and some annual climbing flowers.
Trimmed out the Rhodes and after the rain will attend to the Lilacs -they tend to branch out during the Summer.
Just let the Roses keep on keeping on till an early  Spring trim.
Next will be covering the Strawberries with several inches of Pine needles from the back yard.
Apple trees will get a late winter trim- heavy one too this year.
Dont do veggies to any great extent.
 
 
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Re: The garden thread 2019/10/17 09:57:25 (permalink)
Covering berries with leaves from the maples. Dug a bushel of taters (that's two do far) with probably half bushel left. Will get the garlic in this weekend. If I have to use small bulbs I will. Last year I was up against it and just bough organic from Wally world and it grew , but not well. Will cover that with leaves too.
 
 
New pig coming around Dec  1 so have to get the pen cleaned. Trying to hire that one out LOL
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Re: The garden thread 2019/10/19 09:15:06 (permalink)
" Person needed for maintenance work in Fertilizer Factory, 12 bux an hour plus all the curl and squeak you can find!"
 
My "limited to pots" Garden season ends tomorrow, and the sauce gets made Monday.  Hardly bought any peppers this year, I'm hoping that was not a mistake.
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Re: The garden thread 2019/10/19 15:17:17 (permalink)
As of today I put my final garlic in. I have 325 planted. 200 are already sold if they produce. I can actually sell all I can grow, my space is limited right now. I know my 2 sons between them have 200 planted.
If I had more seed cloves, I'd plant more.
It sucks I have to wait another whole year to expand

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Re: The garden thread 2019/10/21 22:17:12 (permalink)
Had a baby calf this am and it seems to be doing ok..  I saw it feeding this afternoon and that's the best sign.
We let nature decide on the calfs and do little to intervene .  yes I will help pull a little and do what I can  but I will only struggle with it so much. Sometimes I try to bottle feed if necessary but I will not struggle and fight with it. The strong survive and thrive. My grandfather said ''Why spend $200 on a vet bill for a $60 calf'' we heed his wisdom.
Pig hung out at 170 and in the freezer. Picked my sprouts and the last half bushel of taters. Cleaned pig pen and mixed with sawdust thinly  applied to garlic patch and will cover with leaves in a few weeks. The rest went on the big garden.  I planted like 30 of German hard neck. 10 of Italian soft neck and 10  of what I planted last year?????.  I know I will have a few surprises as I unearthed at least 5 bulbs that I ''missed'' . We will see.  I applied leaves to strawberries and took the fence down around the back garden. I am canning a few butternut squash that had bad spots and canning one large pumpkin that had a bad spot . Pumpkin will be for baking at thankgiving and such and the squash will be easy dump and warm for meals.  PEELING A PUMKIN SUCKS.  Froze the sprouts.  The remaing pumpkins will be saved and fed to the chickens over the winter . Also have a fair supply of spaghetti squash and butternut squash that will keep. Done other than minor clean up. I have to more weeks off and then bark to the grind, it has been nice being ''retired '' for the alt two months LOL 
 
Cows go to shop on 10\21

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Re: The garden thread 2019/10/22 19:44:08 (permalink)
Good news Clint. Hope the calf fares well. We had a real farm here once so I know the deal. I'm thankful for what we got going on now, it's enough. I love Brussels, dinner tonight with nephews cattle and store bought rice noodles.
My brussel did poor 2 seasons ago so I gave them a break this, these are local picked stalk from me. I have 4 heads cabbage left in cellar. Another round of my ham and cabbage at our deer camp in 2 weeks.
I must say for all we do, in the end its worth it to me. I honestly now have a hard time physically eating processed and preserved foods .Sharing to others also makes me feel good too.

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Re: The garden thread 2019/10/29 19:16:55 (permalink)
We canned 89 qts sauce
48 left including tonight's meal.
Not bad on the garden and farming.
I think our total produce and meats bill has dropped below 100 per month. I consider that great from a 100 per week. Our total groceries have reduced to about 50 per week. It's the bi products that hurt. We also don't eat out.
Need to get wife on board with reuse instead of single use and trash.
Now if I can only figure out the power situation. I'd truly like to be off the grid
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Re: The garden thread 2019/10/29 19:26:09 (permalink)
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Re: The garden thread 2019/10/29 20:27:24 (permalink)
It disappeared for 2 days , I thought the Yotes got it. It showed up today. I am trying to get stuff done on my oat week off. Putting double doors on a shed to give it more function so we can keep a tractor in it rather  than wood. I stopped going from split to shed, from shed to home. Taking a step away. Just half way piling where it falls from the splitter, then right in the basement

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Re: The garden thread 2019/10/29 21:05:44 (permalink)
Clint.
In my experience we would pile split and un split leaving in elements. Our piles were about 20 cord. From there it would get tossed into the basement which held about 1 cord stacked. I can say it sucked taking a sledgehammer to bust apart frozen and snow covered wood to stack in basement when a cord only lasted 2 weeks. It also burned poor.
I've built many wood sheds. Some better than others and a south facing is best.
Having dry , seasoned wood provides the best results to me.

One thing I've learned, wood provides heat year long in many ways.

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Re: The garden thread 2019/10/30 21:11:47 (permalink)
I keep  15  to 17 cords in the basement. A whole wall piled 6.5 high and 3 rows deep.   There is usually 2 cords on the wagon covered, one in the back of plow truck, which is inside and usually a cord or 2 left over in the basement. This lets me burn 4 to 5 cords of dry stuff seasoned 1.5 to 2 years.  when the stuff brought in from the current year it is usually close to a year since dropped and 6 to 7months  seasoned since split It finishes  drying out in the hot basement for a few months while burning the dry stuff . I cut my trees in the fall right after leaves are gone, buck and split in the spring and it sits in piles till brought in , in the fall. I guess it works. This year I am way ahead and have 6 more cord out back stacked between 2 trees  with a tarp on top. I may almost have enough cut and split for next year without cutting any so I am going to try to stay ahead of the game from here on out. I have been cutting our stone wall and its easy accessibility and not going in the woods is saving me a ton of time and work. Should be enough for 6 or  7 years on the wall, but as soon as I find a reasonable winch to purchase I will go back in the woods. Its a labor of love LOL

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Re: The garden thread 2019/11/04 19:48:28 (permalink)
3 of 5 garlic beds put to rest for winter.
Sure sucks working outside in darkness with artificial light.
I will be stir crazy by January

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Re: The garden thread 2019/11/04 20:27:07 (permalink)
I covered mine with leaves this weekend .  I also took a bunch of left over cloves and randomly planted them in a bunch of spots to see if I can get some grow ''wild " . I found a few bulbs growing this year around an old shed foundation that my grandmother  remembered  it fell in when she was a teenager, so 75 plus years ago. So possibly that garlic growing was originally planted way back when...........
I found Another calf on Sunday  I think born on Friday but dont know for sure  as it looks very similar to the first one so I could of missed it thinking it was the first one.  not more than a week old though its cord was dry , but still long
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Re: The garden thread 2019/11/04 20:33:24 (permalink)
I been away and tonight I noticed my plants were mostly sprouting. I like that knowing they took hold.
I've had best luck covering them over winter.
What I don't like is the fact I only get about an hr of daylight to spend outside after work.
My stupid TV is on for first time in months

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Re: The garden thread 2019/11/06 18:13:06 (permalink)
Well its dark when I leave and dark when I come home, I wish I had an hour.......

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Re: The garden thread 2019/11/06 20:59:51 (permalink)
Starting 3pm tomorrow I will have 9 days of all the daylight I desire.. VACATION 🤗.
Back to work for 5 days then VACATION again 🤗. I save time for outdoors activities.
Wife heads to Disney in December 5th ( unofficial vacation for me) , lol as I will be searching ice or possibly moving water.
There is a chance I might visit the river before ice

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