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Re: The garden thread 2020/09/14 19:04:47 (permalink)
Last corn was eaten and it was a little tough. Only thing left is peppers a few tomatoes, brussel sprouts and taters. Pig was 198 dressed out.

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Re: The garden thread 2020/09/14 19:15:55 (permalink)
We just had the hottest driest Summer ever recorded.
Will see what the Fall is like.
No pickable apples on my trees- all aborted or shriveled up and not worth eating.
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Re: The garden thread 2020/09/14 20:42:44 (permalink)
I feel sorry for wasting foods. The walkabout neighbors won't take my free tomatoes and peppers I set out front with a help yourself sign. So many are hitting the compost pile that are picked or on the vine.
Tomorrow these fresh picked will be donated to the disabled. There might be a 1 here and there for sandwiches but the new soil was brought in today to start another project area. The garlic must be planted before heavy frosts.
We are really starting to prepare for the long hunker down ahead until spring. We have over 10 dozen ears of corn either frozen and canned.
Saturday morning I'm taking kids and grandkids apple picking at our local orchard. We will make applesauce and pies.Probably pick raspberries and maybe melons.
The homestead is a 7 day week with the help I've secured.
Winter is fast approaching and I will be in full outdoors mode in limited daylight hours until spring.

My 3 hogs liveweight were 225, 215, 180.
We have plenty pork.
45 chickens in spring, 35 in October.
Cow is hanging on the hook now for 12 days.
Venison is gone and last of striper went 2 weeks ago. I'd love to get some fat gills or perch to fry but no time.
We try to maximize and waste not.
Supermarket shopping is only for products we can't provide
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Re: The garden thread 2020/09/15 19:09:56 (permalink)
I pulled just about everything too. Have 2nd batch of beans that don't look too promising, and I have some lettuce that was put in around the same time. All n all we did fairly well. Tons of pepper and pickle jars, beets did great, and we got about 40 quarts of sauce put up. Not bad for a beginner. Thanks for the tips. I've got the herb garden bricked out. Gonna get some leveling sand and try to do a semi professional job. Haha wish me luck.
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Re: The garden thread 2020/09/20 09:49:08 (permalink)
With some free time form housework yesterday, I relocated some garden boxes and tilled the other 3 existing ones.
Another 2-3 weeks we'll plant our garlic.
Not sure yet how many but I have enough seed bulbs to do about 400 plants.
As they say, gotta make hay while the sun is shining.

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Re: The garden thread 2020/09/20 11:25:08 (permalink)
Well I have not been able to log in on the phone so found a computer. I had 2 turkeys stolen the other  noght. They got them live with the feeders. 2 other places were hit with goats , ducks, chickens and baby pigs taken. They are thinking to be sold at livestock auctions.  what is this world comings to.

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Re: The garden thread 2020/09/20 11:28:24 (permalink)
last nights frost wiped everything out  only thing left is sprouts. Harvest squash and potatoes as time allows, getting ready for winter now. Tip up to river tomorrow to check it out

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Re: The garden thread 2020/09/21 20:14:35 (permalink)
Our frost 3rd last night did everything in and tonight is gonna seal the deal on any basil.
Luckily I harvested a bunch herbs yesterday and on second batch tonight in dehydrator.
Garlic still can wait another 2 weeks or so to plant.
We are starting to prepare for the hunker down/ hunting mode of 2020

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Re: The garden thread 2020/09/24 10:14:22 (permalink)
Well, it finally happened. We are thinking a Fisher got in the pen last night. 36 out of 40 were killed.
Sucks because we were gonna process them Saturday.

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Re: The garden thread 2020/09/24 10:34:04 (permalink)
Wow! That really sucks. Sorry to hear that.

I have a fisher that frequents our creek. Now there are no rabbits.

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Re: The garden thread 2020/09/24 11:48:05 (permalink)
Wow, that is horrible... was it cold enough for anything to be salvaged? 
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Re: The garden thread 2020/09/24 12:23:01 (permalink)
No. I fed them last night and my wife went to feed them this morning and found the carnage.
I wouldn't trust eating them anyway

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Re: The garden thread 2020/09/24 15:11:40 (permalink)
Don't know if a fisher would kill like that. I've never had one bother mine.... yet. It looks like raccoon damage. Either way it suxs. I'd set a box trap tonight if it was a coon it will be back

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Re: The garden thread 2020/09/24 19:12:11 (permalink)
  Weasel will go for the throat and try and kill everything.
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Re: The garden thread 2020/09/24 19:39:28 (permalink)
I lost 13 once and most were just killed . Weasel I think. I may go to the livestock auction Saturday to see if my Turkey are there. 2 other farms hit making 5 with animals stolen
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Re: The garden thread 2020/09/24 19:56:14 (permalink)
36 were killed in 1 rampage. None were taken out of pen or fully eaten. Rules out raccoon and fox. Never seen a weasel here but seen a Fisher a few years ago.
We've had 2 years of double batches ( spring & fall) without any critters.
Now we know that there is a predator wasting foods from our table. The issue what it might be , must be resolved before next spring. There will be no time to recoup the loss this year.
Thankfully, we won't go hungry
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Re: The garden thread 2020/09/25 07:59:16 (permalink)
The old farmers used to say that Weasels were like vampires - went to the throat for the blood and left everything else. 
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Re: The garden thread 2020/09/26 09:18:45 (permalink)
Well,,,,, the remaining 4 chickens got pillaged last night. Gotta be a weasel as it dug a small hole under the pen. Really sucks as we lost all 40 birds.

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Re: The garden thread 2020/09/26 09:45:26 (permalink)
Rich,a trail camera might catch a view as to what is killing those birds,then you can zero in on a solurion.
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Re: The garden thread 2020/09/26 10:16:12 (permalink)
Some traps around that hole with a nice piece of bloody dead chicken for bait will perhaps be a great solution.
Even a livetrap with a nice cover over it.
They like secretive spots.
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Re: The garden thread 2020/10/04 17:01:22 (permalink)
Got it all rototilled today. Any suggestions on a fertilizer to throw down for next season? 5-10-5 or something like that? I'm gonna try garlic this year too.
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Re: The garden thread 2020/10/04 19:46:48 (permalink)
Pen. I can offer little advice as we don't use chemical fertilizers. If it's gonna set all winter I like to use maple leaves and grass clippings.
My compost pile which includes chicken blood, poop ( chicken and pig ) , fish remains, vegetable scraps and leaves sets over winter. In spring I'll add it to my beds.
For my garlic beds , I mix in dehydrated cow manure about 2 weeks before planting in October.

I started separating some garlic cloves for planting maybe next week. Most likely the week after though as I'm at deer camp all next weekend. We are still harvesting oregano and chives.
Good luck and happy gardening.
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Re: The garden thread 2020/10/04 20:24:09 (permalink)
We use manure. Chicken, pig, cow . The garlic I mulch in with leaves and rake them up in the spring. It's getting harder for me to do stuff with the heart so I am going to cut back next year I think. Wife's company is giving out coffee grounds and shells so we may get a few thousand pounds to spread

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Re: The garden thread 2020/10/04 20:35:00 (permalink)
Thanks HT n Clint. Maybe ill ask my neighbor to bring a couple buckets ( skid steer) of cow manure. I've heard pot ash for garlic also. I only have a small window to get done what needs done as far as the garden goes. This lake over here is almost done turning. It'll be hybrids this month and slabs next. Thanks again fellas.
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Re: The garden thread 2020/10/04 20:55:10 (permalink)
Cow manure is , especially raw and not dried/ aged is very high in nitrogen and will probably burn plants.
A good thing I'd use would be dried blood or dehydrated manure for garlic, then I'd cover with straw or as Clint said, leaves.

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Re: The garden thread 2020/10/04 21:32:44 (permalink)
Yes we spread cow manure with a spreader let it sit for a month and then plow it it. The garlic gets the hay/sawdust /poop from the chicken ,turkey pen from summer. Tilled in garlic planted and covered in leaves.

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Re: The garden thread 2020/10/05 11:53:50 (permalink)
Don't forget the infamous ”Mushroom Compost” A/K/A horse manure and sawdust.

Unless ya get it from a mushroom farm than it might consist of a combination of wheat straw, blood, horse manure and calcium.
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Re: The garden thread 2020/10/12 08:51:21 (permalink)
Think I am done canning for the year.   Did a small batch of 5 quarts of stewed tomatoes yesterday.  I had some maters and the neighbor gave me some of his overload.  Just enough left out there to pick for salads and to slice for sammiches.  Many of my neighbors pulled all their plants already.
 
I may still do some dipping peppers.  I have some out there that need picking.  Just need to get the motivation.  
 
Looks like possible frost here next weekend.  Might be the end of it for my garden....
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Re: The garden thread 2020/10/18 11:29:16 (permalink)
Planted 50 cloves and mulched in . Dug 40 lbs of taters and the rest of the carrots. I have about 15 brussel sprouts to harvest yet. That's it. Feeling good the last few days. River check tomorrow

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Re: The garden thread 2020/10/18 14:40:55 (permalink)
My strawberry plants also look very good for next year

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