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07-16-2020 08:43 PM
two bits
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Speaking of which, I had visitor in the yard last night. I have the remnants of a stump, tree I had cut down about 5+ years ago. This varmint dug around the roots fairly deep. I know there are grubs there, I believe they are stag Beatles.
I'm not sure how this varmint got in the yard, since I have chicken wire 18" all the way around where there is picket.
I suspect it is a skunk.
I got em! Took patience but he came back around in about a week or so.
Young skunk.
07-14-2020 09:08 PM
two bits I harvested the rest of my cabbage yesterday, 10 heads. We canned 28 qts of cabbage. Beets are next.
07-10-2020 03:33 PM
Weedinhoe I hear ya, TB. The bad news is that the corn was blown. Hopefully the good news is that it's already pollinated and is just about filled out. I'm guessing it can keep doing that but it will make picking so much fun.... NOT!

Did my first picking this morning which means that I removed the "blow down" twine. Hoping for no big storms!
07-09-2020 02:52 PM
two bits My wife calls me a pessimistic person, I just knew it was going to happen. We had a wild thunderstorm come out of the east. It lasted less than hour with 0.9" of inch of rain, but sure enough, my sweet corn is laying on the ground. The ears are almost ready to harvest any day now. It'll be a toss up between me and the varmints who gets the most out of this patch.

Speaking of which, I had visitor in the yard last night. I have the remnants of a stump, tree I had cut down about 5+ years ago. This varmint dug around the roots fairly deep. I know there are grubs there, I believe they are stag Beatles.
I'm not sure how this varmint got in the yard, since I have chicken wire 18" all the way around where there is picket.
I suspect it is a skunk.

I'll post some pics when I get time. Right now the tinker fairy workshop is humming.
07-05-2020 05:11 PM
two bits I thought I had some pretty nice cabbage heads, most probably compared to many locally.
Went to the flea markets today. Been a while since we had been running around. Picked up some tools for my shop. Cold chisels & hammer handles.

Getting back to the cabbage seen a produce vendor selling many vegetables, including cabbage! These cabbage heads were huge. So, we got 5. I was barely able to carry them to the car.
Yep, my wife is canning sauerkraut. The first head weighed 8.44 pounds. Filled 7 qts.

Ah, I forgot to mention, the cabbage was [email protected] head.
07-03-2020 07:17 PM
two bits I harvested 4 large heads of cabbage today. My wife canned 7 qts of green tomato relish and made some sweet & sour slaw for the holiday.
Best looking cabbage I've raised in years. I may have 10-12 more heads, beautiful. Not a worm hole anywhere
07-03-2020 04:31 PM
BrettTheOkie
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YesIve also noticed twice as much cotton falling from my cottonwoods and rabbits having more litters than usual. Ive thought several times that the world is trying to ensure continuity for some reason this spring.
There are a couple of big cottonwood trees in my neighborhood, and for about a week this past spring it actually looked like it was snowing outside whenever the wind was blowing.
07-03-2020 06:23 AM
Weedinhoe I've not noticed longer corn silks but so far this year there seems to a lot less insect pressure. Only a few Japanese beetles and a lot fewer squash bugs. Now that I've said that, watch the hordes arrive!
07-02-2020 09:33 PM
Martial Lawyer Yes—I’ve also noticed twice as much cotton falling from my cottonwoods and rabbits having more litters than usual. I’ve thought several times that the world is trying to ensure continuity for some reason this spring.
07-02-2020 10:06 AM
two bits Has anyone noticed the silk on their sweet corn being extra long this year? I think its very unusual. What say you?
07-01-2020 08:14 AM
two bits They have it all, from steam engines pumping water, sawing lumber, to threshing wheat. They have a summer and a fall show. The fall show has more, including sorghum making, plowing fields with horses, and etc.


https://www.facebook.com/ThreshermanPark/
06-30-2020 10:47 PM
BrettTheOkie
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We're looking forward to the upcoming Antique Steam & Gas Engine club show July 24, 25 & 26.
I would be really interested to go to something like that. I've read about the steam-powered machinery used in farming during the late 19th, early 20th century, but I've never actually seen anything.



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I been working in the shop almost every day. Made trammels, campfire tripods, 18" round grills for the tripods, 12" round grills with post & pot hooks, campfire pokers, and misc. S hooks.
Just today I was looking at the website for another supplier of 18th century, period-correct items, including cookware. I would love to have some of the iron skillets, cook pots, etc. but of course it is expensive.
06-30-2020 05:47 PM
two bits We're looking forward to the upcoming Antique Steam & Gas Engine club show July 24, 25 & 26.

I had my doubts that it would actually happen, guess we'll see. I enjoy the flea market. I like to look at the junk, vintage iron, stuff that nobody knows what it is.
We have had our craft booth in the flea market section several years now. Its a lot of fun.

I been working in the shop almost every day. Made trammels, campfire tripods, 18" round grills for the tripods, 12" round grills with post & pot hooks, campfire pokers, and misc. S hooks.
06-30-2020 04:32 PM
two bits We eat turnips year round, if we got em. My mid season turnips are about 12" tall, be a bit yet before they have a tubers big enough to eat.
I noticed yellow squash and zucchini coming on. Odd how one day they are 2" long and next thing you know, their too big to eat. WOW
I have sweet corn tasseling and some just coming up. My bloody butcher sweet corn is 8' tall already.
06-30-2020 07:50 AM
n1d
CAW!

Beautiful
06-30-2020 06:56 AM
two bits Wow, the garden looks good. Yep, good fertilizer does wonders. Haven't hauled any stable manure for 10 years now, just a little compost & rabbit manure. Since the rabbits are gone, I turned the rabbit manure into fish worm beds.

Don't use commercial fertilizers, only in the fall on the lawn.



06-29-2020 05:03 PM
two bits I only planted enough spring turnips for fresh eating, but I dug them all up today. Wife wanted to can what we had for soups and stews. She got 7 qts from the harvest.

My onion seeds arrived from Ukraine. Took em six weeks to get here due to the covid crap!

06-22-2020 10:33 AM
Weedinhoe
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Since the covid quarantine has been lifted the vermin has come out in earnest. The tally is 3 possums, 3 skunks, and a raccoon.

My sweet corn has grown to shoulder height it seems overnight, the vermin can destroy the new ears as they get ripe.
Go get 'em, TB!

It's amazing how fast corn grows, especially after a fertilizer app.
06-22-2020 08:04 AM
two bits Since the covid quarantine has been lifted the vermin has come out in earnest. The tally is 3 possums, 3 skunks, and a raccoon.

My sweet corn has grown to shoulder height it seems overnight, the vermin can destroy the new ears as they get ripe.
06-20-2020 12:51 AM
BrettTheOkie
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I dug my garlic today. I think its early, but when its ready, its ready.
I have a small plot of Garlic that I expect to be digging pretty soon myself.
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