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11-13-2019 07:55 AM
two bits Its 11 degrees here presently with a crusty patch of snow on the ground. We know it will be gone in a few days. I'm glad I don't have much livestock to worry about anymore. Just a few rabbits.
When we were living on the homestead with a green house, dairy goats, rabbits, chickens, pig or two, & etc. it was tuff to keep it going. And working out on a job. Whew.
My wife says, its hard to take the country out of a girl. You really have to have it in your blood to maintain a farm/homestead. Not much difference, but size.
There are many types of farming, just a fancy way with words. LOL
Many people think its a god send, but let me tell U, its a test just to see if you can handle it.
11-10-2019 06:36 PM
Weedinhoe He said he was in northern Alabama. We've got that cold spell coming in Tuesday morning with mid 20's. I do the same as the video guy for my onion seedlings by opening up a few tomato cages made from fencing, setting them over the onion row to make a tunnel and putting row cover over it all. A temporary mini hoop house. It works well.
11-10-2019 05:17 PM
two bits Speaking of weather, forecast for northern Alabama is maybe 22 degrees this next week. Much like our forecast.
He is making a cover to protect his seedlings. My seed are under a cold frame/glass.


11-08-2019 12:33 PM
Weedinhoe
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Is it too late to plant onion seed? Since I ruined my Stuttgarter seeds, this is my backup plan. .
Wow, it will be interesting to see how they do. He's in Alabama and you're in Indiana. Big difference in winter climates for starting seeds outdoors and it's not October any more.

Personally, I'd rather start mine indoors where there's better control of the environment. It takes me about two months to have plantable sets in October. Have you seen any of his later videos where he says how long it took to get transplantable seedlings? Just curious.
11-07-2019 05:16 PM
two bits The weather has forced me inside to work at my work table. Upon cleaning it off from springs mess, I found a package of onion seed. Austrian Brown. Thanks Weedinhoe.
Is it too late to plant onion seed? Since I ruined my Stuttgarter seeds, this is my backup plan. Well, I followed this fellows advice on planting instructions.


I also found the container of Giant Cockscomb seed I had looked for all summer.
11-04-2019 07:44 PM
two bits After tossing the idea of a Facebook page for business purposes for several years, I have been convinced to open an account. We had many inquiries as to our facebook page at the craft show. Apologetically, we had to tell them we weren't on facebook. Ahhhhhhh
So, the learning curve begins. When it gets up and running, I will post the results.
Another piece of technology we plan to get is a card reader. We missed some huge sales due to not being able to accept plastic.
10-31-2019 08:07 AM
two bits Is Indiana located in the mid-west? Whew, are we getting some nasty weather!
Wind, rain, and now some cold in the forecast. Went from autumn to winter suddenly. Heck, we had some color, but the trees are still with foliage.
I'm thankful it isn't snow yet. I guess one should be happy, its good for the garlic and the new grass seed.
10-29-2019 08:11 PM
two bits I had a gentleman want two knives made from railroad spikes. His story was, his grandfather was a railroad man, engineer. He picked up railroad spikes from work and had them in a bucket in the garage. Well, he has passed, and for a remembrance, he wanted couple spike made into knives for his boys. Well, they are done.

I had not beat on RR spikes, finding that it was great to forge with. They say knives aren't much good, but the more you make with RR spikes, the better you will get. Just good practice.
10-29-2019 08:04 PM
two bits Been beating iron for the last couple days. We decided to to do one more craft show this year. Its a local fundraiser for the high school academics. I'm making a few more knives, S hooks, fire strikers, & campfire/wood stove pokers.
I have been searching for a steel supplier.
None of the farm stores carry the square bar that I use. Hmmmmmm They are too expensive anyway. The local machine shop doesn't use small stuff.
There must be a thread for blacksmiths to convey their thoughts, wares, and advice, but I haven't found it yet.
Thank goodness for youtube how-to's and etsy for ideas.
10-29-2019 09:45 AM
two bits I got my grass seed sown yesterday. I put down #5 of Kentucky 31 fescue. Then a layer of straw. Enough water to wet the straw and wahla. I know the least about grasses. Too many to choose from. So, there I have it. Now what?

https://www.pennington.com/all-produ...31-tall-fescue
10-22-2019 11:42 PM
BrettTheOkie
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The word is, grass is best sown in October.
That's what I've always read, that lawns should be sown in the Autumn.
10-22-2019 09:26 PM
two bits I put my small garden (16' x 16') to bed for the winter with about 2 cu yds of rabbit manure to cozy up with.
While I was rototilling the garden, I rotilled the rest of my lawn. For several days, I've been removing the sod, best patch of weeds in the area. If it weren't for weeds, I probably wouldn't have a lawn. Grass won't grow where I plant it, but is robust where I don't. What the heck.
My goal is to sow seed soon. The word is, grass is best sown in October. It doesn't have to compete with the weeds.
10-21-2019 06:48 PM
two bits We spent the weekend set up at the 4 rivers art & craft show. It was a beautiful weekend. We probably done the best than we've ever done. Wow, very satisfied.

http://4riversartsandcrafts.com/

10-21-2019 06:42 PM
two bits
10-21-2019 06:36 PM
two bits
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Working around the yard , wood and metal shop, I get very filthy. Dirt, metal & rust, sawdust............I need one of those outside wash stands like grandpa used to have on the back porch. Anybody have one of those? A dishpan w/ soap shelf, and towel. I don't need it hooked to tap water. Just a pitcher of water, and I can toss the dirty water in the flowers.

I need a picture or a blueprint. I'm brain dead.
Guess what? My wife purchased a metal washstand for me. Woohoo, just what I wanted.
10-14-2019 10:00 PM
Martial Lawyer Plastic wrap then butcher paper. Never had freezer burn and I always have a roast or two left over for the following year’s rut. Gotta have that jerky for all day hunts.
10-14-2019 09:34 PM
Weedinhoe
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Tell me, how do you wrap meat for the freezer?
We have found that if we wrap meat with film/plastic wrap first, then insert the package into a freezer bag, it will keep much longer than any other method we have tried.

On this same subject, does your 1/2 bucket of ice cream get freezer burnt? We lay a piece of film wrap in on the ice cream before sticking it back into the freezer. This also works for soups, chilies, and frozen leftovers.
We wrap meat first in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil. I can't remember the last time anything got freezer burned.

There's never any ice cream around here except for some sugar-free popsicles and fudgecicles. Too much temptation. But we also do your method for soups, chili, etc and it works well, laying the film right on the surface of the food.
10-14-2019 09:14 PM
two bits Tell me, how do you wrap meat for the freezer?
We have found that if we wrap meat with film/plastic wrap first, then insert the package into a freezer bag, it will keep much longer than any other method we have tried.

On this same subject, does your 1/2 bucket of ice cream get freezer burnt? We lay a piece of film wrap in on the ice cream before sticking it back into the freezer. This also works for soups, chilies, and frozen leftovers.
10-14-2019 05:55 PM
two bits Well, we're right on schedule. We deboned the deer today. It took us about 5 hours. You might say, why so long? Well, we remove all the fat, tendons, & sinew that we can. Right at 30 pounds, it's ready to grind. I will coarse grind, then add 20 percent pork butt, then grind again. Wrap & freeze.
I seems that almost every deer totals up to about 30-45 pounds once its done. I've not gotten around to weighing the whole deer, but its amazing how much the entrails, head, & skin weighs. I would almost bet that there is 70% waste.
10-12-2019 08:35 AM
two bits 38 degrees here in southern Indiana. Great morning for deer hunting. I'm going to be watching the sorghum making & do a little shopping for old tools. I need to look for wood hammer handles. I seen a hot punch hammer that I've got to go back and get. I had to do a little research to make sure it was what I thought it was. $4 Over hundred venders, can get a little overwhelming.
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