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Old 04-13-2019, 09:06 PM
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Walking to the back of the property to check on the garden, looked to the back, and several of my neighbors cows were there. My dogs saw the cows, and the fun began. A couple of my dogs are cur dogs, which seem to take great joy in herding cattle. Sometimes my dogs slip into my neighbors field and herd the cattle just for the fun of it.

Cattle were herded back to the neighbors property safe and sound.

Couple of weeks ago we had a light freeze and a heavy frost two days in a rows. As a result:

Half the tomato plants were killed
Eggplant was damaged
Peppers were damaged
Tips of the potato plants died.

Good news though:

Squash is coming up
Beans and peas looking good
Sweet corn not doing well
Field corn doing excellent
Mississippi pink eye purple hull coming up like crazy
Some of the potato plants may have died
Okra breaking through the ground

Overall, I am happy with how things are going.
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Old 04-14-2019, 08:39 AM
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I doubt the tomato plants are dead. The root structures should still be there and grow new plants. That is if you planted them deep (2 set of leaves buried 1” below soil) like we do here in Michigan. And it’s snowing and gusts of wind upto 25 mph.
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It is important to have some means of monitoring what is happening in your garden. Dogs are one way and in the future I wish to add electronic surveillance as a way of detecting intruders of the 2- and 4-legged types.
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Nice looking cattle. Longhorns?
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Guess you can't use the "It looked like a deer" as you're grilling steaks.
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Old 04-15-2019, 02:36 PM
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"Hey neighbor, me and the dogs herded your 9 cows back into your pasture."

"But I have 10"

"Really? That's weird... . Oh, the misses and I are having a BBQ this weekend. Why don't you stop by for a bite."
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Sorry to hear about all the frosted plants.... Buying plants from the store is entirely too costly to set them out before the danger of frost is past...


In my area, the last frost date is 04-11...
And while it has frosted past that date, the weather person forecasts far enough in advance for me to avoid planting anything too early.

Our growing season is long enough that there's no need to push the limits... Nothing gets planted before the danger of frost is past!

But... If there was some need to plant early... Covering the plants with coffee cans when the forecast is for low to mid thirties would help.

Having a bit of trouble with sow bugs eating the tender starts... Pulling the mulch away from plants for the time being...
Set out a row of climbing beans yesterday.
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