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Old 08-01-2020, 07:06 AM
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We run netting once the vine sets fruit and the clusters are trimmed.
Without it the harvest numbers would dwindle.
If you are ever bored, a thread on growing grapes would be great.

I have some vines that are old and overgrown. Hard to find directions on what to do. Have some starting that I would like to do correctly.

There are many off shoots of concords, fewer seed and shorter season. The Japanese Beatles love them all.
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Just to play devils advocate....you aren't paying to feed someone else's kids.

You are paying to keep the bodies out of the street and instead growing up, getting indoctrinated to be good little consumers...to support whatever you do for a living.
What Aerindel says is true.

However, I think it's sad that our society has come to this point. Parents should feed their own kids.

When I attended public school (way back when), I either took my lunch to school or bought my lunch in the cafeteria.
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If you are ever bored, a thread on growing grapes would be great.

I have some vines that are old and overgrown. Hard to find directions on what to do. Have some starting that I would like to do correctly.

There are many off shoots of concords, fewer seed and shorter season. The Japanese Beatles love them all.
I agree. I could use some help. I have muscadines and finally figured how to prune in winter but after they are all over the place. There is some info on winter pruning but nothing for during the season. Iím about ready to cut them down. My mulberry tree is doing great and it should make all the jam and wine I need.
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I was not fed properly growing up. When I was enrolled in Special Ed they gave me lunch tickets as a matter of course, every kid in the program got a free snack/lunch. It was appreciated and I did focus better.

One thing I loved were these energy bars made by a British lady, she used honey, oats, and peanut butter to make them, they were so filling and delicious, I used to get so excited when she told me she had a good one for me.

That said I have had the "if you can't feed 'em don't breed 'em" attitude. But Aer makes some good points.

I used to manage a deli for my husband and would cook a different dinner special every night, I can cook but don't often have the energy. This year I got the bright idea to start bringing home the rotisserie chickens and those have been great for him. He just had some for breakfast.

I ordered 75 pounds of rice from Sam's Club and that should come this weekend. I don't think the food chain is going to get better any time soon.
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There are a lot of people who do work that is under the table like gardeners and handymen that wont get that extra 600 of unemployment..their kids still need food.

Let them use the money they make that doesnít get stollen by the tax man (like the rest of us) to feed their own kids. They want to dodge the system, thatís on them. Itís not a pick and choose option.
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What Aerindel says is true.

However, I think it's sad that our society has come to this point. Parents should feed their own kids.

When I attended public school (way back when), I either took my lunch to school or bought my lunch in the cafeteria.

Yes, Aerindelís comments are not wrong. But the fact that they are correct is the sad state of where we are. Americans are losing the understanding that liberty requires personal responsibility. Socialism seems to require laziness to flourish which,I suppose, is why it has become so popular to those who are being raised to believe the government will (or should) provide for them.
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I talked to a black woman at the bus stop. She was surprised I was disabled and a home owner. She said, essentially, she was too stupid to provide a living for herself so she had to depend on government programs for food, housing, etc..

So much for black empowerment.
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I talked to a black woman at the bus stop. She was surprised I was disabled and a home owner. She said, essentially, she was too stupid to provide a living for herself so she had to depend on government programs for food, housing, etc..

So much for black empowerment.

Solid bet she voted Democrat every time she bothers.
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Speaking of food: I'm working in my garden today. I'm tilling between potato rows in preparation for hilling the potatoes. Also am picking rocks. Also will be weeding in places where the tiller can't go. For once, it's not very hot today, so I'm enjoying myself. Even so, it's hard work, so I might take a break from the garden tasks to do some mowing with my little John Deere lawn tractor - that is easy work, even in hot weather.
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I talked to a black woman at the bus stop. She was surprised I was disabled and a home owner. She said, essentially, she was too stupid to provide a living for herself so she had to depend on government programs for food, housing, etc..

So much for black empowerment.
At one time we owned residential property in a low rent area. It didnít take long before I understood people are poor for a reason. Some are low IQ, some constantly make bad decisions, some have mental or physical disabilities, some are totally satisfied with next to nothing and some are lazy.
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I've gone into this before and will endeavor to keep it short, I think in a lot of the poor areas there is a culture of ignorance, if you fight that and educate yourself they will literally beat you down - my husband experienced that growing up. In fact the other black, blind, kids were the worst for it and of course they all lived on nothing but welfare their entire lives. They thought he should as well. He dealt with sabotage, etc. in addition to the beatings. They made it a lot MORE difficult for him while the whites did nothing but give him a hand up.

The house next door rented to a series of low-quality tenants for over 10 years. The last one was such a hoarder he brought rats and they had to gut and remodel. She told me, after that, she would "Never rent to section 8 again" and a huge light bulb went off for me, NO WONDER they had all been such losers... and, looking back, they had some very nice vehicles for people on welfare.

The adult daughter lives there now and is quiet and a decent neighbor. I made up with the other side when they got rid of that tree for me when it fell in my yard.
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It was getting too hot to hill potatoes, so I decided to mow for awhile. I mowed right over a big boulder I'd forgotten about. Lawn tractor is stuck big-time now. I've gotten it stuck lots of times, and normally I can get it unstuck without any help, but I've tried everything in my bag of tricks and it's still hung up on the boulder. I'm going to sleep on it.
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It was getting too hot to hill potatoes, so I decided to mow for awhile. I mowed right over a big boulder I'd forgotten about. Lawn tractor is stuck big-time now. I've gotten it stuck lots of times, and normally I can get it unstuck without any help, but I've tried everything in my bag of tricks and it's still hung up on the boulder. I'm going to sleep on it.
Probably be more comfortable to sleep in bed and just think about it.
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It was getting too hot to hill potatoes, so I decided to mow for awhile. I mowed right over a big boulder I'd forgotten about. Lawn tractor is stuck big-time now. I've gotten it stuck lots of times, and normally I can get it unstuck without any help, but I've tried everything in my bag of tricks and it's still hung up on the boulder. I'm going to sleep on it.
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Probably be more comfortable to sleep in bed and just think about it.
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Nah. I'd rather take my blanket and pillow outside and bed down with the raccoons and mosquitoes.
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It was getting too hot to hill potatoes, so I decided to mow for awhile. I mowed right over a big boulder I'd forgotten about. Lawn tractor is stuck big-time now. I've gotten it stuck lots of times, and normally I can get it unstuck without any help, but I've tried everything in my bag of tricks and it's still hung up on the boulder. I'm going to sleep on it.
Jack it up so the drive wheels are touching the ground or they are touching the ground harder, then drive it off. The jack will fall over but the lawn tractor will move. Doesn't do much for the jack though! Or the lawn tractor come to think of it! Might need a couple goes if you have launched it up there.

Or jack it up and put long bits of lumber under the wheels so it drives off on them. This is kinder to the equipment but more fiddly. Depending on how it is resting this can be either under one end or under one or both sides. But don't tip it over.
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nah. I'd rather take my blanket and pillow outside and bed down with the raccoons and mosquitoes.
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It was getting too hot to hill potatoes, so I decided to mow for awhile. I mowed right over a big boulder I'd forgotten about. Lawn tractor is stuck big-time now. I've gotten it stuck lots of times, and normally I can get it unstuck without any help, but I've tried everything in my bag of tricks and it's still hung up on the boulder. I'm going to sleep on it.

Must have been the wrong day for using lawn tractors.
I spent the morning putting mine back together with the new blades and new drive belt. Did an oil change, aired up the leaky front tire... got everything ready to rock. Took the battery off the charger and put it in. Filled the gas tank and gave it a whirl.
Varoom! Fired right up.
Put it in drive and it moves forward. Cool. Engage the blades and they start chopping grass, a lot smoother and quieter than the old metal sticks that used to be blades.
So I head out of the fake shed towards the house to start mowing, all excited.
We have a small ditch/depression where the power line was run to the well pump. I have to slow to cross it as itís pretty rough hitting it on a mower. Roll into it and as soon as the rear wheels get in the mower stops moving. Look to see if the tires are just spinning, they arenít. The. I smell smoke.
Uh-oh.
Shut it down, push it out of the ditch, and stick my head under to see whatís up.
Brand new belt walked off the motor pulley. Not sure why so I curse at it a bit and finally get it back in place. Letís try this again.
Get about 100í and it stops moving again.
More cussing, more fighting it back into place. This time it even came off the pulley for the differential.
Then I noticed a big chunk that was melted off a section.


Brand new belt ruined.

Finally say screw it. Put it on and just run it waiting for it to come off. It has an obvious noise to it as the bad spot runs through the pulleys but it finally stays in place. I have no idea why it kept coming off. Itís the correct length. All the pulleys and stuff were cleaned and lubed before I put everything together. It was routed correctly. No idea. Just mad that brand new belt is now basically ruined. Tomorrow Iíll try again and see how long it lasts. Iíve been able to limp it to cut about half the front section of yard. Must be because itís made of Kevlar that itís still holding at all.
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PL, do you have a set of comealongs? I might have gotten in a spot or two where I have needed to pull the lawn mower out of a bad spot. If a tree is nearby it can be hitched to it. Make sure you put it in neutral or disengage the transmission.
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It was getting too hot to hill potatoes, so I decided to mow for awhile. I mowed right over a big boulder I'd forgotten about. Lawn tractor is stuck big-time now. I've gotten it stuck lots of times, and normally I can get it unstuck without any help, but I've tried everything in my bag of tricks and it's still hung up on the boulder. I'm going to sleep on it.
3 come-a-longs
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200' (entire roll) of the heaviest rope home depot sells. (Forget the weight limit)
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Have been able to handle most things with these tools.

couple times I havent, neighbor has a 4x4 tractor with front end loader.
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