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  1. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Okra is starting to produce; this has been two months in the making. A few things about growing okra: Hot weather crop and the seeds will germinate only when the soil temperature reach something like the upper 70s. Seeds have a hard outer coating. If planted too early, the seeds will sit...
  2. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    The garden got off to a late start this year. In March we received so much rain the seeds rotted in the ground. It seemed like every couple of days we were getting a cold front. 2018 was the first year I had ever seen potatoes rot in the ground. All of this means the 2018 garden is running a...
  3. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I decided to go ahead and replant the 2018 spring garden. Something is wrong where I planted the first garden, as nothing is growing. I suspect the soil is too alkaline, but I need a soil test to prove/disprove the theory. Other threads on this topic: Transplanting pepper plants? I think I...
  4. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Several years ago I had a bonfire in the field behind my house. We talked about this in the transplanting pepper plants thread. I found out if there is too much potash (potassium) in the soil, the potash will prevent the uptake of nitrogen to the plant. To counter this, use a high nitrogen...
  5. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    http://www.ediblewildfood.com/peppergrass.aspx One of the things I've been looking for off and on. Think this'll do it and think I've seen it around. I'll have to keep an eye out this summer.
  6. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Has anyone ever transplanted pepper plants? I planted a bunch of pepper plants in an area where the soil may have issues. Several years ago I had a large bonfire there, and for some reason the plants are not growing. Even the grass has issues growing there. I thought about digging the plants...
  7. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Decided to go ahead and get some more pepper plants in the ground. The local Walmart has their garden plants on sale, so I thought why not? I bought five more pepper plants for $2.94 each. Peppers usually do a good job of withstanding the Texas summer heat. All they really need is plenty of...
  8. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Snap beans are breaking through the soil. Peppers are getting established. Potatoes are not showing yet. Not included in the video, the tomato plants in pots are doing very well. We have had so much rain, I am worried about the pepper plants drowning. Some of them are doing well, some not...
  9. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Has anyone here ever used eggs for fertilizer? I was making some homemade potting soil for my peppers and tomatoes, when I thought about putting an egg under the plant. I vaguely remember reading about this years ago. Or maybe it was a meme floating around facebook? Anyway, I got some eggs...
  10. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Its been a long while...ish. But with spring right around the corner I thought I would write a bit about the importance of compost and different methods and tools for making great compost quickly. Compost in its simplest description is a mixture that consists largely of decayed organic matter...
  11. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    My fig trees aree not growing, so I decided to mix up some organic fig tree fertilizer. Cut the top off of a one gallon milk jug. Fill 3/4 with water. One handful aged chicken manure. One handful ash from my smoker. This is a mix of oak, pecan and wild cherry. Handful bone meal. Urine...
  12. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    This might upset some of yall, but I feel it needs to be discussed. Stockpiling food is like a road, a dead end road, in that sooner or later the food will run out. By developing self-sustaining food sources, the dead end road turns into a loop. The food sources do not have to be complicated...
  13. Food and water
    I asked Lowes if i cleaned up the apple mess under their {5}trees if I could have the apples off the trees, there are 5 of them. They agreed so started picking them to day, the good apples i will can the bad apples i will dump in the garden. So fare only one employee about picking "their...
  14. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    So, I have been looking at getting a tiller. The soil outside in the garden area is actually pretty rich, especially because it is by a river. I think that it wouldn't take much to go ahead and till up part of the lot and start planting year round. I have planter boxes now that I grow year...
  15. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I know a lot of people, myself included, who will not grow hybrid tomatoes in most circumstances, because we save seeds, and hybrids don't reproduce true to the original. Yes, I know, most "hybrids" are not F1 hybrids, but stabilized OP generations, but let's leave that aside for a moment. In...
  16. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    The leaves are starting to get holes and turn brown. A few leaves have completely shriveled up and died. Could ants do this? I should add that it's not on all my zucchini plants. Just two mounds.
  17. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    OK, pole bean enthusiast, how do you identify a bean? I had seeds given to me several years ago, had been raised by their family for years. Name unknown? They are a round green pod, brown bean when mature, a tall pole/runner (7-8'), white blossoms, a string bean. The variety was raised over...
  18. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Lets make a potato planting thread to help people who considering getting started. There are a lot of different ways to grow potatoes, such as in hay, tires, a box, and in the ground. Personally, I grow my potatoes in the ground. Not only are potatoes easy to grow, but they also store well...
  19. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Looking at using the 4 foot square box to "square foot garden" this year. Anyone else try this? Thanks! :thumb:
  20. Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum
    Is it guerrilla gardening if you own the land? I am going to say that it is, because my ACTIONS are the same as if I did not! I walk with a cane and I cannot tend to the plants, and so I stick them where I think they will be happy and then they either live or they do not. I picked some...
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