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  1. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    My first time ever growing squash, I know tomatoes can do it but first time i've ever seen 2 squash do it. Hadn't checked my squash in several days because of being sick but don't remember any close together a few days ago. Have had rain off and on almost 5 days in a row now and my squash...
  2. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    After posting in the forum several times about my fig trees not growing, and people recommending to mulch around them, I built a test mulch frame around a fig tree. The frame is built from pressure treated 2x6s and is 4 feet square. I started out with a single 2x6 tall, but as I expected the...
  3. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    My tomatoes have rotten spots on the bottom, never seen this before. Literally, every rotten tomato is rotting in the same exact spot. Usually bugs will sting tomatoes on the side and cause bruising, which may result in rot. These however are different rot is on the exact bottom. I looked...
  4. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Over the past couple of months I have visited 4 different local feed stores, and called several more. All of them have the same story - "They can not get chicks." So I decided to call Murray McMurray Hatchery to get first hand information. Why Murray McMurray Hatchery? Because they are the...
  5. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    One of the common questions I see about potatoes is when should they be harvested? The simple answer is potatoes can be harvested anytime. Typically, potatoes will start forming several weeks after the seed potato was planted and the plant top formed. However, if you want maximum production...
  6. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    It seems to be that it is pretty easy to prep for a year or two - referring to acquiring and storing food. Fats, in particular are the challenge for lts food. For a long term scenario it is more practical to consider starting a homestead? - maybe not be 100% self sufficient but mix the...
  7. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I have a Brown Turkey Fig tree that is sprouting from the roots. Will it bear figs, or is it some type of root stock? A few weeks ago I dropped by a farm supply store to get some seeds. They had a pitiful looking fig tree that the top had died and it was sprouting from the base of the tree. I...
  8. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    This year I drove several large fertilizer spikes in the ground around some of my fruit trees - fig, pear, plum and apple. Reviews on Amazon are good, but has anyone here used them? My fruit trees have not been doing that great so I decided to go all out this year. A week ago I sprayed them...
  9. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Can yall believe it is already 2020? It seems like just a couple of years ago this forum was starting out. This is more of a brain dump than anything else. In the spring of 2020 my wife and I plan on planting several fruit trees in the chicken yard. I know this topic has been covered...
  10. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Several days ago we had back-to-back gully washer storms that flooded portions of the garden. Let's just say, a good portion of my potato patch is rotting in the ground. Squash that was in portions that held water are dead, or dying. Pepper plants may not survive. Egg plant is doing well...
  11. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    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...
  12. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    Spring is a paradox. On one hand it is a time of rebirth, life and hope. On the other hand it is a time of loss. March 30th, 2019 my oldest son and I planted several tomato plants, and some melon spouts that were bought from a local big box store. We had not had temps anywhere near frost...
  13. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    It is a wonderful feeling to spend a day, or a couple of days, planting, and in a couple of weeks sprouts break through the ground. Three weeks ago my son, my parents, and myself planted 27 pounds of seed potatoes. This made up 4 rows. Two weeks ago my son and I planted 14 rows of sweet corn...
  14. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Who is picking up new spring chicks for 2019? As yall know I have lost several chickens over the past year. There was a recent incident where I left the gate to the chicken yard open - https://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=912434 I recently picked up: 7 Barred Rocks 7 Rhode...
  15. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    First, how do I know it was a hawk? The bones were picked clean. If it were a canine or cat, there would have been bite marks. With a canine, chances are the bones would have been eaten. The heart was laying next to the chicken. If this had been a dog or cat, then the heart would have been...
  16. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Some people pant their potatoes whole, while others cut their potatoes into sections. When I buy my seed potatoes, I look for eh smallest potatoes in the bin. Say no larger than my fist. Then I cut the potatoes in half and let them dry before planting. Sometimes the store does not have a...
  17. Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Over the past year I have lost a bunch of chickens to dogs and predators. My wife and I rescued two puppies and they killed some of the chickens. Currently I have around 17 or 18 hens and 2 roosters. I am thinking about buying a dozen chickens. Chicken house is 16 X 16 feet, and chicken yard...
  18. 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...
  19. Disaster Preparedness General Discussion
    There is a cabin at the back of the farm which has various fruit trees growing around it. The nice thing, two of the three types are native wild trees. Wild plums Wild persimmon tree There are several other persimmon trees nearby, but only one was talked about in the videos. Most of the...
  20. 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...
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