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BioChar and Supper Part 2

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 06:00

This is me pulling the sweet potatoes out of the coalsOur family likes to watch a show called Man, Woman, Wild. I won’t go into great detail on it; you can follow the link for that. In short, it’s about a Man (Husband: former Green Beret from Tennessee) a Woman (Wife: former news anchor woman from the UK) and they put themselves in survival situations. They show off some interesting ways of surviving in the wild and part of that is some rustic ways to cook food.

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BioChar and Supper Part 1

Tue, 03/27/2012 - 07:00

We have a lot of dead limbs and trees that have fallen over the winter. Most of them I’ve cut in to sections but I’ve not had the time to do anything with them. I also, have gardens that need charcoal and ash. …it’s time for a bonfire!

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More Bio-Char

Tue, 03/06/2012 - 06:30

Bon fire in the garden.This Saturday I had several things on my to-do list. Great classics like, burn brush, finish the chicken coop, inspect Grandmother’s bees, cut down that last tree at the “Middle House Garden” and so on. Well with the spur-of-the-moment purchase of the Tracker, my Saturday was thrown into disarray.

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Three More Trees

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 12:29

Water Oak at garden entrance cut and on the groundI took down three more trees this weekend. This is part of the “Middle House Garden: Revitalization” project. As part of this project, I need to remove a series of trees that are sapping the nutrients from the garden and stunting the growth of vegetables there. I cut one a couple of weeks ago that led to the infamous “Scratched Cornea Incident” and this past Saturday I took down another three.

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Bio-Char

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 15:38

My Burn PileMmmmm! Ummy, scrunchous bio-char. I started this burn a couple of weeks ago and I had to stop abruptly to go to the optometrist. (Here is the story on Homestead Safety)  Today I had a couple of hours so I decided to finish it off.

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Homestead Safety

Sat, 02/18/2012 - 13:20

Stihl MS250, gloves, safety glasses on felled water oakThis is a post that took a bit of turn while I was writing it in my head. It started as a glorious tale of my felling the giant water oak and the tools that enabled me to do that. I had pictures of my Stihl MS250, my gloves and my safety glasses.

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First Lima Beans of the Season

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 00:00

A bowl of freshly picked and shelled Lima beansThis is my first batch of Lima's this year. It made half a gallon for the freezer and about a quart for the table. A quart of Lima's will usually last us a meal and one batch of left overs. We ate them with corn and green beans and ...I just made myself hungry for more.

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Money Maker Tomatoes

Thu, 06/16/2011 - 13:59

Money Maker Tomato PlantI've already talked briefly about the Better Boy tomatoes at the MH Garden. The reason that I put the Better Boys WAAAY over there (where I can't water them very often) is that I have Money Maker tomatoes at the Home Garden. For those of you who do not know, Money Maker tomatoes are a heirloom tomato that produces a relatively large (for heirloom), tasty fruit.

I've grown the Money Makers before with mixed results (more on that later) but this is the first time that I have plan to carried the seed over to next year and I did not want the heirloom Money Maker cross pollinating with the hybrid Better Boys.

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Better Boy Tomatoes

Wed, 06/08/2011 - 16:22

This year, for the second year, I am growing two types of tomatoes. Money Maker (Heirloom) and Better Boy (Hybrid). I wanted to separate the two so that they don't cross. I have the Money Makers planted and the home garden so I planted the Better Boys at the Middle House Garden. The MH garden is over 500 yards away so I shouldn't have any cross pollination unless I have some VERY active bees.

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Garden: The Primer

Mon, 06/06/2011 - 15:44

As part of my 5 year plan, the main crops this year are Cron, Green Beans and Lima Beans. I planted 2 50ft rows of Green Beans and Lima Beans in early April. Two weeks later, I planted 2 more 50 ft rows. Two weeks later I planted 4 75 ft rows of corn and 2 30 ft rows or okra. The okra didn't make and I plowed it up a few weeks later. Two weeks after the corn, I planted 4 75 ft rows of Green Beans and 2 75 ft rows of okra.

If you look closely at this picture, you will see the tale-tale sign of the most cursed GROUND HOG. A ground ho has eaten nearly everyone of my 75ft rows of Green Beans. Some are okay but it will take a couple of more days to find out how many seeds were just late coming up. Both my Dad and my Brother are also having Ground Hog issues. My Dad has set up a very low electric fence but this garden is no where near an outlet and solar units are pricey.