What did you do to prepare today?

What did you do to prepare today?
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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#291 Post by dirtmurphy » Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:07 am

I'm growing Reapers this year too. It's my first time around them this year. I'm just hoping I don't melt my eyes cutting into them :lol:
I'm injured. I halfway suspect that I hairline fractured my ulna. At any rate, my forearm is swollen proximal to my wrist and I don't have the mobility or strength that I normally do in my right hand. Of course I was in the middle of several projects that are now on hold until this thing resolves itself which sucks, but I'm trying to remain as productive as possible. I've been reorganizing our food and medicinal herb storage. I had been putting it off for a while but now there's no longer any excuse for not working on it. At the moment I can't do home repairs, plant, or start a chainsaw. What else am I going to do, cry about it? It is a bummer though.
Princess Layer is still on the nest. We moved her into the house for the hatch. Our property has Marek's and we had tremendous losses due to it. I started our flock with 4 chicks and lost 3 to Marek's. Then I got Princess and 8 fertile eggs. Six hatched and we lost 5 of those, also to Marek's. Then we got 6 vaccinated chicks and none of them contracted it so I'm going to vaccinate whatever chicks hatch from this clutch. That's why I need her to hatch out in here rather than in the barn like her last clutch. I don't want to vaccinate but it's a terrible disease affecting the nervous and respiratory systems as well as causing cancer. The birds really suffer.

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#292 Post by Kink » Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:39 pm

Man. I'm sorry about your forearm/wrist/hand Murphy...I hope you heal as quick as possible. Rest up and try to not feel bad, it's out of your control and I'm glad you have a what can you do about it mindset about it. Keep us updated on Princess and her hatch.

You two are both crazy growing those reapers!!!! :shock: I kind of want to try as well now :mrgreen:

As far as what I've been up to, just keeping busy getting the wood ash for the flower gardens and making sure I move my flats of veggie plants out of the rain when it gets so they can dry out some. Saving the cherry chacoal - up to 10lbs or more of the stuff, the plan is to make activated carbon out of it for detox pills, tea, but also soap, maybe face masks, etc. Converted the seed starter into a mini green house for the delphinium, columbine, and lupines that I always have a hard time growing. Have been taking cuttings from the peppermint plant every chance I can, they fully root within days with a little root starter in the water, would like to plant some of these away from everything so I can have a constant supply for tea.

Besides that just keeping up with lawn work and looking for employment. Sucks with no car/and closest bus line is 20 mins away, but I'm keeping my had up and pushing forward. Glad you all are doing good for the most part! Cheers and never stop preppin'!

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#293 Post by ADKFarmer » Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:44 pm

Short growing season near the Canadian border. It's been cold and rainy. This weekend I put up my 10x20 Greenhouse. Planted 6 Raised beds in it with vegetables, herbs and everbearing strawberries. Started some new plants in my smaller 6x8 greenhouse from seeds. Hoed the potato patch, a few of the potatoes I left planted last year started to come up. Hatched some new chickens will start another batch in a couple of weeks. We now have about 40 chickens, 5 Turkeys, 6 Ducks. Learning how to cook using dandelions. Made excellent cookies yesterday with the petals. I'd be curious to know what companion plants people have tried to grow with potatoes with good success. Especially given the fact it may be wet and cold this year. Looking to help them as much as I can. Today I just planted a few marigolds around them. I've heard beans. Also looking for tips to keep cucumbers, squash and zucchini in greenhouse powdery mildew free. Want to head off any issues before they start. Thanks.

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#294 Post by dirtmurphy » Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:47 pm

@Andy F, smart idea about the phone book. I like it.
@Kink, keep working man. Do the buses there have bike racks on front? I sure hope so for your sake.
@ADKFarmer, I haven't tried growing squashes in a greenhouse but this would be my strategy: trellis them and mulch the bed heavily, then run fans. The mulch will cut down on evaporation. The trellis and fans will improve air circulation and light. I'm also a big fan of azomite rock dust mixed with vermicompost. I think of it as a multi-vitamin for my plants even though it's trace minerals. I think it keeps them healthier.

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#295 Post by Farside » Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:47 pm

ADKFarmer wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:44 pm
Short growing season near the Canadian border. It's been cold and rainy. This weekend I put up my 10x20 Greenhouse. Planted 6 Raised beds in it with vegetables, herbs and everbearing strawberries. Started some new plants in my smaller 6x8 greenhouse from seeds. Hoed the potato patch, a few of the potatoes I left planted last year started to come up. Hatched some new chickens will start another batch in a couple of weeks. We now have about 40 chickens, 5 Turkeys, 6 Ducks. Learning how to cook using dandelions. Made excellent cookies yesterday with the petals. I'd be curious to know what companion plants people have tried to grow with potatoes with good success. Especially given the fact it may be wet and cold this year. Looking to help them as much as I can. Today I just planted a few marigolds around them. I've heard beans. Also looking for tips to keep cucumbers, squash and zucchini in greenhouse powdery mildew free. Want to head off any issues before they start. Thanks.
A tip on cucumbers, zucchini, and squash... They love growing in active compost provided it isn't so hot that it cooks them. I make a compost tower that is 5 ft across and about 4ft high using concrete reinforcing mesh that it rolled into a tube, and then lined with weed fabric. I fill this with my composting material, and plant the zucchini / squash / cucumbers in the top once the initial decomp has subsided and the temperature dropped sufficiently. I also add some Calcium to the compost because compost is almost always deficient in Calcium, which in turn causes end rot in zucchini btw.

In this way I utilize the same space to grow and also produce compost. The tower shape also lifts the plants off the ground, which results in increased air flow and basically eliminates mildew problems. I will often mulch to top surface of the compost with straw to lock in moisture, and water around the roots as needed. But compost is like a giant sponge so I don't need to water very much at all. Overhead watering of these types of plants will often lead to mildew issues too.

In a greenhouse environment, you can start the compost as soon as the material thaws, and the heat generated will keep the frost at bay.

BTW, I use the sides of my tower as support for my artificial mushroom logs too, and then at the end of summer the tower becomes a winter home for my composting worms. Up here in Canada, it takes two years for the compost tower to finish off the compost. I can still grow in it, but I tend to dismantle it after two years and start again.

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#296 Post by Farside » Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:17 pm

I bought 50lb of wheat, and 50lb of barley. It cost me $22 and I'm pretty sure you can't grow, harvest, and ship 100lb of small grains for $22. So thank you taxpayer for subsidizing my activities! ;)

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#297 Post by Farside » Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:07 pm

I bought it at my local feed store.

I live in a port city on Lake Superior where a lot of grain gets railed in, and then loaded onto cargo ships. Every rail car full of wheat has to be sampled and tested, and these samples can't be returned to the main shipment due to some sort of regulation or other.

The local feed store receives these aggregated samples which it then repackages and sells on to the public as animal feed since it hasn't been graded and may contain bits of other things. At least I know this is the case with the wheat.

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#298 Post by dirtmurphy » Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:14 pm

Today I harvested vermicompost and started planning the fall/winter garden. It will be time to start putting out fall transplants in July. I'm going with oats, garlic, onions, beets, brussel sprouts, cabbages, lettuces, and arugula for outdoor plantings. I'm reserving the greenhouse this year for overwintering peppers and growing fresh fodder for the chickens (clover, wheatgrass).

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#299 Post by Farside » Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:18 pm

The property owner where I'm raising my chickens seems to have a lot of ideas for food production but it never really materialized. The arrival of the chicks has catalyzed them into action and they have spent the past few days installing raised beds everywhere.

I provided them with a big selection of seed and young plants and this previously dormant property is now a hive of activity. Great to see :-)

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#300 Post by dirtmurphy » Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:55 pm

I foraged black polypore today. It's in the dehydrator now. Over the past couple of days I've planted the last of the rattlesnake beans and bought seeds for the fall garden. I'll plant cabbages and brussel sprouts as soon as the seed starting medium soaks up enough water.
I've also been shredding newspapers. I'm trying to grow blue oysters on newspapers and on single-layer cardboard boxes and toilet paper rolls.
Raspberry season is turning into wineberry season. We've been eating ripe cherry tomatoes for a week or two now. Today is supposed to be hatch day. Other than that, nothing much exciting here.

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