The Garden Thread

Definitely if you wanted them this year would have been great. I plan on building 10 nucs for that reason. I have already been fighting swarms. You get them to survive the next is management. Had I been able to knock them back I wouldn't have grown this big.
had to much on my plate this year fixing this place up. yard is almost done. Let me know next year. I would swap with a buddy up here a 10 frame brood box with 5 frames in it with bees and give him the a new box with new frames in it. thats what he liked to do but ill work whatever you want to do out.
 
had to much on my plate this year fixing this place up. yard is almost done. Let me know next year. I would swap with a buddy up here a 10 frame brood box with 5 frames in it with bees and give him the a new box with new frames in it. that is what he liked to do but ill work whatever you want to do out.
I'll probably run 5 frame nucs. Move the nuc frames to a portable box or the box someone brings. If I do it it will be with a laying queen of that box instead of a mated queen added to mixed colony bees. Some move nucs that way. I think it's bad practice. If your doin that might as well be a package of bees and drawn comb. I like a nuc to be what it should be: an established small colony.

For giggles I am going to over winter a two story nuc this year. It'll probably be the coldest and longest on record, 😂.
 
Anyone try a double or as I read a 3D fence for deer? Darn rascals are already feasting on my hard work.
 
I made a double layer fence out of masons twine before and it had decent success


It was a pain to take it down to get the tractor in to cultivate though
I guess the question was looking for positive reinforcement of my hopes.

I done set up one up. It lights this gadget up like a Christmas tree.
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I went with mostly temporary step in post and poly line. If it works much I will step it up when I run planned pasture fence. I bought a 60 mile AC powered tingler.
 
I guess the question was looking for positive reinforcement of my hopes.

I done set up one up. It lights this gadget up like a Christmas tree.
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I went with mostly temporary step in post and poly line. If it works much I will step it up when I run planned pasture fence. I bought a 60 mile AC powered tingler.
I felt like it worked. The rational made sense, the multiple layers throw off the deers depth perception and they can't determine how far to jump, so they don't.
 
For someone who doesn't really care for vegetables, I quite like my garden..

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Volunteer pumpkin I've been nurturing. I was hoping it was a big pumpkin, but I'm afraid it's the offspring of one of those stupid little gourd ones that my wife puts on the mantle. You never know what will pop up when you shoot pumpkins like skeet in the back yard.
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Now for my pride and joy. 3 of my 7 pecan trees are bearing nuts for the first time. I planted these 3 years ago and they were just over my waist. I've fertilized the shit out of them and they're a foot over my head now.

So proud. I might have enough to sprinkle over a single ice cream sundae this year.

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Wife has been busy with our little garden. Seems to be doing well.
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Now for my pride and joy. 3 of my 7 pecan trees are bearing nuts for the first time. I planted these 3 years ago and they were just over my waist. I've fertilized the shit out of them and they're a foot over my head now.

So proud. I might have enough to sprinkle over a single ice cream sundae this year.

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You better kill every squirrel you see then.
 
Wife wanted to go big or go home......she's already wondering what she let me create.

Been busting my butt all around. Rain delayed our third picking but we got cucumber 🥒 coming in by the bucket. Some of these are a bit to big, may get fed to some critters. We are also gonna try selling some of everything.
Beans are late. Squash and zucchini fixing to hit along with several pepper varieties.
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Wife wanted to go big or go home......she's already wondering what she let me create.

Been busting my butt all around. Rain delayed our third picking but we got cucumber 🥒 coming in by the bucket. Some of these are a bit to big, may get fed to some critters. We are also gonna try selling some of everything.
Beans are late. Squash and zucchini fixing to hit along with several pepper varieties.
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Pickle time!
 
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Watermelon patch. Need to trim a big tree causing to much shade. We had a better year last year. Tree grew a bunch.
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Swamp. I mean Toe-Mae-Toes the foreground is our onions. They are doing way better then last year getting better sun.
Trying a new trellis method. Not sold on it.
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Various peppers. Gonna have to add some stakes.
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Volunteer maters and taters....future greens and garlic beds.
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Potato plants little red and sweet taters.....not doing so hot. Been really wet and the tree line has them shaded some. Fixing that this fall.
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Late beans two types older seed isn't showing. Okra rows.
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Zucchini and Squash rows...the corn is coming along.
 
Wife wanted to go big or go home......she's already wondering what she let me create.

Been busting my butt all around. Rain delayed our third picking but we got cucumber 🥒 coming in by the bucket. Some of these are a bit to big, may get fed to some critters. We are also gonna try selling some of everything.
Beans are late. Squash and zucchini fixing to hit along with several pepper varieties.
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Seems like I need to come shoot and get some grub!
 
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Our farm work is showing out some. Any of y'all Mocksville locals want some farm goods come see us.
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We aren't too scary!
 
We have some weeding and garden maintenance to do today. I bought a Stihl cultivator for my Kombi/trimmer to hopefully it goes quick.

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Rain!

Sweet Sweet Rain.

Everything is growing great (except green beans….went with a stringless bush type) and despite the dryness all the plants are flowering. I had a battle early with Japanese Beetles but I apparently kilt em pretty good. Beans just seem to be slow to take off, they do have flowers.

First year for potatoes, Yukon Gold. They are about 20” tall so I hope the roots are doing their thing. I gotta buy a potato plow.

Peppers are fruiting, cukes and zukes are too. Tomatoes are ripening. Corn is about 3’.

Just like last year, deer are leaving the garden alone. There are tracks but no damage 🤷🏼‍♂️ They worked my neighbor’s garden over to the point he fenced it but they haven’t damaged ours….didn’t last year either. Weird.

Gonna put out some 10-10-10 this week. Need to hoe the corn rows.


potatoes ⤵️


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It's nice to have friends that are real farmers. Had our sons birthday party yesterday and wound up with two bags of sweet corn. Spent the afternoon blanching corn. The milky way variety is amazing 😍

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I've pretty much give up on my actual garden 🤣. Two weeks of neglect at a crucial time and it's pretty well gone. My wife was out of town for work one week and I didn't have time to tend to it after work and single parent, then the following week we had bible school so it pretty much went away from here. Monster zucchini and cucumbers, beans way too big, bugs got my tomatoes and cabbage and I said to heck with the rest of it. I really only like driving the tractor anyway 😂. That all said, I've decided to focus on things that I had little to do with their success, but that I'm proud of none the less. ...

Volunteer pumpkin is kicking butt. Im thinking that it's getting the perfect amount sun on the north side of my carport. The vine is now almost 30' long.

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I may have enough pecans to crumble over one small ice cream sundae this fall.

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I've pretty much give up on my actual garden 🤣. Two weeks of neglect at a crucial time and it's pretty well gone. My wife was out of town for work one week and I didn't have time to tend to it after work and single parent, then the following week we had bible school so it pretty much went away from here. Monster zucchini and cucumbers, beans way too big, bugs got my tomatoes and cabbage and I said to heck with the rest of it. I really only like driving the tractor anyway 😂. That all said, I've decided to focus on things that I had little to do with their success, but that I'm proud of none the less. ...

Volunteer pumpkin is kicking butt. Im thinking that it's getting the perfect amount sun on the north side of my carport. The vine is now almost 30' long.

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I may have enough pecans to crumble over one small ice cream sundae this fall.

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Doing JoCo proud brother 😂
 
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We are still bringing in some stuff. Hope our green beans start hitting. Taters are better then last year but not great. We are still learning. Onions done one hundred percent better. Garlic cured great. Picked up some peaches on the way home from SC a few weeks back. If we grow some four legged food we could almost pass as homestead folk.....but then we would need to figure out feed for them and small grains for us. Plum humbled folks used to do all of this to get by. Glad to have some Southern Appalachian in my blood.
God has blessed us while trying to help tend to this part of his creation.
 
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We are still bringing in some stuff. Hope our green beans start hitting. Taters are better then last year but not great. We are still learning. Onions done one hundred percent better. Garlic cured great. Picked up some peaches on the way home from SC a few weeks back. If we grow some four legged food we could almost pass as homestead folk.....but then we would need to figure out feed for them and small grains for us. Plum humbled folks used to do all of this to get by. Glad to have some Southern Appalachian in my blood.
God has blessed us while trying to help tend to this part of his creation.
You doin good this year man!
 
Garden and wife #1 have both been pumping out produce.
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And today I learned that sunflowers are one of my wife's favorite flowers. She also took these artsy pics of the garden.
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I too have sunflowers. Unfortunately the sun does not shine properly to make them face my house 😔.

They like to look this way.

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Not that way.

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Also, any fruit tree experts on here? My Arkansas Black apple tree appears to have shit the bed. I planted it early this spring. It looked good up until the first week of July or so. Not sure if it got dry, sunburned or some sort of blight. Any guesses?

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I too have sunflowers. Unfortunately the sun does not shine properly to make them face my house 😔.

They like to look this way.

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Not that way.

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Also, any fruit tree experts on here? My Arkansas Black apple tree appears to have shit the bed. I planted it early this spring. It looked good up until the first week of July or so. Not sure if it got dry, sunburned or some sort of blight. Any guesses?

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Hope it isn’t Fire Blight.
 
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