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Re: Getting the garden ready
« Reply #20 on: March 13, 2018, 03:05:00 pm »
Our poms trees are barely leafing out.  I don't see how they
can be damage if no flower buds yet.  It is really that cold down there?

They had started leafing pretty well and got popped hard but did not kill all the leaves.

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Re: Getting the garden ready
« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2018, 02:13:14 am »
As long as they don't have flower buds yet there is still a chance to recover.
This year our weather is a bit wild too.   More rains on the way!

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Re: Getting the garden ready
« Reply #22 on: April 08, 2018, 11:15:26 pm »
Well the garden is looking good so far. The blueberries look great, and the blackberries are coming along. A few plums are making and the peach tree is loaded. The bulk of the veggies are planted and waiting to come up.

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Re: Getting the garden ready
« Reply #23 on: April 08, 2018, 11:43:12 pm »
Here is my wife?s garden just after she transferred her potted plants into the ground. The rows on the front left side are seeded. The front right side has numerous perennial spices.
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Re: Getting the garden ready
« Reply #24 on: April 10, 2018, 12:37:53 pm »
The pic would not attach. Can you retry to send it. 

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« Reply #25 on: April 10, 2018, 06:15:36 pm »
Had to resize and the mail new it was already 220k so it did not give me a chance to resize it. My son Wesley found an app and shrunk it.
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Re: Getting the garden ready
« Reply #26 on: April 12, 2018, 02:53:33 pm »
That soil looks really good. YOu must have been working on it for a long time.

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Re: Getting the garden ready
« Reply #27 on: April 13, 2018, 05:14:48 am »
How about hauling in the compost for this plot.  Won't take long this way.

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« Reply #28 on: April 13, 2018, 07:01:20 am »
That soil looks really good. YOu must have been working on it for a long time.
Actually we just started this garden in 2015 after we build the new house. I had a large pile of aged manure ready for the new garden. My wife cleans the pastures behind the old barn every winter and adds it. We also started a compost pile this year. Problem is the cows see the mound and spread it out, they bulldozer it with their head for fun.
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Re: Getting the garden ready
« Reply #29 on: April 15, 2018, 07:24:00 pm »
is that 3 electric fence chargers and all exposed? I can get mine to last about 2 years in its own box under the eves-whats your secret?
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Re: Getting the garden ready
« Reply #30 on: April 15, 2018, 07:32:24 pm »
is that 3 electric fence chargers and all exposed? I can get mine to last about 2 years in its own box under the eves-whats your secret?
No, it is one electric sapper, a 12 volt charger and a 12v wheelchair battery. I have found that the chargers go bad and then the batteries die. I plan on doing routine checks to keep the battery charged. I bury the battery to keep it from freezing. Our ground seldom freezes.
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Re: Getting the garden ready
« Reply #31 on: April 16, 2018, 04:54:29 pm »
That sounds good for the soil. I need to get back to putting chicken litter or some other manure heavy in the soil. This past year I added leaves, some bagged manure and mushroom compost, let one area lay fallow with clover planted on it, some coffee grounds, some cow manure, and fruit peelings and such.

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Re: Getting the garden ready
« Reply #32 on: April 16, 2018, 06:20:42 pm »
Chicken manure makes the soil sweeter while cow manure makes it more acidic.
Be careful with chicken manure. I had it spread on my fields, it was not aged properly. We had millions and millions of flys everywhere for months. The flys had laid their eggs in the manure. It was horrible.
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Re: Getting the garden ready
« Reply #33 on: April 16, 2018, 09:43:40 pm »
Be careful with chicken manure.

I guess I am in for a whole new way of gardening.  It is best when spread on the snow so it can seep in soil and then turned under in the spring.  In the heat of the summer you can put it between the rows to bake in the sun and become a dried chip.  Rain in the fall will leach it in the ground replacing the nitrogen the plants consummed.  The only time I smell the poop is dumping it out of the 5 gallon pails.
Jim how do you know if the flies are coming out of the chicken poop or the cow pies?
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Re: Getting the garden ready
« Reply #34 on: April 16, 2018, 11:16:05 pm »
It was spread during the spring warm up. It was all over the fields in clumps. If I had had it spread during the winter, it would have had a chance to break down before the eggs hatch and the maggots feed on the manure. 
We have never had this problem here before or after. I talked to several locals who have had to deal with this before. It is a common problem around the chicken farms.
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Re: Getting the garden ready
« Reply #35 on: April 17, 2018, 09:22:13 am »
the maggots feed on the manure. 
Chickens like maggots.
Of course the poop comes all year long so we have dressed the garden with manure in early spring.  Wait a couple weeks then turn the soil and let the chickens have at it.  I do this to remove the grubs but maybe it works for maggots too.
I think without having that frost kill that we have up here gardening might be more of challenge when I get down there to FL.
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Re: Getting the garden ready
« Reply #36 on: April 18, 2018, 10:08:52 pm »
Jim,
Why don't you use solar for the garden fence?  You once stated you use it for your field gate openers?

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Re: Getting the garden ready
« Reply #37 on: April 18, 2018, 10:17:29 pm »
the maggots feed on the manure. 
Chickens like maggots.
Of course the poop comes all year long so we have dressed the garden with manure in early spring.  Wait a couple weeks then turn the soil and let the chickens have at it.  I do this to remove the grubs but maybe it works for maggots too.
I think without having that frost kill that we have up here gardening might be more of challenge when I get down there to FL.
Brian,
I do not have enough free range chickens to eat all of the maggots on my 42 acres. We fertilize the grass between the pine trees for the cows to graze on.
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Re: Getting the garden ready
« Reply #38 on: April 18, 2018, 10:33:56 pm »
We have a pile of horse manure which we mix with ashes from burning. The chickens scratch everything into nice, dark soil. I use it for my flower garden and leveling areas of the property.

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« Reply #39 on: April 18, 2018, 11:00:19 pm »
We have a pile of horse manure which we mix with ashes from burning. The chickens scratch everything into nice, dark soil. I use it for my flower garden and leveling areas of the property.

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Be careful with horse manure. It can seriously burn grass. I bought a new Manure spreader cheap because when the spread the horse apples it burned their grass real bag. Works good hor cow manure.
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