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        10-20-2012, 10:33 PM
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    Oh my, that sounds like an interesting trailer loading plan. Makes me giggle and think of the day my farrier offered to trim my whole gang for free if I would ride along to his next appt....new to the equine world owner that ended up with a herd of mini donks, not even halter broke. They literally had to rope them, flip em & hog tie them and trimmed them while they were down. I am glad I said no, I'm no dummy!

    Yeah, you don't want Woodstock. I can assure you of that. He has a long back story and we'll just say that he is my hell & back horse, the one my hubby thought would kill me. He's a solid citizen now but he is a one person horse and unfortunately I am that one person, he doesn't much respect anyone else, hates men, tolerates my kiddo but only because kids keep pockets full of peppermints to throw in a feedpan for him ;)
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        10-21-2012, 01:38 PM
      #132
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    Oh my, that sounds like an interesting trailer loading plan. Makes me giggle and think of the day my farrier offered to trim my whole gang for free if I would ride along to his next appt....new to the equine world owner that ended up with a herd of mini donks, not even halter broke. They literally had to rope them, flip em & hog tie them and trimmed them while they were down. I am glad I said no, I'm no dummy!

    Yeah, you don't want Woodstock. I can assure you of that. He has a long back story and we'll just say that he is my hell & back horse, the one my hubby thought would kill me. He's a solid citizen now but he is a one person horse and unfortunately I am that one person, he doesn't much respect anyone else, hates men, tolerates my kiddo but only because kids keep pockets full of peppermints to throw in a feedpan for him ;)
    Smart one for passing on the donkey round up. Horses they are not... clever little buggers. And I've seen a few things here and there about Woodstock.... I think he would give me grey hair with all his mischief.

    While Rosie and Chico don’t appreciate the finer points of “going for a drive” ….in all other ways they are total snuggle buns. If I even reach for her ears, Rosie will drop her chin to rest on my boot, then proceed to drool on said boot while I scratch her ear-ness. She’s ferried kids around on her back before and will also do some amazing yoga moves for a piece of peppermint candy.

    Chico is a burro thus hardwired a bit differently than her, yet he wants to be within 1 foot of me at all times, especially if he spies a rubber curry comb in my possession.
    I can walk out in the barnyard and see him a ways away munching grass, turn to water, or fix something, or whatever… and when I turn back around I will trip on him. Mr. Stealth follows me like a shadow and I firmly believe if a stray dog/wild animal/monster were to try and harm me, Chico would promptly put said threat into the dust leaving numerous hoof prints all over it.

    I happen to love the fact that they can stay plump on the barest of first cut hay plus a mineral block and at only 350 and 450 pounds still weight less than Digby. (But also why the girl who picked them up really scared me. Women should not be able to pick up donkeys. )
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        10-24-2012, 12:06 PM
      #133
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    Ahhhh!!! Bunch of good sales on the seed/plant sites! Planning for next year already... I can't wait.
    Have the USDA guy coming next Thursday and we are going to make some huge plans, I'M SO EXCITED! Soil samples, fencing, WEED MANAGEMENT, possible new pond locations, hoop houses, finally after all this work on the house and our water we can do something fun and beneficial!

    Anything new to try? Doing the purple and lime green pointy cauliflower.
    Thinking about the Indigo Rose tomatoes and red venture celery, have any of you grown them? Never done celery before...
    Planted honey berry bushes this year and both made it! Course they are slow to mature and it'll be two more years before I get a taste... They were tougher than my blueberry plants, second year I killed those poor things. I'm done with them!
         
        10-24-2012, 12:29 PM
      #134
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    Well, you all are blessed w beautiful gardens...and a place that you can grow a beautiful garden. I am down to one big tomato plant that still has never produced a single tomato. :( While in NC this past week, my mom had 4 big beautiful cabbage plants in a planter on her back deck. Geez. I can't understand why the rabbits didn't demolish it! Maybe b/c they have more than cactus to munch on. :)

    I might do a dirt bag garden next year. Currently, I have one 200 gallon dirt bag slam full of almost completed "worm casting" stuff (still active w worms) - which is how I "eliminate" my horse poo. It seems a shame to just dump it back in the corral sand which was my original plan. If I lived in NC...I would have noooo problem finding a good use for it. Poor, poor, pitiful me. :)

    Its always good to give thanks...so Lockwood and Fly...you should give thanks for your ability to grow such wonderful gardens!
         
        10-24-2012, 12:41 PM
      #135
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    :( No tomatoes? Ungrateful plant!

    What about the pretty raised beds Missy? They have some really nice ones at Sam's. I've almost picked them up several times myself, no weeds, no building, just snap together and fill! I think you could do some awesome stuff there in your nice spring, maybe even year round? You got the worm poop, great start!

    I'm crabby about this year, thankful for what I got but not near what I should have. Pretty much just fresh seasonal eating and going to do DOUBLE for next year on the onions and potatoes. Ate all mine up already! If Lockwood can do so much so can I!!! ;P

    Have any of you filled your garden with fall leaves in the fall and tilled later?
    I always bed down my strawberries with them, they are composted by spring without tilling, just add a little dirt and mix when it gets warm...
         
        10-24-2012, 12:51 PM
      #136
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    :( No tomatoes? Ungrateful plant!

    What about the pretty raised beds Missy? They have some really nice ones at Sam's. I've almost picked them up several times myself, no weeds, no building, just snap together and fill! I think you could do some awesome stuff there in your nice spring, maybe even year round? You got the worm poop, great start!

    I'm crabby about this year, thankful for what I got but not near what I should have. Pretty much just fresh seasonal eating and going to do DOUBLE for next year on the onions and potatoes. Ate all mine up already! If Lockwood can do so much so can I!!! ;P

    Have any of you filled your garden with fall leaves in the fall and tilled later?
    I always bed down my strawberries with them, they are composted by spring without tilling, just add a little dirt and mix when it gets warm...
    I will have to look at them - "easy to snap together" is appealing. It's the heat, rabbits and packrats. Plants do well in spring and fall (what is left of them by fall, that is). I had a really good little garden in a large stock tank in the past - it was in a heavely shaded area. You have to water the pllants daily, though. It was mostly for fun and enjoyment as I do not believe I saved a bundle.
         
        10-24-2012, 01:18 PM
      #137
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    Hmmmm, I know you're a good shot!
    They have that shade screen, not very good looking though.
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        10-24-2012, 01:59 PM
      #138
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    Hmmmm, I know you're a good shot!
    They have that shade screen, not very good looking though.

    Haha..I won't shoot the poor little rabbits or packrats (not actually related to a rat)...I feel sorry for the little varmits.:)

    Actually, I love that shade screen stuff. I would have to build a frame for it if I got serious. I did manage to grow some potatoes - but when I saw how cheap they were at the ranch market, I had to rethink growing them.

    I have successfully grown soaptrees...which one cannot eat, but are difficult to grow from a seed. And, I have oodles of native blue agave babies that Lowe's charges $30 for (who would pay that?). That is my big claim to gardening fame! So, at least I can look upon my potted cacti whilst I starve!!
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        10-30-2012, 10:35 AM
      #139
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    Lockwood, thinking about you girl!! Hope all is ok. Hugs, hope it's over!

    Ahhhh, a good mornings work, and a fine breakfast reward!
    Honestly I don't know how I ever ate store bought tomatoes, you should see this Roma in person, it's blood red!!! Cleaned out the tomato patch and kept a few more, lots of wrapping and hopefully will get them canned as sauce... OR I MAY JUST EAT THEM ALLLLL!!!! MUAH HA HA!!!



    Have a bunch of Jalepenoes (SP, I hate spelling that word!) that I don't know what to do with.... Hmmm, idears?
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        10-30-2012, 12:32 PM
      #140
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    Wow, Flygap! Beautiful! You are so blessed.

    Jalapenos...yes, I have ideas. :) We consume a lot of them. I always put them in my chili. I buy them both fresh and I buy the jars of them - so they can be canned. :) My favorite use for fresh jalapeno peppers is salsa. I put chopped jalapenos, tomatoes, green chili peppers, onion, a clove of garlic, vinegar and a pinch of salt in the blender...bzzzzz...then I simmer it in a sauce pan. It is a staple around my house. I don't really measure how much of "what"....it is a bit different each time - and always good! It usually takes a 3-4 "blender rounds" b/c it doesn't all fit in the jar at once. Simmering it takes the edge off and brings all the flavors "together", its better to do it in a glass pan if you have one. I imagine one could substitute green chilis w some other kind - even bell peppers, but it wouldn't have as much of a bite.
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