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        03-17-2013, 04:17 PM
    Now I can understand the muffin reference! Thanks!
    Great link, and there were some awesome links in the article, I still can't get my eyes to focus today... Maybe it's the nice steady drip, drip, drip on the roof.

    Yep, 300 onions! Swear I won't breathe on you! Just promise to keep me in mind after you gorge on all that lovely garlic! Or else I'll return the favor!
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        03-17-2013, 06:31 PM
    Wow, 300 onions! For personal use? I know in NC the older farmers ate/eat onion sandwiches. Its the only group of people I have ever seen do that. I mean - just onions and mayo...thats it. Just in case you needed a recipe. :)

    It's just no fair you guys have a garden! My husband always reminds me I could grow a garden on our property in NC. Yeah, or go skiiing if we were in Vail. His point?!?

    I don't know about leaves, I don't have any. :) I defer to Lockwood. They do need a little dirt though, as I understand it, for digestion. My horse's area is sandy, so no need to sprinkle in dirt, here.

    That little plastic thingy is neat. So, I guess plastic is okay.

    If it were simple to shade the bins in the summer, I would, Fly. I imagine a roof over bins where it is really rainy and humid would be the absolute ideal set up. My bins are backed up against a 4ft wall which provides some protection from the sun. The dry poop top layer (very dry here, hard to keep the top layer damp) actually acts as a pretty good barrier in both summer and winter.

    Our stud is currently at the trainers (he was just getting to hard to handle). We regret to have to announce to all of his fans that we have decided we will no longer be taking any more outside bookings. Sorry guys. :)
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        03-17-2013, 11:07 PM
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    Originally Posted by Missy May    

    Our stud is currently at the trainers (he was just getting to hard to handle). We regret to have to announce to all of his fans that we have decided we will no longer be taking any more outside bookings. Sorry guys. :)

    *lockwood was excited, now she is crushed*
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        03-17-2013, 11:37 PM
    Darn it! My next question was going to be if you shipped...! How you would collect? Never saw a dummy worm.
    Hmmm maybe there'd be a market for THAT!

    Don't you know I'm from the hillbilly south? Onions are the other white vegetable. It ain't proper to put out a spread without a sliced onion!
    (BTW I don't eat them raw, yuck. Just like I don't drink sweet tea. I know, my family says its sacrilege. I have to bring my own.)
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        03-18-2013, 08:34 AM
    Originally Posted by FlyGap    
    I don't drink sweet tea. I know, my family says its sacrilege.
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    That is terrible. We need to try to find a cure. Sweet tea is a necessary nutrient.
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        03-23-2013, 04:33 PM
    Green Broke
    Ahhhhhh No one has been talking about potatoes, I completely forgot about them.
    I was making a pork roast for the upcoming snow storm, 5-8", I was cutting new potatoes that had buds that were sprouting, I said to myself these would be good to plant.
    I realized just then I was a week over due to plant potatoes and my onion plants.
    Of course the two places I buy my potatoes from close at noon on Sat. Now with the storm coming, I am going to be two weeks late, Shucks!

    No one was talking about potatoes, does anyone else plant them?
        03-23-2013, 04:39 PM
    Yep. But like you haven't gotten them in, grrrr.
    How do you do it? Golds? Reds?
    Did both last year, the golds did much better, but with the drought we only got a bag off a fifty foot row. XO
    Last year we did trenches, never again! My back still hurts! I'm thinking about using cardboard boxes maybe? Or burying 6 inches down and using old but still good hay. It's pretty stalky like straw...
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        03-23-2013, 05:10 PM
    Green Broke
    I don't mess with anything but Yukon Golds and the little red ones. They are the best sellers, I pick them as new potatoes, they sell better at the farmers market that size, and I always miss plenty that get big for me to eat. If I wait to pick too long the voles take a bite out of every one, and they are unsellable.

    I do a modified trench, It does kill the back, I am out there on all fours planting potatoes.
    I plant them about 4" deep and add composted horse manure as they grow to hill them up.

    I have heard of cardboard or newspaper, let us know how it works.
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        03-23-2013, 05:59 PM
    I will! We are going to do both, a much shallower trench and cardboard along the side of the garden.
    Digging the trench wasn't the bad part for me, it was the digging out the potatoes with my bare hands, OY!

    Gals DH just sent me this article, wow, very interesting.
    Average U.S. Farmer's Age Rising, Younger People Needed In Agriculture
        03-23-2013, 09:24 PM
    Very interesting article. Can't say I'm terribly surprised though. I live in a huge ag area and while most farmers kids grow up and take over family farms, the number of those who don't is growing.

    M is on a big Lorax kick, we've been listening to this and talking about planting garden. I love this song :)


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