hay guys i'm moving the thread to here before i get in trouble lol kinda got of the track from greenhouses and started doing other ideas so thought it would be more at home on the homestead thread. we came from here http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1081349/
will continue the ideas and project here
new ideas: swamp cooler
black soldier fly habitat
finish the worm harvester/compost harvester
apple cider press
honey harvester"after i get my bees started lol
if yall have any ideas let me know and i will put them in the hat to be pulled after the next project gets done.
I've for some reason gotten it into my mind about trying to start raising fresh water shrimp. and now with the contiuning oil spill that is going to deplete our sea food, I'm thinking it might be something that might just keep us afloat (just found out today that my job will be ending in the very near future) DH lost his job a year ago this coming June...
I'm going to start internet searching on this, but here are my thoughts so far and wanted to hear your comments if you don't mind.
I want to build concrete basins to hold the shrimp in and for ease of cleaning and maintaining temperatures. Currently we live in northern ohio but if my job goes then we will be giving up this house and moving back to KY, better winters but worse summers...LOL
Since you have your fish, do you think the concrete would be the best way to go?
hay janet sorry to here about the job. news says things are getting better but I've been trying to figure out what world their living in. ok i'll stop before i go off about it lol.
yes i think concrete would do great. and you could put pipes in the concrete bottom hooked to a hot water heater to keep the temp where you wanted it to be. i'm wanting to do this with concrete blocks and seal it with this new stuff they have that makes stacked blocks with out mortar just as strong as concrete filled blocks and it makes them water proof.
from some of my searching on the net i found their were some people that was raising fish and crawdads together so their might be some fish that wouldn't eat shrimp so you could grow two crops of meat in one tank. just an idea.
Funny thing is after I posted got to searching and found Uof KY is at the forefront of this venture...LOL so if we were to move back home that would make it easy...
Lots of the stuff really just referrers to raising them in earthen ponds... not that concrete can't be used there just isn't much info on it... but I love a challenge at least it keeps my mind off all the crazy life stuff. Tonight my oldest collie 13 years started having seizures she hasn't done well at all since last February when I lost her mom and sister within a week of each other now it looks like her time left with me is going to be short. Sometimes life is just hard.
hay meadowyck sorry to here about you dog its sad to have them troubled with thing we can't do anything about.
and sorry guys i've been lax in my posts lately. i've been planting and hatching till the cows came home and left again and came home again and so on and so forth.
i've hatched out 150 quail, and 250 chicks and have about 7 dozen chicken eggs and 15 dozen quail eggs in the bator right now. been building cages left and right and up and down
trying to build a chicken prof fence around all 6 acres so they can rome the hole thing.
I have spent the last 2 days on and off going thru this thread and I must say I think there are some really great ideas throughout the thread not to mention the "drama & humor"...LOL...It is a excellent thread and I have so many ideas in my head now I feel like it will explode!!!..LOL...
just sitting here waiting on the next adventure... =0)
hay guys doing good and the drama continues my uncle had a heart attack on fathers day and he had to have a quadruple bypass, they keep him asleep for 5 days after the surgery
hes doing ok right now but only time will tell.
now on a happier note my chickens are laying my garden is growing "weeds" lol
and the projects are about to start back up. oh by the way would you guy's like a tutorial on making a wind generator. my brother-in-law wants me to show him how to make one. so figured while im at it i'll make a tut.
and on the strawberry tube i think a soaker hose doped down the middle for watering with a water tank on top. this will hold the water in there longer.
Really glad to hear your uncle is doing better!!...my dad had heart attack #2 followed by a quadruple bypass in Feb. 2010..He has planted his garden, returned to his job, and seems to be doing great..works in his garden and yard everyday.
Ok, My strawberries are now producing even though they are growing in water. (In buckets) I have had the tubes for a long while and today I will try to get them planted. I got a fountain to help with the watering situation.
sorry guys been busy as a beaverbee been building the dam with my tail while gathering the nectar. i will try to start up the projects in September, my fall garden should be done by then and the greenhouse work won't be as much so should have a few spare moments to invent
and i'll try to get on DG for a few min. a night to talk.
Wow, those black ones are really big! Are the eggs big?
I have some eggs coming for me to hatch this September. I am in it for the egg colors. I have a Americana, (Teal eggs) Brahmas (Lt Brown eggs) Marans (Dk brown eggs) I have a Danish brown leghorn, who stopped laying after the first season. Then I bread my Black Copper Maran to the Americana and now I have olive eggers!
I am getting some Exchequer Leghorn eggs and a lady who has pink and gray eggs.( we will see if they are really pink!) Some mix, of course! And I am also hatching some Buff Orpington's for a friend. Is should be exciting! I can't keep them all, so if I have good luck with the hatch I will need to give some away.
Love the cake! They are lucky to have a friend who is so talented!
hay Imagesoart do you sale any of the marans eggs been wanting some but haven't found anyone around here yet. just bought 4 doz Guinea eggs and 2 doz bantams keep looking for more. lol . haven't gotten any eggs yet they are still settling in hope to get some soon. and the roster is about 2 to 2 1/2 foot tall i hope to get a flock of 100 by next year.
well guys and gals i went a did it. i started my own web site lol like i didn't have anything better with my time. come and visit me http://whitebearstips.web.com
so far just putting on the stuff that i've put on here. but going to start with new stuff soon
don;t worry i will be here to as much as possible.
i'm starting next week to build a new greenhouse for growing tomatoes threw the winter
going to use a rocket stove to heat along with the tilapia tank as a heat mass. the tomatoes i'll be growing will set fruit as low as 38 degrees so won't have to heat to much
well talk to you guys later
hay guys i think i'm back. in the proses of building a 20 by 48 ft aquaponics greenhouse to grow lettuce in.
got the trusses up and the top plastic on putting in the 8000 gallon pool in tomorrow that will hold the fish then going to start the raft tanks and misting bed to start the seeds on. i'll try and get some photos taken and get on here. later
well we do eat a lot of lettuce lol but i'm going to try and sell the cafe's around here and the collage.
as for what else i will be trying celery spinach and any leafy veggie, going to test out about everything and see how it goes . as soon as i get this one going i have another 20 by 48 greenhouse laying on the ground and it will go up then i hope every month to have up a new high tunnel till i have 3 acres under plastic.
i plan on filling those with strawberries,blackberries and all the veggies. been doing some reading and crops
produce up to 30 percent better under plastic,
sorry podster didn't mean to get your hopes up on a new veggie up but i ment to say celery and spinach.
been working on the system but has been to dark to take pic yet because i've been working at 2 jobs and not getting home till dark 30. so ive been working by truck light. hopefully buy this weekend i can have some photos on.
dyson sorry i haven't heard anything.
hay guys sorry haven't got any pics up yet, been spending a lot of time at the hospital lately with my dad
hopefully i can soon. he is starting to get better now was a close one. thanks dyson for the info on shoe
Whitebear, you are just down the road from me... less than 10 miles if ur still in Gentry. I'm very interested in your greenhouses and how they're coming along. Love DG and all the useful information I get from all of you :D
hay guys sorry haven't posted in a while been working 14 to 19 hrs a day for other people so my green houses are on stand by. i think i might have a guy that is going to come and work them for me for some of the veggies. i'll try to post later
sorry haven't been able to do any thing on the homestead lately but i have been working from 6 in the morning to about 10 at night for two company s haven't had time for my place. i had to weed eat "inside the greenhouse" lol the grass was 6 ft high. oh start praying for me, i meet a guy that just started a company making veggie meat and he wants to talk to me about growing all the veggies that he puts in his meat. could be a big thing and i could get back to the homestead again. "fingers crossed" i will start back up with the pic's here soon. and i will try to get to the wind gen as soon as i can. missed being on here, i will check in once a week if i can.
fake meat made from v eatables. family's doing go except for my pops he has lung cancer ya now and he came down with Pneumonia, was almost over it then bronchitis set in now he has some sort of rash, looks like shingles but doc didn't know what it was. so we are nursing him back to health right now. he wants to go fishing with me and my boy so bad, but told him he had to get better first.
so is anyone planting things up for fall. i'm going to plant lettuce and siberian tomatoes in the greenhouse next weekend i hope.
gthumbus wrote:and here is my new pride and joy. it's a Black Java one of the most endangered chicken there are only a few thousand left. guna help these guy's come back from the brink.
If i ever get my dog proof coup built I'll have to see about getting some chicks from you. These are cute! Can you believe that domesticated farm animals like cows and chickens become extinct?! When i found this out i was horrified. Just goes to show "what's popular is not always what's right and what r
is right is not always popular."
Well... My dog is a border collie pit bull mix. So he has hearing tendencies and a strong prey drive. He heards, then eats chipmonks and squirrels lol he reminds me of a lone wolf. Lol i would not try to turn mine loose!
i hear ya, when i turn my guineas loose every year my pops accuses me of just feeding the owls and coyotes. i turn about 2 to 3 hundred loose and by nov. dec. there are only about 15 left. but the coyotes are feed good. now if i could only market the coyotes. lol
Lol around here they just decorate the walls nicely. I think there must have been a time when the hides were worth something, not anymore. Here is one my brother in law got, next to my father in laws bucks. All decked out for Christmas. :)
Can i ask why you turn them lose?
I like veggie burgers. lol Praying for you. It would be wonderful if you could grow veggies for them, and get back to your homestead. (Confession - while my husband is a meat eater - I am a raw vegan. lol Had to go that way - got rid of HBP and diabetes by switching to fresh or dried fruits and vegetables. No more prescriptions for me!! True story.)
Mmmmm... I have made home made veggie burgers! I'll see if i can find my recipe for you. The began ones are harder to keep together, but with kneading and careful handling they are edible. Lol not always nice patties though...
sorry didn't answer till now, pops is back in the hospital. i turn the guineas loose to control the tick and fleas and chiggers and snakes, we have lots of all. i love veggie burgers to but still can't give up my ribeye once a month ohbaby. besides if i quite cooking them for everyone i think they would string me up. lol
thanks CajuninKy he's starting to do better, now if i can keep him from working outside for a little while and rest up i think we can get him back
to somewhat normal. only trouble is he is to much like me and won't stay put in one place for long, lol
hay guys sorry i haven't been on but my pops went in to the hospital was there for about three weeks, spent most of the time up there and they had no wifi. but after three week brought him home because he wanted to die at home. then the day after thanksgiving he passed. going to miss that old fart. he was my best bud.
well i guess i'll tell you what i'm going to be up to this next year. going to try and plant 1000-2000 strawberrie plants, going to do some experimenting with mitliters method of trace minerals. will try and do a tutorial on how to grow "indigenous beneficial microorganisms"
going to get some worm bins going. wanting to get a asparagus patch going this year. and wanting to try some kiwi. going to try and fill every bit of bare ground i can find with something.
thanks guys and thanks to the little angel that payed for my membership for another year. i'm in Texas right now but when i get home i will start the pics back up and the tutorial started back up.
thanks cajuninky and cricket.
on to happy things what does everyone got planted? my list so far
will be planting more next week
i will be leaving that crazy job that has me working 12-16 hrs without any brakes and going to work for my friend at her greenhouse so i will
be able to get back to mine this year yahoo. so now the adventure can start back up lol
oh sorry should of been more clear about the planting. i am starting them inside under lights then will move them to the seedling greenhouse until
thy go into the big greenhouse to await planting in the ground. i think its going to be in the teens tonight here then going to warm up to the 40-50 thy say.
side note" a weather man is the only person i know that can be wrong 90 percent of the time and still be trusted" lol
OK, I would love to start some plants in the greenhouse. I remember when you started some tomatoes. Can you tell us again how you start them and then thin them into separate containers? I always plant them separately, and I don't have as good of a survival rate as you seem to.
The weather is unusually warm right now, here in California. But, we are really dry, and we need some rain soon! Or we will run out of water by next August.
I have my pen an paper out... I am ready to take notes! ;)
ok the only thing i do is take a disposable sandwich container. the cheap ones drill some holes in the bottom and place some loose potting soil in to it then i sprinkle the seeds "if you use the seeds in the paper envelopes like you get at walmart put in about 4 to6 packs" then place some soil on top of seeds then place it in water to soak up as much water as it can. then i put it under my florescent lights and one regular light bulb for heat "100 watt" and let them grow. when they are about an inch high i soak the container in water until the soil is soaked. then you can pull a small amount of soil and mater plants out and separate the plants "one trick i use is to have a bowl of water beside me and swish the plant in it to get rid of most of the soil then plant them into larger pots or into 4 or 6 packs for sale. i use a pencil to poke a hole and to push the roots down into the hole "be gentle. and thats it
So sorry to hear about your Dad passing Whitebear.
That's some mighty nice looking seedlings you have there! I'm hoping to get some tomatoes and pepper seeds started soon. And as soon as I can, I want to start some onion, leek, and lettuce too.
Thanks for the tomato seedling advice! I have some great ones started.
One year I had a cherry tomato plant that reached up to the top of the greenhouse, then I attached the branches across the celling. I took off all of the leaves from the stem. It spanned the entire top of the greenhouse and I have tomatoes for most of the winner. I want to try that again!
Of course I now had dozens of seedlings to work with!
thanks 0_angi2001 i saw that somewhere was wanting to go to it but i think thats when im going to an auction over in OK
hoping to get some 100,000-200,000 btu heaters, and some fans b ut thanks for the heads up.
oh and if you ever get to fayetville in the strip mall across from the V.A. hospital check out a little place called
"Something Better" in about 3-4 months i should be supplying them with all their veggies or as much as i can.
I will be growing them the vegan way.
Awesome! I will definitely check it out. I stopped at tractor supply in bentonville today but the chicks aren't in yet. They say 1st to 7th they getting them. Don't know what kind how many or which day. Oh here's an interesting fact. Centerton allows hens as pets, as many as you want. Can't sell eggs or butcher. And they allow roosters in city limits. My friend called city hall to find out, so if anyone you know is interested there ya go :)
What kind of heaters and fans? I'm remodeling my trailer over by war eagle and not sure if the furnace worka yet lol
old chicken house heaters. but i met a guy today that has 6 - 200,000-300,000 btu heaters he will sell me for 200 a peace
so if i don't find and at the auction i told him i would come back and talk.
well i have about 100 hanging baskets to plug up wendsday or thursday, the back to the 6 packs
ok people thanks for being so patient with me, i think we can start back at it now.
i will get some pics of the greenhoues and whats in side but for now i will show you why
my wife loves early spring "NOT"
i kinda take over the kitchen counter.lol
I made it to the swap meet, it will be a regular thing. 1st saturday of every month starting May. They were unable to have birds this time bc of usda regulations about testing, but that will not be a problem from here on out. There were rabbits and goats, though, and it was a success. Especially consdering it was the first one and there were no poultry allowed. Goats sold out! And lots of rabbits were sold!
I managed to get come chickens and ducks anyway, and am now a bird mommy! Centerton will not be having anymore poultry sales apparently, as of this week, so I really hope this swap meet continues.
Your plants look gr8. Keep posting! I have plant envy.