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darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2012
2:12 PM

Post #9114363

Come and share what you are doing on your "homestead" (even if it's just a small lot!)...

We came from here
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1250810/

This message was edited May 7, 2012 4:13 PM
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 7, 2012
2:14 PM

Post #9114366

Thank you - darius !

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2012
2:18 PM

Post #9114379

Hey, you could have started the new thread...
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 7, 2012
3:36 PM

Post #9114491

I Know - sorry - got an electronics call - then built a ramp to get the mower into and out of the truck (getting too old to lift that thing) - again thanks !

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2012
4:28 PM

Post #9114591

I hear ya on the age thing!

For the first time, I'm actually thinking about a couple of raised beds until my tiny trees get large enough for 'real' fruit/vegetable/herb guilds. The bending over is killing me. Actually what I'd really like to do is dig a couple of circular pits about 10' in diameter, leave an island in the center for the fruit or nut tree, fill the pit with deteriorating logs, twigs and compost. Then build raised beds on top of them.

Update on my spontaneous (that means without planning or knowing how to do it properly, LOL!) cuttings of fruit/nut trees a couple of months ago. Total failure except the elderberries. I think I have around 25 rooted elderberry cuttings now. I'll do much better next time, since I've learned a little after the fact. The apple grafts I did in a recent class in Dugspur look like they are about to break bud. Crossing my fingers that they all take, but especially the Hewe's Crab that Thos. Jefferson grew for hard cider.

I'm hoping to get the man with the Bobcat here in the next several weeks to skin the "grass" off a new garden spot, and move the mulch I (accidentally) put down over the drain field to the new spot. My sis is going to pay him to do a little terracing in the back yard.

Depending on the weather, I may get the 10' tall Tee posts hammered in this week. (It depends on a lawncare man who will do the work outside his regular mowing jobs. Has to be done from a ladder.) They are supports for a tall trellis to shade the south side of the trailer. I'm putting Kentucky Wonder pole beans, 2 arctic kiwi vines, and a couple of flowering vines on it. The kiwi are cold-hardy perennials, smaller than the kiwi in the stores and not fuzzy. However, they are slow-growing and I need some fast-growing annual vines for a couple of years. I may transplant a couple of hop plants there, too... depends on how much room I have.

My porch railing and walkway fence railing are covered in seedlings. Can't get much in the ground until I get some earth moved.

Dyson, there were some strawberries in the porch border bed when I moved here, but they were hidden by taller stuff. I moved them last year, many survived. The earliest berries were killed by frost but a single berry found it's way under a bushy herb plant, and I snatched it up to my mouth immediately. I have no clue what variety they are, but that was the sweetest, most succulent strawberry I've eaten in 30 years. I forgot just how good they can be; it's been a long time since I helped my grandfather with 2 acres of strawberries!
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 7, 2012
5:08 PM

Post #9114647

There is a bed at the new house full of wild strawberries. I am hoping that I can dig them out and replace with domesticated ones.

Thumbnail by Dyson
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darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2012
5:21 PM

Post #9114669

Dyson, if they are wild strawberries and not cinquefoil, I'd love to have some! (Can't tell by the photo if the berry has 5 cusps on the cap.)

Whoops, I just looked at the cinquefoil that runs amok here... the leaves are different, as well as the berries.

This message was edited May 7, 2012 7:24 PM
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 7, 2012
6:30 PM

Post #9114801

Dyson, keep on keeping the faith that in time your Son will make a full recovery. Riding the Shadow sounds like good therapy for you to be able to free your mind. BIG Congrats to you and Sue on your new home. It's adorable and can't tell you how proud I am for both of you! When is your move-in date?

I'm in new territory posting here and have to thank you, Darius, for sharing the links.

Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 7, 2012
11:35 PM

Post #9115121

We are hoping that the house will close this week - then we will start the moving process, and I will start the repair / upgrade process ( first order of business is yard revamp as I need to get some vegges going asap ). I have lots of tomato plants started and seed for many other edibles.

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2012
4:45 AM

Post #9115195

hi all
just a quick hello
things are pretty crazy around here.
wanted to let you all know i am thinking of you all and sending good vibes to you all
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 8, 2012
1:44 PM

Post #9116028

Dyson, Love your house. It has so much potential for a guy of your calibur. Looking forward to your adventures there.

That last "briar" pic is a wineberry. We have lots of them here and they are delish!!

Vacation is in the books and it was a mixed bag. We left Wednesday after DH's infusion. Had to make a few stops for fuel, feed and the like. We got to the ride about 4:30 in the afternoon. Spent til dark getting camp set up. The next morning we slept in and then I took a ride on Coffee. I had to constantly push her to get her away from camp and Godiva. She wouldn't stand still for me to take pics. When I got back to camp I expected DH to be visiting with our friend at his tack trailer but he was home trying to calm Godiva. She nearly pulled down the tie line after I left on Coffee. They were like that the whole time. Grrr

The second night we were nearly killed by a horrendous storm. Rain, lightning and winds like a hurricane. And I know hurricanes. DH was holding the tent wall up and I was praying and trying to watch the horses on the tie line. We put the computer, phone, camera and DH's glucose meter and testing supplies and our meds in a plastic tote to keep them from getting wet. EVERYTHING else got soaked. When the storm let up a bit we ran for the horse trailer. We spent a miserable night among the boxes.

Sun came out the next day so we cleaned out the back of the van, put an air mattress in it and took a nap for a couple hours. Then we cleaned out the tent and put stuff in the sun to dry. I dipped 7 buckets of water out of the tent floor. When everything had dried, we got it all set back up and looked forward to a restful night. I fed the horses and went to the community tank to get a bucket of water for the dogs. I struck up a conversation with a guy watering his horse and found out the weather was supposed to be as bad or worse for the night as it had been the night before. Soooo, we emptied the tent and set up in the carrying compartment of the trailer. We covered the windows with bags and tarps, covered the floor with a tarp and put the big air mattress in. During the night it started to rain and yep, you guessed it, we had leaks!! The bed got wet and my pillow got soaked. The bed started to leak air and we were nearly on the floor by morning. DH tried to get up in the night to use the bathroom and he got a cramp in his leg. His foot got wrapped up in the sleeping bad and he couldn't move. He was screeching and wailing and I was trying hard not to laugh. :) I was just real glad he didn't wet his pants. I had way too much dirty laundry without that. So, now we had had 2 miserable nights.

But the sun came out again the next day and we were able to take a nice ride and visit with friends. We made new friends with the folks who camped behind us and they fed us the whole time. We were having fun in spite of the problems. We took a nice ride again on Saturday evening and we got our pic taken by the official photographer. The trail we took was not wet and muddy like the first day. We climbed 2 hills and topped out on a ridge where we could see for miles. It was awesome.

We spent Sunday morning packing up. It was hard getting everything back together with it all being so muddy but we managed. The tent was a loss. During the storm one of the poles had bent and crimped and the canvas had torn in a couple places so we drove off and left it standing. The new 12 x 14 tarp under it will be good payment for whoever takes it down. LOL We also burned the big air mattress.

I got a black eye for a souvenier. One of the horses snatched the tie line at just the wrong time and the big swivel flipped up and hit me under the eye. It made a huge knot and it hurt a bit but I tacked up and had a good ride. It's good for conversation. LOL

Another funny thing happened. We were out on a ride and started down a trail. There was a horse standing by itself. I told DH, "Look, there's an empty horse." Then he saw a woman's head sticking out of the bushes so we figured she was using the bathroom. We went back up the trail about 20 feet to give her some privacy. A few minutes later we heard her talking to somebody who had come up the trail behind her. So we went on passed them and I heard her telling the other person she had gotten bucked off!! She had landed in the bushes where DH saw her. And we thought she was peeeing so we left her there! I felt bad about leaving her but she didn't say anything about needing help. Guess she was too dazed. It's funny now but I don't imagine she saw the humor in it. LOL

So that's how our trip went. We had good times and bad times and can't wait to go again. It won't be so hard next trip because there will be lots less cleaning and packing to do. And we learned things the hard way on this trip that we will profit from for the next trip. Like, where all the leaks are. LOL




This message was edited May 8, 2012 2:47 PM
porkpal
Richmond, TX

May 8, 2012
2:01 PM

Post #9116046

Well it was definitely a change of pace! Sometimes anything different is fun - glad you survived.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 8, 2012
3:12 PM

Post #9116122

My son is doing much better they are moving him from the hospital to a "Rehab Center" ( whatever that is .. I have never been in one ). Judith had to shave his hair and beard off and he will not be happy about that.

Still have not closed on the house (another prayer). I have a bunch of tomato plants ready to go into the ground and still no ground to put them in.

Talked to my bike mechanic and he can not do the tune up that I have already bought the parts for until bike week in Myrtle Beach is over (two weeks). The bike is running well but I need to keep it that way. It is starting to get some age on it.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2012
4:11 PM

Post #9116196

What's the hold-up on the closing, Dyson?
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 8, 2012
4:41 PM

Post #9116243

The cash is "in the bank" (not a check in the mail), The real estate agent wants it to go - seems to be the lawyer dragging his Glutamas Maximus (sp? maybe someone better versed in Latin could help out) !

I am so ready to get out of this apartment.

Need dry weather in the morning - need to ride to Roanoke and pick up a piece of chrome for the bike I ordered and has come in.

Not time sensitive for me - but I do not want to get the only parts source for 50 miles mad at me so if I have to take the truck I will.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2012
5:06 PM

Post #9116283

Maybe waiting for the title work? I do hope you are spending an extra few bucks for Owner's Title Insurance... if you have a mortgage loan, mortgage title insurance to cover them is required, but just to cover the loan, not to cover your investment. Owner's just pay an additional fee for the difference in coverage between the two, a one-time charge.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 8, 2012
6:07 PM

Post #9116359

There is no mortgage we are paying cash for the house even, Sue burnt her 401 to do it figuring that which of us goes first the other will have a place to live. and with the real estate market & the way the stock market is going (401 is dependent ) I have to agree.

She figures that this way the house is "paid for" we only have to worry about taxes & expenses (she knows - push come to shove - I can handle expenses - w / one or two computer jobs a week).

I look forward to making the place as energy and supply efficient as possible!

Including the garden (of course).

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2012
6:31 PM

Post #9116415

Sounds like a smart move with the 401k...

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2012
7:09 PM

Post #9116481

Cajun wow what an adventure you had . I m glad your all ok and dry today. Hope the eye feels better soon
Dyson glad to hear your son is in rehab and doing well.
things are busy here so i will pop in once in awhile.
hugs to you all
sue
CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

May 9, 2012
6:18 AM

Post #9116931

That is nice house Dyson. Looks much bigger from the back view too.
Rehab= a place where they rehabilitate the disabled parts of the body. Exercises the parts that are not working correctly until the brain gets use to doing it by itself again. Motor Skills. etc...different skills for different injuries.

Cajun, Wow. Glad you made it through the storms. Ouch, Sorry you have a black eye. Seems like bad luck likes to keep you company often. Hope your next trip turns out much better. (check the weather forecast)

My life is the same. The life of my rabbits are not the same. I had put three rabbits in a cage together thinking they were all females. I finally separated them into their own cages a couple weeks ago. A few days ago I noticed two of them were very fat. I felt of their bellies and was sure they were pregnant and about to have babies any moment. One of those three was a fella and I didn't know it. I put a nesting box in their cages ASAP. They were pulling fur the next day. The next day they were having babies. My goodness. Just in the nick of time.

Hubby decided to clean up an area in the yard that hasn't been tended to in 2 years===since the house fire=== and by accident he uncovered a nest of wild baby rabbits. He thought he cut them with the weed eater so he checked them out. The nest is exposed now but we put a structure over the nest to keep them from getting wet in all this rain and since hubby touched them and they are uncovered, we are afraid the mama will abandon them...dunno what to do. This happen yesterday afternoon. The babies eyes are open so they must be close to at least 3 weeks. Should I take them in?


CricketsGarden
Nauvoo, AL
(Zone 7a)

May 9, 2012
6:56 AM

Post #9116980

hubby checked on the wild rabbits. One is missing. It's rainy and chilly out. He gathered the 4 up and put 2 in with each new mama rabbit. He has been monitoring them off and on. So far, it looks like they are adopted.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 9, 2012
7:26 AM

Post #9117029

Caj, sounds like you had a good time in spite of the weather. I used to sleep in my horse trailer when we went to shows, found out just as you did how they can leak.

Cricket, hope the baby bunnies "take" and don't have disease to transfer.

Where's MsRobin? Thought she was going to post more regularly.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 9, 2012
7:15 PM

Post #9117902

Dysin, do you want some zebra grass? I just divided mine and have several starts.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 10, 2012
12:15 PM

Post #9118709

darius I am letting Sue take care of all the ornamental stuff - will ask her. I will be concentrating on growing food.

Sue & the granddaughters went through the strawberry patch again today and it looks like strawberry pie for dessert tonight.

I went over to the house and cut the lawn this morning. Much more to do there - but since it has not closed yet, I dare not do more.

No more news on my son's condition - I do not want to bother his wife or mother with request for updates because I know that they already have their hands full. If I do not hear from them by tomorrow, I feel another long bike ride coming on.

I wish my son would recover. The house would close. And I could find a job. But I guess each of these problem situations will turn out the way they do. I just do not have a lot of input in the outcome which does result in some feeling of helplessness.

Take care all.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 10, 2012
12:39 PM

Post #9118735

Dyson, I should proofread... I didn't realize I typed a misspelling in your name!
o_angi2001
Bentonville, AR

May 10, 2012
11:32 PM

Post #9119383

Dyson, Congrats on the house! I bet ya cant wait for closing. Also,your son is in my prayers.

I read today that here in the ozarks, fruit harvests are 2 weeks earlier than normaal aand bumper crops are expected. Yay! Even though my garden is a bust this year, I am planning to visit some you pick farms and orchards. Plus I have a ton of blackberry aand raspberry growing on my place.

The weeds are taking over everything, proving just how beneficial a goat will be. But first things first. I finished ripping up my floors today. Hopefully will be replacing them this week, putting in cabinets next week and then laying tille in my kitchen. Then I can move in! So exciting to see the light!

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

May 11, 2012
5:41 PM

Post #9120331

Dyson sending some healing energy to you and hoping things will work there way to better things. sure is hard to feel helpless . why do challenges always come in 3's ? . wishing the best for you and your family.
Cricket looks like you have a bunny mania on your hands. could be a " HARE raising experience " *giggle*

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 11, 2012
5:53 PM

Post #9120349

Sue, I see you are in good spirits! Good for you.

I do watch the progress of the memorial garden, just don't post.

I returned the 10' steel T posts today since my helper couldn't reach to the top of them to drive them in the ground from my ladder. Now I need to find a sawmill for posts that are NOT pressure-treated and get my butt in gear on the shade trellis, part of which will be pole beans this year. I'm putting some perennial fruiting vines on the trellis, hardy Kiwi, but they are slow growers. Some annual flowering vines this year, too, for fast shade.

The excavator SAYS he'll be here tomorrow to look at what I want done for my new garden area. Not holding my breath! If it doesn't happen soon, I won't get the infrastructure done this year in time to put some foundation plants in place.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 11, 2012
8:26 PM

Post #9120507

Got 2 tire planters filled for my melons. Not nearly enough for my seedlings so I will have to choose the ones I want most. I need to make another tire and fashion a trellis for my Kiwano Horned melon.

Dyson, I am praying for your son.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 12, 2012
3:18 AM

Post #9120645

Kenn is no longer paralyzed. The house will close on the 16th.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

May 12, 2012
5:57 AM

Post #9120738

Great news!

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 12, 2012
6:04 AM

Post #9120748

Dyson, good things come in three's, just like bad things. Here's hoping your #3 is terrific, since both Kenn's news and the Closing news are good!
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 12, 2012
12:45 PM

Post #9121105

The rehab center they moved Kenn to has no wireless broadband. Hence, the reduction in updates on his condition. He is making steady improvement which I am thankful for. Thank you all for the prayers and healing wishes.

When we move into the new house, Cindy (Sue's sister) is going to move in with us. This will be less expense for her than her current apartment. and will help us with added income. Looks like a win-win. Maybe with her help we can get by on my occasional computer job or at least with me only working a part time job. I have discussed it with Sue, and we figure that even if I can find only a minimum wage job locally with the price of fuel it would be better than a long commute for an electronics job like I had.

The strawberry pie was most excellent!

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 12, 2012
12:55 PM

Post #9121112

Sounds like a good deal, Dyson... assuming you have enough square footage for everyone to have some privacy and a personal space... a "room of one's own".

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

May 13, 2012
5:27 PM

Post #9122487

Dyson so glad things are turning around.
darius some days are better then others , hope you can get the project done .

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 14, 2012
6:44 AM

Post #9123046

Here's a photo of the elderberry cuttings I did this year, on impulse and without knowing exactly what I was doing... I have given away 4 already, 6 more put out top growth but no roots, and I transplanted these 23 into tall treepots to develop stronger roots. Some will go in my yard, the rest will be traded or sold.

I wasn't successful with any of the other impromptu cuttings (beach plum, red and black currants, Nanking cherry) but it was probably too late in the year because they were already budding.

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CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 14, 2012
1:19 PM

Post #9123643

Dyson, it does sound like a win win.

Darius, those look really healthy.

I got 2 more tires done and planted 4 melons out yesterday while it was raining. Charleston Gray, Moon and Stars, Early Silverline and Mini Golden Sweet. The Early Silverline already has blooms on it. I need to get a few more tires done for a few more varieties. We just love melons.

I was up half the night with an earache and my hip hurting. Ear is better but my hip is worse.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2012
2:27 AM

Post #9124333

Lots of moisture yesterday:

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/va/nwis/uv/?site_no=02056900&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,62620,00062
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2012
9:27 AM

Post #9124768

Several roads flooded out in the county:

http://www.511virginia.org/Conditions.aspx?r=1

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 15, 2012
11:59 AM

Post #9124931

We got our share, Dyson... perhaps not as much as you received though.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2012
12:27 PM

Post #9124961

Lawyer's office called - closing moved from 3:30 pm to 10:00 am tomorrow.

darius hope your creek did not spill over the banks !

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 15, 2012
1:40 PM

Post #9125045

Dyson, do you want some seeds for Buttercup (winter squash, good keeper but not the best)?
http://rareseeds.com/vegetables-p-z/squash/winter-squash/buttercup-squash.html

I don't know if these seeds are the bush type, or the vining one; I saved them from squash from the farmer's market. I probably have lots of other veggie seeds to share too.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2012
2:40 PM

Post #9125105

Thanks darius! I have lots of seeds to start and hopefully a place tomorrow to start them! I plan to build a "lean-to" type greenhouse onto the back of the house. Many other ideas but I have to get moved in first.

Hopefully I will see you at the round - up.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 16, 2012
9:11 AM

Post #9125982

The house closed, we have the key, I have to be there at 1 when the city guys come to turn on the water. Found a small puddle in the hallway where the roof had leaked during the recent storms so the roof goes to the top of the list ! I told Sue not to worry about paint if we did not fix the roof we would not have anything left too paint.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 16, 2012
9:46 AM

Post #9126016

Congrats, Dyson! Nothing like having the key (and the title). Roofs can be fixed (except the flat roofs Frank Lloyd Wright loved).
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 16, 2012
2:06 PM

Post #9126272

Got water - but the pressure is very poor - I see a pressure tank installation very near in my future. I checked everywhere I could see and could not find a leak but a: my vision is not as good as it used to be & b: there are a lot of lines underground ( out of sight ).

Power tomorrow.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 16, 2012
2:09 PM

Post #9126279

Do you have city water?
porkpal
Richmond, TX

May 16, 2012
2:36 PM

Post #9126300

Turn all the water faucets off everywhere and watch the pressure gauge. If it drops you've got a leak somewhere.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 16, 2012
7:40 PM

Post #9126684

Onward and upward!
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 16, 2012
10:04 PM

Post #9126759

City water. I will work on it in the morning.
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 17, 2012
6:23 PM

Post #9127758

There's no better feeling than holding the key and knowing your new home is paid for. Good for you and Sue! Sorry about the low water pressure and hope the City folks were able to help you resolve the problem today if you weren't able to fix it on your own. Fall before last, we replaced our shingled roof and had to call the roofers back to repair a leak after the first heavy rain, like the deluge we just had. They were great and also came back after high winds blew a few shingles off and replaced them at no charge.

May Night Salvia is on the way out but will rebloom with a haircut. Missouri Primroses are just starting to show their pretty yellow blooms again. NOID Hostas gifted by a neighbor three years ago are starting to bloom. Penstemon "Red Husker's" is in full bloom as is it's counterpart "Violet Dusk". Many Daylilies have scapes and a few are about to put on a show.



Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2012
2:44 AM

Post #9128008

Got the power turned on yesterday - all circuits seem to be working except the florescent lighting in the kitchen. Not the top of the list as the back bedroom has some extensive water damage from the roof leak. I want to put a steel roof on for rain water harvesting but do not know if we can swing the cost. In the mean time I will get up there and see if I can find and patch the leak enough to stop it until I can secure materials.

Sue wants to be moved in within the next two weeks - and of course she wants it all painted first. She is painting.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2012
6:37 AM

Post #9128199

This morning I have spotted some green fruit on one of the Mulberries in the back yard. Since it is green I will not know what kind until it ripens.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 18, 2012
6:49 AM

Post #9128219

Cool! There's an ancient white mulberry on the grounds of the Settler's Museum up near Rural Retreat, but I've heard the white ones are fairly bland in taste.

Amanda (remember her from the last RU?) is giving me a couple of seedlings she thinks are female since hers bears fruit, but all of them need a male nearby to fruit. They are marginal here but I'm going to try them up by the barn where frost doesn't settle as quickly. (I'm a zone colder here that you are.)

Had some earth moved yesterday...

I'm building a BIG hugelkultur bed to absorb the rain runoff from the barn roof

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darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 18, 2012
6:52 AM

Post #9128222

I had him scrape the sheet compost I put over the drain field last year, before I knew it was the drain field. The pile of it has broken down much better that I expected since September, and I have a huge pile of almost black gold.

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darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 18, 2012
6:55 AM

Post #9128225

I also had him drill some post holes for a trellis to grow vines to shade the south wall of the house...

I got the cedar posts stuck in the holes but need help to get them plumb and tamp them in place.

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Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2012
2:59 PM

Post #9128812

After I found that fruit I searched for awhile (the place is literally surrounded by mulberries and have concluded that one bush is the only female - none of the others have any fruit.

CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 19, 2012
7:28 AM

Post #9129424

I am so jealous of your mulberries. :) I have one snall one I am growing from seed. It's in a pot right now. I think it is a white one.

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

May 19, 2012
2:56 PM

Post #9129796

Dyson great news on the house. nothing like a good feeling iwth the key in hand. congrats.
darius looking good !
been pretty busy
got a 1/2 acre garden... yea i know what the heck was i thinking ??? ... just trying to stay busy at an insane level i guess ...
but last night
was going to get tomato's in last night but our neighbors cat got in the way of the hay baler. Kyle was out cutting the hay last night and he saw me at the GH. asked if we had a kitty. poor little kitty... cut the tail right off of her tore the skin on her belly clean off. The hay was so tall and the kitty was hiding in it .
i m just amazed that he even noticed he hit her ? so i tried to grab her but couldn't get a firm grip as she tossed in pain. took off my shirt and wrapped her in it. Like a burrito.
good thing we live in the middle of no where i had a sport bra on so it was not the show anyone would care about
called my neighbor and she came and got her. Took her to the vet and she may recover. Lets hope no infection . but i guess she will need a new name . I was also glad she was declawed ! i m also amazed she didn't try and bite me when i picked her up ? wow what a great cat she is.
so no tomato's in the ground yet but i may try again tonight later on around 7pm.
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2012
3:37 PM

Post #9129823

Wow, taynors, I hope that cat still has eight lives left.

Great progress, Darius, and a lot of work.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 20, 2012
10:16 PM

Post #9131380

I pulled the spinach and onions in the big bed. Planted 14 tomato plants and put shade cloth over it until the plants get acclimated to the heat. Watered them today. One of my melons died in a tire so I will plant another. I had 9 extra tomato plants I had no room for so I took them to church and found new homes for them. My broccoli plants look great but still no heads forming. They look like cabbage plants so I am wondering if they were mislabled. :( Pulled up the lettuce to make room for the peppers. Left one for seed. Pulled the 2 containers of carrots today. Going to put a squash plant in each pot.
cocoa_lulu
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 22, 2012
9:33 AM

Post #9133490

I got your e-mail, Darius. Thought I'd better check in with the homesteading forum before May is gone. I don't know where all my time is going, just know I don't have enough hours in the day :0) Your gardens and cuttings are looking amazing!

Cajun, got a kick out of your camping story. Glad you survived :0)

Sue, hope the kitty makes it. Thanks for being brave and helping out (speaking for the kitty here :)
I'll visit the memorial next, sounds like you've busy. Hope you have been holding up well.

Dyson, I'm surprised you don't sound panicked.lol The closing of a house is enough to drive a sane person crazy. Keeping your son in my thoughts.


The garden is doing well this year, except the dreaded tomatoes. Since when did tomatoes become one of the hardest plants to grow? lol I planted extras, so I hope to still have some sort of harvest.

The cow girls are dried off, buying milk, but should have enough butter to see me through to calving. I am expecting a calve mid June, but she hasn't bagged up very much, I could be wrong on the date.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 23, 2012
9:11 AM

Post #9135071

I finally got a trellis up against the south end of the house. I'm growing vines on it to shade the house, and already the pole beans are about 2" tall but too small to show in the photo. I still need some help to get the top cattle panel up and fastened, hopefully before the vines get that tall!

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cocoa_lulu
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 23, 2012
10:17 AM

Post #9135133

Very nice, it looks great against the house! I could use more panels, I love those things and they keep going up in price. I like them looped in a circle as compost bins and have seen some very nice hoop houses made with them. Someone should come out with, 101 ways to use cattle panel :0)

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darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 23, 2012
10:43 AM

Post #9135167

Nice shots of uses, Lynea. I used one a year for an arched bean trellis. I loved how the beans hung down inside for easy picking.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 23, 2012
3:41 PM

Post #9135595

I want to get myself a collection of those panels. Yours are working great.

Darius, what vines will you grow on your trellis after the beans are done?

Dyson, prayers for your son.

I took some goat milk out of my freezer and thawed it in the fridge. It has seperated. It tastes fine so I guess I could still make cheese or yogurt from it? I'm gonna give it a shot. I hope it works. I've got about 4 more gallons in there. My does are both due to kid next month.

I got 2 more tomatoes planted. That makes 16 in all. I have 4 red mortgage lifters, 2 yellow mortgage lifters, 2 orange ky beefsteaks, 1 sweet orange cherry, 1 galina's yellow cherry, 1 honkin' big black cherry, 1 white cherry, 1 matt's wild cherry, 1 yellow stuffer and 1 gooseberry. Can't think of what the last one must be. I planted 1 straightneck yellow squash and 1 yellow scallop squash, 1 shepherd pepper, 1 hopi yellow melon, 1 charleston gray melon, 1 dessert king nelon, 1 moon and stars melon and 1 early silverline melon. I also have a red raspberry to plant.

Been battling shipping fever at the barn. 17 out of 20 horses got it. Been giving penicillin and gentimicin shots for 6 days now. My 3 are doing well. My buckskin mare is completely over it. I rode her yesterday. Small amount of thin mucus from Godiva's nose but no more coughing. He neck is sore and stiff from the injections. Gave he a couple rings of bute this morning. Vet says it's normal and will pass. Ben, the 3yo, is over the runny nose and coughing. He has had the hardest time with the stiff neck. Have been giving him bute for 3 days. He has a pocket of what appears to be fluid on the underside of his neck halfway between his throatlatch and his chest. It's about the size of an egg. Not sore or warm to the touch. It's smaller today than last night. Vet said to keep an eye on it. Mine finished their meds day before yesterday. Started them on penicillin and switched to gent. Wanted to keep ahead of the worst of it. There is one horse at the barn that needs to see the vet. He is coughing and has not eaten in 3 days. Worse yet is that he has only drank about 2 1/2 gallons of water in the last 2 days. I advisd the owners to get the vet out.

The boys are out of school but we don't know when they will be able to get up here. We can hardly wait to see them. Got a few projects planned.

We have had a rough month. DH had to get an injection in his eye for swelling and a bubble of fluid that is distorting his vision. He will have more laser done in 2 weeks for bleeders. He also had some minor surgery on his foot again. To top it all off we have lost 5 dear friends in 20 days. Two were church members within 4 days of each other. One was a minister friend. The other two were an estranged couple we had been friends with for years. The husband broke into the house, killed his wife in her sleep and then killed himself. Their 18 month old baby girl was unharmed as she slept in another room. It has been very hard for both of us to deal with. We keep wondering if there was something more we could have done.



taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

May 23, 2012
7:13 PM

Post #9135908

been busy busy
got about 90 % of the garden in
tomato's are looking a bit yellow already :? and its only been 4 days ?
lost 3 chickens to a raccoon .
Tim lost the job in PA ... he got laid off... what next ? wait i don't want to know
wow love that arbor ! wtih the climbing rose .. to die for !
Great news on the kitty.
she is going to be ok as long as no infection get her . broken leg, no tail and ripped skin . Vet fixed her up and she is doing fine.
Cajun i m so sorry to hear of the news about the couple ... no there was nothing more yo could have done. Sending prayers to you .
well off to bed.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 24, 2012
11:34 PM

Post #9137621

Thanks for the encouragment, Sue. I guess I will always wonder about it. It was such a waste and that poor baby girl has to grow up without her parents. It's just sad.

So sorry you have lost more chickens. I hate it when that happens.

Is there another job opportunity for your DH? I hate he got layed off. PA is much closer than China.

How many tomatoes did you put out? I have 16 in all. I just got them out a week ago and they are small but looking good. Finally got a rain on them yesterday. Sure needed it. I still have shade cloth on them too. Guess I will leave it a few more days.

Today was a very good day. DH had an appointment with the foot doc so we had breakfast in town at Micky D's. Haven't done that in quite a while. I enjoyed a steak biscuit with grilled onions and milk. Mmm Some of our friends were there and we ate with them. We had a good visit.

Good news at the doc. The foot wound is smaller than it was last week. Doc did some minor surgery on it last week and it got the results he was looking for. Even better news was last week's culture came back clean so they pulled the PICC line!! No more antibiotics and infusion!!! Such a relief.

We went to Walmart afterward for a few needed things. While we were there I got a couple plants for the garden. I also ate a few cherry tomatoes that were ripe on their plants for sale.

After we got home, I fed the animals and put the goats out on the grass. DH hooked the trailer up and we went and picked Firefly up. We brought her to the big barn to let somebody see her and ride her. They may be interested in buying her. I had a really nice ride on her. She was on her best behavior. We kept her outside the barn because of the "crud" the other horses are fighting. The couple seemed to like her a lot. We will hear from them this weekend if they want her.

The rest of the horses are all doing better. A couple are still coughing but we didn't give any shots tonight. Going to give them a day to see if they can fight it off completely. The gelding who had quit eating started picking at his grain today so he is turning the corner too. It sure is welcome. I have been worried about them. I called the vet about Godiva and Ben because their necks are sore but the vet says it's nothing to worry about. I stopped at his office and got more bute paste today. I think I may sleep late in the morning.

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

May 28, 2012
8:16 PM

Post #9142558

good to hear the foot dr went well. good the wound is healing
raccoons got our chickens ... * sigh *
Tim starts a new job tomorrow.
busy busy this week
got two houses to clean this week
lot of garden stuff going on
got about 90 % of it in the ground. hooray ! my chinese lantern didn't die
my litchi tomato has thorns ! ouch . no one told me that part LOL
deer are staying away from my garden so far knock on wood
Jessica's memorial is this week. *sigh*
other then that . just busy week

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 29, 2012
1:54 PM

Post #9143639

My new hugelkultur bed is coming along nicely, just slow on my part. I was stupid and bought some Miracle-Gro Garden soil for vegetables/flowers to cover the inverted sod so I could plant my winter squash seedlings. I covered about 5 feet on one end with about 2" of the crap ($30 worth), and put the sprinkler on it. The crap sheds water rather than absorbing it, defeating the purpose of a hugelkultur bed! So I scraped it all off, and will have to buy a small load of topsoil in the next 2-3 days. The "black gold" from last fall's sheet mulching tested with a pH of 9.0 so it will need something like elemental sulfur for a while before I can use it.

I have a new "garden helper" for unloading several truckloads of wood chips: meet Bogart. We've had him a week, and had him neutered (he's from the shelter). He's exuberant, to put it mildly, but he should calm down.

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CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 29, 2012
4:06 PM

Post #9143852

Bogart is a beauty. BC mix?

We have some sadness at our house today. One of my does had her kids today. She was not due until middle of next month. She had twins. The doeling was stillborn. The little buckling is super small and very weak. I am afraid he may also be blind. I am working dilligently with him. I milked his Momma and got him to take some colostrum from a bottle. I gave him some gel paste for newborns to give him a lift and I put some electrolyte powder in his milk. I am keeping him warm in the house and taking him out to see his Momma every couple hours. I am hoping he gets strong enough to reunite with her. He is starting to struggle a bit to try and stand. He layed beside her for a while. She licks him a little and when she called to him he tried to answer. We are calling him Bartimaus (sp?) but praying he is not actually blind. He is a cute lil buggar. I will try to get a good pic of him to post. Please say a prayer for the little guy.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 29, 2012
4:23 PM

Post #9143872

Caj, he appears to be a border collie mix, not sure with what. His temperament is VERY BC.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 29, 2012
6:00 PM

Post #9144009

Every homestead needs a dog ! Bravo !

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

May 29, 2012
6:20 PM

Post #9144041

welcome to the new addition to your house darius. he is a handsome fellow.
Caj i m sorry to hear of the little ones not making it and the little guy struggling. Miracles do happen. :)
well i did a boo boo
i had some left over fingerlings and planted them in another raised bed... wellllllll couple weeks later i planted pepper plants in it also... duh !
fingerlings are in the middle and the peppers are at the edges... so what do you think ? any problems to arise ? i may just keep it unless it would be bad for the fingerlings.
busy day but we got rain and it felt gooooood. we sure needed it. at last i didn't have to water by hand whew.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 30, 2012
5:45 PM

Post #9145377

Sue, I seldom plant any peppers because I've never had ANY luck with them... so I have no advice to offer. (But I suspect they'll be fine.)

FINALLY, our plumbing is finished!! Next is some minor elec. repairs, and over-roofing the flat roof on the back porch that leaks like a sieve. (There's more, like a metal roof and hardwood floors to cover the buckled particle-board sub flooring, but those above are what's next.)

On another front, I'm EXTREMELY worried about this bit of news...

Last week PJM Interconnection, the company that operates the electric grid for 13 states (Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia) held its 2015 capacity auction.

The market-clearing price for new 2015 capacity – almost all natural gas – was $136 per megawatt. That’s eight times higher than the price for 2012, which was just $16 per megawatt. In the mid-Atlantic area covering New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and DC the new price is $167 per megawatt. For the northern Ohio territory served by FirstEnergy, the price is a shocking $357 per megawatt.

Why the massive price increases? Andy Ott from PJM stated the obvious: “Capacity prices were higher than last year's because of retirements of existing coal-fired generation resulting largely from environmental regulations which go into effect in 2015.” Northern Ohio is suffering from more forced coal-plant retirements than the rest of the region, hence the even higher price.

These are not computer models or projections or estimates. These are the actual prices that electric distributors have agreed to pay for new capacity. The costs will be passed on to consumers at the retail level.


There's NO WAY I can pay an electric bill 8 times what I'm paying now (Thankfully I'm not in Ohio!), so I'm starting to look into alternatives, like hydronic (hot water) heating in the floors and domestic hot water (bathing, dishes) that's solar-powered, and maybe even a few solar panels for general electric usage in the house other than for elec. heat. Obviously, the elec. appliances I now have will need to be replaced with more energy-efficient models. No doubt this will require a lot of soul-searching, and changes in how I live. I suspect a long learning curve is in order.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2012
7:21 PM

Post #9145479

Wow! I guess that will affect us too. Scarey!

My little buckling passed too.

taynors

taynors
Urbana, OH
(Zone 5b)

May 30, 2012
7:34 PM

Post #9145504

our county is in a big stink about wind power. many people are pretty mad about it . It did get passed so it will happen sooner or later.
we want solar also. this is just crazy paying so much for electric ?
we have geothermal but still i think other back ups are much better.
got to get Dh in the wood stove mode again.
demonshollow
Winnemucca, NV
(Zone 5b)

May 31, 2012
7:33 AM

Post #9146002

Darius,
Congrats and great news on the finished project! I would love to be able to say I have finished even one project here. We were making progress at a snails pace, but Tim lost his job so now we are back to survival mode. Oh well, baby steps are better then no steps at all.Lol.

As for the electric prices, I am not surprised at all by those numbers. I am surprised they made the info public so soon though. We had numerous increases in our power costs when we were in Portland and most were not announced until just before they were to show up on the bill.
The good side to the news is that you do have time to get a plan in place and considerably reduce your grid use before the new prices take effect.

Solar panels sound difficult or even complicated to a lot of people but they are a lot easier then you think. I have no special skills or training and have figured them out and to complicate matters even more for me, I am very mathmaticly challenged! It can start small and be expanded on slowly as long as you are always forward thinking . I found affordable cells on E-bay and most of the other materials are available localy if you can be creative. My panel won't last 20 to 25 years like the comercially made panels, but, my panels also did not cost me between 300 and 700 dollars each and if my panels fail, I do not have to rely on the manufacutrer to fix them or force me to buy new ones.

All the options you mentioned are good ones and will save you a ton in the long run. As far as the comercial wind farms and hydrothermal and other options the power companies and other say they are looking into, it's great, but they will not be any less then standard grid power costs are today because the companies will pass on to us all the costs of research, development and implemetation. That is why as dificult as it is for us, we chose to be totally off grid. You have an advantage we do not, you have grid power to build yur off grid power systems before the price changes go into effect. You have to build and use according to your area and for us, solar and wind are the best options.

Liz

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

May 31, 2012
7:45 AM

Post #9146016

Thanks for the encouraging words about solar panels, Liz. My personal preference is passive solar, which can be designed right for heating and cooling (with just a few solar panels for household electricity), but it's not an option unless I could pick up the house and turn it to face south! I taught construction for a pilot Self-Help Gov't program years ago and we built 3 passive solar houses.

I agree that commercial geothermal, wind farms, and whatever they call the system that uses ocean waves will be no cheaper for the homeowner that what's available now. Much as I don't like the increased cost, I'm glad they are enforcing cleaner energy from coal. I live less that 100 miles from coal-fired elec generation and it's terrible on the environment as you get closer to it. Don't even get me started on nuclear power plants!

Sue, I'll be with you in thoughts for the Memorial for your daughter. The garden you are making for her is looking great!
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 6, 2012
3:04 PM

Post #9154923

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1263568/

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

June 6, 2012
4:59 PM

Post #9155047

Dyson forgot to say that's our new thread...
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1263568/

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