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  1. 12 points
    An elderly man lived alone in Baltimore County . He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, since the ground was hard. His only son, Michael, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament: Dear Michael, I am feeling pretty sad, because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over.. I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days. Love, Papa A few days later he received a letter from his son. Dear Pop, Don’t dig up that garden. That’s where the bodies are buried. Love, Michael At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left. That same day the old man received another letter from his son. Dear Pop, Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That’s the best I could do under the circumstances. Love you, Michael
  2. 8 points
    2013 was my best year for onions also. I made the most and the biggest ever. These are Candy onions. I planted the seeds in a bed in Oct. and transplanted them to the garden in January. The harvest was in June. "gene"
  3. 7 points
    While at our farm in southwest Arkansas for Thanksgiving we had to sort some calves to head to the sale in Oklahoma City. One of my second cousins in much younger than me and she has a ten year old son. He wanted to go with us to sort and load the calves so I let him bottle feed an organ calf. I don't think he had any idea how strong the calf was but he managed not to get pulled down and the calf was glad he was there.
  4. 6 points
    G'day Guys ,Since the wildfires earlier this year where we had to evacuate to a showground for 8 days we are now in a weather cycle not experienced before by us gardeners in Southern Tasmania with 60+ mph winds for days non stop accompanied by . Hail , snow & Frosts & pouring rain & I am starting to believe that this is our new growing season it would appear. I see that You all are having similar joy from your weather patterns.. On a lighter note My Ellen Received Six first places & Two seconds in the Huon valley show with our products ,I trust all we stay safe for the upcoming Christmas Festivities. Regards Ellie & Pete
  5. 5 points
    A few of my little bitty garden. First picture is of one of my raised beds. 3 rows of beets on left half, right side has turnips on this end, carrots in middle, and mustard to far end. Second picture was a few day ago and it a sea of green taken from the other end with beets on right. Third picture is of my other raised bed full of strawberry plants. Forth picture is close up of strawberry plants showing flowers and fruit. Can't wait on them. Have been picking greens for Linda as I don't eat them. "gene"
  6. 5 points
    I hope some of you wonderful people remember me, I have been away for a few years and only heard the news about both Donald and Mary passing. I haven't felt so bad since losing my own wife back in 2016. I'm so glad Donald and Mary are being remembered in this new website and I thank whoever is responsible for making it happen. It's good to know so many of my old friends are still keeping the group together, sharing information. I went back to the old site and saw the post by Tbird about the 2010 'field day' and recall the gtg'ers Dana and I made down in Cajun Country, the many good friends we made over the years and everything learned just by being on the old site. I think you all, love you all and miss each and everyone of you. I thought about naming individuals but, there are so many and I'd likely leave someone out, my old mind isn't what it use to me......I still have a good memory...it's just real short! Anyway, I'm so glad to know the Bayou Gardeners are still alive and well and that Donald and Mary will never be forgotten! It may sound corny but, hey, I LOVE YOU ALL!
  7. 5 points
    Couple more pics.
  8. 5 points
    Hello to all. I followed the old site for a couple of years as a guest only. I really enjoyed reading the members posts and learned many things that I was able to use in my own garden. It seems the old website is seldom used now and people are moving to this website. So I decided to take the plunge and join in myself. I look forward to working with everyone here
  9. 4 points
    Went out to spread the leaves on the rows for spring planting and took some pictures. Four kinds of garlic, elephant, thai purple, blossom, and early portuguese. next pic is kale(premier) then collards, cilantro, and carrots. My first real try at carrots.
  10. 4 points
    Finally got dry enough, and had enough time to get out and harvest some winter goodies. Cut a tub full of mustard greens and pulled up a few turnips to go with them. My wife doesn't care for greens, so I put them up in pints, so I can heat up single servings for myself. Of course, I had to fix a pot for supper while I was at it. I just don't see how people don't like these things... lol.
  11. 4 points
    I have archived the entire website in a raw format. I may be able to regenerate it as a static website or rebuild it from that data. I have that kinda technology. Also have all of the Youtube videos archived offline.
  12. 4 points
    I live on the Greenfields Bench. It is at the base of the Rocky Mountain Front. About 35 miles North-Northwest of Great Falls. If you were to go to Glacier National Park from Helena, you would go through Fairfield. I live about seven miles outside of town. We are the malting barley capital of the world. 88 thousand acres of irrigated farmland at 4000' elevation in zone 3b. We do have beautiful sunsets though.
  13. 4 points
    A word of warning, if you see Jack on a plane don't wave and say HI-Jack, that could get you in a bunch of trouble. Say hello Jack instead. "gene''
  14. 3 points
    Here’s few more. Mostly peas
  15. 3 points
    @ol hippie sure had a good idea with this picture thread. I stopped by the forum today just for a little "photo therapy". It's getting a little chilly up here in Wyoming and it does my soul good to see pictures of plants. Here are a few of mine. These were taken on 5/16/2019. The two rows closest to the shed (in the shade) are Zarnitsas. The row more directly in line with the camera is a few Mortgage Lifters. I started these plants from seed just after Valentine's Day. I believe I started right around 70 tomato plants this year and about an equal number of pepper plants too. Most of them ended up going to friends at church. I sure don't need that many myself! Y'all keep the pictures coming! ~~VG
  16. 3 points
    Hey, Wade, et al! I'm good! Just been so busy lately, and not growing anything this season except a bed full of broccoli. About to start some late seeds in the house this week, for a LATE winter garden, LOL! Been hanging out in the kitchen at home, making yogurt and cooking in my Instantpot, LOL! Yesterday, I harvested all 28 lemons from my little Meyer Lemon tree. Best harvest ever! 1st winter, I got ONE lemon. Second winter, I got FIVE lemons. THIS winter, 28 lemons!! So, again in the kitchen, juicing and freezing cubes for preservation. I'll check back into the website when I have something going again! Thanks for checking up on me, ya'll, and sorry to make ya'll worry! Hugs!
  17. 3 points
    I said in a different post a couple of days ago that I have the entire site as of Nov 21, 2019 archived. I will clean it up and post it on archive.org. It will be read only, but you can read it all. The images on that site were hosted on 3rd party sites, so they will probably not be available. If they are, it wont be for long. The bonus will be that all the posts on each topic will be on one page. You won't have to page through.
  18. 3 points
    More work done today. Had a couple issues with the top had to pull it over a little before cementing the end walls. But its moving forward
  19. 3 points
    From the garden, sweet potato casserole, onion, bell pepper and parsley in seasoning, fried okra, carrots, green beans, pepper jelly. Not the garden, but ground beef that I grind from roasts myself. I grind all my ground beef, that way I know what is in it not full of fat scraps and Lord knows what else, very lean. Think that is all.
  20. 2 points
    yeah, and we are all thankful for those years we had on the original site. I joined several years ago, like many after watching Donald's video's. Let's all do what we can to keep this vision Donald had years ago moving forward. I sure learn a lot from all of yall and look forward to learning more.
  21. 2 points
    Already got my tomatoes germinating and include: yellow pear, black cherry, German red strawberry, carbon, kellogs breakfast, summer de Gallo, Rosa Bella, marglobe, and blush and betalux. Trying to use up my tomato seeds this year. Ran out of prudens purple seeds so going to try taking some cuttings from the plants that are in the greenhouse right now. For the spring, I will be doing the usual peppers (sweet and hot), eggplant, corn, potatoes (Irish and sweet), green beans (most likely Jade II and blue lake), peas, Lima beans, melon, squash, and herbs. I need to figure out the varieties yet though. I'll start most of these after Christmas. I'm kind of getting a stockpile of dried and sauces of hot peppers so might cut back some on them. I'm going to wait for the summer (end of June / beginning July) for my field peas. Almost all my beds will be planted with field peas as a cover crop and peas for drying and freezing. I would like to grow so many that I need an electric shucker. My only problem with the field peas is they seem to attract the stinkbugs.
  22. 2 points
    Those look wonderful....however, a quart size would be about the right size for one person around here!!
  23. 2 points
    @Rajun Gardener Those ribs surely look mouth watering delicious.
  24. 2 points
    Yuuuuummmmm, Ragun....You've got me hungry, and it is only 10am! The bisque and Rib roast look heavenly. I am making potato soup today....got to get to the store before the rain sets in at 3pm and doesn't stop til 7am ,according to the weather report. I will make my dressing for Christmas this weekend,too, and freeze. This coming week also hope to be cooking greens for 3 days for the freezer. Lots of cooking from this point on. When will I ever have time to Christmas shop?
  25. 2 points
    Strawberry wall up and going! 20 sided dice simulator
  26. 2 points
    Looks great Bobcat ( Oh sorry I mean Looks great Cajun Hydroponics) !
  27. 2 points
    Thanks,Wade....I will let him know. It just has never happened before at his house, so he was quite curious. This morning they could not drive into their garage after church, because 2 big deer were standing right in front of the garage doors and would not move....even when he remotely raised the doors. They do not live very close to "the sticks" ,but he has deer, raccoons, copperheads, armadillos,etc.
  28. 2 points
    I made a small batch of tasso and it came out fantastic. Ingredients: 1 pork butt sliced into 1" x 2" strips andouille seasoning, I used Targil's from Opelousas, it's perfectly spicy and the prices are cheap with reasonable shipping. It's not listed on the website so you have to call to get it. While you're ordering make sure to get all the other spice blends they offer. I'll leave a link below. For the cure: 1 cup of brown sugar 1/2 cup of salt 1/2 cup of white sugar 1 tsp of cure #1, prague powder #1 1 gallon of water Directions: mix cure and add meat to a bowl or bag, make sure meat is covered and let sit in the fridge for 2 days. After 2 days of brining, rinse meat to remove brine and pat dry with paper towels. Season meat heavy with the andouille seasoning and marinate for 2 days in the fridge. After 2 days remove and spread meat on a cooling rack to let the juices drip and dry for 2 hours, it's cured and won't spoil Hang in smoker and let air dry for an hour then start smoking Smoke the meat for 4 hours at 150 then bump the temp up to 200 for another 2 hours or till the meat gets to 165 Remove and let cool to room temperature Vacuum package and freeze till needed. Here's a short video of the process, sorry about the lighting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXZ3Ntium0s&feature=youtu.be https://targil.com/t/seasoning-blends
  29. 1 point
    Hello gwt181, Welcome to The Bayou Gardener Family. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. gwt181 joined on the 12/09/19. View Member
  30. 1 point
    I've never tried the flowers, but it certainly couldn't hurt. Reckon my wife would like it too. Heck, maybe I can put her in charge of it.
  31. 1 point
    I would want to keep the GH fun for him so he does not loose interest. Fishing in my opinion is a great way to spend time with your son! And it is good for you to take time and relax once and awhile also ! feeding the fish can be a great way to unwind! I am sure you both will treasure those memories and the telling of " the Fish that got away" stories over the years.
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  34. 1 point
    That's a great picture !! Those calves can sure butt... and when the bottle is taken away/empty and he's still hungry , well, ha, it 's good to have a plan of escape.
  35. 1 point
    i'm here, just been redoing a bedroom and bathroom, along with refinishing the furniture. Just been busy and it got cold. I'll do better
  36. 1 point
    Nice thing I have found about the hooke n crooke it that you can easily hoe underneath drip tape due to the open side of the hoe. Just put the blade underneath the drip tape and walk the bed. I got me a wire hoe from neversink and love it too. I can easily hoe between closely planted rows like beets, carrots, and lettuce. I always would get a plant or two with the sharp blade of the hooke n crooke. Also the wire is not as sharp as the hooke n crooke and get right up to the plant stem. I don't mind hoeing. I kind of actually like it. Sure makes the garden look good. May be some day the weed seed bank will be used up but doesn't seem like it will be anytime soon and then there is the damn grass.
  37. 1 point
    Target has canning jars on sale, free shipping or pick up. Quart=5.74 https://www.target.com/p/kerr-32oz-12pk-pint-jars-wide-mouth/-/A-54017509 Pint jars=6.99 https://www.target.com/p/ball-16oz-12pk-glass-regular-mouth-mason-jar-with-lid-and-band/-/A-12794405 1/2 pints are 7.19 https://www.target.com/p/ball-set-of-12-half-pint-8-oz-quilted-mason-jar/-/A-13562672
  38. 1 point
    I eat the greens and find that they have as much flavor as the actual radish does. Shane
  39. 1 point
    Thank you. I forgot to post a picture I took of the calf after he got his ear tag. Now , he's ripping and running in the pasture with the other calves. Only about 10 calves to go and I can take the scale off of the Roxor.
  40. 1 point
    why are mad scientists never lonely? they are so good at making new friends...lol.
  41. 1 point
    Tazzy....I am so sorry about the loss of your mother. Yes, it surely does take time to tend to affairs as such. Hope y'alls Spring sets in soon. always such a welcome and wonderful season.
  42. 1 point
    I just finished canning 2 jars of Cowboy Candied Jalapenos using the mammoth ones I grew. JB
  43. 1 point
    I've hunted squirrel my whole life! This is common and natural. I can't tell you what triggers them to consume this food source but it is nothing unusual. I have seen them feeding on buts throughout the entire year. It is less known because the remains that fall to the ground are so small that they aren't seen or hear nearly as much as when they are feeding on acorns or nuts. Less than commonly known is the fact that they are heavy feeders on raspberries, black berries, and wheat. Wade
  44. 1 point
    They look as happy and content as can be. Glad you will keep one as a pet....know she is ,too!!
  45. 1 point
    I love my animals and I'll post about them as things happen. It does look like more people are coming from the old site.
  46. 1 point
    Garden is asleep but I did go cut parsley and rosemary to dry and put heavy straw around the plants.....was supposed to be 18 this morning but have not checked to see if it is for sure. I had to plant those new herbs this time on the north side so hope they make it. My test planting of lettuce directly in my bags of mushroom compost looks healthy so no possible herbicides in those....also look good in my home made compost. My soil sample was fine...just a tad low in nitrogen. So the leading culprit in the extremely slow growth and very late fruit production for 2 yrs seems to be the Plant Growth Regulators that they are now using in/on the commercial transplants. Those PGR's have been approved for only the past few yrs for veggies(have been used for marigolds and other flowers for more yrs)......and I have had weird SLOW or no growth for 2 yrs.now, after never having the first problem for 17 yrs of gardening. Bonnie Seeds and plants would not admit they are using them(but did not deny,either) but suggested I buy their ORGANIC transplants next yr......so sounds like an admission to me!! Two yrs ago I planted tomatoes May 8th and the plants grew soooo slowly....did not get a ripe tomato til August 15th!!! This yr was almost as bad. Had a couple of tomatoes and many peppers that never grew over 5 or 6 inches tall but looked very healthy. That is just so weird.. Some produced tiny fruit....some did not. Other folks around here have said the same things...guess they bought Bonnies from Home Depot like I did. for 2 yrs.Just thought I would warn everyone about this. I will buy ORGANIC transplants only next yr. Also I read that NO testing has been done yet to see if the PGR's are present in the fruit or what harm they may do to humans....oh, great!! Will they PLEASE quit messing with our food....not even safe to grow your own anymore!!
  47. 1 point
    oh my gosh...he is soo cute! i hope he is continuing to do well! good job on nursing him to health!
  48. 1 point
    Just signed up. I did not know about your new forum until the old one was shut down and I did some searching. I was "Chapman" on the old forum. Thanks for getting this going.
  49. 1 point
    Thanks for the link Woodchip, I certainly can use some of those. The prices are unbelievable. They are perfect for putting up shrimp in the freezer. "gene"
  50. 1 point
    Picture from cell test. “gene”
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