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  1. Kevin

    Fruit tree mulch frame in chicken yard suggestions

    After posting in the forum several times about my fig trees not growing, and people recommending to mulch around them, I built a test mulch frame around a fig tree. The frame is built from pressure treated 2x6s and is 4 feet square. I started out with a single 2x6 tall, but as I expected the...
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    Kadota fig not responding to any type of fertilizer

    A Kadota fig in the chicken yard is not responding to any type of fertilizer. Around February 2020 I drove two fertilizer spikes into the ground around 30 inches from the tree. Starting in March the Kadota fig tree has been sprayed almost weekly with an organic liquid fertilizer mix. When...
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    Hatcheries sold put from July - December 2020

    Over the past couple of months I have visited 4 different local feed stores, and called several more. All of them have the same story - "They can not get chicks." So I decided to call Murray McMurray Hatchery to get first hand information. the nice lady who answered the phone says they are...
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    Brown Turkey Fig tree that is sprouting from the root

    I have a Brown Turkey Fig tree that is sprouting from the roots. Will it bear figs, or is it some type of root stock? A few weeks ago I dropped by a farm supply store to get some seeds. They had a pitiful looking fig tree that the top had died and it was sprouting from the very base of the...
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    Food Deserts in Rural Areas

    People who live in rural areas probably live in a food desert and do not even know it. What is a food desert? It is an area where fresh food is not easily / readily available. Most examples are from inner cities and urban areas. Some activist think a food desert is when people do not live...
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    Forum has laid dormant long enough

    Over the past few months I have been thinking about taking the forum down to free up server space. However, after much debate back and forth I decided to double down and use the spring of 2020 to kick start the forum. The plan is to start posting as much as possible during the spring of 2020...
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    Expanding the orchard in 2020

    Finally decided to clear out the chicken yard for more fruit trees in the spring of 2020. When the chicken yard was built I had planned on getting goats, but have since changed my mind. What should I do with a chicken yard that is between 3/4 and 1 acre? Why not plan an orchard? The liquid...
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    Heavy rain

    Hey there. Things are good here, but my nephew lost both cars and got water in his house. A lot of my friends on facebook lost cars and some got water in their homes.
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    Liquid fertilizer for fig trees

    What is the best liquid fertilizer for fig trees? My fig trees are in the chicken yard, which is somewhere around 100 yards from my house. To water my fig trees I run a hose from the creek and use a sump pump to pump water from the creek to the fig trees. This requires me to string out around...
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    Labor Day Cookout - Glad To Be Home

    Labor Day weekend is here - those of you who do not have a job better not be celebrating either. Some of us see it as the end of summer, while others are just enjoying the three day weekend. Hunters know it is just a couple of weeks or months until hunting starts. Besides all of that, this...
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    Planning a new orchard for 2020

    After putting thought into the project: Add more rain barrels to the chicken house - have around 6 in total Design a drip irritation system using the rain barrels Use Jobes and/or Miracle Grow fertilizer spikes - the big ones I would like to design and build some type of screened box for...
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    Planning a new orchard for 2020

    In the chicken yard is a pile of brush I left for rabbit habitat. After the chicken yard was enclosed (around 1/2 acre) I saw a noticeable difference in the number of wild rabbits in and around the yard. In all honesty, I feel an orchard would serve my long term plans better than a wild rabbit...
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    Got potatoes and onions planted

    Update on the potatoes, a month later and they are doing great. Some of the plants are around 3 inches tall, while others are still breaking through the ground. Probably going to wait two more weeks, then spread some 13-13-13 along the rows and make up the mounds. Plan is to use a...
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    Canning Home Grown Jalapeno Peppers

    Whats the trick to keeping peppers crunchy? I have not used any of my peppers from last year. 2019 I am probably going to make a bunch of hot sauce to use in Tex-Mex dishes my wife and I cook.
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    General Electric, best stock of 2019?

    Is General Electric (GE) the best stock to buy in 2019? What gets me, how in the world is GE valued at $10.30, as of March 14, 2019? I know the company has been having some problems, but this is a fortune 500 company. GE stock has been falling for what looks like 5 years. The big question is...
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    Sold my Obsidian Energy stock

    Projections put Obsidian Energy not making a full recovery until the the middle, or even the end of 2019. So I sold it all and bought General Electric stock. The reason I bought Obsidian Energy stock is because it was doing very well before the price of oil dropped out. Now that the price of...
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    Building things from wood

    Excellent ideas. I have a cousin who made wooden swings and rocking chairs.
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    Difference between pullets and straight run

    What is the difference between pullets and straight run? Pullets are female chicks. Straight run could be anything. Typically, there is around a 50/50 chance of a straight run chick being a rooster. Think of it this way, female chicks who will grow up to be laying hens are "pulled" from the...
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    Blogging for money

    There was once a time when someone coul open a website, post content, and they may be able to make money off that blog. Those days are pretty much over. For someone to start a website today they will be fighting an uphill battle. The person would ahve to know about search engine optimization...
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    Making money in a rural area

    One of the most difficult things about living in a rural area is finding gainful employment. Even for professionals such as nurses, and teachers this can be challenging. Even if someone is able to find gainful employment the wages are typically much lower than if the person lived in a city...