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  • lazer128
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    We have three of those filter units here at the house. Would be four except the hose must have broke off one of them! :p

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  • Rustyshakelford
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    Ok, today was a nice comfortable 76 degrees. My cement had set up nicely, and I am still waiting on the government burocrats to come mark my lawn so I can till the garden in. I have been looking at heirloom seeds online at http://rareseeds.com/seeds/ and I am ready to go.

    So, today I got my composting material into the pit.


    I loaded in grass that I raked up first, then put all of the chopped paper from my shredder at work. I generate 20 lbs or so a week, so it this breaks down decently, I will have a constant supply of material for my pit.


    I then found what was left of the leaves off of my Mulberry tree that were blown up against my fence. I covered the paper with these so that I had a starter culture of molds.





    I then covered the whold thing with native dirt and wtatered the heck out of it to make sure that the paper was saturated and the leaves were sloppy. 2 weeks and I should have a decent pile-o-compost.





    I will be adding a bunch of coffee grounds, and some fruit peels today. I will add some sulphur in a week to help lower the PH, as we have very alkalai soil here.

    After hours tonight, I will provide some great fertilizer. I have creation I call a Shakelford filter. All you do is poor Guinness Beer in one end, wait about 30 minutes and a very ammonia rich liquid comes out the hose on the other end. I will run 3 cans through this special filter this evening and sprinkle the ammonia rich liquid on the compost pile. :D

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  • Rustyshakelford
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    Originally posted by lazer128 View Post
    I figure I can use mirrors or something to increase the daylight! :eek:

    We've been able to get a few things to grow here. I used to grow almost all the veggies we ate where we used to live. We did when I was a kid. So did my wife's parents.

    I've seen the tater tire thing. Paint the tires white and maybe that will reduce the heat absorption a bit?
    Yeah, but with daytime temps over 100 F, I do not think that would work. I will try them this year.

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  • lazer128
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    Originally posted by Rustyshakelford View Post
    Yep. You got a problem. Those tall things are blocking the sun. Maters need full sun. Most others plants do too. Try raising taters in tires. Put an old tire down, plant your tater in the middle. When it grows out the top of the tire, put another tire on top, fill it with dirt, and so on. The taters will form in the tires. I have done it many times. I cannot grow taters here. Too hot.
    I figure I can use mirrors or something to increase the daylight! :eek:

    We've been able to get a few things to grow here. I used to grow almost all the veggies we ate where we used to live. We did when I was a kid. So did my wife's parents.

    I've seen the tater tire thing. Paint the tires white and maybe that will reduce the heat absorption a bit?

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  • Rustyshakelford
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    Originally posted by lazer128 View Post
    3500 FT.? Never think of that part of the world being that high. I'm in the mountains and no where near that high. The peaks around me are however.

    See my garden beginning?

    Yep. You got a problem. Those tall things are blocking the sun. Maters need full sun. Most others plants do too. Try raising taters in tires. Put an old tire down, plant your tater in the middle. When it grows out the top of the tire, put another tire on top, fill it with dirt, and so on. The taters will form in the tires. I have done it many times. I cannot grow taters here. Too hot.

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  • lazer128
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    Originally posted by Rustyshakelford View Post
    I would have put my onions in this weekend, but I am still waiting on the gas companies to come by and check for underground lines. I will put in the rest in March. Remember, we are at 3500 feet above sea level here.
    3500 FT.? Never think of that part of the world being that high. I'm in the mountains and no where near that high. The peaks around me are however.

    See my garden beginning?

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  • Rustyshakelford
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    Originally posted by lazer128 View Post
    I have to know. Why didn't you just notch it and drop it all at once? Too close to something I suppose?

    Yeah. Fence, compost pit and a real Pecan tree.

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  • Rustyshakelford
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    Originally posted by lazer128 View Post
    No hand print? Name? Date scratched in the concrete?

    Good start! What month can you plant a garden in SW Texas?

    I'll have to wait for late April up here in the hills. May will be even more successful.

    I would have put my onions in this weekend, but I am still waiting on the gas companies to come by and check for underground lines. I will put in the rest in March. Remember, we are at 3500 feet above sea level here.

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  • lazer128
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    I have to know. Why didn't you just notch it and drop it all at once? Too close to something I suppose?

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  • lazer128
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    No hand print? Name? Date scratched in the concrete?

    Good start! What month can you plant a garden in SW Texas?

    I'll have to wait for late April up here in the hills. May will be even more successful.

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  • Rustyshakelford
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    I also took this outdoor time to cut down a West Texas tree that was in my way.

    I had to take it down in pieces because it was so tall. I am not going to explain why you have to be careful with a chainsaw when cutting above your head. Needless to say, I now have a dent in my ladder, and I almost crushed my idiot dog when I cam tumbling down.








    I also snuck into the alley and helped a neighbor with a little problem dead tree he had. We had to be careful, but nobody was hurt.

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  • Rustyshakelford
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    The temperature rose to 60 degrees today, so I got the quickcrete out and smoothed out the compost pit, and cemented it into the ground.



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  • lazer128
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    OK......fired up the old skid steer and started work on my garden plot.
    Since I am in the mountains and I have yet found a piece of flat land,
    I will try to build terraces stepping down the hill. We'll see.......

    Here is a pic before I started. Note the BOD (Bug Out Drive) I am also constructing as a second way out in the event of damage after an ice storm or tornado.

    Before


    and getting started............


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  • Rustyshakelford
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    My cement job is on hold. It was 82 yesterday, but hit 28 last night. I have to wait for some warm weather before I can mix my cement. Maybe later this afternoon.

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  • Rustyshakelford
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    Originally posted by lazer128 View Post
    Never said I have room in my freezer! :confused: We stuffed 5 deer in them this season. Could have been 3 times that but my son is filling it on up with geese and ducks. Had 4 deer in the yard this week. Looks like a dang petting zoo around here at times! :eek:

    These two used to help me change the oil in the Super Duty.


    They work real good for wiping your greasy hands on.

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