Mustard seeds have sprouted

12/11/2018 – Mustard seeds have sprouted.  As the dirt appeared to have crusted a little, and we spread 0-0-66, Mary scratched the dirt with the 4-tine hoe 3-4 days ago. She was worried the seeds might have been damaged.

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Fish Emulsion and 0-0-66 on Veggie Beds

12/7/2018 – Poured about 8 gallons of fish emulsion on the new larger veggie bed and about 4 gallons on the smaller bed at the back patio. Several days before we side dressed both beds with 0-0-66 and used all of a 4 lb. bag. That was added as the soil tests from the pecan orchard and other beds showed consistently that potassium is very low.

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Mary’s New Larger Veggie Garden

The First Veggie Garden

12/2/2018 – The vegetables we planted at the new back patio bed have been a lot of fun to watch and have continually contributed to our meals. So, we wanted a larger garden and today built a 7′ x 35′ bed next to the power pole where the pecans are only on one side. This was also the first time to use the 5′ disc pulled by Fergie with her new exhaust manifold.

Burpee Seeds Planted:

  1. Lettuce – White Paris
  2. Lettuce – Bloomsdale Long Standing
  3. Mesclun – Spicy Mix
  4. Bunching Onion – Evergreen Long White
  5. Mustard – Florida Broad Leaf

Plants by Bonnie Plants bought at WalMart.

Second Larger Veggie Garden

  1. Swiss Chard – Bright Lights
  2. Mustard Greens
  3. Brocolli – Green Magic Hybrid
  4. Brussel Sprouts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Roping Yearlings Arrive

Ted brought 13 heifers and 2 young bulls to the north pastures. They all have short straight horns and have been used for roping. All the other cows are on the south side of the road.

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Biscuit and Gus Arrive

11-20-2018 – Ted brought Biscuit and Gus (31 & 32 years old) for Piper and Olivia to feed while they are here during Thanksgiving. They may retire from Mardi Gras float pulling and other events. Mary feeds them every morning. Gus stands at the fence and watches her through the new larger kitchen window and calls to her for something to eat when she is outside.

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ID’ing the Pecan Trees

For the past several weeks I have enjoyed collecting the different pecans and studying pecan websites and papers to identify the “cultivars”. Of course, that lead to a new part of this website Pecans, and the pages for each of the ten cultivars of the 39 pecan trees in the orchard, barnyard, and yard.

Nearly all the trees that had not been trimmed/topped had some pecans of and for most the quality was good. None had a lot. Those that had been topped did not have any. The ones that had the best crop were:

  • Farley – Good quantity and quality
  • Cheyenne – Fair quantity and good quality
  • Shoshoni – Fair quantity and good quality
  • Shawnee – not many but the quality was good

The large old Stewarts in the yard did not have any pecans. Those in the orchard had some and most were bad. Maybe 1 in 4 or 5 would have an ok kernel.

We are also picking up and shelling a lot. Mary is vac-packing them to give away at Thanksgiving.

As of Nov. 8, 2018

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Progress around the Barn

As the augers were hauled away and that area cleaned up we could finally rearrange equipment, get rid of stuff and create more order. On this Halloween day, we made a lot of progress.

  1. Used Fergie and the boom to move the platform Frank built for Dad (for the back door wheelchair ramp) from the barn to the grain bin door to serve as a “porch”;
  2. Rotated the old rusty bush hog away from the tree so it can be hooked up and moved;
  3. Pulled the old rotten pole lying behind the barn to the burn pile and the other pole to next to the fence near the burn pile to be used as a corner post;
  4. Unhooked my box blade from the Ford where the poles had been;
  5. With the Ford:
    1. moved the 8-foot mower from Bay 2 to the north-most pile of fat pine along the east side of the northmost stall (Bay 4) of the barn;
    2. Moved the old rusty bush hog to line up with the 8-foot mower along the northeast side of the barn;
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A Marathon Yard Day

10/24/2018 – As we had a light all-day drizzly rain yesterday–that should have made the dry soil workable–and tomorrow is 100% chance of rain we decided we had to get the last of the yard work done, including mulching and spreading the wildflower seeds, before the rain tomorrow.

  1. Widened bed between the walkway to the front door and the house.
    1. Looked for a cleanout by removing sod with the shovel and digging into the stiff soil below. Did not find it despite poking the probe all around and using the spade to break up the stiff soil where the sod had been sliced off. Filled the wheelbarrow with sod that was not needed to resod the septic tank place.
    2. Dug the usual trench along the edge to hold mulch.
    3. Used the JD Tiller to till the new dirt about 6″ deep.
    4. Leveled and shaped the bed.
    5. Dug out the daylilies and pulled the clumps apart to make about 3x the number of plants. Spaced them out and replanted leaving room for the coming hydrangea.
    6. In the afternoon, planted a 2nd LimeLight Hydrangea we bought at the fruit stand when we went to get the 1/2 CY of crushed pine bark mulch.
    7. Filled the trench with the mulch and spread over the bed.
  2. During the work on the bed, we dug out some of the topsoil I had hauled into “hole” where the septic tank had been pumped out. Used the soil to partially fill the adjacent low places. Laid the sod taken from the bed into the “hole” almost making it disappear.
  3. Note sod in the electrical trench

    Built a new bed between two pecan trees in the backyard. This bed will likely be known as the “Between bed” as that is what Mary called all day. Cut the sod with the edger then tilled it well without saving the sod. Removed a small original hydrangea from the new herb bed at the side patio and planted it between the pecans. Planted the pink bloomers we brought from Houston that was still in a tray, and more taken from the herb bed, on either side of the hydrangea. Sprinkled wildflower seed among the pink bloomers and around the trees.

  4. As we would need the wheelbarrow for the mulch, and it was full of sod, we:
    1. dug out the topsoil and the red clay on the east end of the electrical trench;
    2. placed the sod into the slot left when the topsoil and clay was removed;
    3. Used the topsoil to fill low places and around the sod near the patio. The red-clay-dominate soil filled the wagon and I pulled it to the barn to fill a low place, fill where the electrical cables came up, and fill around two of the poles where it looks like water is infiltrating it.
  5. Went to the vegetable stand on 3-Notch and bought another LimeLight Hydrangea and then to Woeners and got 2 scopes of crushed pine bark mulch.
  6. Spread the mulch in the beds built today, the new bed along the azaleas, and the expanded the Bay Leaf Tree bed.
  7. Mary lightly raked the tilled dirt below the Crepes along the road and I sprinkled Fall Maximum Mix wildflower seed from American Meadows. Time is about 4 PM.
  8. I fixed two adult refreshments and Mary watered everything.

10/26/2018 – Two days after planting the wildflower seeds they were coming up. Also in the Crepe bed identical sprouts were coming up in places we had not seeded this time. They must be last year’s seed crop.

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Built New Bed along Azaleas in the Backyard

10/22/2018 – We built a new flower bed along the azaleas in the new backyard. Moved the amaryllis’ in from the bed along the driveway that has become too crowded. Also, separated the two clumps of daylilies at the Bay Leaf Tree bed, replanting the larger clumps and planted the smaller clumps at the ends of the new bed. Also, removed two of the daylilies–from American Meadows–that were planted yesterday at the Bay Leaf Tree bed as they were too close. One each is at the ends of this new bed.

Spread American Meadows’ Fall Maximum Mix Wildflower Seed in the two spaces between the daylilies and amaryllis. Mary patted them down and watered them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copied from yesterday’s post is the following that shows the lilies we should have one in one end and one in the other.

  1. ‘Frans Hals’ Daylily reblooming again in fall. Boasting big, bi-colored flowers that alternate rusty crimson inner petals and yellow throats, with sunny yellow outer petals.
  2. ‘Hyperion’ Reblooming Daylily’s sunny-yellow blooms are prolific and sweetly fragrant. The large, 5″ flowers last into the evening hours strong, easy-to-grow variety that has been in cultivation for over 80 years. Very cold hardy and attractive to butterflies.
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Added Plumbagos, Moved Roses and added a short Azalea

After the 150th Year Reunion at Union Baptist Church, we enlarged the small bed with the Bay Leaf tree and two daylilies. The bed was extended to create a corner and to provide space to hold the two Grandiflora roses that were along the 4-board fence between the crepes. They had not done well there likely due to not enough sun as the fence and crepes created a lot of shade. We also moved the climbing rose next to the other two and planted it against the new 4-board fence (running along the pecan orchard north-south) next to the power pole.

Where the roses had been we planted the “Imperial Blue” Plumbagos (auriculata) bought yesterday at the Mobile Botanical Garden Fall Sale.  The fourth plumbago went between two crepes where there had not been a rose.

In the enlarged Bay Leaf Tree bed we also planted the six new daylily bulbs bought from American Meadows and that arrived two days ago. They were:

  1. ‘Frans Hals’ Daylily reblooming again in fall. Boasting big, bi-colored flowers that alternate rusty crimson inner petals and yellow throats, with sunny yellow outer petals.
  2. ‘Hyperion’ Reblooming Daylily’s sunny-yellow blooms are prolific and sweetly fragrant. The large, 5″ flowers last into the evening hours strong, easy-to-grow variety that has been in cultivation for over 80 years. Very cold hardy and attractive to butterflies.

NOTE – The next day we realized we had the daylilies too close so removed one from each end as well as separated the existing daylily clumps and planted all of them in the ends of the new bed at the azaleas in the backyard.

Also bought at the MBG sale an azalea that is to grow only 4 feet high. It is called “Conversation Piece”, a Rotan Hill Hybrid. The tag says “Variable ruffled white with pink strips. Loose mounding habit. Mid-Spring.”  It was planted in a new small triangular bed in front of the AC to “hide” the AC from the new backyard patio.

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