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ImageArleneB
Aug 9, 2014 5:07 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Hope you didn't make him mad Joseph.
Imagewildflowers
Aug 10, 2014 7:47 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Oh my, a skunk! We had plenty of those around this spring... my dogs chased one once, but only once!! It took weeks, maybe months for the smell to go away. Lots of baths with baking soda and peroxide! I think that's why they don't chase the rabbits because it was in the same area as the skunk encounter? Shrug! Don't like those things around at all, also because they often carry rabies.


FAITH over fear!

Imagejoseph
Aug 10, 2014 6:43 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

I was running away faster than the skunk was.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageArleneB
Aug 10, 2014 8:41 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Imagejoseph
Aug 10, 2014 9:31 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

I'm already on edge and hyper-alert in that corn patch because it is right next to a 40 hive honeybee apiary.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagestarlight1153
Aug 11, 2014 11:19 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Oh my Joseph!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know it not funny, but can't help it. Just have this picture in my head of your veggie picking basket going one way. Tools going another and you high-tailing it still another.

Of all the critters I could think of off hand the idea of a skunk has never crossed my mind. No offense my fiend, but glad you having to deal with it and not me. If it was here I'd be doing one of two things, either trying to make sure it had enough food or spending all my time in tomato juice baths.

That is going to be one critter I think you may have trouble getting rid of. Is there even anything you can do? Sure hope no dogs try and chase it. Do you think you just have one or a whole family and relatives out there?

Skunks and porcupines, especially the second. Two real nasty critters.

I've had several more armadillos this year in the yard than I normally do. Have no idea where they coming in from.

We finally got some rain Saturday night. Was so glad. It least it cooled things for a few hours.

If any of you comes across an onion called Red Burgermeister, I'd like to try and get a hold of it. They say that it is no longer being produced. If there is any of it any where's would like to try and get some just to keep it out of extinction.

My puter won't open that nature link for me. Not enough power I guess, but I don't know about anybody else, but I do try and see if I can get things maybe that are older and starting to disappear. Yes, we have new varieties and such, but with weather conditions changing constantly you never know if maybe it will take an older or discontinued seed to maybe now grow in that area.

West Coast.... How ya holding with the heat and the fires? News tells us here that it getting worse and worse for you. Hope you and your families and friends all stay safe.





Imagegreene
Aug 11, 2014 7:16 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Starlight/Ella wrote: "If any of you comes across an onion called Red Burgermeister, I'd like to try and get a hold of it. They say that it is no longer being produced. If there is any of it any where's would like to try and get some just to keep it out of extinction. "

I contacted an 'onion expert' who grows these and he said that the Red Burgermeister will be available in the spring, not as seeds or sets, but as seedlings ready to pop into the ground.

Hope this helps a bit.

Edit: I forgot to say that it is a hybrid so it won't be good for seed saving.
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Imagejoseph
Aug 12, 2014 12:52 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

I had meant to wear my pistol that day, but alas (or fortunately) I forgot to strap it on that morning. Skunks are like cockroaches. You only see the scouts, not the main horde that is hiding close by.

I've decided to sacrifice the corn this summer in hopes of developing a skunk-resistant variety... I had so much hope for the pretty colors and fascinating crosses that I was expecting this year... My popcorn has never had a problem with animals. I wonder if it's because many of the cobs are 5 to 6 feet off the ground.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageArleneB
Aug 12, 2014 5:39 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Joseph, iI did not know that about the scouts. I can just see my DH using. Pistol in the house for the cockroaches! :rofl:

My orange crocosmia from ilovejesus are blossoming!
Imagegreene
Aug 12, 2014 7:01 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Pistol for cockroaches; finally a solution that makes sense!!! Thumbs up Rolling on the floor laughing
ImageMistirose
Aug 12, 2014 11:45 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Lets not give my hubby any ideas, he has already seen the pic on pinterest of someone aiming a gun at a large spider.

Arlene! I'm Jealous. I was not able to get mine going Confused
ImageArleneB
Aug 12, 2014 6:47 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Misty, meaning they didn't break through the soil even or just didn't bloom?
ImageMistirose
Aug 12, 2014 8:41 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
They didn't do anything at all. I am sure it was me, I prob didn't keep them watered well enough. If they show up in the swap again I will have to give them another go Thumbs up
ImageAndi
Aug 13, 2014 8:59 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Are the bulbs still in the soil misti? maybe they are just resting?
ImageMistirose
Aug 13, 2014 9:45 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I think some are, I went looking for them to see what they were doing and only found a couple that had dried up and flaked apart. you would think I didn't water them at all but I did Blinking thinking it may have been too well draining of soil perhaps. The others I didn't see but left the pot and keep watering.
Imagejoseph
Aug 13, 2014 10:23 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
A few years ago I grew "Red Burgermaster" onion from this source: http://www.andersonseedandgarden.com/viewer/item?m=823&s=l It produced seeds normally even though it is claimed to be a hybrid. That makes me question whether or not it is actually a hybrid.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagegreene
Aug 13, 2014 7:25 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
It is my understanding that a hybrid can produce seeds, but the seeds will result in a plant that may be different...a plant which can show characteristics of either of the two parent plants. So, seed saved from a Red Burgermeister/Burgermaster will grow an onion plant, but you won't know exactly which onion or it it will have good traits. The Red Burgermaster is a descendent of a cross between a Torpedo Red onion and a White Spanish onion somewhere on its family tree.
Imagejoseph
Aug 13, 2014 7:51 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Onion hybrids are typically made using male-sterile plants and the male sterility is carried through the maternal line into the seed. So hybrid onions do not typically produce seeds unless there is some non-hybrid pollen nearby. I didn't intend to let the Red Burgermaster go to seed, but it got left in the field, and overwintered without freezing, and then flowered normally, so I allowed it, and it didn't act at all like a hybrid. I haven't planted the offspring to see if they segregate into different types.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
Imagewildflowers
Aug 14, 2014 8:43 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I sure do enjoy learning around here! Thumbs up

FAITH over fear!

ImageAndi
Aug 14, 2014 10:47 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Me too!

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