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ImageAnnaZ
May 2, 2011 4:21 PM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Vic, nice to see you here. ~~~~~~~~~~~
porkpal
May 2, 2011 4:43 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Is the homemade tomato soup good even if made with those tasteless grocery store tomatoes?
Porkpal
Imagevic
May 2, 2011 4:50 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Good to see YOU Anna. I'm not a farmer but I do know a lot of nice folks on this Cubit Smiling
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ImageAnnaZ
May 2, 2011 8:54 PM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
IMHO there is NOTHING that can make tomato soup taste good. Yuck. Big Grin PIzza sauce, spaghetti sauce with totally macerated tomatoes I can handle............anything else, nope. LOL
ImageCajuninKy
May 3, 2011 4:55 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I have never been a fan of tomato soup but I also have only had canned. I'd like to use garlic in mine and maybe fire roasted tomatoes?
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ImageDonkeyJay
May 3, 2011 5:31 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Sounds tasty! Drooling

Got as far as the poly carb panels on the sides today; next is the rail for the U-channel to hold the shade fabric...

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porkpal
May 3, 2011 6:22 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Looking good!
Porkpal
ImageKathleen
May 4, 2011 6:32 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
I'd love to have a hoop house, but we get too much snow here, as evidenced by the utter destruction of our neighbor's strawberry house. Even the big greenhouse up the road suffered some nasty snow damage this year and I can tell you, these people are very careful about snow control and bracing. At one time, I thought I might like a greenhouse, but I can't take care of what I have in my little plant room!

Well, grey, again and scattered showers, but they are talking sun and warmer tomorrow. I may have to go out in my waders and look at the gardens if nothing else.

Just as Stan was getting ready to leave this morning, he noticed a couple of heifers were out. I climbed into my barn boots and we went out and shooed them in. Unfortunately, there was a gate that needed to be moved and Stan only had some short boots on, so I got the honor of wading through the 8 inches of mud to get the gate and bringing it back over to where Stan was waiting on the grass. Ah, the joys of mud season, which has now lasted WAAAAAAY too long.
ImageDonkeyJay
May 4, 2011 6:56 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
I hear you about the snow... we'll have to pull the cover off this one before the snow flies every year. It's a pretty light weight structure & really only meant to protect the fair weather garden against wind & hail.

I've got a high tunnel hoop house, but I do worry about the snow. We can get a foot or more occasionally here. Not long after I got it, I learned that they recommend the gothic peaked style for snow country, 'cause it sheds accumulation. Wished they'd mentioned that in the product descriptions. Angry
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ImageCajuninKy
May 4, 2011 9:22 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
You could build a GH like a shanty in the little house books. Like half a house so the whole roof is steeply sloped in one direction.
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ImageAnnaZ
May 5, 2011 8:00 PM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Neighbor planted some corn in our ground today. He kinda goes here and there..............LOL Did 12 acres yesterday, then left, went someplace else.........came back today and did about 10. With a 24 row planter he can chew up alot of ground. Our oldest DS runs the planter sometimes after he gets home from work. Heck, it would take me a month of Sundays just to figure out how to fold/unfold it. Big Grin By that time it would be harvest-time.
ImageKathleen
May 6, 2011 6:38 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
I am not mechanical. Every time I got on a tractor, I had to figure out how it worked. I was fortunate in that we were using fairly old equipment when I was doing the harvesting. I worked out how to fix shear pins on both the baler and the chopper. Another skill become obsolete.

Another cloudy day, but with any luck the rain will keep vanishing into the dryer air that we are enjoying and I'll be able to get the peas planted. My girl and I got the sticks picked up (girl), the cranberries and grape vine in the ground (girl) and some rocks in the pathway uncovered. Even found a few that had been covered with grass so long I'd forgotten they were there.

The heifers discovered the open gate to the field Stan was spreading on in preparation for seeding down and they have been going through the entire piece picking out the grass that missed a manure bath. They can be so delicate in their eating habits, and besides that, they think they are getting away with something!
ImageDonkeyJay
May 6, 2011 6:55 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
I think we're going to be able to finish the wind shelter today; it's going to be gorgeous w/little wind (I don't recall NO wind... is there such a thing?)

If we can keep water to the plants, this looks like a good veggie year. We've about eaten up all our 'put by' from the previous years. But this is some of the most depressing news I've read in a while....
http://www.weather.com/outlook/weather-news/news/articles/dr...
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ImageAnnaZ
May 6, 2011 7:07 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Kathleen, my SU was famous for not having ANY tools in the tractor to use to replace the shear pins on the old pull-type chopper. Oh, the shear pins and nuts were there, scattered around the cab floor and in a paper bag. I got a little tee'd off one time and I asked him "How do you expect me to even TRY and fix anything when you don't send me the tools to do it? It's like sending a steer to do a bull's job...........ain't got the equipment". If nothing else it did make him crack a smile, and he didn't dispute my claim. I just tried really hard to NOT shear a pin. Big Grin
porkpal
May 6, 2011 7:15 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Donkey I hope all the predictions are wrong; our pastures are already crispy and cracked, and the stock tanks dried up last month. Normally there would have been a cutting of hay by now, but unless the meadows are irrigated, there is nothing to cut. Not looking good...
Porkpal
ImageDonkeyJay
May 6, 2011 8:07 AM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Things are dry as dust around here, too, in spite of several inches of snow earlier in the week... the first moisture for over a month here. Range is still brown when it should be greening up; the grass is still dormant.

I understand land in Detroit is cheap.... Sticking tongue out
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.
porkpal
May 6, 2011 8:11 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
I think most of that cheap land is paved - probably almost as hard as my baked pastures.
Porkpal
ImageKathleen
May 6, 2011 9:11 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
Wish I could send you all some of our excess! Can't even work up garden soil. Guess I'll be using the raised bed for peas and beans again.
ImageCajuninKy
May 6, 2011 11:54 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
We are doing good weather wise. Rains when we need 'em but not to excess. Quite a nice rest from our winter of being snowed under. I have a few inch long pods on my peas.
Please join me at my Websites:
At Home Away from Home ~ Cajun's Corner

ImageDonkeyJay
May 6, 2011 12:23 PM CST
Name: Jay
northeastern New Mexico
Zone 5b, in the foothills @ 7100'
Hurray! Yay! Cajun...
Yeah, love to be able to suck off some of your excess, K. We could pretty much end the possibility of any flooding between TX & NM.

Just have the door to hang on the wind shelter... it wasn't supposed to be very windy to day (15-20 MPH) but I'm thinking they missed again; it's more like 20-30 MPH w/gusts to 40. But that shade cloth is working just like I'd hoped.... cuts the wind in about half. Especially once I get the door on! Hilarious!
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