Anyone growing strawberries ?
hank hill

Riverside, IL

#48 Apr 8, 2013
ShadyBits wrote:
<quoted text>Thank you for the info. I would never have thought about pollinating and, knowing me, I'd have only bought one and whined that it didn't bear fruit! Thanks!
Anytime. Just something to consider asking if you decide to buy the trees. Good luck if you decide to give it a try.
hank hill

Riverside, IL

#49 Apr 8, 2013
Jake wrote:
Thats true. but after leaving the site of transfer to a new location will take up to two weeks for the hens to lay eggs again.
to raise hen's is not feasible these days, your talking about buying growing mash to start and then feeding.
growing rooster's for meat would be more worth it knowing that they eat veggie scraps and insects whre the Hen's dont eat those things. so for raising rooster for food is that there is the fun of cutting the heads off, gutting and hanging, boiling water to dip and pluck the feathers and freeze. it does taste better then store bought and more meat on the bones for sure.
Your choice!
Fresh is always best, but I really dont think this particular endeavor is for me. Lol.

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Since: Mar 13

Earth

#50 Apr 8, 2013
I don't know if you've been reading all of the posts including those in some other threads but...

Over where I am at you aren't allowed to keep chickens because they're considered an "agricultural product"... and those aren't allowed - according to our bylaws / regs / etc.- in residential areas...

So I've been asking around with local council members and such to see if we could get that changed... just to let folks keep say something like 4 or so hens...

Just for laughs the "threat" that I have been making is that if they say no... I am going to wait until it is warmer and buy several dozen chicks and let them loose around the neighborhood... so that they won't belong to anyone and will just be "free range"...

Their reaction is kind of funny... normally laughing about it... then often a serious look... and I'm pretty sure what they're thinking - that is - questioning if I would really do it...
hank hill

Elm Grove, WI

#51 Apr 8, 2013
Can you keep a horse as a pet?

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Since: Mar 13

Earth

#52 Apr 9, 2013
There is actually a family that has a small stable and some horses down the road...

What I've been told about that is that it has been there for years i.e. they were grandfathered in when all the new regs were made way back when...
hank hill

Silver Spring, MD

#54 Apr 9, 2013
Vallum wrote:
There is actually a family that has a small stable and some horses down the road...
What I've been told about that is that it has been there for years i.e. they were grandfathered in when all the new regs were made way back when...
that stinks. I was going to suggest you get them and call them pets lol.

It cracks me up ppl can have snakes, horses, etc that can and do hurt ppl but ya can't have a chicken cuz it might take a dollar out of circulation.

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Since: Mar 13

Earth

#56 Apr 9, 2013
Either that or maybe they watched the following movie one too many times:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0462485/

It's "Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead" - lol !
hank hill

Silver Spring, MD

#57 Apr 9, 2013
Lol.
hank hill

Silver Spring, MD

#58 Apr 9, 2013
Do you guys/gals can or freeze your veggies you grow?

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Since: Mar 13

Earth

#59 Apr 9, 2013
My tomatoes get canned... whole and diced versions... typically anywhere from 4 to 8 cases of quart mason jars...

Hot peppers like jalapenos, Hungarian hot wax and such get sliced and canned with a vinegar mix... cayennes get dried... tabasco get salt fermented into tabasco sauce... extra super hots like my habaneros get cleaned and frozen - which turns them to mush when they thaw but I use them to spice up my chili and stuff so it doesn't matter...

Cabbage gets fermented in some containers with salt and turned into sauerkraut... if there is any left when it starts getting warm - and there usually is since I typically do about 10 gallons worth - I put it in freezer bags and it gets frozen for hotdogs and stuff during cookouts...

Cucumbers get stuck in other containers with salt brine and dill weed and left to get funky - tasty dill pickles (!)... sometimes I will also do sweet pickle slices and can those...

Broccoli, baby squash / zucchini and string beans get a quick hot water blanch and frozen...

Potatoes go into a box of ( dry ) sand in the basement...

I know I know - such a simple question and you get all that in response... lol !
hank hill

Silver Spring, MD

#60 Apr 9, 2013
Oh...sounds like you get alot out of your veggies, thats awesome!

Why the sand for the potatoes? Just curious, my dad put the town to shame last year with his, but he just put them in our basement.

I don't know if you're interested in the potato story but here goes anyway. Our neighbor planted his in april and my dad went up to help him fix something at the end of June and my dad asked him how his taters were doing, he said well better than yours, at least mine are in the ground. Drove my dad nuts that he hadnt taken the time to plant them so that night, 11pm, he went out and planted them and basiclly forgot about them til oct. In oct he decided to check and see what he had and he pulled out potatoes bigger than softballs, figured it was a fluke, took them in and made dinner. When he dug up the rest he had over 1300-1500lbs of potatoes, he gave away a bunch and still ended up with over 900 lbs of them in the basement. He weighed them, took 3 to make a little over 5 lbs, and man they were probably the best tasting ones hes ever grown.

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Since: Mar 13

Earth

#62 Apr 9, 2013
The deal with the sand is it keeps the light off them... but still lets them breath... it also helps buffer them some from any changes in temperature and humidity e.g. if I turn the heat on down there while doing some work in the winter...

The number one reason though for me is... if any little critters sneak into the house for food and decide to go after them during the winter... they can't do anything like squeeze their way down to the bottom of the pile so you don't know they're eating your food... instead they'll leave a trail of tiny foot prints on the stop so you'll there is a potential problem...
hank hill

Silver Spring, MD

#64 Apr 9, 2013
Oh yeah, didn't think about that...good idea.
Jake

Apalachin, NY

#65 Apr 9, 2013
Very interesting. If the NY tax keeps going up i'll have to look into reopening the old root cellar and the Ice House surrounded with the shavings of cutting wood from dying trees i cut down to keep warm, and maybe I'll even clean up the old Out House and put that back in use if!! it's legal with the town.

maybe we could use all of the above and have it be used for a bomb shelter like in the 60's.

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Since: Feb 13

clap your hands!

#66 Apr 10, 2013
Lots of good info in this thread if you don't mind my saying so. Glad you took the time to start it, Michael.

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Since: Mar 13

Earth

#67 Apr 10, 2013
Same back at ya...

I mean seriously... anyone can create one... and if it weren't for you folks posting your own comments and stuff... this would just be another orphan floating to the bottom of the thread list...

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Since: Mar 13

Earth

#71 Apr 17, 2013
Definitely high hopes now for my strawberry experiment...

I put 25 crowns / roots in the ground a couple of weeks ago... some straw covering to keep them warm during the night and the nice days we've been having... and at least 22 of them look like they're going to make it... as that's the number that already have 1 or more leaves fully showing and more on the way...

Mmmmm... strawberries !!!

My onions have also started going to town with quite a few of the red variety popping through the top of the soil... and the cabbages and such are also doing well so far...

Yay !!!
hank hill

Akron, OH

#72 Apr 17, 2013
Awesome! Nothing beats something you grew yourself. yum!

My sister is giving blueberries a shot this year.

“Words are words are words.”

Since: Mar 13

Earth

#73 Apr 17, 2013
Don't even talk to me about blueberries...

I thought I had mentioned it but a few years ago I got some plants on sale and decided to give them a try... they didn't die but they also haven't done much else growth wise...

The thing is that I have no idea what is wrong... the soil tests came back right on the mark for everything from PH on down... yet they sit there in the ground mocking me... lol !!!

Anyway...

If your sister has any luck... feel free to point her to this forum to give us ( ok - me ) some tips on getting mine going...

:)
hank hill

Akron, OH

#74 Apr 17, 2013
How many plants do you have? How many varieties?

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