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Old 04-23-2017, 04:48 PM
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Default Too many acres planted to hand pull weeds everywhere....

We do all the weeding by hand...I crawl and pull....
But we have a couple of acres of fingerlings and that's where the problem is.

Our 1/2 acre of peas are poking up through the ground. Soon we will plant the haricot verts beans, the dozen varieties of sweet peppers and the quarter acre of sunflowers. Japanese eggplant and squash for squash blossoms.
We grow figs and sell them absolutely ripe. We also take cuttings from the mother fig and sell fig trees to. My father in law brought the tree with him when he immigrated @1917.
We have the fig planted in the ground in a greenhouse that is heated in winter.

Next Saturday is my first farmers' market this year. I have been going to this market for 45 years. Hard to believe it.
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Old 04-23-2017, 09:14 PM
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That's great! We just grow enough for ourselves and close family. We do a lot of canning so we can enjoy the garden near year 'round.

Before we plant, the goats go in and eat any weeds, roots and all. After the garden is exhausted for the season, the goats go in again and clean it out, ready for next season!
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Old 04-24-2017, 01:12 PM
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Default I forgot to mention that the goats are great.

I have been in favor of having goats to eat the brush. They eat everything. Would be great for the damn poison ivy which is our best crop.

Now we are old and just managing so we passed the window in time to start having goats. My iiItalian father-in-law had lots of stories about goats. Much better than weed killer. I wish there was a goat service business. Rent goats for a day or a week...around here it would be a good business to start. Lots of organic farmers.
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Old 04-24-2017, 09:12 PM
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I wish there was a goat service business. Rent goats for a day or a week...around here it would be a good business to start. Lots of organic farmers.
There are goats available for hire like that all over the country, might do a search for your area! They are a lot of work to keep.

I just did a hoof trimming, and by the time I was done, it was like I'd run a marathon! *(In keeping on topic for the thread )

If I didn't have M.S., I'd have 50 goats, but 2 is all I can take care of now days.
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Old 04-25-2017, 07:08 AM
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We finished planting potatoes yesterday. My marathon was cutting them and my husband made the rows with one antique tractor, dropped potato pieces one by one from a handheld bucket and used a different old tractor to cover.

Daily Marathons of farm work exercise all my muscles. I can work for hours . Adapting quickly to physical loss has helped. I can not stand or walk rows anymore but I crawl really well. I pick crops that way. I cannot get up without a hard barrel to push against. Stretching against that barrel shakes out tightening muscles. Each wall I hit sends me looking for a way over it. So far so good.
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:34 PM
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You go, MSLazarus! Crawl? Why the hell not. Awesome.

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Each wall I hit sends me looking for a way over it. So far so good.
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Old 05-13-2017, 07:39 PM
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You go, MSLazarus! Crawl? Why the hell not. Awesome.
Crawling works! Anything to get our bodies moving!
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