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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25260 on: May 29, 2018, 04:53:27 AM »
Haven’t posted in a while, but will cover what I’ve gotten done in the last week...

Got 90% if the garden in now (Memorial Day is the safe “final frost” date for us).  Covered the tender & tasty stuff the rabbits decimated last year (lettuce, peas etc) that have been in the ground for a couple weeks with floating row covers -that seems enough to discourage the nibblers. Once they grow a bit more I’ll take them off & they should be fine.  (At least that worked in an experiment w the beans last year-non covered were eaten to the ground, covered were fine).  Also have the whole herb garden planted (planters & pots right outside the back door)

Renovated the Raspberry patch, which I’ve wanted to do for a couple years.  Pulled out all the wild black cap raspberries that had invaded, cleared the center row, and replanted suckers to fill in the row.

Found bought & planted three cold hardy hibiscus.  Will be pretty & showy.  The bees should love them.  Still researching if they are edible for tea like the tropical ones.

Received my Tree Collard cuttings in the mail and planted them in pots to get them going.  These are perennial in warmer zones but here in 5a they are annuals.  I’m supposed to be able to root cuttings indoors in the fall & replant in the spring.  We’ll see.

Offered up extra bean seeds I had saved on Facebook, got some local takers.  Spreading the planting joy & building community.

Put some groceries away in the storeroom.  Had teens do chores inside & outside (builds character).  Attended & participated in our town’s lovely graveside Memorial Day service (I see that as emphasizing patriotism, service & community with our kids)

Oh, and I’m down about 25 lbs and hubs is down 37lbs as of this week.  Started the new weight watchers program in late Jan.




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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25261 on: May 29, 2018, 05:48:31 PM »
Helped the boss catch her first swarm of bees this evening. It went well, no bites.  ;D
Left the box there, thinking the stragglers will find it and all settle down.
We'll go back tomorrow and pick it up. Hopefully the bees will like their new digs.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25262 on: May 29, 2018, 05:59:49 PM »
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25263 on: May 29, 2018, 11:00:21 PM »
Thanks Red.  ;)

Just finished up a triple batch (18 pints) of the famous RABBQ sauce.
I did the waterbath bring to boil for 15 minutes. Lids are popping..... ;D

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25264 on: May 30, 2018, 01:28:46 AM »
That stuff must evaporate pretty fast around your place. Let me know how it comes out, if the black pepper goes funky or something.

I still haven't tried to pressure can what I had left over from the shredded pork to check for that. Heavy duty kitchen cleaning today so maybe soon.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25265 on: May 30, 2018, 06:11:44 AM »
Thanks Red.  ;)

Just finished up a triple batch (18 pints) of the famous RABBQ sauce.
I did the waterbath bring to boil for 15 minutes. Lids are popping..... ;D

Is this the sauce with medicinal properties?

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25266 on: May 30, 2018, 07:08:34 AM »
Yes, makes a great vaporizer liquid. It will open sinuses, and windows when hot. Also will keep you hydrated from liquid intake to cool the mouth. When cooled somewhat it cures hunger, makes a pretty good dip for chips hot or cold.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25267 on: May 30, 2018, 09:31:39 AM »
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Add some hot peppers and it also helps rid the butthole hair. If it comes out flaming, you know it's  just right.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25268 on: May 30, 2018, 09:41:50 AM »
Oh those Serrano peppers I canned will to that in a heartbeat.  :rofl:

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25269 on: May 30, 2018, 09:47:30 AM »
That sauce ought to be call Seventh Son BBQ sauce. It'll heal the sick and raise the dead.  :rofl:

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25270 on: May 30, 2018, 09:49:17 AM »
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Carl probably has access to lots of hot peppers in his area, due to all the voodoo down there.  ;D

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25271 on: May 30, 2018, 09:53:35 AM »
I bet he could make that sauce put Marie LeVeaux to shame.  ;D

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25272 on: May 30, 2018, 09:55:46 AM »
I bet he could make that sauce put Marie LeVeaux to shame.  ;D

Probably so

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25273 on: May 30, 2018, 02:21:39 PM »
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Carl probably has access to lots of hot peppers in his area, due to all the voodoo down there.  ;D

As you asked ...the best flavor for peppers ,in my opinion,is the CHILI PEQUIN or CHILI PETAIN that can be purchased in many spice racks across the country and the slightly elongated 'holly berry' looking pepper ,when put in a bird feeder...will blow the nads off a thieving squirrel (birds can't tell a pepper is hot,so they distribute seeds and I picture the exit of seeds accompanied by some quantity of flame). The plants grow well in Texas and Louisiana and are often found in the wild due to bird distribution...3 or 4 of the tiny peppers will add a robust flavor (and heat) to a pot of beans etc.They are a 'tactical' spice and I suggest first timers use with caution.

https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=caan4

https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=caan4
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25274 on: May 30, 2018, 04:25:30 PM »
I finally knuckled under and decided to buy a wheelbarrow. Seems like a waste on .25 acres but I'm sick of moving mulch on tarps. SO I'm at Fleet Farm looking at a $150 wheelbarrow I don't really want and don't have the space for thinking about how much I hate doing this when I come across a garden cart. It's smaller than a wheelbarrow, actually solves more of my problems (like getting potted plants around the property), and doubles as a wagon for the kid (she told me so at least). We built it together and I took her for a short ride because it's rainy today.

I realize it's not as masculine as a real wheelbarrow but I spent the first 20 years of my life moving crap around the family farm with an old, guaranteed flat tired, wheelbarrow I hated. The garden cart can be a mobile tool holder, a repository for weeds, a method of getting starts to the garden, and so much more. As I compared the two it just made more sense. I wish I'd have found this years ago.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25275 on: May 30, 2018, 05:05:40 PM »
Carl, Chile Pequin, also know in the Spanish speaking population here as Birdeye Peppers are relatively easily available here. The ones I've eaten aren't as hot as they would have you believe. Good never the less.

David, I totally agree about those flat tire wheelbarrows.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25276 on: May 30, 2018, 05:34:13 PM »


when put in a bird feeder...will blow the nads off a thieving squirrel

 I picture the exit of seeds accompanied by some quantity of flame).




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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25277 on: May 30, 2018, 05:38:20 PM »
I finally knuckled under and decided to buy a wheelbarrow. Seems like a waste on .25 acres but I'm sick of moving mulch on tarps. SO I'm at Fleet Farm looking at a $150 wheelbarrow I don't really want and don't have the space for thinking about how much I hate doing this when I come across a garden cart. It's smaller than a wheelbarrow, actually solves more of my problems (like getting potted plants around the property), and doubles as a wagon for the kid (she told me so at least). We built it together and I took her for a short ride because it's rainy today.

I realize it's not as masculine as a real wheelbarrow but I spent the first 20 years of my life moving crap around the family farm with an old, guaranteed flat tired, wheelbarrow I hated. The garden cart can be a mobile tool holder, a repository for weeds, a method of getting starts to the garden, and so much more. As I compared the two it just made more sense. I wish I'd have found this years ago.


$150.00???? You must have looked at a contractor model that has a deep tub, and will handle concrete and mason mix.
Homeowner barrows are about $70.00-80.00 normally.
And yea, they all still have flat tires.  :spit:
These crap china made tires and tubes are lucky to even hold air for a day.
Like trailer tires, they are *all* made overseas now.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25278 on: May 30, 2018, 05:42:19 PM »
These crap china made tires and tubes are lucky to even hold air for a day.
Like trailer tires, they are *all* made overseas now.

I got one of those Chinese consumer barrows. Studying options. I think I saw on the Klockit website a barrow kit that had a steel wheel, quality unknown.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25279 on: May 30, 2018, 09:00:15 PM »
Got the new swarm of bees home a little bit ago. They are in da box.  8)
Wife did good for Her first swarm catching episode.
She now has 5 hives. The first two have been split, making four. And now the newcomers.

They were not happy bees when we arrived home. The box in the back of the truck was a-buzz.......very loud. She got it set out on the stand and opened the front, and cleared out.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25280 on: May 31, 2018, 08:53:02 AM »
Ooohhh, angry bees.

A site to behold, young Redman hightailing it across a hay field with a swarm of angry bumble bees right behind him. Got stung 3 times.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25281 on: May 31, 2018, 09:15:16 AM »
Ooohhh, angry bees.

A site to behold, the old buzzard Redman hightailing it across a hay field with a swarm of angry bumble bees right behind him.

I can see it now.  :rofl:

Wife ck'ed new bees this am. Still there, and still buzzing, loudly.  ???

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25282 on: May 31, 2018, 05:38:35 PM »
Stwood said: old buzzard Redman

Hey I was 15 years old dangit. Jerked the tractor out of gear, bailed off and took off on foot. JD B, bees swarming around the stack, flywheel and clutch. Only place to go was off the back in front of the rake.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25283 on: May 31, 2018, 06:03:19 PM »
 ;D Lol. Understand the bailing off..

I bailed off a Farmall N. Copperhead rolled up on the right rear as I was eyeballing the sickle  mower.  Tractor went down over a bank into a small creek. Tricyle front end plunged into the mud, stopping it.



Did some bee hive repairs/making today.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25284 on: May 31, 2018, 07:36:15 PM »
We're buying the house I mentioned earlier! Will be a nice adventure to settle it, fix the old building next to it and make all my workshops there. Also planning a gun vault room and possibly a small and clean gunsmithing/reloading workshop. And of course plenty of room for all the prepping stuff. Will take couple months to get through all the bureaucracy (some parts of property have to be redone on the maps), but we should be spending the Fall there already.
Also, I've successfully tried the way of steel quenching they use in India on kukri blades: pouring water on the blade, not putting the blade into water. So far the product looks well. Hope to finish it over the weekend. It's a 15th century dussack for my wife.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25285 on: May 31, 2018, 07:48:23 PM »
Congratulations!!

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25286 on: May 31, 2018, 09:16:21 PM »
  • getting ready for my yearly fishing trip
  • more garden work
  • entertained some guests at the house and around the fire pit.
  • next project:egg carton fire starter (using bacon fat)

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25287 on: June 01, 2018, 05:02:59 PM »
Added bulk cooking supplies to the storeroom.
Working in the garden. Things are growing!!! Wish it would rain a bit though. Need to water tomorrow....

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25288 on: June 01, 2018, 05:27:05 PM »
Watching the sickle mower huh, saw more that one snake made into two pieces.

Congratulations Knecht on the house.

Bulk cooking supplies. I've been trying to do that for years, finally after retiring I can and SWMBO doesn't object.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #25289 on: June 02, 2018, 12:34:47 AM »
more indexing of the small items in the various kits. i.e I totally cannot remember what and how much cord I have in them.
And with the chance i will updating two FAKs.

And i am setting plan on doubling my food storage within the summer.