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by OddDuck
Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: Gardening and agriculture
Topic: Gardens in 2017
Replies: 48
Views: 1403

Re: Gardens in 2017

while I have a few things started, I have been glaring at the long term forcast of march and been sitting on my hands, forcing myself to wait before I start the bigger seedling push, I am in holding pattern Once again, I didn't get seeds started when I should have, and this year its a good thing. I...
by OddDuck
Wed Sep 07, 2016 3:52 am
Forum: Gardening and agriculture
Topic: Apple and Crabapple harvests
Replies: 7
Views: 558

Re: Apple and Crabapple harvests

I spent an hour this evening picking up the ground apples under one of my trees. Got about a third of them cleaned up and sorted. 2 crates for the horses, and 4 crates of the grotty ones are parked near the bee hives. Many of the ground apples were full of honey bees feeding. They go in the worm hol...
by OddDuck
Wed Mar 30, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: Food Storage
Topic: Smoking
Replies: 0
Views: 214

Smoking

Finished 10 lbs of cherry smoked bacon yesterday. Food storage is going to be a problem with this one. Yummmmmy Today I smoke corned beef and tomorrow, pastrami. I also experimented with cold smoking some slabs of pig lard. I plan to render it down the usual way and see what that does for adding fla...
by OddDuck
Wed Mar 30, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Livestock, Farming and Gardening
Topic: Hatching eggs
Replies: 16
Views: 865

Re: Hatching eggs

My experience is that the heritage breed populations have gotten too small and they have also been managed poorly. Since most are being hatched and raised by newbie backyard chicken enthusiasts, the eggs are not being collected from only the "best" and many people are selling pullet eggs a...
by OddDuck
Mon Mar 28, 2016 7:30 pm
Forum: Livestock, Farming and Gardening
Topic: Hatching eggs
Replies: 16
Views: 865

Re: Hatching eggs

This is a tough subject to be very accurate on. We all have different incubators sitting in different houses with different ambient temperatures. We all get our eggs from different places or use our own and the who knows if the eggs are worth beans before we even set them. I was collecting my hatchi...
by OddDuck
Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:44 am
Forum: Livestock, Farming and Gardening
Topic: Hatching eggs
Replies: 16
Views: 865

Re: Hatching eggs

So, I set three lots of eggs in hovabators. I always clean the 'bators between hatches. First 'bator the eggs are washed. Second 'bator the eggs are washed and sprayed with the listerine/water mix and the third 'bator any icky bits are lightly "dry" sanded with a green scrubby pad maintain...
by OddDuck
Fri Mar 18, 2016 11:55 pm
Forum: Gardening and agriculture
Topic: creating your own landrace crops
Replies: 11
Views: 626

Re: creating your own landrace crops

Good tip on the sweet corn seed saving. I have sweet corn but the planting will be small enough that I can bag it and self pollinate for seed. I don't want it crossing with my field corn or the neighbours stuff but if it does I now have a way to pick the gmo out. Thats the nice thing about smaller c...
by OddDuck
Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Gardening and agriculture
Topic: creating your own landrace crops
Replies: 11
Views: 626

Re: creating your own landrace crops

I hope to do one with field corn. All the coloured open pollinated corn varieties I can get my hands on. I don't want anything with yellow so that I can pick any GMO out of my future seed mix. So far I have collected ten varieties to plant this year. I will also doing some beans and squash as well. ...
by OddDuck
Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:53 am
Forum: Nova Scotia
Topic: A question from an outsider
Replies: 9
Views: 735

Re: A question from an outsider

how can you tell the difference between people preparing for the future and those that want to kill other people. People they identify as "The Other". You cant, I cant, no one can. Certainty of intent in the human species is like looking for unicorns or rocking horse shit...good luck find...
by OddDuck
Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: Nova Scotia
Topic: A question from an outsider
Replies: 9
Views: 735

Re: A question from an outsider

By asking a boat load of leading questions along the lines of what one is trying to work towards and listening carefully to the answers then following your gut instincts. What type of question/answer gets their motivation meter in high gear is also a concern; are they always moving the conversation ...

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