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    Splitting tomatillo stems

    I do have it caged, so that makes me feel good. I've had too many plants get blown over, so I've been caging all my peppers and tomatoes for several years now. I also didn't know, until yesterday when I had a video playing in the back ground, that you should have 2 tomatillos in order to get...
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    Splitting tomatillo stems

    With out searching through the forum, has anyone witnessed the stalks on their tomatillo plants splitting open? This is my first time raising them and noticed it last week. Didn't seem to hurt them, but wondering if the recent rains we received was the cause. Should I expect problems bc of...
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    How much can you really grow? Sustainability.

    I actually don’t really blame the dog, it was a German Shorthair and they are great at what they do. I did, however, blame the neighbor for not training it and allowing the dog to run all over the neighborhood, which is also what they’re good at if not properly trained in obedience. Nuff about...
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    How much can you really grow? Sustainability.

    Free ranging our chickens is an option, and I did it for a couple years, but coons, coyotes, Mink, and at one time the neighbors dog, devastate our flock. I had to make an enclosed run and until I buried wire 6” down and 12” out, the Coon were getting in. They even tore holes in the roof and...
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    How much can you really grow? Sustainability.

    SC, was there any other food supplied to the flock? I know when I poke anything green through the fence, or anything green from the table, they devour it! I give them scratch grains and pelletized mash, but they love the mix of wheat and cracked corn food. I have dumped a bunch of curb collected...
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    How much can you really grow? Sustainability.

    I should have grabbed all 6-7 of them, but felt a little greedy! LOL! So for a cover crop, since I love peas, what if I were to plant a good eating pea and some wheat, and only harvest some of the peas before mowing them down? Some would go to seed, but I could get a good supply and the rest...
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    How much can you really grow? Sustainability.

    No, unfortunately, it's a gasser, but I'll have to deal with that. I bought it from my Aunt this spring and know she had the cam replaced, which is one Achilles Heal it has. Other than that I think it should be good if I service it properly. Yea, those old Kubota's keep their value well! You got...
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    How much can you really grow? Sustainability.

    I kinda like your old school set up! I had a 52 8N about 15 years ago, but sold it. Wish I had it back most days! But, the 425 is probably better suited for most of my needs. It is the Kawasaki 20HP motor in it. Your style of gardening is definitely suited for for the use of implements. Amending...
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    How much can you really grow? Sustainability.

    I suppose some folks don't like the public reading their responses, and I get that, but I am over that stage and it is great to have discussion with like minded and enthusiastic people. I do have the property to create what I need to follow what you're doing, and again, I think it's a great...
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    How much can you really grow? Sustainability.

    I didn't actually see your last photo's before posting. Dang! That is some kind of green cover! Your soil is going to be smiling for sure, as will you! Haha! Yea, 25I would think would shut it down, but I swear my grass is still growing up here too! Not too fast, but it hasn't gone dormant yet.
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    How much can you really grow? Sustainability.

    Thank you for responding! I agree, and I think you're doing it right too. I'm in central Iowa and we're obviously on a shorter growing cycle, although it's still warm enough for them to grow something. 52 deg today! But, I've noticed a few farmed fields here have what appears to be winter...
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    How much can you really grow? Sustainability.

    Hey Meadowlark, I read through all these links and didn't notice how you were scattering the cover crops. Do you run your mower over it? Thank you, James
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