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mikec

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Mostly for KIR, because he is the master at this stuff.

Today I planted 10 raspberries (2 kinds), 10 blackberries (2 kinds), and 5 blueberries (5 different varieties).

I hope some of it grows.  If so, then I'll do more next spring.  They are a little too close together, because I didn't plan my space well.  If they all survive, then I'll have to move some to the back in the fall.

We have a little land now, but it's all woods.  Our full sun spots are located out front, which makes space tight.  Everything else is shaded.  I had to take some sod out to get them all in.  Hope the wife doesn't notice.

I also have found out, now that they are budding out, that 4 plants that have been dead looking sticks all winter look to be Jane Magnolias.  Pretty happy about that.

Since I first saw this house in Fall, I am waiting to see what all pops forth as spring comes.

One blackberry I planted was Prime-Ark Freedom.  Seems promising, from those UA madmen.

We'll keep our fingers crossed that my aching back was not for nothing.

This winter, I'm getting a Honeycrisp and a Granny Smith tree, but it's going to take a little work to get a spot ready. 

Still looking for a place for a vegetable garden.  Probably have to go out back, if I can keep the deer and varmints out of it.
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You'll get very little this year out of the berries, they need the first year to establish, lot's of water.  Probably get some production year 2.  Year 3 and after is where you'll see volume.  Hope you're settled because being a 'farmer' sometimes takes patience.  I love to plant, grow and reap rewards but it is work.  The heat, summer will test you.  Hope you have access to water year 1.  I have a water well, you?

Your back will ache depending on your equipment.  Weeds are always an issue so mulching, spraying weedkiller and working the dirt with hand tools will have to be utilized.

I'm looking at a Kubota small tractor/mower/ tiller combo this year, approx. 12K [frown]  Wife has given the ok after we redid bathroom and refloored living room.  Built up the brownie points
Note:  Looking at Kubota BX1870-1 or BX2370-1

If you haven't turned your garden plot yet, don't try one this year.  Dig the plot/spot and give it hell and try a fall garden, I doubt you can be ready with non-prepared dirt this year.  Try to prepare your spot now through the summer and you'll be ready for perhaps a small fall garden and a kickass garden next Spring.

Make sure you plant those apple trees in September to October and get them established then.

I may not do a full-fledged garden this year because I'm looking at a neck surgery, semi-minor, in June.  My neck feels like a never ending crick in my neck, radiating across my shoulder.  A pinched nerve between my C-5/C-6 vertebrae

Good luck

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Those Kubota's are very sweet. Love the reverse radiator air flow and the quarter-inching valves, and reversible seat. Think I'd go with that 2370, more PTO HP and bigger tires.
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#1 choice, it's just time.  Takes 2 days to till my 1/4 acre garden with my Troy-Bilt that needs replacing anyway or 1 hour?  It's time.  Both are 4WD and diesel, should last me till I'm gone from Earth
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Thanks for the advice.

I certainly won't be needing a tractor.  We live on the top of a hill, which is great, but with the woods in the back, there's not much space.  The woods drop straight down, so there isn't much hope to reclaim much of that.  Stupid septic tank takes up most of the back that is not woods, so there's limited room.  We do have an inground sprinkler system that covers the berry patch for irrigation, but it's not a well.  Shouldn't be a supply problem though.

Anyways, I'll keep banging away.  I think I may use some railroad ties to build some terraced planter boxes in the back, and get that ready for a small garden.

Our lot has a cool house, a huge deck out back with a nice view, but it's not really set up for what I want to do (go figure).  The nice thing is that when you're out back, all you smell is pines, and I've never seen so many stars.

My wife bought a smoker, and I have an inground fire pit.  I think my summer hobby might be learning how to make killer bbq.

I'll have to squeeze into the ground what I can here and there.
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I have a bunch of customers looking for sawdust to use in above ground gardens. One said a PHD had done a study, and was hyping using sawdust mulch as a means for small communities in even barren areas to provide sustenance gardening and prevent localized famine in underdeveloped countries.
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I've seen sawdust recommended on some organic gardening sites.

As a pleasant surprise, my neighbor told me today that one of the trees I've been waiting to see what it is happens to be an apple tree.  Green apples they said.  I would think it must be granny smith.  This tree is 20 feet tall, and they said it's very productive.  Nice bonus.
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That is great news, break out the apple pie recipe book
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Tractor shopping on line today.  Leaning Green


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Tractor shopping on line today.  Leaning Green


Kubota is out.  Taking the cup holder to hold your phone, where you going to put your beer?  Total wreck.  Someone should write Kabota and let them know their sales are going to bottom out.

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John Deere, or New Holland, over 50 HP at the PTO, and 4 wheel drive. Joystick quick detach front end loader, hydraulic hookups at rear of tractor, shuttle shift transmission, a hydraulic box blade, a 7' brush Hog, or a bat wing mower. That will about do it.
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Then it's hard to find prices on the John Deere [what's that say?] and the polymer hood is getting hammered on youtube.  
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Mahindra according ole Rush. I'm sure he does plenty of yard work on his property in FL. hahahaha
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Kubota is out.  Taking the cup holder to hold your phone, where you going to put your beer?  Total wreck.  Someone should write Kabota and let them know their sales are going to bottom out.


I use the phone for blue tooth connected music.  I have a pant clip for the phone and that example was stupid in the video.  I'm not giving up the beer holder.

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Sounds fun. These days, All my extra money goes to parts for my daughter's car.

The neighbor told me when the tree drops apples, they get moving fast by the time the get to the bottom of the street down the hill (about 1/2 mile).
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Mahindra getting hammered too.

 Dropping that mower deck to till?  If I don't have to I don't want to.  Kubota says 6" ground clearance on the mower deck in highest setting.   Gonna have to visit the dealer and listen to the salesman now.  dewy, you got an opinion?

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Mahindra according ole Rush. I'm sure he does plenty of yard work on his property in FL. hahahaha



Down in Naples, they have people for that.
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Down in Naples, they have people for that.


Good one hehe.

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I use the phone for blue tooth connected music.  I have a pant clip for the phone and that example was stupid in the video.  I'm not giving up the beer holder.


Clip the phone to those cut-off jean shorts of yours? Mullet, fraying jeans shorts, and a lone star stuffed in the holder.

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Mahindra getting hammered too.

 Dropping that mower deck to till?  If I don't have to I don't want to.  Kubota says 6" ground clearance on the mower deck in highest setting.   Gonna have to visit the dealer and listen to the salesman now.  dewy, you got an opinion?


Dropping the mower deck is F'd. That's a deal breaker. Dewey, how about weighing in?

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John Deere, or New Holland, over 50 HP at the PTO, and 4 wheel drive. Joystick quick detach front end loader, hydraulic hookups at rear of tractor, shuttle shift transmission, a hydraulic box blade, a 7' brush Hog, or a bat wing mower. That will about do it.


I don't need all that and mike surely doesn't.  We don't have a spread, we have a plot; hence the 25HP range is just perfect.

I forgot if you had Saint Augustine at your place.  What do you mow that with?  Kubota has a patented Fine-Cut cutting blade system for tidying up the yard that cuts a cleaner cut than their standard cutting deck.  I wanted the industrial tires but can't get them with the 54" blade, gotta go to 60".

mike I forgot to say is that I love those first cold fronts in October and November blowing throw those Pine trees, I love that sound.  However, a camp fire out of pine wood just don't cut it.  Nothing beats oak, pecan or mesquite for smelling fires.

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Sounds fun. These days, All my extra money goes to parts for my daughter's car. The neighbor told me when the tree drops apples, they get moving fast by the time the get to the bottom of the street down the hill (about 1/2 mile).


Been there, done that.  I don't have all the toys that woody has.  Never owned a boat, never owned tractors but had a couple riding mowers and a couple of Troy-Bilt tillers, never RVs but owned pop-up camper.  This will be my first toy >10K

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I'm getting used to the sound of the pines clacking together when they away. Smells good though.

I had a few pines snap during the ice storm we had a few weeks ago. Gotta go grab some fat stuff for fire pit kindling. Not sure if there's any oak down. I have to hard prune this apple tree though, so I plan to save that wood for the smoker.

It's nice to have a little spot of dirt, but I'll have to listen to y'all's tractor exploits.

Ps - St Augustine blows. Especially if it's wet - ruts up bad
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If you don't have good drainage like my parents yes it ruts up.  My yard slopes, never standing water by next day after rain.

I love my St. Augustine carpet

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Never liked the feel of those big blades on bare feet. 
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my wife won't be riding a tractor if it's brand new and has perfect wheels. 

redneck married up - it's all good with me.


This belongs on the Gardening thread

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Mahindra according ole Rush. I'm sure he does plenty of yard work on his property in FL. hahahaha


Mahindra commercials seem to be increasing lately. They are offering 8k in some sort of rebate deal.

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I don't need all that and mike surely doesn't.  We don't have a spread, we have a plot; hence the 25HP range is just perfect.

I forgot if you had Saint Augustine at your place.  What do you mow that with?  Kubota has a patented Fine-Cut cutting blade system for tidying up the yard that cuts a cleaner cut than their standard cutting deck.  I wanted the industrial tires but can't get them with the 54" blade, gotta go to 60".

mike I forgot to say is that I love those first cold fronts in October and November blowing throw those Pine trees, I love that sound.  However, a camp fire out of pine wood just don't cut it.  Nothing beats oak, pecan or mesquite for smelling fires.


John Deere Z655 zero turn with a 54" deck for the lawn. New Holland for the big stuff. I've got around 2.5 acres under irrigation. 56 zones and counting.

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Woody's right, KIR. Stop being such a pussy and get one of these for your plot.

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Those rubber tracks do look turf friendly
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