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Coping with Shelter at Home Mandate 4 23 2020

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Know lotta folks really getting more than cabin fever caused by 'shelter at home' mandate and just got text from good buddy of mine from Pharmaceutical Industry and he is about to go nuts and wanted to head out to play golf-lives in Arlington,TX area and I shot him a reply back dat he needs to get out in great outdoors,maybe get himself a small yak,play golf,fish,etc.I feel more than lucky to have not only plenty of available land but plenty of time to not only maintain social distancing but also keep sanity and wanted to send along pics of beautiful garden we have been working on since before last growing season.The unfortunate situation is that the ground somehow got infected with virus dat destroyed just about everything we planted and this year,older son and I decided container gardening was de way to go.We are extremely proud of our garden and wanted to show how fine it looks and not exactly sure how many tomato plants we have but good guess is well over 100 with plenty more in greenhouse that need to be put into 5 gallon buckets.Got heirloom tomato plants and heirloom watermelon and cantaloupe plants and plenty of corn,bell peppers,hot peppers,including some Chocolate and Regular Carolina Reapers.Row of cucumbers is about 70 ft and we joke bout NOT needing NO stinking Gyms,just work on moving filled 5-gallon buckets from greenhouse to garden,distance of well over 100 ft!!!Getting it done and maintaining sanity at same time and older son has already sold a few heirloom plants and got plenty more soon!!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Coping with Shelter at Home Mandate 4 23 2020
Mighty fine garden y’all got there , ole Bug’s and Bambi must be drooling at the mouth for some of them veggies , hope y’alls net can keep them critters out, 😜
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Re: Coping with Shelter at Home Mandate 4 23 2020
I’m like you Mande, this isolation boredom has led me to plow up a garden spot here at my home in Abita Springs. Surprisingly, it is thriving, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers and bell peppers all doing well. Those heirloom tomatoes you gave me as young sprouts several weeks ago are now growing quickly in containers. Been fun watching garden grow and spending time tending to plants.
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Re: Coping with Shelter at Home Mandate 4 23 2020
Yep,GB3,love those heirloom plants.Guess my nature is to do things de ole-school way and also have such a passion for things like gardening,fishing,hunting,etc and love doing it the way I do,starting some extremely rare plants from seeds and getting ready to make some incredibly realistic soft plastic swimbaits and noticed some of the lure manufacturers FINALLY getting with it and making SOME dem soft plastics a tad more realistic,STILL nothing like the open pour mold I will be getting in hopefully REAL soon.The gent I have been watching has a funny website,World's Worst Fishing,and he did a neat video where he actually went to a Bass Pro,bought some of my favorite Zoom Speed Worms and a few more fine soft plastics,melted em down and poured his own custom molds and they turned out fine.I actually thought about melting down some soft plastics dat fell outta favor with me LONG time ago,reforming them into fine soft plastics and reporting on the results!!!How bout dat for re-cycling!!!!Was neat video and the gent making them is quite a character!!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Coping with Shelter at Home Mandate 4 23 2020
I like to plant a couple heirlooms with my other tomato's .Only thing they don't produce as good and are not very disease resistant but a lot better tasting...I grow a couple in containers for the heck of it. Best I found is called Pink a liscious....Cherry tomato's do well but all the bigger varieties I tried produced little....
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Re: Coping with Shelter at Home Mandate 4 23 2020
Got off to a late start, dang Fishing Pox had me down, for a while , but managed to make a mini garden 😜 🧙‍♂️🎣
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Re: Coping with Shelter at Home Mandate 4 23 2020
All dem gardens look great-we started about 90% of the current garden from seeds and Wifey had first cousin who would develop his own variety of heirlooms,cross-pollinating a few fine heirlooms.Hard to beat taste of Brandywines and Cherokee Purples and we have bunch of hard-to-find exotics that are doing extremely well-having to water em very often and older son's Dasher II cucumbers are more than incredible.I have not had nearly the success with watermelons that we have had with tomatoes but we have plenty of heirloom watermelons looking mighty fine and we custom-mix fertilizer using individual components to produce extremely nice mix!!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Coping with Shelter at Home Mandate 4 23 2020
Here is perhaps the best reason we put our ENTIRE garden into containers-last night,in my infinite wisdom,I accidentally left our watering hose on in our garden and the rows were flooded to the TOP and every plant was high and dry,so a Noah's Ark type of flood will have absolutely no effect on our garden,plus we will have containers ready for years to come and all we gotta do is take out plants,replace em and go on.Buddy of ours just told us he has good friend in Missouri that sells seeds,plants,etc all over country and we fully intend to do likewise and with our spacious greenhouse,propagating plants from seeds and having plenty of ready-to-go plants and seeds will be easy.Be willing to bet that his buddy might actually supply seeds for Rare Seeds.Com,much like we could do!!!Guess the ultimate re-cycling effort would be to use fish carcasses as fertilizer,once ya scatter lime on em!!!Next step would be to actually head out and catch me plenty fish!!!Gonna real soon be hand-pouring some fine and incredibly-effective soft plastics dat ya AINT gonna be able to get locally,possibly get em from guys dat specialize in hand-pouring soft plastics!!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Coping with Shelter at Home Mandate 4 23 2020
Since taking those pics,have used brand new fine 2-stroke weed eater that has tons of trimming attachments and got rid of lotta tall grass and weeds and older son has already harvested 13 beautiful dasher II cucumbers that are more than amazing.Pretty soon gonna harvest bunch of nice Better Boy tomatoes and with greenhouse,will be able to start Fall tomatoes come June and might even be able to grow tomato plants inside greenhouse.Roof is about 9 ft tall and we have fine heirloom in there right now with plenty of pea-sized tomatoes already formed.Too bad we did not have this greenhouse last year but got her going now and gonna be very nice propagating plants and gearing up to start selling seeds like our buddy was telling us one of his good friends does up in Missouri.Turns out plenty of rare seeds are sold in MO and on our Ozarks vacations,we typically pic up few packs of rare seeds from Ozark Folk Center!!Nice being self-sufficient!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Coping with Shelter at Home Mandate 4 23 2020
Was running outta tomato stakes on fairly regular basis and decided to cut some of our own like I used to always do but this time decided to get some cedar fence boards from Lowe's and turns out each fence board yielded 4 very nice tomato stakes and the remnant of each board yielded 2 nice pepper plant stakes!!Set up neat compact Craftsman table saw and was a breeze ripping 10 fence boards and got us 40 fine tomato stakes(cut v into each one to make em easier to shove into containers)!!Cedar should last better than one season and if ends rot,cut em down into pepper plant stakes-we also have such heavily-loaded eggplants dat we gotta stake dem as well!!We are only about a few weeks away from getting nice harvest and have already made refrigerator pickles from a few Dasher II cucumbers and older son has a few friends that are chefs and squash flowers can be stuffed and cooked(delicacy and quite expensive to buy)!!

Mandevillian
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Re: Coping with Shelter at Home Mandate 4 23 2020
Curiosity got de better of me and decided why not get an exact count of our tomato plants(not counting 10 near our house and at least 30 in containers,needing to be transported to garden)and just in fenced-in garden,we have 136 tomato plants!!Older son just handed me fine Jalapeno pepper and dat lil jewel was mighty fine.Got us bunch of Carolina Reapers,even got few Chocolate Carolina Reapers and older son toyed with selling bunch of cucumbers and Jalapeno peppers today in Mandeville but he decided against it,possibly will wait til next week.Been getting lotta work done of yard and garden and busted my butt getting blade cable replaced on ole Craftsman 16.5 hp lawn tractor(quite a lil beast with a Kohler engine-can't beat dem Kohler engines).Was a chore and good news is I remembered the steps even though this is only the second cable and ole tractor gotta be over 20 years young!!!We tend to keep things long time and maintain em meticulously.Think my Kubota well over 35 years old and she is a lil beast,one dem Grey Market gems that NEVER quit!!Wifey cooking some fresh snap beans and de smell driving me crazy-hope she and I nab some nice reds and possibly some fat Bayou Lacombe crabs this Monday(35th wedding anniversary-what better way to spend it than on de water)!!!

Mandevillian
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