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    Green peas... on a bit larger scale...

    I always grow green peas. They're just something we love to eat so I grow 'em. And I think we could sell some of 'em if we had enough. I didn't plant enough this year to sell (had a few to give away to a few people, but not enough to sell, plus put a bunch in the freezer). I've grown short...
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    Water pump for irrigation... any ideas?

    I could use some input. I'm thinking in terms of irrigation for several areas, none of which are easily hooked to a well or city water connection. Water storage isn't that difficult. And drip lines are really cheap and easy to deal with. But, I need something that can supply the water evenly...
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    Might be makin' the step next weekend... to the farmers market!

    I'm thinkin' it might just happen next weekend. The garden is starting to produce some stuff and it's definitely more than we need, at least that's what it looks like. Picked the "shiner" potatoes today. (No diggin', just what we could see without diggin'.) Picked up nearly half a bushel. Wow...
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    A different kind of scarecrow...

    Another thread was talking about scarecrows of various kinds. The thing about scarecrows is, they're usually just static objects that don't move. I got to wondering, how would one of those inflatable dancing men type thingies work, maybe if set up on a motion detector near my garden? One of...
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    Problem with flies... biting me!!

    Gardening is going well this year. It's been quite dry and watering has been a big deal. But so far, my gardens seem to be the envy of the neighborhood. Can't say I do it for that reason, but it's nice of the neighbors to mention it. Problem is, the flies are getting to me. They bite! We don't...
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    Anyone good at redesign of living space?

    I'm curious about something and have poked around the internet numerous times but really don't find a whole lot that seems to help. Here's what I'm thinkin' about... We bought a house a few years ago. Built in about 2006 or so, so it's not that old. Stickbuilt. It's around 2,000 square feet...
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    Got your hummingbird feeders up yet?

    Put our hummingbird feeders up Saturday morning, heard a rumor that a community not far from here saw a couple of hummingbirds. :) With a name like "Hummingbird Hill Gardens", of course we gotta have hummingbird feeders. (It was just a name we liked and it stuck. Haven't done a lot with it...
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    Water, water everywhere... until there's not...

    Wanted to run this past the group. What might be some good CHEAP ways to capture rain water and store it while there is plenty of it (like now, the spring), so that we have it for garden and high tunnel irrigation when we have those weeks on end of hot summer and no rain? I just collected a...
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    Made batch #2 of wine today. :)

    I made a batch of wine about a month ago, some a bit longer. Several different flavors of juice to start with. A plain red grape juice was good wine. We liked that. Cran-watermelon was interesting, pretty good. Cherry was one I was hoping to like but didn't care for it as much. Can't remember...
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    Bought a BCS...

    I finally did it. I've been oogling over BCS tillers for years. Today was the day. I was trying to work up a patch that had gotten more sod in it than I wish it had and my old 30 year old Craftsman tiller quit on me. My dear wife gave me a good talkin' to and said, "We need to go get a new...
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    A little fun on the homestead today...

    We woke up to about 5" of new snow here in Deer Lodge, TN this morning! Usually, when the weatherman says, "3-5 inches of snow", we look at each other and say, "yeah, right". But they actually got it right this time! Anyway, my dear wife saw all this snow and decided we needed a snowman. Oh...
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    Anybody makin' their own homemade wine? :D

    The topic came up on another thread and it was suggested maybe it should have it's own. Anybody makin' their own homemade wine? Or other happy tonics beverages for medicinal purposes?? ;) ;) I know some people make quite the process out of it while others add a little plain ol' yeast and a...
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    Haircuts... who does their own? LOL!!

    OK, I'll admit it, I need a haircut. I despise going to a hair cuttin' place to get it done (covid mask crap notwithstanding) and often put it off until I just can't stand it. I get pretty shaggy. Unlike my close relatives, it didn't all fall out when I reached 50. I still have a pretty full...
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    Can I just replace the hard drive to start over with my desktop?

    Hoping there are some computer savvy types reading. Wanna run somethin' past ya. A couple of months ago, I bought a "new" computer. It's actually a refurbished Dell, Optiplex 9020. It works pretty well but it came loaded with Windows 10. Needless to say, I HATE Windows 10. I really do. I got...
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    Have any of you actually used litmus paper test strips to test your soil pH?

    I've seen it mentioned a time or two but if there is a thread about this, I missed it. Have any of you actually USED litmus paper test strips to test your soil pH? I think I already know how it's supposed to be done. It's not terribly complicated. But I've been looking at litmus paper on...
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    Do you have a freeze dryer?

    I would imagine this could go in a number of different categories. Preppers are likely to have freeze dried food in their stocks. Anyway, I've seen a few videos about home freeze dryers. They're expensive, but still doable for us. And they look like they would be very useful for some stuff...
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    What to convert cash to if anticipating hyperinflation?

    This might have been beat to death in some places. I've not read every thread. If it's already been beat to death, please point me to the place of beating so I can go read. ;) What I'm getting at is this. If someone happened to have some cash now, (I'll throw out a hypothetical amount of $50k...
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    Hot water heater question - anybody have a thought or two?

    Maybe not a question for every homestead but I'll be most have a hot water heater. Ours happens to be a standard electric hot water heater, sits in a closet, the water heater is about 20" around and about 5' tall. (It came with the house when we bought it and hasn't caused us any problems.) I...
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    Gator / Mule / Ranger / RTV / UTV / golf cart... do you have one that you use around your homestead?

    Just curious whether some of you may have a utility vehicle that you use around the homestead? I've kinda got the bug that I think I want one. And I have this idea that I would use one around the place, anything from picking up sticks to hauling tomato cages to checkin' on the edges of the...
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    Sweet potatoes... how to keep them going year after year??

    Greetings, fellow gardeners! I have a question about sweet potatoes. I'm thinking something similar might apply to regular potatoes but I'm thinking primarily of sweet potatoes. How do you keep your own going from year to year? I understand the theory. With a sweet potato, you let some of...
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