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Gardens, Fishing, and Future Garden Property

A photo of Nebraska DaveThe month of August flew by and now September is nearly over as well.  We here in Nebraska are heavy into the fall weather with 40s being the normal temperature at night.  This next week will be spent in garden tear down and watering system draining to prepare for the winter months.  This last week was spent in the Northern part of Nevada catching trout.  There's just nothing like a good cooked trout by the shore of a lake.  Everyone should try it at least once in their life.

Fish for dinner 

We kept the bigger fish and let anything under 20 inches go back into the lake to grow up a bit.  This was one afternoon's worth of fishing. If you really want to read more about the trip you can click here.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch the fall garden was planted before I packed up and left for the week of fishing.  I planted lettuce, carrots, and broccoli.  Imagine my surprise when I came back home to this.

 Qs Medley 

After looking at the package closer, I found that I had planted Q's Special Medley.  Chosen by Chef John Platt, this mix exhibits flavors, textures, and colors as varied as the acclaimed cuisine of Q's restaurant in the historic Boulderado Hotel.  Imagine that?  I had planted acclaimed cuisine from the famous Q's restaurant in the historic Boulderado Hotel.  .... Looks like a bunch of weeds to me.  The lesson learned here is to buy your fall seeds in the spring.  This special cuisine package happened to be the only package of lettuce seeds I could find anywhere.  Now I know why.  I think I'll ditch the rest of the package.Fall Broccoli 

This is one of the two precious broccoli plants that grew out of the eight that I planted.  Not the best seed was it?  So far the fall garden is pretty pathetic.  Next is Carrots.

Fall Carrots 

Yeah, here's one of the best looking carrots out of the 80 seeds planted.  I suppose there might be two or three more that sprouted while I was away.  It rained a gentle rain of about one inch according to official garden bean can rain gauge while I was away so the bad sprouting was not due to lack of moisture.  I think it was just plain bad seed.  My lesson learned is to buy only from good seed companies.  I'm just a bit slow to learn what most  likely the rest of you already know.

The property that I'm attempting to buy that's in foreclosure is into the second stage.  My bid has been excepted and the notice has been sent to the owner of the property to pay up or else.  It's expected that there most likely will not be  response as he hasn't paid any taxes since 2001.  Now we wait for 60 days before starting to clear the title and make the final payment for the property.  In the mean time I just may spend some time at the property cleaning up some of the weeds for planting next year.  If I don't get the property, well, then it will just be a good deed for the property owner.  I'll leave you with another video of the property.  This video is a trek into the interior of the property. I hope you enjoy it.

 

 

 Until next time keep the coffee hot and the conversations positive.  Leave a comment about what's been happening in your part of the world.

allan douglas
10/29/2011 4:35:00 AM

Hi Dave, This looks like quite the project. I've done quite a bit of this type of work. I've used three kinds of brush hogs. My favorite for my uses is a self-propelled walk behind machine - I think the one I rented was called a Billy Goat. It is quite maneuverable and will go around rocks and stumps easily, making it ideal for my type of property. If yours is mostly free of such debris then a small tractor with a brush hog deck on the three-point will be your fastest and most labor efficient option. If you've got money to spend and want a truly green solution, a forest mulcher uses a rotary chipper head to grind up the brush and small trees and till all this right back into the soil, providing a one-step solution: no brush to haul off or burn and it enriches the soil. But the head for this costs around 80 grand then mounts on a Bobcat or similar machine, so the package price is steep. You generally can not rent one, you have to hire a service.


nebraska dave
10/16/2011 6:34:04 PM

Mary, my Mother-in-law did the tomato newspaper wrapping thing one year. It worked for her too. If the weather holds off another week or two I won't have many green tomatoes left. The vines are totally dried up but the tomatoes still are ripening on the vine. Of course there are no more blooms but I thought it quite amazing that the green tomatoes would continue to ripen. If I had the space, I'd just pull them up by the roots and hang them up inside some where until all the green tomatoes were ripe. If there are any green tomatoes left, I'll give the newspaper a try. I saw that same fire ring that you are talking about only it was at Menard's here in Nebraska. It is kind of a neat looking idea. I think that I'll build a ring with the retaining wall blocks I'm using for my patio then my thought was to get a cheap round free standing fire pits and leave the legs off. The block ring would allow the fire pit to set down inside and be supported on the blocks by the fire pit rim. It probably wouldn't be any cheaper than the fire ring kit but it would match my patio a little better. Who knows I might be able to snag a year end sale and get a fire pit real cheap. Have a great fall day and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


nebraska dave
10/4/2011 7:29:45 AM

Suzanne, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. The fall garden was a little disappointing but lessons were learned and next fall will be better. This year was the worst year for gardening of the four years since I started back gardening again. I'm just going to put the garden to bed for the winter and start planning for next year. Hopefully, next year will be a prolific year and make up for this one. Have a great fall day.


suzanne cox
10/4/2011 12:41:40 AM

Sorry for the disappointing fall garden. Our spring garden was quit disappointing after to much rain, then drought. So we know your pain! All that time and effort leaves you quit frustrated when things don't grow well. Good luck on acquiring this new property! Keep us updated on it.


nebraska dave
9/29/2011 9:56:29 AM

Cindy, thanks so much for making a quick stop and leaving a short message while doing the chicken dance. That's an imagine I won't soon forget. I'm planning on spending some time at the in process of acquiring property. I'm going to start weed removal. The plan is to clear a path from the front to back of the property but it might end being nothing more than a trail today. So it's pack a lunch and load of the tools and get rolling. I hope to hear more from you later.


cindy murphy
9/29/2011 7:30:48 AM

Hi, Dave. Just quick stop in this morning for a hi/bye/enjoy your day comment. Back later for a more in-depth report (big eye-roll); I've been doing the chicken dance here lately, running around like poultry missing its cranium. Gotta run off now....after I find and reattach my head.


nebraska dave
9/28/2011 9:54:02 PM

Mary, the thought crossed my mind about finding someone with a Bobcat or tractor to help with the brush removal. A small tractor would be a big help when working the ground but it's not in the budget just yet. Maybe someday. I didn't find any of Fred's relatives on the property yet but there could be some hiding in the brush and I wouldn't know it. It is disheartening when seeds don't turn out the way we expect. I have learned my lesson in trying to save a dollar or two on a pack of seeds. It's just not worth it to me to spend all the time and effort for failure to happen because of bad seed. It's been a hard lesson for me to learn because I'm kind of stingy but no more with buying seeds. I haven't had much luck with germinating my own seeds either but there again, I think it was the big box store seeds weren't that great. From now on I'm going to pay more attention to the purchase of quality seeds. Aw, those nettle weeds don't scare me. I've heard one can harvest them and make tea out of them. The leaves are supposed to be edible after boiling and very healthful. NO, I'm not doing either of those things. I'm rootin' them out and sending them off the big light in the plant sky. Have a great day with the Hooligans.


mary carton
9/27/2011 8:07:51 PM

Dave you didn't run into my Fred while you were walking through did you? Looks like you need to rent a bobcat and make quick work of all the overgrowth. It's good that you have trees on the bank to help with the noise from the road. If you get the other property, you'll need a small tractor won't you? I bought some yellow brandywine tomato seeds from a well know seed supplier, and after all the love and care I gave those seeds and plants, they turned out to be some sort of red giant cherry tomato instead. What was so embarrassing it was that I gave a lot of the plants away. I'm really irritated at the company, esp since they didn't answer my on-line complaint. Have fun next week, stay away from the bad weed.