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 

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.

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