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I picked an overflowing bucket of green beans yesterday and probably need to pick again tomorrow. I haven't prepared them yet but really need to get to them. I got trellises set up for the tomatoes yesterday which I should have done a long time ago. I ended up knocking off a lot of green tomatoes but they really are loaded down so I don't suppose it hurt too much. I've also had lots of ripe tomatoes and eaten most of them warm out of the garden. Bring them in, wash them off and get the salt shaker out. Yum.

I had made a wooden trellis for my cucumbers a while back in an attempt to control them. A couple days ago I covered it with tulle to see if I could keep the squash bugs from getting on them when they swarm. I haven't seen any yet and have actually picked a couple of small cukes. The worst part will be getting to the cucumbers but I think I can just move the tulle aside to pick them. I had to stake it, which wasn't in the original plans but it was blowing around too much.

I agree with your concept HEChicken which is what my free rangers do, However, where I have the birds separated for breeding purposes I have to have more control for them than just letting them seek shade. I have too much money invested in my breeding stock to let them die of heat exhaustion.

In nature there are certain breeds that are fitted for our climate and survive with the same. When we bring in other birds they may have the wrong type feathering or body size to do well here.

I expect comfort for myself so naturally I'm going to try to make them comfortable as well. 

I haven't dug my garlic yet but it's about ready. Actually it gets less bitter if it hangs and ages for a while. I normally hang mine in my basement.

100s of birds and zero spare time!  Imported and exhibition Brahmas/ partridge, black, project blue gold double laced ; Speckled Sussex; Buff exhibition and 100% English Orpingtons in many colors; Heritage Barred Rocks, Breda Fowl, true Araucana;  Ancona, Cayuga, Pekin, Mandarin & wood ducks;Red Golden pheasant;Guineas;Midget white turkey;Sabastopol geese; Peafowl. Great pyrenees. NPIP# KS434
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100s of birds and zero spare time!  Imported and exhibition Brahmas/ partridge, black, project blue gold double laced ; Speckled Sussex; Buff exhibition and 100% English Orpingtons in many colors; Heritage Barred Rocks, Breda Fowl, true Araucana;  Ancona, Cayuga, Pekin, Mandarin & wood ducks;Red Golden pheasant;Guineas;Midget white turkey;Sabastopol geese; Peafowl. Great pyrenees. NPIP# KS434
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It is a totally different thing for free ranging birds that can go find shade & comfort in the heat vs birds in a pen that have to be there to keep them pure bred. We all have our own individual situations that we have to contend with.

 

I picked all of the rest of my lettuce from my VegTrug yesterday. I grew a lot of lettuce in that thing, so I am really pleased with how it worked out. The bug screen kept bugs off of it & chickens out so that was my aim. Next spring I will get an earlier start now that I have it all set up.

I raise Self Blue & Wheaten Ameraucanas, Crested Cream Legbars, Speckled Sussex, English Lavender & Buff Orpingtons, Heritage Barred Rocks, Mille Fleur Bantam Cochins, English Jubilee & Partridge Orpingtons, Silver Penciled Rocks, Mille Fleur/Buff Leghorns, BLRW, & Rhodebars I also have several colors of Guineas, Ancona Ducks, & Sebastapol Geese. NPIP KS-413
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I raise Self Blue & Wheaten Ameraucanas, Crested Cream Legbars, Speckled Sussex, English Lavender & Buff Orpingtons, Heritage Barred Rocks, Mille Fleur Bantam Cochins, English Jubilee & Partridge Orpingtons, Silver Penciled Rocks, Mille Fleur/Buff Leghorns, BLRW, & Rhodebars I also have several colors of Guineas, Ancona Ducks, & Sebastapol Geese. NPIP KS-413
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post #35083 of 35526
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Originally Posted by chicken danz View Post
 

I picked an overflowing bucket of green beans yesterday and probably need to pick again tomorrow. I haven't prepared them yet but really need to get to them. I got trellises set up for the tomatoes yesterday which I should have done a long time ago. I ended up knocking off a lot of green tomatoes but they really are loaded down so I don't suppose it hurt too much. I've also had lots of ripe tomatoes and eaten most of them warm out of the garden. Bring them in, wash them off and get the salt shaker out. Yum.

I had made a wooden trellis for my cucumbers a while back in an attempt to control them. A couple days ago I covered it with tulle to see if I could keep the squash bugs from getting on them when they swarm. I haven't seen any yet and have actually picked a couple of small cukes. The worst part will be getting to the cucumbers but I think I can just move the tulle aside to pick them. I had to stake it, which wasn't in the original plans but it was blowing around too much.

I agree with your concept HEChicken which is what my free rangers do, However, where I have the birds separated for breeding purposes I have to have more control for them than just letting them seek shade. I have too much money invested in my breeding stock to let them die of heat exhaustion.

In nature there are certain breeds that are fitted for our climate and survive with the same. When we bring in other birds they may have the wrong type feathering or body size to do well here.

I expect comfort for myself so naturally I'm going to try to make them comfortable as well. 

I haven't dug my garlic yet but it's about ready. Actually it gets less bitter if it hangs and ages for a while. I normally hang mine in my basement.

I guess I need to check my garlic...  How do you tell if it's ready?

 

That many beans already?!?  Gosh, my plants have just barely started to bloom.  It always amazes me how much of a difference there can be between Eastern KS and WEstern KS - both in weather and harvest times.

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You  need to harvest garlic when the leaves are between 1/3 to 2/3rds brown. Normally here that is in July. But it looks like mine is about ready now. Yours was planted a little later and it's cooler out there so you may have some time left. Also the type of garlic you plant makes a difference. We both have hard neck garlic which is harvested later than soft neck garlic. My garlic is just now setting on seed pods and normally I have full seed pods when I harvest. I don't think it's going to last that long this year. You can check the heads to see how they are developing. Once you dig them however you need to put them up quickly. They need to hang about 3 weeks before you start using them for optimum flavor.

I really wish at this point I had a ton of straw. I could really benefit by mulching the gardens now. The source I've been getting it from is gone now and I hate to spend a fortune on individual bales.

100s of birds and zero spare time!  Imported and exhibition Brahmas/ partridge, black, project blue gold double laced ; Speckled Sussex; Buff exhibition and 100% English Orpingtons in many colors; Heritage Barred Rocks, Breda Fowl, true Araucana;  Ancona, Cayuga, Pekin, Mandarin & wood ducks;Red Golden pheasant;Guineas;Midget white turkey;Sabastopol geese; Peafowl. Great pyrenees. NPIP# KS434
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100s of birds and zero spare time!  Imported and exhibition Brahmas/ partridge, black, project blue gold double laced ; Speckled Sussex; Buff exhibition and 100% English Orpingtons in many colors; Heritage Barred Rocks, Breda Fowl, true Araucana;  Ancona, Cayuga, Pekin, Mandarin & wood ducks;Red Golden pheasant;Guineas;Midget white turkey;Sabastopol geese; Peafowl. Great pyrenees. NPIP# KS434
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I love God, Life, and Chickens!

 

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I love God, Life, and Chickens!

 

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post #35086 of 35526
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I guess I need to check my garlic...  How do you tell if it's ready?

When the outer five leaves are brown, its ready.

 

I planted a ton last fall and had 55 come up - yikes!  I planted a mix of hardneck and softneck varieties.  Hardneck produce a scape which is the seed head, but you need to cut the scape, in order to force the plant to put its energy into developing the bulb rather than the flower.  When it puts up the scape, it will go up and then curl around.  Wait until it has done a full loop and then the scape is ready to be harvested.  Cut it with pruners and you can use the scape itself in cooking.  It will have a very mild garlic flavor.   After you cut the scape, wait a little longer while it develops the bulb and then when the outer 5 leaves are brown, you can dig up the bulb.

 

I had always heard that hardneck varieties mature later than softneck, but the first two bulbs that were ready to be dug this year were hardnecks.  Since then I've dug a mix of hard and soft necks - about 10 in all.  Only 45 to go....

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Enjoying my 10-acres in the country with 100+ chickens and turkeys!  Blog is here.

 

Read about my fox attack here

A fox attack survival story

My hoop house

Should I add supplemental heat?

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I've planted garlic for three years and realized I planted a lot more than I could ever use practically so this year I only planted half as much. I don't normally cut the scapes because I use the bulbils for seasoning and the heads get huge just the same. Fertilizer has a lot more to do with the size of the heads than anything according to my Chinese gardening friend. I try to follow his advice because he has one of the most amazing productive gardens I've ever seen. At any rate I went out and cut scapes this afternoon and made three pints of pickled scapes. I think it will be a great treat this winter especially for family get togethers. Just the right thing to go with a veggie platter.

Then I had some nice bulbils and I double bagged those in the fridge. I plan to use those for cooking right now. You can start new plants with those if you have a cool growing space like a basement where you can set up grow lights. It's a long term investment though for future plants. It's a lot easier to save some of your own garlic and plant cloves from those instead.

I bought a new window to install in the chicken building. I was going to use one I had here but decided to get one that would require cutting fewer supports. I think the added light and air flow will make a huge difference in the building.

I couldn't stay out to do much more work. It was just too hot.

100s of birds and zero spare time!  Imported and exhibition Brahmas/ partridge, black, project blue gold double laced ; Speckled Sussex; Buff exhibition and 100% English Orpingtons in many colors; Heritage Barred Rocks, Breda Fowl, true Araucana;  Ancona, Cayuga, Pekin, Mandarin & wood ducks;Red Golden pheasant;Guineas;Midget white turkey;Sabastopol geese; Peafowl. Great pyrenees. NPIP# KS434
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100s of birds and zero spare time!  Imported and exhibition Brahmas/ partridge, black, project blue gold double laced ; Speckled Sussex; Buff exhibition and 100% English Orpingtons in many colors; Heritage Barred Rocks, Breda Fowl, true Araucana;  Ancona, Cayuga, Pekin, Mandarin & wood ducks;Red Golden pheasant;Guineas;Midget white turkey;Sabastopol geese; Peafowl. Great pyrenees. NPIP# KS434
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It's been kind of quiet on here, I guess everyone is busy trying to keep their birds cool & themselves. I have lots of shade mine can get in but I still find them gathered around the big bowl at the hydrant by the house & sometimes standing in it. I'm not a big fan of either extreme, hot or cold myself.

I raise Self Blue & Wheaten Ameraucanas, Crested Cream Legbars, Speckled Sussex, English Lavender & Buff Orpingtons, Heritage Barred Rocks, Mille Fleur Bantam Cochins, English Jubilee & Partridge Orpingtons, Silver Penciled Rocks, Mille Fleur/Buff Leghorns, BLRW, & Rhodebars I also have several colors of Guineas, Ancona Ducks, & Sebastapol Geese. NPIP KS-413
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I raise Self Blue & Wheaten Ameraucanas, Crested Cream Legbars, Speckled Sussex, English Lavender & Buff Orpingtons, Heritage Barred Rocks, Mille Fleur Bantam Cochins, English Jubilee & Partridge Orpingtons, Silver Penciled Rocks, Mille Fleur/Buff Leghorns, BLRW, & Rhodebars I also have several colors of Guineas, Ancona Ducks, & Sebastapol Geese. NPIP KS-413
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post #35089 of 35526
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Originally Posted by chicken danz View Post
 

I've planted garlic for three years and realized I planted a lot more than I could ever use practically 

Right?  Get this - I don't actually like garlic that much.  I don't know what I was thinking!  I think I was just so excited to be gardening in the fall when everything else was done, that I went a little overboard.  I may have also assumed that more wouldn't grow than did.  I certainly didn't expect to be digging 55 garlic bulbs!  So far I think I've used 2-3, given a few away and have a dozen more drying.  Still a lot to dig.  I'll be saving some to plant again this fall - but I think I'll rein myself in some.

 

I store the scapes in a baggie in the veg drawer of my fridge and use them any time I'm sautéing onions, garlic etc for a meal.  I also put in some crushed garlic but the scapes add a little greenery without too strong a flavor.

 

Last night I dug a very odd little bulb.  It has a bulb at the bottom like you'd expect, but about 6" up the stem, its like it tried to grow another bulb and there are a half dozen tiny cloves clinging to it.  Then the rest of the stem.  I took a photo but its hard to see the "normal" bulb as it was still covered with dirt AND was in shadow.  But I think you can make out the bonus clove higher up the stem in this photo.

 


We moved the sheep and goats to a new rotational paddock yesterday.  I hadn't mowed this area for awhile in anticipation that we'd be using it for grazing, so the grass was thick and lush.  Would you say that my goat buck found some stuff he liked to eat?  By last night he looked like he was going to give birth to quads any second.

 


I had one of my regular egg customers here and Smoky waddled over to see what was happening.  My customer also has goats and was laughing at this sight.

 

My newest little lamb has reached the super cute stage.  In the evenings when it is cooler, she does her best bucking bronco act, running around leaping and kicking up her heels.  She may have started life on the small side (5 days premie and only weighed 6 ½ pounds) but is doing her best to catch up with her siblings.  I weighed her again when she was 4 days old and she had gained 3 pounds!!!  When you only weigh 6 ½ pounds, a 3-pound weight gain in only 4 days is huge.  She is very fortunate that the twins are only 3 days older than she, as the three of them have teamed up to become great little play-mates.  They even hang out together during the day, sleeping close to each other but not necessarily close to their mothers.  When they wake up, they'll find their mom, nurse, then return to hanging out together again.  

Enjoying my 10-acres in the country with 100+ chickens and turkeys!  Blog is here.

 

Read about my fox attack here

A fox attack survival story

My hoop house

Should I add supplemental heat?

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Enjoying my 10-acres in the country with 100+ chickens and turkeys!  Blog is here.

 

Read about my fox attack here

A fox attack survival story

My hoop house

Should I add supplemental heat?

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post #35090 of 35526

HEChicken, those are the bulbils that form at the top of the scapes if you don't cut them. They are actually tiny garlic cloves you can plant, but they have to be grown in a temperate climate where it is cool but not too cool, and not too hot, and take 3 years to produce full sized garlic. I use those like regular garlic in cooking with the added benefit that you don't have to peel them and of course they are much milder. You can also dry them but I just use most of them when they are fresh.

I have been planting a full pound of garlic every year plus some my friend gives me. This year I only planted a little more than a half pound. I'm thinking somewhere in between would be the proper amount.

I do love garlic though and use a lot of it. I use more garlic powder than actual garlic because it is so much easier to grab and throw in. I guess being lazy sometimes is my worst enemy.

100s of birds and zero spare time!  Imported and exhibition Brahmas/ partridge, black, project blue gold double laced ; Speckled Sussex; Buff exhibition and 100% English Orpingtons in many colors; Heritage Barred Rocks, Breda Fowl, true Araucana;  Ancona, Cayuga, Pekin, Mandarin & wood ducks;Red Golden pheasant;Guineas;Midget white turkey;Sabastopol geese; Peafowl. Great pyrenees. NPIP# KS434
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100s of birds and zero spare time!  Imported and exhibition Brahmas/ partridge, black, project blue gold double laced ; Speckled Sussex; Buff exhibition and 100% English Orpingtons in many colors; Heritage Barred Rocks, Breda Fowl, true Araucana;  Ancona, Cayuga, Pekin, Mandarin & wood ducks;Red Golden pheasant;Guineas;Midget white turkey;Sabastopol geese; Peafowl. Great pyrenees. NPIP# KS434
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