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Alaskan I am with you. Though I wouldn't eat shoes. My grandfather always said IF you don't have the money, you don't buy anything. He didn't believe in credit cards SO, thanks to that I have NO credit history. I thought I was being good when everyone else was running up huge credit card debt. House insurance, etc, is several times higher because I don't have that all important history. Fortunately for some - college kids get bombarded with credit cards. My son had a credit card, checking/savings account etc. with no history and I have always paid my bills and have O.
Two yrs ago I cleaned out our coop, many wheel barrows of litter chicken manure. Put it in a row by our pond where I couldn't get anything to grow, mixed with a 55gal barrel of wood ashes. Same thing, layer of dirt then plant. Grew a dozen big jack o lantern pumpkins from two plants, 63 nice pie pumpkins from six plants and dozens of butter nut squash from four. Tried watermelons and cantaloupe last yr there, didn't do good, weeds overtook them, leaves aren't big enough to drown the weeds out like pumpkin. Did get some big pumpkins and lots of yellow summer squash and zucchini.
Going to clean out the coop this spring and put down another layer.
Couple pumpkins for the kids the rest with 'sweet meat' winter squash. I was researching squash type pumpkins and hubbard squash, want large heavy long storage and tasty for us and the chickens, think I'll try 'sweet meat' heirloom squash from Jung's seed catalog. I like the description.
Edited by Beer can - 3/22/16 at 5:59pm
Apparently my male birds aren't the only ones here in Central Maine affected adversely by spring.
The Central Maine Guincident Command Center was not activated.
It's the generation without common sense. My nephew at Age 16 was given the choice of driving lessons or a new Xbox. He took the latter. Sheesh..... Guess which choice is now outdated?
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I never heard of them either, they are a heirloom open pollinated winter squash Jungs discription; "A favorite in the Northwest. Check out what our western neighbors have known for years. This is a great squash! It has hard, slate-gray skin and thick, golden-yellow, dry and stringless flesh with rich, sweet flavor that gets even sweeter with age. Use the 10 to 20 pound rounded fruits baked or for pies. They keep for months. The vigorous vines need lots of space."
Sustainable Seed Company; "Vigorous and spreading, this amazing tasting squash can top 10 pounds or more.Sweet meat squash is soft grey-green to deep green on the outside, the sweet, fine-grained orange flesh is an amazing keeper and great for pies! Sweet meat makes a great addition to any meal. Taste almost like a sweet potato. We have even cut up chunks, put butter on them and popped them on the grill in some tin foil. YUM!!"
Victory Seeds Rare, Open-pollinated & Heirloom Garden Seeds; "This old variety has been a favorite in my family for generations.The fruits weigh ten pounds or more and are a bluish-gray color. Very hard shelled, the flesh is a deep orange color, thick, very sweet, dry and fine grained (stringless).They keep many months after being harvested. The 1947 Gill Brother's catalog stated that they, ". . . kept six squash in good edible condition from crop to crop." In a later paragraph, they return attention from the plant description back to its unusually long-keeping quality and, ". . . the fact that the flavor and sweetness increases with age for at least six months from harvest.""
I was looking at replacing our usual early as we can find, short season here also, butternut squash with something bigger. Was thinking of trying Hubbard. Started looking at squash type pumpkins, Fairytale and Rouge vif D'Etampes, Galeuse D'Eysines, realized there was some dual purpose pumpkins, Rumbo, Red warty thing, happened upon Sweet Meat squash, think I'll give them a try. Warted Hubbard take a little longer to grow, 12-14 pounds so I was interested, but I figured try sweet meat, I'll see what happens, let everyone know how they do, going to put the chicken manure to work!
- The Token Finn
Translating a technical manual would be between 12-25 cents per word.
Beer, I have no trouble using bunny poop as fertilizer, I just don't want the spent hay as my top layer. It comes from our "a bit of everything" compost pile I've been collecting all winter.
The world as we know it wouldn't function without the concept of credit.