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#3076 olcowhand ONLINE  

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Posted May 25, 2014 - 05:57 AM

Things are looking good around the garden Daniel, how many Strawberry sets will you put out?

 

I have no idea how many I'll need to put in there, so I'll be Googling info.


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Posted May 25, 2014 - 06:06 AM

I have no idea how many I'll need to put in there, so I'll be Googling info.

Depending on if it is the bush type or ground cover type space them out accordingly, after one season it will take off like a rocket and fill in. If the bush type you can prune them back same as rasberries/blackberrie bush for high fruit production.


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Posted May 25, 2014 - 06:50 AM

Bush type strawberries?? Never heard of them ?? Mine are ground cover and they take a year to really produce. But you need to watch the runners and either clip them or plant them where you want them so you can cull the main plant after the 3rd year. Pretty hard to keep track to be honest.. Especially in a raised bed, I know because this was the way I did it my first time. The big guys plant them in rows about 4' apart with about a foot between the plants. And use straw under them for mulch.
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Posted May 25, 2014 - 07:09 AM

Bush type strawberries?? Never heard of them ?? Mine are ground cover and they take a year to really produce. But you need to watch the runners and either clip them or plant them where you want them so you can cull the main plant after the 3rd year. Pretty hard to keep track to be honest.. Especially in a raised bed, I know because this was the way I did it my first time. The big guys plant them in rows about 4' apart with about a foot between the plants. And use straw under them for mulch.

 

 

Yes, we have them in raised beds and they are some work to keep thinned out. We have blossoms on some of ours now. 



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Posted May 25, 2014 - 05:31 PM

I have strawberry plants I can't kill. The darn things have had everything but weed killer done but they come back. There is already a mess of them.

Rabbits get the strawberries before I can even touch them

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Posted May 26, 2014 - 02:05 AM

NOT a good night on the farm.  Our hay barn, 24' x 60', that we built ourselves maybe 7 years ago is burned to the ground.  Looks to have been spontaneous combustion of the 85 rolls of wheat I rolled a couple weeks ago.  Josh parked the old Massey 175 in there, the only tractor we ever bought new back in 1974.  She is gone.  Neighbors saw the flames & called the fire department, but not much they could do except get some training time.  They just left, and flames reignited, but it's just gotta burn itself out.  Dad doesn't know ti, so I'll call him before he drives down in the morning.  We DO have insurance on the barn itself, but not on any contents.  Dad didn't want to pay for insurance, but I told my Farm Bureau agent to definitely place coverage on it. So we lost the old tractor and a total of around 125 rolls of hay.  The tractor wasn't worth much at all, but in sentimental value it was priceless. 

  I never had gotten to sound sleep from having caffeine too late in the day when I got the call, so I'll just skip sleep tonight.  Not that I could get to sleep now anyway.  The rubber tired scraper is still ok on the back of the tractor, so I'll drag it out tomorrow & put it on the old Super 90 to scrape the lots tomorrow.  Crap happens, and it's happened here.  Life goes on.

  I'll get pics of it all tomorrow.


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Posted May 26, 2014 - 02:44 AM

Here's the old 175.  Gonna miss her.  Could rebuild, but doubtful we ever get the time.

 

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Posted May 26, 2014 - 03:25 AM

Gonna go on out an hour early to start the milking.  That way I should be about done by the time dad gets here.  I'm gonna be dragging tail today.  Went out to check on things.  Fire is rekindling, but just tiny flames being everything is waterlogged from the fire department.  Dry cows are staying away from there, so I'll fix the fence tomorrow.  Some of the building fell on the fence, so I'll reroute the fence a bit.


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Posted May 26, 2014 - 05:16 AM

Sorry to hear of the loss, Daniel! You never know when hay is gonna do that.


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Posted May 26, 2014 - 05:20 AM

I'm sorry to hear that, Daniel. At least it stayed isolated to one building.


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Posted May 26, 2014 - 05:26 AM

Man, that is tough. At least it was a seperate building. Ande not connected to a main barn.


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Posted May 26, 2014 - 06:14 AM

Boy, I'm sorry to hear that Daniel. Maybe the 175 isn't as bad as you think? Be careful running on no sleep today.
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Posted May 26, 2014 - 07:09 AM

Got my little IH T340 hi-lift crawler out & knocked down remaining parts of the roof & walls, well, most of the walls anyway.  Then scraped a layer of gravel to remove nails to get the Massey 362 in there with the hay fork to see if bales underneath were salvageable.  Nope....fire done crept down in there & they started flaming, so pulling back & letting her burn away.     


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Posted May 26, 2014 - 07:32 AM

That's about all you can do now, Daniel!


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Posted May 26, 2014 - 07:42 AM

Ouch!  Daniel, that is just awful to hear.  At least you have insurance on the barn, but still that's no fun at all.  And the loss of the wheat and the tractor worst of all.






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