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Re: Another Illinois 'stead

Postby mannytheseacow » Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:25 pm

Some random food from around the place....

Almonds (hazelnuts in the foreground, aronia berry in the background):
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Comfrey:
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Jerusalem Artichokes:
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Mirabelle Plum:
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Figs:
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Tree Starts (Chestnuts on the left, hybrid hazelnuts on the right... some volunteer weeds):
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Re: Another Illinois 'stead

Postby matt walker » Thu Jun 02, 2016 2:41 pm

Awesome. Hey, nice plum! Any luck with those stones I sent?
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Re: Another Illinois 'stead

Postby mannytheseacow » Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:26 pm

Yep, that one is from you. I had two of those stones you sent sprout, the one in the picture sprouted shortly after I planted it, and another one just popped up in the last week, a couple years later....

None of that kernza came up, but I have access to more.
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Re: Another Illinois 'stead

Postby mannytheseacow » Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:26 pm

Golden Oysters
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Re: Another Illinois 'stead

Postby matt walker » Sun Jun 05, 2016 6:12 pm

Wait, what? Didn't I only send you those a year or so ago, maybe two at most? That tree can't be that young from seed, can it?
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Re: Another Illinois 'stead

Postby mannytheseacow » Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:25 pm

Yeah, I'm pretty sure. If my memory serves me correctly, which it does not always do, that whole orchard is just starting its third summer in the ground. By comparison, I also planted some purple plums that are roughly the same size, but slightly more shaded. The almonds are probably 12-16 feet tall. Even the smaller plum that just sprouted a week or so ago is already almost 2 feet tall already. I guess those pigs fertilized that area well. I also throw my ashes out there, which is supposed to do well for fruit trees, and I did use some of those tree tubes on stock that I was particularly concerned about.

I'm just stoked the Mirabelle survive the winter here.
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Re: Another Illinois 'stead

Postby mannytheseacow » Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:25 pm

Meet the Eunuchs.
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Picked up this little lot of Katahdins over the weekend. Going to graze them over the summer and clear out some more brushy areas. Taking orders for them to go to the butcher around the end of August / early September. We've kept them confined for three days just to make sure they were healthy and turned them out on grass this morning. Happy little lambs.
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Re: Another Illinois 'stead

Postby matt walker » Wed Jun 08, 2016 6:35 pm

Dang, how many? That crew is gonna be a killer brush hog, for sure. And delicious. Nice one.
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Re: Another Illinois 'stead

Postby mannytheseacow » Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:29 pm

8 of the wiley rascals. It's been a while since we've had sheep and despite goats being little devils I'm being reminded of how intelligent goats are. Gawd, sheep are dumb animals!
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Re: Another Illinois 'stead

Postby matt walker » Fri Jun 10, 2016 2:43 am

Oh man, are they ever! And delicious.
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