Yeah, we know where Port O'Connor is - ya'll had a hurricane run DH out of fishing there a few years ago. I was on mission trip in Harlingen and he was on fishing trip - ha! he had to come home :gig
The old timers here swear by 'cotton seed meal' but I haven't tried it yet. Do plan to...
Yes, Steve - we love our container :love comes in handy for many purposes. Randy secured metal shelving along the back wall and one side wall. It's also perfect for storing long rolls of indoor/outdoor carpet (10' pieces) and the kids' old furniture pieces (which they need to pick up). We...
Learn from my lesson: let it live the first year in the bucket it lives in now. I think it needs to adjust to your growing environment and watering habits.
Our mistake - transplanting. All of the fruit fell off within the first month and hasn't had blooms mature to fruit since. :barnie...
In answer to the question in the title - Yes, we have thought of it and we know we are a long way from it.
I will say that we had a very good chance to test our self-sufficiency skills beginning on September 24, 2005 - the day Hurricane Rita came ashore less than 20 miles from our home. The...
For flowers, how about sunflowers and marigolds - you could harvest the seeds for the next crop of students.
For veggies, cherry tomatoes -fast growers so they can munch on the 'fruits' of their labor.
Most of my preserving is done by canning.
okra and tomatoes
banana peppers (like hot pepper sauce)
green tomato relish (yummy)
Frozen - bell pepper slices
banana pepper slices
(had lots and lots of banana peppers this year)
And we made...
Pat - sorry to hijack your post! I don't have a recommendation because I only use the one book - (and my journals from previous years) ..sorry :idunno maybe you could see if they make this book for your area? Authors Dale Groom and Dan Gill from Cool Springs Press
Southern: We bought our 5...
We get rid of pesky bushes and small tree volunteers by:
* cut the roots back and dig out around the root area about 4-5 inches
* prepare 3-4 cups of boiling water with 1/2 cup of salt and 1 tablespoon of red pepper
* pour directly onto freshly cut root area
Works every time for us -...
No, unfortunately chickens don't eat fireants - the only way we can control them is through the use of Amdro or Spectracide - then they mostly just move around because it never really kills all of them.
The Chinese tallow is a fast-growing weedy tree that is on the Texas Toxic plant list - they...
No - just put the bulbs in a brown paper bag - no soil - and they are dormant while they cool off.
Then re-plant in February for spring flowers.
We've had to do that several times with my mom's prized Easter Lillies during some really warm winters.