Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: Lu47Dan On: Sat Jun 21, 2014 10:58 am

Paul, have tried the critter bombs but a 15 to 30 minute burn time flare does the job in short order. I can get road flares easier than the critter bomb here.
titleist1, Nope :eek2: :rambo3:
If you can get to the opening of the tunnel than dry ice works well in that situation. Open the package shove it down into the mouth of the tunnel and cover with dirt. find the other opening and cover them up. Now if he is just hidden under there, get a bottle of coyote or fox pee and place wadded paper towels with it on them under the shed and he it should prevent the woodchuck from hiding under there.
Usually if they are head to a spot when scared there is an escape tunnel there. Once one wood chuck build a tunnel system more woodchucks will move in unless you kill one and leave it in the tunnel, than plug the end with a big rock and cover it with dirt.
Dan.
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Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sat Jun 21, 2014 11:12 am

When i was 17 i worked on a dairy farm with 225 milk cows +the dry cows & heifers & calf's. There was a lot of liquid manure to spread,we would back up to a hole in the ground,open the chute,let manure flow till the hole was full & then wait a few seconds for the ground hog to appear. Most of them were slow enough with the eyes covered we could just drive over them,we carried a length of pipe that we could wack them with if the tractor couldn't maneuver quick enough. I had 3 critters come out of one hole,didn't quite look like groundhogs so i bumped one with the pipe,recognized the smell & ran for the tractor,all three of them were skunks,i just went back to spreading manure. Mulch can create mold problems on wet yrs. ,we had that problem in the past.
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Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:31 pm

I have to find the video where we were picking off woodchucks with my friends .50BMG . 600-800 yds easily. But $6 / shot back then. That day it was like whack a mole. I lost a horse because of a woodchuck since then it has been war on them.
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Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:56 pm

I grew up on a farm,ground hogs are the enemy! Drop a tractor/implement/wagon wheel in a ground hog hole,you will go on the war path with them critters! :blowup: :chop: :rambo3: :rambo2: bop2 anything to get rid of them!!!!!!!!!!!! cows can break a leg in the hole too,we never had that happen,luckily.
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Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: rberq On: Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:30 pm

Lu47Dan wrote:I quit using hay for mulch as I have a slug problem if I use hay. I went with black plastic and weed barrier to stop weed growth.

Dan, do you use the solid black plastic film, or the permeable stuff that lets water seep through (like they use on construction sites to control runoff erosion)?
Do you spread the plastic between the planted rows, or do you poke holes through it and plant in the holes?
How does water get through?
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Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:43 pm

rberg,do you do your garden like Ruth Stout, always mulching,never tilling,plant in mulch & add more as needed ?
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Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:44 pm

My preferred tools for woodchuck abatement and hay field maintenance program. . . .

These, through a modified Savage model 11.

http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/i ... _20_Rounds

A prayer, followed by one of these, shortened to only 4 feet long, with a carry sling attached.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_95187-48340-159 ... facetInfo=

One shot, one prayer, one shovel.

Paul
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Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: rberq On: Sat Jun 21, 2014 6:20 pm

windyhill4.2 wrote:rberg,do you do your garden like Ruth Stout, always mulching,never tilling, plant in mulch & add more as needed ?

Yes. Except that unlike her, I don't have a friendly farmer up the road who gives me his leftover hay for free. :P
I pull back the mulch a little so I plant in dirt, then pull it up to the plants when they are big enough.
I have to weed very little and I never have to water. I can see and feel the heavy clay soil getting much better after five or six years.
But it takes much more hay than I would have guessed -- probably 30 bales a year for a plot 18 X 40 feet.
I fluff it when I put it down. If I just lay the scales flat on the ground, they are way more likely to sprout weeds.
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Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:54 pm

When you say 30 bales are you talking small 40-50# bales about 14x18 or the big round ones or the 3x3x7 or the 4x4x8. And yes it does take a lot of hay,that is why we do not mulch more.
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Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: rberq On: Sun Jun 22, 2014 9:09 am

windyhill4.2 wrote:When you say 30 bales are you talking small 40-50# bales about 14x18 or the big round ones or the 3x3x7 or the 4x4x8. And yes it does take a lot of hay,that is why we do not mulch more.

Small bales.
I'm experimenting this summer with black plastic to hold down weeds, in a couple places. But my soil was lousy to start with and the hay is slowly improving it, so that's a plus.
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Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: Lu47Dan On: Sun Jun 22, 2014 9:36 am

rberq wrote:
Lu47Dan wrote:I quit using hay for mulch as I have a slug problem if I use hay. I went with black plastic and weed barrier to stop weed growth.

Dan, do you use the solid black plastic film, or the permeable stuff that lets water seep through (like they use on construction sites to control runoff erosion)?
Do you spread the plastic between the planted rows, or do you poke holes through it and plant in the holes?
How does water get through?

rberg, The black plastic we use is for the tomato's and peppers and we plant through it by cutting a "+" into the where we want the plant and then plant through it. I fold back the tabs formed until the plant doubles in size placing a rock on them to hold them there. Then on the tomato's I install the tower and fold back the tabs to help prevent weeds from growing up around the plant.
The weed barrier I had comes in a four foot wide roll and was light gray I use it under the cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts. I roll it out and bury the edges and than lay out my pattern and cut in the "+" and plant the cole crops. The weed barrier allows water to percolate through it if installed correctly.
Under the black plastic I install drip irrigation hose if the tomato's start to wilt I hook up the drip system to the garden hose and water them. Usually the rain fall that penetrates the plastic through the holes from planting is enough to keep the moisture level up in the soil. Plus the plastic does not allow the ground to dry out very fast.
The weed barrier I water with drip hose on top of the fabric.
I re-use the plastic and weed barrier until it gets too raggedy to use again.
Dan.
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Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sat Aug 09, 2014 9:36 pm

Update on our gardening project
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Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sat Aug 09, 2014 9:46 pm

I do the tilling & help put fences up,my wife does the planting,weeding & reaping the harvest,she does a good job keeping after the garden. I service & repair lawn & garden equipment in our shop,sometimes it becomes difficult to work when my helpers get in the way.
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Sylvie on front tire,Daisy on the deck,maybe they want me to go out & work in the garden so they can sleep.?
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Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: rberq On: Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:33 am

What are those spiky blue and white flowers that you and your tractor are hiding behind?
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Re: Our Memorial Day project & ongoing gardening

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:51 am

rberg,those are larkspur that came up voluntarily , we have a weakness for flowers & find it hard to destroy even the volunteers .
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