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Homestead Update

18 Oct

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It rained nearly every day this week, we probably had a total of 5 inches total so not much was accomplished this week. You might remember I planted 4 fig bushes in the orchard last Fall, and after the hard winter we had they all froze back to the ground. Well,  3 of them came back from the roots and I eventually pulled up the 4th one, trunk and rootball together. I was going to throw it in the gully and I spotted a washout where the ground was eroding so I just dropped it in the hole. As I was throwing away some junk last week I noticed the bush was regrowing from the roots. I thought for sure it was dead! Now I have a fig bush where I definitely don’t need it to be growing. I guess I will dig it up next spring and move it somewhere else.

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A few weeks ago I also discovered these red pears in the grocery store. I have never tasted red pears before and I think they are delicious so I went on-line to find some trees to plant in the orchard. I ordered 4 trees from a nursery in Georgia and they shipped the trees via FedEx. Before I ordered the trees, I watched a video on their website showing how to plant the trees after they arrived. In the video, the box arrived and when it was opened up, the tree was 5 feet tall with pretty green leaves and a large rootball. Well, that wasn’t what I received!

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My box arrived looking like this! (not the nursery’s fault ) The package looked like it was run over by the truck, repeatedly!

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This is 4 trees chopped off about 3 feet tall, leafless, and with a few miserable feeder roots attached. I don’t know if they will survive or not but I planted them the day they arrived and watered them in so we shall see next Spring. Oh, on the right side of the trees you can see 3 twigs sticking out. Those are 2-year-old bearing age Muscadine vines. Not too impressive are they? I planted them as well so we shall see if they survive. I am definitely keeping my receipt and if they are dead next Spring I am going for a refund even if I have to drive all the way to Georgia to get it, I have their address!

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I also encountered this Cottonmouth Moccasin last week. He was a little sluggish from the cool weather but he was still nasty, nasty, nasty. But no one will have to worry about encountering him anymore, I beat him to a pulp! keep prepping everyone, and watch where you step!

Ducklings!

16 May

No, not dumplings, ducklings. Do you remember the hen mallard I took a picture of at my Mom’s a while back?

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Here are the proud Mama and Papa hanging out by the back door. These are “wild mallards” by the way.

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You can see her here with her 8 or 9 babies, they move too quick to count!

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Those ducks better watch out. If you look closely on that crossbeam in the center of the picture, you can see a big ole fat cottonmouth sunning himself. He would love to have one of those ducklings for his lunch. Be careful!

Poisonous Snakes!

18 Mar

It is really starting to warm up and feel like Spring around here. We are having record warm temperatures this week. As we were out cleaning brush we encountered this fine fellow….

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That will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck! He is not poisonous, he is probably a California King Snake from the looks of him. We really only have 4 dangerous snakes of any consequence here in Tennessee. As I was looking for pictures on-line to show you I learned something today. You should not describe a snake as being poisonous, you should describe it as being venomous. Poison is something you ingest, venom is something that is injected, thus you should properly describe a dangerous snake as being venomous. So here are our 4 common venomous snakes.

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Shown above is the Timber Rattlesnake.

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Next is the Copperhead.

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This is a Cottonmouth Moccasin, probably the meanest, nastiest one of the bunch.

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This is a Pygmy Rattlesnake. You are more likely to encounter the non-venomous snakes rather than one of these, but you can come across these on occasion. So be careful out there, watch where you put your feet and hands. Even one of the non-venomous snakes can make you ruin a perfectly good pair of underwear!