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Friday, 29 June 2012

Be better titled as eradicating Smooth Sumac.

This stuff is invasive and seems to thrive on lack of water and poor soil !

From what I can see the stuff can easily take over several acres a year, and it chokes everything else out, even the deer don't seem to like to eat it.

It has no benefit that I can see.

I've probably got 2-3 acres of this stuff growing, some of it 6 foot tall and so thick you couldn't walk through it.  Eradication has started.  Cutting this stuff does not work, it comes back even stronger.  Plowing it does not work, as even the smallest root segment will sprout LOTS of new shoots.

So I'm actually doing a combination of cutting and spraying to erradicate it.  If you are going to cut it, do so before it starts putting out seeds (see pic), if you allow it to go to seed before you spray or cut, you are going to have a lot of work as the seeds stay viable for 2-3 years.  In some places it was so tall and so thick I ran it over with a brush hog, and then waited 4 weeks or so and started spraying the shoots.

I think it will take a 2-3 years to erradicate it, as you have to break the cycle of the seeds and the roots from shooting up, but well worth it.

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Finally harvested the first crop of sweet corn.  It is tasty, over-all the yield was very poor, many of the plants were dwarfed by drought and did not set corn properly.  What was picked is delicous.  First picking was about 150-175 ears of corn.  Sweet corn only lasts a few days, especially in 100 degree heat, so we ate it every day, sold some every and jarred up the rest.

I'm still learning, but the biggest thing is weed control, irrigation, and a planter !

 

 

 

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Friday, 15 June 2012

40 cc 2 stroke (32:1) pocket ATV Quad
CentrifugalAutomatic Transmission
Rear cross-drilled disc brake
Pull Starter
Chain Drive
About 90lbs

This is a youth ATV for small kids, my kids have outgrown it and are getting too large for it. The pictures can be deceiving, it is small, I can pick it up and put in a mini-van or the trunk of a very large car. I'd say the ideal age for this is 3 to 7 years old and the weight is probably 50lbs (though it will move much more). It's basically a glorified chain saw engine on a nice pocket quad frame, so it is perfect for teaching kids and allowing them to have fun with something that is designed for their size.

Here is a link to a "similiar" one, I wish i knew what brand or manufacurer made this one, but it's not marked real well, though it's got a serial number and such on it, so it's not a home-made job,

http://www.saferwholesale.com/50cc-2-stroke-Pocket-ATV-p/50cc%20pocket%20atv.htm

I bought this for 300 and sold it for 200, so I lost a bit on the deal, but the kids had 100 bucks worth of fun.

New ATV's on the way !

 

Friday, 15 June 2012 06:12:26 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [0] | Web_Blog#
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