Farming forum: October, pumpking time

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Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! The WITWIT Badge Raises cows Region: New York Farmer
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Kathleen
Oct 1, 2013 5:10 AM CST
Fall hurries along like leaves in the drive, headed for some important appointment.

Stan has two fields of hay down here at home. He and Jess unloaded the load from Melissa's last night so the wagons are all empty again. I heard him tell a friend yesterday that, yes he did say he'd quit milking when he was 62, but he still has a few months left. Actually, 6 months, but who's counting?

I've got a rayon scarf sitting in vinegar to set the goldenrod dye. The rayon comes out very pastel.

Off to get breakfast ready. Mom has an eye appointment this morning and I'm her driver.

we came from here: The thread "September, harvest home" in Farming forum

Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
Oct 1, 2013 6:08 AM CST
Thanks for the month start, Kathleen.

Neighbor is starting beans. Well, he would be if he wouldn't plug the combine. LOL Guess the SU might have to run the machine later today, depending on whether or not he also wants to bag some late planted corn as corn silage.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
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porkpal
Oct 1, 2013 7:16 AM CST
I'm glad we still have a leader, even if not officially.

Due to the fall rains, I'm still shredding pastures - cutting the weeds off them to expose the recovering grass. I am using herbicide on the horse paddocks behind the barn that have suddenly grown up in pigweed as they also have been attacked by army worms, so there is no visible grass in spots. I finished cleaning up the winter garden section I plan to plant; the pigs did most of the job, but they don't like peppers or what we cal bin Laden weed. It is late to be starting the winter garden, but it has stayed so warm it will be iffy for some of the seeds and started plants. And then there is an electrical black-out in part of the barn that needs investigating...
Porkpal
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
Oct 1, 2013 7:49 AM CST
Kathleen, can I have some of those pumpking seeds???? I'm sure my GD would love them. Green Grin!
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
porkpal
Oct 1, 2013 8:06 AM CST
I prefer the pumpqueens myself.
Porkpal
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Oct 1, 2013 9:46 AM CST
October already! Fall is in the air.
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! The WITWIT Badge Raises cows Region: New York Farmer
Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Kathleen
Oct 1, 2013 11:50 AM CST
lol, yeah I noticed that when I got on this afternoon. Good one, pp. Spent the morning with Mom, and now I'm going to just sit, after I get the cold stuff taken care of.

Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
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MaryE
Oct 3, 2013 7:33 AM CST
We finally had a killing frost, only a week after the weather forecast had predicted it! Now I have tomatoes ripening in the basement, a box of acorn squash in the kitchen, and the garden cart with more assorted squash in the garden shed. Have lots of garden clean up to do along with flower bed renovation, and in about another 2 weeks will be planting garlic. The row of old, dead and dieing Lombardy Poplar trees is finally down, in a nice, not so neat pile waiting to be made into firewood, which is much better than having them come down one at a time wherever they wanted to fall, as 3 of them had already done over the past few months. After the mess of brush and stumps is cleared away, probably next spring, we will plant some other, fast growing trees. A few leaves are showing signs of turning into those lovely fall colors. Down in the valley, potato harvest is in full swing and some farms are still making hay. Cattle are being moved along the roads from summer pastures to fall ones. It does look funny to have a whole herd of cattle going over the freeway overpass, complete with people on horseback and a whole bunch of herding dogs. Our off and on ramps have cattle guards built into them.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
porkpal
Oct 3, 2013 8:03 AM CST
I love the idea of cattle guards built into the roads! I could use a few of those as I move my cows down the road fairly regularly and someone - usually a heifer - always decides to go exploring.

Trees keep falling here too due to the recent summer droughts. Yesterday I planned to shred the famous triangular pasture which has about 10 acres of sand spurs (grass burs) growing in the pointy end. A mulberry tree had split in two and fallen behind the shop effectively blocking in all three tractors. So I spent quite a bit of time cutting it up so I could move it before I could get my favorite shredding tractor out. It has no cab, but is the most nimble and handy for dodging around the trees and awkward pointy fencelines. A dark cloud was forming to the east, but our weather seldom comes from there - HA! After about an hour, it poured rain; my boots filled up and I was sitting in a rather unpleasant puddle, but I still thought, "Much better than commuting to town and working at some desk." I guess I am an unrepentant farmer!
Porkpal
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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Newyorkrita
Oct 3, 2013 9:27 AM CST
I love reading the updates about life on a farm. Smiling
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Charter ATP Member Region: Oregon Farmer Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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MaryE
Oct 3, 2013 10:33 AM CST
Unrepentant farmers unite!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
Oct 3, 2013 11:05 AM CST
Count me in...............what am I unrepenting about???? LOL

A shower here this morning, so that will put the soybean combining on hold. The SU was going to run the combine DS#1 runs, but that's not gonna happen today. LOL
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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Newyorkrita
Oct 3, 2013 12:48 PM CST
I see that the Bradford pear trees around town are just beginning to turn colors for fall. Some purples and yellows showing on them already. They are the first to show any fall colors around here. Lots of Bradfords used as street trees around town.
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
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Bonehead
Oct 3, 2013 3:06 PM CST
It's shaping up to be a brown year for me -- not a lot of pop out there. Although perhaps it's too early.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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Newyorkrita
Oct 3, 2013 3:07 PM CST
I think it is just that it is early for leaves to change colors.
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! The WITWIT Badge Raises cows Region: New York Farmer
Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Kathleen
Oct 3, 2013 4:20 PM CST
Late here, they are where they usually are the last week in September. Fairly bright

Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Cat Lover Raises cows Region: Wisconsin
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AnnaZ
Oct 3, 2013 5:12 PM CST
Not a glimmer of color here...........I'm wondering if it will go from green to on-the-ground. LOL
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Sages Plant Identifier
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Bonehead
Oct 3, 2013 6:59 PM CST
My sister came over the North Cascades Pass (northern Washington) last weekend and it should be spectacular at this time -- she said it had SOME color but nothing like usual. She also said her aspen on the east side were more brown-gold than yellow-gold. Not sure what affects the color, but it is sure shaping up to a rather subdued fall for me.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
porkpal
Oct 3, 2013 9:17 PM CST
It is still too early to even start looking for us. We rarely get any interesting fall color; the poison ivy is, perhaps, the most consistent performer.
Porkpal
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Charter ATP Member Region: Oregon Farmer Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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MaryE
Oct 3, 2013 9:57 PM CST

Deb, where does your sister live? I lived at Winthrop from 1950-55, long before they built that highway to the west side. The road ended near Mazama at that time, and we had to go to Wenatchee, then over Stevens Pass to get to Seattle.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php

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