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    The Garden Thread

    Let's talk about gardening! I know we have quite a few gardeners around here. I'm sure we all have advice to share. Post what you're growing and let us see some pics! I'll edit this initial post over time and add any gardening links or resources that are relevant to our region. Some links: University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Publications - Warm and cool season vegetable growing guides tailored for our area - Pages and pages of information on soil management and pest control - Good ideas for planning your garden USDA National Center for Home Food Preservation - THE source for proper canning guidelines to ensure food safety - Also covers drying, smoking, pickling, etc. Old World Garden Farms - An excellent source of information on vegetable gardening, canning, recipes, pallet projects, and other DIY - I'm a big fan of their "post hole digger" planting method, I've had great success with it Back To Eden Film - This film drives home the benefits of wood chip mulching and organic gardening in general - If you can stomach the religious stuff (not my thing) you can learn some good gardening methods that work Carvers Links: http://www.southernexposure.com http://www.seedsavers.org http://parkseed.com http://www.sandhillpreservation.com http://www.johnnyseeds.com http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/victorygarden/ http://leapingwatersfarm.com/?page_id=16. (Our meat CSA...highly recommend this.) http://www.seedsofchange.com
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    The Garden Thread

    I can't compete in the extract market where people are growing 100's of acres. My niche will be trimmed smokable flower to be sold from smaller shops. It remains to be seen how profitable it will be but I'm going to find out. Here's some pics of the warm season cover crop which is mostly sunn hemp taken last week.
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    The Garden Thread

    That cover crop mix looks pretty good. Hairy Vetch is very good for the soil but can be sort of hard to get rid of. If you plan on tilling the area up next spring then probably not an issue. My main mix for the cool season this year will be turnips and winter rye. I'll dress crimson clover around berry bushes and fruit trees. Right now I've got sunn hemp that is 10 to 12 feet high and growing. It is one hell of a biomass producer and will make a large amount of compost. I put 120 mater plants in the ground this year, staggered over several weeks. Yield has been overwhelming. I've canned until I'm sick of it and am giving them away now. Next year I'll be scaling those back in a big way. I've decided to go all in on CBD hemp. Got my license and several clones already growing indoors. Planning several hundred plants outdoors next season growing in compost made from cover crop.
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    Spring-Summer Observations 2019

    It's downright comical how unlucky my location in west Knox has been with the rains this summer. I had a good downpour last Sunday but nothing since and was dry for 9 days before that. Storms fire on the plateau and steer either north or south of me, or fall apart around Farragut. At least I get to watch the lightning as Maryville gets nailed.
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    Spring-Summer Observations 2019

    My location has been unlucky with the afternoon rains for the past 9 days, until today. Finally got a nice long frog strangler.
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    TN valley heavy rain/flooding week of whenever

    The thunder and lightning show has been impressive here tonight, I was not expecting that. Big winter storm in 10 days, book it, done.
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    The Garden Thread

    Almost time to get mater seeds planted in the green house! I've used florescent tubes in the past but I'm gonna try to find some cheap LED lights on Amazon this go around. Planning to go probably 2/3rds Cherokee Purples and 1/3rd Pink Brandywines. The Purples seem to be more disease resistant at my location. Last year the Brandywines got that yellow blight and never did really recover properly. I'll supplement the seedlings with some other purchased plants from Lowes but I'm aiming for 100 or more in the ground this year.
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    Winter 'Tis the Season Banter Thread 2018-2019

    Oh lawdy mercy! https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6647815/Weather-forecast-map-tracking-polar-vortex-looks-uncannily-like-pair-breasts.html?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark
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    Winter 'Tis the Season Banter Thread 2018-2019

    Geography. This area is very hard to mathematically sort out variables that determine if the exact timing, precip amounts, and temps that produce borderline rain or snow. Couple that with the fact that climate is changing and historical patterns can't be relied on as heavily as they once were and it's just a tough thing to predict here. Models are friggin fantastic at predicting snow in many/most other areas, especially higher latitudes where these variables aren't a marginal. It's frustrating, but that's just the reality we live in here in the mid south. Best to just take it in stride and find humor in it I say.
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    Dayton microscale lee side low/ revenge of the strat storm

    Congrats to all that got snow! What a crazy system to track with models all over the place. I didn't measure, but it looked like 1 to 2 inches here in west knoxville. Roads are fine. Very beautiful scene, I'm thankful.
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    Winter 'Tis the Season Banter Thread 2018-2019

    Beautiful scene here in west Knox. An admin should be able to restore the deleted thread. WTF .
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    Winter 'Tis the Season Banter Thread 2018-2019

    This event as it has unfolded over the past several days in video form:
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    Winter 'Tis the Season Banter Thread 2018-2019

    Snow Rolls in Iceland: https://www.icelandreview.com/news/snow-rolls-form-on-hafnarfjordur-golf-course/?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark
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    Winter 'Tis the Season Banter Thread 2018-2019

    Holy crap, I had to google Fitzcairn, but you are right! It's Roger Daltrey from The Who but I never knew he played a part in that series! Had this avatar for well over a decade...
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    Winter 'Tis the Season Banter Thread 2018-2019

    Would you mind posting the one for Knoxville please? Those charts are one of the best things about a WeatherBell subscription IMO. Thanks!
  16. This right here. Unlike the fat flaked snows that we get at 31 degrees, these high ratio cold snows turn the roads into a bumper car arena with as little as a half inch. Counties need to be paying serious attention and, if the modeling holds, plan to just call off school all together Tuesday. Exuberance is building! Let's reel this one in!
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    Winter 'Tis the Season Banter Thread 2018-2019

    Interesting article on the Blizzard of '49 in South Dakota. https://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/blizzard-of-pounded-region-years-ago/article_3efd3a93-5af9-5b95-86e1-9cf262a21cdc.html?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark#2
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    The Garden Thread

    Glad to hear you had a good year Carvers! I too have been thinking about and trying to prepare for spring. This past year was a "rebuilding year" so to speak for me and I did not grow nearly as much quantity of annual crops as in the past. By that I mean I focused on getting new beds up and running, soil building, and planting perennials such as berry bushes and fruit trees. I've ramped up composting and have winter rye cover crop in most of the beds. The plan is to go all in on tomatoes next year and do some serious canning. When I have some time, I'll share my experience with Hugelkultur that turned out to be very successful and should provide benefits for years to come. Also, I had success growing Sunn Hemp as a warm season cover crop in some beds. That turned into a forest of 10 to 15 foot high plants with beautiful yellow flowers. That was all chopped down, thrown in the Hugelkultur beds, covered in leaf compost and chicken dirt before being seeded with winter rye in October. I'll be growing a lot more Sunn Hemp next year all over the property and using that biomass to improve beds and composting. Looking forward to talking shop with you about seeds since you're the seed friggin master! I'm planning to rig up several LED light bars in my little portable green house for tomato seedlings come February. Lots to do and not much time to do it, but it feels good when everything falls into place!
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    December 8-10 Storm Obs

    It’s also snowing really hard! .
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    December 8-10 Storm Discussion

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