Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Potato Experiment

Good morning everyone!

I took an excursion this morning with Chuckie (so he could do his morning duties) and it is still pretty wet but do-able. I walked out to the compost and threw on the left over potato pieces after cutting the eyes off the other night. Of course all the Roo's thought it was potatofest time. I still need to clean out the fresh veggie bin in the refrigerator today as I haven't done that in a few weeks and add it to the compost pile as well.

I also decided to "experiment" a little and bury some of the seed potatoes
that were left from cutting the eyes off of them the other night that still had tiny eyes. I buried them here and there around the sides of the compost pile and then I will forget it. 

This compost is a cold compost where it takes a long while for the total decomposition to occur. That's fine with me as I add in or toss in carbon and nitrogen "ingredients" through out the week and bury them on top by mixing or raking over older compost from the sides. Those ingredients could be organic kitchen scraps, egg shells, coffee grinds or it could be chicken poo from either the coop or the chick pen leaves sometimes, a little hay sometimes, chips/mulch from the big piles, anything organic...About twice a year we turn it with the front end loader.....

So with my experiment I want to see if these potatoes do anything. I will not maintain them, water them or fertilize them. I don't plan to do a thing except to "forget" them and carry on adding new things to the whole compost pile on top as usual and let mother nature take over. If it works then the result of my experiment will be to show that you can produce potatoes without any skill or maintenance in less than optimal conditions...and that it can be an easy food source for those who may not have the ability to provide on a larger scale.

What do you think the results will be?

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

On my way home....

Ahh! Finally home after another trip with the new spot at the 9-5. This time just to San Antonio and I must was kinda nice.

Seemed like it took forever to drive home. I did stop at a favorite BBQ house as I was just down the road from it anyway....Rudy's in San Antonio ROCK!

Drove across town and stopped in a little community just east of San Antonio called La Vernia to grab a bag of ice to lay on the BBQ I paid a small fortune for... (it's worth every penny tho!)....

As I was pulling out..... the Cuero, Tx trailriders were headed to the San Antonio Rodeo. Of course I had to pull over to take pics for all of you....

I have friends who schedule a week or more off from work to ride in them....either headed to the San Antonio Rodeo OR the Houston Rodeo...'s Rodeo time in Texas and these sites will be common through-out the state.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Are you ready for some organics in Jackson County?

We spent the entire afternoon doing pre-work on the bigger food plot. Yesterday we took an excursion to determine WHERE on the property to do this.....Our excursions consist of John driving the Green Machine while I ride in the bucket. It's fun and effective!

Anyway, John came up with the ideal place that almost borders the back of the property and next to Farmer Gene's corn field. It will allow an easier access to extending the water supply and is also easy to get to from our house and the road.

This afternoon just after lunch he jumped on the lawn tractor and shredded it down to the ground. Then we moved a small trash pile..... Next week (when I get home after yet another 9-5 trip) we'll start dumping mulch and tilling. We can plant direct in the ground about mid March. If we time it right it will be perfect and ready to go!

It's appx 40 x 100. 4000 sf to turn.  Good for us the tiller is self propelled and a real work horse. It may take a few hours...but it will be a mighty good calorie burn. And...with the ground still soft it shouldn't be much of a problem at all.

4000 sf in addition to the personal food plot that is expanding this year to 1000 sf.

That's a lot of food..... but the community is jumping on board and will purchase overages.....

How are you this Sunday afternoon?