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Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 15, April 13, 2012

Posted on 04/13/2012 8:19:42 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde

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PhotobucketHappy Friday the 13th, and good morning fellow gardeners and FRiends! I hope that you are enjoying weather as beautiful as what we are experiencing here in NE Louisiana. Nights and mornings are cool and breezy, and the days very warm.

I've planted 1.6 acres of bi-color sweet corn. We checked the seed the next day and it had already sprouted, and was pegged the following day. Perfect conditions!

Looking forward to hearing what's going on in your neck o' the woods.

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The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you.

This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked.

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1 posted on 04/13/2012 8:19:54 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
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2 posted on 04/13/2012 8:21:50 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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3 posted on 04/13/2012 8:22:55 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Still too cold for warm weather crops to be planted here in (M)assachusetts. My spinach came up a couple of weeks ago and is doing fine despite the drought (because I’ve been watering it). My asparagus is in it’s second year since planting the roots and has not come up yet.

We just had a frost last night. I may be planting either next week or the week after and let nature take it’s course. The seed will come up when it’s ready.


4 posted on 04/13/2012 8:24:07 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

We planted our first asparagus last spring and observed some wispy tops appear. Following the directions, we left it alone for 2011 and now are pleased to report a bumper crop !


5 posted on 04/13/2012 8:26:54 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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This is the new mini truck that my husband gave me last week. What a hoot! 3 roaring cylinders of fun. Steering wheel on the right-hand side was not nearly as awkward as I had imagined it would be. It is 4-wheel drive, so a great hunting buggy! Running around town is great because it gets 40 mpg. I only get about 16 mpg in my diesel Excursion, and fuel is $4.10 here vs. $3.79 for regular unleaded.

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6 posted on 04/13/2012 8:31:37 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
My tobacco plants are doing well since I got rid of the nasty little catapillars, and it's warm enough now to leave them out overnight to start to harden up.

Transplanted my tomato starts to larger pots this morning. They also are spending the night outdoors. My kitchen is plant free for the first time in 2 months (except in the refrigerator, and I'm not sure that's a plant or some other lifeform).

/johnny

7 posted on 04/13/2012 8:33:38 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
I'm growing Patty Pan squash this year...

Question: What should I do with them... (Is food?)
8 posted on 04/13/2012 8:34:06 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: Peter from Rutland; Eric in the Ozarks

Thanks so much for checking in! I’ll be asking both of you lots of questions, as I am planning on starting an asparagus bed (hopefully this year). I know nothing about it except it takes a year or three before you get a crop to eat.


9 posted on 04/13/2012 8:35:45 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: evets
Oh, yes, they are food!!! I grow both the white and yellow varieties.

When they are that small, you can cook them without peeling. Cut them up and cook them as you would any squash.

But this is my favorite use for them: Cut off the top inch of the stem end and hollow out the squash, leaving walls about 1/2" thick. Take the squash that you removed and add seasoned meat, breadcrumbs, other veggies ... whatever strikes your fancy. Stuff the squash "bowl" and bake at 350 until done (depends on what you stuffed it with). Top with grated or shredded cheese the last few minutes of baking. If you ever make stuffed bell peppers, you can do the same thing with the squash.

10 posted on 04/13/2012 8:40:53 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: evets
Very much so it is food. We paid big money in the restaurants for baby pattypan. Personally, I think it's hard to beat them cut into quarters, tossed in fresh chopped basil and garlic, salt and pepper and then roasted in a fast oven until tender and colored.

/johnny

11 posted on 04/13/2012 8:41:37 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Thanks! I can't wait. I also found a recipe for 'spicy squash cakes'. Yum!

12 posted on 04/13/2012 8:42:47 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

you have planted 1.6 acres of corn! Gads, My accomplishments melt into smoke next to you!

Good going!

Still waiting for weather to climb out of 40s here


13 posted on 04/13/2012 8:45:34 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell God how big your storm is... tell your storm how BIG your God is!)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Good morning!

After enjoying 6 days of beautiful Florida Gulf Coast weather, my daughter and I returned to frost/freeze warning in Virginia :-(

Weather is supposed to be much better starting Sunday. I had hoped to get some tilling done this weekend, but my poor husband has his head stuck under the hood of not only his pickup, but also of my car. Our normal 3 vehicle household is down to one - it is not fun. Without the pickup, I can’t go and pick up the tiller I’m borrowing.


14 posted on 04/13/2012 8:46:57 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

That is an amazing vehicle.

Talk about hiding in the bush.


15 posted on 04/13/2012 8:47:31 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: JRandomFreeper
During the summer, I make a one-pot meal that we refer to as "garden delight". Okra, corn, onions, peppers, all kinds of squash ... pattypan, butternut, zucchini. I added some deer smoked sausage to this pot. Garden delight and a pan of cornbread is as good as it gets for easy.

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16 posted on 04/13/2012 8:49:05 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

We planted purple and green varieties.
The purple is bigger and performs best but I’d recommend planting both...


17 posted on 04/13/2012 8:49:19 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Have cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and romaine lettuce coming along nicely. They survived the frosts this week nicely, can’t say the same for my basil.

Have tomato, San Marsano, Mortgage Lifter, Brandywine and Sweet 100, and pepper, Pepperocinni,Habanero, and California something or other, coming along nicely. Was actually pleasantly surprised at the germination rates especially on the peppers, got at least one in every cell.

Dave


18 posted on 04/13/2012 8:49:20 AM PDT by dschoemaker (IL Zone 5)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I just re-sodded my front lawn and have been trying hard to keep it watered so it wall “take”. I’ve been praying for rain...

It just DID! :-)


19 posted on 04/13/2012 8:51:44 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: evets

Oh, my! Those look delish!


20 posted on 04/13/2012 8:52:23 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

The ground has thawed here in Colorado. Yesterday I planted turnips, mustard greens, beets, collard greens and spinich. Indoors I have several varieties of heirloom tomatoes, okra, jalapenos, summer squash and delecta squash.


21 posted on 04/13/2012 8:53:18 AM PDT by MtnClimber (To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth. —Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Does anyone know about Mason Bees? We had some last year and they nested in tubes. I put them in the refrigerator over winter and they’re still there in the tubes. It’s still too cold here to put them out with no pollen producers blooming yet.

My question is, should I have taken the paper liners out, unwrapped them and removed the larvae? Or do the bees do that on their own?

I’ve never see good instructions on what to do and when, after the bees fill the tubes.


22 posted on 04/13/2012 8:53:59 AM PDT by IM2MAD
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To: JRandomFreeper
Thanks! Delicious and nutritious!

hee hee
23 posted on 04/13/2012 8:55:06 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Just came from my community garden plot [In Fairfax, Va.] Last saturday I transplanted 80 silverqueen corn plants that I had sprouted indoors... they survived the week and it is supposed to get real warm here for the next four days!

Dug up one red onion... not big but very tasty. I have a bed of 120, err, 119 red onions.

Going to take my tiny tomato and peppers out for some real sun in a few minutes. I am sprouting everything in a basement shower stall we don't use, using an incandescent grow light....have not tried this before!!??????

24 posted on 04/13/2012 8:59:26 AM PDT by Bulwinkle (Alec, a.k.a. Daffy Duck)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Mmmm. That's hard to beat. I'm working on an article about poverty food, and that's pretty much it.

Do you grind your own corn for cornbread? I started doing that while I was bootlegging the pig here in town (unlawful to keep a pig in town, so I didn't keep her long).

And fresh ground corn for cornmeal beats the bagged stuff hands-down.

/johnny

25 posted on 04/13/2012 9:01:01 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: evets
Blech! I'm glad lunch is a few hours away. You should warn when you are going to post a picture of the wookie. ;)

/johnny

26 posted on 04/13/2012 9:03:44 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

There’s a couple of things to it. You either dig deep (10 to 12 inches down) and use REALLY good mix of soil and compost. I chose to go up, i.e. I did a 10” high raised bed. Some of them actually came up the first year.


27 posted on 04/13/2012 9:04:15 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: evets

Those look good.

Others of us might make them if we had the recipe.........


28 posted on 04/13/2012 9:05:12 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: bert

Ha ha... Twist my arm:

1 whole egg plus 2 egg whites OR use 3 eggs
4 c. grated summer squash (can use a combination of zucchini, summer squash and/or pattypan squash-I use 2 c. grated zucchini and 2 c. grated summer squash-drained. I also squeeze the grated squash to remove as much liquid as possible)
1 c. fresh corn kernels, cut from 2 ears (can substitute 1 c. frozen corn, thawed and drained on paper towels-that’s what I used for the squash cakes in the photos)
1/8 c. chopped green onions, tops included
1/8 c. finely chopped red onion
1 large jalapeno pepper, membranes and seeds removed, finely chopped
1/3 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese (I use freshly grated Romano cheese)
1/2 c. grated sharp cheddar cheese (I use reduced fat shredded Mexican blend cheese)
1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro (my addition)
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. olive oil (I did not use)
1 tsp. ground cayenne pepper or black pepper (I use cayenne)
Canola oil for sautéing (I use 1 Tbsp. canola oil and a small pat of butter)
Low-fat sour cream, optional
Fresh tomato salsa, optional (I used store-bought salsa)

Beat eggs in a large bowl; beat in grated squash, corn, green onions, red onions, jalapeno, Parmesan, cheddar, cilantro, flour, olive oil (if using) and ground pepper.

Heat 2 Tbsp. canola oil in a heavy 10” skillet over medium-high heat.

For small cakes, spoon 1 Tbsp. squash mixture per cake into the hot oil; flatten to uniform thickness. For large cakes, use 2 Tbsp. squash mixture per cake; do not over crowd the skillet-leave about 1” between cakes.

Cook until edges turn golden brown; turn and cook the other side until golden brown, about 3 minutes total cooking time per cake.

Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Place on a cookie sheet in a warm oven; continue cooking the remaining cakes (I place the cooked cakes on a cookie sheet in a 275 degree oven-left them in there about 10 minutes after sauteing them).

http://community.tasteofhome.com/community_forums/f/30/p/839548/7182480.aspx


29 posted on 04/13/2012 9:11:38 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Here in Tennessee, everything that’s been planted is doing well. We had frost the last two nights that singed my new grapes (they’ll bounce back), the figs and the new growth on just about all trees and shrubs. Kolrabi, cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, kale and spinach are all OK. I covered my newly sprouted cucumbers with a flake of straw on each hill and that protected them just fine.

We spent the day yesterday mulching many newly planted shrubs, trees, etc....and flower beds. We’ll need to get another truck load and continue this next week.

;-)


30 posted on 04/13/2012 9:14:37 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

That looks GOOD! Cajun recipie?


31 posted on 04/13/2012 9:16:09 AM PDT by painter (Rebuild The America We love!)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Wow! I love it!


32 posted on 04/13/2012 9:17:55 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: IM2MAD
I have honey bees, but don't know a thing about mason bees.

The best suggestions I have is to log onto Beesource and use the search box for mason bees. There are many threads there. Beesource is THE best bee forum on the web, with many of the world's best beekeepers participating. If you don't find what you need, sign-up and post a thread looking for the answers you need.

If you like the forum, add me as a friend ... my screenname is Dances With Bees.

33 posted on 04/13/2012 9:18:24 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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If I haven’t responded to your comments yet, I will. Have to go outside and do several chores and will be back in a couple of hours. Thanks!


34 posted on 04/13/2012 9:21:07 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

That looks similar to what we marinate in some cheap Italian dressing overnight, then cook on the grill in a vegetable basket. YUM


35 posted on 04/13/2012 9:44:54 AM PDT by NEMDF
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Split in half along the rim, so you have a top & bottom. 1) Brush both cut sides & skin with olive oil, then sprinkle with your favorite herb mix. Place cut side down on grill, and lightly brown, then turn skin-side down, can cook a few more minutes until tender.

2) Use the same as zucchini, peeled or unpeeled; raw or cooked. Even stuffed.

I've been eating & growing them all my life; and love them. I prefer the light green tinted (Bennington's I think it is) to the white, yellow, or dark green (those are more globular) ones; or to the 'star' varieties.

If they mature, they get big & hard-shelled, and can be saved for seed, as they are an heirloom; just be sure that they are well separated from other squashes, or they will freely cross...or hand-pollinate a couple of flowers, then put a bag over them to keep bees out.

I have two like this (1 is about 8" across, and 3" deep) that have kept just sitting in the kitchen since last September, which I'll be 'harvesting' the seeds from in another couple of weeks.

36 posted on 04/13/2012 9:45:30 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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Oops! Forgot the picture of the mature pattypan.


37 posted on 04/13/2012 9:49:07 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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Wow! Those are great. I’ve only been gardening a few years,
I’m learning what will grow in this central Texas ‘gumbo’ dirt.
I’ve tilled with lots of manure, and hope to get another good harvest. Looking good so far, hopefully not another drought, like last summer. Thanks! I’ll be sure to try your recipes, and post some pics of any of our successes. - Steve


38 posted on 04/13/2012 10:02:59 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Speaking of 'poverty cooking', here's a resource I like. "real" recipes, and some good commentary. Her old black pot is bigger than any of my cast iron pots, though I do have both a couple of 'granite ware' kettles and an aluminum one that big.

http://www.neworleansshowcase.com/fs00151.html


39 posted on 04/13/2012 10:04:16 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Where in Southeast LA. I’m in Metairie and love sweet corn!


40 posted on 04/13/2012 10:38:26 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: ApplegateRanch
I ran in the house for a second to post to you, because I've been forgetting every day. I would absolutely love to have some of the onions you were writing about on last week's thread! Let me know what you think postage would be and I'll send it to you, or I can send you a variety of seeds in return. I have all kinds of cowpeas that are short season and should grow up there, some Serendipity sweet corn, a dozen different cucumbers and dozens of tomatoes. Lots of different squashes.

Now, back to the yard!

41 posted on 04/13/2012 10:45:49 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Yum, a pot of rice would go good with that!


42 posted on 04/13/2012 11:02:45 AM PDT by opbuzz (Right way, wrong way, Marine way)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

That’s great! I’m planting Asparagus for the first time and noticed that all the resources I accessed said that I shouldn’t expect to harvest for at least the third year.


43 posted on 04/13/2012 11:21:49 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: rockrr

Reasonably good soil will produce a fair crop the second year. The third year, you’ll be gifting some out...


44 posted on 04/13/2012 11:29:30 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: JustaDumbBlonde; All
Good afternoon JADB and all gardeners. The tomato seeds I started in Mississippi did not survive our move to Texas:( They got set aside and neglected and I couldn't find the seeds I had saved from my Marion and Arkansas Traveler tomatoes from last years garden. My two favorite varieties. I went to Lowe's a week or so ago to buy some wood for my raised beds and they had both varieties in stock as transplants I bought four of each plus another heirloom called "Homestead". They are ready to go into the soil and be on their own. I will have some Homegrown Tomatoes this summer!
45 posted on 04/13/2012 12:01:40 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I don’t know wether to laugh or cry but I see your husband DID NOT trade in his diesel guzzling Excursion. My grandson set up my Primos wildlife camera and I got 956 photos of every rodent in the county plus 14 of me and 3 of our dog...


46 posted on 04/13/2012 12:05:21 PM PDT by tubebender (I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.)
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To: evets
I'm growing Patty Pan squash this year... Question: What should I do with them... (Is food?)

I like them best prepared simply.

A quick dice, steam, and toss with butter and salt!

47 posted on 04/13/2012 12:21:45 PM PDT by SupplySider
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To: SupplySider
Thanks! Pattypan is a good source of magnesium, niacin, and vitamins A and C.

My neighbor calls them 'flying saucer' squash. TGIF!
48 posted on 04/13/2012 12:31:04 PM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: Red_Devil 232
I'm glad that you are still going to have tomatos this year.

We have lots of squash blooms this year and our peppers look good, in contrast to last year when nothing but tomatos were happy.

49 posted on 04/13/2012 12:45:54 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (Newt 2012)
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To: tubebender
My grandson set up my Primos wildlife camera and I got 956 photos of every rodent in the county plus 14 of me and 3 of our dog...

LOL! I went out to my brother's hunting area with him because he needed me to dispatch and prep some piglets that he had trapped. WTH... It's the country, we've been riding a while after a stop at the Dairy Queen. When we stop in the field near the trap, I discreetly move over to.... leak check a tire... Brother forwarded me a pic of the event that his hunting buddy had captured on the wildlife cam.

All I can say is that it was chilly that day.

/johnny

50 posted on 04/13/2012 1:43:58 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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