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Late Summer Planted Whitetail Clover

Posted on June 29, 2015 by Leave a comment

In August of 2014 we decided to expand our perennial acreage of Whitetail Institute whitetail clover. hermes iphone 7 plus case The plot areas that we chose were newly cleared areas where annual brassicas had been planted the previous year. iphone 8 plus torro case We had our ground prepared but were in a little bit of a hurry due to some expected heavy rain. We manually spread our seed with a canvas type cyclone seeder with a hand crank. In one area we over seeded some rye as a nurse crop just to see how it might work. iphone 7 phone cover cases

Late Summer 2014 Planted Whitetail Clover

Late Summer 2014 Planted Whitetail Clover

We were not able to check on this plot again until July of 2015 when we mowed it to about 10 inches tall. You can see how the plot has filled in nicely and has created a great source of food for both our whitetail deer and our honeybees. We hope to get some clover flavored honey.
Whitetail Institute Whitetail Clover

Whitetail Institute Whitetail Clover

When we checked on the plot with the rye nurse crop in July, the rye was about five feet tall with grain heads in the dough stage. iphone 8 plus battery case red A nurse crop basically functions as a protective barrier by providing a wind break, and shade for the germinating clover, helping it to become established in adverse conditions. We hope we mowed the rye in time to kill the seed in the grain heads. If we did not, we may get some secondary germination this fall. black iphone 8 case The remnants of the rye straw was still visible in July, but will gradually decompose and disappear. iphone 6 cases spurs The decomposing rye will add calcium and nitrogen to the soil. In an open winter, without snow, you might expect to see a better stand with a nurse crop than you would in a stand without the nurse crop.

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Simple Vegetable Soup!

Posted on June 28, 2015 by Leave a comment

Sometimes a simple vegetable soup makes a great meal and leftovers too! This is an easy soup to make and is really good for you! We bought a medley basket of vegetables from a local farmers market that contained late summer season vegetables including, potatoes, cabbage, peppers, carrots, beets, onions, and sweet corn.

Simple Vegetable Soup!

Simple Vegetable Soup!

We didn’t use all the vegetables, but here is what we did use to make our soup. moshi iphone 7 case It is somewhat similar to a minestrone soup without any pasta. tech 21 iphone case 7 This is a Freestyle recipe so you can add what ever quantities of each ingredient that you please. – Onions – Carrots – Celery – Tomatoes – Potatoes – Cabbage – Cannellini beans (canned) – Salt & Pepper – Grated parmesan cheese (optional) – Parsley (optional) – Pasta (optional) – A touch of hot pepper (fresh, dried, or hot sauce) Put all the cold ingredients in the pot with just enough water to cover the vegetables. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for just 15 minutes stirring occasionally. wireless charging case iphone x After 15 minutes the vegetables should all be cooked (but not over cooked). star trek iphone 8 case The soup is ready to serve!!
Soup Fresh Out of the Pot!

Soup Fresh Out of the Pot!

We added a little parmesan cheese and you could add some fresh chopped parsley. gold fleck iphone 8 case The soup was delicious!! Since we made a big pot of soup we ate it for several meals later in the week.

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Small Wildlife Pond

Posted on June 28, 2015 by Leave a comment

Over 50 years ago, just before my father bought this property, the previous owner created this small pond in what was a field at that time. iphone 8 plus 360 case screen protector This is a spring fed pond about 60 feed long, 30 feet wide, and about 3 feet deep. uag iphone 7 plus folio case Most likely it was made for horses or cattle and possibly for wildlife as he was an avid deer hunter. scotland iphone 6 case Over the years it started to become filled in and no longer much of a pond. About three years ago we had it re-dug for about $300.00. It has been fun to see it being used by wildlife. The pond is also near our apiary and it makes a close source of water for the honeybees. The muddy water in the photograph is where deer have recently come to drink. samurai iphone 6 case

Small Wildlife Pond South View

Small Wildlife Pond South View

The pond is at the edge of a field where our deer food plots are located, which also makes this spot attractive to the deer. Deer require a water source and this is specially helpful to them in dry periods of the year. It is the only site for quite a distance that has a permanent pool of water that can be used by our local amphibians to lay their eggs in the spring. iphone 7 case giraffe We have a variety of toads, frogs, and newts which utilize this location.
Small Wildlife Pond North View

Small Wildlife Pond North View

The pond does require some maintenance. Since we have re-dug the pond, we have made an effort to control the vegetation that wants to grow up around the pond. We do this with a combination of herbicide use, a bushhog (rotary cutter), and a string trimmer. We are certain that a lot of additional wildlife species use the pond, they are just more difficult to observe during a casual walk by.

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Our Monarch Butterfly Milkweed Sanctuary!

Posted on June 28, 2015 by Leave a comment

Monarch butterflies are increasingly having a difficult time maintaining their population. iphone 8 case slim fit One factor influencing their survival, is the limited about of their only food which is milkweed. card holder iphone 6 case We have a natural stand of milkweed in one of our fields which we have designated as a sanctuary for milkweed; meaning that we will let the patch grow with out any interference. swarovski iphone 6 plus case A patch of milkweed will gradually expand over several years by the growth of underground stems. iphone 7 plus case water We are going to allow this patch to expand and we have the space to allow for this.

Milkweed Sanctuary!

Milkweed Sanctuary!

Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed plants and the larvae of the monarch butterfly feeds only on milkweed plants. pink victoria secret phone case iphone 6 plus Other insects will visit the milkweed blossoms like honeybees. purple iphone 7 case
Milkweed Plants!

Milkweed Plants!

Milkweed plants can become a beautiful addition to a perennial flower garden as long as you are prepared for the underground stem expansion of the milkweed plant and are wiling to either allow it to expand or willing to keep it trimmed back so that its expansion is limited.

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Au Gratin Potatoes

Posted on June 28, 2015 by Leave a comment

A Nice Potatoes Au Gratin Serving!

A Nice Potatoes Au Gratin Serving!

Au Gratin Potatoes! This is an old family recipe that is now being requested by our Grandchildren. This is a freestyle recipe so you can adjust the ingredient quantities depending on the size of the glass baking dish you use and how many people you are attempting to feed. iphone 6 case 360 marble This is a layered recipe so you can adjust the number of layers, again depending on how deep your glass baking dish happens to be. We would suggest cooking at lease one medium to large potato for each person. We will add photos to the blog as we get them.
Basic Potato Au Gratin Ingredients

Basic Potato Au Gratin Ingredients

Ingredients: Olive oil, vegetable oil or butter – to grease the bottom of the pan. Whole potatoes – sliced about as thinly as you can get. Any type of potato will do (Red, Russet, Yukon Gold, etc.) We prefer red. polaroid iphone x case The potatoes can be peeled or not, but generally we peel the potatoes. glittery gold iphone 8 case Onions – diced (any kind) Crackers crushed – Ritz or Saltine Cheddar Cheese grated – We prefer extra sharp cheddar (We grate the block of cheese ourselves for freshness) Milk (Whole, 2%, 1%, Skim, Half-n-half doesn’t matter) Salt to taste Pepper to taste Putting together the first layer. 1) Grease the bottom of the pan 2) On the bottom of the pan lay 3-4 layers of the sliced potatoes. 3) Next add a thin layer of diced onions. 4) Add a layer of grated cheddar cheese thin enough so you can see through the layer. iphone 8 case front and back protective 5) Add a layer of crushed crackers 6) Add salt and pepper (a little with each layer) Now that you have completed one layer, you just need to repeat 3-4 layers or more until your pan is at least half way full. When you are finished with your layers, add enough milk so that it submerges at least 1/3 of the bottom layers. The milk adds moisture and creaminess to the potatoes. iphone 8 plus case back and front Add the milk slowly in dribbles all over the top so that the cheese and crackers meld together, which will form a nice crust.
Looks Delicious!

Looks Delicious!

Bake at 325 degrees for about 2 hours. It takes a while for the potatoes in the middle to get done. You can test with a fork in the middle to see if it is done.

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Mowing Whitetail Clover as Part of Summer Maintenance

Posted on June 28, 2015 by Leave a comment

Mowing Whitetail Institute Whitetail Clover as part of summer maintenance. (we apologize for the quality of the photos in our blog, which is due to the remote location of our camera) We also wanted to highlight the multiple wildlife species that take advantage of our food plots. In the spring after a long western NY State winter, the plot struggles to come back to life. We say struggle because there is damage to the plot during overwintering due to extreme cold in the absence of snow cover. With snow cover, mice make tunnels under the snow damaging the crowns of the overwintering clover plants. Competition from other “weed” plants, both grasses and broadleaf plants, begins immediately as the soil warms in the spring sunshine. The beginning of spring in a perennial food plot is like the start of the Indianapolis 500 with a multitude of plants and seeds competing for light, nutrition and water.

May Fox in Whitetail Clover!

May Fox in Whitetail Clover!

By the time June arrives, unless you have kept up with the herbicide application side of your food plot maintenance program, a variety of grass and broadleaf weeds will begin to arise above the whitetail clover plants and begin to take their place as a permanent part of the food plot. iphone 8 cases with initials If you miss your opportunity to apply your herbicides in a timely fashion, you now have limited options to control your weeds. The best option for controlling the grass weeds is to use either the herbicide Sethoxydim or Clethodim. iphone 7 case glitter liquid Always read and follow label instructions. Control your grass weeds before mowing your plot. The blades of grass prior to mowing will have more surface area to absorb the herbicide. iphone case 7 red The next best option to reduce current and future broadleaf weed competition is to mow the plot and cut off the seed heads which are trying to produce seeds. tropical iphone 8 plus case We mow the whitetail clover as high as we can to limit damage to the clover, but low enough to cut the tops off as many weeds as we can. iphone 6 case fish The clover is quick to recover if you remove some of the clover foliage. In general cut, not less than 6 inches and not more than 12 inches off the ground.
June Whitetail Deer in Whitetail Clover!

June Whitetail Deer in Whitetail Clover!

Since this year we will not be able to make herbicide applications to our plots, we only have the option to mow, as our only maintenance option for 2015. Our only hope is that for the plots we planted last summer, and for some of our well established plots, that our stand will be strong enough to out-compete the constant threat of being overtaken by weeds. This is the first year we have photographed turkeys taking advantage of the whitetail clover in our plots. iphone 6 rick and morty case We have also observed foxes, woodchucks, squirrels, hawks, crows, and bluejays. me to you iphone 6 case The whitetail deer are in our plots all year long except for the yarding period in the dead of winter.

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Eggplant, Tomato, Pepper Bake Recipe

Posted on June 26, 2015 by Leave a comment

Eggplant, Tomato Pepper Bake Recipe. iphone 7 case harley quinn We have been harvesting a lot of eggplant along with a lot of tomatoes, banana peppers, hot wax peppers, onions and herbs in our garden. gear 4 d30 iphone 7 case Sometimes this creates the challenge of what can we make that is different from what we have been making. We decided to make a dish that is somewhat of a combination of eggplant parmesan, and pizza, quick to make and uses a lot of vegetables. We came up with this recipe and it turned out very well for us. We will definitely make it again!!

Eggplant, Tomato, Pepper Bake

Eggplant, Tomato, Pepper Bake

“Free Style” guidelines – adjust the quantities to your taste, available ingredients, and baking pan size. Eggplant, Tomato, Pepper, Bake Recipe: Laid out in a baking pan Extra virgin olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Saltine crackers finely crumbled to put a thin layer on the bottom of the pan (or something similar) Eggplant – peeled and cut in 1/4 inch slices and then cut in bite size squares so the whole bottom of the pan is covered without any gaps. Pasta Sauce – spread your choice of prepared pasta sauce over the top of the eggplant. proporta iphone 8 case (or make your own) Herbs – add a little extra dried or fresh basil and oregano spread evenly over the top. indestructible iphone 7 case Turkey Pepperoni cut into 1/2 inch squares and spread evenly across the top of the eggplant. iphone 6 front and back case disney Tomatoes – Cut fresh cherry, grape, or large tomato into 1 inch squares and place along the edges of the pan spaced about an inch apart. Peppers – Cut banana, hot wax, jalapeƱo, or any paper, into slices and place randomly over the top of the sauce. Cheese – we used a combination of fresh grated mozzarella and fresh grated hard parmesan cheese. iphone 6 case bape Bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees, add cheese to the top and bake 15 more minutes until the cheese is baked enough for you. Enjoy! What we eat seems to be dictated by what we have available to pick in the garden. iphone 8 protective case griffin We seem to be picking a basket with a variety similar to this every 3 days. It has been a great treat to eat garden fresh vegetables every day, and also to give some away to family and friends.

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Red Tailed Hawk Catching a Mouse!

Posted on June 26, 2015 by Leave a comment

In rural western NY State Red Tailed Hawks are very common to see flying, soaring and calling overhead. victoria secret phone case iphone 6 It is somewhat unusual to catch them capturing lunch. tech21 case iphone 8 We apologize for the photo quality, but we still wanted to do a post about the event. We were lucky the camera caught both the catch and the “fly away”. In the fields and pastures here there is an abundance of mice and meadow voles. A meadow vole is a larger mouselike animal with a short tail. official iphone 8 plus case These rodents are a frequent meal for owls, hawks, foxes, and snakes. mickey iphone 6 plus case

Red Tailed Hawk Catching a Meadow Vole

Red Tailed Hawk Catching a Meadow Vole

This Red Tailed Hawk has flown down and ambushed what we think is a meadow vole based on its somewhat large size and color. iphone 8 soft gel case The hawk has taken a moment to secure it’s catch and is flying off to a more private place to consume it’s meal.

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Juliet Tomatoes

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Leave a comment

For many years now we have grown Juliet “grape” tomatoes. We do this because this variety tastes great and ALWAYS produces lots of tomatoes all summer up until frost. We go out the day before the first killing frost in the fall and pick all the green and pink tomatoes. We bring them inside to ripen and many times will have tomatoes for Thanksgiving and once in a while for Christmas. We usually plant a variety of larger fruited beefsteak type tomatoes which we prefer to eat. They seem to bear more inconsistently than the Juliet. iphone 7 plus case coffee From our experience the Juliet will produce even in partial shade. iphone x 10 case

Juliet Tomatoes!

Juliet Tomatoes!

Juliet tomato transplants are usually available for purchase at big box and smaller retail outlets, but some years they are hard to find. iphone 8 case slim protected I encourage you to keep looking, or calling until you find them. The extra effort will be rewarded. As with all tomato transplants we strip off the bottom leaves and plant the transplants as deeply as possible with only about 6 inches of top sticking out of the ground. We do this because the tomato stem will put out roots along the portion of the stem that is buried. iphone 8 phone case wine glass This effort effectively lowers the root system several inches deeper in the soil and creates a root system that is more drought tolerant and that has access to more nutrients. Other types of transplants, like peppers, will not do this and they need to be planted at the same level as they are in the transplant container. iphone 7 case wolf
Juliet Tomatoes on the Vine

Juliet Tomatoes on the Vine

The Juliet tomato is an indeterminate variety meaning that it will keep growing taller all summer long. Because it keeps growing Juliet plants will need to be grown in a tomato cage, staked, or trellised to allow for the continued growth.

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Our Little Weed Friends Invade!

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Leave a comment

Our Little Weed Friends Invade! Our Little Weed Friends Invade! The good news is that this is a really rich clay loam soil that will grow some great vegetables. ranvoo iphone 8 case The bad news is that it will also grow some really awesome weeds, unless we get rid of these little devils quickly. In general for broadleaf weeds, there are very few herbicide formulations that can be used on a small scale to combat these weeds, but most are very easy to pull at this stage, because most have a simple tap root. iphone 8 case doujiaz On the other hand, there is at least one excellent herbicide product for controlling small grass weeds in any scale vegetable garden. This product is Poast, used along with crop oil concentrate (See Note). iphone 7 case labrador The active ingredient in Poast is sethoxydim. iphone 7 plus shock case Small grass weeds are harder to pull because of their fibrous root system. iphone 8 plus crocodile skin case Regardless of what type of weed it is, it is easier to remove when it is very small. Our plan is to pull these small weeds as soon as possible, add another application of fertilizer and then mulch along the base of our seedlings. iphone 7 phone cases griffin survivor The mulch layer, almost an inch thick, will hold moisture during dry conditions and at the same time suppress weed seed germination by denying light to the soil surface and smothering other tiny germinating weeds. iphone 7 case liverpool (Note: Poast is a product that will not normally be available in big box stores and you must mix the Poast and crop oil concentrate yourself.

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