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« on: December 18, 2010, 07:55:37 AM »

I'm curious as to how many of you use the almanac to determine when to seed, plant and cultivate?
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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2010, 08:12:06 AM »

i try to use it as much as possible for no other reason than thats the way my Granddaddy done it and if he ever had a bad crop i dont remember it and we never had a year we didnt fill the freezers and the cubbards. course Grandaddy grew up farming and farmed until the depression when he had a chance to go to work with either the ccc or wpa , he never went back to the farm but tended one crop or another year round for the rest of his life , had a heart attack behind a push plow after i had pleaded with him to call me or my brother or a cousin when he needed us. sad thing is he had the power equipment to do the work , he just prefered the push plow and always wanted a burro that would pull a plow.

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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2010, 08:40:26 AM »

100% of the time.....although, you do HAVE to go "against" it, occassionally, due to weather, sickness and other things that are out of one's control.
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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2010, 09:05:36 AM »

I used to say I planted by a sign, the sign was a big rain cloud heading my way.  Fall 09 was a total failure

for me.  This year I remembered what grandpa used to say.  If ya want big turnips plant on the full moon of

Aug. I planted the whole fall garden about that time and even though we had a long dry spell we had one of

the best fall gardens I ever had.  I was out there pulling rutabagas today, and there are still beets

cabbage carrot onion collards and a few sugar snap peas still holding on.  I am going to pay more

attention to the signs from now on.  Yes, Sir.
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To be a gardener, you must learn to dance to the music nature plays.  I'm doing the jerk and the monkey to a waltz right now..  Not unusual for me. 

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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2010, 09:10:29 AM »

I just use chickens bones, dice, a green hickory twig and a finely polished rock...da polished rock being key here... Grin

almost forgot...if for fall planting...use all bones but the back and neck bones... Grin
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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2010, 09:13:49 AM »

Cub,  What no lucky ferret foot?  I might know where ya could get one..
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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2010, 09:15:18 AM »

 Grin
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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2010, 12:02:42 PM »

checking my Almanac to see if it has chicken bones listed. LOL
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« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2010, 12:20:54 PM »

I use the Old Farmers Almanac  Moon Favorable dates and also LSU AGCenter recommendations.  Most all times they fall within range, can't complain.

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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2010, 04:44:16 PM »

Barring any bad weather or other unfavorable conditions, I think I will try it this spring. Adjusting my planting calendar now and will keep records for evaluation. (Got to reduce my gardening fever some how).
Thanks for the feedback.
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« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2010, 06:28:01 PM »

I might look at the almanac but if all else is favorable...like moisture, temp, time....I plant regardless of the almanac suggestion.
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« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2010, 03:36:46 PM »

I try to follow the Almanac but sometimes the weather and work schedule just doesn't allow me to be 100% accurate.

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« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2010, 06:29:25 PM »

Cubby made me laugh so hard I shot milk out my nostrils...and I wasnt even drinking milk...
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« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2010, 09:30:50 PM »

My dad always used it when breeding the cows. Never used it for planting. I have never had much stock in using it.
I am really a renegade anyway. Maybe I should follow directions more often.
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