Matthew Garner

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We might be going with the family farm in wewa. It was the family farm many years ago but 40 years ago they planted timber pines so its time to harvest.y father owns 65 acres and my aunt owns the 70 acres next door. I though my father sold it I did not know it was still in the family. And it's in tupalo city haha.I definitely want to do some bees but I will have to learn all about them.

Edit by the way, my wife is from the Caryville/Bonifay area! That's tons of great info.
2 years ago
Good use for them! Btw coffee grounds are not acidic even though coffee the drink is. Weird huh? Well the acidity of the coffee is water soluble and it washes out. I know flower beds love it when you just add the grounds right out of the filter. For the compost pile don't forget to trow the paper filter in too if are using a normal coffee maker. Starbucks gives away free bags of there used coffee grounds. If you ask nicely in sure any near by reastraunt will give you there's same goes with the tea mix they use a lot to make the big things of sweet tea!
2 years ago
I was reading about river cane in a book and they were talking about how it was common feed in thw early 1700s for cattle and how cattle loved to destroy it in rivers. I was talking about it with my father and a friend of his feeds the leftover biomass from sugar cane to the cattle. There is a lady in GA who farms timber bamboo and feeds the leafy part to her cattle and they love it. But they really only like the leafy part of cane plants from what I understand. Bamboo and cane is just a grass so it makes sence.
2 years ago
Cool stuff chip! Is corn better at breaking up compact clay than other plants? I don't have any experience with clay being from Florida.everything is sand here. I think it's interesting the fact that corn would go extinct if it wasn't for humans since the seeds can't escape from the husk.
2 years ago
That all makes good sences I guess I didn't think of it like that. I didn't mean export the the stalks I meant to bring the cow too it but that's I guess is really just something a farmer with both cattle and corn to do. My post wasn't that we'll though out haha. I'm just learning alot about cows hope to own some soon. I've since my post learned an out cattle and bamboo, river can and suger cane. It just seems like there are so many things better than grain for cows it blows my mind that people feed so much to them.
2 years ago
Well a quick Google shows that yes you can in fact feed it to cattle. Makes since because corn is just a really big grass anyways. So my question is why isn't it more common. I'm more of think about people who have to overwinter the cattle they own and don't have them on pasture year round. Forgive me if it's obvious reason I don't own any cattle yet. have been reading the omnivore's dilemma and it had me thinking on how the industry ag raise it's cows.

It seems like a good use for something a lot of conventional farmers treat as waste.
2 years ago
Another issue with metal for the amateur is galvanized metels. People who like to recycle and reuse some times unknown to themeself find a piece of galvanized metel like a lot of piping and weld on it. First it has very toxic fumes when you weld on it and can kill you. I one time was working with some out doors not knowing what kind of metal it was and it made me very sick for about 2 days. I could also guessthat if you were to heat it up in your new homemade stove enough too it could do the same. So just stay way from anything galvanized for your stove! Sorry if I'm just a little off topic it was just the pictures of the stove made me think of that.
2 years ago
We have found tons of cheap land where my wife was raised in Caryville and bonifay. We are looking at stuff closer to Tallahassee since my wife loves to do her doula stuff and larger populationscreen help with that job. We still own property in Fort Walton so it's not a bad drive. I really want to convert man made timberland of pine back into something with biodiversity probably also make 5 to 8 acres of pastures but slowly and over time. Let the goats and pigs do a lot of the work for me! Haha. I don't want to deforest anything naturally growing but I don't mind converting man made stuff into something else. Plus the land is cheaper. The goal is not to work off the farmstead but during the transition I do plan to find a part time job off the land but something very minor.

We already have a steady income from our renter. My wife's mother is also leaving us another piece of land 2 acres with a trailer, septic and well. The trailer is basically a tare down so we don't know of if we are going sell the land or put a new/used mobile home to rent out on it. It's in Caryville by the way. She is going to pass very soon from her cancer. Very hard time for the wife because I'm not home to help her throughout this tough time.

The goal for me financially is to all ways make even with the farm and use rental income so I don't have to work other than management of the rentals and the homestead. Well the ultimate goal is for the homestead to basically be profitable and the rental to be profitable. We also plan to buy our land flat out so we don't owe anyone anything.
2 years ago
A great resource we had in Fort Walton was that the tree cutting services offered free mulch to anyone who would take the whole truck load. By truck I mean dump truck. It wasn't like landscape mulch it was just the wood chips from a tree they would cut down. That would be great to get a few truck loads for burning or even composting. To bad they would not deliver more than 15 minutes out of town! But yes brochure sounds like a great idea I never tried it in my garden when I lived on Sandy land but that probably would have saved a lot of work. I will have to read more about brochure and learn about it better
2 years ago
Not more than I wanted to know that's great info! Where on the panhandle are you anyways if you don't mind me asking. Land we are looking at is mostly land near the Florida Alabama border. Growing up on the beach all my life I want some change. Plus I know all about the nightmares of the soil near the gulf. One of my bigger concerns are wet lands. I really don't want a lot of wetlands on the property because I don't know what all to grow in wet lands plus they are protected in Florida and require a permit to do anything to if you wanted to change anything about or drain them.
2 years ago