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WHERE is Colin? He's been MIA for awhile.
Also Where is Bumps and Pumpkin Doug?

deb

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I could be wrong, however..

Isn't "Colin's" TOFA name Suxxes?
If so he is on the Chat forum.
If I have the name correlation wrong, what is his TOFA name?

The Bumpsters probably out there lurking around.

Doug, no one knows...

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justa' lurkin'.....

actually just trying to button up da' homestead for the coming winter....seems it just takes a little longer each year....well I'll just keep the light on for Doug.....

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YB, YES Colin IS SUssex!

YB,
YES Colin IS SUssex! Whew.. he is present and accounted for and BUMPSTER!!! I am SO HAPPY to see you. I Know what you mean... every year takes a little longer to button things up for winter.
Are you anywhere near ASHVILLE? I have a dear friend that I grew up with that lives in Ashville and works for the Art Guild.

I posted notices on the Big Pumpkin forum asking about Doug but never got a response.

debs

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Well Deb...

getcher map out , I'm 39 miles NW of Charlotte, NC and maybe 5 miles SE of Mooresville NC...Asheville is up in the mountains 99 to 100 miles west of me .....love to go up there time to time , they are a very upbeat/upscale city in the way they facilitate the arts !!!! It is a very nice place to visit and live...!!

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I think the getting ready for winter,

is something that takes longer each year because we find more chores to do, even if we quit adding more things we grow and what not!

I know this is the way it is for me, every year I do more summer chores, then see them as being farther behind when winter gets here, and do more fall and winter chores too!

This year I am ahead of the game with my tree pruning and might actually get the whole thing done by spring!

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As usual,

I probably will not get to putting the Garden away for the winter..just do it in the Spring..

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I'm avoiding putting the garden away for winter,

that way the deer can get too the left overs without picking through my compost pile! :)

The deer should leave some pellets in the garden to pay for their feast! :D

Even if they leave their droppings elsewhere on the place it will be a pretty fair trade! :)

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Our deer are going thru a 40

Our deer are going thru a 40 pound bag of whole corn a day. They alsolove bird seed!

Our foxes are absolutely beautiful. They look healthy beautiful coats, black beautiful legs. He is stu7nning this year.

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There was plenty of grass this year,

lots of new tender shoots for them too from all the bushes, but just no berries for the bears etc, and my uncle told me of a black bear that was occasionally tipping over garbage cans in town.

Earlier I noticed two of my Box Elder trees that even had on tree tubes to protect them from buck antlers had been rubbed anyway!

I left plenty of poplar saplings in the gravel pit for them to rub on to let them decide which of the rest of them to cut down to give the others room to grow, but they picked out some of my plantings that were doing poorly anyway!

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dang Deb !! ....

no wonder the deer love your place !! you're running a "McDebs" for them...:)please don't feed 'em so much that they start to depend on it , (not scolding ya Deb )

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Heyy Bumps and Larry! I put

Heyy Bumps and Larry!
I put the corn out for the deer and the buffet for the raccoons, possum, foxes etc doesn't go out until 11 pm...so they need to find something else so to eat besides that. :-)

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try

mixing some acorns in the deers diet Deb (if you can find them) they love 'em ...the acorns are plentiful here this year.

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I finally got my irrigation pump running,

now I just need to pinch my belt enough for buying hoses for it, not to mention maybe some sprinklers later on, but I'm going to start with flood irrigation of a small plot to see if I can irrigate enough for a really good corn patch!

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ACORNS!!! I'll go comb the

ACORNS!!! I'll go comb the woods for some! They also love cut up apples.
WHat else can I give them Bumps?

Debs

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How's your weather Larry?

How's your weather Larry? what are the predictions for you this winter?
How are your fur children?

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Right now the weathers good!

I just got almost a half inch of rain a few days ago, and am just now having one of my first days where the wood stove was needed on into the day instead of just in the morning! :)

I'm on the border of two zones that the forecasts are mild and wet and mild and dry, so I probably am in-between. :)

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Deb

go to where your local horse people get their pellet feed and get a 50lb.bag of pellet feed that has at least 14% to 16% protein in it (this is usually used for working horses and foaling mares)and a $5.00 mineral(brownish color)salt block , these 2 things are all round better than just corn alone and other mentioned feeds just by themselves... they need the protein and minerals this time of year !!! maybe next year you can plan a deer food plot , and have ready for them !!

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A book I read said that the protein is good for,

antler development and bigger stronger deer, as winter forage is deficient in the protein needed for this.

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Deb, Get "Deer Lollipops"

On a stick, also called Suckers.

The mineral block that Bump mentioned is reddish sometimes and usually is put out by hunters in the late Spring as it helps increase the antler size, but the ladies like it too.

You don't have to worry about Lyme disease with them on your property? That'd be nice.

Also with the acorns, look for the white oak (sweet oak) trees that have the rounded edges as opposed to the oaks with the sharp-pointed leaves. They'll eat those also, but the sweeter the better.

Have fun!!

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I finally got around to fixing the engine on my water pump,

so now I need to make some hoses for it, for which I ordered some of that black flexible pipe at the local hardware store, but still need to get some quick couplers and other fittings as well as a strainer, I want to get a nozzle as well.

I figure I may be able to "dig" my root cellar faster using the nozzle to do it placer mining style.

After I see how pumping ware goes for at least next summer, I hope to plant some White Swamp Oak, those can handle some being in standing water, and are also drought tolerant once established, those should be good food sources for both me and the deer, as well as eventually providing some hard wood fire wood (at least small pieces from pruning), and maybe one day even lumber though I doubt I'll still be living here then!

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Ohh I am used to giving the

Ohh I am used to giving the deer HOrse sweet feed... but when it rains it gets REALLY Nasty and they don't eat it! I have also used Mineral blocks for them too. One would think that they would be happy with anything but when the weather gets nasty they avoid the sweet feed if it gets wet! I'll try it again.

Deb

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they

won't eat anything moldy like that ..maybe build a covered feed bunk for 'em ,high enough for them to browse , doesn't have to be elaborate unless you're in a gated community!!:) whatever you do they'll appreciate it ,I'm sure....

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COOL idea Bumps! They turn

COOL idea Bumps! They turn their feed bin over when it's empty to letme know they want more. They also stamp and snort to let me know that they WANT food. NOW! :-) I wish I could find acorns in BULK!

Deb

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Here ya go Deb, knock yourself out ;)

http://www.google.com/search?q=bulk%20acorns&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

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