Newbie needs help

Hairston Creek Farm hcf at
Wed Apr 17 14:05:13 EDT 2002

It has to be dry! to kill bermuda grass with tillage.   Our place was a hay
field when we started 12 years ago and we still have problem areas.  We have
only used tillage to control it.  Best results have been in August and in
January following suggested days in the Farmers' Almanac.
Gary Rowland
Hairston Creek Farm
Burnet, Texas
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From: "Rancho El Shadday" <ranchmaster at>
To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at>
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2002 8:15 AM
Subject: [market-farming] Newbie needs help

> I have been lurking and learning for a while and throught it time to
> introduce myself.
> Our family recently moved from California to Oklahoma in search of a farm.
> We didn't get the hundred acres that I dreamed about, but we have a
> wonderful 46 acre place.  The land is all neglected woods or natural
> with loads of burmuda grass. In CA that was a weed, but here it is touted
> great pasture grass. I still think it is a weed. :-)  We turned under
> 90,000 sq ft of that burmuda and have been discing like crazy trying to
> all that grass!!  The garden will be in three locations and one area --
> largest -- is gooey and doesn't seem to be drying out after each rain.
> starting to look like we may have to relocate the garden area to someplace
> drier.
> Because this is our first year I have no idea if we will learn enough to
> to market (or if we'll even have enough success to have things to sell),
> we're sure trying.  We will be grazing our 25 egg chickens using a mobile
> coop and if that works we'll add more hens later. I let them run for a
> while, but the neighbor's dog got a bunch of them so now we're building an
> eggmobile.  In the meantime, the chicks are living in a pup tent
> with chicken wire.  (Only we dumb city folk would put chickens in a tent.
> LOL )  We're planting primarily strawberries, asparagus, roma tomatoes,
> peppers, sweet peppers, corn, and beans.  Also a few artichokes.  The
> may have to wait -- I'm feeling very overwhelmed right now.
> This move to OK has been a real experience -- very different from the CA
> desert.  Even the bugs are new!  We're seeing things we've never seen
> before.  Have no idea which are the good guys and which are the pests.
> The more I read this list, the more questions I have.  If I ask too many
> dumb questions just tell me to hush up or send me to a "farming for
> list. I'm so clueless that I don't even know what nemetodes are!
> Sandra Deidloff
> Rancho El Shadday
> Meeker, OK
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