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Farm Name: The Farm Wife

Year Farm Established: 2004

Location: Ringgold, LA

Years I’ve been farming: 9 years

Animals I raise: Cows, chickens, pigs

Crops I grow: All the basic veggies, a few herbs and some flowers

Hobbies I enjoy: Canning, weaving, making soap & candles, embroidery and other needle crafts

Club/Associations memberships: LCA; NBCA; BGA

Pets: Dogs: Hootie & Lacy
Cats: Whoever shows up for dinner


Farm Motto: It's hard enough to be in one marriage, but being in two at the same time and making them both work can be taxing to a woman. I should know. I'm married to a man and a farm.....
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  Hi!
Yes I love to spin the fiber from my own animals. I started spinning last year and really enjoy it! I am just starting with weaving and am hoping to get a Ashford Rigid Heddle loom here soon. What kind of loom to you like best?

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04/29/2014 11:01.53 AM Report This Comment  
  In an effort to improve our website for our visitors, we will be changing some of our service providers. We do not expect to experience any technical difficulties. However, if you are unable to access our website, please be assured it will be temporary as we transition to the new service. 10/19/2013 12:00.00 AM  
  Re: Daisies and Hawk weeds
Thanks for the feedback Sister. I'm gonna post another one on this subject in a minute. --Gary

Come visit me, La Ferme Sabloneuse (Sandy Farm).

06/22/2013 08:46.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Progress
We're moving forward on the farm, and loving every minute of it. Come see what progress we've made, and in the process, get a chance to win a great surprise from the Farm Wife!

Come visit me, The Farm Wife & Paradise Plantation.

05/26/2013 08:18.51 PM Report This Comment  
  He's Here!
There is just nothing more fun than a new baby on the farm. This one is even more special, as it's the first calf of my new Jersey, and now I get to start milking! Come visit me at thefarmwife.com to read all about it and see the pictures!

Come visit me, The Farm Wife & Paradise Plantation.

04/29/2013 06:34.35 PM Report This Comment  
  Fixing Fences
As much as I love my farm and my cows, it seems like I spend most of my time fixing the fences that my cows love to destroy. Sometimes I think that it's a hobby of theirs, or at least a challenge to see how much damage they can do in one standing. Visit me at thefarmwife.com and read more about it!

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04/22/2013 06:11.22 AM Report This Comment  
  Grandma Truckey
Yes, of course you can post anything of mine. I'll try to find photos of Grandma for you too. --Gary

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04/21/2013 08:17.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for ur last
Thank you for the good words about my blogs. Especially the endorsement on your website! Gonna post another on Grandma's house now! --Gary

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04/20/2013 06:39.58 PM Report This Comment  
  Re: Seagulls n' Shovels
No thanks, Sister!

We had about 5 inches of snow here last Monday and the morning lows have been in the single digits! They say that the weather pattern should change in about two weeks. Last year at this time we had temps in the 70's and 80's.

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03/22/2013 04:47.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi. I'm brand new here. I just added some photos to my farm :0) I would love for you to stop by or visit my blog at www.fresh-eggs-daily.com.

I have 21 hens, a rooster and 8 ducks. I raise Marans, Australorps, Cochins, RIR, Andalusians, Faverolles, Light Sussex and Olive Eggers mostly.

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02/27/2013 03:49.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for the comments
Again, I envy you my sister. Blossoms in February! Just imagine! We're having the snowiest winter in awhile up here. Zero tomorrow morning, more snow on Friday, then who knows what! "Every winter is followed by a spring." It's a nice quote, but historically, it was quoted by a young German soldier at Stalingrad who subsequently went out on guard duty and died of exposure. Morbid, I know, but I'm a Wisconsinite who is in the midst of a bad winter. Still, the soldier died with hope in his heart and we will remember him as we soldier on through the rest of winter. --Gary

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02/19/2013 07:38.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Dexters
Hi there, thanks for the comments and congrats on choosing to get a dexter! We love our new girl and are excited about milking this fall. It will be a new experience for us. Do you plan to milk your dexter? As far as temperature tolerance goes... We are in the Northeast and she (and the breed as a whole) does just fine with the cold temperatures. There are a large number of southern ranches with dexers online. I think the cows adapt well to whatever environment they are in. They are known for being hardy and adaptable. We keep highlands for beef and can't imagine how they can tolerate the heat of the south, with their long fuzzy hair, but even they adapt well. Soon, K

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02/16/2013 03:48.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Good to hear from you!
70's tomorrow! I envy you. We're walking on ice here. You certainly have my permission to use anything of mine on your site. I know that you're busier n' a cat coverin' scat on a cement sidewalk (as my granny used to say) but if you're at your country library put in a search for author Hal Borland. He's long departed, but any book that he has written will speak to your heart, as it does mine. I will check out your website. Much love, my sister . . . Gary

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02/12/2013 08:10.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Reply
Sorry for the delay. Still learning how to reply and comment. Merry Christmas. My recommendation is to get your soil tested so you can select your site. You can get kits from your local extension office. Each sample is about $13.00 each. Good luck with your testing, but this way you will know what the soil needs and get it down and working its magic.

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12/25/2012 10:26.25 AM Report This Comment  
  Thanks again
Thanks for your support! Will be posting tomorrow. Our internet server is down so I have to walk over to brother Tommy's to use his. My daughter is coming to visit this Sunday so I hope to be back up at home once she fixes our setup. --Gary

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12/19/2012 04:22.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Re: Winter
I love your comments on my site, my sister. I think that sometimes we have it lucky here in the north because we can use winter as an excuse not to work outdoors for a season. Y'all in the south have an extra two or three months to tend to your lands without the benefit of our excuse. Stay tuned for my next blog about the Winter Solsctice. Bytheby, you've given me some ideas for this blog. Thank you. --Gary

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12/02/2012 09:35.24 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks
Merci beaucoup for your kind words, my sister. I'd love to put these blogs into a book but it's up to the good Lord. I can't see how any publisher would touch it. Heck, even Hobby Farms haven't said anything about these posts. I'm guessin' they can't possibly read all our sites. Anyways, I just write to express myself. It's enough for me that you, and a few others, enjoy them. If nothing else, I will collect them on some sort of 'puter memory and leave it to gather dust. Thanks again ma soeur.

Come visit me, La Ferme Sabloneuse (Sandy Farm).

11/06/2012 06:44.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Luv ur last!
So you mix your own liquified manure! You've got more guts than I do! So, since my last, I've got one future blog completed on manure, with two more on the way. I'll be sure to mention that your blog on the same subject can be found on my MyFarm site. Thanks for the help and inspiration! -- Gary

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10/30/2012 08:46.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Re; ur last
Funny that you should mention hauling manure! Last Sunday I got a pickup truck load from a friend about 5 miles away. I loaded my lil' Ranger by shovel in about 15 minutes but it took a good hour to spread it, shovelfull by shovelfull around the fallow section of my home garden. Only someone like you would understand, but I love the smell of cow poop! Not the cesspool stuff that they spray on the fields now, but the manure spreader-delivered, old-fashioned, hand shoveled poop. You are my muse, Farmwife! I have the topic for another blog! "Haulin' Poop! --Gary

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10/25/2012 06:56.57 PM Report This Comment  
  More pumpkins
Hey girl!
Go on the home page of HobbyFarms. It's all about growing pumpkins! I don't necessarily agree with the heavy, rich soil. New England is all about pumpkins and they have rocky, sandy soil. So do we at La Ferme Sabloneuse and we do just fine!

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10/23/2012 07:34.53 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for your post, my friend! Because of our "zone" or our latitude, we do not have a lot of "latitude" for early or late crops. We do use cold frames here. It is to start long - maturing plants early, like melons, pumpkins, squash, and peppers. Diehard gardeners will use coldframes for late season lettuce and radishes but I don't know any personally who do it. What a coincidence! My next blog will be about dead gardens.

--Gary

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10/17/2012 07:59.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Pumpkins
Hello my friend! I don't know as I could give you any better advice than you'd get from the Parish/County extension office but here goes: I am made to think that pumpkins a cool weather plants so down there you'd might wanna get some shade on them in the afternoon. Up here we start the seed indoors in early May and then put the peat planters in the garden around Memorial Day. This last summer, because it was so hot, I hosed down the leaves late in the morning so the evaporating water would cool the leaves. Otherwise they would curl up.
Pumpkins don't keep all that well so anything that's grown in the spring down there won't last till Halloween or Thanksgiving. My guess is that I would plant them in afternoon shade three months before first frost. Maybe that's the first of August for you, I guess. I would plant Jack-O-Lanterns. They make the best, all-around pumpkin. Atlantic Giants are fine for bulk, but they turn out pale and lopsided. If you want pumpkin pies, then Pie Pumpkins could be planted in March and harvested in late June and again in the fall. As for soil, pumpkins will do well in poor soil. I once put some pumpkins against our sandhill and used them for siting in my deer rifle. The next year, I had a nice few pumpkins grow up in that sandy spot, without any fertilizer. I guess that means that I wouldn't fertilize in your good soil down there.

So there you are, I don't know anything about growin' crops in the South, I admit; but I think your Ag agent might have some ideas for you. Let me know how it turns out next year. -- Gary

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10/11/2012 07:40.58 PM Report This Comment  
  County Fairs
Congrats on your Blue Ribbons! I used to enter a pumpkin each year. I think I won two blue ribbons. It turned colder here today. 40's and an all day rain. Blew a lot of leaves off so our color is about over. I raked some leaves yesterday and next week, while on vacation, I'll rake for hours and hours and also haul some loads of manure from a farmer friend who raises beef and spread two loads on my garden and a couple loads on my brother's big garden down below. I'm guessing that I'll have my Ruthie take a photo or two and do a blog on manure. (Only a real countryperson/HobbyFarmer would be interested in that one.) If I ever get money ahead, or am able to retire before I die, I plan on visiting your farm in LA, preferably around pig killing time. --Gary

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10/09/2012 06:18.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Re, Re, pigs
Wow! What a story! I'm gonna draw attention to it tonight on Facebook. With pork prices predicted to go up this fall, I wonder if a few astute hunters wouldn't get the idea to do some heavy pig hunting and market "free range pork." Up here they get the hunters to bring their deer to the meat processers and then it goes to the food pantries. They call it "Hunt for the Hungry." I don't know if you have pantries down there but the same could be done, I suppose. They could call it: "Pork for the Poor" or "Bacon for Those Who ain't Makin' it." Anyways, loved your blog! --Gary

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10/08/2012 02:31.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Re: Pigs
You're right! You made me hungry just reading your post! So who hunts the wild boars? I hear that it's kinda dangerous. (You could do a blog on that.)

We don't use enough meat to warrant a whole pig but it does sound intriguing. Thanks for the info! It made a great blog! -- Gary

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10/06/2012 05:42.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Pigs
Hi Girl;
I hear that bacon prices are going to go through the roof this winter. How many are you are going to harvest this fall? Do you get good bacon or is it more like the side-pork that we used to get, a slab of fat with a strip of lean meat in the middle? -- Gary

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10/05/2012 07:51.41 PM Report This Comment  
  The Moon
Sorry I haven't been in touch lately. I'm gonna buy the Farmer's Almanac this spring and give what you say a try. Your ideas have inspired a blog topic for me: Names for the moons of the year. I tell you what . . . let's do it together! I'll send you my draft when I get it done (when, I don't know) and then you add what you think should be added. We can both post it. (Just an idea) Anyways, let me know how you're doin'!--Gary
PS I like the "The Stahler Farm."

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09/19/2012 05:53.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Catfish?
Thanks for the great welcome. I have a farm pond that I'm hoping to rehabilitate and stock. How do you like raising catfish? Any books or websites that you'd recommend to a newbie? The pond, once it is in good condition, will be about 70x90' and about 35' at the deepest point.

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09/17/2012 01:20.20 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Back at You
Thank you for visiting my web site. Blogging is all new for me but love the interesting items that I have been reading from other farms. Your farm looks wonderful. I enjoyed the pic of the eggs. I have chickens and love the many colored eggs that we get. We free range up until about a month ago when we had a new dog next door kill 2/3rds of our chickens. Left most of the smart old ones and killed all then new laying hens. Not one rooster was killed. Rats. I have been wanting to eliminate the roosters to 2 or 3. We went from 65+ eggs a day to almost 20. I have been thinking about getting some Buckeyes this time because we are in a cold and snowy area. Well enough of this chat. Need to go feed horse and dogs and cats etc. Have a great fall!

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09/07/2012 07:43.16 PM Report This Comment  
  The Moon - Phase 2
I agree, the moon phases do change from year to year, which is why I always buy a copy of the farmers' almanac. Most of them list the phases, plus the best days to plant various things. You can also do a lot more by the moon - plant, prune, weed, hair cuts, baking, all kinds of things. I do a garden calendar each year and note the best days to plant, the next best, bloom day, when to prune, when to cut firewood and when to do my baking. It also acts as a daily list of things to do, and keeps me focused, organized and able to see progress. The best thing about it is, if it's raining, then I always have an alternate day to plant. Reese & Pyle also have a book out that discusses how to read and use an almanac. Check with your local library and see if they have it, or can get it for you. Let me know if you try it, and if you do, how it works for you. This is all just a big experiment so far for me, but it is getting some decent results!

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09/04/2012 04:45.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi!
I remember some of you all talking about that! The only trouble is that the moons change from year to year. The Muslims run their religious calendar solely by the moon. That's why Ramadan varies so much each year. I think the Native Americans just add a moon name every once in awhile. Maybe it has to be done sorta like way Easter is figured: The full moon after the equinox. --Gary

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09/03/2012 03:16.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for the info. I'll get my daughter to look into it for me. She's a whiz about these things. Thanks again, Gary

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08/31/2012 08:18.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi! I bet you've been busy. Tell me more about that blog site. I don't know anything about it! --Gary

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08/30/2012 08:09.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi
I had a really bad yield this year because of the extreme heat. Tomato's grew like crazy, but my green beans didn't produce at all. Any advice for the beans?

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08/25/2012 08:39.17 AM Report This Comment  
  Pigs
My dear friend, I love your last! If the Hindus are right after all, in my next life I want to be a breeding boar! (Of course, in this life, I'm just a "bloody bore.") Working 20 minutes a year? Sign me up! You do not need my perusal before you quote me. Feel free to use anything at any time! After all, it's already been posted, right? I'm gonna write up a blog on pigs on notepad and post it on both our sites. --Gary

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07/31/2012 06:43.22 PM Report This Comment  
  My dear friend, I love your post! Of course it stays in my blog so others can enjoy and learn from you. I'll even mention it on my facebook page as I do for my own blogs. I wish I could be more independant! I know I could if my wife was willing, she can cook and can like nobody's business but I don't blame her for wanting a 21st century life. She's a town girl. I remember pulling pigweed and lamb's quarter for our pigs when I was a kid. Don't remember reading that you have a pig. Of course, maybe you don't like pork and it's hard to butcher one on your own but they sure are good garbage dispoals! I've made myself a promise that when I retire, if I am able, I'm gonna try one year to grow and raise and hunt my own food. I've even thought of growing tobacco in a south facing gully for a pipeful or two, even though I don't smoke. I agree with you, running water and refrigerator/freezer is a must. I suppose a backup generator would be nice. Well, once I get my daughter to do some photographing for me, I will incorporate some of these thoughts in future blogs. Anyways, if, and only if, you give me your permission, I will mention your blog in my facebook page. --Gary

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07/24/2012 08:19.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Once again, my friend, I've referenced you in my blog.
--Gary

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07/21/2012 07:19.06 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi again! Had a full day of clouds of rain. The first such day since spring and the first 3 days of showers since forever! If you search Gary Truckey on Facebook, I'll friend you! --Gary

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07/19/2012 05:41.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Thank you!
Thank you! I'm gonna copy my post about Br. Thaddius and put it on my site as well. Then, I will mention both our blogs on my Facebook so my friends can read them if they want. Your posts are good reading for anyone loving the country. -- Gary

p.s. I'm gonna do a lead in about having a chicken named after me! Especially a Banty? Gotta tell my Ma. She'll be so proud. I haven't had any livestock named after me since our cousins named their pigs after me and my siblings!

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07/18/2012 05:51.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi!! Glad to hear from you. Talk about hauling coals to Newcastle! I hope you have a market for all those eggs you'll be getting.

I like Bantams. When I was a little kid, we had one Banty rooster among a two dozen Rhode Island Reds, hens and roosters. Unlike the Reds, the Banty could fly a little and the hens seemed to like mating with him more than the Red rooster. (Maybe he was less "obtrusive" so to speak) Anyways, when the big, Red, cuckolded roosters would chase him, he would fly to the roof of the garage and stare down at them.

Whenever we would come out of the house and see the him atop the garage we would know what he'd been up to. My ma named him "Brother Thaddius," only when I got older did I begin to appreciate her ironic streak.

Looking forward to hearing from you again. --Gary

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07/17/2012 06:21.12 PM Report This Comment  
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