Billy, that's awesome. I know I'm being negative, but these days it seems like everywhere I go, I deal with someone who would do me wrong for a nickel. It does my heart good to see someone that is happy to go out of their way to help a friend.
Great video Billy. It looked like that dirt was pretty easy diggin, around here they is so many rocks it would have took a long time to dig that big of a root. I may try a mattock or pick and see how that works instead of a big ol flathead screwdriver. . . . Next year that is. If anything was still up this mornin it's down now; the wind is a screamin down here in northern TN.
Jacquo - I understand your thought it seems few people this day respect each other simply for a lack of respect for themselves.I have saw that there is not much good teaching to the children today and that alot of parents let there children learn on there on,to me that is why things are the way they are.A son/daughter that is left to themselves will bring there mother to shame,but there are those who still have a standard and a few of those are here on this website and I am glad to know them.
classicfur - Thanks
Chieftain - Thanks so are you.
hillhopper - That is some very good soil in that area,but there is alot of area over this way that is as the area you described,rocks,hard soil etc...and I have decided that the type digger that I have is alot better overall for my area because whether I get into ruff or good soil I can still dig with the same tool.
The wet ginseng is truly gone over this way now we have winds predicted to blow up to 25 m.p.h. today and after two days of rain that will do it.I might see a small amount of wet come in today but after today I do not think there will be any more....
Wonderful thread Billy. I'm very curious to what that special top is also.
TN, From the looks of things and from what you've shared on here about starting your seed bed I'd say you should have a bumper crop of seeds to plant by next fall. I'm hoping to see some pics toward the end of next summer when those seedpods start turning red!
I got off work a little early this evening 3:30 and headed back to the woods and planted another 1500 seeds or so. We have had some good rain the past few days and today I used the rake and scatter method and planted a 4' x 80' strip right beside where I planted my first using the Hankings method.
It will be good to see how the two compare next year on germination rate and over the next few years on how the plants progress.
After returning home and getting cleaned up I had to come back here and watch that vid a few more times. Man those are sure some nice big 3 prongs. The roots were impressive and now I know the tops were just as impressive.
I am always amazed to see how long the berry pod stems get on that seng Billy shows. Around here in Middle TN we hardly ever find one that has a berry pod stem where the berries are much higher than the leaves. They are usually about even with the top/leaves or even just a bit under.
Every once in a while I will find one with a 5-6\" berry pod stem but that is very rare.
That first one Billy dug looked like the stem was a foot long.
Next summer that will make them easy to pick out in my seed bed.
5Prong - I will sure be posting some pics and video of that seed bed and the plants there next spring and summer (Good Lord willing).
Billy - Again just got to say Thank You and your Friends for collecting those nice roots for me.
Tnhunter it was a blessing to help you out with those roots I had 10 times over rather see a good person that appreciates them have them than any other.And you are most welcome.
I also thank you for your hospitality that you showed by sending me two free tickets to dine at the OutBack Steakhouse I have just about got enough time now to get away for a weekend with a beautiful Lady I know (my wife) and maybe travel down to Knoxville for a fine meal and a little relaxation.So thanks again for that gift,as it was not a part of the deal,but a gift
I know that you are suspicious as to what that one top will be like and I am having a ball because I know you cant wait LoL.....5 has got interested to he he......Well I will tell you guys this,,,It is Nice.....I will tell you something else Ohnestly Tn I am always excited about ginseng season every year im anixous just cant wait,,it is kind of funny but Lord knows I realy enjoy this like a child enjoys a new toy,every season I just cant wait to find one of them monsters....