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David P. McMillen
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  • Copperas Cove, TX
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Indirect cooking

I am relatively new to the field of indirect cooking, or smoking meat. Most of my stick time was cooking on a grill over an open flame. One of my last jobs in the Army was with the Operations Group…Continue

Started Jan 31, 2012

 

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Erika H replied to David P. McMillen's discussion 'What are you guys growing?' in the group Homegrown Texans
"Howdy! I'm growing herbs like:  basil, mint, cilantro, lavendar, rosemary, salvia, oregano, marjoram, thyme, coriander, dill, chives, lemongrass, catnip. Veggies: Beets, Onions, Blue curled kale, italian kale, carrots, parsnips, peppers,…"
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David P. McMillen commented on Aliza Ess's blog post 'Baltimore Mini Goats'
"I hope to have some mini goats in the future. I have heard they do make excellent lawn maintainers, and it is fun to watch them play around."
May 31, 2012
David P. McMillen joined Cornelia's group
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Newbies - Just starting out

A place for those of us who are just dipping our toes into Homegrown living. Maybe we're looking to change how we buy our food, what we buy...Maybe we've started our first garden and have questions. If you're green, this is the place for you!
May 31, 2012
David P. McMillen replied to HOMEGROWN.org's discussion 'Container Gardening 101'
"That's the problem with gardening, once you start you go overboard, lol!  "
May 18, 2012
David P. McMillen commented on Nicholas Linzenmeyer's group 'Homegrown Texans'
"I have a pepper growing, bush beans bustin out, and the tomatoes are getting huge! Had to repot a few to bigger pots today. Looking for a good yield this year. I have a variety of mints growing like crazy now too. Hope we keep on getting rain, I…"
May 17, 2012
David P. McMillen replied to David P. McMillen's discussion 'What are you guys growing?' in the group Homegrown Texans
"That's awesome! We are planning on relocating and getting some acreage in East Texas in 5 or so yrs, so I will be able to have a bigger garden. I'm looking at doing small scale farming."
Apr 24, 2012
Christene Graham replied to David P. McMillen's discussion 'What are you guys growing?' in the group Homegrown Texans
"This is my cucumber plant and believe it or not, it is growing quite well inside our Truck... yep. You read that right. My Hubby and I drive Truck and I can't be home long enough (yet) to grow a garden. So, I have a cucumber plant growing in…"
Apr 23, 2012
David P. McMillen commented on Yvonne's blog post 'Raised veggie garden update'
"nice garden!"
Apr 10, 2012
David P. McMillen commented on PizzaHippo's blog post 'Update: Brattleboro Farmer's Market and Kindle Farm Pizza Hippo'
"Dude, hope you guys branch out to Texas. You are doing kind of what my wife and I envision doing about 10 yrs down the road. Pizzas look awesome!"
Apr 6, 2012
David P. McMillen added a discussion to the group Homegrown Texans
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What are you guys growing?

Hi, I'm growing beans, tomatoes , peppers and basil in the little postage stamp in my side yard, and a bunch of mint, peppers, tomatoes, chives and some flowering bushes in containers on the back porch wall. What are ya'll growing?See More
Apr 6, 2012
David P. McMillen commented on Cornelia's photo
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balcony garden

"Very cool! I am running out of ledge space on my patio fence, lol!"
Apr 6, 2012
David P. McMillen replied to HOMEGROWN.org's discussion 'Make a Compost Bin from a Trash Can 101'
"I made one this yr, just put holes in the side, not the bottom, I stir it up with a small garden trowel, and it is going nicely. No worms I can see, but a lot of little buggies. it's amazing how much stuff you put in it, and it just keeps…"
Apr 6, 2012
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Finally got it going

Finally got stuff out in the postage stamp, some peppers and tomatoes and basil I started inside. Direct seeding beans, they are starting to sprout. Have more inside under the lights, after a bit, they should be ready to come out. The container plants are loving it outside. Chocolate Mint rebounded, and the tomatoes and peppers are loving it! Got some awesome roses blooming on the roses we planted a couple yrs ago, too!See More
Apr 4, 2012
David P. McMillen posted a status
"Backyard containers, little postage stamp in the side yard, and the herb garden I started a couple yrs back."
Apr 4, 2012
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Apr 4, 2012
Yvonne commented on David P. McMillen's blog post 'Got my little raised bed postage stamp in'
"Sounds great David - well done! My seeds planted last Sunday are showing signs of life but the raised bed project (using cinder blocks) has come to a standstill as there is no cement on the whole island and the next shipment is not due until 15…"
Mar 31, 2012

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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
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Starting out Ag student, beginning gardener
A bit about me:
I retired after 23 yrs as a mechanic in the Army, went to college and picked up a cert in Food & Bev management, but my passion is in farming. I changed majors to Ag Science, and hope to become a sustainable organic farmer, and start a restuarant using fresh foods.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Hickory and Mesquite smoked chicken. I am getting pretty good at smoking, thanks to some older gentlemen I go to church with who have lived on ranches most of their lives.
Currently reading:
The bible
Currently listening to:
New Tim McGraw album, George Strait
My latest DIY project:
small home garden, starting from seed.
How did you find HOMEGROWN.org?
Farmaid website
Web site I recommend:
http://farmaid.org

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Finally got it going

Finally got stuff out in the postage stamp, some peppers and tomatoes and basil I started inside. Direct seeding beans, they are starting to sprout. Have more inside under the lights, after a bit, they should be ready to come out. The container plants are loving it outside. Chocolate Mint rebounded, and the tomatoes and peppers are loving it! Got some awesome roses blooming on the roses we planted a couple yrs ago, too!

Posted on April 4, 2012 at 7:32pm

Got my little raised bed postage stamp in

OK! Finally had a good day to put my raised bed in. It's not much, I dug out the area for it, lots of gravelly dirt, but everything seems to grow great in that area. I laid down some landscaping cloth and used those connect together solid flower bed borders to make the walls, then went to the garden center, got 6 bags of dirt, smoothed it out, and transplanted the jalepeno and ring of fire seedlings, plus two little tomato seedlings that I want to see if they will make it. I direct planted…

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Posted on March 30, 2012 at 6:23pm — 1 Comment

First veggies of the year!

Today I got to have a plate of Blue Lake bush beans that I started growing indoors in at the beginning of Feb. I moved the pots that I had em in outside, because the leaves are starting to look not so good, but the beans were very good! I have the dirt for my outside raised garden now, so i'm going to start my postage stamp garden during the rest of this week. I have a lot of very healthy pepper seedlings, and some jellybean tomatoes that look pretty good, but kind of leggy, so I hope they…

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Posted on March 28, 2012 at 9:41pm — 1 Comment

Getting the growing room set up

Well, starting putting together a little more permanent growing area. It has 2 4 ft. fluorescent shop lights, a table, rack, and a small stand. I have to put together the bookshelf for my magazines and gardening books. Had a few problems, my tomato seedlings are not looking too great, the beans are doing awesome! I planted some sweet basil, some from seeds from one of my plants from last yr, some from a packet. So far, the seeds from home are sprouting, but the other ones aren't popping up…

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Posted on February 25, 2012 at 7:08pm — 1 Comment

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At 11:29am on January 31, 2012, Caroline Malcolm said…

Hey David, welcome to HOMEGROWN! It sounds like you have some skills that we could all learn from, especially smoking meat! Please do write a blog or a discussion post! Enjoy the site.

 
 
 

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