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    Building A Raised Bed Garden – Family Plot
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    Building A Raised Bed Garden – Family Plot

    August 13, 2019

    – Alright, so we have Peter right here today,
    good to see you. – Well thanks. – Well look, these
    raised beds have been out here, what? About two or three years? – Just about three years yeah. – Okay, they’ve really
    served a good purpose for us too for our
    gardening demonstrations. So a lot of people are
    interested in raised beds and they’re interested in
    building raised beds of course. So how did you go about building the raised bed here? – Well these are
    actually the second set of raised beds I built. I built a set for home. – [Chris] Okay. – And we used the
    same pattern here. Basically what it is is
    it’s just what you see. – [Peter] It’s just
    landscape timbers that are nailed
    together and you have to make sure that you
    get some good drainage so that you don’t
    rot your timbers but other than that I
    find that these beds last about 10 years. With the landscape
    timers if you build them, there’s a couple
    of different kinds of raised beds you can build. One is you can just
    take dimensional lumber, so a 2 x 10 or a 2 x
    12, set it on edge, connect the corners
    and fill it with dirt. But those will tend
    to rot out faster because it has direct
    contact with the dirt. The other extreme,
    you can build them out of concrete block or stone. – [Chris] I’ve seen those. – And those will last forever.
    – [Chris] Forever. – Right but these will
    last about 10 years before the wood rots out and
    you have to replace them. – All right so, in order
    to get this ready though didn’t you have to kill some of the Bermuda that we have here. – Yep, we went
    through and Mister D actually did a demonstration. – [Chris] (laughs) He did. – [Peter] We killed
    the Bermuda underneath where we are going
    to put the beds. Once the Bermuda
    was dead we started to do the construction. What we did is we dug
    a trench below the wall – [Peter] where it
    was going to be. We dug a trench down, it’s
    about six to eight inches deep about eight inches wide. I tend to use the
    width of my shovel because that’s an
    easy way to get the same width all
    the way around. Anyway, you do the
    trench and then when you’re done with that,
    you take landscaping fabric and line the trench
    with landscape fabric. You don’t want to
    cut it narrower so it just lines the
    trench, you want to have all the extra and put
    the extra to the inside, you’re going to use that later. And then you take
    the landscape fabric, that trench with
    landscape fabric in it, you put gravel on top of that, about four inches of
    gravel and the purpose of the gravel throughout
    the bed is to just to keep the water
    away from the wood because wet wood rots. – [Chris] Yes. – So if you can
    keep your wood dry then it’ll last a lot longer. – That’s half the battle
    is keeping the wood dry. – Yep. – Okay. – So anyway, you put
    that gravel down, you tap it down so
    it’s compact and flat. That’s one of the purposes
    of landscape fabric is to keep you from just packing
    the gravel into the dirt. – [Chris] Okay. – [Wes] Anyway, once
    you have that done, you go ahead and
    layout your bottom row of timbers which the
    top of the bottom row of timbers is going to be
    just about at ground level. – [Chris] Okay. – [Wes] So you do one
    row that’s below ground. Then you drive rebar
    in every eight feet this kind of acts as
    a big nail to hold the timber to the ground
    and then, from there, you just start stacking up
    for timbers. – [Chris] Just
    get a good start from the top. – [Wes] And every row of timber you want to have set
    back about 1/4 of an inch because the dirt that
    you’re holding back has a lot of force
    and especially if you have a really
    long, a wall like in a longer bed,
    you’re going to have a problem with, the
    dirt will actually bow the wall out over time. Especially when it’s
    wet it’s extremely heavy and produces a lot of
    force against that wall. So one of the things
    you want to do if you have a longer
    wall is you need to anchor that wall in
    the middle some how. – [Wes] And with our
    larger bed, we actually tie the two walls together. We have a timber that
    runs under the ground from one side to the
    other on the second row of timbers and so that will
    keep it from bowing out. And when you are
    nailing it together, you need to use a spike. Just regular nails won’t do it. You want to use galvanized
    hardware all throughout because otherwise
    it’ll rust and you want your spike to be long
    enough that it has to be able to go
    through the board that you’re nailing,
    through the next board and into the board
    underneath that. So, we used, I can’t
    remember, it’s somewhere around eight inch
    spikes and a spike every two to four feet
    depending on what you have. And you just keep
    building it up. I like to keep, as I’m
    going through the wood – [Wes] and picking the wood
    for the next course of timbers, I always look, if I find a
    really nice piece of wood, I set it aside and then
    I use that for the top to make it look the best. – [Chris] Let me
    ask you this though. So somebody’s probably thinking that’s a lot of
    hard work isn’t it? – It is yeah. (Chris laughs) To build the three
    beds that we did, there were three
    of us working on it and we probably had a
    couple of hours a day that we could work
    between our other responsibilities
    here at the station but it took us probably
    two weeks to build them. – [Chris] Wow, okay,
    about two weeks. – About two weeks yeah. – Now before you dig
    a trench, of course, you have to call 811 right? You want folks to do that. – Yes, we did that here
    and the 811 guy came out. – [Wes] Because of
    where we are here, there’s a lot of high
    voltage electrical and just television
    signal cables that are running around under
    the ground here and we just wanted to
    know where they all were because the worst
    thing that could happen is we’re driving
    that rebar four feet into the ground and we
    hit a high voltage line and that’s very dangerous. Other things, if we
    went through a TV cable. It’s not deadly but it
    could knock us off the air and that wouldn’t
    be good either. – That’s not good, we want
    folks to see The Family Plot. So we don’t want that
    to happen, of course. How’s the drainage here? – The drainage in
    the garden itself? – Yeah in the garden. – It drains really fast. – Really fast, okay. – But something that
    we did is as we’re filling the beds with dirt– – [Chris] Okay and what
    kind of soil mixture did you use to fill the beds? – We actually use 1/2
    of just green soil, that’s what it’s called
    which is just clay and just whatever they dug up. – [Chris] Okay. – And then the other
    1/2 we used a garden mix which has a lot of additives. It has bark and
    things like that. – [Chris] Okay. – Which it’s
    interesting to note, when you do that, the garden mix is going to eventually break
    down and be great soil. But it’s going to
    take it a year or so to actually break down. So the first year if you
    have really poor results in your raised bed, don’t
    worry, it’ll get better. But what we did is as
    we were adding the soil, that’s were all the actual
    landscape fabric comes in handy. – [Chris] Okay. – Is what you do is you
    take the landscape fabric, you fold it up
    against the timbers and then you put maybe
    an inch or two of gravel – [Peter] just inside the
    timbers and then you have the landscape fabric and
    then you have all your soil. – [Chris] Okay. – And so the landscape
    fabric keeps the soil from getting into the gravel. The gravel just lets
    it all drain and so, once again, you’re just
    trying to keep the wood dry. – Okay so that’s what
    we’re seeing back here? – Yeah, right there. – Okay wow, that’s
    a lot of work. – Yeah. – But you know raised
    beds are good too because you get
    it off the ground and instead of having
    to actually plant in the soil itself. – [Wes] Right. – You can make
    these as high as you want to make them too right? – Well I like the fact that you
    can sit on them, like we are– – And I was about to miss
    it, we can just sit here. – Yeah I can sit here
    and work in the garden. – Yeah I like that. – I don’t have to
    be down on my knees. – I think this makes
    it a lot easier for you to get down here
    and weed, of course. Anything else we need to
    know about the raised beds? From your perspective? – Not really. It’s a fun project. It’s going to take awhile to do. My raised bed in
    my garden at home is about seven years old now. – [Chris] Okay. – And it starting
    to show some rot. – [Chris] Okay. Now is it the same size? – No it’s a little bigger. – [Chris] It’s a little bigger? – But I’m starting to see
    some rot in the timbers especially the
    top row of timbers because the soil
    actually touches the timbers there so
    probably next year, I’ll have to go in and replace
    the top row of timbers. – [Chris] Okay. – But it’s been very stable. It works really good. – All right Peter, we
    appreciate you being here. – Well thanks.

    NEW RECORD!!! WELL OVER 150 RATS Caught by My Mink and Dogs!!!
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    NEW RECORD!!! WELL OVER 150 RATS Caught by My Mink and Dogs!!!

    August 13, 2019

    today was a record-breaking day like
    record shattering like blow it out of the water oh my gosh my name is Joseph
    Carter and I am the minke man when I was a senior in high school I started
    learning about the American mink I was told that mink were horrible vicious
    little animals who were impossible to tame challenge accepted
    I’ve been in love with me ever since I get mean from fur farms and give them a
    new life in this new life my mink live as naturally as possible even hunting
    for their dinner the way a wild mink would so come join me on my adventures
    as we learn more about this intense little predator amazing American mink
    now if you’re really wanting to dive into mink and learn the nitty-gritty
    details I would strongly recommend you read my book the new sport of mink
    Andrey if you would like to support us you can buy a shirt or hat or consider
    becoming one of my faithful patrons just go to the links in the description below people often ask me why I prefer to use
    greyhound mixes over terriers that is why I prefer to use greyhound mixes no
    matter how fast their short little legs run no terrier can quickly cover ground
    like a long-legged lurcher that fast black dog is my boss and he’s
    what’s called a bull lurcher he is one-quarter pit bull three-eighths
    greyhounds and three-eighths whipping any dog crossed with the greyhound er
    whippet is termed in lurcher the advantage of using a bowl archer like
    boss is the pit bull helps give him some of the toughness and drive of a terrier
    and also some of the speed of the greyhound this little white dog named Neela is a
    Jack Russell terrier owned by my buddy Matthew he has his own channel called
    Matthews mink Manor we keep Neal on the leash most of the time because she likes
    to dive under the cement when she sees a rat we don’t want to have an accident if
    the cement unexpectedly slipped off the tractor oh just get dogs good girl in the last
    good great there’s just one more that’s still alive back down good girl Neela drop it drop us bus bus the point of your brindle dog is my
    little puppy shurni she’s a Dutch Shepherd and she’s just here to watch
    the older dogs in action she’s only five months old in his far too young to be
    catching rats herself good girl yes yes good girl bucket yes good girl another
    one bucket yes bucket bucket yes good girl bucket bucket yes yes yes yes yes there’s a few
    I don’t know where to go good job Neela Connie was jumping through the air out
    drop out struck out girl good dog okay go ahead summer anything under their players once we
    tried to avoid the rats suffering whenever possible and put them down as
    quickly as we can contrary to what some people would think
    using mink and dogs for pest control is far more humane than the commonly used
    modern methods the squeaks of rats disturb some people but the same people
    take no thought whatsoever for the hours of torment suffered by a poisoned rat
    dying down in its burrow where nobody can see or hear good kupuna gosh oh there’s a bunch right there good job
    Neela good job boss good girl Neela good jobs Oh boss
    no come here come here good boy come here it’s good boy get down Warda cops
    it dogs you’re going under the hay down to the next one yeah your girl
    yes speaker oh please Ganguly okay pretty good start to today huh
    as we continue along moving sections of cement the escaping rats move on to the
    next section eventually congregating in large enough
    numbers that it’s helpful if we start using the mink along with the dogs yeah
    we need to start doing me oh my gosh in order to be as efficient and safe as
    possible we prop the cement up with a railroad
    tie so there’s no risk of it slipping off the tractor we then release the mink
    under the gap created the mink enters the gap and begins catching rats the
    rats who try to escape the mink run into the dogs waiting outside
    typically the mink flushes the rats in a slower and more orderly fashion than
    just lifting the cement with the tractor wood giving the dogs more time to catch
    the fleeing rats yeah good boy yeah good boy this make
    his name spot because he has a little white spot on his chin just like his
    father Rocky he’s a fearless hunter but I like his
    father he’s quite large and so has some obvious difficulty squeezing into tight
    little places good job I’m sorry a job spawn
    good boys get alcohol I ran a good boy we have a but Alfie okay move the
    cameras back good job good job
    there’s one good jobs new watch stop boy boss boy
    boss oh you didn’t bite me I just grabbed
    Kate alive oh my gosh how did I do that you may
    wonder why we lift the cement for their mink instead of just letting them
    squeeze down the rat holes a bunch of rats will sometimes bottle up in the
    dead enemy and the meat wat to sit down there killing them one by one
    which is quite time-consuming when dealing with large numbers of rats it’s
    quite helpful to use the much larger and more powerful buck minigame
    the buck creeks are so large that they typically can’t fit down the Brat
    burrows and so only dummies are embarrassed if we don’t want the cement got okay oh yeah yeah yeah fuck Neil Neil Neil I got one Oh give us good job Neela oh there’s so
    many oh these are all the lies look these are all alive smart leave any next bus bus business good job Neela yeah yeah yeah yeah here let me chase one over there here
    drop this was a really holy no bites none ever does like people
    often wonder about the disease risks involved with catching rats most of the
    diseases people worry about either aren’t typically found in my area or
    aren’t carried by rats at all hantavirus is only carried by a very small handful
    of specific rodent species the deer mouse being the only one in my area the
    plague is not typically carried by the brown rat but is instead carried by the
    black rat which doesn’t live here either rabies is almost never carried by any
    small to medium-sized rodent rats included girl nila leptospirosis or Wiley’s
    disease though very common in wet areas with mild winters is almost unheard of
    here in the high desert of Utah with that being said there’s always
    going to be some risk of disease so my animals and I stay up-to-date on all
    available vaccinations you may wonder what we do at the end of the day with
    over a hundred dead rats and the answer is we either turn it into mink food or
    if possible we sell them to people with pet snakes good job there heads not near
    big enough to be very good job spot back at home my mink are kept in much larger
    and more spacious enclosures they get all kinds of enrichment like branches to
    climb on and pools to swim in and this is just our little transportation method
    for transporting a whole bunch of mink at once good girl good girl this is real yep a real shoes are in
    case we need something I can squeeze in a lot of places yeah pop your bus hey Raven hey Johnny what they told me
    was nice car good job Neela yeah good girl any luck yeah here job Oh this yellow dog is a one-year-old
    Greyhound named Lily Lily is plenty old enough to start hunting but she hasn’t
    mentally matured enough to take any interest yet we brought her along hoping
    that watching the other dogs having fun would eventually make her want to give
    it a try glad I’m wearing gloves I’d like to get
    bitch scared a second there you go no she’s getting them up oh she’s she being sucked good job Mysterio
    did you visit oh the queue mystery oh she got it out good job oh my gosh just goes to show they can start outside
    doesn’t mean they’re gonna be so this is the supplement week out of the bunch good job me lush good look oh good girl the mingkun dogs work as a
    team to help eradicate the rat infestation the dogs understand that the
    mink are an important part of their pack and that they must respect them at all
    times unfortunately not all of the mink
    understand this and some of the more aggressive ones try and bite their dogs
    to do their best to avoid the teeth of their feisty little hunting
    Connecticut’s good girl hiki sky you did an excellent
    job I did one is still there baby okay Johnny here being such good moral
    support she’s the cheerleader are you to dodge Geneva Tierney’s do such a good job to use to
    get used to the retriever you do be cheaper can you reach each direction
    every picture so look at all these guys man there’s
    tons of there’s forty these little guys we’re gonna go see if we can find a
    foster mother see this one’s actually old enough it’s already can be waned
    he’s fine we’ll just give him soft food but like these little guys they’re
    borderline they need a mother to nurse on and it looks like this is a this one
    this one’s old enough to wean but these little guys in they need a mother oh my
    goodness today was a record-breaking day like
    record shattering like blow it out of the water I cannot believe the luck that
    we had today oh my goodness so happy so Dominque did awesome jobs man they were
    they were knocking him out mama doesn’t like Maggie because she’s helped me
    doctor her a couple times give her shots things like that so she thinks she’s
    about to get a shot so she’s right now she’s on edge and she’s ready to bite
    anyone that touches her anyway so if I get bit that’s why anyway so just
    happiest can be journey that was a great introduction to routing for her as a
    little puppy she did a good job for just a little innocent puppy not doing much
    but bringing rats putting them in the bucket and kind of disappointed in Lilly
    she’s a year old now we were really hoping she’d get started at least a
    little bit today but I don’t think she even knew what we were doing she’s just
    kind of hung out boss and good old Neela man they were they were doing an awesome
    job all-around amazing day so appreciate you guys joining us and just a reminder
    Matthew he wasn’t able to join us today but Matthews mink Manor take it check
    out his channel I’ll put it in the link below but man what a wonderful day and
    look at all these rats all these rats in the cages are ones we caught by hand
    do you believe we caught all of those rats by hand and I only got bit like
    three times it was awesome so anyway thanks for joining us and you
    guys have a great day hey hey getting a bit girl boy so the
    grand total from that ridiculously amazing day of ratting was a hundred and
    eighty eight rats forty of which four babies so the lucky number for those of
    you who are going for the contest for the Hat is a hundred and forty eight
    adult rats or I should say adult and some adult rats because some littles
    adult rats work totally adult so we actually had several people that had
    correct guesses so we’re also gonna have surprises for the runner-ups but the
    first person to guess the right answer of a hundred and forty eight adult and
    some adult rats was Ray Lucassen I’m not sure that’s his real name but that’s a
    screen name didn’t have a real name on there so ray Lacoste send you one
    the next runner-up was Christina followed by Vince or probably goes my
    video if you look at his screen name I’m guessing that’s what he goes by will
    Freeman following this ow Emily H and Paulina yes sorry sorry
    calling they’re not sure to pronounce that so those are the winners the the
    person first person who got it right the sramek Austin he’s gonna of course get
    you know the Hat like we promised and everyone else we’re gonna have some
    wristbands we’re gonna be sending out to you for for being runners-up so
    appreciate you guys with this little competition I’ve never done this before
    I hope you guys enjoyed it and yeah I hope more than that sure hope you
    enjoyed the video that was that was an amazing day so if you are a winner
    message us on Instagram your address so the mailing address you’d like the prize
    to go to and we’ll go ahead and get these prizes out to you so appreciate
    you guys