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Why choose Jesup Milling Company as your farm and feed supply store?


Jesup Milling has a strong ethic and passion for rural and farm life. We have a vast selection of different feed supplies, garden necessities, and other related products. Whether you have a small hobby farm, a large commercial farm, or if you just love gardening, you are important to us. Jesup Milling has a friendly attitude towards its patrons, and our focus is on superior products, excellent customer service, and support for our local farmers and community. In contrast with large supply chains like Tractor Supply and Wal-Mart, you receive the concern and courtesy of a small town, locally owned business with Jesup Milling. You have options with us regarding receipt of your merchandise. You can order and come pick up your order, and we also deliver within Wayne County. For free delivery anywhere in Wayne County, the minimum order is $30. Our selection is also fantastic. Not only do we sell feed and farm supplies, we also sell garden needs, outdoor products, lawn and garden, and seasonal items. We care about our customers, and truly appreciate the people who choose us. Make us your supplier for all your farm needs, lawn and garden, and outdoor products!





Do you love tomato sandwiches? Tomatoes are fantastic in many ways. Salads are enhanced by them. So what are a few ways that you can grow better tomatoes? Whether you have your own hobby farm or you have an enormous tract of farmland which covers hundreds of acres, a garden with tomatoes is an essential component of farm life. 


The Georgia heat can be oppressive, especially during summer. Always water your tomatoes very well. Tomatoes can sometimes develop cracks in them if the soil is dry. Shade the plants from extreme heat. Too much solar exposure can result in sunscald. Some tomato plants have bushy shade from larger leaves to shield the tomatoes, and others do not. For the plants that are more exposed to sunlight, consider covering them with light cloths during the times when the heat is extreme.


Healthy dirt translates to healthy fruit. Use tomato tone and compost twice a month to provide your tomatoes with their nutritional needs. For the tomatoes which are damaged by blossom end rot, discard them. Cover the dirt underneath and around the plants. Mulch protects, conserves water, and prevents weeds. Apply a 2 or 3-inch layer of organic mulch around the plants, but make sure to leave a 2-inch gap around the stems so that water can reach the plants.


Notice if there are any tomato suckers and remove them. These are small shoots that sprout outward from the stems. The suckers don’t cause direct harm, but they drain energy from the primary stems. Go ahead and pick the tomatoes when you’re ready. Don’t allow them to become soft and mushy. Tomatoes picked at the first signs of changing color are ripe. These tomatoes will continue to ripen on a counter in your kitchen or table. Quite often, the tomatoes picked a little sooner can still be as flavorful as ones picked when fully red. Avoid putting tomatoes in the fridge to ripen. Enjoy the literal fruits of your toil!

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Summer is here!
Do you have your own hobby farm? What about your own garden? You can plant or harvest something from your garden almost all year. The two major planting periods, however, are spring (March to May) and fall (mid-July to September). The spring plantings are harvested in June and July, while the fall plantings are harvested from October to December. January and February are prime times for looking at seed catalogs, dreaming of warm spring days, preparing garden plots, and getting ready for a productive season.

hobby farmImportant Note: The monthly recommendations — especially the spring and fall planting dates — are for the typical day and month in middle Georgia. To use this calendar, consider middle Georgia as a belt across the state from Columbus through Macon to Augusta. Spring planting dates can be as much as two to three weeks earlier in extreme south Georgia, and fall planting dates can also be as much as two weeks later. In north Georgia, the spring planting dates are from one to three weeks later as you progress northward through the mountain counties; fall planting dates are about two weeks earlier.

The following recommendations are based on long-term average dates of the last killing frost in the spring and first killing frost in the fall. Every year does not conform to the “average,” so you should use your own judgment about advancing or delaying the time for each job, depending on weather conditions.

This calendar is prepared mainly as a reminder and guide for planning your garden work.

From : UGA Extension Service, Athens GA.


May 21, 2018:

Five things to consider before starting your own hobby farm

Maybe you have a passion for farming. Any time is a wonderful time to start your own hobby farm! If you are adventuresome and have an ethic for hard work, you can have your own mini farm. Before you create this mini farm, be prepared. Consider the following things before starting your project.hobby farm

Having a small farm can be exciting and rewarding, but it will require arduous work. If you like goats, know that goats are skilled at escaping from places, whereas sheep are the opposite. Sheep are usually content to remain where they are, and goats want to explore fresh territory. The fencing you install doesn’t need to be too costly. For instance, you could use a 5-foot-tall “no-climb” fence with T-posts. The fence must be sufficiently tall, and there cannot be any gaps in it whatsoever. The goats will be relentless in taking advantage of any openings. Goats can scale walls. It’s not uncommon for a goat to get out of an 8-foot-tall fence!

You will constantly be making repairs on the farm. Immediately after fixing one thing, another will break. You will need to be resourceful, patient, and proficient at fixing things. Have pieces of wood available at all times, as well as basic hand tools. An electric drill is very handy to have, as well. You may have to purchase some brand-new supplies, fencing, etc.- but be realistic. Something else will occur, and new repairs will be once again required. The silver lining is that this will be your own creation, and it will have a classic/vintage sort of stance. Take enormous pride in your handiwork! In developing your hobby farm, remember to savor and appreciate this worthy investment. 

Chickens! Chickens are frail creatures, and they have lots and lots of enemies. However, they offer tangible rewards, in the form of eggs. They are also fantastic to take care of pests, small snakes, and so on. Chickens are often entertaining creatures to watch. They can make you laugh with their shenanigans. Another good thing about chickens is that they are relatively low maintenance. Always provide food and water, and they’re content, and will supply you with eggs. Hens are gentle and docile. Roosters, on the other hand, can be very aggressive. Be cautious if you have small kids, because roosters will attack. Roos have very sharp spurs that can cause serious injury to humans and other animals. Just be aware that males love to fight with one another and with anyone within their territory. Hens lay about 330 days out of a normal year. If you prefer free-range chickens, you must lock them up at night for safety. Have a decent coop, hutch, or other secure area to keep the chickens safe after dark. You won’t have to worry about chasing those little chicken rascals night after night to catch them. They love structure and routine, so they will voluntarily go into their pen or secure place every night to roost. Chickens are cute and funny when they run, so enjoy watching them frolic.

Gardening- have fun digging in the dirt! You enjoyed it as a kid, so enjoy it again! There’s no way to avoid getting dirt under your fingernails when gardening. But be careful never to ingest soil by biting under your fingernails- it can cause parasites. Just use soap and water to clean your hands and nails after your activities. Create a small journal or take notes on what works each year. Avoid those things that don’t work. There will be trial and error when growing fruit and veggies. Don’t be discouraged if you fail at first. Eventually, you will succeed.

In general, having a little farm of your own isn’t too expensive. Start up costs can be on the high side, but after the initial investment, you most likely won’t need to invest inordinate amounts of money. When first starting out, you don’t need the best supplies. Don’t expect things to be perfect. Start out with just a few animals, basic fencing, and a previously owned chicken coop. There are tons of options for chicken coops, from modified baby cribs, to barrels, to dog houses. Be creative and open to alternative ideas for your hobby farm. Most of all, just enjoy yourself, and revel in the benefits of being independent and providing food for yourself or your loved ones. A hobby farm is challenging in some ways, but the benefits you “harvest” from it are worthwhile. Good luck!