My only successful broccoli was planted in late August, it got to about 6 inches when winter hit. We did nothing at all to protect it, That was a year it snowed like crazy, it was all under snow on and off all winter. Come spring, mid march glorious broccoli, too early for any bugs..not a single issue just gloriously good eats. My theory was we planted after all the bug cycles were done, when it was warm and dry in the landscape, then cold and wet NOT warm and wet. I also find it gets too hot too soon every spring for my broccoli seedlings also Brussel sprouts, they like cool nights/weather better.
Now I do live in a temperate part of s Oregon, much colder in Vermont so I'd prob plant under cover if I lived there but still do the fall planting. They do seem to stop growing during winter, don't be fooled. They are still growing just it's all roots, making them really ready to jump when the sun comes back.
For easy coverage. A single clear corrugated roof panel bent into a horseshoe shape makes a great durable winter row cover. I tie a cord around each end weigh down with a rock on that cord. Best part is cut the cords and store under a deck for the summer , really reusable. I ask for damaged or cracked ones at the building supply, they sell me those up to half off.
I'll try to remember to post a picture soon of that contraption. Nice and light so easy to lift up and replace, but only 12 inches high and only works for straight rows. I never grow like that anymore, for me seeding is more like.. throw it in the air like you just don't care.
Cheers my funky farmers..
Consider a dense hedge of fig or densely planted plum cuttings (a growing green wall), a barrier planting like berries roses fig plum .. I'm sure many have other plant suggestions. Also dogs. Deer are hard to get rid of.. plant what they hate outside barrier plantings. I've found no sign of disturbance on fig hedge for many years now. Rosemary, oregano, lemon balm, sage, feverfew, foxglove, flowering tobacco all are deer proof. I'd push those to the outside of your plantings. Also observed ..Drought will make them eat stuff they normally leave alone. Water source outside your food forest might also help, sometimes they just need water and wet greens provide that. Just a few tid bits.
Hugelkultur for hedges in arid climates can work to create some new tilth and compost for hedges to naturalize. I plant on the north side of berm (Oregon is dry also in summer) to shade root area, helping drought proof. I'd do that in November-December so winter rains help root stock develop before summer dry out..
Lindsey Silva wrote:Hey Roxanne, thanks for sharing! Sounds interesting, and I'm always curious to learn about different passive streams of income. I see it's been a little over a month since you posted--how's this going for you?
Also, you mentioned that it's recommended to get up to 500 designs. By that point, how much income is it estimated that you'll be earning in passive income each month? (A range is fine .)
Hey Lindsay.. it's going slowly, but my body of work is increasing. As far as income per month I actually have no idea what to expect. The fabric company does not pay much, red bubble has been better and the pay is better. I've made all of 70 some odd dollars total. But I have not been working much at it.
One way you can fill your planter all the way up, is to do a sort of hugelkultur bottom layer and fill between logs with sand, sawdust, wood chips. Then use the soil you planned to use to top it up.
You are quite resourceful, happy gardening .. oh yeah .. have you seen the "cattle panel" greenhouses, could be a good fit for that bed YouTube has a bunch of examples to peruse, one of them may strike a chord. Here's a starter;
I would think not, you could always stretch holes in the burlap over the spot where the holes in bucket are. The camouflage effect should still be pretty nice. I'm a fan of burlap for such uses.
I have used white sheets instead of plastic for this sort of protection in winter. Compostable and it is really quite bright inside there. Tho not full spectrum it is easy to take off and on during nice days. Washable also folds up during summer or can be used for shade cloth over seedlings. If you go to replace that plastic try the white cotton sheet.
Recently I have discovered a new way to make money from home. Fabric and surface design. The site I began at is called www.Spoonflower.com. They allow you to open a shop for free on their site to sell your designs on fabrics and household textiles. There is a small investment to PROVE* your designs, once that is done the design goes onto the marketplace and onto their sister company www.Roostery.com
I have very limited experience with graphic design programs but found an amazing app called Mirror Lab that helped me to make repeating patterns, kaleidoscopic .. mirroring and more. So I played with other photo filter apps and got good at it.I watched you tube videos put out by other Spoonflower artists and surface designers, developed a bunch of designs, on their advice to have a big body of work (numbers game) I then found more print on demand sites that will pay me a commission on sales with my patterns. I am able to use all the same patterns I developed for Spoonflower on www.Redbubble.com and on another site called www.Zazzle.com.
I started this in December, and have had some sales on Redbubble. I have about 125 patterns to date it is suggested to build up to at least 500. This is fairly passive once the initial work is done, excepting self promotion.
My site is www.LaurelCanyonMoJo.com so you can see the stuff I've come up with. I use some public domain images .. crop remix, I also rework my own drawings with the photo filters.
I'm having the time of my life playing with color and form. I like the idea that these are made to order so no stocking inventory, less waste. They also handle all the orders and shipping!!! The cleanest company is Spoonflower you can read up on them on their site if interested.
If you sketch, paint, doodle, assemble.. have a computer, basic photo editing skills and good wifi, this really could be for you. If you are crafty, imagine producing goods from your own patterns..AWESOME!!
email me if you want to pick my brain. firstname.lastname@example.org a
Check out youtube for "surface design" and "spoonflower" I learned a lot very quickly.
*if you get so far as to want to prove your patterns ..> look up Fill-A-Yard option. It is a blank quilt template that works to "prove"42 patterns for $17.50 each 1 yard quilt. Instead of $5 each design!! Big difference.
When I was covering hugelkultur beds in an area with no soil to spare, I began piling all the leaves I could find on to them and pinning down the leaves with burlap and wood pins.. threw on a clover cover crop (all the seed i had on hand) That grew and helped pin the burlap down further. It breaks down after about 6 - 8 months but is easy to work around also. I loved the result that year.
off point.. This is what I have recommended to folks I teach about hugelkultur who mention they are unable or unwilling to cover a wood pile with soil. I tell them to just keep covering their pile with leaves and to cover with the leaves w/ burlap. The pile will compost a lot slower but at least we are discouraging burning of wood "waste"
We have come up with a sit down solution for our farm, your basic biochar bucket placed in a semi private place. We have included a clean bucket for holding toilet paper and a burn box for used paper. Plans for a rain cover to make winter use easier. Turns out a toilet seat fits nicely on top of a 5 gallon bucket. We keep the seat hanging and ask folks to cover bucket with the lid to keep rain out.
We hold a lot of learning events and in attendance are often MANY women from camp A (many quite elderly) , we felt we needed a elegant solution that works for everyone.. plus it's an opportunity to also teach about biochar...in the works for next summers visitors, will be a sign teaching how biochar works so folks can read as they sit to pee.
Another finer point, we did a double stack of the buckets, one has biochar and very large holes, pee passes through and gives us a chance to empty the bucket (our events can attract large numbers) we can leave the biochar in use a bit longer. It also raises the sitting area up just a tad. We may upgrade to a toilet chair over bucket. Always a work in progress
Mike Jay wrote:Cool, double wide! I like it. And if you live somewhere extra snowy, it looks like you could run two additional ridge poles along the halfway point of each panel (approximately where your end wall horizontal beam meets a vertical). And then run a few rafter like support boards from that beam up to the central beam. Nice build!
Thanks so much. yes I have some plans to add a tad more support we get max 4 inches of snow at a time here every 2 years or so. I was pretty pleased with how it held up, but I did not like seeing that ever so small sag, I will make sure that does not happen again
Dillon Nichols wrote:Looks great! How tall is it at peak?
It came out to 10ft at top of ridge pole structure footprint is 33x18 1/2 .. we pay $17.50 per hog panel, not too bad considering how fast it all goes up. Labor saving and very easy to take down for reuse if necessary.
Just wanted to show off my newish greenhouse, there are links in the description showing it enclosed and in the snow! It has unfortunate placement issues ..wherein that it is just now beginning to get any sun. Tree work will fix the issue, hopefully that will be done in the months to come.
Also thinking outloud.. I'd think of the rv as a shed room and build the greenhouse off the south side of the unit. That way you have power and a place to organize all your garden items/tools. Link is
from google images
Here is what I mean.. sort of. Could be less elaborate but covering the unit could prove to be worthwhile. Such a large roof could collect plenty of water too.
My dog ate many things from the yard and nature. Violet leaves, chickweed, dandelion, hawthorn berries, rose hips, when she was a puppy she had a hankerin for pinecones. I'm sure she ate other things i did not see.
I read an article some years back about a dog that a woman claimed healed itself of a heart problem with hawthorn berries it sought out at her local dog park. She got worried when she saw the dog kept eating them so she looked it up to see what they were. She ended up finding out they are not poisonous & the properties and how it is used in herbal medicine and decided it was okay for the dog to eat them. As the story went on she said she went back to the vet sometime later to see how the dog was doing and the vet said the dogs condition had improved.
It is a hybrid poplar from what I can tell, very large leaves .. When we bought the house it had been ground down below soil level and left covered with the chips. Over the last 9 years we allowed it to grow back and had to reduce the height a few times. When it came time to shorten it this year I did a lot of inspection since it was causing problems. I had them cut all the way down to the ground mid summer so I am stuck with that decision and history. I have pulled out super long roots for years out of my beds out there, by severing them and digging the entire length. So now I have self watering tanks using stock tanks for the growies out there so the roots won't keep traveling there. (video link below is to self watering bed inspiration) ANYWAY.. So I have droughted it and will scalp it. I will miss the wood for mushroom growing, and wish I could inoculate the stump but it is in full sun .. so. Anyway I guess I just wanted to hear that I was right in my suspicion that this IS a difficult tree to have (or remove) in the wrong spot. This was my solution to keep the water use out front to a bare minimum and it did work for us, I plan to build quite a few more with this principle. Thanks for you reply C. Letellier!
I suppose I suspected that, I think I will hire a stump grinder and remove it physically. Then as you suggest stay on top of the suckering roots. I need to put a foundation there and repair the damage done. I have to hope and figure once the foundation is poured the light will be blocked. Thank You Roberto.
I love this idea, a way to assure it's effectiveness might be to interest large companies that still use the mail regularly like Amazon or catalogs? If you could get their kind of support this could really take off. Making sure you include as part of procedure; soil protection/restoration, a project like this could do so much good. In the west we have massive wildfires, perhaps each year a new focus could be presented, Restoring Deserts, Restoring Wildfire Zones, Restoring Coastal Wetlands... etc.
Watching this thread with great interest!
I think it has everything to do with the smell of burnt marrow, boiling bone to obtain marrow grease will not convey the same primal message :animals were burnt here. Burnt things retain a smell for a long long time.
I can answer a few of these questions
Yes it will be effective right away
Yes it mostly protects the wood, Sepp recommends leaving suckers for grazers and not to prune them off
if trees are still very small I'd keep grazers in only long enough to clear grasses etc.
And yes fruit is still marketable it will not affect the fruit in any way.
The only answer I don't have is exactly how much it can be diluted. If I were to make a batch I think I'd start with about a gallon of vegetable oil to one traditional batch size.. depending on the amount of marrow in the bones and such I'd adjust with perhaps a bit less oil.
If there is a thread for this please help direct me there, if not;
Here's the problem I have three poplars in a clump, they are lifting the cement pad of our garage and the suckering roots have traveled 25-30 ft from the stumps. I need these trees and the suckers gone for good. I have a very tiny city lot and they have made growing in my front yard nearly impossible. I have managed to dig many of the long long roots out but I know I cannot find them all. I cut them to the ground this summer and used the logs for hugelkultur and mushroom growing in the past. I tried to embrace this clump as my biomass supply but I need to expand the garage into a living space next summer, I really want the trees gone. HELP! I really do not want to use diesel and stump killers
I use extra nuts in place of the cheese.. with fresh tomato and red onions. topped with shredded arugula. Pizza dough comes together pretty quick.. have some tea and conversation and whaa laaa it's risen.
Joys of summer baby <3
At one time I had an idea of making slumped wine bottles into spanish type roof tiles for clean water catchment, I was thinking of it for like a sun porch or a diffused light greenhouse type structure. I wrote this a few years ago
http://askwildehilde.blogspot.com/2013/03/green-greenhouse-what-concept.html It's an art project, and would take some brain work to design the slump mold to suit and to design the frame to hang the bottles; from perhaps an already available commercial mold out there..there are lots of great slumping sites..
I have 3 new favorites for vegans;
2-3 Bean Salad with steamed vegetables,
Also... for instant thai flavors over vegetables
blend semi smooth equal parts
cilantro mint basil
add a hot chili and a handful of peanuts s&p to taste or a touch of fresh ginger if you want
pour over vegetables and grain of choice.. insanely delish
I am hoping to find some advice on the smallest pressure cooker(6 qt) that will also be suitable for CANNING meats and stews (ie; low acid) Perhaps there is already a thread on this subject. ? I am writing an article on the subject of micro harvests and small batch canning of leftovers.
So far the Presto 8 qt seems to be the smallest.
Spaghetti with homemade homegrown sauce, and local mushrooms and some wild garlic from the yard. We always have that around because everyone can dig a plate of sketti sometimes. Toss it on top of shredded chard and I feel pretty happy with that, and I think they would too.
keralee Hatfield wrote: I have never tried keeping it at room temp.--it has to at least be cold enough to keep the fat layer hardish, much like the wax layer that is sometimes used in canning. Never had a root cellar, so I don't know how long it would last in there, but in fridge certainly keeps for months.
Caves were traditional for keeping great casks of meat, an even cool temperature cold enough to harden the fat with no fluctuations in temperature I think that is important. Very interesting thread.. it's something I have known about for ages but have not done yet. I lived without a fridge for years, they are highly overrated in my experience... but that is off subject kinda.
Meats are more stable than people realize, and by people I mean average people not you guys.
So I also have a blog http://askwildehilde.blogspot.com/ I began to get busy trying to get adsense going & I ran into a brick wall of a lost email account that is attached to my approved adsense account.. but alas I cannot enter into my account without getting into the dead account.
OK so are there any alternatives to adsense? I am on their forum trying to get answers; not completely giving up just want to know if anyone else has had to find other options and how that went.
Read all kinds of great books aloud . if you have a fantastic reading voice. and post on youtube or scubbly? .
I just read your a big list of REAL residual income streams .. got to #833 and thought 'I could read any book!'
still musing thank you for the inspiration.
Bill Crim is 100% correct; small note; one must feed said yeasts DAILY with a coupla heaping spoonfuls of flour and sometimes a dash of unchlorinated water. After about a week you should be able to use half the mixture to start bread; saving the other half & continue to feed it daily until jar is full again. There are great recipes for waffles and such that can help you use extra starter should you not desire a new loaf of bread.
Yeasts need daily or every other day feeding no shortcuts
I run the Hugelkultur page on facebook.. many of the readers have been posting their pictures for all to see.. Come on over to facebook to check them out, run through the timeline and in the section about posts from members.
Roxanne aka WildeHilde
I think if the TV folks buy the whole town, you could make a show out of transforming it to a permie paradise. I have heard there are other ghost towns for sale.. some much cheaper, but this one looks ready to house some people already.
I think that would be awesome TV.. people love DIY and fix-er-up shows.
Episodes could be about things like, trash issues and how we buy to reduce trash how we compost and reuse stuff
another plot line about the lightbulbs, about heating the person not the whole house. Making paint from milk.. RMH ... all the stuff that comes up when permie-izing a place.
What I'd do with 2 million dollars? I'd be buying massive amounts of fruiting trees and shrubs (bare-root, seeds and cuttings), and show the world how to plant the permaculture way. I'd also hire a smarty pants fabricator to make some of Sepp's special solar powered butterly's to demonstrate alternative power sources, and other needed gadgets of Paul's fancy. maybe the RMH fridge
https://permies.com/t/9922/rocket-stoves/Rocket-powered-refrigerator You probably also need an excavator with the swiveling scoop.. the kind Sepp says we need for expert contouring. I often realize that I am not ready to answer such a question quickly enough.. this was a good exercise for my brain as these things actually do come up (not usually 2 mil, but investors who want to know right away what you'd do w/ their money) we need to be ready and have a plan.