In the six years I’ve grown food on this property I’ve never brought any amendments in. Good practice or stubborn, outdated dogma? I had a feeling that the weeds that grew were hear to help heal any damage. I get good yields but I have to wonder if I could do better with one amendment, lime. I’m pretty sure that my soil is acidic due to the weeds I see. Not only do they grow well but the population has exploded over the past couple of years. I’ve only seen this as extra fodder for chop and drop up until now. I want to hear how the permaculture community feels about this and amendments in general.
Looks great Pamela! Looks like another weird experiment I did that worked. I fenced in all the un shredded leaves I could get. They settled over the next few months. In early spring I put in seed potatoes. In May I made small holes, dropped in compost and stuck sweet potato slips in. I harvested regular and sweet potatoes in fall! They were great and that compost was ready to use the next spring.
I’m not susceptible to the evil that is poison ivy/oak. I do have ms and my flair ups cause all old skin irritations to get angry at once. Eczema, bugs bites or dry skin; they’re all the same.
Marshmallow root is the most soothing thing that can be rubbed on my skin. It instantly feels better! Dandelion root isn’t instant relief but it seems to help everything heal faster.
Since they were experimental I only made a few. I hung two on post and a few off sturdy tree limbs. This is the only one with a plant on top. It’s still producing but the bottom plant died. I neglected them pretty much since I have other gardens.
I’m happy to help. Like you, I looked far and wide for advice. After I posted my comment yesterday I went out to take notes. One pear tree has strawberries, Saint John’s Wort, and carrots. A peach has walking onions, garden sage, and chamomile. The next is another pear. Strawberries, walking onions, and pineapple sage. The next pear has no mulch because I planted comfrey around it.
I was inspired by Sepp Holzer’s plant families. Apparently he uses everything. The real stars of the show here are St John’s wort and strawberries. It doesn’t take long for them to give you a permanent ground cover.
Hello Pamela. I’m to the point I no longer worry about it. I’ve piled layers of leaves and wood chips around all of my trees. The problem I had initially was getting a good grouping of plants to grow in my tree mulch. The only thing I recommend is shredding the leaves if possible. After much trial and error I can recommend a few plants. Strawberries do great! I get a good harvest of them growing directly under pear and peach trees. Saint John’s Wort also does incredibly well as do potatoes. Yea, potatoes. Honestly, that’s a great place to start. Get a potato yield while you wait for things to break down enough. Sweet potatoes are good too. I have a Crepe Myrtle tree that I want to cut down but my wife won’t let me. The roots run all over the ground so I built up the biomass under hoping it would die. It hasn’t but I’ve been growing tomatoes, cucumbers and herbs under it. Running veggies like cucumbers do the best because they grow towards the light. Hope this helps, Scott.
I’ve never heard that they do but unsure. If you cut them in the fall they make a dandy tomato stake come spring though. After they rot I use them as mulch. I’m experimenting with control as well. When you cut the mother plant a bunch of saplings pop up all around it. I feel like if it continues to expend energy making new trees it will eventually die. I also let the saplings dry then use as mulch. I’m going to experiment with growing oyster mushrooms in live plants next spring. I will strip off the bark to weaken it prior to inoculation.
So there you go. You didn’t get an answer to your question but you know stuff you never ask for! Sorry, I get excited. 😂😂😂
I watched the Lawton video yesterday and really enjoyed it. That whole series is great! The issue I have is I’ve already done so much work to make the space right. The real issues are the two lower terraces. All of those hugelcultures and swales above them are really doing a great job.
I am interested the Jay’s comment about deep holes filled with compostable materials. I have made vertical hugelcultures with great success. I’ve started making new beds elsewhere and wondered if a few vertical holes under the horizontal beds would do much. Sounds like a fun experiment though!
High Nathanial. In a typical year it rains in early spring then stops. The rain starts back in mid-late summer when tropical storms start. This year has been way different. It never stopped raining in spring and we had tropical storms six weeks earlier than normal. We’ve been hit by 9 tropical systems with another on the way tomorrow and Thursday. Even with the over saturated soil I got good production. A never ending supply of tomatoes, peppers, flowers and ground cherries occurred. Marshmallow root thrived because it likes wet feet. Other herbs died. Lavender, rosemary, and yarrow didn’t survive the water. Further up the hill they all did fine.
I’ve read articles by Geoff Lawton about new springs popping up in the right situation. That definitely has been on my mind. I have tried to put forth a terrific permaculture layout with fruit trees, guilds, annual and perennial gardens. I have done too good of a job keeping the water. A problem I never thought I’d have. The soil has went from hard red clay to rich and nutrient dense. As long as the good production continues I’ll deal with swishy, wet walks. With rampant climate change I may be happy I left it alone next summer.
Thanks Chris. I have no plans of tilling and probably won’t do anything. I suspect the hardpan clay a few inches down has a lot to do with it. I don’t have any erosion issues because of the safeguards I’ve put in. If any soil does make it to the bottom it’s scooped out of the swale and taken to the top of the system. I fear that if I try to fix it I will pay for it later. I probably shouldn’t have even made a post at all lol.
You may not need any protection depending on what you intend to grow. Zone nine has a bunch of options. Very little of the cabbage I planted germinated. Not wanting to mess with it further I put chard seed under the raised bed. The raised bed is loaded with small carrot plants. Unless it’s extremely cold I have no plans of protecting either of them. Zone nine is pretty much frost free. I imagine you could grow unprotected cabbage, spinach, lettuce, chard, carrots and probably many others.
Three years ago I started building hugelcultures and terraces in a really barren area on my property. The results have been pretty immediate and spectacular. I have four season production, chop and drop and plenty of mulch. This year it actually rained and the whole area is mush. It hasn’t rained here in ten days but the entire area and those adjacent are waterlogged. At the very top are small swales and hugelcultures. Today I dug a ditch to drain water away from the area. I’m not sure it will help because of the widespread wetness.
What are your thoughts?
Chris Kott pointed out that maybe a built in sediment catch would be good for the living roof. I think it’s a good idea. My thoughts may not be in the true A-Frame spirit but what about an angled wood storage lean-to on both sides? It would be a nice place for the soil to bank up for healthy growth and take care of the dry firewood situation too!
I feel like we can take nap time, coloring hour and extra silliness into consideration. Given the fact that I’ll be running the radio station someone has to look after things. Who’s your Vice President, House or Senate? Who makes you laugh? I’m taking first pick on the Supreme Court by nominating Judge Harry Stone from Night Court. After all, the Supreme Court is nothing but a regular court with lettuce and tomato on it. 🇺🇸 ✌🏼
I see no dissent here. It’s what you would do, I’ve already laid out my platform. I may be a one term president because all I do is play music so it’s good that you’re ready. Unless you want me to play Pit Bull I have no problems with a request block a couple times a week. I am a man of the people and love my constituents! I will have to consider the issue with Starship. Mickey Thomas is a great vocalist but the overall direction of the band soured after Jane. “We built this city,” ehhh. Marty Balin is my choice because he also wrote lyrics, some of them a bit suggestive. Listen to Miracles and believe in love and dirty lyrics again!
Agreed. That would be eighteen years ago when I turned thirty! I am, unfortunately still exposed to newer “music” when I ride with my wife. The stuff actually causes me anxiety and mental scarring. None of that mess on The Dictator though! ✌🏼
After voting I seriously considered what I would do if president. One of the more pressing issues is how bad American music has gotten. My first act of executive power would be to secure a radio frequency. 104.2 The Dictator has a nice ring to it. I, your president would curate everything that was played. Grunge, Progressive, and 80’s power ballads would lead the way! Seriously, why are there no power ballads anymore? You’d also get a heavy peppering of Def Leppard, Keith Urban, Alabama and Jefferson Airplane. None of that Starship 💩 crap! On Monday, during the morning rush we’d have Angry Hour to help get you pumped for work. Once a week I’d have a podcast featuring a different politician. We could discuss and play their favorite music and make them seem human and stuff. What kind of ground breaking things would you do if elected?
Please, no actual political talk.
Regards, President Scott
It’s an 82X47 Inch sheet. It says the purpose was for greenhouse use. I put it up eight days ago and it’s holding up good. Got two sheets for 8 bucks. The sun still isn’t low enough for it to do much good.
I understand your frustration. I have planted sweet cherries only to dig them up years later because they’re never going to produce. I have trusted stark brothers for plants that I didn’t think would do well. They’ve been right every time.
I guess it’s not just me then. Maybe the whole darn state! I really don’t understand what happened this year. I took my time and did everything right. False turkey tails aren’t the end of the world but I feel like I wasted time and money. I’m hoping to get a positive identification so I can culture them and fail once again. 😂 🍄
I had some success from 2015-2017 growing shiitakes. I guess the squirrels loved them too because they ate all the logs. Last year I started some wine caps and got nothing. I started wine caps again this year and pulled out all the stops. Nothing. Went to a lot of trouble to start lions mane too. The logs are growing false Turkey tail instead. Yesterday I went to my building and noticed what appears to be oyster mushrooms growing out the side. I’ve never seen this mushroom before and certainly didn’t attempt it.
Can anyone give thoughts on what kind it is? If it is an oyster how would I go about getting onto a proper growing medium?
Very little process my friend. I looked everywhere for the “right way” to do it. The final straw came when I read, “blanch, then put in ice water to peel.” There’s no way old world cooks did all that. I simply washed, sliced, seasoned and dehydrated.
Back in the spring I built my first traditional raised bed. It’s seven foot long, four foot deep and nearly four foot tall. I built it in an area that used to be a gravel driveway and wasn’t useable. A few weeks ago I decided to use it during the winter as well. As the sun drops underneath the bed gets eight hours of sun per day until March. I built a back wall with junk wood and roughed up insulation. On top of that I secured Mylar to increase the winter sun’s rays. I have 3ml greenhouse plastic to surround the rest but only when very cold. I figured red acre cabbage would be a good test since it’s cold hardy only to the mid twenties. The bed on top has ten inches of soil that I planted carrots in. Whether it works or not I’ll get back to you guys in a few months.
I was searching for slug help and found this thread so I guess it was meant to be. Dichondra has worked well for me this year. In a separate bed I will be trying spilanthes. It produced a ton of seeds and I bed it shows up next year.
I had to cut the drying time due to our biweekly tropical storm. I ended up taking a weed whacker to it while I had it in a wheelbarrow. I lost a lot of it. Next time I will dry, dump it all in a barrel then weed whack. So far so good though. I hastily mulched my young lettuce with it and no slug or insect pressure has happened yet.
Thanks for the replies. I never got a notification so this is the first time I’m seeing them. Here’s what i did.
Picture one: I could make a hundred gallons of lemon balm tea. Mulch is on my mind though.
Picture two. A makeshift drying table. Two old window screens held up by bamboo tomato stakes.
My yard smells like lemon pledge!