I've read a lot of different things about the process of grafting persimmons. A lot of it conflicts. I've read that the rootstock needs to have broken dormancy but the scionwood needs to be dormant. Other sources don't comment on this. Also, can they be budded in the summer?
My instinct is the second. In a cold winter I doubt many spores are flying around anyway. And yes, it is aggressive, and even if some competitor come up it's fine. Just don't eat them if they're poisonous. Some people, including me, are growing mushrooms in poly culture beds now
Kathleen Mendez wrote:I used cinnamon in my yard it worked! We had no flees for a year. I just picked up 3 bottles from the dollar store and shook it all over my back yard. I was worried the rain would wash it away. But we had no flees for over a year!
Interesting! Diatomaceous earth has always been my go-to. Maybe mixing in a little cinnamon would help with future deterrence
I get asked all the time about possibilities for sites that are not quite wetlands, but that are saturated in the winter time. Conventional wisdom holds that these places are too wet to grow food, but I know it can be done. Here are some plants that I have heard of and/or seen used on wet sites. Please feel free to add to it, or tell me what your experience has been with them.
Note: This is for sites where earthworks can’t be done for one reason or another, and the site has to be used as-is.
Pacific Crabapple (as a rootstock for other apples)
Willow (basketry, medicine, rooting hormone)
Quince (as rootstock for quince and other fruits)
I have seen people plant in mounds (berms) with some success, though even with plants on them these tend to erode over time. Building hugelbeds in the forest garden seems to wick away excess moisture and improve fertility.
I would just say no, and insist they stay elsewhere. They're already coming to Montana (usually from elsewhere), surely they have the means to figure other accommodation out, even if it's just camping. It just sounds like a human-headache to me otherwise
I find animals and their feed to be very situational.
I've seen chickens devour mycelium and mushrooms, but I totally believe that some flocks would spurn it. I have ducks that don't like slugs, but in the past I've had flocks that devoured them. I think it's worth a shot, and if it doesn't work right away you can try to teach them or get a different breed line.
I hear that a great deal of acreage in Iowa was wiped out because of a recent storm (10 million acres, according to a friend in the Midwest). My aunt was there and saw the devastation. I suppose that would also lead to the US importing more soybeans from Brazil
Tereza Okava wrote: my lord. looking at this thread a year later. We are exactly in the same place, only worse. Very little rain. The crappy farm season in the US meant that our farmers here sold their production up north (since the exchange rate means they can make more money exporting than selling domestically), China swooped in and bought anything that was left over, and we are about half a breath away from riots in the streets as the price of staples has gone completely insane due to scarcity. Rice and beans have quadrupled in price. Ah, and unemployment is so high that nobody is even bothering to estimate it anymore.
I had not idea that we had, essentially, exported our food shortages by importing most of their food. It allowed us to keep thinking everything was okay, when it was not.
This kind of thing makes it so hard for me to galvanize people for change, and to convince them to be better prepared for hard times. There are so many ways our current system obfuscates things, it is hard to see the problem until it is too late
I don't know if this has been your experience, but I have had a very hard time keeping on news from the fires. It just seems like they're very slow to update, and the news outlets all parrot and copy from one another. But word of mouth and social media have been better about keeping me informed, sadly.
I've really loved this thread over the past two years. Not because I like bad news, but because I get to hear what's going on from real people, anecdotally. It is really hard to get a grasp of what is going on sometimes based solely off of what is in the news. And reading about all of this has really helped me get my ducks in a row, so thank you for that.
I hope everyone is safe and that their property is intact
A friend of mine in Austin wants to do tree seed bombs like me and asked how to do it. I'm unfamiliar with that region and the plants that grow best there. With a focus on edible, medicinal, and pollinator plants that aren't invasive, what is best there?
I think doing chickens in a chicken tractor would be ideal. It is true true that chickens are great at weed and insect control, but they will also scratch up mulch and dig up and eat seedlings. You could also do geese in a tractor, or even turkeys. They'll keep the grass down (it would be best to buy or hatch both next spring)
All I can say is that I have seen french drains work. I have heard of other options potentially working but have also seen them fail if done improperly. I have never seen french drains fail, as they are straightforward in concept and build. The concept I am talking about is similar to the trench that you are describing.
An old fashioned way of building french drains was done without pipes. It's difficult for me to describe, but basically they would dig diagonally downwards away from the area they wanted to drain and fill that with gravel. So the gravel was shallow at the beginning and then gradually deeper. I saw this work near Battleground, Washington.
To be honest, it will all come out nearly equal in the long term. They're all good options.
If it were me, I would plant trees immediately, creating an "island of fertility" around each with lots of mulch and guild plantings.
They are all good options, except for livestock in my humble opinion. Livestock often find ways of destroying young plants and to be honest, though they do improve fertility, it takes significantly more time for them to do so than sheet mulching or other methods.
I suppose one question is: if you do certain steps first, does that preclude others from happening at all? For instance, if you plant this fall (which I think would be ideal) will you be able to build terraces still, or will that not be feasible or ideal with the plants in the way? Are the trees and shrubs going on the terraces?
One huge consideration is how unstable things are economically and politically. Will we be able to get fruit trees and shrubs reliably in a year? This is entirely dependent on the individual and location, but important to talk about. I have a friend who works for a major heritage plants nursery and they are sold. out. They are selling $10,000 worth of product a day, because people are worried about economic depression and the pandemic.
My advice is that whatever you do, don't wait. You will make mistakes no matter what and probably wish you had done things differently, but that will be the case no matter what.
Thank you both! I'll keep you posted on how it goes. It won't be much in the grand scheme of thing but it will help regenerate things faster. The land that's burning is largely doug fir monocrop, so there won't be a ton of other plants there to reseed. They spray to control other species on that land
I've always been told that hawthorn is great rootstock for pears, medlars, and quince. But now that I'm getting ready to graft, I'm reading more about graft failures, at least for pears. We already have a thread about hawthorn in general as rootstock, but I'm curious about our native hawthorn here in the pacific northwest, known as black hawthorn (Crataegus douglasii)
I'm really mostly interested in using it for quince and medlar, or even chinese hawthorn. Thoughts and experiences?
I would try to rent it as is, or as close to that as possible. I think if it's marketed as having edible landscaping you will have takers.
With things being so unstable, I think it's a real shame to destroy any sort of perennial food production. A lot of people are struggling to pay bills right now. Being able to cut down even a little on groceries will be a big relief for many people.
I feel more liberated. I'm surrounded by people with similar interests. We're not all the same in every way, but it's really nice to be able to gush about things that interest me without having to curb myself or bend myself to conversation topics that I'm not interested in. And, my friends are no longer people who just talk about the world's problems, they actively work to make things better. It's really been a big load off my shoulders.
In my quest to diversify my stored food I'm looking to buy a sheep or two to put in my freezer. A lot of the lambs around here are selling fast though. There are a lot of adult sheep available to purchase. I've heard that mutton can be good when cooked right. Thoughts? And are rams good to eat or only wethers?
Carla Burke wrote:I make all my own products, using only ingredients I know are safe for me, like tallow, olive oil, beeswax, coconut oil, jojoba, cocoa butter, shea butter, mango butter, nut oils, bentonite clay, activated charcoal, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, some essential oils, etc. Shampoo&body (soap) bars, to toothpaste, mouthwash, facial soap bars, deodorant, bug repellent/sunscreen, face & body lotion bars, leave-in hair conditioner, and I'm working on a hair conditioner bar. I've experimented with homemade cosmetics, but... I sweat. So, I mostly just skip the makeup.
In winter, I try hard to keep showers & hair washing down to 2x/week, to keep my skin & hair from drying out, too much. In summer, I try to keep showers down to 2 or 3x quick ones/day, lol. Summer hair washing is 'as needed', but I still try to keep it to no more than 2x/week.
Recently I've been thinking about how loads of people tout conventional skincare regimens, with exfoliating and the use of various products. I wash my face regularly and try to avoid too much sunlight, but I'm curious what permies people do to take care of their skin. Thoughts? Any interesting folk practices that you've heard of?