When I moved here, one of the locals took me for a walk to teach me which sort of oak was which. At least, that was what I thought I was being taught, but I couldn't distinguish the edible from the non-edible. Turns out that within the species, some trees give sweet acorns with virtually no tannins, and some are more tannin rich so their acorns will need leaching before use. And I was being shown which individual trees were 'sweet'.
This tree is the sweetest, and it's right outside my gate!
Also, I'm very near to Castelo Branco in Portugal, if that helps you figure out where the seed from this tree would be best planted.
Konstantinos Karoubas wrote:When do oak acorns mature (Burra, Beth, Hans or anyone) ?
Around here they mature and need to be collected around October to November. I pick them when they are just about ready to fall of the tree and they need to be planted within a week or two.
If anyone has different experiences or advice let us know. How can you store them for longer term (actual experience)
I have also been playing with the idea of where to collect the seeds from...which area.
October to November seems about right, roughly the same time as chestnuts.
The only time I've germinated any myself, it's been from fresh seeds that I've planted out in beds almost immediately, mostly because I'm terminally disorganised and if I don't do it immediately it won't ever get done. I have send out seed to other people who've said they've wanted to try growing them, but I've never had a grow report back of any sort so I can't advise.
The acorns are fairly well formed already, but not ripe yet. I just popped out to take this photo. As you can see, the tree is right by my gate and is also used to shade the car!
The lower leaves are holly-shaped, but the ones a bit higher up are very much rotundifolia!
Konstantinos Karoubas wrote:If anyone reading this from Spain or Portugal and has access to edible oak acorns, when they mature this winter...I would gladly pay for them. It's a good point...another tree that provides food for our two legged friends.
I have a wonderful sweet oak growing just outside my gate. Please remind me a little later in the year when the acorns are ready and I'll send you some!
The fat in sheep milk is 25% medium chain triglycerides, which apparently break down straight into ketones even if you're not in full nutritional ketosis.
My blood sugars are notoriously unstable and I suffer rather unless I have a supply of either coconut or sheep cheese readily on hand to get me through a wobbly bit. Because let's face it, life happens and I don't keep to my ketogenic diet reliably enough to cope without a bit of back up in the form of MCT rich snacks. I usually have creamed coconut, melted and then poured into cute little chocolate moulds, stashed in the freezer for instant 'fat bombs', but a more permie solution for me, living where coconuts don't grow but every village has it's own sheep-cheese producer, is to keep a supply of sheep cheese in the fridge.
I have a welsh sheepdog who helps me around the place. He watches what I do and when he thinks he's figured out what I'm attempting to accomplish, he tries to do it for me.
If I collect fallen fruit, he finds ones I've missed and brings them to me.
If I try to herd ducks, he does it for me.
If an uncooperative drake decides to sit down instead of allowing itself to be herded, he takes note, bats it on the back with his paws to make sure it stays there, then comes to fetch me to tell me where it is so I can pick it up.
If a chicken refuses to be herded, he applies the same technique of 'pawsing' it, batting it on the back until it sits down, then coming to fetch me.
In short, he studies everything I do and figures out how to make my life easier.
No way on earth am I ever going to kill and process ducks or any other poultry where he can watch!
Many folk in my area don't have cars, but do have tractors. Once a week there's a free bus from the next village to the supermarket, and it's not unusual for four or five tractors to trundle along to the bus stop with chairs in the link box for the missus to sit on, and park up near the bus stop so the owners can take a trip to town on the bus.
We rarely delete posts. It might be better to simply add a post and explain any updates there rather than change an earlier post in a thread, which might make any replies no longer relevant. Whole threads can can be ruined by major edits, which is something we don't want to happen. The edit button usually disappears after a while to try to preserve threads from such things.
Photos and more details to follow when I've got my thoughts a bit better organised and had some kind of valuation done, but I've decided to sell my little farm after losing my husband last year. Too many memories here, which are making it difficult for me to move on with my new partner, so a move to a new place will allow us to make a fresh start and build a new life together.
Large well for irrigation. Bore-hole for drinking water. Small house with grid electricity, currently with solar panels and a grid feed contract but we will likely take the panels with us unless the purchaser makes us an appropriate offer for them. 0.8 ha of walled land enclosing the house, and 4 ha immediately below, which is basically left wild.
There is also 1.5 ha in the forest about a km away, with loads of wild stuff and around 50 olive trees which could be included with the sale at extra cost.
Permies.com is a board for discussion of how to make the world a better place using permaculture.
It is not a place to promote conspiracy theories that have nothing to do with permaculture.
I'd like everyone to check through each post they have made in this thread and make sure it meets publication standards. In particular we won't publish anythign that claims to be 'truth' or 'fact' rather than opinion. Or anything which suggests another member is wrong or less than perfect.
I recently stayed with a friend in a very old farmhouse, some parts of which are early Tudor and around 500 years old. I only had my phone camera with me, and I know very little about Tudor buildings, but I thought I should share the photos here.
Jason Hernandez wrote:the footage from before the child was vaccinated showed her already exhibiting early autistic traits, which the psychologist saw even though her inexperienced, first-time parents did not.
Absolultely agree with this. I'm on the spectrum too, as is my son and many of my friends and their kids. I can see the genetic link clearly - plus a lot of us are hyper sensitive to drugs and medications of all kinds. I can quite imagine that young kids who are on the spectrum but not diagnosed would react badly to vaccines and this might trigger a diagnosis. Which would seem like a lot of people to imply that the vaccine caused it, even though it's hard-wired in before birth.
I suspect that if kids could be diagnosed earlier, then a lot of bad vaccine reactions could be avoided.
The Valentine's tree blossomed a little earlier than I expected this year, and already has new leaves growing.
It really is such a special tree for me, though I admit to a few tears in my eyes looking at the memories of it here from the last few years, and the sadness of this time last year, followed by the unexpected blooming as my new partner is settling in. He's a bit shy, so maybe no photos of him with me until next time round, though just between you and me he is a member here...
The enigmatic outer solar system planet has long had a credibility problem, what with it being the butt of countless immature jokes. Now, astronomers have just discovered a gas in Uranus' clouds that does nothing to curtail the giggles. At all.
Using the Near-Infrared Integral Field Spectrometer (NIFS) that is attached to the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii, astronomers were able to detect the very slight spectroscopic signature of hydrogen sulfide in the uppermost layers of Uranus' clouds. This whiff of hydrogen sulfide is only the tip of the odoriferous iceberg, however; the presence of this gas is indicative of a huge reservoir below the obscuring cloud deck.
If they contest this correction, well, can't save em all.
Well we can try. We can throw a 'permies does not allow to say another member is wrong' thing at them. Or maybe a 'permies is for discussion, not for debate'. Hopefully before the thread descends into a cycle of 'you're wrong. no I'm not. yes you are' and all the readers disappear to find something else less boring to do instead.
Judith Browning wrote:There's no reply button for some reason?
Maybe no reply button because it is in the 'staff review' forum so only staff can post there now?
Looks like it started in the staff review forum then was added to the gear forum, which is now the main forum. And it looks like at least some of the posts were made after the move. Which is confusing.
I still have a reply button, but I'm staff. So I suspect something iffy about the settings for the staff review forum has happened over the last couple of days. Can someone summon Devaka?