Wish I could do that here for some things, but I do have the water table issue. No basements in Florida! No root cellars either.
On the other hand, if I can find some locally I do want to saw them in half lengthwise and sink them mostly into the ground and fill them with water for tiny ponds. Loads of metal ones, but the 55gal size plastic harder to find.
John F Dean wrote: You are correct, in various manifestations humans have an amazing capacity for denial. A good friend of mine with a pharmacy degree is dead because he decided his pain was not that serious.
I'm so sorry to hear about your friend... if it weren't for great ol' modern technology I could very well have lost my first born due to downplaying pain.
She was most definitely born prematurely because I thought the labor pains were nothing.
Midwife: "Does it hurt to where you feel like you can't go about your daily activities?"
Me: "No, I barely notice it at all!"
Midwife: "Okay, it's probably Braxton Hicks contractions."
Lo and behold... they were legit contractions! Oops!
Note: It helps to have a general idea of your pain tolerance before having a kid... I had no idea I had a high pain tolerance, in fact, I always thought I was a weakling due to some silly childhood traumas of being called a sissy.
No worries! Keep us up to date on how your new veggies do and share any you find that work well.
Here in Melbourne it is Spring and I just got my potato onions for the year in as well as many new strawberries, passion fruit vines, and the like. It was a beautiful day here for us! Cleaning up my perennials is probably one of my favourite parts of every Spring no matter where I live. lol!
In my experience in north Florida, any solid color white, black or golden chickens dont last long. Americaunas do great (one lived for ~8 years and her sister is even older now and still laying) and their offspring mixed with multicolored one are awesome.
I really don't want to start over again, with the buckets. But, I've come up with an idea to enclose the top. I'm either going to build the insulated enclosure with an interior support beam to hang them from, or build a mini swing set, with a saw horse, and enclose that.
Our greens are growing well enough! Moles staying away. The S portion of the garden area has definitely been getting some shade . . . if it turns out to be too shady for most veggies, that’ll be about a third of our space. :( :( BUT it’s still an improvement. Here’s our growing area:
Thanks everyone, I really appreciate such positive feedback on the Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook, and if you think of any publications/places that could do with a review then do get in touch. I am just now working on a new website for the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust which aims to support education and research in sustainable harvest of medicinal trees and shrubs. On the website we will include a short online video course linked to the book. I will post an update when it is all set up in the autumn, just getting to grips with video-editing skills!! Best wishes, Anne
Wow, Vickie! It sounds like it's going to be an adventure and that no matter what happens, you'll come through.
I'm also glad that you found this discussion helpful. On permies, we consider our threads "useful information" for whomever might drop by with a question or idea. Because of that, I'd *really* appreciate it if you occasionally would post pictures and updates as your adventure continues. It sounds as if you're transforming your community with chickens - I'd love to see pictures of your processing set-up! Mine's about as primitive as it gets.
Robin Katz wrote:Bryant,
ered after everything else since it will likely just muddle the process. All you can really do is look at the current trends and extrapolate a bit forward.
On a different note, although the spreadsheet and all of those factors helped tremendously when it came down to choosing an area in the country to focus our search, it was our gut/heart reaction that decided which property to purchase. The land spoke to us of it's need that we knew we could fulfill. As we were walking the property, waiting for the realtor to show up and unlock the house, we made our decision and my husband said "we don't need to see the house." We did look at the house, and did all of our due diligence on purchasing, but the decision had been made during our walk.
Understood. This may be exactly how it is happening for us - Kizmet seems to be occurring all around, and we trust that your positive intentions and actions in this process will yield us with exactly the "perfect for us" situation. Thanks for sharing - it's such an inspiration and support to know so many other people have gone before and or are on a similar journey.
Concrete suggestions much appreciated! I will take a look and see if there’s anything set up already for my area. If not, I’ll look into getting a group or spreadsheet set up and slipping a little notice into people's mailboxes to let them know. I had read something outlining best practices for that at the beginning of the pandemic and just... never followed through, I guess. I’ll see if I can find the article again.
I like the idea of “watching” the neighbourhood and getting to know people that way. I’ve been going for runs and notice the same few people out on balconies. Whatever happened to sitting on your stoop and socializing?
Those are some great species to look into I had not heard of, thank you C.! I think an edamame substitute would be an amazing asset! And those that I mentioned are your list, I definitely agree with the tasty part for sure!
Have you had any luck in your search Trace? Now is a great time to get many perennials established as seedlings if possible for Spring planting!
I just started reading Growing Good Food." I'm loving it! It's enlightening, empowering, and fun to read. I really enjoy your literary style. Thank you for writing it : ) Your Perennial Foods is next on my reading list.
When I thought my comfrey experience was a total bust, I make a happy discovery. A few times when watering my echinacea I thought it looked like what I thought comfrey would look like, but I know I planted echinacea there, and didn't remember putting a comfrey root there. I must have, because now that both plants are mature I can see both plants.
I was hopping if we received some rain this fall maybe a plant or two would turn up. I will still keep my eyes open just in case, but now I know I can care for this comfrey, and in a couple of years I can divide it up and maybe share with others like Trace shared with me. Thank you so much Trace 😊. We did it, happy gardening.
Hey John! I know it's rather crazy, but what the hell, I'd rather die doing what I enjoy doing. And in some way, it has given me a new purpose. Someone asked me recently why I'd left such a paradise (my old place) to come to this degraded piece of land, and it just came out of my mouth without thinking:"to create another one".
I've taken a lot of cuttings, plants and seeds from my old place so I just plant, water, mulch and start again! Every day is an adventure and a wonder. I don't stress too much and do what I can, when I can and let mother nature do what mother nature does best. Of course there are days when it's a bit harder than others, but I've got a young 66 years old husband to help me!
The coop is attached to our house (strange, I know, but it works well) so surrounding it with the electric netting or other fence is a bit awkward. We have additional reinforcement (bolts instead of screws, additional lumber to strengthen access points, motion sensor alarms, and an actual bar for the door, like in ancient fortresses) and the bear hasn't come back.
And now I only let them stay out when I'm home, and trying to make as much noise and presence as I can.
I went out once most weeks pre-covid. One of my goals for the year was to cut that down to every other week. Covid helped motivate me to exceed that, I am going out about every third week at most.
To be fair, my sister comes out to the farm most every week, and usually picks up some odds and sods for me.
I like the idea of never driving empty, but I'm really shooting for 'never arrive home with usable space'.. I believe in setting the bar high, so you really feel the bruises when you lose your grip on it.
A typical run would entail:
At least one craigslist find or critical item to trigger the trip
Dump/recycling every 3-4 months
80 litres of diesel for the equipment, top off truck
Fill propane tanks
Drive-through ATM to keep cash topped up
Grab any truck-sized items my sister needs, drop them at her place; grab my mail and maybe an indoor shower while there
Between one and three lumber yards: check for pallets, buy some lumber; generally building something, or planning to..
At some middle-ish point, junkfood to keep me moving, unfortunately
Fastener store; somehow always end up needing exactly the bolt that I don't have..
Irrigation store, or as I like to call it, the irritation store.
Maybe a grocery store
If I'm early, or right by one, used book store
Farm store on the way home; check for pallets and salvage in burn-pile; good place for plumbing if not hitting irrigation store
I'm still getting familiar with the area after two years, hopefully some better pallet sources and decent dumpsters will be spotted.. but as it stands a town day is usually ALL day, maybe 7-10 hours.. a lot of this is being fussy about what lumber I buy, but the other 'small' errands really add up.
I end pretty much every town run with a splitting headache if not a migraine... I hate town days.
I am now frequently maxing out the cargo space of my fullsize pickup, including all cab space, and making use of the cab-height stake sides... so the next step in improving 'trapline efficiency' is this side of things.
To that end, I am looking for a flatbed for the truck, to be paired with an over-the-cab rack, and a front bumper rack to help support really long items. I figure I can integrate something like a hitch-mount cargo box into the back of the flatbed to get 10+ft of deck when needed. Also looking to finally invest in a transfer tank; as I reduce town run frequency, the jerry-can system to refill the equipment is no longer practical.
The real fly in the ointment of trapline efficiency is a social life. If I ever decide to get one of those again, it becomes pretty easy to tack an errand or three onto pleasure trips...
Right now is the best time to do it. Its still warm, so it will get time to adjust to the colder winter temp. Not too sure how much sunlight it was getting before but even in direct sun it will still be okay.
Jesse Glessner wrote:I have the same problem with perennial flowers and they are in a very short ( one brick thick ) raised area where roots could easily reach the ground beneath. I've planted these in corner markers, usually full sun, and usually watered the same as my veggies. This year I had about 20% come back in each of 2 planters. Bummer!
I think I will try the perennial - potato onions - and see how those do in another, taller, raised bed I have. I really like onions and maybe this will give me enough to last through the winters.
What zone are you in and what perennials did you plant? And did you plant them in the 1 brick thick soil or did you actually dig down into the soil beneath?
I'm in zone 5 in East Central Indiana. The perennials were flowers I purchased locally. I built the planters several years ago and added very good soil. Each year I've applied compost first and used a tiller which went down into the soil and mixed in the compost very nicely. I then planted and watered and kept watered along with my garden veggies. The plants survived through Summer & Fall but did not come back well the following Spring - maybe 20% came through.