Thank you for answering.
I need to update my profile. We moved to New Mexico a couple months ago.
I have a small lot with just desert weeds that have seeded here. We are taking out everything and planting fruit trees. The soil is just sand and clay, no worms at all. A neighbor told me I can’t have a compost pile unless its covered because of rats and roaches so I have been burying kitchen scraps and anything I can to enrich to soil.
It’s all different than what I was used to in Indiana.
Has anyone tried the vacuum sealer bag method? I discovered it just in time for all my cherry tomatoes turning ripe right now. What a time saver and absolutely delicious. No jars are needed until it is done. Then you pack it into jars, seal and refrigerate for up to a year they tell me on youtube. Extra juice that doesn't fit into the jar can go into a bean stew or something that needs salt. Here is the method.
Cut tomatoes in half. Add 2.5% salt and mix well. You need a gram scale for this. I fill vacuum sealer bags half full and vacuum seal just before the juice starts coming up that would interfere with the seal. You can stack the bags on shelves. In four or five days, the bags blow up like a balloon. It is done. Strain, pack into jars, and top off the jars with the brine you strained out. Refrigerate. Oh, and don't forget to chop up a clove or two of garlic for each bag.
I've done with this zucchini plain and also adding in onions, peppers and spices. It's all good.
I've had no failures so far. So yesterday I got confident and processed five gallons of beets. The recipe was a pound of beets cut into small cubes, two cloves of garlic, a candy onion, bay leaf, six peppercorns, and a chopped green pepper. I suspect it will take closer to a month for it to be done, as it does for the zucchini. We shall see.
The wild fermentation discussion forum says this works for anything. So you simply weigh your vegetables in grams and multiply by .025 for the salt. Or somewhere between 2 and 3 percent. I never knew the correct amount of salt to add when I was doing the jar method with air locks. This takes the guesswork out of it.
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I will probably have them in the moving truck so they will be in a hot dry truck in the dark for a couple days.
I used to dip bearded iris in a bucket of water with a splash of bleach in it before mailing them. I hope that kills any borers that might be hiding. I’ve never had any pests on my daylilies. I got a daylily mail order that had a red worm on it once.
A couple of thoughts:
Write up everything you can, what trees there are, what you have done, etc. If it sells to someone who isn't a permie, they can at least make intelligent decisions about what to keep or not.
Write up a good thread here, and post it, you never know who will see it!
Look for local gardening groups, check FB if you are on it, see if any of them know anyone who wants a new home, or who is an agent with a clue. Beacuse "I asked specifically which plants and trees to remain be he’d say “oh leave that one.” I think he just considered the area over planted." screams" NOT THAT AGENT!! to me.
As far as agents go, find one who gardens. Go through the phone book, call and ask "Hi, do you have a garden at your house? Does anyone in your office?" I learned a non-gardener as a real estate agent is not going to understand. When I bought, the agent had no clue what was rocky soil vs what had good dirt, it was all just dirt to her. I saw a net listing for one house that I glanced at, the house sucked, but out the windows (no pics of it!) was a LOVELY landscape, they had done a ton of work. I bet the agent chose the pictures.
I'd not look at it just as "a house for sale" but "a gardened house for sale" and make that a very visible part of the selling.
There ARE people in your area doing good gardening, not all calling it permaculture, but a LOT of interest. Make it an asset to your home, have you improved the soil? They can plant a garden easier. Have fruit trees? Already in place! The best time to plant a tree is 10 years ago, buying your place gets them ahead of the game!
I tried it.
It just tasted like cows milk.
But that’s the only other kind of milk I’ve ever had. No negative reaction. I doubt that I will buy it again because it cost $12 for a quart. I have ferments going that are much cheaper.
Looks to me like the hen started to form a shell and an egg collapsed then that shell got stuck to the next egg or she may just wanted to give you a handle to pick the egg up with. I have 6 year old chickens that skip a day or three laying and then will have extra shell bits stuck to the outside of the next egg. So I think yours is an extreme example but not unprecedented.
I wouldn't put the mullein into a coffe grinder if you're making tea, just use the cut leaf. If you try to powder it and use it in a tea, the powder will clog your strainer and you'll have some very gritty tea.
But do use a coffee grinder and try to powder it as much as possible if you're putting it into capsules.
Adding ginger to the mix will cleanse the lungs quicker. I prefer capsules, but get lazy and end up making teas..but with capsules it's easier for me to consume more herb throughout the day.
Dr. Morse's three lung tea is equal parts by weight mullein leaf, pleursy root, fenugreek seed. I haven't tried this combination in capsules, only tea...
and I can say when I took the ginger capsules combined with mullein capsules I had better lung cleansing than the times I've drank teas....but again I took lots of capsules per day compared to a few teas.
We also use heated 5 gallon water buckets here (in Michigan) for our mixed flock of ducks and geese. I too have noticed a great deal of muck and sediment in the bottom of the buckets when I change them daily; to me this says they really do need to rinse their beaks and bills. I wouldn't rely on snow to be their sole source of water myself personally.
The outside water lines had to be turned off so they wouldn't freeze. We use a 5 gallon bucket filled up in the bathtub, which we carry outside to refill and rinse their water buckets.
Regarding shelter, my husband just finished building them a very nice wooden structure. When he was almost done, he was chatting with an old-timer farmerwho told him, "Shoot, you don't need to build them a house. You can just get an old pick up truck cap!" My husband was like, "D'oh, what a great idea! Too bad I didn't know about that a few weeks ago."
For the past five or so yrs I have been lugging large pots with figs in them into our sunroom for Winter. In Spring, I'd bury the pots up to the rim in good soil. The roots would grow out of the drainage holes in the pots into the soil. Next Fall, the roots got cut off and the pot again brought in. We got only a very few to some ripe figs each year. The figs and pots keep getting larger so this year (2014) the figs were planted in a hoop house and did well. For Winter, I bent them down, bundled (tied) the branches together then covered the each entire tree with straw and covered everything with compost. I'd have used only compost but didn't have that much. The compost will be spread around the hoop house in Spring when the figs are uncovered. Last Winter (2013-14) was really cold here in SW Ohio and the figs will now be ready for a repeat. I hope.
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Yes the honeysuckle does cover huge areas of road's edges here. I recognize it in bloom. I have been fighting a type of honeysuckle bush that seeded here from my neighbors yard for years now but it has broader leaves. I was hoping this was a viburnum or something I could use.
There was also a white berry bush with a single green seed in the center growing there too. It has broader leaves with pink stems near the berries and I am hoping it is a dogwood.
I restrained it through my metal coffee filter and it caught very little. Then I used the paper filter and it barely moved. After deciding it might evaporate faster than it would drip through I just let it settle and syphoned the clear part off the top.
Julie Bernhardt wrote:I still don't have them in the ground. I didn't know that the pollinator had less berries. I bought 2 two plant collections from Stark brothers so I have 4 varieties but I don't know which ones are the pollinators. I'm attaching pictures of where I am planning to put them. This is south of a brick house on site 1 and south west of the house on site 2.
Where your pots are looks good. Just imagine a 3 foot circle, since it's the space it will take. Don't worry about which is the pollinator. They are all pollinators of each other. They will all produce fruit, just some a little more than others.
Thanks for the advice. I decided with my heavy clay soil I shouldn't risk it.
I think I will instead plant them in the back near a pecan tree and some persimmons with better drainage.
I just hope they survive the ducks!
Tthanks. I figured it was probably too late to inoculate the pile. I don't know how to tell if the pile had fungus or just mold in it.
I tried to look up plugging redbud but there seems to be a type of shiitake called redbud so sites are about plugging oak and maple.
Pill bugs, like earthworms are merely creatures that assist in the decomposition of organic matter and not a detriment to vegs or ornamental's. But if you look/watch closely, Paul Gautschi's 'Back to Eden' wood chip garden method, he's not using wood chips in his garden (although he did long ago). He puts all of his yard and garden waste in the chicken run and the chickens feed on and compost the material which he digs out and spreads on his garden every fall. He suggests that if wood chips are used in the garden, they be no more than 4" and must be pulled back to plant in the soil. Then they can moved back as the plants grow. So the wood chips are really just a slowly decaying mulch, not unlike Ruth Stout's method (although she used hay).
Paul did pile wood chips deeply in the orchard years ago providing a permanent cover and a vast moisture store.
As others have mentioned, you can spread 'fresh' wood chips anytime. I would not spread very much over pre-emerging ornamental's as like weeds, their growth could be halted. I'd wait until all your ornamental's were up before piling on the wood chip mulch. I also don't think you ever need to inoculate wood chips with fungi. Nature has a way of taking care of this just fine.
Note: I use wood chips in lots of places but not the vegetable garden as I use my Troybilt tiller to power compost in the garden and as we all know, wood chips if mixed in would tie up nitrogen (wood chips best [if] used as a mulch.
Julie Bernhardt wrote:I watched one of his videos a couple years ago. I put the wood chips in my veggie raised beds in the fall and pulled it away to plantin the spring. I had millions of pill bugs and some other tiny little dark centipedes in it and they didn't do well. I did plant starts and not direct seeding. I planted my strawberries in year old wood chips They did ok but I had slugs. Maybe my attempts are not doing as well because I have raised beds.
He said 16 inches of chips in the orchard. If I go for that I would need 4 or 5 loads. I could go that thick right under the trees but I don't know ift my strawberries, comfrey, fennel and elderberry seeds would grow through 16 inches of fresh chips. I like to throw annual seeds like cosmos in the mulch for pollinators.
I guess if I put 16 inches of wood chips on the paths between my raised garden beds they would no longer be raised.
I got my ducks as hatchlings so I had to keep them inside until they feathered except for a couple warm days I let them dig in the soil for a few hours. It was warm out by the time they were feathered.
I gave my adult ducks nest boxes (on the floor) and they wouldn't use them. That might be because they were incubated and not raised by a mother at all. They do make nests in the duck house in the straw and out of mulch and leaves in the garden. I have to search for nests when they don't lay in the house. To make them feel it's safe to lay I have a couple fake eggs. The three of them will lay in one or 2 nests. When they decide to incubate, one duck will guard the nest during the day while the others run around and the guard gets out for a while in the evening. That is when I take the real eggs out. I have a privacy fence so for a while I just had a duck house and no pen so they could go in and out on their own. I had a problem with them laying the eggs in the pond. I read that I shouldn't let them out of a pen until after 8 AM. in a book. It worked. I rarely find an egg in the pond now.
I have read recently that you shouldn't give them straw for nesting material because aspergillus can grow in it. They have not had any respiratory problems but I will chang it to wood shavings inside the house after this bale is used.