De Mott

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since Jan 22, 2012
NC Piedmont and SW Virginia
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Several things have helped me. In order of helpfulness:

- Tai Chi - I'm lucky to have classes near me (Master Moy style) but since Covid canceled in-person classes, I've been doing livestream classes at awareness tai chi. Awesome instructor IMHO.
- Not eating grains - esp. wheat, but also corn. Rice seems OK
- PT exercises for the arthritic knee (one is worse than the other.) Lunges, squats, etc. My PT watched me stand up from a squat to the floor, saw that I did it mostly on the good leg, and assigned me one legged squats. Evil! But really helped.
- Turmeric supplement
3 weeks ago
We bought mountain land 16 years ago, with no intention to do anything other than have fun up there (we're still weekenders, but have slowly improved the property in a permaculture-inspired way.) Around that time, my grandmother turned 100 years old. I called her on her birthday, and told her we bought land. Somehow "land" turned into "farm" and she told all my cousins that we bought a farm. A few weeks later at her birthday party, all my cousins were kidding me about slopping the pigs and such  A few weeks after that, we were wandering around the pasture and found an old plastic pink flamingo. Years before, someone (not me) decided I liked flamingoes and people started giving me flamingo things. My mother-on-law was an antiques dealer, and she was constantly showing up with flamingo things. So we ended up with Flamingo Farm.
4 months ago
I've recently started using sweet potato leaves in green smoothies. Every thing else "green" in my garden has about pooped out by now, but sweet potato vines are going nuts! I've also read that they can be sauteed or stir-fried like any other green, but have not tried that yet.
8 months ago
Thank you for the ideas! I have the perfect "showcase" area, right behind my property, where the easement shortcuts a loop of high traffic greenway trail. It is very visible to local walkers, runners, and bikers. The easement itself is used as a shortcut by neighbor kids on bikes, but they stick to one side of the 60' easement. I have connections with NC State Entomology and other biologists who might be willing to help. We don't get much snow here (Piedmont NC) but hopefully enough freezes (more like frosts) to work some seeds in.

I had a front row seat to the pipeline construction, and other than completely demolishing the landscape I saw no other potential issues like toxic fairy dust. There is still "tree protection" fencing that they will take down but then they should be done with us, I hope.

It is very generous of you to offer to help with buying seed! I'm thinking I have enough like-minded neighbors that will chip in, and probably even help seed. I will need help with what to sow, hopefully some local experts will be able to help. I'm beginning to think this might work :-)
8 months ago
I live adjacent to a flood plain which has numerous sewer line easements running through it, along a major creek. One pipeline just completed this past year is at least 60' wide, consisting of crappy concrete-like subsoil planted in rye which is now dead. I'd love to get the city (in NC) interested in a pollinator highway, urban foodscaping, wildlife corridor, etc. Maybe get neighborhood groups involved, other organizations too. Does anyone have any experience with this type project? Anyone tried guerrilla gardening in utility easements? I think this could also apply to power line easements and more. I'd love to hear your ideas... thank you!
9 months ago
Our neglected lawn has turned into mostly crab grass and a few other random weeds. At one point we had fescue. Thankfully no HOA watching us - but would like it to be mow-able and to not have bare dirt spots in the winter. It is shade to part-shade. It's a small area but not small enough to hand-weed, as I want to spend my time in the gardens. Any suggestions? Thank you!
10 months ago
Aronia looks like a good candidate, thank you!
Jerusalem artichokes are appealing, but it looks like deer love them. I may try them by the creek with a very small fence.
10 months ago

john holmes wrote:Fencing possible?

Not very practical for us to fence in 15+ acres of woods, plus we don't want to - it's where we hunt deer for one thing. We do have very small fenced in areas for gardens around the house. What I'm interested in doing is enhancing the forest we already have. We'd be ok with removing white pine and replacing with other trees, but mostly I'm looking to plant something in the woods that's more useful than Christmas fern which is most of what I see.
10 months ago
Behind our house the city has just finished a section of sewer pipeline. It was super deep - maybe 20' - and they did not save the topsoil.  After the subsoil was spread out over the 50' wide area they seeded with grass and rye but it is the worst concrete-subsoil stuff I have ever seen, and the not even contractor grass seed is surviving. I feel like this long, open area on ignored municipal property could be turned into something useful (with perhaps a little guerrilla gardening) such as pollinator habitat. Any suggestions for something that would grow in (almost) concrete that could also take some flooding?
10 months ago
Our house in the NC Piedmont is on a urban creek that floods about once/year, usually in hurricane season. Our "back 40" is wooded and we mostly ignore it, but I would love to turn it into a miniature forest garden. It is mostly made up of smallish hardwoods and alot of the undergrowth is an invasive type of honeysuckle shrub. The soil is like a sand box. We do have some interesting spring ephemerals - spring beauties, mayapple, trout lily. Otherwise it's pretty boring, would appreciate suggestions of any useful type of plant especially food, medicinal, and pollinator plants.
10 months ago