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David Mayes

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since Aug 22, 2012
I'm just a guy with my fair share of problems trying to figure out life.
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Thanks for all the replies.  For the past few years my fig kept dying to the ground and coming back from the roots.  I should have had figs by now but there was no old growth for the figs to grow on thus my question.  I also planted a Chicago Hardy this year and wanted to give it a little protection due to it being it's first year in the ground.  I'll stick with staking around them and wrapping with sheets.

Thank you all so much for your help.
2 years ago
Hi all,

Can those of you with fig or fruit tree experience please tell me if i can I bury my young fig trees in leaves for winter protection? If I do, will my trees die or be harmed? Should I stick with wrapping them in sheets of plastic instead?

2 years ago
Pledged. I can't wait for this book!
5 years ago

F Styles wrote:Here is the MSDS on all the bricks.,%20Duro%20Dot%2007-13-12.pdf

here is their email addresses:

and their contact info: Fuzion Technologies, Inc.
P.O. Box 338
Freeport, PA 16229

724-295-2800 (phone)
724-295-2615 (fax)

Thank you for the information. I'll contact them and try to find out more.
5 years ago

I found this brand of brick that is labeled fire brick on craigslist but have practically zero information on it. The brand name stamped on the brick is Duro. What I have found using google suggests that this particular brand of brick is most likely acid and chemical resistant and dense. If I remember correctly I read that dense fire brick isn't that great for building rocket mass heaters. Does anyone have any information on this brand of brick at all and would it be a good brick to use when building a thermal mass heater?

5 years ago
After many corrupt files via Firefox I switched to Chrome and got a working pdf the first try.
Thankfully I saw and read posts on permies about that very topic, and asked the owner about the hay they fed them. The owner grows their own hay for the cattle and said they didn't use herbicide on the crop. If the owner is honest, all should be safe.
9 years ago

John Polk wrote:I suggest checking the "Free" section of Craig'sList frequently.

Around here, I often see free manure offered (You load/haul).
Try to avoid manure from people who de-worm their animals with chemicals (it can kill your worms also!)

I just wanted to thank you again for your post. Because of your suggestion about using craigslist, I have built my lasagna garden for zero cost to me, not counting physical labor of course. You saved me so much money.

Thank you again.

9 years ago
Thank you for that link Leila. If it was a word mix up than it was the lady's mix up. She used the word antibiotics in the email reply she sent me. Thanks again for that link.
9 years ago

Jeanine Gurley wrote:This is what I am planting right now:

English Peas (sweet peas)
All lettuces/greens - Bok Choi, Tat Soi, Baby Choi

Carrots will only be sweet when harvested in the cold. My husband didn't believe me this year and took some of my late carrots that I was trying to let go to seed. Bitter, bitter, bitter.

I can get away with some english peas if our winter is mild - it's worth the chance.

All the tender greens I plant in the green house or under cover - not so much because of the cold but because all of the critters (birds, rabbits, squirrels etc.) will do almost anything to get at them.

You can plant a little of this every week or every couple of weeks all winter for a continuous supply of whatever happens to be coming up.

I eat the greens from the onions, turnips and beets and then later harvest the root.

Also - try your luck at broccoli brussel sprouts and cauliflour. This is THE time to grow them but I just don't have the touch.

Garlic I plant last week of September or first week of October.

A lot of people don't realize that the south eastern garden can provide food all winter long. If we do get a freeze a lot of that stuff bounces right back. Good luck and happy planting!

Thanks for all your advice; I'm gonna try to plant a winter garden this year. Like you said, I had no idea that one could even plant a winter garden; this is really exciting.
9 years ago