Julia Winter

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Pediatrician with a Master's Degree in Nutritional Sciences. Moved to Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2013. Took Geoff Lawton's first online PDC in 2014.
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Ironically, a few friends of mine with big Twitter followings retweeted my Twitter thread talking about your offer just this morning. (I'm closing in on 10K followers but these guys have 33K, 14K, 16K)
1 month ago
Tapping the hive mind here: Paul is looking for an image of a rockety device created by Ernie many years ago (2015?) in the berm shed at Wheaton Labs. The only image he can find is when it was looking a little forlorn, with a piece of wood leaning on it. He found images of it being built, but nothing of it when it was new (finished, but new).
Oh look, it's a podcast by Sheri Menelli who was posting here on this thread years ago!

4 months ago
This is a fascinating project and I hope it gets off the ground, or onto the ground, more like!

I'm listening and it seems the key technique is to feed the cattle while they are bunched together, so that the ground is evenly covered with dung that's been flattened by their hooves and "watered" with their urine. The ground has to be totally covered - not cow patties scattered with bare dry sand inbetween - for the moisture to be retained underneath that layer of cow poop.

He's been doing this for years, so when he sees the ground is covered properly (apparently too much won't work) then he moves the cattle to new bare ground. I don't think he plants any seeds, I think this technique is waking up seeds that are already sleeping in the soil.
4 months ago
One of the best things about hugelkultur is that the logs turn into "water batteries" holding water in the soil for plants. In this video a guy digs up the logs he placed at the bottom of the raised bed to see what happened to them. I think it's interesting to see him squeeze water out of hunks of wood:
5 months ago
Here is a trap for codling moths, that could save at least some of your apples from worms:

Using a cleaned out 1 gallon milk jug, cut a hole about the size of a small egg just below the milk jugs shoulder.  This can easily be done if you first put hot water in the jug and shake it around until the sides get warm.  Empty out water and cut hole with a sharp knife.
Recipe: 1 cup cider vinegar
                   1/3 cup dark molasses
                   1/2 teaspoon ammonia
                   Add enough water to make 1 1/2 quarts liquid
Mix together and pour into milk jug using a funnel. Make sure to replace the cap on the milk jug.
When apple trees are just about done blooming tie the jug on a sturdy branch with a strip of cloth. Hang the jug with the hole facing slightly down so the rain can't get in but also so the mixture can't spill out.
As the season progresses, you'll notice the mixture evaporating, I just grab my lawn hose and add more water to the jug.
Keep jugs in the tree until harvest is over.  Discard the jugs, but first...be amazed at how many moths are in the mixture...pretty gross!
Place 2-4 jugs in different locations for an average sized tree.
8 months ago
Angela of Parkrose Permaculture has a nice video about pruning/controlling a wisteria that is right by a house:
10 months ago