Jackie Frobese

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wofati food preservation homestead
New Hampshire, USA zone 5/6
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This is a youtube video I happen to watch not long ago about making baskets from pine needles...

1 day ago
I just completed the survey. That was fun assessing the proposed designs. I hope my comments help.
1 day ago
Here's some pics of my growing system. Its a Tower Garden aeroponic growing system, put out by juice plus. Not the height of permaculture, but brings me a lot of joy and some fresh food year round in New Hampshire.
2 days ago
Thank you all for the responses. I will leave the plants as they are and hope for the best with getting both male and female flowers on the plants at the same time. "crossing my fingers"
2 days ago
We had some poison ivy growing near the house when I was a kid. My dad managed to eradicate it by pouring nearly boiling water on it whenever he made pasta or potatoes. I actually find this technique good for many plants. I usually use the water from my water bath canner to "weed" certain areas. I suppose the deeper the roots are the longer it will take to truly kill the plant, as any roots deep enough to survive the heat will continue to try to re-sprout, until they run out of energy to do so.

That may be a lighting strike
2 days ago
Hi,

I'm growing some food indoors which means i have to manually pollinate my zucchini and cucumber. I'm familiar with this process and have done it before. My problem is I just realized I only started one each of zucchini and cucumber. I already know I will be regretting having both as they have such a large growing habit the indoor space is limited. Therefore I don't want to plant a second of both. I'm hoping they are related closely enough that I can pollinate them with each other. If not I will probably have to sacrifice one to make space for a second of the other.  

I suppose I could make an experiment of it, which would be interesting, but could also mean not getting a yield, which would be sad, indeed.

Thank you all for you expertise and input.
2 days ago
My grandmother always had both dill and parsley growing next to her front door. When we would visit in the summer she would have a big pot of chicken soup, seasoned with parsley, ready for us on the stove. Oh how I love chicken soup! The smell and taste of parsley always reminds me of her.

I also fondly remember the pear tree next to my grandmothers barn. Such delicious pears. If they weren’t ripe when we visited, then we had her home canned pears, yum!

My grandmother passed when I was still a young adult so I never had the chance to learn her gardening secrets. I like to think she is watching over my garden with me.

The smell of sea roses brings me back to the long days of summer as a child. We had a big bush next to our driveway.

I’m so glad this thread is here as I recently moved to a new property and have been compiling a list of plants I want. Sea roses for sure!
4 days ago
Hi All,

My annual garden size limits me to no more than a half dozen of any one type of plant. From my understanding the genetic diversity of having many plants is important to producing both strong healthy seeds, and strong healthy plants. So I'm left wondering about the efficacy of my seed saving efforts. Oh I should also clarify that I do not make any particular efforts to pollinate in a controlled manner.

So are there particular plants that it makes more sense to seed save under these conditions?

Conversely are there types/plants I should definitely avoid based on my conditions and habits?

Thank you all for any input you have.
1 week ago
Hi,

I'm in the Northeast so my input may be of limited use to you. I can't say  what variety it is but I can say (assuming the red on the leaves is not a seasonal color change) its not a Silver maple, Sugar maple or a Norwegian maple.

I have never heard of pruning a maple. In my experience they tend to reach both high and wide. I also usually only see a few branches on young seedlings like yours has. So I wouldn't be worried about the lanky-ness. I would however be a bit concerned about the state of the taproot. Since maples are known to be so large you certainly want it to have a very strong root system, and the transplanting likely disturbed that. If you really want a maple I would suggest picking up the "helicopters" from your neighbors yard, sprouting them, and then planting directly where you want it.  

Best of luck getting an ID!
1 week ago