Adam Klaus

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Hope that helps-
I lived right near Montrose, CO for years.  I never once heard of anyone growing this varietal commercially.  I have grown it, the flavor is mediocre.  It is typical but not exceptional for cold and drought hardiness.  It's just a pretty standard apricot.  I honestly think the varietal is a bit of a gimmick.  

I would go with Goldrich for fruit.  It's a superior varietal for Zone 5/6/7.  

FWIW, I've had lots of apricots with sweet pits over the years.  I don't think it's either as rare or as stable of a trait as books might seem to suggest.  

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, bitter apricot pit is called Xing Ren, and is a commonly used medicinal herb.  It's bitter, and used in medicinal-size quantities.  I ate a few with some white chocolate the other night and it's a nice combo.  

Traditional Chinese Medicine also does not have any concept of a sweet pit apricot (never seen it mentioned in any TCM nutritional text), so that's a bit of a head scratcher on origins of the 'Chinese' named cultivar and its association with being 'sweet pit'.

Hope that helps-

2 weeks ago
Hi Tricia-
Welcome to the forum!  Nice to see you here.  Hope you find a great person for your position.
3 weeks ago
Yes Jackie, I understand the setup you're describing.  It sounds like a great system for summer months, but I would be concerned about it in the shoulder seasons.  Especially when raising a large batch of birds, the 'cost' of error/failure is compounded so much.  

As an 'insurance policy' I'd like to be able to somehow incorporate backup BTUs from a propane canister into my brooder design.  I've used the simple lightbulb box brooders, and variations on the system you describe with wool fleeces as a ceiling, but I'm thinking my present needs require something a little different.  

Cold and damp is the weather concern, so an external heat source would do a lot of good in mitigating the chilling effects of cold damp mountain air.  
3 weeks ago
This is a big question for me at the moment too.  

I am trying to devise a plan to be able to brood batches of 100+ chicks, without electricity.

I'm thinking of making some sort of modified hood for the Little Buddy propane heater.

That's where the trickiness begins.  The Little Buddy puts out more than enough BTUs, at an economical enough rate of fuel consumption.  It's just a matter of containing the heat without blowing up the heater 😜

Anybody tinker with something like this before?  
3 weeks ago
But I'm still interested in other leads......

Can't plant too many trees, right?
1 month ago

When I made my post the recommended thread lead me to the answer.

Smart machines these days.
1 month ago
Hi y'all-
Years ago I had this amazing catalog from an old school 'Seedsman'.  I believe that may have even been in the name of the company.

Now I can't find the catalog and am fortunately in a position to try my hand at landscape scale replanting of Eastern deciduous forest.  I'd like to buy pounds of ash, oak, hickory, basswood, etc.  

Does anyone know the company I'm talking about?   I remember a little 6x11 pamphlet-style catalog.  

Thanks in advance amigos-
1 month ago
Well this thread kinda confirms the general lack of amazingness with BSFL, or so it seems.

I made some contact with the Ag Dept. at Warren Wilson College, and am going to get a tour of their facility.  The faculty rep said there's nothing happening now in the cold of winter, but that they have a seasonal setup.

1 month ago
Has anybody here made the Black Soldier Fly Larvae production into a viable part of their farm systems?

I know there was a bunch of excitement about them about a decade ago, but it seems like the enthusiasm has withered.  

I was over talking with my neighbor today about his setup, which looks great, but somehow isn't producing the really worthwhile yields that some growers in Africa have accomplished, apparently.  He's feeding them free spent brewers grain.

So I'm reaching out.  What's the verdict?  BSFL a bust?  Or do we just need to get that last piece dialed a little more....

Thanks y'all
1 month ago