Jd Gonzalez

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I use grapefruit peel. The peel contains an essential oil (nootkatone) that repels bugs and kills ticks and fleas. I steep the peels in rubbing alcohol and spray it on me when I go out in the woods. No bites.
1 week ago


Jd, those look great. What do juneberries taste like, I've never had them.



Steve, think of a super sweet tasty apple with hints of almond. DELICIOUS! My wife had never tasted them and she was so impressed she made us the "crumble" (i've been corrected, it is not a cobbler as I posted)

They do not need the acidic soild of blueberries, and some trees do suffer from cedar rust. I planted the amelanchier alnifolia whicj is a tall shrub type, there are other types that get taller and more tree like.

I am definitely propagating them in my area.

best, JD
4 weeks ago
Here are some more pics. Sadly, due to major renovation the school might lose the food forest if not transplanted in the fall.
1 month ago

Jd Gonzalez wrote:Hi Steve,

Here's a project I did using the vendors I shared with you.

https://sites.google.com/view/theguerrillafoodforest/home

I chose, sand Cherries (died),Nanking Cherries, Juneberries, hazelnuts, American plum and apricots. They start producing at around 3 years, are low maintenance once established, They look good spring, summer, and fall and have excellent tasting foods.

1 month ago
Hi Steve,

Here's a project I did using the vendors I shared with you.

https://sites.google.com/view/theguerrillafoodforest/home

I chose, sand Cherries (died),Nanking Cherries, Juneberries, hazelnuts, American plum and apricots. They start producing at around 3 years, are low maintenance once established, They look good spring, summer, and fall and have excellent tasting foods.
1 month ago
Check with your state forestry office. In Virginia, they sell nut and fruit bearing trees at very reasonable prices.
Also check:
https://www.centuryfarmorchards.com/niche/wildlife.html


https://foxrivervalleynursery.com/Edible_c_19.html


https://www.directgardening.com/5-edibles

I've used direct gardening in the past and created a guerrilla good forest in a school.It's a hit or miss with them, but the prices are good.
1 month ago
This fellow went BIG, he went step by step and kept improving it.



6 months ago
For ground venison either beef fat or pork fat us recommended. The venison fat has a strong taste and goes rancid very easily.
Somewhere else in these forum we've posted venison recipes.



7 months ago
Good approach in using vetiver, it is an excellent water runoff holder if planted on contour and pretty effective in controlling erosion on steep hills. The roots can be processed for use in perfume and essential oils and the leaves dried and weaved for baskets. A couple of suggestions,please remember that cassava takes about 9 months to harvest, for quick food production, plant sweet potatoes, in 3 to 4 months they are ready for harvesting. The leaves are edible, make great fodder and once you harvest, re-plant the slips and you are good to go. Pigeon peas (Cajans cajans), produce quickly, fix nitrogen, provide wind screen and make good forage.  Also consider chayote squash.  Longer term, consider planting a few breadfruit trees, they take a few years to produce but they average 400 lbs. of fruit per tree.
1 year ago