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Justin White

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Cj Sloane wrote:To make fast work of drying apples. I use a french fry cutter and can process 2 lbs/ minute. Then I dry them and sometimes powder the dried ones for extra compact storage.





That's really cool. It looks like you are just putting in the apples whole. When do you remove the seeds, before you put the cut apple pieces in the dehydrator or do you just pick them out when you are eating the dried apples?
10 months ago
Hello Joseph,

Do you think you will have sunroots available for sale again this year? Thanks!
1 year ago
Hello Nick, I am eager to try OCM-21 as it seems perfectly suited to our zone 3b site with a high water table. I would like to buy some seeds from you -- are you going to have some available this year? Thanks!

Shawn Klassen-Koop wrote:

Justin White wrote:I got the email that I can download the rewards, but they are apparently only accessible from the private forum for the book. I used a different email address for permies as for kickstarter so it doesn't show for me. I've tried twice so far to change my permies email address to match the kickstarter one and the permies forum says "Settings saved. We have sent an email to xxxxxxxx with instructions to confirm the change of your email address. Please confirm it within next 24 hours. Your email address will not be changed until you confirm the change." but I never receive the confirmation email so my email doesn't actually change on permies. I've checked my spam folder.



Interesting. This is a part of permies that I have used successfully but do not have an in depth understanding of. I'll check in with Devaka to see if he has any suggestions.



Thanks I got the email now so I was able to get in.
1 year ago
I got the email that I can download the rewards, but they are apparently only accessible from the private forum for the book. I used a different email address for permies as for kickstarter so it doesn't show for me. I've tried twice so far to change my permies email address to match the kickstarter one and the permies forum says "Settings saved. We have sent an email to xxxxxxxx with instructions to confirm the change of your email address. Please confirm it within next 24 hours. Your email address will not be changed until you confirm the change." but I never receive the confirmation email so my email doesn't actually change on permies. I've checked my spam folder.
1 year ago
Two springs ago I planted some tubers I received from Joseph in an area of field grass that I was hoping could become a no maintenance sunroot area. The grass of course grew tall and last year I never saw any sunroots in that area, so I thought perhaps they never got established. But this year they grew up to about 7' tall to overtake the grass! I have them growing out of perhaps 10 spots in the ground, with some of the spots having just one stalk but some having 2 or 3. Since the planting is young and I want it to get well established to compete against the grass do you think I should just leave them be until next fall, or should I dig some up this year for harvest? Thanks!
1 year ago
Hello Nick,

If you still have seeds, I would be very interested in getting some. Your site seems almost like a twin site to mine so it would be interesting to trial the seeds here to see how it compares to yours. I'm in zone 3b (Northern Wisconsin), on a very wet site with heavy loam soil with a very high water table. Last year the water table was within 6" of the soil surface for a time in the spring. That was exceptional but the water table is commonly within a couple of feet of the soil surface. Our orchard is mainly planted with Bud-118 but I've been struggling lately as a lot of the trees are declining due to what I think may be crown rot. This year I planted some Antonovka so I'll see how that goes but your rootstock really seems ideal for our site. I'm interested in all your apples but especially OCM-21 as a rootstock. Thanks!
I have although it's been a while. Does he talk about alder in that, or do you just mean nitrogen fixing trees in general?
2 years ago
Our property has a ton of speckled / tag alders growing everywhere. They are multistemmed shrubs that form big thickets. From what I read, these fix quite a bit of nitrogen. I'm thinking about planting some fruit trees in that area and am wondering if anyone has any ideas of strategies to use in order to take advantage of the nitrogen fixing ability of the alders. What do you think of removing some of the alders and planting fruit trees in their place, while keeping other nearby alders to provide nitrogen to the fruit trees? How far away do you think an alder should grow from a fruit tree? Should I prune the suckers of the alders to make them grow in more of a tree form (which I've read they can do but I have not tried)? Any ideas are appreciated, especially if you have done something similar with alders. Thanks.
2 years ago
When do sunroots emerge from the ground? I planted some this spring and they aren't up yet, should I be worried yet? As a point of reference, I'm pretty far north, our apple trees are just finishing blossoming, it is the last average frost right about now and I think the soil temperature is about 50F. Thanks.
3 years ago