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Mike Barkley wrote:

In Corsica for many years the ruler required everyone to plant four trees a year, an olive, a mulberry, a fig, and a chestnut.  

I like they way they thought.

I'm in. It so happens some beautiful old chestnut trees are dying on this property. No problem replacing them & several times more. Have been working on figs too. Trying to get a more winter hardy version thriving. Have to pass on olives. Will plant apples & other fruit that will do better. Mulberry? Maybe. Have elderberry, and wild blackberry & raspberry going now. A few other random berries. Not sure how mulberry would do here. It's been on the radar though.

Not exactly a new idea but a suitable modification of an old one. The Appalachian Trail has trail angels. Good hearted folks who suddenly appear along the trail. They provide drinks, food, & a helpful hand for weary hikers. If there was a large supply of young trees available something like that could happen in local parks & recreation areas. Seems like the users of those places would be most likely to plant a free tree.

If you want to find a source for young trees at an affordable price, Cold Stream Farms, sells bare root trees with the price depending on size and quantity. Buying more reduces the price. One example, a single 6"-12" tree costs $4.57, but buying 4 of them brings the price down to $2.76 each. Buy 25 trees and the price is $1.21 each. Other sizes available, price reductions for lots of 100 and 500+. It's cheaper to buy 100 than 65, or to buy 25 trees than 12, make a commitment for 500. I plan to order 25 trees, plant 8 in the ground and raise the other 15 in pots with the plan to give them as Easter gifts in 2020.

1 year ago
Hello Lindsay, and welcome. Looking forward to adding this book to my permaculture library!
3 years ago
I live in Utah zone 6, many of the foods I enjoy can only be grown in a greenhouse in this area. Tomatoes and peppers especially. I would love to win a book from Lindsay Schiller
3 years ago
As a lifelong learner, intermediate gardener, and permaculture novice I enjoyed watching the first few minutes of the video. Looking forward to watching the rest of later and the others that will follow. Thanks for sharing.
4 years ago
Part 2 of 2 ended up in Spam. Not sure what to do about it.

Heather Ward wrote:I love to forage, but this year I've kept track of what I ate and preserved and noticed that dock, lambs-quarters, and amaranth are my big three, the ones that put food on the table consistently and without fail and fill my freezer too. So I am asking, not what all you forage, but what do you forage A LOT and consider a staple of your diet? Do share!

The only staple I forage is dandelion. I am unable to find anyone in my area to guide me in identifying wild edibles. I get plantain and miner's lettuce on my property too! The three make a wonderful salad. Is anyone in the south Sacramento county area that would be willing to show me around and help me learn?
4 years ago
Thanks Everett, Now all I need to do is convince my neighbor it is a good idea. I think a hugel bed is a good idea because it will provide a place to grow perennials, sequester carbon, reduce the piles of waste in the yard, and become a solution rather than a problem. I have some maple I would add into the pile too!.
5 years ago
Howdy, My neighbor has about 500 cubic feet of eucalyptus that is weathering away. So, I was wondering if this wood might make a good base for a hugelkultur bed? Does anyone know? Thanks to anyone who replies. Richard Huffmon
5 years ago

Dillon Nichols wrote:I've eaten them thrown into an omelet or quiche.

The simple way is to think of them as a spinach substitute. For obvious reasons it's advisable to stick to dishes that that will be cooked, or that use cooked spinach. I've also heard that they can substitute for kale.

I have a friend who uses them in an onion dip. Yummy. Just steam for a minute, chop, and add to your favorite recipe!
5 years ago

Cassie Langstraat wrote:So I have been thinking about my news videos quite a bit and I have REALLY been enjoying doing them, and I know that people around permies enjoy them too. BUT, I started doing them with the hopes that it would help build the empire, and in turn infect more brains with permaculture. However, it doesn't really seem to be as successful as I thought it would be. It seems that the only people really watching them are people who are already at I kind of thought that people would share them more, or something. I don't know.

So I am kind of stumped. I don't want to stop doing them, but at the same time it seems like I could be spending the time it takes me to prepare, shoot, and edit these doing other things for the empire that have a bigger affect. I'm just really torn. Thoughts?

There was torrential downpour in CA this weekend so this one is from my room again.

Threads I mention:

How to win Permaculture in Pots:

Homemade Tea Blends From Your Harvest:

What is a Perennial Plant You Can't Live Without?

A Couple of Pics From Wheaton Labs:

Permaculture Chickens Kickstarter:

Vote on the Title for Paul's Rocket Mass Heater DVD Kickstarter:

Winter Chicken Houses or Coops:

Inoculating a Manure Pile:

Biodynamic Tree Paste:

Largest Wood Carving in the WORLD:

I share your vlogs with friends, many of whom are considering the practice of permaculture in their personal settings. Some are apartment dwellers, others have rental homes, a few even have acreage. I figure that everyone who sees your smiling face participates in Paul's scheme for world domination. Don't stop. We still have a long way to go!