David Hernick

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It appears Passiflora lutea is Decaloba subgenera.  Per info I found on http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=124132
The flora area includes species of only the two largest subgenera: Passiflora, with relatively large flowers and fruits and a predominant chromosome number of n = 9, and Decaloba, with relatively small flowers and fruits and a predominant chromosome number of n = 6
I am wishing you luck!
3 weeks ago
I saw a report of cold tolerance down to 18 f.  I am not too sure
5 months ago
I have some good looking mountain papaya (carica pubescens) seedlings here in Oakland, CA and that I would like to make available to anyone interested in picking them up.  I have about twelve in 4 inch pots.  They took a while to germinate however I ended up with more plants than I needed
The fruit is not as sweet as a tropical papaya however the plant is very pretty cold hardy below freezing.  I am excited to use it as more of a vegetable and with meat for tenderizing.  It is listed on the slow food arc of taste.
Direct message me if you are interested in some nice mountain papaya plants.
5 months ago
Interesting question!   I was turned on to stirfrying lettuce by a family friend & I am sure it would taste great with Miner's lettuce.  Miner's lettuce can be a bit astringent at times and stir-frying should mellow it out.  People in the US  like crunchy foods so that is why I am guessing this practice is not super common.
8 months ago
Add it to a smoothie!  it is very healthy and a great binder.  
9 months ago
Nuts like Hazelnuts and Chestnuts are a part of the permaculture business model for some farms.  Rotation of different animals can reduce pests and certain work.  If you followed bison with chickens or turkeys they could break up manure for example.  Perrenial grains are not very available however the land institute has had some success with their kernza and there is perrenial rye grain (Secale montanum).  good luck!
11 months ago
I have just been thinking about this after unclogging a drain.  I would try using peroxide full strength off the shelf.  This should break up the biofilms & weaken the hair. It will produce bubbles that help break up the junk.  After that baking soda and vinegar- hot water might be able to finish the job
1 year ago
Water pumping windmills can be expensive however have been widely used in No electricity remote country.  Since they only pump when there is wind storage is important
1 year ago
I once had muscovies and found a couple of hidden nests with a full clutch of eggs in them.  I set up in a part of town with a lot of foot traffic and sold them for $0.50 each, or $5 a dozen, now this was years ago in Olympia.  I did not have too many after that.  I am guessing you will find people interested in duck eggs by the time you have too many and between eating like a king and sharing you will not have too many.  Enjoy your ducks, they are great
1 year ago
Hi Andrew,  I am sure you can have success with peppers like like cayenne and a small sweet pepper variety.  There are a lot of sweet snacking pepper varieties now that are very productive. In the past, I grew Hungarian wax peppers, Not the hot ones.  If you want to try something interesting Rocoto or Manzano (Capsicum pubescens)might overwinter well in your area, they like cool weather, so they would do well in a protected spot.