Anne Miller

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We manage a 40 acre wildlife area of the Texas Hill Country in the Edwards Plateau at about 3030 ft above sea level. The region is notable for its karst topography and tall rugged hills of limestone. The terrain throughout the region is punctuated by a thin layer of topsoil and a large number of exposed rocks and boulders, making the region very dry and prone to flash flooding. Native vegetation in the region includes various yucca, prickly pear cactus, native grasses and wildflowers. The predominant trees in the region are Ashe Juniper, Shin Oak and Texas Live Oak. Soil is alkaline consisting of caliche and clay.
USDA Zone 8a
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The fee for a business license is $15.00. Applications can be completed in the County Clerk's office or by mail.

When applying for a business tax license or a minimal activity license, you must provide the following:

   Choose a business entity
   File a creation document with the Secretary of State, if needed
       Corporation — Articles of incorporation
       General Partnership — No creation document required, but fictitious name filing may be necessary
       Limited Partnership — Certificate of limited partnership
       Limited Liability Company — Articles of organization
   Consider Fictitious Name Registration — If the business will operate under a name other than your own or the exact name of the entity, you must register that different name.
2 days ago
I don't know anything about the folk method so I asked Mr. Google who said:

To make a tincture using the folk method, simply fill a jar with the clean plant material of your choice, cover it with the solvent of your choice, in this case 80 to 100 proof vodka (depending on whether you are using dried or fresh herbs), cover the jar, place in a dark, cool cupboard and let it set for a minimum of...

From the little bit that I know about tincture, it seems all the herbs need to be under the liquid.  I feel this is more important than the radio.
2 days ago

Dennis Bangham wrote:Volcano mulching is where you pile the mulch up against the trunk of the tree.

Dennis, thank you for explaining.

Our daughter uses decomposed rock mulch that I have never seen either so I thought this was something similar.  Maybe I need to google more.

2 days ago
I was pretty sure I had seen gabion houses on Pinterest so I looked and yes they are there.

You have a great idea.

Maybe these will help you figure out how to do what you are wanting to do:



You can even buy the cages:


This cordwood house uses the gabions for the foundation:

3 days ago
While I have never seen volcano mulch, I feel it might be something akin to biochar.  Rock dust and remanents of burned vegetation.

Might be really good if someone had access to it to do some experiments to see what happens.
3 days ago
I grew up seeing kudzu every summer when I stayed with my grandparents.

I never saw it in pastures.

Kudzu was mostly on abandoned properties.  It grew over houses and into trees. Though it stopped abruptly on properties next to the abandoned ones.

Now as an adult I never see it anywhere though I don't travel where it was a problem.

Even native plants can become a problem if left to just grow where it wants to grow.
Both Tyler and Casie have brought us some concerns.

Casie said, "Twenty four inches square isn't much room to work with.  

I sometimes forget parts of posts such as this.  I was visioning a rectangular planter that might be built at the home of the recipients.

Jayne have you considered using bonsai plants?  A bonsai food forest?

Here is someone's start of one:
3 days ago
My suggestion would be rosemary.

My deer never touch it and I use sprigs of it to deter the deer from eating things they like.

It is something that could be sold at the local roadside stand that the neighbor runs.

Sell it as a spice for cooking and pot some for transplants.
I feel a little more information would be helpful.

Are you selling to a wholesaler, grocery store or at the farmers market?

If selling to a wholesaler, what will they accept?  By bunches or by ounces? Or does it matter?

What are you growing that you want to bunch?

Abe said, "Traditionally one bunch is however much can be gripped around by your thumb and index finger.

To me this sounds like the simplest way to get workers to bunch what they are picking.

3 days ago