James Whitelaw

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since Nov 23, 2016
Upstate NY on cusp of zone 5a-5b Sandy Loam
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I did know of Hobo symbols that signaled danger or opportunity on the road, but wasn’t aware of the quilting.

1 week ago
East edge of field

1 week ago
Our figs are prolific producers and have required zero inputs other than occasional watering during droughty periods. We hacked the three trees out of the side of a gravel driveway at a former residence and planted them in our clay yard. They had achieved a height of 8-9 foot before a hard freeze killed them back to the ground (quite a job cutting them back). New trees started up that spring and within two years we had figs again.
2 weeks ago
Probably not the most popular solution is I know military types who when in the weeds maneuvering they wear pantyhose. This protects their bottom half at least from being eaten.
1 month ago
If on a well I would be concerned about the aquifer that provides my water. Perhaps getting a sample tested now as a benchmark would be a good idea?
1 month ago
I ran your image through The PlantNet app and got the following results in order of likelihood. Both are listed as invasive.

Persicaria maculosa (syn. Polygonum persicaria) is an annual plant in the buckwheat family, Polygonaceae. Common names include lady's thumb, spotted lady's thumb, Jesusplant, and redshank. It is widespread across Eurasia from Iceland south to Portugal and east to Japan. It is also present as an introduced and invasive species in North America, where it was first noted in the Great Lakes region in 1843 and has now spread through most of the continent.

Persicaria maculosa contains persicarin and tannins. The leaves and young shoots may be eaten as a palatable and nutritious leaf vegetable. It is often seen as a weed and rarely cultivated. A yellow dye can be produced from this plant with alum used as a mordant.

Impatiens glandulifera is a large annual plant native to the Himalayas. Via human introduction it is now present across much of the Northern Hemisphere and is considered an invasive species in many areas. Uprooting or cutting the plants is an effective means of control.

The common names Policeman's Helmet, Bobby Tops, Copper Tops, and Gnome's Hatstand all originate from the flowers being decidedly hat-shaped. Himalayan Balsam and Kiss-me-on-the-mountain arise from the plant originating in the Himalayan mountains. Ornamental jewelweed refers to its cultivation as an ornamental plant.

The genus name Impatiens, meaning "impatient", refers to its method of seed dispersal. The species name glandulifera comes from the Latin words glándula meaning 'small gland', and ferre meaning 'to bear', referring to the plant's glands.

A few thoughts;

The field of grass be mowed no matter how tall with a brush cutter, brush hog. If sparks or chance of fire is a concern someone standing by to put out any small fires and alert local fire service to what is being done and any issues.

Instead of mechanical cutting use a sythe to cut the tall grass

Rolling and crimping is definitely doable. We are considering a rolling crimper as an attachment for our 2 wheel tractor, Manual crimper roller, Mechanical crimper roller
1 month ago
When we freeze my biscuits DW cuts them and inserts parchment paper. That way we can easily split them and put in toaster for quick biscuits. Same for store brought. Otherwise they glue together and can be difficult to split.
1 month ago
For a project like this I might consider relief printing using a durable design material like wood or linoleum. Perhaps not applicable easily to the design proffered, but certainly could produce a more “wood cut” like design, provide durability for many printings and be cheap.
Making a linoleum block print
1 month ago