Skandi Rogers

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Half an acre of potatoes for fun?!  have a plan on what you are going to do with 1200lb of potatoes...
I grow new potatoes in a method similar to that, and it works fine you don't lose anything but there are some things to bare in mind. one is large potatoes do need hilling or you will lose around 30% of the crop to greening, another is that if that field is grass when you plant I wouldn't expect to get ANY crop at all. Potatoes do not do very well with weeds and one of the biggest potato pests wireworm is found in pasture it can easily take out all of your potatoes. the first year we were here we lost 30-40% of the crop to wireworm and the field had been out of grass for one year previously. (it takes 5 years or so to clear them completely)
think about how you will harvest it's an awful lot of digging to get them all back out again.
2 hours ago
You could make hay bedding from your fields, (Straw is only from cereal crop stems)

To make hay you simply need to cut the grass/weeds when you have a period of dry weather coming up and then turn them once or twice while they dry on the ground, then gather them up and store somewhere dry. A standard mower will not work as you want long uncut pieces for your hay, otherwise you will get something that compacts to easily and will become mushy as you fear. A scythe is of course perfect but a strimmer or a sickle bar mower will also work perfectly well.
11 hours ago
Marble shouldn't care about soap or any cleaning product with a pH over 7. Is the marble highly polished? If it isn't you could clean it with very fine sand, how they used to do brass before chemicals became more normal, the finer the sand the better the end polish.

Can you intercept the overflow water on it's way to the creek (I'm very surprised that you are allowed to discharge anything into a waterway) and put in some reed/willow beds to filter out anything that ends up in the water?
1 day ago
I personally think the core is the best bit and to hear people blending or otherwise throwing it out is really sad! yes it's a bit tougher than the outside but it doesn't have as much of the mouth puckeringness either.
1 day ago
If you want to eat it all at once, cut the top and bottom off, then use the knife to peal it, don't go deep enough to get the eyes just the skin, then look at the eyes, you will see they form a spiral pattern right round the thing, and if you cut thin groves in a spiral from eye to eye you'll get them all out with minimal, wastage. now you have a large hunk of edible pineapple enjoy.
1 day ago
If they were here they would be Arum maculatum it has several colour forms, I have one that looks exactly like yours there and it just went through -16C with no snow cover without taking any damage.
2 days ago
I suspect you would need to remove all the soil from inside the barn (no concrete floor? sounds odd to me) it will be seriously polluted with way to much fertiliser.  Just putting the cow crap out on a field in a heap for one winter stunts the plants in that area the next year, I hate to think what 25 years of chickens and no rain will have done.

Heating, what's your heating plan for winter? You're going to need a huge heating unit to keep that size building out of danger of freezing.

Converting a building to a greenhouse and growing market crops will pay back, growing oranges which are a low value high volume commodity seems unlikely to make anything, growing odd citrus fruits or something like lychees may well make money, but I suspect your customers are not at the farmers market but will be chefs wanting to use local ingredients.

The advantage of a greenhouse at market is getting things out early, you can push it a couple of weeks with an unheated greenhouse, with a bit of heating you can be a month early easily.
2 days ago
Lets start with the good news, all pollutants drain out of sandy soil very fast, so you're a lot less likely to have anything nasty left in there than if you were on clay.
Now not knowing your property layout it's a bit hard but 1/4 of an acre isn't much, can you get a tractor in with a deep plough and preferably a rock pick? That would get out all the bits bigger than 4 inches so and turn the soil over so you could find more of the small stuff by hand. Failing that I would build a wooden frame with hardware cloth on it and sieve the area for each bed, horrible tiresome work but it will catch almost everything including weedroots.
As to areas that don't grow well, get a couple of soil tests for pollutants done, do at least one from where you feel is the worst area and also one from an area you feel is best. It will put your mind at ease if nothing else.

3 days ago
I had the same problem today so after staring at the fridge I did this;

I used half a tin of coconut milk, (leftover) some garlic, ginger, a red chili and an onion blended up, sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, vinegar (lime juice would be better) and a bit of sugar, added to some mixed veg and cooked chicken I called it a Thai style curry and served it with sticky rice. dinner in 20minutes 2 pans and nearly no mess.
3 days ago
I would ignore the pH completely my soil is 8.5 with 30cm until chalk in places, pears, apples, plums, elderberries and hazel all do fine, as do raspberries, red and black currents gooseberries and strawberries.  I am not a believer in trying to change the pH of soil, it's something you have to import huge amounts of material every year. What you can do is add more organic matter which will reduce the effect of the pH and don't try to plant rhododendrons or blueberries for example.