James Sullivan wrote:Not sure if anyone has looked into Rose Geraniums for oil. I was told it's a base for perfumes and can get $100 per liter.
Antonio Scotti wrote:Thanks S. Lowe
well the effect is described in the sentence from the book I quoted: disease and pest prevention mainly
BeverlyR Seavey wrote:Well everything is temporary. Humus sticks around longer than a whirlpool where the same water molecules are temporarily rearranged. It is more that the complexity- the randomness/diversity of molecular structure that , in a certain time frame, defies
breakdown. Various enzymes must chance upon the molecular bonds in order to attack whatever is at a free end of a complex molecule; a peptidase, then a cellulase or other polysaccharidase. The mixed molecules comprising humus do slowly break down into much smaller molecules but this is reflected in a change in the chemical covalent bonds.
Travis Johnson wrote:
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Dillon Nichols wrote:
The newest regrowth and the open fields are full of deer browse.
I think logging or creating selective clearcuts would be vital to providing feeding areas for deer. Old growth forest typically harbors most wildlife in the high canopy - birds, squirrels, but no deer! Native people burned forest and grassland to increase game for hunting.
Martin Crawford talks about how the forest garden must be maintained as a young forest, because a mature forest won't provide much food:
You are right regarding this. I had a lot of mature forest, and while there was wildlife, it was limited compared to other landowners around me.
One thing a person can do though, is "Circle Cut". It is not a clear cut, and not a selective harvest, you just go into a spot in the woods and cut a small circle of the wood out. Not a huge area, maybe a 50 foot diameter circle to let light in by opening up the canopy in one small spot. In a few years it just pops up with diversity. This is when the deer, rabbits, and all kinds of other animals come in. You can still leave the mature forest on the outer edges of it. I got some pictures some where of this technique, and it is actually pretty mind-blowing how effective it is.
As a member of the American Tree Farm System, I MUST manage for air, water, soil and WILDLIFE, and this was a technique recommended to me by the Maine Forest Service, and it really works.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:
Elizabeth Geller wrote:
Bryant RedHawk wrote:
Humic Acid life is fleeting, which is why you can't go to any nursery store and buy some.
You can buy some stuff in a box that's labeled humic acid. What's that stuff?
I would not know what anyone selling "Humic Acid" is actually marketing.