zurcian braun

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Hey all, I'm hoping that there's some folks out there who can recognize this blueberry illness. I've done a fair amount of reading on the subject but mostly coming up with a lot of "that could be it".

Thank you thank you thank you!!
4 weeks ago
And not an obscene amount of pee, just like, what my corn would really appreciate. Diluted by the rain and such. Zone 7b thanks ;)
4 months ago
I've been going through a similar dilemma as I'm sure many others have.

I don't like the disconnection from the wood and the environment that chainsaws tend to bring when working with them. And I don't like the noise, the fumes, etc. "BUT WAIT!" you say "THERE'S THIS INCREDIBLE INVENTION CALLED THE ELECTRIC CHAINSAW!!!" Well, we know lithium batteries are not exactly the solution to our energy woes. And while they are quieter, electric tools still create a quite a disconnect, albeit less pronounced.

So I wonder if anyone on permies is actually cutting all of their wood by hand? Of course many do but I mean a decent amount of wood, say, 3 to 5 cords or more? I get that the idea is to not need so much wood, but it really depends on your situation.

If you do, I'm really curious to hear how much time it takes for you to put up that much wood by hand. And what's your setup?

Thanks:)
5 months ago

Thekla McDaniels wrote:

You might have.  If the buds are swelling, then the sap is rising.  If they are big healthy trees who sent a lot of sap underground last year, it might not hurt to lose some of that vigor, but if they are young, it might set them back more than they can recover from.

Another consideration is how much sap will run out of a fresh cut that hasn’t had time to heal.

If you have hundreds and thousands of trees, maybe you can do a little research, cut a few trees, and see how they respond




Thanks for your response! We tried one coup to see how they do.
5 months ago
Nice thread.

When do you think is too late in the season to coppice? I'm working with Hazel and Willow in NW Washington. Buds are starting to swell on a lot of Hazel, Alder, and others. Did we miss our window?

Happy Imbolc:)
6 months ago
Hi all,

Back east folks tap maples when the weather hits freezing nights and warm days. 40F days and 20F nights is often when it really flows. Swelling buds is one way to tell when it's time to pull the taps.  What about here in the PNW? Is there a way to tell when it's time to tap? When to stop? Obviously the climate is totally different here and I've read that the season can start as early as November and usually ends around February. I'd love if anyone has any observations that they've made through their experiences tapping. Also, if anyone happens to tap any other trees like birch, I'd love to hear more. Thank you!

z
6 months ago
Heya, anyone have a favorite variety of chicory that they use for root coffee? Thanks:)
7 months ago
Thank you both for sharing your thoughts and experiences. I’ll try to post an update at some point.

As far as coppicing goes, indigenous people were burning lands regularly around here for 1000s of years until they were forcibly stopped from doing so (We see what mess that’s gotten us into but that’s for a different thread!!). Burning was done for a variety of reasons but one was to tend and maintain basket weaving materials.

Though, because of cedar, I think there was less of an emphasis on willow in the far nw for basketry but I don’t know. I’m originally from the northeast, where I’m really accustomed to the flora and the traditional  human relationships with those plants. Just learning here in an awkward I’m-not-from-here sorta way.
8 months ago
Hi Carolyn, thanks for the response!  

While we do gather basketry material from wild plants that we tend, we’re at a new home and currently planting perennials so I was hoping to seek out some native willows to plant that can make good weavers.

Do you do any coppicing or burning etc of these willows to help generate good weaving material? Scouler's willow is quite large and Hooker's also can get pretty big in comparison to the classic European basket willows like S. purpurea (whom many people coppice every year).
8 months ago