Mandy Launchbury-Rainey

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Retired teacher reforming a house with 1 acre at 'La Vida Verde', Virís, Lugo province.
Galicia, Spain zone 9a
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John Opincar wrote:
P.P.S: Full disclosure -- my Mom's carport roof which serves as her water source was ripped up and tossed 300 feet away as a front moved through night before last and then I spent literally half the day yesterday harvesting and processing vegetables out of the garden before the 7th hard freeze of the season here last night.  Luckily, she has a lot of water in her tanks which are undamaged so I have some time to get it rebuilt.  But that's one more item on the already incredibly long todo list.

Oh Cr*p.  We have just finished our carport, looks like it may be a similar construction, and we are due a storm coming across from you guys.....
5 days ago

Pearl Sutton wrote:Wish I was near Roswell!  

This is the sort of thing I wish I could find. Canning is not as common in Europe as it is in the states and two part jar lids and the corresponding screw-top jars are hard to get hold of at a reasonable price.  I did ask our (UK) food safety government sad guys about their recommendations for canning jars and they came back saying they just wouldn't advise canning at all. Hmmmmmm.
6 days ago
Trudging through deep snow, I reached my mailbox and found
a monsanto seed catalogue! Taking aim with my stake and
shouting 'f**k Bayer!' (now renamed Monsanto), I rammed the stake
accidentally through my hand. Was this payback? I thought as
1 week ago

Su Ba wrote:Trudging through deep snow, I reached my mailbox and found

a monsanto seed catalogue! Taking aim with my stake and
1 week ago
When my husband and I first moved in together in the early 80s, we sat down and watched a little known guy (lol) called Bill Molison talk about permaculture.  I was sold.  We then visited a couple with whom my husband was fostered as a child in Dortset, England.  They had an organic market garden and volunteers from all over the world would visit every year to learn from him.  His name was Arthur Pearse.  He has just died.
He and his wife, daughter and son in law helped Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, another great motivator, with his tv series 'River Cottage'.

more articles about Tamarisk farm
1 week ago
It was early spring.  Within the forest came the sound of water dripping steadily from the tree branches. When suddenly I remembered my new year's vow to capture as much nitrogen via nitrogen fixing plants. I wondered if I could sell my very annoying cat for some magic beans, which would probably just turn out to be disguised cat eggs. Wait, disguised cat eggs?  I was perplexed about that until I realised I might be hallucinating - again!  Damn, I should see if the magic beans were from Monsanto before choosing to sell my cat. Besides that, my cat might be more useful for the nitrogenous pee he produces if only
she would pee on my plants and not my floor, however
1 week ago
Great choices, Dave.  Try this for a taste of Galicia by Luar Na Lubre

So evocative of where we live.  
1 week ago

William Vincent wrote:

Steve Thorn wrote:I can't tell for sure, but I tend to think plum also.

Really looks like it is in the Prunus genus.

Thanks Steve! I think I’ll just go for it. I’ve searched around for ages and it seems to be something of that Ilk and I can’t find any info to say it can’t be used for HK. So I guess I’ll just see what happens

I think it should be fine.  You will have branches almost every year once it is coppiced.  That is what we do with the chestnuts lining our field.  Do post in the HK section to tell us how you get on
1 week ago