Tatyana Piven

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I am looking for Siberian pea shrub seeds, so I figured I’d ask fellow permies before buying online.  I will be happy to buy or trade. My trade list is here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hI2WxxAFu48GA5BACGaXOCATrSB0Guo1n8lZRNCkpe4/edit
I am in Ohio near Cincinnati. We have clay soil, grow a lot of soy and corn. Zone 6b.
5 days ago
Short story: just bought 5 acres of farmland (Literally, yesterday), now what?

Long story:
In the past ten years I have converted my backyard into a small farm, chickens and all. Then I expanded to community plots (I have 5 around the city today). So I know a thing or two about no-till gardening, cover cropping, composting, Huggleculture, and vermiculture. However, I never had an experience staring at a 5-acre, round-up sprayed bare land, not knowing where to start. It’s mid-May, raining cats and dogs for the next week. I am thinking about throwing some tillage radish, clover, and buckwheat on this land just to get it through this summer, and then plant garlic in November. But I don’t even know how to do this the smart way. Till, no till? What machinery is there to help me? Buy or rent? Where at? So many questions, makes my head spin. HELP!
5 days ago

Benen Huntley wrote:Definitely will do. Here's the core. Have plenty of blanket to make a 5 minute riser.


Any chance you could share the plans? We just had a tornado take out a transformer in our town. Looks like it’s going to be a long week without power. For now we are surviving on the camping stove, but I don’t know if we will have a continuous supply of propane.
1 month ago
My understanding is lentils grow the same way peas do. Never tried it though. Thank you for the seed source suggestion, I will check them  out.
2 months ago
Does anyone know how many lentil seeds one plant produce? I just tried to germinate hulled red lentils (Bob’s mill brand), and these little suckers sprouted to my surprise! I will try to grow them, but how many plants should I plant per family member? We consume about a cup of dry lentils each week.
2 months ago
My question is how to choose a right handle for this tool.
10 months ago
Has anyone expermented with sea berry for oil production? Do you use it for cooking or cosmetic/medicinal only? I know sea berry is high in oils,  but is also very high in oil-soluble carotenoids, which can become toxic if digested regularly undiluted.
1 year ago

Joseph Lofthouse wrote:I am growing Clary sage as a seed oil. It is a self-seeding biennial. It's super high in Omega 3 oils.



Joseph, could you share more details on growing, harvesting and processing this sage for oil? What is your yield?
1 year ago
Steve, the “flower” heads are not really flowers, and the bulbils are not seeds, but rather clones of the parent plant. So no polination takes place in this case. You can get good bulbils from just one garlic plant.
1 year ago