Tereza Okava

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I'm a transplanted New Yorker living in South America, where I have a small urban farm to grow all almost all the things I can't buy here. Proud parent of an adult daughter, dog person, undertaker of absurdly complicated projects, and owner of a 1981 Fiat.
I cook for fun, write for money, garden for food, and knit for therapy.
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i agree with Anita. I don't watch my scobies every day, and often my final product has blotches, so maybe this is normal. if it bothers you, just cut off the part that has the darker spots, and use the lighter remainder.
1 day ago
I'm sorry for your loss, Trace. As Casie said, when someone is finally gone the chance that things might get put right disappears. And even if you don't get along, it is still a parent; I forget who said it, parents are a wall between us and death, and when they go part of our defenses are gone. I lost a father I didn't get along with, and it still was devastating.
Take care of yourself, and I wish you healing.
1 week ago
dandelions, collards (any brassica) are like crack for my rabbits, but without fail they immediately go to whatever plant I value the most when they get loose. Usually once it gets warm they look for somewhere shady to rest, so it might be best to try to catch them during the bright of the day if you haven't caught him yet (they're most active at sunset and dawn, the rabbit might try to shelter near the others). I've found it easiest to catch them by throwing a blanket or towel (i don't have a net), they tend to freeze underneath and I can grab them.
Good luck and keep us posted.
1 week ago

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1 week ago
Welcome! What's your setup (4 pens, colony, etc?) I'm always interested to learn how other folks do things. I've got two buns in separate hutches but they are really just my biodigesters making compost- they were pets and are now too old to breed, but it's always in the back of my head that i'd love to get the rabbitry running again.
1 week ago
I also cannot grow English potatoes, some kind of small beetle just demolishes the leaves. I've tried growing a few special varieties and they have to be grown under total cover (not a big deal, since they don't need pollination).
As for tomatoes, everything eats them too, I have to grow mine in winter in a greenhouse to avoid that. Grasshoppers seem to be the most usual suspects for large-scale destruction, although the hornworms can do some serious damage too (growing in winter avoids the worms, but hoppers are more common here in winter).
1 week ago
Vase, I often skip the middleman and dust plants where I have bug issues with wood ash (usually, beans at the end of the season that are getting hassled by spotted beetles and stinkbugs, which always lead to mold). Because the leaves are in bad shape already i don't worry too much about them getting burned. I've not tried this for aphids (in my garden, aphids appear with drought, if I really feel bothered by them I spray a soap/garlic spray that seems to take care of the situation pretty quickly).
Let us know what you end up doing!
2 weeks ago
round here there have been huge numbers of converts to non-till, silvopasture (crop/cattle), and alternative fertilizer, especially after the fertilizer shortage this year (#1 on James's list above, essentially). I used to get the eyeroll, now I have people asking me about my processes.
I know this is not exactly the question, but I'm not here to debunk any other systems (people need to come to it on their own like #2 on the list, can't be persuaded; anyway, I'm not sure I can debunk anything, since every single system is unique), I'm rather showing what I can do with mine.
2 weeks ago
That's an interesting challenge. It's I guess dry enough that in these years it hasn't broken down, nor been swept away by floods (although I suppose that is always possible). I think before brainstorming I would want to know the chances that it might get swept away, before investing too much work in it.
It's a shame that it was so easy for them to dump crap and so hard for you to get it out. I suppose you could try dumping manure or urine on there, eventually maybe some sort of fungus (not sure how much fungus can work if it's that dry there)?
2 weeks ago
i use both dry and green, sometimes they seem to prefer one fresh to dry or vice versa, just the same way that sometimes they eat a certain plant and later turn up their noses (lately, pigeon peas, though I've seen them eat that foliage before). But I don't have a winter that I need dry hay for, or space to store dry forage, so I tend to just feed most things green.
2 weeks ago