Ryan M Miller

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As of Spring 2019, I have graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Classical Languages at Franciscan university of Steubenville. Currently, I am trying to figure out how to pay off my student loans.
For much of my spare time during the growing season, I tend a vegetable garden in my suburban backyard. During the rest of the year I spin and knit whatever fiber I can find to make articles of clothing. Until I can own my own land, I have to live with an inedible grass lawn that has to be mowed and fertilized regularly.
Dayton, Ohio
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If you plan on leaching more than one pound of acorns at once, don't use a cheap nutcracker. I tried this and I got several blisters on my hand I used to operate the cracker. It took me seven hours to finish cracking an eight pound bag of acorns.
2 weeks ago
Monarch caterpillars aren't the only caterpillar that likes to feed on milkweed. I found these tussock moth caterpillars on my neighbor's milkweed plants as well.
2 weeks ago
I have some more insect photographs from earlier this year. Since milkweed tends to attract oleander aphids (Aphis nerii), it also attracts ladybugs. Unfortunately, oleander aphids are not native to North America and the ladybugs I do find tend to be Japanese ladybugs. This is obvious by the prominent black "M" on the thorax.
2 weeks ago

Frank Giglio wrote:Here's the first round of acorns from he northern red oak. Drying in the sun, I'm hoping to at least double what you see here with hopes to get me well into summer/fall of 2018. I find the process of cracking and leaching no more difficult then maintaining a sourdough starter and incorporate this once important food into my diet as much as I can.

How do you keep squirrels from stealing your acorns when drying them like this? I would rather dry the acorns in a food dehydrator to keep them safe from animals.
2 weeks ago

Ray Moses wrote:The easiest way to leach is to grind acorns into a meal with a blender and water and then pour into a colander lined with a cotton cloth, place in sink and run water through it while stirring occasionally , takes about ten minutes for white oak types, double for red oak. I drilled extra large holes in a colander  just for this purpose so water moves through fast and shortens the leach time. I use a t shirt for the cloth.

I'd love to see a demonstration on this method of leaching. I've seen a video demonstrating this method for leaching buckeyes (Aesculus sp.) after they have been cooked for half an hour, but I have yet to see it for acorns.
2 weeks ago
Here is my current status on my growout of vining yellow squash for 2020. I was able to get 60 viable seeds from the one squash fruit I was able to get to mature, but I found two squash vine borers in the squash while I was extracting the seeds. I'm hoping to grow some of my seeds from 2019 next year as well as more of the seeds I got from Esoteric Agriculture.

2 weeks ago
It looks like this thread hasn't been active for a while, but I just wanted to share some images of monarch caterpillars I've taken this year. My neighbors have been growing milkweed so I've been seeing the caterpillars a lot more frequently this year.
3 weeks ago
Mainly out of fear for the lengthy and ever-changing terms and condition on YouTube, I decided to post most of my videos on Bitchute first. Most of my videos are poorly edited anyway so I don't think they would generate much traffic even if I did start a YouTube channel.
Here's my current Bitchute channel if you're curious:
3 weeks ago
The introductory post mentions that certain dry beans are toxic in their raw state. I recently read in a post by Green Deane that the fully dry beans of the hyacinth bean plant require special preparation in order for the beans to be eaten. I am currently growing a variety of hyacinth bean and I want to make sure I don't poison myself from not cooking the fully dry hyacinth beans properly:
3 weeks ago

r ranson wrote:The biggest problem growing it so far north is the days are too long.  Cotton seems to be quite hardy with moisture and temperature variation, but it needs shorter days to be able to set the bolls.  

I'm thinking of trying it with some morning shade next year.  So it gets the sun at the heat of the day, but not so much light.

I wonder if this issue can be solved if there are day-neutral varieties of cotton. Corn and bean varieties from lower latitudes in Mexico tend to be photoperiod sensitive while corn and bean varieties from temperate latitudes in North America are more likely to be day-neutral. If there are day-neutral varieties of cotton available to home growers, then they may be more likely to set bolls during   long days than photoperiod sensitive cotton varieties.
1 month ago