J Davis

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I think sepp would say use a 5 gallon bucket and a rope. A bucket a day.
3 days ago
Very good start!

Some other considerations:
Walking onion
Tree collards
Beauty berry
Osage orange
Wild strawberry, mocker/Indian strawberry
Wild lettuce
Wild spinach
Broadleaf plantain
Rose of Sharon
Queen annes lace

Invasives (if already present)
Autumn olive
Porcelain berry

All kinds of herbs/medicinal

My suggestion is hire a local forager for a hundred bucks to walk your land in late spring. The volunteers you learn will pay for it!

Apologies if any were in your list and I overlooked.
1 month ago
Dont do right after it rains. The rain washes off the acetic acid and salts.

Its easy to store like a hanging herb otherwise.
1 month ago

Anita Martin wrote:You must be my twin!
I have done the same over the last days.
I have used cucumbers that look almost like yours and some others with a yellowish-white skin (I guess the plants crossed last year).

Anyway, I also had them on the counter until today. I also added some vine leaves and mustard seeds.

When I tasted them today they were perfect.
Unfortunately I am the only one in the family who likes fermented food (my husband will sometimes eat kimchi and eldest daughter shares kefir with me, but that's it).
I have gifted some of the pickles to two of my neighbours but still have three glasses in the fridge.

That doesnt sound too bad. My brined pickles are a family favorite. They go too fast. But at least I am the only one the drinks the juice :-)
Look at pics of paper mulberry as well. Leaf angle in pic makes it hard to say.
1 month ago
Does the trifolate orange bear fruit currently?

If not, might be a sign that overstory clearing would be beneficial. Thinning the pines could be easist. The acorns from the oak would help support ecosystem diversity squirrels, deer, etc

Have you researched the usefulness of the species you are removing? You might consider flagging a few well placed of each current variety to keep.

The species you mentioned replacing them with are more susceptible to various maladies. Ie, higher maintenance.

As for the task at hand, a bobcat with brush clearer on the front would likely be fastest way. If you can find native varieties of target species, that could help keep maintenance reasonable.

Other understory species to consider: pawpaw, persimmon, wild plum, blueberry, huckleberry.
1 month ago
I am attempting this approach in East tn.

I think of it as optimized foraging. I apply permaculture techniques to shaping the land so the water soaks in and spreads out.

I let areas "go" quite a bit, then I chop and drop around the most useful volunteers.

Getting creative with food prep helps in making wild stuff more interesting to eat.

Wild greens - pesto with foraged nuts, ferment into kraut
Native fruit trees - pick when green and ferment, or make jelly
Alliums - roasted/soups/etc.

Using what you have requires thinking differently than shopping at farmers market for perfect specimens.

Soak, sprout, ferment, soup, grind, etc

2 months ago
Daron, I know you like wild edibles so am curious if you also cultivate pigweed (wild spinach).

It is easy to grow, nutritious, and self seeding.
2 months ago
Looks like a young black walnut. They grow fast and are generally useful. They do emit a substance to suppress competition which impacts what will grow near them. But the nuts are nutritious and store well. There are medicinal qualities as well.
2 months ago

Yes online prices are gringo prices mostly. Plus, you need to see the land and the surroundings.

Are you able to go rent in an area of your interest? Local networking is best way to get beyond gringo pricing in Latin America.

Ecuador and costa rica are nice too.