J Davis

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Judson Carroll wrote:Southern Appalachian Herbal Podcast Episode 3, All About Bitters
In This episode, I talk about how I found Herbal Digestive Bitters helpful for my asthma, discuss the history and uses of bitters and how to make your own.



Judson! Thanks so much for posting here. Great podcast. Count me among your new followers. Am down the hill to the west of you on the tn side of the line in Appalachia.
1 week ago

Jordan Holland wrote:What herbs, food, lifestyle changes etc. are good for treating gout?

I have battled this and found great results.

#1 for me is avoiding triggers. For me it turned out to be solanine sensitivity. So tomatoes, nightshades, blueberries, etc

#2 is flush the colon. Magnesium citrate, psyllium husk,  prune juice

#3 is alkaline foods. Cherry, dark cherry, beet juice, spirulina, alfalfa. Fish oil.

Hope my regimen helps you. I have used it for 15 years and have good management of the issue now.
1 week ago
It is more like grapefruit concentrace and its pretty shelf stable.

To get the most juice, put the fruit in freezer for a few hours then thaw, repeat as needed. It breaks down the pulp, releases more juice, and generally results in a more pleasant juice.

Never had a bad reaction to it.
4 weeks ago
For what its worth, I dont think you damaged a spring.

More likely, you found a shallow underground runoff.

It might mean you could have a wet weather pond in that spot, but it would likely dry up some (or all) in summer.

You have both contour and soil types to experiment with. Have fun with it. Keep going and trust your instincts. Paul's video on world domination gardening has enough info to give direction on both. I recommend it.

And I love your take on the volunteers trees. But do look around and see which ones take over but dont produce food. Got autumn olive?

All the best
1 month ago
I think sepp would say use a 5 gallon bucket and a rope. A bucket a day.
2 months 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.
3 months 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.
3 months 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.
3 months 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.
3 months ago