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Kc Simmons

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Jordan Holland wrote:

Maybe I've been mislead, but I've read quite a bit about the ill-effects of inbreeding. Many genetic diseases come from a recessive trait, and repeated inbreeding greatly increases the chances of a double recessive.



Jordan, this is correct; however, in livestock, inbreeding is often done in an effort to identify these hidden recessives, which allows the breeder to cull the undesirable gene(s) from the herd and work towards having a bloodline which is homozygous for the desirable genes.
At the same time, outcrossing to an animal from a different line doesn't necessarily lower the chance of getting a "double recessive."
For instance, when I first started breeding rabbits I occasionally had cases of malocclusion show up in my litters, so I culled the stock with bad teeth and the stock that produced bad teeth and the issue was resolved within a few generations.
3-4 years later I brought in a new, unrelated buck and bred to the girls. The second generation after bringing him in I started seeing cases of malocclusion, again, in the animals descended from him. Had I not linebred closely, I would have had the gene circulating through the herd again, just waiting for the right opportunity to show up. While some may feel it's okay when the maladaptive genetics stay hidden, I prefer to identify them and cull them from the gene pool before they get spread out across the herd. Additionally, I don't want to potentially sell an animal that carries something undesirable to someone and end up damaging their line's gene pool by introducing the recessive.
1 day ago
I've had something similar happen with some apple juice from the store. One night I forgot to put it back in the refrigerator and left the bottle on the counter until the next morning, then put it back in the fridge. Few days later I went to pour another glass and noticed it was fizzy, so I smelled and tasted it.
It actually was pretty good; considering it was made from a $1 bottle of apple juice
2 days ago

john mcginnis wrote:
Hair my friends is a good source of slow release nitrogen. Sloooooow, like a year or two. The trick of course is supply. Your barber/stylist should be your best friend Permies.



Very true. I raise wool breeds of rabbits and like to use the damaged/soiled fiber in the gardens as mulch, under or mixed with the wood chips. It's a good slow release source of nitrogen that also helps to retain moisture.
Welcome, fellow Texan!
4 days ago
My guac recipe is fairly simple- just avocado, lemon or lime juice, and some garlic salt.
I tend to like it tangy, without any crunch.
4 days ago
Personally, I really like it!
I've learned that the most important opinion is your own; and you want to make sure you make your design where it's going to be convenient for you to access. One popular recommendation is to have the kitchen garden/beds close to the house/door, where it'll be easy to step outside and harvest what you need, without taking a lot of time (or, in my case, lower the risk of getting distracted by something else ).
Also, be cautious about the vines being close to the house. Not sure about your climate but, here, grape vines will easily consume buildings/structures in a single growing season.
Finally, I've found it's normal for a design to change as we continue to grow and learn. Each year I go over my observations and find things that I improve in order to make things more efficient and productive. The key, for me, has been to make sure the "big ticket" items, are effectively placed, such as trees that take so long to become productive. In the beginning I made the mistakes of planting some pecan trees too close to my septic system and had to remove them before they messed anything up, which meant I wasted a few years of growth towards a harvest since I had to start over with new trees. So now I try to consider the long-term scheme of things whenever I put in something semi-permanent.
These have just been things I've learned from my experience with permaculture design, but maybe some with more experience will chime in with critiques of your specific design.
4 days ago
Very cool! I've always planted the root ends and some have grown, but I never thought to check to see if there are any actual bulbs under the growth.
Great thread idea!
Things have slowed down with the heat, but I'm still getting some yard-long beans, cherry tomatoes, and ground cherries each day; as well as some peppers, squash & zucchini every few days.
Recently planted some sweet corn for a (hopeful) fall harvest, and am planning to sow some more cukes, summer squash, and bush beans for the fall garden (if the grasshoppers don't eat them as soon as they come up).
6 days ago
Welcome, Dre, and thank you for joining Permies!
1 week ago
Hi Tina,
You are not alone! I have probably close to a dozen roses I grew from cuttings that have been in pots for some years. In my experience, you should be able to transplant them to the ground and have them thrive.
Usually the best time to transplant is in the early fall or early spring. Before planting, water them well. Then remove the root ball from the pot and do your best to untangle as much of the root system as you can. Since it's likely that there will be roots break off, I usually trim the same amount from the top as there are broken roots (like if I lose/remove 25% of the roots, I prune 25-30% from the top growth (which I usually try to propagate into more plants). Since roots are constantly dying and regrowing, you don't need to untangle the whole root system, just enough to have some to spread out in the planting hole so they're growing away from the plant instead of circling it, like they do in the pot. As older roots die out and are replaced with new roots, the new ones should grow out, instead of around.

Despite their reputation for being finiky, many roses are actually quite durable, and can tolerate some abuse and neglect. I would totally try to transplant the ones you have before investing in new, younger plants. Even if you don't get a 100% success rate, at least you won't have to replace all of them. Good luck with the move and with the roses!
1 week ago