denny hall

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Building a homestead from scratch on 8 acres of brambles, rocks and hard clay. Years of construction experience and responding to the genetic call to return to the land.
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North Central North Carolina Zone 7B
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I have a 1,500 gallon tank so a slow pump rate is not a problem but I will have less than 40 feet of lift, about 30 feet at the tower.  That little 24v solar pump may just be what I need.  
2 months ago
Thank you for making the spreadsheet available, a lot of data to review but very impressive scope of work.  

Chris Holcombe wrote:I grow quite a few figs. A few varieties are in the ground and the rest are in pots being trialed. Desert king, ronde de bordeaux, takoma violet and black spanish are in the ground. I’m trialing malta black, kadota, lsu purple, alma and violet de bordeaux. All of them are common type figs except for desert king. That’s a san pedro type that overwinters a breba crop on last years wood. The downside of this is every pruning cut reduces your next crop. The main crop on desert king needs the fig wasp to pollinate it or they fall off. The breba crop on it is really good though.

Characteristics I’m looking for are early fruit, common type so I can prune them any way I want and excellent taste. The bordeaux varieties supposedly have an interesting complex taste that I’m looking forward to trying. I generally go for the berry type figs but I haven’t had a fig I don’t like.

I’ll know more in a few weeks when the trial ones fruit and more next year when they’re a little stronger. I’m struggling to keep them watered though the heat wave and they’re dropping their fruit sometimes.

Varieties that might do well for you Steve are malta black and ronde/violet de bordeaux. They’re early and I think they have a closed eye. I don’t know for sure yet because I haven’t had any ripen so far. I just rooted them last year so they’re young. If you want more varieties to try I’d check out Ross in Philadelphia. He has a YouTube channel and a google spreadsheet where he details the characteristics of many varieties.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1i3l2K21bbaAkHjmSnqPX4yvoWEYJ7-YjHOtMPFoe1ME/edit

There’s a lot of varieties available. You can root them pretty easily by cuttings. I’m sure you’ll be able to find a variety that does well in your climate.

2 months ago
Perhaps you should get a couple of cuttings and try them elsewhere to see if it just didn't like that spot. ;-)
2 months ago
Interesting discussion.  When I get to move onto my land I am thinking of the breed.  From recollection I believe the live weight to meat ratio was higher with this breed versus larger cattle.  Is it true the "horned" strain is heartier and more suited to homestead conditions?  I seem to remember something along that line.  I know there are some here in NC selling grass-fed dexter and I will make it a point to get to know them.  Most of my neighbors have larger breeds but for the homestead a smaller carcass to deal with make sense for me.  
2 months ago
Personal preference, what is small and crowded to one is overly spacious to another.


To paraphrase: I once complained about the size of my tiny home until I met a homeless man...

2 months ago
i could not find any of the brown turkey or celeste.  i believe they ar ethe recommended ones on the NC agri site.
 I did get one called "biblical fig and another called "hunt".  I may have lost one of them in the overgrowth, as one of my brothers planted the missing one and the jungle is coming back.  It may still be alive out there somewhere


My brother has a well established fiig tree but not sure of the variety.  I have been watching YT videos on propagating from cuttings but still not clear on the best time to take them.  I'm all ears for advice.  I'm still clearing land but I did plant somewhere between 40-60 trees and shrubs in my future food forest area but in some areas the kudzu and brambles seem to be winning, at least for now.  It will be survival of the fittest for now.  FT time job is slowing me down but once I can get my fences up I will subdivide sections and bring in pioneer clearing equipment.
3 months ago
What type of figs are you growing?
3 months ago

alex Keenan wrote:I do something similar however I use silica beads with indicator to dry the seeds.
http://www.southernexposure.com/orangetogreen-color-indicating-loose-silica-gel-beads-28-g-p-1295.html

I than store my seeds in mason jars as you do however, I tape a humidity strip that changes color at 5% and 10% relative humidity to the inside of the jar facing out.
I add seed to jar and add silica beads with indicator to a Drawstring Muslin Bag placed into with the seeds to keep the humidity within the proper range.
http://www.southernexposure.com/drawstring-muslin-bags-supply-p-1139.html

Legumes should be above 5% and less than 10%
Other seeds that can be dry should be below 5%

I store seeds in a cool place. Many dried seeds can be frozen.

Lower moisture and temperature will allow the seeds to remain viable longer.



Looks like those products no longer available at Southern Exposure.  Looking elsewhere to learn more about this idea...
We call it a potato rake 'round here, handy tool...
3 months ago