Barry Silude

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Virtually no frost (a few cold nights, but no frost). We do get some strong winds.
1 month ago
Hey all, having some issues with my mulberry and pomegranate - anyone able to help explain what is wrong / what they need (nutrients? Conditions?)
1 month ago
Thanks! So it sounds like I can't get away from that flavor, huh? What about the kimchi - sunroots ferment with that same terrible nuttiness?
2 months ago
I've seen people here talking about the invasiveness, the growth conditions, the *ahem* wind generation...

But my problem is this: I've grown two varieties (red fuseau and hypernova) and they taste identical: RIDICULOUSLY nutty / earthy. To me, they taste nothing like artichoke. At all.

I tried frying. Nope - still nutty. The wife tried making sunchoke pancakes, potato-pancake style. Nope.
We've tried to "hide" the flavor with citrus acid, or ketchup, etc. Not happening.

Is there any way to reduce the overwhelming, all-consuming "nutty" flavor? Perhaps a variety bred to not taste as nutty, or a cooking technique that removes that element?
2 months ago

paul wheaton wrote:

Barry Silude wrote:I didn't see about this until now. I was really interested in the early bird stuff. Shucks.

Possible to add that in for support at any higher tiers, perhaps?



Please help me to understand how we can do better at letting you know next time.



I actually found out about it on Facebook, I think. I pop in here mostly for specific info and insights on plants. I'm sure there's no problem in how well it was promoted here, I just wasn't here at the time, is all.
6 months ago
I didn't see about this until now. I was really interested in the early bird stuff. Shucks.

Possible to add that in for support at any higher tiers, perhaps?
6 months ago
Hey folks,

I'm living here in Zone 7b (North Alabama) and have been undertaking the food forest / forest garden project for the past year or so with gusto. My one concern as the corners of the property are more or less covered and I start moving toward the house: with mulch seeming like the be-all, end-all of food forestry for a permaculture soil solution (particularly here in North Alabama, where unamended soil is just red clay), should I be concerned about termites in the soil layer, and how close is too close - while I have termite bait stations around the house perimeter, I know they aren't 100% effective, and I don't want to create a target-rich environment for termites close enough to the home that it puts the house in danger.

Does anyone have experience with this?

7 months ago
UPDATE:

We've had some dry weather, but no improvement on the leaves.

Any other ideas?
7 months ago
Hey folks, I've got two separate figs undergoing two separate treacherous conditions. Each has been propogated from cuttings in coco coir and then placed in pots once rooted. Anyone able to diagnose? Don't know if viral, bacterial, fungal, or just some other byproduct of 2020 being 2020.

Thanks!
7 months ago
Recently planted and mulched into clay from bare-root, this asian pear tree was doing fine and loving life here in zone 7b...

...until it wasn't.

As you can see, the leaves are REFUSING (utterly refusing!) to uncurl, and it seems to be getting worse by the day. I can't tell if it is some byproduct of over/underwatering, or insects, or perhaps both...pear experts, lend me your opinions! The european pear I've planted just 10 feet away is doing fantastic.
7 months ago