Ed Waters

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We have a lot of both of these on our property here in Down East Maine.  Does anyone have a suggestion on uses for either of these.  The sweet fern in general and the cones specifically?

Thanks
Whatever you decide to do I can assure you of one thing.  As soon as you buy it all it will start to rain.  Happens every time.  
2 weeks ago
I'm kind of out of my league on the gasoline pumps since we never have used one.  Here are the specs for the electric pump

https://www.waterpumpsdirect.com/Wayne-PLS100-Water-Pump/p2771.html?gclid=CjwKCAjwlZf3BRABEiwA8Q0qqwnuKdgNM-_R0d3m54gN_XKC4MobzJpdKUSqFCTcmiId4V4xkcQ9oBoCtJYQAvD_BwE

We only used the electric for overhead watering on our salad greens.  Tomatoes squash berries we dripped and we used the water supply from the house.   We had to put a pressure regulator on it or it would blow all the fittings.  Really doesn't take much water at all.  The amount of water going through a gasoline motor is huge and if you have a large operation you will need one.

Cristo is 100% correct good ones are expensive and if you are going to use it a lot get a good one.  If you get one with a Honda engine they can run 1500 dollars.  

2 weeks ago
Totally agree on the Wayne pump.  I have used ours for years.  You cannot use regular extension cords.  I had some 12 Gauge? from a contractor neighbor that worked easily out to 200 feet.

In our new place the pond is further than the 200 feet.  I am thinking of buying a small generator like a Generac and use that to run the pump.  I could also use it for the house when the power goes out.  

We used orchard tubing which is really cheap and we ran two sprinklers at a time.
2 weeks ago
Going to be interested to hear some of the replies you get.  I'm doing the same thing but have tried a couple of different tactics to get it to sprout.  So far the best seems to be wrapped in a wet paper towel in a plastic bag in a dark cabinet.  Less than 3 weeks and I can see some growth.  I have some in composted manure and then more in a coir based substrate.  I kept those two on a heat mat at 75 for the same amount of time.  Not much going on there.  I bought the ginger from someone on ebay.  It really was gorgeous and fresh.  What I have read says don't expect too much for a month.

A question I do have is the pieces all have an end where they were broken off from the main plant.  That end tends to mold a little bit.  I have been cutting it off leaving a fresh raw end.  Is this the smart thing to do?
1 month ago
Some other alternatives you may want to consider since that sounds like a heck of a lot of money.  We currently cut about 1.5 acres with a push mower.  Work on it about an hour or less a day.  It has a grass catcher so we have all the mulch we need.  Using it in the hugels mixed with wood chips and manure as well.  BCS has a cutter bar for some of the areas that don't get attention.  Brush mower is around 1K.  On our old property we had 2 riding mowers to keep up.  Trying to get by with much less.  The expenses on those 2 were ridiculous.  I know some like to fix their own equipment.  I'm not good at it so any solution involves avoiding something that is always in need of attention.
1 month ago
We both enjoy sorrel particularly as a pesto.  Make a lot and freeze it.  Variety is profusion which is trademarked by Richters in Canada.  It will not bolt, and does really well right on through the summer.  Usually the first edible in Spring in Zone 5.  We recently moved and dug up some and took it a long.  Didn't miss a beat.
1 month ago
Bush varieties have worked well for us in pots.  White Bush Lebanese in particular.  They are pretty quick.  
1 month ago
That helps a lot.  Thank you very much.  
2 months ago