So the first two photos are of the pot grown chestnuts I mentioned before. I planted the nuts in the pots around mid Feb, once the radicals had emerged. I planted about 12 out with the ones I direct seeded, we will see at the end of the year which does better. The nuts I direct seeded are at the most an inch high, the Chestnuts in pots are about 1.5' all ready we will see if they suffer any transplant shock. The roots were not bound in the slights, on some of them you could see fine white hairs at the bottom of the pot.
The last photo is of two chestnuts I seeded into 5gallon buckets, they are by far the largest!!
UPDATE- Well Tom at Red Fern Farm were I got the seed nuts told me -"The wire covering is very important to protect the nuts not only from rodents, but even raccoons and deer--however, the squares on the hardware cloth are too small for the seedlings to grow through. If they do grow through they may be girdled by late summer, or, at the very least, severely damaged when you remove the wire. It's OK to leave the hardware cloth on for now, but you should switch to chicken wire before the seedlings start to emerge in the spring (probably April). The chicken wire isn't absolutely 100% protection, but it works pretty well for deer, raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, and even mice. You can leave the chicken wire on until the following spring when it's time to dig up the seedlings and put them in their final locations."
Now last year I grew some chestnut seedlings from some nuts I collected from a random tree I found growing at my parents land in central KY. Most of those seedlings did not get more then 1.5 ' high. I then remembered that I had purchased seedlings from Tom and planted them the same time I planted the random seeds. The trees from Tom averaged 3' high at the end of there first year!
I decided to follow Toms recommendation. So the beginning of April I removed the mulch. To my disappointment the chestnuts had sprouted and tried coming up thru the mulch! I would say all together I broke about 1/3 of the tops off removing the mulch and even more changing the wire out.
I have tried growing chestnuts from seed 4 different ways this year direct seed, 5 gal bucked, bed method, 9x4" pots. My favorite method so far for plant vigor and ease of planting would be the pot method.
So on a quest to eat only pastured meat and more organ meat I found a local farm that raises 100% grass fed beef. There ground beef is like $6 a lb but I found that I could buy liver and heart for $3 a lb! So I have been experimenting with feeding the heart and liver to my family. I found that if I ground the heart in my hand grinder just as I would deer meat then it is almost indistinguishable from ground beef. I just ground the whole thing. The liver is to tough and strong even for me to enjoy it took me a while longer to figure that one out. What I finely ended up doing was grinding the liver and putting it in ice cube trays then adding it a cube or or two at a time into dishes.
My newest concoction has been to mix curry, about 1lb ground liver and spices let it soak for a couple hours, serve over rice or potato. That is by far the best way I have found.
So Mark Shepard gave me this idea at an Acres USA conference. Cut the bottom out of your 5Gal bucket replace with 1/2x1/2" hardware cloth, fill with your choice of growing mixture (I used 1 part each of peat moss, perlite and local "soil").
Plant your nut seeds cover with hardware cloth, bury the bucked up to the lip then cover with mulch until spring. Sorry no before photos....
It was back in 2013 at an Acres USA Conference that I first heard talk of growing chestnuts from none other then Mark Shepherd. Last year I planted some in buckets from limited seed nuts that I found here on a tree locally. I put about 30 per bucket, I had a good survival rate but the seedlings did not get to big and I think it was due to the competition of being in the 5g bucket's.
This year I have stepped it up a notch! I ordered seed from http://www.redfernfarm.com/ I received about 500 F2 crosses between Chinese chestnut varieties 'Qing' and 'Auburn Super' the seed nuts were huge a it was suggested that the trees these nuts produce could have even larger nuts. This year I made a bed for the new chestnuts, they have been in the bottom of my fridge since about November. The bed is about 12" below the soil line, I filled it with peat moss, vermiculite, composted horse poo, some rabbit poo and a couple buckets of sand, I also added some of the local top soil back to the bed to try and bulk it up. The idea was I wanted to give these seedlings room to grow with out so much competition. I then marked the wood on each end and made 8 rows about 6" spacing. The bed dimensions are 6'x24"
I have some extra Black Locust seedlings and I am looking to spread the wealth! I have an extra couple hundred I am letting go for $5 for 20 plants,you pick them up I am in Louisville. Send Me a Purple Mosseage
Elena, I recently purchased land an hour East of Bowling Green Ky about an hour from the TN border. Land prices are very reasonable there I purchased mine for a little over 1200 an acre for 16 acres. The people there are very open and supportive of people doing "weird" stuff like Permaculture and living in tents. Your suggested community sounds like a great place! I am working on an off grid cabin using salvaged and reclaimed materials, putting in a food forest and hugelkultur beds.
About me- I am a 32yo, White, Christian man separated soon to be divorced with 2 boys. I strongly desires to live a life of voluntary simplicity in service to God by tending to the soil and his creation. I desire to create a self sufficient farmstead relying on the community for things I can not produce myself.
Wow hard to believe it was almost 5 months ago I wrote that! Well My wife is doing much better after doing a Gerson Therapy type detox and a wake up call to eat better. The cabin is coming along quite nicely. I am planning on moving back the first of March I have everything I need to complete the cabin. My sister has lent me her pop up camper to stay. I went back to the original plan of 24x24. O ya, forget regular raised beds I'm doing hugelkultur!!
Thank you all for you feed back, incite and story's! My friend with the pups used observation to pick out the in his opinion the "best one" for us. As we were in Iowa and were unable to do any observation on our own.
So I am proud to present Maddock he is 10 weeks old....
Now I just need to master the
homemade dog food thing.....
Thank you every one for your feed back and Kathryn for your wonderful photo. We have tentatively decided on a male. The comments posted here plus what I determaned biased on online research was that personality has more to do with each individual dog then there gender. We are going with a male mainly because if it excapes it will not returned knocked up.
We are currently out of state from our friend with the puppy's so we asked him to hold back what he precived to be the best male. We wil see.....
I have a friend who has a litter available. I am unsure of what gender would be best for us.
- We have young children
- We have chickens would like to get goats next year and may be a cow some day.
- We have 16 acres
I am not to thriled about having an animal that can not relive them selfs. So I as thinking should I spay or neuter?
I have been collecting Thorn less HL seeds letting them soak in slightly cooled just boiling water, waiting for them to swell then starting them in post.... If you cant find any TL HL seeds around town check here-
Ben Stallings wrote:Thanks for the clarification, William. I watched the video and read the article, but it's not clear to me whether there is an advantage to true comfrey for those of us not planning to use it medicinally. Does it make better mulch? Is it better for the pollinators? Or is it mainly the medicinal use that makes true comfrey preferable? Thank you again.
That is my question also; I watched the video and read the posts but which is better? The bocking #4 Russian comfrey from coescomfrey.com or the "True" comfrey?
Does anyone have any experience or ideas on how to hang the second floor joist's with out those special anchors? We are using full demention salvaged oak 2x6's. There are more photos here at - http://www.facebook.com/NarrowRidgeFarmstead
Thank you just taking it one day at a time and see what happens. Here are some photos of my son's planting a tree over there placenta's, when we moved out there we lost or access to a freezer so we had to something with them quick as my wife did not want it in the cooler lol
I was looking into the "Back to Eden" method of very heavy mulching gardens and orchards they were also talking about the benefit of having stones in the soil. There are so many "truths" in this world we must unlearn especially from industrial agriculture.
I have never heard of this before but it sounds like a great idea. Does anyone have experience planing trees on or near Hugelkultur beds? On the property I bought this past spring the former owners clear cut the ridge about 5 years ago and left the trees were they lay... don't ask me why but they will make great Hugelkultur beds!!