Back in the day when we grew corn it was just an open pollinated corn that had been in the family and neighborhood for generations. Part went to the cows, horses and chicken part went for cornmeal, grits and hominy. All the same corn! Picked green for roasting ears or to cut off the cob to can for winter. We did grow some sweet corn but mostly ate the field corn. Some was dent, some flint, different colors. Some was called shoe peg, a dent with a nasty barb that would chew my hands up unless I used the sheller or another cob.
I have milled corn from the feed store for corn bread, just needed cleaned more than homegrown and cared for. Taste was OK. We once ground multigrain scratch and made bread! We are still here! Just did not think it was good enough to do again!
I plan on trying to buy corn in the field this year if I can find someone who does not grow GMO. That and the chemicals is what I would worry about. Buying direct from the farmer is the way to go.
I was hoping to find this thread! The oil press is on my to buy list. I was planning to grow kenaf and black oil sunflower as my feedstock but then I found out that kenaf's near cousin okra is better. Okra seed is 40% oil compared to just under 20% for kenaf. At average 7.7 lbs. per gallon it will take about 100 lbs of seed for a years worth of cooking. Okra has other advantages as well. It will grow to seed in shorter growing seasons, it has an edible pod as well as leaves, makes more seed per plant and is easier to shell out of the pod. As for what to put in the burner, When I first looked at this years ago it showed the woman using cooking oil. this time around I have seen lamp oil recommended. I don't want lamp oil that close to my food! Has anyone measured the temperature of the oil as it comes from the press? Piteba says it is cold press oil, others have raised droughts. 120 degrees is the top limit to be able to call it cold pressed. If you are going to cook with it I don't a problem, salad oil, maybe.
Interesting idea! Not sure if it would keep deer out if they know something good to eat in there. So far the only things I have found to keep deer out is a 7+ foot fence or a bullet, and they are never there when I have the bullet! Moringa can also be started from cuttings once you have some going. If you planted the next years sunflowers on the outside they would not take garden space. If okra will grow there you may try it's close cousin kenaf. The leaves are up to 34% protein and it has many of the same uses as industrial grade hemp.
seeds of both moringa and kenaf are available on eBay, both kind of pricey.
We, too, planted one bush in the early 70's, and there was one at my mothers on the other side of the 40 acres. We moved away for about 30 years. now mom's bush and ours are joined across and through the swamp! those 2 plants now "own" probably 5 or more acres! I wish we had planted kudzu instead, especially now that Raven has started the thread on making cloth for the fibers. All parts of kudzu are edible but I have read that all parts of wisteria are toxic. of course I have also read that dry beans and poke are toxic but have eaten both all my 67 years. Bottom line is I would never plant wisteria again! But probably will set out some kudzu soon!
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Daniel Hall wrote:Comfrey is always devoured by deer on my property. It is hard to believe that it could be so desireable to wild animals yet poisonous to others as animals have insticts about what is edible. Both comfrey and yarrow are great bioactivators for compost but they must be dried first as comfrey easily roots from the stem and is nearly impossible to eradicate once established as it has a large deep tap root. Yarrow runs underground like wildfire so make sure they can't invade other areas. I plant them in the mulch beneath my fruit trees and chop or pull and toss on top to dry. This is my preference and I don't expect everyone to want to use the same method with these persistent plants.
Thanks for the heads up about deer liking comfrey! I will have to watch my newly planted ones. I was not aware of any animals that comfrey is poisonous for. Certainly not humans, rabbits, or chickens. As for yarrow, I wish it would grow here that easily as it is a good medicinal as well.
I know this is late but Happy Birthday Landon!! Hope you had good one. I had my 5th birthday in Bellair which in 1955 was a small sort of rural town, as I remember it. Last time I was through Houston the only way I knew I had got to Bellair was the road sign! As I was cleaning in my shop today I found a toy my wife made and if y'all will pm your mailing address to me I will put it in the mail.
when the container of water gets to the bottom it could be dumped, raised back to the top, then refilled with a simple hand pump. You could use a good sized container this way. Or just use a block and tackle and/or a hand boat winch. This something I have played with in my mind for years, life keeps getting in the way seems like, but now that y'all have brought it up maybe I will get on with it! Somehow the fan or something needs to create enough drag to keep the weight from free falling too fast. Will be watching for more ideas.
Dillon Nichols wrote:
I have a hard time believing safety is the number one concern of a semi driver who reacts to a drafter by brake-checking them! Like I said, I always let them go if they flash their lights... so the brake checks have been with no prior 'go away' signal.
One reason semis don't like being drafted is it cuts their already low fuel mileage further
Do you have a source for this? I have always believed the opposite, as my smaller vehicle should act like a boat-tail of sorts, lessening the size of the dead-spot and resultant draft, which is a big part of their bad fuel mileage. Part of why I'm fine with people drafting me...
Only what I've been told by semi drivers over the years. It's like adding part the weight of your vehicle to their load for them to pull along I guess. and while safety may not be a real issue with them most truckers hate tailgaters as bad as I do. Just seems like they have no respect and don't know how to drive. My opinion anyway!
I've been interested to observe the folding aerodynamic improvement panels on the rear of some semis; I can feel a huge difference in the air turbulence behind these trucks, much smaller dead spot. Seems like a great addition to me... well, except from a drafters perspective!
According to Coe's comfrey web site comfrey is one of the few plants that have b12. He recommends making tea or using it in green drinks. Back in the 90's I think it was there was a tape that I listened to called "chalk in your cheerios" that said any thing ending in "ate" in not usable by the body. Calcium carbonate being the chalk in the cheerios. So maybe my chronic fatigue is from eating too many cheerios?!! and not enough comfrey!!!
Kay Bee wrote:As others have suggested, start with rainwater and store it in a large, dark cistern. If you are really concerned about virus contamination for your drinking water (cooking water will likely be boiled anyway...), a two step process through a slow sand filter then a ceramic filter should give you what you need. The ceramic filters are great if you are starting with water that is already low in impurities. The activated charcoal stops being useful after the first several hundred gallons or so, IMO, but the pore size will work as a filter indefinitely. Keep the filter system in a cool dark spot and it will clog even more slowly. A simple scrub of the outside of the filter get the flow rate back up again.
I change them out every 4-6 months to get the benefit of the activated charcoal on the taste of the water (currently using well water...can't wait til the rain-catch system is up and functional), but I keep the old filters for future use, if needed.
I just ordered one of the just water filters from Monolithic today. Ordered at 12:15 pm, at 3:03 pm got a message saying my shipment was on the way! Fastest company I ever dealt with! My springs are drying up for the summer so I will be having to use "pipe water" from the community water association that smells and tastes more like laundry bleach water than drinking water. Hoping the filter will make it more fit to drink.
If you are interested I will send you some seed from my true comfrey when I send your money tomorrow. Some folks are afraid of the true comfrey because it self sows so easily. I have some growing in a gravel walkway! But my rabbits, chickens and myself are in agreement, there ain't no such thing as too much comfrey! At least we are not there yet.
On Coe's comfrey site they say the #14 is not liked by rabbits or chickens. I'm skeptical as there is very little my chickens won't eat. Anybody have any experience with this? I plan to do my own research on this when your plants get big enough to start taking a few leaves from.
We have had both ducks and chickens as well as geese. They all ran together in the same large pen with no real problems, always somebody wanting to move up the pecking order, but no fights to the death! Right now we only have chickens. As far as which is easier I have not seen much difference. If/when I get back into ducks it will be Muscovys. I read somewhere that the name was Indian for mosquito eaters, don't know, always seemed to have skeeters anyway! Both will destroy a garden, even bantys, just slower. The wife does not like duck yuk, and it seems they think the very best place to go is just outside the house door, ours not theirs! I think if I was just starting out I would get a few of both and see what works.
What about crop rotation. The permaculture idea is that several plants in a space eliminates the need for rotation, so i could grow potatoes, clover, spearmint, foxglove, and raspberries in a plot year after year, disease free, right?
Do we know someone who's been doing that for 4-5 years at least?
If I remember right Paul G replants his potatoes right back when and where he harvests them, the biggest one goes back in. It has been a while since I watched him, so it may have been somebody else, but still with wood chips. That does not work for me because something eats them before time to come up, sometimes before I can dig them the first time! Do you have access to that much wood chips? I figured at 6" deep it would take about 10,000 cubic yards, less in meters, and less at 5" but that is a lot of chips!
Ok, yesterday, as promised, I did some broadcasting on chips. I decided just buckwheat would be a wasted opportunity, I went polyculture. That way we can test more seed at the same time. I put a little 13-13-13 and a mix of 12 parts( by measure not weight) cottonseed meal, 1 part basic slag, 1 part garden lime and 1 part dolomite lime, chopped in the chop side, not on the other. So here is the mix: buckwheat, chickpeas, red and brown lentils, rape, Florida broad leaf mustard, shogoin turnips, cherry belle radishes, castor beans (which I know will self sow on chips) black oil sunflowers, and my cow pea mix, which contains; Clark's peas, red rippers, Mississippi silver skin crowders, black crowders, and Mississippi pink eye purplehull. Part of the bed I left uncovered like it fell, the other part I rake/chopped in with a garden bow rake. Because it is so hot and dry right now I drug out the hose pipe and watered everything down good. Today I went back and added some true comfrey seed, just watered them in on both sides when I watered this afternoon. Comfrey will self sow into a gravel walkway so it should have no problems with chips! So I guess now we will wait and see what we will see when we see it! Will post pics when something comes up.
I did forget to mention that I had no clue what I was doing! This was before internet (yes, young ones, there was such a time!) so no videos and I had never seen a book about using a scythe, nor seen anybody using one, so I just picked it up and started swinging. Would be much better now.
Benjamin, you are right about my American not being set up right and not as sharp as it should have been. I have learned a lot more reading this thread than from any where else. I no longer have it or I would try tuning it like you have been telling on this thread. You are also right about the nibs on the Marugg snaths. They were not attached well and are flimsy to boot.
I got my scythes from The Marugg Company in Tracy City, Tennessee. We lived close enough to go and pick them up at the factory there. They measured me and custom fitted them to my height and arm length. I had used an American style before and it was heavy and awkward to use, required stooping over to get the blade lined properly with the ground. But the Austrian style is comfortable and very easy to use. I use a sickle when I need to do close work, got it from Marugg too. They have changed hands now and I think it is online only now.
I got started using wood chips after watching Paul G on YouTube. The power company was clearing the right of way here and I asked for the chips, got 20 loads or more free and dumped in my yard! That was 2 years ago and I still spreading. Worms have moved into the piles and I just move them to the garden with the chips. With fresh chips I rake a furrow and fill with soil/chicken yard siftings and plant into that with good results. Not doable large scale. Weeds can sure self seed into chips, no problem at all! I am still trying to plant into the soil under the chips in the larger garden, but will try broadcasting buckwheat on top of the chips tomorrow. Will rake some in and leave others on top to see what happens. I don't think the worms would have any trouble taking leaves and such down into the chips. The nitrogen loss is only if you plow/ dig in the chips, mix them into the soil. If you just put the on top it won't be as much of a problem. I add lime and cottonseed meal anyway so I don't see any symptoms of n shortage.
When I was a kid, my brother and I would make hominy in an old cast iron wash pot over a fire in the back yard. For some reason we used Arm and Hammer baking soda instead of lye or lime Probably our folks figured lye was too dangerous for kids use ( I agree, now!) and being a city girl ma may have thought ashes were too "dirty" to be in food. Whatever the reason, it worked. We would fill the pot with maybe 1/3 corn then fill with water and add a pound or two of the baking soda. And then, boil, boil, boil! This was a long project as I remember it, most of the day and some times half the night, maybe why it was a once a year deal. After the corn was swelled up and splitting the hulls we would dip it into a bucket and take it to the kitchen sink and rub it until most of the hulls were gone. Then part of it went into jars the be water bathed fer 3 more hours and the rest went back into the pot in the yard to finish cooking till done. We used the corn we grew, which was an old dent corn that had been in the family for 3 generations or more. Mostly yellow with red and striped colors mixed in. Did not know anyone that grew white corn at the time and wondered how they got the store bought hominy white! Ours tasted better anyway!
Many years ago I was remodeling a house in Athens Tenn. and they had lemons growing their yard that had been bearing for a long time, good lemonade! I took some seedlings home to the top of Cagle mtn. in Sequatchie county but never got fruit. The Myeres Improved Lemon is supposed to be frost hardy and I have one here in Miss. but in the greenhouse so far. I plan to try coffee here also, both inside and out.
I like Bamboo for comfort. It feels like silk/cashmere. I used to sell the fiber for hand spinners, also t shirts but my supplier sold out to another company. I am wearing a t shirt right now that is made from 70% bamboo and 30% organic cotton. The bamboo is organic also as there are no chemicals used for growing it. Also, it is not the bamboo that the pandas eat so we are not wearing their breakfast! Just Google bamboo cloths or better www.duckduckgo.com they do not track you like Google.
Kenaf will grow anywhere cotton or okra will grow as it is kin folks. I have grown kenaf in Tennessee and now in south Mississippi. Seed is available on eBay. My kenaf plants went over 20' this past year! I have not tried to make anything with it yet. Rachel Boone, aka Mrs Daniel Boone, found that nettles would replace flax when the settlers of Kentucky ran out of flax.
I hope you have found your beans by now! I got velvet beans on ebay last year from someone in FL. Planted Feb. 3, first frost Nov. 25 and still no dry beans! So I would try ebay if you still need some.