Well my water is a mix of a couple of sources. My system is in a small green house and I have a dehumidifier that dripped in the sump tank while I was building the system and filled it buy the time I got the system built, the fish tank was filled with city water, and the rest came from our gold fish pond. Good point on the lime juice I definitely want my bacteria. Thanks again for all the advise.
Hey Alex, in hind sight I probably didn't need a radial flow filter for this system I guess I just got caught up in building stuff but I figured that since that is where most of the solids will end up it could be a good home for a couple of crayfish, and your probably right about the snails they could just go wherever they wanted. I am planning on putting red worms in as soon as the plants get a little growth on them. While we are at it do you Alex or anybody else have any thoughts or info on natural/organic inputs to help add nutrients to the system, I've read of some people using egg shells and lime juice to control PH and using dried banana peels for potassium, what about potash and other soil amendments would they work and be safe for the fish?
I have recently finished setting up my first aquqponics system. It is a 55gl food grade plastic drum for a sump tank in the ground, 55gl drum for a fish tank a 55gl drum cut in half for two ebb and flow beds and a round plastic tub about half the size of the drums as a radial flow settling tank it has an 800gph pump. I am using goldfish to start and have about 22 about 2 inches long. I plan on this being a challenge and probably have some failure along the way with ph swings, nutrient problems and anything else that could go wrong and I will learn and carry on but I have a couple of questions if anybody has the advice to give. First would it be of any benefit to add a couple of crayfish to the fish tank and the radial flow filter to help further break down the solids. Second would water snails be any benefit to the system. Third how many more beds do you think I could add to this system. And of course any other advice would be appreciated.
Yes im thinking it may be a little of both, bell peppers in my garden that got near full sun slowly shriveled and died but i have one left that gets shade in the afternoon and its pretty big but hasnt produced so next year im going to try afternoon shade and richer soil because like i said before i have some banana peppers that get to much shade and are small but still manage to put out a couple of good size peppers. Its just so dang hot here we have just had our first break from 104 to 110 heat indexes in 80 percent humidity
Thank you for the replies and I am glad to see its not just me. I think i'll try one more time come spring and make sure to position them for maximum sun and if that doesn't work then its on to something new
I was just wondering if their is some kind of difference in growing hot peppers and sweet peppers.I grow jalapenos, cow horn and pablanos but I cant grow a bell pepper to save my life. I even had two banana peppers that did pretty well even though they got a little to much shade. Am i missing something?
Thank you Jay for the info, I have a lot of learning to do but from the little I've read about the two and pics I'm really interested in the Kiko, they have a very nice look to them but of course thats not a deciding factor, but they do have a tough look to them I wonder do they have attitude to match cause that could be an issue.
I am starting to educate myself on raising goats, but I can't find much about what species of goat is best in what climate. Does anybody have any suggestions on what type of goat would do well in zone 8 in the middle of Alabama. We have hot humid summers with many 100+ days and winters are cool with only a few days getting into the 20s. There main purpose would be for land clearing and meat on a farm thats organic and some form of permaculture. It will be a couple of years before this happens I am just looking for some guidance on what types to keep in mind when this ball starts rollin.
I spread white clover over my entire garden last year due to the heat down here i'm using it as a living mulch the only problems I have noticed are that you have to keep it clear of young plants until they rise above the clover, even my carrots and onions have outgrown the clover, it doesn't seem to bother taller plants at all. It also has really brought in the pollinators.
No its not all dirt and seeds its a lot of dirt and a lot of seeds thats my part my wife is the financial knowledge. She has the business school thing behind her, my brain seems to be on the creative side im only good when im working outside with wood, plants, broken vehicles or animals.
Thank you Jennifer for the advice and I'll take all I can get, your right about the info on my fundraiser it does need more information and I am working on it. As far as egg laying chickens I only have five adults and to chicks right now that produce four to five eggs a day but at the rate we eat eggs they provide us with all the eggs we usually need and provide eggs for two other family's on our street, when the two chicks are grown that would make six to seven eggs a day so we may add a third person thats getting eggs. As far as our garden production goes its been hit or miss mostly due to just trying to learn what plants would work in this climate and getting the diversity right to minimize pest damage, although this year is looking promising, we have mixed in wildflowers, clover and chick weed was a big volunteer this year so if things continue the way they are now I should be able to get some good numbers this year. But yes there is a lot more information to be added for instance land prices vary from $3000 an acre far out from town to up to $10,000 near town. So i'm looking outside of town trying to find about five acres outside of town for around $25,000, the rest will be divided up between dirt works, water and electrical. I would think that $50,000 wouldn't cover everything but on the upside our family is tight knit and my father is in if I can get this project rolling he will be willing to start investing to help bring it the rest of the way.
Hello everyone, I have been on permies for a while and would just like to let everyone know that I have set up a GOFUNDME account to help me and my family raise money to start a permaculture farm. The only thing people grow around our town are hay and cotton, the produce stands around here usually go to the northern part of the state to larger farmers markets to get their produce to sell so there is almost no true local produce. there is an abundance of land around the outskirts of town that are cheap because they are to hilly for grazing or the kind of home site traditional builders are looking for but would be great for permaculture. Me and my family are ready to take the next step our backyard is filled to capacity, I sit in bed at night reading until the battery on my laptop dies, I practice permaculture as close as I can in my flat backyard and the urge to go full scale is driving me up the wall. I do understand that this is a long term goal up to ten years or more. So if anybody around these parts feels they could spare a couple of dollars to help make this farm a reality it would be appreciated more than you know. Just the thought of working the land, teaching others about permaculture, bringing fresh produce to market, and doing my part to help heal the earth almost brings me to tears.....oooh man OK enough babble but if youd like to donate hopefully this link will work. Thank you for taking the time to read this post. [url=]GOFUNDME[/url]
Yes its drip lines I just use a large kiddy pool for the chickens water and I have a transfer pump that I hook up to the drip line when I want to clean the chicken pool, and the rain water I have a 65 gl water barrel that catches the water off the back of my house and right now I just use a 3 gl watering can but thinking about making a short hose with 2 male ends and then I could hook the transfer pump to the rain barrel as well. Although I do from time to time have to flush the drip line by removing the end cap because the chicken coop water isnt filtered so it does clog every once in a while, still thinking about how to fix that little problem.I have 300 ft of drip line just to empty the chicken pool into the garden.
Justin you are absolutely right it did help I mean the ground here was literally rock hard you could barely chip the ground with a shovel when I first started even with the tiller you'd be lucky to get 2 inches down. I guess I was just trying to say when you have done everything you know to do sometimes its time to just sit back and wait and let nature fix itself. My thoughts on letting the weeds and flowers take over the garden is in the deep south it gets SOOOOOO hot that I don't think even heavy mulch is enough to stop the sun from baking the soil, so my theory is a dense cover of foliage will keep the sun from ever reaching the soil period creating a sort of micro climate under the plants. As far as pictures I will have to dig around for old pics although I know I have some because I have posted a couple of times with pics of my tomato plants dying from root knot nematodes, and im waiting on the weather to improve to take new pics its been raining for 2 weeks straight here, saw the sun for the first time today so I suspect their is about to be a growth spurt about to happen, but I will get some up here soon.
I just wanted to make this post so that maybe other new gardeners could take something from it and make their gardening experience more enjoyable. I started getting serious about gardening about seven years ago and I started with hard red alabama clay, the first couple of years I tilled in organic matter in the fall and it didnt seem to help much then I went to no till and just mulched the surface to death and things started to get a little better. I still wasn't getting plants to grow the way I thought they should and insects where killing everything it was a never ending battle. I used every kind of organic spray and trick to try and keep them under control but there was no winning. Next I started using only rain water and the chickens water when it got to dirty for them and I also sprinkle the chicken manure around the garden, still not quite where I wanted it to be, and still an endless army of insects attacked. Finally this year I decided to change my strategy one more time I went out and bought clover and a variety of different wildflowers and sprinkled them throughout the garden. All the plants came up along with a lot of chick weed but I didnt bother any of it, when it came time to plant I pulled what was in the way and planted my vegetables and just let it go. Now that I have done all this wasps and other predatory insects have come in droves to my garden and by the time I see caterpillar poop on a leaf the wasp have already taken care of it. Now all I have to do is make a quick walk threw the garden and yank what ever weed is getting a little to pushy and everything is looking great, its never looked this good. Now my only problem is I go out and pull a couple of weeds back and in 15 minutes im done and im looking around for something else to do because its taking care of itself. I guess im just saying that if you copy nature and let it do its job all you are left with is giving the plants you want a little nudge and the ones that are ground cover a little trim. I'll have to get some pictures together to post on this thread to see what people think about it, ANYWAYS thank for reading
OK so after you lead me in the long horned beetle direction I think I have found, it it seems to be a zebra long horned beetle which live in dead pine tree stumps and dont appear to do anything in the garden accept eat pollen and nectar so I guess the are welcome for now. Thank you for the info to get me headed in the right direction.
Yes they are in my garden but they are flying around the plants the same way the wasp are kinda of like they are looking for a meal, but I live in the middle of a large neighborhood so im not sure if its locust borer are not they do look similar but the markings are different so im not sure
Can someone help identify this insect, I have lots of paper wasp taking care of caterpillars but now these have shown up in huge numbers they are scanning the plants just like the wasp do but havent seen them around before and cant find them on the internet, so does anybody know if they are good guys or bad guys ??
I have a question. I bought a cherry tomato hybrid four years ago and saved the seeds and each year I planted and kept seeds from the best plants each year now I have a stable plant that the seeds reproduce the same kind of plant each year so the question is, is there a name for this tomato or do I just make up a name for them and call them my own. would like to know people thoughts on this.
Thank you everyone for the input, just a little more info, when I bought the two peach trees which are to different varieties, they where already over six feet tall yet a little scrawny and I have had them for three years now and are approaching a six inch diameter trunk, so I would think that they are getting close to mature and close by I have two apple trees I planted last year.
Funny you should ask if I enjoyed the peach because it was one that fell off the tree and was rotten, and I have had the two peach trees for three years now and I cant seem to get fruit with any meat on them I just get stones with pretty much just the skin, I have tried thinning the fruit by about half so it could put its energy into the rest and I try to keep dead leaves and grass clippings around the trees to improve the clay soil but still no edible peaches any thoughts on that while we are at it ? I guess I should have started with these questions before worrying about the sappling
I have two peach trees which are different varieties and I saved a pit from one and now have a two year old baby mystery peach. My question is what the heck should I do with it, should I plant it with the others, plant it away from the others, or give it away or sell it and if I did the last two what would you call this peach tree since there is no way of knowing what it is going to do when it goes to fruit, anybody have any thoughts or suggestions about this, my only problem is a dont have a big enough yard to plant everything and just wait and see what happens.
I have never had as many ant as you do but I did have a ant colony move into my garden one time and made it almost impossible to do anything in the garden without getting bit so I started boiling water and pouring into the mound it would kill alot of them and the next day I would find a trail were the survivors started moving the colony and I would do it again it took about three times before they got the hint or I killed enough of them that they couldnt rebuild either way be careful boiling water doesnt feel good when it splashes back on your legs and I was using 2 to 3 gallon of water at a time
Joshua it seems we could have a lot in common, Im not a man of many words but it has always seemed to be true that I have shed more tears for the planet the land and the animals than I have for people that have passed away around me, but dont get me wrong I loved the people that passed away it just seems that the land speaks to some of us on a very deep level that some people just dont understand and I doubt that I could really make someone else understand what it is lord knows I havent been able to explane it to my wife.
I had a row of Black beauty eggplant this year and had one plant that was bigger than the rest and produced a large amount of fruit so I let one of the fruit grow as big as it could get on the plant and then brought it in and air dried the seeds they dried well didnt shrivel and stayed light colored and I was so excited because it had a thousand seeds to sprout give away and trade but now im worried I cant get any of them to sprout. Im not sure what to do I have started all my other seeds for my garden but this eggplant and a couple of habenaro are the only thing I cant get to grow. Please somebody tell me the secret to growing eggplant from seeds ops:
Thanks for the feed back amanda, I have got this quality down to about a foot, this area is about 8 years old, had to start with tilling the first two years to break into the clay then after that it was just massive amounts of leaves and grass clippings as mulch year after year, I did buy a bag of worms and spread across the area when I decided to stop tilling and now the area is overrun with them which isnt a bad thing, this past summer I did cover the area with clover so thats covered, also no chlorine touches this area EVER so my soil should be very alive, so do you think I should just be patient and keep doing what im doing and the garden should come around?
Patients is my downfall I dont have any but I know turning a backyard into an organic wonderland is going to take just that, it just drives me crazy every year I say this is the year its going to happen it just never quite happens, BUT LIKE I SAID, THIS YEAR IS GOING TO BE THE YEAR
I really like the sunflower idea I usually grow a row of sunflowers in the back of the garden, even if it doesnt work it probably wouldnt hurt to put a couple daps of shade around. Alright well thinks again for all the advice, now its time to sit back and ponder how im going to lay out my garden this year.