Beneficial Nematodes are microscopic, non-segmented roundworms that occur naturally in soil throughout the world. These microscopic predators locate flea and tick larvae in the soil and enter the prey infecting them with toxic bacteria killing them in 24 to 48 hours.
These have been a big help here.
Also some seeds will be in more than one place and that is good.
As for time start with catalog advise then jot down on folders which time/place did best with each kind of seed. I use sort of a shotgun effect. I throw a lot of seeds out and what grows well where.
4 years ago I put in our first garden here then I had to leave it with hubby. He had major invasion of bugs. He sprayed them but still stripped plants overnight of all foliage. Next year I saw them critters and could literally herd them. They swooped around the yard like birds in the sky all going right and left. Amazing. Was super dry year and could see them and chase herd them. Put out powder barriers and hubby sprayed. I finally too shop vac to them and the new invasive pests coming to visit. I had seen a praying mantis so didn't want to spray. Shop vac worked good. Chased them with it sucking up all I could. So last year all I used was shop vac. Worked a charm. This year so way way less pests!! No I also sprayed out benificial nematodes
Composting is EPA approved way to dispose of animal carcasses. I have never had to compost a full grown goat I have several kids. Last one was a sick kid I took home to try to save. I failed. I put kid where I plan to plant something and I dump cart of compost mix on top and I walk away. Later I till plant a tree or vine. Great.
But on hair...I love barn scrapings during shedding season!
Last year I desperately needed to prune my precious cherry tree so studied on it. By the extension, March is the time to prune here. After freeze is past but before bud break...a fine line but very workable. I will try grafting as well as air layer. Air layer is how I propigate figs.
We are a long way from self sustainable yet. We bring in lots and lots of inputs like hay (both grass and alfalfa) fire wood and wood shavings.
I am working on lowering this but will not eliminate it. I like fresh shavings in my barn to keep the smell down, then I really like it from the barn into the gardens and orchards.
I am looking for serve yourself winter goat feed to lower both my costs and manhours.
I am a fan of daylillies. I have plenty of what we call ditch lilies, old orange variety plus many more colorful ones I add as I find and can afford/justify. I had several members of the mallow family at old house but much less here so far. More to come now for sure! I was already wanting some down in my bog. Also have my eye on some cattails
This is the best of all threads. Timing is everything.
I have been a member here a for years but since buying and moving onto my blank slate I haven't had much time for Internet research as I was/am hands on experimenting.
Recently I have been back to Internet research on alternative or winter goat forage. I have been studying this very subject! !
Please please may I buy some seeds? I will grow them in my garden keeping the best for a few generations till I can do several acres in a mix of clovers and grasses, and
Or I have a perennial topset onion to trade
Stephen, do you go more into depth about your growing conditions in your book? We also have undependable snow these days. So sad but no snow is changing our environment and we would like to adapt but I am still pretty inexperienced.
I plant into new beds. Most stuff does ok if I give it a pocket of good soil to grow in. Sunflower, squash etc will sprout right up out of manure piles. I have many horses and goats so lots of barn scrapings to build beds with. I do not know much else of help to you. Every so often I add more scrapings (waste hay, wood shavings, and manure/urine) to all my planting areas. In new areas a dump a cart and let it sit. Later when I go back to put in a tree the ground under the pile (which has shrunk considerably now) is MUCH easier to dig.
I have some onions for you! They are of the walking or Egyptian type. I got then from a friend who was still growing them on the family farm that has been the family farm for generations. Goats love them and they are sweet and yummy in fried taters. And boy do they multiply with just a little effort.
I am still learning to eat salads. I am not ready for such a pretty plate of it. I will have to start with just one. Can you recommend one easy to grow and easy to eat? The prettier the better.
I just wanted to thank you Lynsey. I don't see my reply on other thread. I sent an email and am planning a hedge to plant them in. I want mostly natives and have already ordered witch hazel as my something ne
Love it. I dont know enough about it to ask any good questions but will watch till I do. Once you move outside maybe I can contribute. Oh, will you put in a water feature in? I have a couple of old farm ponds I want to improve.
I have a partially built pole barn house. We heat with an old inefficient wood stove and have no solar or graywater systems. Will you put in graywater?