James Landreth wrote:
Nicole Alderman wrote:
I have! My husband planted a black walnut seed a few years back and last year I planted 3 chestnuts and 3 hazelnuts, and I planted another chestnut this year. With my 5 acres being north-facing, it's hard to plant a lot of canopy trees, because they mean no sun in the winter, as they shade everything down hill. But, I planted the chestnuts along the forest edge, and the hazelnuts should do well any where. I was hesitant about investing in nut trees because the squirrels ate every single hazelnut from my mom's three trees, but I don't have nearly as many squirrels, so hopefully we'll get some nuts eventually! Nest year I hope to get some more hazelnuts and plant them in my hedges. The more diversity, the better!
As for other trees, I've got 8 apple, 2 peach, 2 pear, 3 cherry, 3 pawpaw, 1 cultivated plum and at least 5 that suckered of of my mom's tree, and 1 persimmon (pretty sure it died) tree.
That's a great start! I worry about squirrels down the line, but I figure that it's good to have the nut trees in place so that if things ever fall apart, we can just get serious about squirrel hunting and have those nut trees in place
I wonder how commercial agriculture in California is faring. I haven't read much in this regard. I imagine that the fires and drought have to have had some sort of negative effect, though this winter has seen more rain. That might lead to new growth and renewed fire tornadoes this summer. We've already had brush fires this month in the Pacific Northwest, which is unusual. The snow pack is good I hear, but we haven't had as much rain as usual I feel
Just this week, CF Industries said soaring natural gas prices is causing a shortage of nitrogen fertilizer. With nitrogen fertilizer prices already racing higher, as well as the possibility of a shortage around the globe, CF Industries says the world could see a reduction in global crop yields next year.
Stone X Group says according to their data, the Midwest wholesale anhydrous ammonia nitrogen prices have risen approximately $434 since Sept. 10. That marks a 65% increase in just over a month, or $72 a week.
“If you look at the outlook for fertilizer, the World Bank says that 2022, we won't see price increases, but price will be steady at where they are,” he says. “So, that's the outlook from the World Bank on fertilizer prices. That's not the great news, but it doesn’t say prices are increasing. But the problems won't be resolved instantly.” Three excepts from here.
Meat and dairy products are also affected, as prices for animal feed have risen markedly during the year and have accelerated more rapidly in recent times. Valentino Miotto from the trade association Aires Association, which represents the grain sector, describes the increasingly difficult situation of Italian farmers with the words: “From October onwards, we have started to suffer an enormous amount,” Miotto told the AP news agency.
On Wednesday, October 20, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, warned that factories in the EU may be forced to close due to high energy prices. “We are seeing a rise in prices that makes it difficult for many families to get their finances together, and we also see that there is a risk that companies will have to close down,” said von der Leyen.
In Louisiana, is CF Industries’ largest ammonia factory in the world, but it was closed down for safety reasons the day before Ida struck, but could not resume production after it had passed due to the power outage.
When the news reached the market, the already sky-high prices of fertilizer skyrocketed. In many respects, the event triggered a negative spiral of rampant prices – which in turn created panic purchases and exacerbated the shortages. Three excerpts from here.
Pearl Sutton wrote:I add to Joylynn's comment "Grow more food!" that leaves are falling right now in my area. That's the best free fertilizer out there. Get all the leaves you can, pile them where you want to grow next year. It can only help.
I cringe when I see people burn leaves or branch piles.
Tereza Okava wrote:
Nicole Alderman wrote:why not try doing this in my EXISTING garden beds?
Ruth Stout talked specifically about doing just that, tucking it under the straw. I don't have ducks to eat my slugs so it turns into a slugfest, but you've got that part covered!!
Pearl Sutton wrote:Bumping this thread, as I feel the world is not getting easier to deal with.
I'm planting all I can.
I mentioned in an earlier post the neighbor who keeps a meticulous yard, he objected to something i was doing, I told him how it kept his place from flooding (mwahhahah, waters MY plants!!) and how I was trying to grow more food for ALL of us. He decided it was worth putting up with what I'm doing.
Edna Register Boone wrote:One thing I remember that my father did. There was an open space on one side of our house. I would say the west side of it. Papa plowed up totally (I don't know what the measurement was, but I'd say 1/4th of an acre) and planted sweet potatoes. And I would say that the half of the community lived off that potato patch because no one was able to go shopping. No one was able to cook. They could bake a few potatoes even if it was in the fireplace.
CF Industries: Union Pacific Curtails Fertilizer Shipments, Delaying Deliveries and Preventing New Rail Orders from Being Taken