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Do you have a question for Sepp?

 
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I have only three days of workshops left.  (I was supposed to have four, but last night I found out that one of the days was cancelled - I am not a happy camper)

What questions do you all have?  I will try to get answers.  It is kinda hard, but I will try. 

It is possible that I have learned part or all of the answer already, so I can try to tell you what I know so far and perhaps focus your question when I present it to Sepp.

 
              
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I would say ask him if he has bamboo if you get a chance, and if he has it, what does he use it for. 
 
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Could you ask if he will get anywhere close to the central US. Say Omaha or Kansas City?
 
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My impression is that he is booked solid until he returns to austria.  I suppose you could pop out to his website and try to arrange another trip.
 
                                    
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Hi,

From the videos it appears that most of the fruit trees Sepp plants have an unusual upright habit (almost fastigiate). Is this true?
If this is the case then this is helpful in close planting and getting around the trees easily when walking through the raised bed orchards.
So, can we ask how he gets all his trees to have such a uniform upright shape and how he manages his nursery stock?

All the best,
Niels Corfield
 
                                    
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Another question, if you will.

Are there any plans for a translation of the latest book: Wo ein Wille da ein Weg?
Hope so. Perhaps you could express my interest this matter.

Cheers,
N
 
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Bamboo:  yes they grow bamboo for eating and for construction use.

fastigiate:  I don't know what this is.  You'll have to teach me some stuff if I'm gonna be able to ask the question.

As for his fruit tree stuff:  start a new thread and I'll tell you what I know so far.  It's amazing!

Translation of his other books:  They are in the process of getting translated now.  That has been a very popular question.  You can go to the german pages on his website and run them through an online translator.  He insists that a lot of the information about his stuff is there.  I've poked around and haven't had much luck.  So if you find something cool there, please come back here and share it!


 
                                    
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Fastigiate: erect, columnar
Pics link: http://images.google.co.uk/images?hl=en&q=tree%20fastigiata&cr=countryUK%7CcountryGB&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi

Do please ask him this specific question. Because to my eye all of his fruit trees have this form.
Which is very interesting. I'd like to know how/why.

Thanks,
Niels
 
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I would like to know how he manages natural mineral deficiencies in his area (if there are any) in regards to his stock.
 
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Fastigate stuff: I know the answer.

He tries to grow everything non-grafted and non-pruned.  But sometimes a nursery will sell him 500 trees for 50 cents each, or somebody will give him trees or ....  whatever.  He works with that.  He usually plants those in such a way that he can grow them out a bit, get a good plant family going around them and then resell them to people that want them that way. 

But his own trees are non-grafted and non-pruned.  He propagates those from root cuttings.  And the lowest branch on a tree is something like an inch or two off the ground.

Leah,

Good question.  I'm pretty sure you are thinking of selenium and I suspect that he is in a selenium rich area (natural habitat for lots of goats).  But he is well travelled and I'll try to work that question in.
 
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If he's still presenting could you ask him whether he uses water caught from rain only or also local streams and springs? I mean for household and ponds. Thanx
 
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On minerals and salts for animals:  Yes, they provide a salt lick.  But nothing fancy.  And they have never encountered the selenium void issue.  So I made them aware of it.

Salobon,

That is a topic he has covered many times.  In fact, he has some special pond designs that are for rainwater only in dry areas.  And he has brought lakes to a desert in spain that is rainwater only. 

But, most of his work is with tiny dribbles of water like he has at his place in the alps.


 
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yes, selenium is on the top of my mind right now as well as copper which is an issue for goats. many producers copper bolus their goats and give selenium injections regularly. it irks me to do that stuff. not that I am squeamish but it just seems so unnatural.......
 
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I went through the selenium thing with goats several years ago.  The bottom line is:  if you wish to have goats reproduce in a selenium free area, you need to give them selenium injections.  Goats just cannot reproduce in those regions that do not naturally have selenium.


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