From the videos it appears that most of the fruittrees 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?
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!
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.
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.
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.......
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.