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Podcast 210: Woodleaf Farm Orchards

 
Timothy Brogan
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Paul and Eivind are at Woodleaf Farm where they discuss yellowjackets and methods to control them and then they have a quick synopsis of the last few stops on the Tour.

They revisit some of the things they have seen on the different farms they have visited. Paul tells of having his first orange off of a tree, some of the chicken paddocks they saw and livestock guard dogs in the paddocks with the animals, and how to get through an electro fence without turning it off.

Eivind then discusses the progress of some of the orchards, and Paul tells the story of this kid who at the age of seven developed his own method and ideas of raising rare chickens and then sheep for wool production.

Then the discussion moves to their present location which one of their specialties is growing peaches.
They end the podcast discussing monoculture, polyculture and how it applies to orchards, along with some of the suggestions that Paul had for the orchards.

Relevant links: http://woodleaffarm.com/

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Tony Thomas
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Yellow jackets are like a microcosm of permaculture, meaning: I was raised to believe this was a bad bug and should be destroyed at all cost. Now after careful observation I realize what a fantastic farm helper they are. I noticed them hovering in and around the garden plants just eating all these little, guess what, aphids and other boo boo bugs. Then I saw them eating the house fly larva in my compost. Then I got the brave idea to relocate a hive next to our chicken coop area/ compost area. Well let's just say our house fly infestation out there are now gone. I say thank you little yellow flying mercenaries for ridding us of the boo boo bugs. Bye Bye little yellow one way traps (what was i thinking...)

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Vespula_maculifrons/
http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/eastern_yellow_jacket.htm

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Pamela Melcher
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I love yellow jackets, but NOT in our shed. They had a HUGE nest in there last summer and by late summer we could NOT use the shed. We kept the old nest, which was in a rolled up closed foam pad.

I put it prominently near the always open door of the shed this year and no wasps built a nest there!!! I think we bluffed them out of there. I am keeping that old wasps nest!!!

I noticed a LOT more evidence of beneficial insects, so they were/are probably around. I let LOT more feverfew grow, and other useful "weeds" so there was more pollen and nectar for them.
 
Brenda Groth
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a couple of comments to this podcast.

I love the chicken eating yellow jacket idea..we have way more yellowjackets this year than ever before so I'll disucss this with my son who HATES yellowjackets..but is indifferent regarding chickens and we share property lines.

also

I have several fruit trees that I have been allowing to grow more and more branches near the ground since hearing your suggestion to this in the past..and have allowed a few to grow more as a shrub than as a lollipop..and so far I have seen NO negative results from this type of growing my trees..and I don't believe I have had as much rodent damage as I was getting with the more lollipopped trees.
 
laurie branson
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I just listened to the podcast and can't make out the name of the farm with the boy genius. I'd like to visit their website if they have one. Thanks
 
paul wheaton
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Victor Johanson
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I've been a fan of yellowjackets ever since I saw one plucking mosquitoes out of midair and eating them, one after another. We need all the help we can get up here.
 
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