Meryt Helmer wrote:I have pretty sever ptsd that is to some extent related to things I saw happening to animals as a child and this made me vegan for a long time. i m at a point where i can choose what to eat but I really seriously can't actually kill a squirrel. I think it makes a lot of sense rationally to do so but it won't be happening for me anytime soon. I also never see them in my garden. I see them on the oak trees and bay trees outside my garden but even there I don't see them often I just find evidence that it could be them eating the seeds I plant! we also have a surprisingly large number of dusky footed wood rat nests in the wild part of the forest near my fenced in garden. I wonder if they are visiting in the night and eating things. I think I need to get one of those wild life watching cameras and put it in my back yard so I can discover exactly what is happening and who is doing it.
Meryt Helmer wrote:I suspect if I thin some of the pine trees that alone will make a big difference in at last how many hazel nuts I can get from the native trees, I also read though that the native hazel nut trees just don't produce much so perhaps I will plant some other hazel nut trees.
Tim Wells wrote:
I was listening to a podcast today about how the native americans tended food forests and nurtured oaks and redwoods with controlled fires to add minerals.
It seems as if the idea of an ecosystem that we can ignore completely misses the point. We are part of nature and that system and true wilderness is not the goal at all. Using natural systems like fire or plants like N fixers to help our management of the food forest to regenerate and provide yield.