Gary Abshire

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since Oct 18, 2011
Western Utah (Zone 5b) (Soil order: Aridisols)
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It doesn't matter what your motivation is for practicing permaculture.

6 years ago
Jack needs to address you as "His grace Duke Goon" now.
I have used horse manure for years I get mine from hobby horse owners in my area. I have always had plenty of very large earth worms. Manure from any animal is very high in nitrates, also I do know that worms are very sensitive to high nitrate soils. Perhaps the problems some of you are experiencing is due to the manure not being composted well enough? I like to let the stuff I use cook for at least a year.
7 years ago

Lehman Brothers is a farm supplier for Amish farmers in Ohio. Lehman's ships old-fashioned, non-electric tools and appliances. They have alot of stuff I didn't you could get anymore.


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7 years ago
I am in zone 5 and I have heard of people just throwing white clover seeds down on the snow in the early spring and still having success.
7 years ago
The area where I live there is a strong homesteading culture. I love getting advise from the old timers they were permaculture when permaculture wasn't. The way I have seen quite a few of them growing potatoes is they will start the 5 or so plants around the outside of the inside of an old tire. As the plants grow they stack another old tire on top and fill with dirt. They leave the stack of tires out all winter long, so the stack of tires acts as a planter and a place to store them. When they need some potatoes they just pull one of the tires off. The tubers like to collect inside of the tire so when it us pull off you take up most of the tubers with it.
7 years ago
With many of us seeing our growing season coming to an end perhaps some podcast on some fall/winter activities would be a good idea.

Overwintering animals
Site preparation for dormancy
Food storage
Crops that can be harvested all season