David Good

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That's some serious digging - I should do something similar with the rocky clay here. You did excellent work. My hat is off!
1 year ago

Ferne Reid wrote:Umm, excuse me, but ... how on earth did you read my mind?

I was just sitting here wondering if there was a way to create a warmer microclimate in my zone 7a world so that I could successfully grow avocado. I came here to see if any of the helpful and knowledgeable people here had ever done that, and lo and behold, here is your post!

Thank you!

Avocado may be possible in your area if you plant a cold-hardy variety like Lila and grow it flat against a south-facing wall as I recommend in the book. It would be a stretch, but they are growing in zone 8 and living.
1 year ago

Steven Kovacs wrote:You could plant trees on the south faces of the walls, especially fruit trees that might be marginal to your zone.

Yes - this is a great idea. My latest book covers microclimates. We used the south-facing wall of our old house to grow coffee... and it survived nights in the 20s!
1 year ago
Yes, I agree with others here: just plant some good short crops.

You don't even need to build raised beds. Just dig beds and make them mounded, then hoe in between with a hula hoe.

Three sisters is a great idea. And think beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, grain corn (Hickory King is GREAT in your area), winter squash, collards. Yard-long beans are one of my favorites.

Don't go too big or think too much. Take a small area, double-dig it, make some compost, grow some vegetables and don't spread your effort over a huge area. Learn to grow well in a smaller space then expand.

You'll do great. Get digging!
1 year ago
" I am poking around the Internet looking for solutions as far as compost turning, will need to keep it hot to sanitize the pig manure. "

Your biggest friend might be time. If you really want to go simple, stack materials together out of the way and forget them for a few years. They'll be safe to use and will take little work.
1 year ago
Check out Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (S.A.L.T.) and Inga Alley Cropping. Both could help.
1 year ago
I used to have a scythe but no longer have it and getting one here in the tropics is hard, plus I'm on some serious slopes so I'm not sure about scything anymore.

There are these huge tropical grasses here I'd like to use as chop-n-drop fodder, so I was thinking of using a hand sickle instead.

Anyone have a good lead on a quality sickle source?
1 year ago

Tyler Ludens wrote:Beware of ingredients which might contain the herbicide Aminopyralid.

Yes - this. Very important.

This gal shared her story on my site regarding a batch of purchased compost that wrecked her garden beds:


You are safer making your own, for sure, but inputs like hay, straw and manure should be avoided unless you are 100% sure they were from a farm that does not spray and does not buy in hay that may have been sprayed, as the herbicide can be consumed by animals and come through in the manure, which can then be composted... and still be toxic to your garden!
1 year ago
My seedling peach trees fruited within two years. And I have seen and tasted multiple wonderful citrus from seed.

Check these out:


I've also eaten seed-grown pomegranates. Great!

And as others have said, if you don't like what you get - cut back and graft it. There is no loss.
1 year ago
Very good - Mart is a great guy.

Peach trees will start from seed and can bear in 2-3 years in Florida, so that's one option. There are some good permaculture Meetup.com groups in the state with people trading scion wood, cuttings, seeds, etc. And since you know Mart, ask him about cuttings. He knows almost everyone.

Mosswood Farm Store in Micanopy has a lot of my old plant varieties, too.
1 year ago