Chris Gallo

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since Feb 13, 2012
Christian. Husband. Father of four. Homeschooler.
Mid-Michigan 6a/5b
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Thanks for all of the replies. Yes, nearly all of them have shoots coming out of the base. Some of them had been growing for 15 years, however. I have a long time to wait for replacements! C
3 years ago
I had a number of Autumn Olive trees and some wild Rose bushes that I have let grow in my pastures and around the other parts of our property. This year, none of them leafed out in the spring and they were all dead by summer. Nearly every one. Notably, two very large Autumn Olives that were great shade for the cattle and a couple wild roses that had gotten very large, but even the smaller ones died.

Has anyone heard of this before? I did not have any trouble with anything else.
3 years ago
@David Goodman,

I have an upright freezer that I plan to use for a worm bin (laying on it's back). You said that you use a piece of plywood for the top. Did you do this because it didn't have a working door, or is there a reason to remove the door? I am in mid-Michigan. Should I wait until spring to get started, or is it feasible to get going in the winter?

C
3 years ago
@David Goodman
This is my first year for the fruit trees. They are all transplants, so I don't have a previous year for comparison. But, they are all doing well.
I think I have a long way to go to get her into the fertilizer production routine. She /is/ saving the food scraps now, however.
3 years ago
Hi, David! I read your book this summer after finding out about it on VD's blog. It is excellent - thanks, much, for writing it. I have been peeing in a five gallon bucket and watering my fruit trees ever since, much to my wife's dismay.
3 years ago
I am wondering what Queen Anne's Lace indicates about soil and what I could do about it, if it is even necessary.

I graze a small number (2 for most of the season, but 3 to 4 for brief periods) of cattle on about 5 acres of pasture. I rotate them every one or two days and feed hay in times of drought and in the winter. Starting last year, I have been grazing the grass taller than I had been, in order to build up more organic material on the ground. Three years ago we had a very bad drought.

Last year and this year, starting in mid summer, I have seen a Very Large amount of QAL growing almost everywhere in the pasture. The cattle (Scottish Highlanders) don't really eat it and I'd rather have more things growing that they like.

The history of the soil is that it was mono-cropped from time immemorial until we bought it in 1998. I let it go to field and just mowed it a couple times a year for about 10 years and started grazing cattle about six years ago. It has improved every year, but this recent turn doesn't seem positive.

Do any of you have experience with this?

I did read the following, but am hoping for more specific answers:

http://www.permies.com/t/7308/plants/handle-Queen-Annes-Lace-excess#65940

Thanks!
4 years ago
Well, it's done, but it was a mess. Lots of comb, soft, and full of honey. I only got stung once. I'll check the hive in a week and see how it's doing. Thanks for your help.
4 years ago
Thanks for the suggestion. I was hoping to avoid surgery, but I'll probably have too. Chris
4 years ago
I caught a swarm, about a week ago, that was massed around a low branch of a Russian olive. This is the first swarm I have caught, but I have been keeping bees for a couple years. I shook the bees down into a medium box with ten frames and a second empty box on top, to give them some extra space. Today, I opened up the hive to put frames in the empty box, but the bees had already built several combs hanging off of the lid. Not wanting to disturb this too much, I picked up the entire empty box and lid and slid another box and ten frames between the lower one and the empty box and lid that has the comb attached. So, now I have two medium boxes with frames in the lower two positions and a third box on top without frames, but with natural comb. Hopefully, that gives you a clear picture.

So, now I seem to be in a pickle. I don't see a way to ever add any honey supers, or even how to open up the hive again. I'll do this differently next time, but does anyone have suggestions of how I can make the hive more manageable?

Thanks!

Chris
4 years ago
The huglekultur mound looks great. What did you plant in it? Where do you get the extra soil to build a berm so large? Chris
4 years ago