Dennis Lanigan

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since Mar 09, 2012
Hendersonville, NC
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When I lived in Cherryville, NC (Cleveland county) everyone seemed to have Dorper (hair) sheep if that interests you. In Henderson county I see a lot of goats and hair sheep. Edit: oh I see you said fiber. I have recently gotten Merino fiber from a farm in Zicronia, NC.
1 month ago
Looking for moschata squash, okra, or other southeast heirlooms. Have Japanese Indigo seeds, with plenty to share.
I have Japanese Indigo seeds for trade. Looking for disease resistant Appalachian squash or okra.
1 month ago
Hi Joe. I live in the same general area. Welcome. I discovered that I could get a ton of woody plants cheap from Missouri State department of forestry delivered here to NC. Persimmons, chickesaw plums, elderberry, nut trees, mulberry, paw paw, etc. Something to consider for next fall/winter planting season.
3 months ago
You may be on to something with the protein. I composted a lot of deer scraps from hide tanning and see a higher concentration of symphylans in those compost piles. Around any sunchoke roots I overwintered too there's tons. They definitely like sugar and protein.

In addition to the chickens I am going to add fungi in the early spring to the mulch and see if that gives the symphylans something else to chew on. This is a suggestion by Elaine Ingham which seems flawed, but I'm willing to try. The trees that did best had fungal mats around them despite being surrounded by symphylans.

I may have to give up on strawberries for the near future.
3 months ago
Thanks for the reply Ben. It is frustrating! Definitely keeps those chicken yolks extra dark orange though. I am planting 50 trees/woody plants just today in the small 1/3 ac garden I share--just not in the symphlan concentrated areas for now.

So, I agree biodiversity is the solution and I am hoping the predators show up soon.
3 months ago
Not seeing any peer reviewed evidence predacious mites work. In some cases the symphylans increased. I see some evidence they are working for weed growers, but also seeing more success with PFR 97.

The most consistent method that seems to work is growing potatoes and then following with another crop which baffles me. But I'm going to try it, with chicken tractoring before and after. Ordered five more chickens and they can't get here fast enough.

I created a chicken yard around the three hugelbeds I have and dug up all the logs. They were all covered in symphylans. Not sure hugelbeds are going to work here let alone heavy mulching in general.
3 months ago
Those mites sound really interesting. Adding them after grazing heavily with chickens, before it gets too hot here and they dive, seems like a good solution.
3 months ago
Solarizing is not a bad idea but, yeah, I think they hide from the heat much like the worms they team up with.

Right now, in the cold, I see the symphylans sleeping barely below the surface, so I am even more convinced chickens tractoring is the way to go. I can't imagine the chickens can get all of them but at least I can knock them back and hope other predators come in to help out, like big garden beetles. I need more chickens too.

I am seeing other "nuclear options" like fungal pesticides such as PFR 97 but the price and MSDS (material safety data sheet) keep me from considering such options right now.
3 months ago
I wished I had known this before, but I made a potentially horrible mistake of using composted mulch on most of my garden beds, including on three Hugelkultur beds. I now have a huge symphylans problem.

Ok, so the problem is the solution, right? I feel like my best plan is to move all stressed perennials out of mulch (after cleaning them carefully) and then grazing heavily the area with chickens. Lots of chickens because there's lots of chicken food. Any other ideas?

I did get a heavy Jerusalem artichoke and cow pea crops from the hugelbeds last year, but doubt that will work this year.

Edit: the following page is a great resource on symphylans and reviews all of the main options: http://bugs.scribble.com/symphs.html

Tilling is not an option for me but I am considering neem and homemade chrysanthemum concentrate soaks.  I also had marigolds do well in the hugelkultur beds but the symphylans may have retreated from the hot weather.
3 months ago