Rachel Morton

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NW Oregon (Zone 8)
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We are in our 40's and working to get out of debt so we can afford to get a good parcel of land for house, farm, pasture et al. While its not in the "NOW" time frame we would like everything to be, getting out of debt will ensure a possible easier transition of our land to our kids. We are working on the yards, getting knowledge built up so when we do have land we will know better what we are doing

Recently my youngest professed a desire to learn how to grow food sustainability. Nice to hear my readings and our watching of documentaries are getting heard by the kids. Kid the older went to a Rachel Carson Middle school and is already well versed in getting the land in a happier zone (I have him tackling the blackberries in our yard)

6 years ago
Trying to get all my thoughts in a row so we can get our yards prepped this fall for planting in the spring. Front, back and one side yard will all be transformed into food if only I can get my thoughts inline. Ive been reading so much on the subjects of lawn to food, permaculture, urban farming and organics I could almost write up my own book!

The background on the yards is that we've been here for over 10 years and have done nothing other than mow, remove a couple of trees and loosing a battle to kill off roses (heavy pruning (which I think they like way too much) and mowing). No chemicals used at all

So to get started on the front yard Im currently thinking of doing it lasagna style; leaving the grass where it lays, adding 6-10 layers of wet newspaper, add a bit of compost (not our own yet will need to purchase), then a layer of yard chips (which I hope to get from the electric co).

As I hope to have this done mid to late Oct, would it be too late to try and sow a green manure for added bonus needed for the spring crops? I was hoping that I could just spread seed over the mulch and what happens, happens.

The back yard gets the bob-cat treatment as we get to remove a bunch of dirt to get to the fun leftovers from a remodel. Contractor didnt take much out, just buried it. Makes it hard to plan and plant a good garden. Im hoping I can sift through most of the dirt and keep most but also planning on adding purchased compost to get started.

Lots to do for next spring!
6 years ago
Great question Ash and thanks for asking it. We are also in the look out for a bone grinder.

Another thanks to those above for wonderful suggestions
6 years ago
Off to add cream to the shopping list for this week! Minion 2 actually did this in class this last year, so he will be a good help. Im interested in finding out how much I can get from the smallest cream package (pint I believe) and do the math vs the organic butter we've been buying.

Thanks for the share Paul
6 years ago
Dang it! Now Im missing the huckleberries my Aunt used to always have available to add to sourdough pancakes! We always cleaned out her carefully picked stash during the visit. Never did find out where the actual bushes were...
7 years ago

paul wheaton wrote:

Rachel Morton wrote: Any info on DE causing issues with electrical areas? The ants have a wonderful nest right next to one of our outlets. We've cleaned out two nests over the past three years in the same area. Would be great if I could have DE blown in to keep them out.



I would think that DE is non-conductive and, therefore, safe around electric stuff. At the same time, it is a dessicant, so it absorbs water, which is famous for conducting electricity. I think I would play it safe and keep the DE out of electrical stuff.







Thats what I figured. I do know they HATE menthol rub and I will rub a bit of that around the outside edge of the fixtures, windows and any cracks I see them coming through. It will get them to leave those areas alone...
7 years ago
I got DE specifically for flea and ant control. The cats get dusted on a regular basis along with the carpet. So far so good. One of the cats is allergic to fleas and he's stopped biting himself bald.

The ants is a continuing saga as they are constantly finding new ways into the house! Any info on DE causing issues with electrical areas? The ants have a wonderful nest right next to one of our outlets. We've cleaned out two nests over the past three years in the same area. Would be great if I could have DE blown in to keep them out.
7 years ago