Sonja Draven wrote:
stephen lowe wrote:Sepp talks about just spreading the mash from pressing fruit for cider/juice/schnapps on fresh terraces or anywhere you want to establish fruit trees. He is very much into the notion that the tree that sprouts on your land and survives browsing will have the best root system and will, at the very least, be near ideal as rootstock for grafting. I dream of employing this technique if I ever have land. For now I am planning to plant seabuckthorn that is currently stratifying as well as local elderberry and currant seed this summer. SEEDS SEEDS SEEDS!
Okay, I'm totally going to try this after I make applesauce this year. I have two wonderful apple trees on the property that have been producing well for 30+ years and I know they won't last forever. Starting them over again with their seeds would be so great. I was going to try it when I was a kid because I loved the applesauce from one of them so much. But my dad said it couldn't be done. This thread gives me hope.
I'm going to try it with nectarine and peach pits too. I will look for more detailed information on that since the question about exactly how to do it wasn't answered yet.
Mick Fisch wrote:
My wife had a 'wake up' moment a while back. We had been going to a self sufficiency class in our church. This class was focused on finances (there are other classes with other focuses). My wife realized that she had been worrying about the money to buy things we needed. She suddenly realized she didn't need the money, she needed the stuff. So she started to focus and pray on how to get the things we needed. She quickly and consistently found the stuff either free or very cheap from a variety of sources. My wife told my daughter who is homesteading in Alaska about this. My daughter did the same thing. She needed a bookcase, a printer and something else (I forget what it was). She felt like she should check the dump. (they have an area where people can leave stuff others might want). She found everything but the printer there, exactly what she needed. While she was loading it, a guy drove up to drop off a printer. He had bought a new one but the old one worked perfectly. This attitude of repurposing and scrounging is part of the permies mindset. The reason I tell the story is to point out that needs were met without spending money. What we need is our needs met, not the money to pay to get our needs met.