Xisca Nicolas

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Gardener since childhood. Paleo living, even with a cave dwelling (modern with internet!). Long time nature dweller, that went from mushing in the north to settling in the south! I worked in nature pedagogy through animals. I have human skills for those who find the way, as I have poor social skills. Versed in autonomic system/somatic feelings, learning cranio-sacral.
La Palma (Canary island) Zone 11
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Yes we have mulberry! Mainly the black one, though I can also find the one used for silk, the white mulberry.... Are both of them good?

And yes we usually feed grape leaves to animals, I also give it to guinea pigs in summer. (I dont mind the fruits, as lizards eat all...)

Our soil is deficient in boron as far as I know.
It is volcanic.

About legumes, we have tedera - bitumina bituminosa - that they like and is studied as a medicine, even cancer. No idea if it has an antihelmentic effect...

Joseph Lofthouse wrote:I grow tobacco for my local goat lady. She feeds it to her goats for deworming.

Do they eat tobacco voluntarily??
I was wondering if Kate Downham could offer us some tips....

If the list above is for cold areas, well I am subtropical, so we do not even have the cold to kill pests!

I have taken goats and sheep recently, and they are skinny and I found a few "white stuff" that look like tenia though it was not flat.... Maybe if they are really infested I should give some "chemical2 for a start? I don't know how bad are those products, maybe not that much?
Nicole please do not plug in the cement mixer!
Haha, you made it seem more accessible.... how to get a rock crusher, big investment if we want to make a garden and do not work professionally with it all the time!

Interestingly, as I live in a sloppy place with a lot of rock.... and some of this rock is not basalt, it can be crushed with a catterpillar... and my goal is to make soil with a catterpillar at my place, and crush as much as I can of the soil and mix this with organic matter, which will include burried trunks as low as I can. The thinner on top.

Of course this will not let me with sand-size particles! Unless somebody gives me more practical solutions to do it...
I have the idea I can ask what other machines the guy who will do the catterpillar job has, just in case, because anyway, I know that here in the island, they MAKE SAND! And also mix for concrete. But the machines are HUGE! Also I would make noise and the neighbours will complain, and digging and cruching the soil this way is not authorized, I'd bet!

I think I can do close to an acre.
1 month ago
If I want to use this method and not work after 11 am, I have to figure out how to solve a few ..."difficulties"!

- I cannot find hay, maybe straw imported from mainland Spain... (not organic, so full of round up?)

- Whatever natural hay we still have (wild oats grow in winter) goes to the animals.

So, unless you rely on a truck and live in a place with hay ...who can answer THIS question:
"What is the surface of land you need, planted with grass, for what surface of garden you grow?"

or put it this way:
"Out of your garden, what % do you have to dedicate to mulch production?"

1 month ago
My lowest is +8Âșc and I would like to grow some kiwi, if somebody knows which can grow in such conditions. Maybe the yellow one with less hairs? The north of the island is more fresh, and some people grow kiwi, still with only positive temps.

How "high" can be a "chill hour" for kiwi?

Schisandra grows in the island, but for me this is a tree! I have to check the exact name...
1 month ago
Crop rotation is not easy everywhere.... like when you have to take into account sun exposure, protection from the wind...
Of course when you have a large flat garden allowing you to plant anything anywhere you like, you can rotate more easily!

Dean Brown wrote:The man who does Back to Eden gardening has potatoes in the same spot continuously. He uses deep woodchip mulch. He harvests by hand and replaces the largest potato in the hole for the next crop as he harvests. That's all he does except schlep in the woodchip.

Deep, or thick, mulch?
In what climate?
Joseph, thanks so much! I do have potato seeds and thought there never got to maturity because of the hard and green fruit I find!
Now I am going to keep them and sow them!
Let's see if I can convince people about the interest of doing so...

I am curious about your way to plant them.... I just made an answer to this old thread about the best way to grow potatoes, and it had few answers and no longer term feed-back....

Maybe can you add something there also about the way to plant seedlings or of you sow directly etcetc?
The title is good enough to not make a new thread!

So... how does it work with hay/straw/mulch covering?

- Do you cover a bit with some soil?
and how deep?
- Does mulch cover enough to not have green potatoes?
- Does the mulch stays well enough over the line without flattening and spreading?
- what's about putting some soil over the mulch?

Another idea: a potato field looks "wavy". Is it possible to use the natural furrow between 2 rows to sow something else while harvesting the potatoes? Or is the harvesting itself making this difficult?

Here wherre I live, it is time to plant them, as they are a winter crop due to being frost-free meditarranean, and people use some motorisation, and I want to find a way to grow some potatoes without having to do that much digging work, either for planting or harvesting.
1 month ago