Derrick Gunther

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Hi Brittany,
I had forgotten all about this thread until I got an email saying someone had posted on it.  It's pretty funny to go back and read my posts from 5 years ago. One thing I can now confirm, gogi berry does in fact thrive in Utah!  Plant one and have more gogis than you want within a couple years.  They also love to send out shoots, so soon you'll have an entire thicket where once there was a single cane.  I have a small food forest now, and gogis are definitely the species that has been thriving the most out of all the perennials I've planted (if you want some I'd be happy to dig up some shoots for you).  If you're willing to water, many things can thrive here (I have pawpaw and american persimmon growing quite well), but the summers really are too dry for most plants to do well without water.  Are you from a similar climate or is this area entirely new to you?  I've learned a few things over the past few years and would be happy to discuss what I've done and learned. I'm far from an expert though. I have a full time job so my gardening is done on the side, when I have time and motivation for it.  If you're in SLC proper, there are some regulations that make things more complicated than they should be, but you can definitely get a backyard farm going if you're motivated!
3 weeks ago
What species or hybrids are they?  I don't have any great insight but am super interested in chestnuts, so I'd like to understand how different species and varietals are growing in different climates. It seems in Portland that maybe American would struggle with the dry summers, but that Chinese wouldn't, but that's just a guess.  Obviously the dry summers would probably help with avoiding the blight, but I guess there are always tradeoffs.
2 months ago
My understanding is that it contains humic and fulvic acids, and is the product of organic decay, thus containing carbon. However, it seems it is rather ill defined on a molecular level.  Interested to hear more.
1 year ago
Jay,
I agree, a single legitimately sick individual (livestock or human) who will be able to recover and be healthy again if given a course of antibiotics is not a serious problem.  Feeding every single animal a prophylactic and growth promoting (at horrible cost) constant stream of antibiotics is a huge problem that has already driven a rise in pathogenic antibiotic resistant strains, as well as the negative consequences identified in the above paper. I have a sick feeling that we'll continue to uncover more and more negative consequences of the practice as well, much as RedHawk has outlined.
1 year ago
https://www.labmanager.com/news/2019/10/researchers-find-multiple-effects-on-soil-from-manure-from-cows-administered-antibiotics?utm_campaign=NEWSLETTERS_LM_Monitor_2019&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=77936185&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--gOVEbf8cH8nyQwqprvThsT049skwlz6pfuOLeAIAp6KhNIM3_dC4VXbHZ0p_FiB8F0rx9G1d8-VyuvTNS1AGpoGj8jw&_hsmi=78038181#.XaX71HdFy70

Most people on this forum's response to this is probably, "no shit", but it's nice to see good experiments coming out in the mainstream scientific literature.  I think it's funny that the authors suggest we may not want to use manure as fertilizer because of this research, instead of not using constant antibiotics in raising cattle. Anyway.
1 year ago
Interesting dialogue on Climate!!! I don't have much to add to that but I appreciate the links and opportunities for learning.
I do, however, have some info to contribute on the fig situation.  I currently live in SLC Utah, which is called USDA zone 7 these days, though it was zone 6 on old maps. It's relatively wet in the winter and spring, but we have hot, dry summers. I planted a Chicago Hardy fig in the ground in the Spring 1.5 years ago. It didn't do much last summer, but survived the winter just fine and is growing well this summer. It set a couple small fruits but they haven't ripened; likely won't as it has been frosting the past few mornings.  I have a Stella that was living in a pot for the past several years, including last winter outside, in a sunny spot on the south side of my house, with mulch packed around the pot.  So it was getting winter sun and likely some residual heat escaping from the house. I also had a Brown Turkey in a pot next to it last winter, I had just ordered it in the Fall, so it was brand new, likely only a year old from cutting.  Both of those survived and are now planted out in my yard and have been growing pretty well this summer.  I think the low last winter was 6 degrees F (at the airport, but likely a couple degrees colder at my house), which is around normal, but on the warm side.  It's not entirely uncommon to get down to around -5 or -10, so it's possible the figs wouldn't survive that. I'm sure I'll find out eventually!  
1 year ago
I lived in Klamath County a few years back. I talked to the county about natural building, as I was interested in it but never ended up acting on it.  Basically, they are happy to approve anything a certified engineer has signed off on.  There are several straw bale buildings in the county, but the owners had to hire an engineer to review their blueprints and vouch that they were structurally sound.  My memory is fuzzy, but it's either 150 or 200 square feet, such that if you build anything smaller than that you don't need a permit either. So, you can build outbuildings or maybe even a tiny home, without a permit at all, though if it has plumbing it may need a permit at any size. It was 5ish years ago, so I don't remember details. And of course you can always go rogue and proceed without a permit, then ask forgiveness if you get caught.
1 year ago
Mary, in reference to the South Dakota farmer who has greatly increased his fertility through no till methods, I would guess that you're referencing Gabe Brown.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yPjoh9YJMk
One of my favorite youtube videos of all time.
5 years ago
Hi Joseph,
Thanks for the response. I think, like with most things, it will take an integrated approach and vigilance to make a difference. I do feel like I have to be on it though, as the city/county may make the decision to come in and nuke it with chemicals if the whitetop population persists, which would be detrimental to the site overall. The whitetop that is present in the guilds is currently pretty easy to pull, though I know the roots left broken off in the soil will resprout. I just need to get a better groundcover in there and keep hitting the whitetop; exhaust the resources and, like you said, smother the roots.
Thanks again.
5 years ago