Linda Code

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Back in my college days (agriculture) in 1982 I remember reading about tomatoes grafted onto pot plants, and the tomatoes showed the same side effects as the rootstock. Just interesting...
1 year ago
We also grow pawpaws. I once had an uneasy stomach after eating some and was told by one of our local tree experts that the toxins were concentrated next to the skin. Of course, my sister said that she always knew that.  Now we hand out fruit with the warning ' don't scrape next to the skin'. We try not to waste any so we eat a lot. Hope this helps.
From the Carolinian zone of Essex County, Ontario, Canada.
1 year ago
I also dried all the leaves off the celery, chard, chickweed, dandelion, lambsquarters, and whatever else I could find in excess to use all winter, The kale is wonderfal as an addition to most meals all winter. It's organic, free and there was freezer space. Once we get a solar dryer(thank you for the link) we will dry so much more. Also we bought a greenhouse frame in the fall, once it's in place we will be able to allocate an area in it to grow greens for a much longer 'fresh food ' season.
5 years ago
Last fall a neighbor of mine begged me to take her extra kale. I froze 20 bags or it. I also froze milkweed shoots, ate them last night. The trick is to plan ahead and take any opportunity to put extra greens away for the off-season. We're getting blasted by snow today, 8 inches so far, I would normally be gardening and checking for spring greens....
5 years ago
A really easy and fast alternative to the hay box is a thermos. You can cook any dry bean or rice in a high quality thermos just by pre-heating it and bringing the food to a boil. Trial and error for the cooking time.
5 years ago
I had forgotten about hay boxes...now I want to make one for home and one for our rustic cabin. Thanks for the reminder!
5 years ago
I really wish you luck with this. My biggest battle is always with grass. I have much land but removing the grass and perennial native plants slows down my food gardenig.
My neighbours have offered me all the fresh or rotted cow manure I want. Until now I only thoight about the rotted. Maybe I can use fresh manure to kill a large area of grass.
I have built several raisd beds but this takes so much time. I'd rather plant in a large grass free area.
5 years ago