Scott Stiller

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since Feb 06, 2013
No big gardens but many patches of food and herbs.
North Carolina zone 7
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I know that’s not easy keeping weight on such a large animal. Good work!
Something I’ve been dealing with since we last posted is wood chips. The amount of bugs and worms that show up is insane. I’ve truly never seen anything like it. See what you can get and the kind doesn’t seem to matter at all. Pile them up and keep the chickens from them until you need free feed. I’m thinking of separate bins full of chips fenced off until I’m ready. One bin gets the chicken treatment then open the next. I hope this helps. Scott
1 day ago
Well I’m more relaxed now. Seventeen minutes of farm to table beauty with a relaxing soundtrack. I see she had no problems growing potatoes.
2 days ago
I’ve been looking for fluted pumpkin seeds online. Most places are out but they’re all really pricey! I don’t have space at the moment anyway. May give them a shot next year because that would be a nice homestead side hustle.
The post from Wendy Robers was a nice find! I did plant butternut this year and it’s doing really terrific. Appreciate the repost.
The great horned owl comment reminds me of something my father in law did when he was younger. He found two baby owls in the woods and raised them in a large chicken coop he built. After some months someone told the officials about what he’d done so he let them go. They still remained as a pair on and around the property. He was young and paranoid that folks would find out so most people had no idea what he’d done. For years after he’d take friends on horseback or ATV rides through the forest. When spotted he’d point out the owls to his friends, stand on the ATV and hold a snack out for them. They’d swoop in to snack and then sit there. Once word got out he was seen as some sort of bird whisperer! This all sounded like BS to me but my wife backed up every word.
2 days ago
Agreed Jim. I’m going to leave that pile there anyway to breakdown. I may as well throw some potatoes in there and find out what happens!
4 days ago
I agree that my last post would have been better in the plant section. However, I got my answer. A fluted pumpkin’s leaves are what is used in Nigerian cooking. Apparently very good for you. It’s on my list to try here in zone 7 next year. I believe it is worth the risk. I’ve grown gourds before that a Jamaican friend marvels at. He said they were eaten all over the island when he was still there. I certainly appreciate all the feedback here on this thread. I’m also thrilled to have been able to post a follow up victory lap as I grew successful pumpkins for the first time last season. The seeds from last season are growing like they’re on steroids but nothing of the sort has happened. I haven’t even used compost tea. They’re strong and beautiful all on their own!
4 days ago
I have wood chips around my fruit trees with herbs planted in the chips. I have peach trees with chives, pears with strawberries, St. John’s wort, oreganos, thyme, and walking onions. The tree’s drip line goes well beyond the mulch and herbs. My thinking says the drip line is the best pee spot anyway. Is this correct?
5 days ago
I follow a gardener from the tropics on my permaculture instagram page. They call pumpkin leaves Ugu. They are eaten and sold at market. Did you guys know that or am I the last to hear of this? I’ve been looking around the Internet but I’d like to hear personal stories from you guys. How do you cook it, specific recipes, is it just pumpkins or do gourds and squash count too? This is very exciting! May need it’s own thread. I’m going to see if I get any responses here first.
5 days ago
Sorry, picture here.
5 days ago
I too have grown potatoes in a raised bed. Sure is easier that trying to in clay. I’ve grown sweet potatoes in a pile of grass clippings and leaves that had about eight months to settle. The picture below is the third year of this particular bed. Wood chips, grass, leaves and pine needles. This is where every eye that sprouts goes regardless of the time of year. I did a lot of reading before doing this. There was an overwhelming amount of info saying don’t plant potatoes that sprout from the store. Virus’s, rot, doom and gloom if you do. I just thought I’d try it and it keeps giving me a small crop a few times a year. Even got a couple sweet potatoes slips in here that are growing right along with the red, and Yukon gold.
5 days ago
My wine caps are churning along. Lots of mycelium but no fruit yet. I used chips, chunks and sawdust from a tree I cut for lions mane totems. I attempted to start wine caps in a mysterious mix of chips from a tree company. That was fourteen months ago and nothing happened until recently. Been getting a few here and there but no big flushes. I put one of my compost piles near some under achieving grape vines. It’s a mix of those same chips, grass, leaves and rabbit poop with bedding. It is super rich and is currently growing cantaloupe, pumpkin and ground cherries. The grape vine is doing very well too. Inside the pile is the most earthworms I’ve ever seen!
5 days ago