Sean Banks

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Hello my name is Sean. I am 29 years old and live in Pen Argyl not far from Bethlehem. I bought a foreclosed 1892 farmhouse last year that came with a couple acres.  I am mostly interested in growing unusual fruits and veggies. I planted a Che melon tree this year, pawpaws, figs, and persimmons. I am also interested in timber type chestnuts...I only have the dustan variety now but looking into the Hershey selections and layeroka. I also put in a 40x20 ft veggie garden. My gf also lives with me but her passion is raising and breeding animals of all sorts. This year we have acquired chickens, ducks, 2 goats, 3 sheep, and 1 pig. One of the biggest challenges I have faced this year was trying to fence all these guys in and to keep them from eating my plants. Unfortunately I lost a nectarine tree recently to my male goat 😥. Glad to see I am not alone in this part of the world. I  have been lurking on this forum since the early 2010s.
9 months ago
I am always on the lookout for perennial vegetables and have known about the edibility of Basswood leaves for a long time. It was not until this past September that I became a property owner and have the ability now to apply what I have learned to the land. My idea was to plant one in the yard somwhere and keep it small by giving it a heavy pruning when it becomes too unruly; anybody doing this? I have tasted both young and mature leaves and find them very palatable.
1 year ago
here in pennsylvania people used to use corn cobs and newspaper to wipe their bums in the old days
4 years ago
you might also want to look into bald cypress.....can grow in the water and does a great job at stabilizing the soil.
4 years ago
with fish and smaller animals I usually let the pile "cook" for a month then turn it every other day after that until its cold and the materials are unrecognizable. Make sure your pile is large enough....mine are about 5 feet high and 5 feet wide.
6 years ago
I have composted fish and its turns out just fine. Once the pile gets hot they disappear within a couple of days. I have also done this with roadkill deer, foxes, birds, squirrels, and rabbits. There is no smell whatsoever and i never had a issue with critters. With fish you could also make homemade fish emulsion or just do it the indian way and bury it in holes during planting time.
6 years ago
flying dragon citrus is probably the cold hardiest
6 years ago
Use roadkill....they are just bags of fertilizer laying all along our roads ripe for the taking...killed accidentally and waiting for someone to give them a proper burial
6 years ago
woodchips and sawdust are a byproduct of woodworkers and lumber industry...they will continue to be made whether or not you use them
6 years ago
Temperate, Temperate Rain forest, Tropical, Sub Tropical, Tundra, Prairie, Oceanic, Desert, Boreal, Mediterranean, Alpine, or Savannah? Include anything else you wish.
6 years ago