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Annie Burncott

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Arlington, WA
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Well...what I'm gathering is it's time to plant. We just had a morning of frost, but right back to high 30s mornings, so I'm risking it, if it is a risk. So many plant early in zones far colder than mine, and Bobby has planted already. Thanks Bobby.
6 years ago
Bengi, Like Matt, I'm interested, too. I'm all ears!

Well, I'm going to admit this, Wyomiles. For me, spring is a blessing and a curse. Sometimes all the work it brings is overwhelming, and I envy those with a shorter growing season. I suspect Robert is shaking his head right about now. I've considered a greenhouse, but I think, "Do I really want to be growing year 'round or close to it?" I'm kind of lazy that way...
6 years ago
Matt, I appreciate all the details. You're definitely warmer than we are, but we're just a few weeks behind you, it appears. What I am going to do for sure is stagger the planting the way you do. I haven't done that before, and it eludes me why I hadn't thought of that prior to your post. Thanks again!
6 years ago
Hi Matt,
Do you ever have snow or freezing after you've planted the potatoes? Do you remember the weather last year after you planted? I've always followed the guidelines of "plant mid-April" for zone 8, but I wonder if I could go sooner. I just called Territorial, where I get my seeds, and they said, "Plant for tax day, yup." But I wonder...Of course, I've got an idea now from you, which is try to plant some early and see what happens. I can stagger when I plant. Thanks!
6 years ago
Hello!

Ordering seed potatoes and wondering whether to have them sent mid-April or ASAP. Such a mild winter we've had and spring is already here! The grass is already growing. I'm in zone 8, four miles from the Sound. Yes, it can still snow, still freeze (not just frost!) for the next month at least, but I"m betting this warm trend will continue. Is anyone as optimistic as I and planted their potatoes yet this year or about to? When do you normally plant your potatoes? Last year I planted mine April 15, and they seemed to grow well, but I wonder if they could have been in the ground longer and gotten bigger. The plants weren't entirely dead when I had to harvest since the "rains" were coming. It was early October. Thanks!
6 years ago
Thanks, Lew, for all the details. I "saw" that farm of yours in the 70s because you described it so well, but I think the back-scratching-grunting comment was the clincher! I'm beginning to understand so much more as I read thread after thread on pigs. It's somewhat daunting, but then I read Kelly's reply (thank you, Kelly), and I think, yeah...2 kunes and she sees no impact yet. Kelly, how long have you had those 2 kunes on your 5 acres? Great suggestion about seeing where the pigs have been when buying them to see how much they've impacted the land. I'll do that.

You also asked how many pigs, and here goes another question. Currently, I buy 50 pounds of pork meat a month, and I'd like to know how many pigs I would need to raise a year to give me that amount of pork? I expect to freeze of course. I'll bet there's some kind of formula, and if anyone can send me there or can give me a ballpark figure, that would be great. I have this vision of keeping 3 -5 pigs at a time, but perhaps that's a bit naive...

Shawn, I appreciate your suggestion. When you mentioned Walter Jeffries the name clicked, and it took me a few seconds..."Isn't he that Sugar Mountain Farm guy?" I asked myself. I'd actually been to his site just before finding this forum, so thanks for suggesting him. At the beginning of any endeavor, there's a lot of sifting to get to know where the good information is to be found, and it's great to be validated that what I'd found actually WAS a good source.

Thanks again, everyone!
6 years ago
I've heard a lot about pasture-raised pigs, but has anyone raised pigs by letting them live on forested land in the PNW? I want to raise meat pigs without feeding any grain and give them a happy life. I have 5 free acres of thick forest with a little grassy area, but is technically all 2nd growth forest. I do not want my land cleared, and I wonder if pigs will destroy the natural setting I so love. It's my dedicated hiking place, but I wouldn't mind sharing it with pigs if they were easy on the land and would thrive. The kune kunes seem like they might be good pigs to consider. If anyone has any experience or knows of any specific literature that might address my questions, I would very much appreciate any info or direction where to go to find it. Any additional info that I didn't know to ask, I'd love to hear, too!
6 years ago