Mike Schroer

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Dennis,
Goji berries like higher PH.  I finally have a few bushes growing, pretty small but you could probably get a few cuttings to stick if you want to give them a try.
greybeardmike
5 days ago
Dennis,
Since I live about 6 miles from you I have been looking for something similar.  Have you considered the southern bayberry or also known as the southern wax myrtle?  It is a nitrogen fixer and has blooms for the bees and waxy berries for the birds.  The wax on the berries can be collected for scented candles.  But not much in the way for something to eat.  It is evergreen in our area.  I am in my second attempt to start some from seed.  The first attempt was a failure.  I can let you know if my second attempt works.
greybeardmike
5 days ago
Pears seem like the least trouble and thrive the best, unfortunately not my favorite fruit.  Asian pears seem to be less prone to problems.
3 weeks ago
I'm in Lacey's Spring and haven't put anything on mine.  So far (several years) they haven't been hurt.  It couldn't hurt to put a heavy mulch on them.
3 weeks ago
It seems like a body could be placed on a rack or stretcher and then paper mache'd.  Maybe with some seeded bacteria in the paper mache' mix to facilitate decomposition.  The paper mache mix could possibly be mixed of materials to retard or accelerate decomposition.  With the rack or stretcher the body could be respectfully handled and lowered into a grave.  I would think the paper mache would be more environmentally friendly than a casket or basket.
7 months ago
I had access to an abundance of Asian persimmon a year ago and froze many and made a batch of vinegar.  The vinegar turned out great.  Hadn't thought of making a tomato paste/sauce substitute.  As my own trees are just now coming into production I will have to try that.  I have Fuyu, Masomoto Wase Fuyu, Jiro, Maekawa Jiro, Izu, and Suruga varieties.  They are all non-astrigent and are very sweet.  A combination with something else may be required to acquire the tartness of a tomato for the paste or sauce.  They are a perennial tree and the harvest is late in the fall and early winter so making up sauce and paste would be at a less busy time.
9 months ago
My experience with persimmons is in conflict one of the posts.  I dig up a lot of persimmons and I don't find big taproots.  I find extremely long roots running great distances from the trees and putting up suckers at many places.  Are you seeing volunteer root suckers coming up in your garden?  I graft Asian persimmons onto many of my persimmon saplings here in zone 7.  If you cut your persimmon trees off you will probably get a sapling come up that you could graft onto.  The Asian persimmons don't get near the size of the native persimmons.  The other thing to consider is the history of the soil.  Top soil in a mature forest is not very deep.  Most of the biomass is in the tree canopy.  A savanna with a mix of trees and grass will have much deeper top soil.  Your hard concrete soil may have been in a mature forest while the other areas not to far away may have been a savanna and have much more topsoil.  Mulch and cover crops is what it will take to build that soil.
1 year ago
I have a Sundance apple that is in really bad soil, heavy clay and doesn't drain well in the winter, and it still does pretty well against the rust.  It is a patented variety so that will restrict your propagation options.
1 year ago
I have seen this happen with transplants and have a theory for it.  Granted it is a theory and I have nothing to back it up except observations.  I think the plants respond to transplant shock by putting on fruit to propagate themselves before they die from the shock they are suffering.  I have seen these same transplants not bear fruit again for years when they are fully established.  Some of these transplants I have thought would never bear again but eventually do if all their requirements are being met.
1 year ago
I have considered doing something similar for an earth bermed earthbag house.  My reason for insulation on the outside is to control condensation on the inside of the walls.  I haven't figured out what type of insulation to use nor what outside finish to use.  With some really good insulation on the outside and a good passive solar gain design you may be able to capture nearly all the heat you need for your mild climate in the thermal mass of the walls.
1 year ago