Kathleen Sanderson

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since Feb 28, 2009
Green County, Kentucky
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Daughter is still doing fine.

Were those hemlock 'bushes' poison hemlock?  Or were they in the tsuga genus (hemlock trees)?  Because the latter aren't poisonous.

I do think I'm going to plant a couple of pawpaws here, but we are going to be very careful with them.  This is a new area to us, and we can grow things here I've never before been able to grow, but you are right -- we do need to learn as much as we can about them.

Kathleen
2 weeks ago
Thank you again -- that's all good information. 

I was probably worried for nothing, as my daughter is doing great this evening.  But I didn't want to take chances with her health.  Also, maybe someday someone else will need the information.

Kathleen
2 weeks ago
Thank you, Bryant.  The seeds are in a safe spot now.  I'm trying to decide if I still want to plant pawpaws here....apple seeds are also toxic in large quantities, but we eat those once in a while with no ill effects (although I don't chew them up; not sure about her).  Don't eat them on purpose, mind you, but it does happen once in a while.

Kathleen
2 weeks ago
(I posted this question on the other pawpaw thread, then thought I'd better make a separate thread.)

A friend (who is also a member here) brought me a pawpaw to try a little bit ago, because I'd never had one before.  She asked me to save the seeds so she could plant them, so I put all eight seeds in a bowl and left it on the counter.  When I went back through the kitchen, two of the seeds were gone, and I am pretty sure my mentally handicapped adult daughter ate them (she's eaten several things over the last few months that should not have been eaten).  I don't know if she chewed them up, or if she ate them whole, and asking her won't get any information.  Should I be worried about two seeds?  She weighs about 115 lbs..  She also has several auto-immune diseases, including lupus.

Kathleen

ETA:  I moved the seeds to where she can't see them.
2 weeks ago
A friend just brought me a pawpaw to try (the first time I've ever had one), and she asked me to save the seeds for her to replant.  I put the eight seeds in a bowl on the counter; when I came back through the kitchen there were only six.  I think my mentally handicapped adult daughter ate the two missing seeds (she has eaten several things in the last few months that should not have been eaten).  I see that they are toxic -- how toxic?  I don't know if she swallowed them whole or chewed them and asking her won't get any information.

Kathleen
2 weeks ago
I'm going to keep an eye on this thread, because I have a steel stove that will be used in the living room (a very small one -- it's a Vermont Castings Aspen, the smallest one they make, I think).  My plan is to encase the stove with bricks underneath and on three sides, leaving only the front and top with the steel exposed to the room.  This will be partly for safety and partly for heat storage.  I'm interested in whether or not it proves safe to attach a bell to a standard wood stove, though.  If it was safe, I do have room to do that. 

2 months ago
See, those apples that don't break bud early are what I'm looking for.
4 months ago
Will pomegranates grow in Kentucky?  (I suspect not.)  But mulberries will, and I was already planning on planting some of those around the outside of the goat pasture.

4 months ago
We've been at our new place in KY for almost a month and a half; picked up eight Icelandic hens and five roosters plus a bunch of hatching eggs from a breeder in TN shortly after we got here.  They don't quite meet all of my criteria (a bit small to be good meat birds), but they do meet most of what I wanted, and are pretty cute besides!  The eight hens are giving us from six to eight eggs a day (usually seven eggs/day, but of course it's spring, the peak laying season).  I've hatched out the eggs from the breeder, traded some of the chicks to a friend here, and have the incubator full of eggs from the hens I brought home (and they are still giving us plenty to eat).  They are doing really well here; the roosters are all running with the hens (I will eventually separate breeding pens, but have too much to do right now to build those) and are all getting along and watching over the hens with only minor squabbles.  I think that as long as big meat birds aren't your priority, these guys are great homestead chickens.

Kathleen
4 months ago
There are some people raising Kinder goats and getting good milk production without feeding much if any grain (a tiny bit on the milking stand to get them to stand still, possibly).  Kinders ancestry is half Pygmy and half Nubian; they are a dual-purpose breed used for both meat and milk.  I've had them before but had to feed them as we only had one acre at the time.  I'm hoping that here they'll have enough forage much of the year to not need supplements.