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Kathleen Sanderson

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Green County, Kentucky
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Recent posts by Kathleen Sanderson

We've been here one year now, and I'm starting to get a good grasp of climate, soils, etc.  So, in no particular order:

1.  Get the frame-work trees planted (I've got some of them in, as of this morning).
2.  Plant around the pond (rhubarb, horseradish, elderberries, currants, gooseberries, etc.).
3.  Fence the kitchen garden area, which is in the front yard (where it gets the best sun).
4.  Get the former livestock pen between the two barns tilled up for a crops garden (squash, potatoes, sunflowers, etc.).
5.  Cut the young black locust grove for coppice.

Oh, and a bonus:  set up a rain catchment system with four barrels I already have.

1 month ago
The net sounds like it might work!  At 61 I'm not all that much younger than you -- we have to figure out ways to make things work for us!
3 months ago
Cecile, I agree that he needs to be put in his place.  He sounds like a good rooster, watching out for not only the hens, but their eggs.  This is something you want to keep.  What you don't want is to have him attacking you.  The last time I had a rooster who would go after me, I started catching him as he came at me, and I'd tuck him under my arm and carry him around while I did what I needed to do (it actually wasn't that hard to get things done with him under my arm, but I did have quite a bit of practice carrying things around with my three babies!).  It took a little while, but eventually he got the idea and -- while he would watch me -- he stopped attacking me.  He did attack a guy who was helping at my place, but I wasn't going to fault him for that as he was protecting the flock from a stranger.

3 months ago

Steve Thorn wrote:

Kathleen Sanderson wrote:My grandmother had a Damson on her old place on the Oregon Coast and the fruit were my favorite of all her plums (she had several).  They are a bit small, but delicious.

Awesome Kathleen!

I've heard they have a good tangy favor, was that true for the ones you ate?

I've also heard they are famous for preserves. Did anyone ever make any good jam or other preserves from them?

They were tangy, but not excessively so (I like tangy -- one of the reasons I don't care much for the Japanese-type plums sold in the grocery stores is because they are too sweet and lack the tangy flavor).  Grandma used to make a lot of plum jam with them.  

3 months ago
These considerations are one of the reasons why I stuck with dairy goats, even though I was raised with cows (well, not in the barn -- we had cows, LOL!).  A good goat will give as much milk as one of those mini cows anyway, and -- if you have to keep a male -- a buck goat is a LOT less dangerous (though smellier) than a bull of any breed.

3 months ago

Malcolm Thomas wrote:I,m looking for Walipini people , where can i find them on the forum , tentative thoughts on building one in a depression that faces south .


Does the depression collect water from the surrounding area?  Make sure you redirect that flow, if so.

3 months ago
My grandmother had a Damson on her old place on the Oregon Coast and the fruit were my favorite of all her plums (she had several).  They are a bit small, but delicious.

3 months ago

Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:I happened to meet this topic 'accidentally'.
I see it's going in some different directions. So it's OK if I give my opinion on some things I read here as well.

It's on 'intelligence' ('being intelligent'). What exactly is intelligence? Is it the ability to do well at school, to have high scores in tests? About the IQ being a number that remains the same during someone's life I heard different opinions, all 'scientific'...

Once in my life I did an IQ test. It was a test I had to do for school (to know which further education would be best for me). Some days before the test my mother started practicing with me ... She had a book on IQ-tests, with examples. My score on the test was very high! I think that does not tell I am very 'smart', but that I am a very good learner, that I was prepared well.

According to me an IQ-test is very one-sided. It tests the kind of intelligence that's needed for the European (and Northern American) education system. Only that, nothing more.
So I don't know if discussing the influence of the diet on the IQ will be of any value ...

A real scientific study on the topic would have to have quite a few subjects under closely similar conditions, with some controls, and some control over diet.  They would need to also have similar genetic backgrounds.  And there really should be a double-blind aspect to the study.  Without all of these conditions it will be impossible to know accurately just how diet does influence intelligence.  I think we can all make a pretty good educated guess that it does, and there have been some (probably flawed) studies done that show the same thing.  

3 months ago
I thought this might be a good topic for this part of the forum.  I've been working hard at decluttering my house for the last year or so, and it has helped a lot with making the house easier to clean and more comfortable to live in.  There are a number of good books on minimalism -- I'm not going overboard in that direction, because in order to live the 'homesteading/permaculture' lifestyle, there are things we need to own that someone living in a city apartment might not need -- like milking equipment, and canning equipment, and so on.  And we need work clothes as well as going to town and going to special occasions clothing.  But I still read the books on minimalism for inspiration and to keep me going.

There's also a book called How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana White of A Slob Comes Clean.  That's been very helpful to me; I plan to get copies for my granddaughters and my nieces (and maybe my grandson, too, LOL!).

Knowing how to clean things is important, but it is very helpful to reduce the cleaning to an irreducible minimum, and only have things that you really need or want to keep.

4 months ago

Nicole Alderman wrote:Today I had a bit of a revelation. Chickens eat bindweed/morning glory, right? I've got a nasty patch of the stuff that I've been trying to keep from reaching my garden. I've tried pulling it, out compeating it with blackberries (it's no longer in the blackberry patch, but is in my) grass, and planting buckwheat to inhibit it. Each thing has made a dent, and kept it from spreading. But, it's still there in my grass, mocking me.

The area is pretty large. It's the area below my wellhouse. I'll try to get a better picture later, but here's two that I already have (the first is a close-up from when I planted buckwheat in attempts to inhibit the bindweed):

I'm wondering if I could just put their existing house there, and fence in Bindweed Land (which is probably 500-800 sqft) and let them do their chickeny thing there for a while, eating the bindweed and tearing up the roots. And then, after they've done their merry destruction for a year or two, I could think about a tractor system or something else and replant the area with buckwheat, oats and other feed?

Would this kill the bindweed for me? Or, would it just kill the grass and then the little bitty roots that the chickens left would re sprout into a bigger, worse mess?

In my experience, it will weaken the bindweed, but not eradicate it.  Bindweed has huge roots hiding underground and can regrow from them for several years.  Other than chemicals, about the only thing that works -- and chickens can definitely do part of it -- is to keep it chopped out/eaten down to nothing for several years, until it stops trying to come back up.  It will probably try to escape out the sides, so keep a close eye on it.  A really heavy mulch will help, too -- maybe have the chickens eat it down into the ground, then put three or four layers of cardboard over it, topped by a foot or so of heavy mulch.  If you see any vines trying to come up through that pull them out and re-mulch that area.  In about three years or so, you should be able to plant that spot with other things.

4 months ago