Susan Wakeman

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since Dec 06, 2013
Lake Geneva, Switzerland, Europe
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I use both a note book and wooden markers to keep track of what I plant in each bed:split bamboo for the variety of veg (i.e. Manchester long) & sometimes the date, and the tops of wooden wine boxes at the head of each bed with the veg type which I prepare ahead during the winter when I plan my crop rotation.
Last time I collected slugs I noted good many kinds there were (5).
In our community garden, we have a kid friendly reference book so the kids can look up the critters they find. They write the date of the sighting in the book so over time we have our critter library!
I'm so work focused on my garden that I'm grateful to my husband who sometimes visits to take pictures to help me see is beauty. At his suggestion I've installed a seat in the best viewing spot which has really helped me take a step back and observe.
You can get daikon seeds from Sativa Seeds or Zollinger seeds in Switzerland. Check out Dr. Red hawks posts on soil. He also has some comments on dealing with a clay slope.
Would love to visit some time.
In the message above, my part and the quoted part somehow got inversed.
3 weeks ago


I think if I do do this thing, I'm going to back it up by planting a living hedge in and adjacent to it.  We've got a bunch of thorny stuff that wants to grow here; the only reason I haven't done living hedges 'ere now is the long lead time before they are functional.  But planting osage orange and honey locust and willow and mulberry and hackberry along a dead hedge seems like a reasonable way to get to a permanent living and fodder-producing fence, especially if some of the trees supporting the dead hedge continue to grow and produce coppice (well, more like pollard actually) material for refreshing it.  Adding to the dead hedge doesn't seem like much of a burden when I am actively growing and clearing and maintaining the land in its vicinity; there will always be brush that needs to go somewhere.  But I like the idea that by the time I get to that certain age when I'm not going to be cutting brush, I might have a living hedgerow that won't need as much attention.

Ross Raven wrote:

Dead hedges can naturally turn into live hedges planted by birds that nest in them. I saw an example of a 10 year old dead hedge that had become a fully established natural hedge in Switzerland.

3 weeks ago
I did one with Patrick Whitefield associates because I was looking for a European context. Had learned everything right here on permies allready! The projects and forestry theme were good though.
3 weeks ago
I'm wondering if any of you have experience with people sponsoring trees? Like a crowdsourcing campaign.

This is for a demonstration garden, we've worked out which trees, who will plant them and a budget. Communication channels are identified.

What we need to work out are the nuts and bolts of the sponsorship. Any suggestions or pitfalls to avoid?
3 weeks ago
I sow my parsnips with radish. By the time the radish are pulled, the parsnips are big enough to be mulched.
I've set up the venturi for the overhead sprinkler and it works well. However, I'm more lonely to use the drip line in the summer. Do I run the risk of clogging up the holes with bacterial sludge if I irrigate with compost teas through the drip line?
1 month ago