Jd Gonzalez

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Virginia,USA zone 6
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Based on the length of the stem from the trunk to the leaf and the color of the trunk is tend to believe it is a plantain not a banana. A banana leaf is usually closer to the trunk and the plantain leaf will grow several inches away. The trunk in a banana will be darker in color while a plantain will have pinkish/reddish hues. Again, just a generalization, the fruit will be the proof.
2 weeks ago
Two things that I've used. Cucumber peel tea and tobbacco tea.
Soak the cucumber peels in water for a couple of hours. Pour the peel and tea al over the at hill. The disappear.

Tobacco tea will also kill them

3 weeks ago
Any thoughts of creating incidental water slowing and moisture capturing structures such as mini rock and soil swales, or half moon water catchments while casting seeds?
4 months ago
Could this be true?  Imagine if it were, enough energy for the region and perhaps the whole continent and increased water precipitation.


Climate model shows large-scale wind and solar farms in the Sahara increase rain and vegetation," Science (2018).


Greening the desert with...solar and wind?
7 months ago

wayne fajkus wrote:Looks like we are ready for new challenge. Dr jeckyl may have used this. What is it?


Vacuum coffee maker.
8 months ago

wayne fajkus wrote:This will be too easy for some. A must have for any homesteader.  Its part of a few pieces.

Steam juicer.
8 months ago

Tatiana Trunilina wrote:Thanks so much y'all!


JD, I didn't find anyone willing to dump their wood chips on our property for free, we live quite a ways out in the sticks. But we are planning to cover a significant portion of our land with mulch that we will buy. But will cover crops grow in mulch?



Some legumes might grow in mulch such as beans, peas, cow peas, and pigeon peas, other cover plants will not do too well, However you may plant by removing the mulch in furrows, plant your seeds and then re-cover it with the mulch. The mulch helps diminish soil temperature, and maintain moisture in the soil, which in turn makes the microbial and fungal activity possible, eventually breaking down into rich compost-like material.  Go slow and observe, tweak as needed.

I am not sure on how low  the temperature gets in your area but Moringa might be a quick biomass producer so by doing chop and drop.  Another fast growing candidate could be the black locust tree that is also are able to fix nitrogen in the soil.

8 months ago
I spy what looks like a spearfishing tip (center left) No clue about the handle looking thing.

8 months ago