Sally Munoz

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I'm also a sucker for flowering trees, my peach trees are in bloom and I'm in heaven. We snack on black locust flowers and while someone told me they were toxic, I haven't observed any ill effects.
1 year ago
I agree with all of what's been mentioned, the herbs, legumes, the beautiful greens.
Scarlet runner beans and purple magnolia peas top my list, along with favas.
Other favorites that I haven't seen mentioned are salsify, walking onions and a variety of mache called Doucette d'Algers.
I also adore my hops and fennel.
1 year ago

Heather Staas wrote:Sochan is right up there.  Earliest productive spring green and then loads of very tall yellow coneflowers.

I had no idea this was edible,  how cool, thank you for sharing!
1 year ago
Very cool, howdy neighbor! :)
2 years ago
I'm interested! I live in Stevenson, WA so maybe a Portland group isn't a perfect fit but we do shop in the city every so often and while I run the Skamania County permaculture group, nobody out here seems to be doing quite what I'm doing, except one other person (my bestie in Carson) and we could carpool. We met in Portland over 25 years ago when we both lived there, so Portland remains special to us both. We have some unique issues being out in the gorge but we're just an hour away and I'd like to be in this conversation.
We've been on our 3 acres for 10 years and while I read and study the heck out of permaculture principles and apply so many, i really had no idea what I was getting into buying property on the side of a rocky gorge that had been logged in the 80s and not cared for since (yeah it was a blackberry jungle and still is in many areas). My biggest challenge right now is water and I'd love to exchange ideas with others.
2 years ago
The other issues mentioned here are certainly possible too though, depending on your location. So many variables growing food!
3 years ago
Same with mine this year, nothing. It bloomed amazingly but no baby fruits at all. I've read that some fruit trees produce every other year if not thinned because the tree is overworked one year and then takes a break the next. I didn't think we had too many last year but it was a decent crop and I did not thin so it's likely that's the cause. We have lots of other plum trees so it's getting cross pollinated and it was a nice mild winter and spring so no late frosts. I'm inclined to believe the every other year theory for some varieties if not hand thinned. Our old homestead plums produce every year but do their own thinning (we call it the June drop). I do know some of these newer varieties (and by new, I mean last hundred years or so) don't self thin well enough or at all. I read that was the case with apples, specifically Fuji, really needing hand thinning. This was from Michael Phillips,
who I believe to be very knowledgeable on the subject.
I'd be willing to bet we need to thin our Santa Rosas.
3 years ago
Wish the picture did the rainbow more justice, 'twas  a lovely moment.
3 years ago
Thank you William,
It is a delicate situation.  
I purchased her first book many years ago, purchased every one since, had the pleasure of seeing her teach and meeting her after class, and have grown many wonderful meals from her seeds.
I never had an order go unfilled but would totally write it off if I had.
Bless her heart, I was hoping she was okay and couldn't find anything online.
Thanks for your answer.
Curious if there are any updates on Carol?
Her websites appear to be hacked and I'm wondering if there's any news?