Liz Hoxie

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since Aug 09, 2014
My husband and I live as close to the land as renters can. We are getting dairy goats in the Spring. We already have chickens. Every plant we put in the ground is drought tolerant and multipurpose. They attract pollinators and are edible or medicinal. I want to raise the goats as naturally as possible and will plant accordingly. We take advantage of the wild plants for forage and deep litter.
Ellisforde, WA
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Recent posts by Liz Hoxie

The landlord believes in gravel/hardscape unless you want a mini golfcourse in your yard! I'm not that anal, and you have to be for it to look good.
3 months ago
I'm used to having plants around the buildings, but since moving West, because of fire danger this is discouraged. There must be a happy medium, and I believe this would help more people embrace permaculture.
3 months ago
Anybody seeing anything on the long term effects on goats? This could get scary.
3 months ago
Would the apricot have a better root system if it was air layered? Would the tree itself be as drought tolerant?
3 months ago
I was thinking about air layering the vines, but air layering is started in the spring. I had never thought about it for a tree! Also, this tree is several miles from here, so maybe it's feasible. I'll ask.
4 months ago
The birch trees will be coppiced to feed goats. I was thinking about pollarding them, but I'll look into coppice as well, since they will have no taproot. This is something to think about in the future.
The apricot tree gets NO care, this is the best way I know of at the present to get a start of the parent. It might be best to start seeds from the same tree and see which performs better in the same location. I'm thinking 10 years for a good trial.
4 months ago
I was basically thinking in general. We found out we're moving, and so far I have taken 6 cuttings of birch trees. A friend has an apricot tree that I would like to take cuttings from to grow an apricot tree. The apricot tree was loaded, and the apricots have a good flavor. The tree is not watered.
4 months ago
Can someone tell me the pros and cons of grafting vs. rooted cuttings? Is the root structure weaker on a cutting? Harder to propagate?
4 months ago
Look at the way that bar is sagging in the middle. I'd be removing cast iron a piece at a time until it stopped sagging. Multiples are a good idea and rebar might look good.
4 months ago