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Joylynn Hardesty

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Joy discovered Permaculture in 2015. Thanks, Paul! And suddenly the vast expanse of grass began to shrink. Her hubby is appreciative, as mowing is not fun for her guy.
Joy is designing her permaculture paradise from the edges. Fumbling and stumbling all the way. She successfully grows weeds and a few fruits and veggies in the humid Mid-south.
Officially Zone 7b, according to personal obsevations I live in 7a, SW Tennessee
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Update on my 2019 fiber garden... I chose not to water it last year. Our seasonal drought was longer than normal.

I did not expect the cotton to sprout and I planted too many things in the space allotted. The cowpeas just complicated the already crowded area. They should have been another 2 feet distance to allow production of any of it.

I did not weed the flax on time. They were weak and leggy once they did get weeded. They were so week they just lay on the ground and expired. No blooms. The growing Mulberry tree cast more shade than I expected.

The squash grew big and lush, shading out the cotton, stunting it. When the squash began to vine, I pulled them towards the tarp, revealing only 4 cotton still living. I got several late blooms, but no bolls developed before the growing season ended.

Now I know that this is not the location for a fiber garden.
2 days ago
Disclaimer: I have not done this yet. It’s on my list for the upcoming season.

According to John Moody in his The Elderberry Book

I paraphrase: Choose new young softwood branches that are just turning from green to brown, cutting the branch into 5-to-6-inch pieces. Remove all but the two topmost leaves from each segment. At this point, you can root them in water or soil. The plants take about 12 or more weeks to develop sufficient roots.

Will you be traveling by car or plane? This may change how to handle the cuttings. If by car, I’d put them in pots, multiple cuttings per pot, keeping the soil very moist, out of direct sunlight. If by plane, I’d put them in a Ziploc bag, the ends without leaves wrapped in a very moist kitchen-sized towel. I’d pack it in my carry on and avoid crushing them.

Also, if the leaves are large, I’d cut most of each leaf off. Akiva of Twisted Tree Farm has an Article about propagating mulberry trees. I think his point about cutting the leaves would be applicable to your situation with elderberries too.

When you get them home, keep them out of direct sunlight until well-rooted. Setting up a misting system would be ideal, but keeping them in a self-watering system may also work. I’d be tempted to move them to a bucket of water in the house, guaranteeing them attention until rooted.

Another option, would be to dig up a few new root suckers from the base of the plants. I have had success with transplanting young plants propagated by the birds. Theese may not be true to your desired variety though.
2 weeks ago
For truly luxuriant wool, B. Black and Sons is the fabric company to buy from. It is lovely. It comes with a price tag.

They now have buy per yard options!
3 weeks ago
Welcome to Permies! I look forward to watching your progress here.

3 weeks ago