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Kathleen Driscoll

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My challenge is  temperature swings (It will be 90 F during the day and 30 F at night) and summer frosts (it is not unusual to have a hard frost in July/August).  I bought zone 4 fruit trees that didn't make it the first year because of this. We are supposed to be zone 5b, but I now ignore this and focus more on microclimates and protection for those mid-summer frosts.  We also built a greenhouse below grade to help with the temp fluctuations.  It's been a challenge to learn gardening here in Central Oregon that's for sure!!!
2 years ago
Thank you for the response.  I think I will use wood chips, I don't want to deal with sprouting straw again.
2 years ago
Thanks for the info.  I have not saved any seeds from the affected plants.  It was such a widespread problem last year that I am very concerned about what's going to happen this year.  I usually don't have garden anxiety, but I do now .LOL.  I have ordered some different varieties, and taken such additional precautions so all I can do is hope for the best.  Thanks again.
2 years ago
Thanks for the response.  Getting a soil analysis is really expensive here, so I need to research if you can have too much calcium in the soil.  If it doesn't cause any problems I may just add some gypsum, correct watering problems and hope the problem is resolved.  I still need to figure out the best mulching material.  Thanks again!
2 years ago
I have several questions and would appreciate any feedback.  
First off, I had a huge problem last season with blossom end rot in my tomatoes, squashes and melons.  I tested the soil and the pH was 7.0.  I always add crushed egg shells to the compost and fertilize with a combo of bone meal and blood.  There were some pretty severe temp fluctuations, but that will hopefully be remedied this year with a shade cloth and more ventilation.  I am very careful with watering, but I am planning on adding drip irrigation and  a thicker layer of mulch.  I am wondering what the general opinion is regarding mulch materials.  I am not a huge fan of straw due to the massive sprouting that has happened the last few times I've used it.  If I use wood chips/wood shavings will it disrupt the nitrogen levels?  I am converting to the no dig method, and plan on adding more fungi and worms to soil as well.  Does anyone have any ideas on what else I should do to prevent the blossom end rot?

 I am in Central Oregon and our soil is pumice.  It has improved over the last few years due to massive amounts of compost, chicken/pig/rabbit/horse manure, straw/hay and sheet mulching.  There was not a worm to be found when we moved here, but I have added them and they are starting to stick around (we had to get rid of a lot of ants first!!).  Thanks so much!!!
2 years ago
You're right, there is so much in the valley and in Southern Oregon, but not much in Central Oregon. There are some farms north of Bend that are permaculture based, but not much. I live in La Pine and am trying to plan with permaculture ideals, but it is hard due to the harsh climate (mostly temp fluctuations). Our soil is improving due to animal manure, composting, etc. I have some hugels in and starting more for water retention, and am in the process of several other projects. We did build a sunken greenhouse, this will be our first season with that. I am trying to make a food forest in the greenhouse. We'll see how it goes.
2 years ago
Good News!! I got home from work today around lunch time and the diarrhea is gone. I had picked up their new food (un-medicated) on the way home, so it wasn't due to that. I guess it was probable time and yogurt.
They were very active this afternoon, I guess they were feeling a little down after all. It's all a learning experience I suppose.
Thanks everyone!
2 years ago
I am taking them off the medicated feed today. They do eat a lot of grass now, but I will increase. Thank you!
2 years ago
It is cultured, and contains live bacteria. I know you can give Kaopectate, but this piglet is really shy and will not let me near him. They were not handled at previous home. I guess I can try to sneak it into some applesauce or something.
Thank you for responding!!
2 years ago
Hello all. I have three piglets (9 weeks old), that I picked up from a very reputable farm nearby one week ago. They all had mild diarrhea for a few days, but now one is having severe diarrhea. It just constantly drips from his rear end, it is pale green in color. The piglets are all acting great. They are eating, drinking, and playing as normal. They were on pasture grass, hay, and a pellet mix at their old home, and are now on barley grass, clover, and a medicated pig starter diet. The feed store employee recommended the medicated diet because of the major problems with diarrhea in pigs last year. This is our third year raising pigs and we have never used medicated feed before. I just did some research on the medication (Carbadox) and I am really upset that I have been feeding this. I has been banned from most countries and the FDA has just recommended that this be removed from animal feed due to it being a carcinogen. I will return the bags to the feed store, but what should I do about the diarrhea? I have given yogurt for the last couple of days, but there has been no improvement. Should I just be more patient? As I said, they are all acting normal (other than nasty diarrhea in one). Sorry this is so long. Thank you for any help/advice, I really appreciate any feedback.
2 years ago