Kamaar Taliaferro

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Berkshire County, Ma. 6b/4a. Approx. 50" rain
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Nothing really new to add here, just thought this process might be useful. It might not apply to your climate, where I am we have super wet springs.

Last growing season I covered grass with inoculated burlap sacks (requires a little foresight, I set up the inoculation for the bags about 5 weeks before I used them). Covered the burlap sacks with "weeds" when I had them.

Covered those sacks with anywhere from 3 to 12 inches of wood chips.

In those wood chips I made soil plugs, to the depth of the grass, and maybe 6 inches in diameter. The soil was a mix of big-box-store bagged soil and purchased compost.

Planted in soil plugs.

Wood chips-free
Burlap sacks--free from a local roaster (check whole foods stores, coops, etc, bulk grains often come in giant brown paper bags).
Bagged soil: 1.79 per 40 lb bag. Bought 10
Delivered compost: $50 per cubic yard bought 1
Mushroom spawn: 20 per #5 bag from Fedco (I wanted known spawn of edible mushrooms, maybe try store bought mushroom slurries?)

Total cost: 90 bucks for about 1000 square feet of bed space, but again I only planted into those "soil plugs". Took about a week to go from grass to planted beds, working 2-3 hours a day.

Squash, sunflowers, various herbs, bare root strawberries, lilies, scarlett runner beans, all flourished for me. All brassica lagged, they were planted too deep into summer and not watered enough maybe. Cucumbers looked promising until they wilted to cucumber beetle pressure.
2 hours ago
I'd also love to add, that ordering plants from Edible Acres was simple.

The plants thrived. I bought 3 raspberry plants and they produced fruit the same growing season that I ordered them.

And the packaging they arrived in was merrily customized, (and probably recycled?)

His nursery work, in my experience, is as phenomenal as his videos.
3 weeks ago
Hey Audrey here's a cool site with a nice plant list,

John Kitsteiner farms somewhere in Kentucky I think. He's the site author.

One other consideration is wildlife pressure. And Edible Acres has some YouTube videos that show how he defends his high value seedlings against predation.

Is your orchard for home use only?
1 month ago
Check out this website.


Lotsa plant profiles too, including non nitrogen fixing but potentially nutrient accumulating support plants.
3 months ago
Kinda surprised no one has mentioned Weston Price and his work early in the 20th century cataloging dental health in relatively un-industrialized communities.

His focus ended up being on diet differences in those communities, with the conclusion being industrialized diets were causing all kinds of dental ailments. The pictures were fascinating to me.

Health is wealth.
4 months ago
Tricia, that is phenomenal insight on inter-stem grafting and its affects on hardiness.

Thank you!
4 months ago
Hiya Tricia,

    If you like the size of dwarf trees and want a larger root system check out inter-stem grafting.

Skillcult on youtube has a couple videos on how to interstem graft and a follow up on how they've grown over a few seasons.
a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjcWqLP65HM

4 months ago
Getting 2 out of the 5 health board members to vote against spraying at any risk threshold has been the culmination of about a decade of public outreach and education. Yet 3 members were still swayed by the blatant lying of the mosquito control programs director (who also happens to be a salesman for the company that sells the poison to our city).

I haven't spearheaded any of the outreach, I've just been present. Many of my neighbors appreciate the spraying, despite all the evidence against it. And others just don't care.

Seems like there are 2 actions to take, civil disobedience and/or litigation. While waiting for either to be effective any ideas for physical barriers, ways to render the poison inert, etc?

5 months ago

I live in a small city that sprays to control the population of mosquitoes that might potentially carry West Nile Virus.... .01-.49 in 100,000. That is the average annual incidence in my county as recorded by the CDC from data accumulated from 1999-2016. I'm exasperated with my local board of health that came to a weak compromise--that has been ignored by the director of the mosquito control program--even after the mountains of evidence showing both the real and dangerous consequences of the main adulticide used, and the utter lack of need to spray in the first place.

I'm not above civil disobedience, I know where this truck mounted sprayer is located.

But first, I thought I'd ask---does anyone have any good ideas on how I might block this poison spray from inundating my property?
5 months ago
I don't mean to hijack the thread. I just feel a couple things I need to say.

There's not any equivalency between pedestrians and cyclists, and car drivers. If someone walks into you, or hits you with their bike, ouch, curse their offspring/laugh, return to normal. If someone hits you with a car, you're dead. Is that a bias? Maybe.

In the U.S. "suburbanization" has made the car a culture. I personally could do with much less asphalt in my life, so I see a solution to be had. Doesn't mean I hate cars. It means I'd like to live in more vibrant places.

On my street people speed in cars every single day. There are consequences of that, even if there are no accidents;
children don't playing outside, they've been yelled at about being too close to the road too many times;
people don't chit chatting on the sidewalk;
there are maybe 4 gardens in front yards out of 60-ish houses and every house has the space to plant at least something.
Every single one of my neighbors has taken the time to mention how fast cars drive up and down our street--it's an entirely residential road, there's not even a speed limit posted.

So slowing down cars in my residential neighborhood isn't really about the cars. It's about the kind of neighborhood I would like to live in. I'd like more green space, "O look at that ugly asphalt". I'd like to see kids playing outside "O, look at that ugly asphalt". I'd like there to be a space my neighbors and I could partay together "O, look at that ugly asphalt".

Cars are necessary because of how we've designed the places we live not because the great Universal Architect spoke "and thus, Tractor Supply shall lay 5 miles from the nearesteth place of rest". We can live without cars, we have for millenia, I trust that collective, lived experience much more than Henry Ford.
6 months ago