Eric Grenier

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Family of six trying to live off the land figuring out what grows here. Organic/ natural food is crazy expensive here and we're looking to get away from chemical food.
100 acres in Abitibi, Quebec, Canada zone 2a
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Np for helping them expand; let those walking onions grow up and lean down into your new bed. Work that bed with a pitch fork or broad fork and add mulch after putting a little soil on the bent over plant and keep it attached to its mother. Nature will do the rest. I have to add mulch ASAP too into my new beds

Nicole Alderman wrote:I killed a great number of mine. I planted them around my fruit trees and they either got accidentally pulled out with grass, or were just too wet during the spring or something. I had planted about 30 of them, and only three survived. I moved them to a raised garden bed, and they are doing much better there. I have a hard time growing any alliums other than chives, though...

I suspect once you grow out the the walking onions two years your original three will do very well by your trees. The bulbuls are meant to stay attached to the mother plant to ensure reseeding. The mother (large onion) plant will fight and win against any weed/ grass. Im going to try this next year as I will be on my third year on some of my plants
Here on zone 2 they compete with grass but won't make large shoots or bulbils. Since this didn't work I plant them anywhere that's mulched or disturbed like a garden bed. Only rhubarb fights harder than this miracle. Let the bulbils get as big as they can and let them reseed or separate them and and turn 11 plants into 110 aprox next year.
I have rabbits/chickens and bought two done up lambs too. Very good. If you like to barter/ exchange labor; Let me know. I'm a even Stephen type of guy so if your the same its all good. Peace

Gretchen Austin wrote:Happy to hear there is someone in my neighbourhood! My motto for up here has been that it is hard to grow veggies but easy to grow grass, so I grow animals that eat grass and eat them. Love my lamb! Cows have been too expensive to get so far, but I do have two pigs now, and a milking goat, and hoping to keep expanding slowly and let the animals do the work for me. Going to experiment with hugelkultur this coming summer.

5 years ago
Thank you, I'll clarify my question. Can a whoffati be made without digging in the posts? This would eliminate the major problem in this design.
5 years ago
People around here use car tire rims in exposed hunting watches and have lasted over 15 years. Another option is a old fashion fence post holder or rocks like someone else on the forum said. All of these work with the knowledge that posts always rot at the surface.
5 years ago

Josiah Garber wrote:I finally got my Soil Builder / Production Seed Mixture together. Let me know what you think of it.

http://www.thefarmingpodcast.com/store/permaculture-seed-mix-0.9

I tested something similar with less soil builders last year on rather poor soil and got surprisingly good production from it. I'm hoping to do some more land like this spring as well.



Looks good but out of stock and do you ship to Canada? Does anyone know where to get good seeds by the pound in Canada?
5 years ago
We bought some sorry looking sunchokes too and are doing great even in a pot
5 years ago
Valerie, very cool. Did you get an insurance company to insure the barn?
5 years ago

allen lumley wrote:Eric G. : A Rocket Stove is a very special kind of stove, and a strong case can be made for classifying this as a Solid fuel fired Masonry Heater.

As such it is often possible to get a building permit for a home with a "Masonry Heater" Though acceptance varies widely from place to place.

Usually if a Dwelling gets an occupancy permit the insurers will usually fall into line ! Regular wood stoves installed to code are

generally easier to gain acceptance .

Hope this answers your question and is useful, for the good of the crafts ! Big AL



Thanks for the info. We used about 25 cords last year with electricity. This year in our 10km from the 49th parallel house we have two wood stoves and the house is much better insulated. I dream of the day when I can cook on my wood stove and use 3 cords a year of wood. wood is soft in the north. We will be able to survive with one stove and no electricity but for the worst nights. Wood heating is a way of life. Wood heat feels great but I have to admit my family unit of 6 gets it done nicely
5 years ago