Casie Becker

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forest garden urban
Zone 8B/9A
Temp avg range 15 F to 100 F (cold temps are sporadically scattered through winter)
Avg rain 36 inches (plus or minus 25 inches)
Flood and drought both are common here.
Alkaline limestone/caliche based soil
Just northwest of Austin, TX
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I am actually planning for the next papaya, but if they do puff up when fried that would be fantastic.   Maybe I will try plating with some of this batch tomorrow morning when I come home from work.   One papaya certainly makes enough to try several different approachs
2 days ago
Often garden information is region specific,  so it can help to know generally where the garden is.  As an example, most of my area has alkaline soils.

But for a great education on overall soil health, and how you can optimize it; look at the top of the soil forum. Just below the word soil and above the lost of topics is a link to a series of essays that cover just about every question I have ever had.
2 days ago
Often garden information is region specific,  so it can help to know generally where the garden is.  As an example, most of my area has alkaline soils.

But for a great education on overall soil health, and how you can optimize it; look at the top of the soil forum. Just below the word soil and above the lost of topics is a link to a series of essays that cover just about every question I have ever had.
2 days ago
I dehydrated very thin slices of papaya until they are crispy.  The texture is nearly like a potato chip (slightly papery) and the flavor is very mild.  I think it could easily be made into a savory chip.  I am not sure how to season dehydrated raw foods. It didn't turn out well when I tried to season green beans, so I would welcome some suggestions.

It would also be nice to see savory recipes for fresh papaya also.  Cooked or raw it is such a nutritional powerhouse,  I would like to be eating more.  
2 days ago
Welcome to permies, Tylar. Are there particular things you are interested in learning?  I can think of many areas where a person can learn and practice homesteading skills without the homestead, so maybe you are (or could get) ahead of the game. As a city dweller I am still ecstatic every time I master a new skill.
2 days ago
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2 days ago
We have native grass with similar growth characteristics and alway end up having to dig it out, roots, runners and all.  We just started a new experiment of thoroughly clearing a bed and then burying aliminum roof flashing in a trench surrounding the bed. We're basically treating it like miniature bamboo at this point. By this time next year we'll know if the flashing is a working root barrier or not. Sorry I don't have the results yet.
3 days ago
I planted some dark purple sweet potatoes in the from yard three years ago.  I dig them up occasionally for curiosity's sake, so know they produce large roots every year.  The orange sweet potatoes planted at the same time never came back.  Even when I tried to harvest them all that first year there was still enough to reproduce the next spring. I am zone 8b in central Texas. I do suspect that part of their success is being planted on a slope so they don't sit in moisture and rot over winter.

Don't forget to try eating some of the leaves.  The flavor is very mild and they are rather high in protein. My only complain is the texture being a little softer than I prefer..
I still grow thw canada onions you shared with me, tyler.  I like that just a little goes a long way in a dish.  The walking on onions are surviving, but still aren't big enough for me to want to harvest.  It's probably time to try moving those to a better spot in the yard.
4 days ago
Thinking about this, I just remembered this topic https://permies.com/t/61417/permaculture-projects/Climate-analogues-find

I don't know if it exactly qualifies as a cheat sheet, but it might help you find things like gardening blogs in similar conditions.   I get useful information from several other countries who share my common problems.