Mark Trail

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since Mar 02, 2019
Suburban gardener learning organic, local food production.
north Georgia, USA
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A second window of time would be mid to late October. Our rainy season begins in early November most years and we'd have less concern about watering, but we've had frost as early as the end of October and our tropicals have to move to the greenhouse when nights start getting well below 50 degrees F.
But our fall crops are mostly planted by mid-October. We might miss some of the cool season mushroom harvest, but we'd simply have to find someone to fill in for us and water until the rains come back.

There is a great long-term Permaculture apprenticeship in Atlanta offered by Shades of Green Permaculture. Combined with one of the Georgia Extension Service Master Gardener certification programs and you might be able to cobble together a marketable cert with the organic principles taught by Shades of Green. In addition, you'd get training on plants that live in the Southeastern USA, Zone 7B and 8 to be precise.
In my previous post, I said I have a red clay soul. While that is true, I meant to say that our soil is red clay!
2 months ago
Jungle plants grow in low light on the  forest floor, but tend to need more humidity than a home in winter can provide.
Two solutions:
1. Create a moist micro-climate by putting plants in a broad saucer with pea gravel and a bit of water or enclose your planting area with clear pliastic or glass.
2. Select plants from tropical forests that have a dry season rather than rain forest plants. These plants can handle lower humidity better than rain forest plants.
You could start by trying Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra), Selloum philodendron (gets large), Mother-in-law's tongue (Sanseveria) as has been previously suggested, Draceana.
The list of suitable plants is actually much larger, but this should get you started.
2 months ago
July or August works best for many southern gardeners if we can find someone to water the garden for two weeks. It takes 4 to 5 days to drive to Montana from Georgia, so build an an additional 8 to 10 days on the road for the round trip. Late summer is "layin' by time", traditionally a time to pick veggies and water but no major planting or plowing. .We garden winter and summer here, but fall seed sowing does not start until late August or early September. We have Master Gardener classes here, but they do tend to push agri-chemicals as a remedy. But a short course with organic alternatives might make a good patch on an otherwise comprehensive Master Gardener certification. Unlike Montana, we grow tropical ornamentals and vegetables in our long hot summer and we need to learn universal principles. Our abundant bugs, red clay souls, high humidity and high heat fungal diseases, create unique challenges for anyone who would attempt to grow here.
2 months ago

Ron Millet wrote:Wood posts eh

Why do wood posts always have to be dead wood?.

I have seen living trees used to attach barbed wire and it does work in the woods.
In a field or pasture, the trees may cast unwanted shade.
Dead wood casts less shade than living wood.
Maybe you should focus on the cause of rot: poor drainage, rather than looking for a rot-proof post.
Give rain water somewhere to go: dig your posthole deeper than the post and fill the bottom with gravel.
Accept that nothing lasts forever. Replace a post or two as needed.
Afterthought: Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) is fairly common in your corner of the Ozarks and makes a post that will last a few years.