Catherine Carney wrote:Thanks Helen. I haven't used the wastewater from my fleece washing on tomatoes, but have usually poured it either around fruit trees or onto fallow portions of the pasture. I'd never really thought about the nitrogen content of the water--my concern was potential contamination with bacteria (E. coli) and soap/detergent on my vegetable crops.
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:The Inhabit film, which is really inspiring about permaculture designs, is now available for free streaming due to the crisis.
Carol Denton wrote:What I learned:
3. That hugel beds work and I need more of them.
4. And most of all, doing my part to change the world in my own backyard matters. It doesn't seem like such an insignificant drop in the bucket anymore.
William Bronson wrote:
I used to find my self landing on a certain racial supremacy website because of my googling of back to the land type subjects...
Yet another reason to appreciate Permies.
steve bossie wrote:i use wood chips around everything. been doing it for 10 yrs. now and that has added 6in. of new soil around my trees and bushes. i top off last years mulch every spring with 4-5in. of fresh stuff. have wine caps and blewits i put in there 5 yrs ago still flushing all over the yard as well as some other species.i have started growing creeping thyme from seed and planting it in bare spots. it fills in quickly and smell nice when touched and when blooming. i munch on fresh springs occasionally when i walk by. grows very easily. bakercreekheirloom seeds has seeds for good prices. try growing the sorba red japanese buckwheat they sell. its red blooms and stalks are absolutely beautiful and the bees love it. did a few strips of it in the yard behind the creeping thyme
Marco Banks wrote:I live in a similar climate as you, and from the sounds of things, similar soil. As others have mentioned, mulch is a key ingredient to a successful orchard for a number of reasons: retention of moisture, feeding the soil and the soil microbes, keeping the soil and tree roots cool, and suppression of weeds.
Consider using black plastic mulch to kill those nasty weeds. It's inexpensive enough and it should hold up for a couple of years. You can use it to kill the nasty weeds [.....] Experiment a bit with it -- I think you'll find that to be a much better solution than Round-Up or some other weed killer.
Heather Staas wrote:
When I was on acreage my favorite tree was the weeping willow. It was great fodder for ALL my livestock, shed good amts. of whips and small branches naturally to be gathered/ eaten. It was also beautiful and a great sturdy shade tree for my grazing animals. Easy to propagate as most willows are. On a small property though, I am torn between beautiful and delicious Juneberry/amelanchier grown as a small multi-trunk tree.. or nice shade producing river birch that shelters birds all year and keeps my house shaded from afternoon sun. Both leave enough filtered light to grow strawberries, etc. underneath!
Tj Jefferson wrote:I can't possibly have a "favorite", that is like asking which is your favorite child!