Dale Nute

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Got some of these years ago & liked the format.  Unfortunately, I must have missed something and they stopped.  With other things happening and not having the location to participate other than vicariously, I ended up forgetting to check Permies out regularly.   Glad to have gotten another one unasked and will attempt to update my profile or whatever it takes to get them regularly.  I am in the process of deleting some of the plethora of emails for topics I no longer have the ambition, stamina or memory cells to deal with so it will be nice to set Permies up for my diminished interests.  
As they say, "you snooze, you lose."  I have been piddling with a similar project directed towards my grandkids for several years now and your book, with pictures yet, shows me how I should have done it.  I think I'll give them a copy of yours instead or at least as an example of what I wanted to do in case I never finish mine.  Great job!
3 years ago
30 years ago I was trying to grow a garden in 3 inches of dirt over an impervious 6 inch layer of hard pan in a brand new subdivision.  The rototiller bounced off like the hard pan like it was on concrete not to mention bending shovel points.  The pine tree growers in the area used det cord to crack the hard pan so the roots could penetrate it but my neighbors were not agreeable so I used a pick axe.   By the time I finished, summer had arrived.  I was told I could not plant anything in the early summer in N.Fla. due to the heat.  So I decided to do it anyway.  
Among my successful crops were potatoes, the best I have ever grown.  I dug a trench about a foot or so deep to get to the cool soil and threw in potatoes at the bottom.  I did not add any fertilizer as the hard pan is pure minerals that turned rocklike over the past million years and Fla rains have plenty of free nitrogen from the lightening.  I threw my collection of spring oak leaves on top of the potatoes and waited until I figured it was time some new potatoes might be ready.  I rooted around in the loose leaves and found nice clean potatoes.  Since the development drained the area to build houses, the water table had dropped enough that the potatoes did not rot.  I had to move the next year so have no idea how the garden would have fared without crop rotation as it was too small to do much of that.
BTW, I also planted sweet potato slips but just mounded leaves around them, no trench.  The leaves were nearly a foot thick so the tendency for the vines to root and make small potatoes over the whole area was prevented.  They hardly needed any digging either.  They pulled up in clumps of 8-10 3 inch diameter potatoes with several smaller ones hanging on.  I've never had a garden like that again.  
1st, I am locked down 200 miles from my garden so cannot provide you with any tubers, sorry as I would have been happy to do so.  
2nd, Invasive is a gross under statement.  They make mint look weak and lacking in conviction.  They seen to spread by both seed and runner.  The runners break off and sprout new plants when you weed them.  I struggle to keep them out of my raised beds and they are in two foot tall concrete block structures.  I fought nut grass as a kid in central Fla and now am fighting these rattlesnake eggs in N. Fla.  
3rd, They grow like crazy and produce well.  I weeded a bushel from one 20x4 ft raised bed last year where they had gotten out of control and have no idea what is going to be awaiting this year.  I need a couple good recipes.
4 years ago
There are two problems on our end.  One is the constant upgrade.  I learned on the original PC's in '86 and just upgraded to Windows 7.  Hopefully will not have to go any higher.  The other problem is operator error.  At one time I worked with 8 software programs and I still have to log in twice to get my password typed correctly, assuming I can find the correct password.  All that said I suspect the same amount of difficulty exists for download and streaming.  
7 years ago
Ok, bought via PayPal on my iPad. First attempt at download failed so backed up and it took me to the login site.  I logged in and it then downloaded.  After reading the cards I went back to my email and it would not work so closed it and reopened it (think that is an iPad issue).  Then found I was logged out of Permies so relogged in and here I am.  Cards are beyond expectations.  Will be buying for presents.
7 years ago
Don't remember hearing about light saturation before but in the old days we were told not to use window glass for greenhouses because the iron in the glass (as demonstrated by the green color seen by looking at the pane on edge) blocked some frequencies needed by the plants.  Glass blocks the UV that darkens my "Transistion" lenses but do not know whether that is UVA or UVB.  Not sure how much effect that has as greenhouses were built with regular glass for decades before the iron free glass could be formulated.
In these new days, with my fancy glasses, I have observed that they do not darken outside until the sun is about 15degrees.  That might indicate that a lot of the light in Alaska does not have strong UV at the lower angles.
7 years ago
I've been lurking for some years now and your posts are a favorite.  Somehow I seem to have lost several generations of "Yankee thrift" on my father's side and Scotch-Irish Cracker heritage on my mother's side so I have little of substance to offer when it come to being frugal.  I too lurk for inspiration.  
I do encourage ethnic stores.  I attended college in the late '50's in a dry county so there was no place for the whites to spend their money except houses and food so prices were exorbitant.  Although being white, we shopped in the black meat markets for less than half the cost of the white supermarkets.  As a social commentary, minimum wage was $1.05 so potatoes at 0.25 per 5# should be some $2.50 today.  
When we complained about the prices we were told that Heidelberg students in the 1600's carried hatchets to school to cut their bread and cheese they brought from home.  I suspect that they also brought along braids of onions, thus French onion soup?  After seeing the two story keg in Heidelberg, I also suspect a good portion of their nutrition came from there.  It's a shame beer no longer has enough nutrition to make it worthwhile.
Keep up the good work.  I hope to reach a tipping point on inspiration soon so I can reachieve some of my frugal heritage.
7 years ago