Elizabeth Wheeler

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Also, if you can, model and tweak your design using thermal performance software.
1 year ago
The answers to most of your questions will be specific to your site. Earthships require good design to ensure passive heat gain and cooling.

Here is a really great resource that you could use to ensure your design actually delivers the goods.

http://www.yourhome.gov.au/

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1 year ago
PJ/Van Kal's plantings are lovely!

At risk of sounding sacrilegious, I have stopped planting comfrey because:
http://www.gardenmyths.com/comfrey-dynamic-accumulator/

I especially wouldn't plant it in an orchard like yours - it's way too invasive. In a small garden, it's still possible to eradicate it later (with lots of hand weeding and cardboard), but in an orchard, it will be there forever.

Cheers
Elizabeth Wheeler
Melbourne, Australia

1 year ago
Two problems, first, the thermal lag of water is very short, so it discharges all its heat very rapidly. Secondly, unless you have a means to keep the heat in (i.e. insulation), your heat gain is not worth much. Your best bet is to place some insulating material under dark pavers (thermal mass), in a place where they receive direct sunlight.
2 years ago

Raine Bradford wrote:Leila, I know this is an old post, but I used trichoderma this spring for leaf curl and it worked wonders!!! I got a powder that was a mix of trichoderma and mycorrhizal beneficial fungi from website called kelp4less. I mixed it and made a foliar spray. I did it about 4 weeks after leaves emerged and there was already a lot of fruit set. I saw new healthy growth within a few days. I sprayed again about 10 days later, as the website recommended. Most of the infected leaves have dropped off by now (a month later) and you can barely tell there was a problem. Fruit looks fine. Can't believe people don't know about this.



Raine, could you please pop back and tell us how your trees do this season? Leaf curl typically appears at the beginning of the growing season and in my experience, the affected leaves are generally quickly replaced by healthy leaves. Fruit might still look fine too, though it seems that trees that have been affected for years drop off in production and new trees don't establish as well. So, for me, what you've said doesn't necessarily indicate success - but for everyone's sake, I hope it does!
3 years ago