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Barbara Kochan

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since Dec 19, 2016
Restoring 10 acres of pasture into open space. gardening mostly for food. Slowly building tiny (8x12') house.
Southwest Washington 98612
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Thank you Lina. They are larger trees, several in a line running east to west. I like the idea of currents/gooseberries. Could be they did not get enough water after the first summer; lost track of them. I will try to start with seeds/berries late this fall.
1 month ago
I have several old Hawthorn trees (Common Hawthorn, I'm pretty sure) and they are the only trees on my 10+ acres of flat, former dairy/pasture land. I would really like to start a forest guild in/by them. I tried, 10 years ago, to start some Oregon Grape, knowing of it's great medicinal properties. Unfortunately they did not make it, and that seems very strange, because Oregon Grape loves the Pacific Northwest. I wonder if there is something about Hawthorn that limit what will grow under them? I have some primroses doing well, and a volunteer alder, and of course Evergreen and Himalayan blackberries do well also (on the southern exposure). Any thoughts about whether I should try Oregon Grape again? How about what else I might try.  Thank you
1 month ago
I'd suggest adding some jugs of water as a heat sink: keeps your babies warmer at night. Best of luck.
1 month ago
In response to 'what's wrong with this picture': I see no mulch around the plant starts, which allows good soil to turn, quite rapidly, into dirt. Mulch, mulch, mulch ... yay mulch.

Thank you Darron, for your PNW (and general) input.
I have started the cool weather crops directly recently; I did make some simple row covers since it's been so cold. I have a copper band around my garden which keeps slugs greatly reduced. I will start some seedlings in TP tubes soon, and am wondering if anyone has a good 'recipe' for home-made starter soil. Anyone ... anyone? Thank you
With so many harmful effects of introduced plants/species, I wonder at the wisdom of applying beneficial microbes that have been produced on another continent. With the promotion of Baikal EM1 concentrate here on Permies, I am especially concerned that folks who are working so hard to create healthy environments might get a detrimental result; maybe not even right away: introduced species often are not a problem for decades. Check out all the issues re the Great Lakes from species introduced with dumped bilge water. Thanks all.
3 months ago
I am looking forward to learning more about your product EM-1. Thank you for joining us here.
3 months ago
I really appreciate the efforts toward more sustainable clothing. Natural fiber clothes seem to getting harder to find, and most is of such poor quality when I find it. I am determined to avoid adding microfibers to our waterways: seems like the major sellers of such should be supporting finding a way to launder their clothes without the huge contamination factor. But for me: I would love to learn of your favorite places to buy quality natural fiber clothes.
4 months ago
I am a bit confused: i've seen a couple references to water bath above. I thought pickling and fermenting were alternatives to canning. Is the water bath something different?
4 months ago

Johan Thorbecke wrote:Does it need to be passive? If you have one of those drier vents with flaps and a solar powered fan you're good to go. Sun is shining? Ventilation. No sun? No ventilation.


That's an interesting possiblity, but i still want it to kick in at a certain temperature, say 75 F ... do you know of a solar powered fan that does that? Or just start if the sun is shining? Thank you
6 months ago