Charlie Gato

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I give this seed source 9 out of 10 acorns.

They have been my only source for three years with nearly 100% germination rate. Too good to be true. The first year with them they were very knowledgeable. This year the people responding to my emails have not a clue; that's one acorn for another seed provider. Of course, the seeds themselves sell so they are still my exclusive seed provider.
What's kind of weird to me recently is they accept reviews from non-buyers. Yesterday checked the broccoli selection and most had terrible recent reviews. How do I know it's not a bad actor writing those reviews?
On board with Marco, this year I dedicated late winter to three or more weekly hunts of squirrels in one acre of large canopy trees. Over the course of two months, there were less and less squirrels. They still arrived continually, but I didnt give up. By the end of Spring, not a single squirrel living in the trees of this one acre (oaks I believe). Southeast USA.

My next step is to find out who preys on squirrels in Florida. Here the list of large predators in Florida is Black Bear, Florida Panther, Coyote and Bobcat. So I will buy urine of coyote and if possible Panther. Apparently, it's organic and doesnt involved chasing down squirrels, trapping them or anything. Just a repellent. Cant wait to try this and report back. I'm so sick of squirrels. And birds too for that matter.
6 months ago
What brand of straw is that? I recently bought standlee forage straw and all my plants looked like that. Beans, cucumbers, tomatillo, tomatoes, the sunflowers were stunted etc.
7 months ago
Central FLorida here. All these logs are my introduction to growing with the blue marble (earth) and if I can raise some funds with these experiments, permaculture food forest HERE I COME. Here is the food forest in question
2 years ago

Tyler Ludens wrote:I think it's the obligation to work for money that's stressful for a lot of people. It's not that they don't want to work. I think many, perhaps most, people don't want to just sit around, they'd rather do something meaningful with their lives. For instance my 85 year old dad, a retired dentist and dental professor who volunteers a few days a week at the Christian Dental Clinic downtown. He absolutely adores dentistry, and even though he's probably the slowest dentist in the world, he finds tremendous fulfillment from doing dentistry for free.



Completely agreed. This is why job hopping is so natural to me. Money is so stressful to me, its depressing and I get suicidal but yet property taxes are unavoidable. What I do daily I am logging online to prove that I do have work willingness and ethic but when it comes to being supervised or told what to do and how to do it and for how much to do it, I break.
2 years ago
[quote]This is important, because you want context-specific solutions, not solutions that work for Joel Salatin, Paul Wheaton, Jack Spirko or Geoff Lawton … You want to have reality-based solutions, and that means your individual reality, not someone else’s.[/quote]

I love this. (please dont hurt me)
2 years ago
I called mine backyardlogs.com
http://www.backyardlogs.com/index.php/log/25-garcia-food-forest
and because I can, I made a sign-up box so others can keep track of their progress as well.
2 years ago
Are you aware of Bill Mollison Permaculture Lecture Series, On-Line

http://www.networkearth.org/perma/culture.html

There are two-three videos there dedicated to drylands, deserts, arid.
2 years ago

Gilbert Fritz wrote:If I buried an olla (clay pot irrigation) into a sheet mulch bed, would it work? Or would it need to be buried into the dirt? I will be growing my plants in the mulch. The mulch contains lots of manure and other fine grained materials, so I am assuming it would work. The cardboard at the bottom might even wick water along from the olla underneath the plants.

What do you think?



Have you tried it? I know Bill Mollison says it works (the father of Permaculture). I plan on trying it this year.
2 years ago

Bryant RedHawk wrote:I agree with John, any time we can reuse plastic, we must do it to keep it out of land fills.

As far as the high cost of pre-made Ollas;
If you can buy clay or dig your own, you could always make your own vessels.
Making your own allows you to shape them to your needs. All it takes is clay, rolled into a "rope" shape, coiled up and then worked into a monolithic form, smoothed with wet hands and if you like, decorate with your totems or designs.
Let the ollas dry for at least a week, two is even better.
Place them in a fire pit, on a bed of twigs and build a fire stack around them so the pots are inside the fire stack, light it and fire the pots the way the ancestors did.



Thank you. Surprising these sell for $20-50 a piece here in USA
2 years ago