Emily Smith

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I do have spinach; I forgot.  Thanks, y’all!  We’ll see how it goes.
I’m in zone 7b/8a and the queen of time mismanagement.  We’re 9 weeks out from the first frost date (supposed to be Nov. 16).  Is it too late to start seeds?  I have Brussels sprouts, cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, and cauliflower seeds.  I’ve never tried a fall garden and was wanting to this year.
I was wondering this today, too.  Or when the season's over... Or when you're waiting for your starts in March...  :)  I probably won't be able to eradicate the grocery store; I don't have preserving equipment, or the space to store it or the finished products.
It's one of the older hens.  I have a rooster in the younger flock, but I'm culling him (eventually...).  There are 5 older hens and 7 younger ones; 4 of the older ones pretty much ignored the younger hens when I tried to put them in the run (625 sq. ft.; plenty of space).  But this one hen actively goes after the younger hens whenever she catches sight of them, chases them away from food, etc.  She might have pulled feathers out, but no pinning.  I let them head back to their separate coops after that.  I'm seeing the wisdom in just fully replacing the flock every couple of years...  I'm not really set up for that, though, and my kids have named half of them, lol.
3 months ago
I relocated it.  There's a spot on the north side of my yard that gets morning sun, but afternoon sun is blocked, and I can orient the door to the south, so the shade cloth is now covering the east & west sides.  I'm going to plant some lettuce seeds soon and see how it goes.
3 months ago
How much aggression is too much?  Do I have to cull the aggressor?
3 months ago

Kiko Constantinescu wrote:What about just covering the greenhouse with some shade cloth ?


I've tried that, but the greenhouse faces west, so the shade cloth covers its south and north sides.  It still gets too hot in there.  If the door opened to the east, it might work a bit better, though I'd need more shade cloth.  It's a light frame... maybe I could relocate it to spot where it can face east...
4 months ago
I just looked up Liberty apple trees and it looks like they need two other pollinators, anyway.  I may have to uproot it, too, and rethink this whole thing.  Galas are self-pollinating, right?  That's what I'm reading.
4 months ago
Well I wasn't really going for a forest garden.  I ought to sig this, but I live in a neighborhood, so I'm not sure how full throttle I can go with a food forest.  I'll get that book when I can; I've got Introduction to Permaculture, which I haven't read.  my life is full of distractions.    
 
One site I ran across said a windbreak will protect 10-15x the height of the windbreak; is that accurate?  Would bamboo make a good windbreak?  The most sensible place to plant a windbreak in my yard would be 170' south of the garden/fruit trees.  And I correct that something 20' tall would be sufficient?
4 months ago
Nevermind, lol.  We have a trampoline, zipties, hardware cloth, and a few yards of mulch.  
4 months ago