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Jotham Bessey

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Pull the plants you don't want as soon as you can recognize them. That will keep the weeds sparser until you can recognize them all.
Make sure you observe how the plants look at all stages so you know what they look like the next season
I have several herbs that self I have to pull as weeds. I leave the occasional one here and there in the garden to self seed again. Now that I am growing seed with biennials, I have some of them as volunteers as well.

El Rowlatt wrote:Hi

Here's a website for phenology in Canada:

They're not making the links to guide gardeners yet, but it's a start.


I registered there. Need to look around the site now.
I have been waiting for the annual weeds to start growing to know when the soil was warm enough to plant small seed, like carrot and beets.

Jason Machin wrote:Whilst my property would be doing MANY things.

My personal thing would be Pottery. Oh my sweet word the amazing things I could do with some decent clay.
I can build the kiln myself. Fire it for free. Clay though... that requires effort.
Being in a rental though, a little too much effort.

I was thinking about clay not long ago. I don't know anything about pottery but couldn't one separate clay out of and clay rich soil by mixing it in water, letting it settle, and then skimming off the clay (which would be on the very top of the settled soil then)
7 months ago
Speciality hardwood! Yes, I don't know what it's like where you all live but here:
I've been researching the woodworking industry. I have the talent and tools to build some great stuff....
But obtaining quarter sawn or rift sawn hardwood? I couldn't buy it no matter how much money I had. It just don't exist here and I can't get it shipped in.
My thinking is that, to most lumber mills, a 2x4 is a 2x4 is a 2x4. Unfortunately, that is not the case no matter what you are building. And their computerized attempt to get the most lumber out of a log as possible is producing lumber not fit to build a shed with!

If one had the tools and knowledge to produce grade AA lumber for fine woodwork, I think it would sell almost anywhere.
7 months ago
Ok, I am really upset. People always talk about with a tree will survive the winter in a given area but never about wither the growing season has enough heat to it to produce fruit. I live in zone 5a but we get the same amount of growing degree days, at base 5C, that places like fort hope and moose river in Ontario gets. And they are in zone 2b. Can someone tell me how I can find out what heat requirements various perennials need to set fruit?  
8 months ago
It seems to me that when most people think of pollinators, they think of bees.
Hover flies, wasps, black flies, moths, butterflies, hornets, and several crawling insects (look closely at most aster flowers) are pollinators.
9 months ago
While permaculture is becoming a "in" thing. I've seen where people think if they do companion planting, that's permaculture.
In permaculture, you basically aim for a garden disguised as a natural ecosystem. That would vary from place to place.
11 months ago
bad year for it here but I have some things I am trying to grow that might do it. And I have the hat too.
1 year ago