Jim Wineteer

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Recent posts by Jim Wineteer

I put a  mulberry  in my laying  bird run.  Hat tip to Paul on that point.  I  don’t  *Really* want purple stain flying out  of their vents.  But such a generous tree.  Akiva Silver calls it the giving tree in Trees of Power.
6 days ago
There is a gorgeous Youtube channel Liziqi in a sericulture episode she dices up leaves for babies, and then throws armloads of leaves to the big caterpillars.  And it shows processing.

Lifestyle design like Jack Spirko speaks of would have this fantasy life Liziqi portrays on one end of the scale and Jerry Springer guests on the other end of the same continuum.
1 week ago
Processed meats and cheese are high histamines.  But if your diet and  your body are fully functional there is some histamine cancellation DAO or  something like that around the tail end of the gut tract.  I only have a ged, but if I were to try to guess what the cause would be I would guess histamines, goes into inflammation, goes into health problems.

4 months ago
I have a York in Southern Or. 8b.  I’m really mediearanean with a summer drought in a foothill and it’s OK.  I imagine humid summers east coast 8b is going to be better.  

We have wild blue EBs here but only along creeks in canyons with dappled light and plenty of moisture.  Same sort of environment as vine maple.
5 months ago
I don't have one of those RMH but when my woodstove smokes abnormally at start up it's someone has a fart fan on in a bathroom or in the laundry room.  For this case it is from a vacuum before the draft is established. Starting those same fans after it's up and running doesn't cause it.
7 months ago
I keep a little shovel in all my cars.  It's short handled, but it's made by cold steel so that's a knife company.  Its mainly a tool, but push come to shove I'm pretty sure it would function stack.
8 months ago
My existing or wild plant associations are pretty much poison oak and a bulb soaproot (Chlorogalum).  Chop and drop of that bulb would be pointless because of its metabolism storing energy 18" deep.  It needs dug up.  That job was a pain in the groin when I got here.  Lots of woodchips manure and a new tool, a trenching shovel have greatly improved the task nowadays.
9 months ago
For those who have a bench mounted vise and frequently don't use it for things you don't want scratched or crushed I recommend these padded vice jaws.  I got the idea from a James W., Rawles book I think.  They hold my bar when I'm doing something by hand with my chainsaws.    However that's not the extent of their usefulness it's been a great upgrade to the bench vise.

9 months ago
A lot of directions on commercial nursery trees say not to fertilize, or to hold off for first three years.  It’s not like annuals with their flash or ephemeral life.
I enjoy Stefan Sobkowiak youtube shorts and in the last one he talks about aphids being a sign of out of balance fetilization and ussually too high of N.
In it he had an example of a guy who had a habit of peeing near a tree, and that one convenient tree having more aphids than the others that they thought were grown in the same conditions. There is more than one way to gently naturally raise that N.  One of the meals would move your ph towards neutral and add N; I don’t remember which one.

I was looking for a foot of new growth on 3 year old on site +2 year at purchase walnuts and didnt get it.  So I tried composted chicken manure and still didn’t get it.  So I tried a blood offering and still didn’t get it.  I have acidic soil in a mixed forest and my compost is mostly fungal chicken droppings in woodchips.  I dont know what my limitation is but most trees don’t need much Nitrogen and I now believe through observation that wasn’t my limitation this year.
9 months ago
MeWe has an admirable business model but nowhere near the participation of FB.  Yet.  For instance I follow a Jack Spirko TSP "for if times get hard or even if they don't" group on both.  And there is alot more participation on the FB version.  That group is for kicking ideas around not regional commerce but mewe has those too.  I just use my nearest cities craiglist search farm and garden for my local yocal commerce.  So for me:


I'm not in medford but its closer than the other choices so thats where I look.

10 months ago