Lori Whit

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Have you guys read this article from Twisted Tree Farm?

WHY I GROW APPLES FROM SEED http://www.twisted-tree.net/new-page-2/

Great information, lovely pics, and this nugget:

    A request made to the Geneva Agricultural Experiment Station in NY will get you 100 free seeds sent from the Kazakhstan apples they planted.



I didn't see anything about this on the site but I only looked briefly.  A wonderful possible resource!
1 month ago
Can you view successful young wild forest edges anywhere in your climate, Kostas?  Where I live there are lots of wild trees growing; they grow extremely close to one another if given the chance, and seem pretty happy that way, obviously trying to form a thick forest canopy that would gradually, in time, become old growth with wider spacing.  But all starts as thickly, close-together growing as possible, it seems.  Our human minds desire distance between plants (trees or other) for optimal plant health for an individual plant, but in the wild overall growth and soil health do seem to be more important. 

This year my (temperate) backyard has decided to sprout about a dozen nut trees--acorn and hickory, mostly. Several are very close together in groupings of 2 to 6, planted only inches apart by the squirrels.  I'm going to try to let them grow and see how they fare, if they do as they will in the wild, and grow happily together from a young age into greater maturity if not cut down.  From what I've heard, these trees don't transplant well, so the choice is to let them grow or cut them down.  I'd like to let them try as long as I can, and hopefully learn something from the natural pattern of growth.
1 month ago
I've been putting bare root trees in a bucket of wet sand when I can't get to them right away.  It's still pretty cold here so there's no dormancy breaking happening outside in wet sand.  Warm weather would probably be a different story, but hopefully I'll have everything planted by then.
3 months ago
Colette O'Neill: https://bealtainecottage.com

Three acre permaculture holding in Ireland, conceived and planted by one woman (a grandmother!) on previously abused land.  She's very inspiring!  I try to watch all her YouTube videos. 
3 months ago


Another video discussing planting from seeds (as well as a pear juice tutorial). 

Rareseeds.com still hasn't listed the apple seeds, so maybe they changed their minds or it didn't work out for some reason.

Personally, I've decided to plant sassafras instead.  Maybe someday I will be able to plant myself some apples from seed, but I think this isn't the year.
4 months ago
I think this article is of interest.  I read it last year shortly after it was posted, and I still think about it and wonder how the people are doing today.  If they've been able to grow more of their own food.  If they've found ways to create and keep alive community.  If they've survived.

What happened when Walmart left
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/09/what-happened-when-walmart-left



5 months ago
2017 was a productive year for me.  I moved into my new home, and started planting.  I learned about mycelium, and mulch as a soil builder.  (I didn't know much about mulching before, but I'm duly impressed now, and will be doing as much of it as I can to build soil.)  I learned a lot from watching YouTube, and from planting and observing.  I put in two fruit trees from a local nursery, several berry bushes, and five bareroot fruit trees.  I've learned I don't need to till the ground for growing things, that a shovel and lots of mulch is a good choice (and perfectly manageable in small amounts). 

I also read a lot of books: books about homesteading, gardening, earthbag and straw building design (wishful thinking, but still interesting!), as well as two books about bees by Sue Hubbell, a book about blueberry farming, One-Straw Revolution, and The Hidden Life of Trees.  YouTube has been incredibly instructive, since there's a lot of great (free) permaculture content on there, and it's helpful to see how things work rather than just reading descriptions.  Much easier for me to learn practical tips when I can watch a demonstration, as well as inspiring to see what others have accomplished. 

I have lots of plans for 2018, but will take things as they come to a certain extent.  Growing veggies (mostly from Rareseeds.com), nurturing the perennial fruits (and putting in a few more bushes and trees, including the Flying Dragon citrus tree currently residing on a windowsill) are all on the goal list.  I also plan to put in some non-food trees around the edges of the property, and flowering bushes for the bees.  Wishlist includes a rain harvesting barrel system.

Overall it was amazing what I could accomplish even without having a ton of strength or energy, just by pacing myself and doing things in a thoughtful manner (so I wasn't wasting valuable energy or resources).  I definitely don't think I need heavy machinery of any sort to create great things in this small space.  Even the mower is human powered, and someday will hopefully be needed only for a few pathways.
5 months ago
Good point, Matt.  Jogged my memory about this video that includes Geoff Lawton visiting a Dust Bowl Era swale project that has shown some amazing results.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOj4cnHHCzU
5 months ago