Ellanor Ellwood

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BC, Northern Gulf Islands
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Recent posts by Ellanor Ellwood

Has anyone tried growing pole beansor peas without a trellis?
I'm wondering if it would work as a ground cover in an around other vegetables. I grow bush beans around other plants but one plant only covers about 3 sq ft.
Anyone recommend a company / organization in BC Canada that tests soil for heavy metal contamination ?
I've  found tin cans, bits of wire, paint or oil cans, gears and a couple large soild pieces of mining / farm machines.
There is ocean spray growing on part of it, 6 large Douglas Firs on one edge, I can add lime to the soil. Hazelnuts I know don't mind growing under the Firs, as well as other natives, red alder grows anywhere with water. I just wondering about other trees.
Most importantly can lead , mercury, arsenic, etc  can travel from ground into plant and  into fruits, leaves and nuts? Maybe the last question is off topic for this subforum.
1 year ago
I found a old metal dump on my property about 30ft by 35ft. Most of the metal has crumbled into flakes so I think it might be from the early 1900s. Burying it under 3ft of dirt and going to densely plant trees over it. What trees like heavy partial shade to sun from conifer trees and polluted (high iron) soil ? Also would it be safe for me or my  livestock to eat food from these trees ?
Zone 8b, Pacific northwest
1 year ago
Putting in a new kitchen into my 500sqft cabin. Got the wood cook stove installed. I am now stuck as to where to put a 10 to 15 cubic foot electric fridge. How far away should I put the fridge ? The stove would be cooking all my food and primary heat source. I'm worried about over working the motor/cooler in the fridge if it's to close.
1 year ago
Does any one know if giant mountain fleece flower persicaria polymorpha (also known as polygonum polymorphum)  is edible ?
1 year ago
I was just wondering about fattening up the birds without grain because I  would like to be more independent of purchased feed which is mostly grain. I know there is easy to process grain but it stll takes up alot of room and there annuals needing a human to reseed them every year.

1 year ago
What's the best not-pig livestock / breed for production of animal fat ? I am a single person on ~2 acres of land and have no interest in breeding and raising pigs. I pretty sure  it is  a goose or a duck. Alot of heritage duck breeds talk about how lean the meat is but ducks are smaller and less aggressive. Also best way to fatten up a bird without grain ?





1 year ago
Thank you for all good info:)
I got 1 pound Persian Honey Locust (Gleditsia Caspia) seed it supposed to have 6 inch thorns with more thrones coming off them. I was thinking I would shock plant the honey locust seeds out and maybe not give the seedlings any deer protection so the consent nibbling would encourage more thorns or would that just kill  all the plants ?

The honey Locust would grow in a zig zag along the property line, the tops laid down and vertical shoots weaved n fused together in 2 inch squares. In the elbows of the zig zag would be taller canopy trees. Along the ground up to 4 ft or so willl be reinforced with sea buckthorn and russian olive. Native wild blackberry (semi up right), maybe Marionberry (vine like) native wild rose growing in and around other plants. Plus a sprinkleing of the other plants that I mentioned. In the end the fence (more hedge) will be about 10 ft deep. Instead of finding a plant for every function I do the lazy thing by planting alot different plants, mainly shrubs and herbaceous plants.

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I keep coming back to Honey Locust cause it makes good firewood, edible pods for live stock and humans, tree 'hay' for goats also chickens/geese, moderate rot resistance small timber, may or may not fix nitrogen. Osage orange has really rot resistant wood, leaves n such are not as tasty to live stock, fruit inedible, doesn't provide nitrogen, good firewood tho, but overall less uses.
2 years ago
Planting a living fence to keep humans/deer out and to survive the deer (thorns, bad tasting, heck even mildly poisonous). As well it would be nice if the fence could slow down escaping goats. I live on a island zone 7-8 pacific northwest with no large predators and lots of deer. Thinking of planting a combination of thorny honey locust, black lucust, hawthorne, osage orange, sea buckthorn, russian olive, blackberry, raspberry, salmonberry, siberian pea shrub, try to grow honey pod mesquite in one spot, along with a under planting of stinging nettle, comfry, yarrow other supporting herbaceous plants. Does anyone know of other plants that could be used or if any of the plants I listed won't work ? Willow and hazelnut won't work because the deer love it to much.
2 years ago