Scott Foster

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Thanks, everyone, for the great information.  

Jim, what is that setup you are using for your seedlings?  Love to hear about it.

Thanks Again,


1 month ago
Sunchokes have been my hardiest producer.  I didn't actually harvest them this year I took the bulbs and made a big sunchoke bed.   (I purchased my sunchokes from Akiva in upstate New York.)   Most of my stuff is pretty immature.  Last year I planted Martha Washington Asparagus from seeds.  I should know this year if it's a

viable strain.  If even half of the seedlings I planted make it I'm looking at some serious asparagus in a couple of years.

Walking onions for sure., Garlic Chives,  Honey Locust, (edible flowers), Southeast Indian tribes used the pods for flour.
1 month ago
I pulled a bunch of cones last winter and started about 30 seeds.   I think I pulled the seeds at the wrong time as most were not viable.  Of the 30 or so seeds only 3 sprouted.  Possibly, I didn't start them correctly.  I checked the seeds with the float test and I didn't plant the floaters.

The three baby trees don't seem to be growing at all.  I'm not sure what the timeline is on the Serbian Spruce from seed, but I feel like I'm doing something wrong.  These were in a window but I recently transplanted them to larger pots and started using a grow light every day.   For sure, some of this could be an initial transplant

shock but I'm wondering why they didn't grow in the window.   They did have big healthy roots when I transplanted them.

Any suggestions on how to get these to take off?

1 month ago

Steve Thorn wrote:Great information, thanks Scott.

Yeah, I think I'm leaning the same way, that a little pruning of each will make the healthiest plant and that a smaller surface area will help the plant adjust quicker to its new spot.

It's always hard for me to prune a plant, especially the top part of a fruit tree, but I'm thinking it should end up greatly helping the new plant get the best start.

Great info, thanks again Scott!

I think that in most cases if you have an amount of root mass to match your upper structure you should be good to go.
3 months ago
Sounds a little sketchy.  You may be able to take a 6-year old into a range like scenario, where there is strict control and the weapon never comes off of the rest.  I have done quite a bit of weapons training including military and there are adults that can't keep a loaded firearm down range.  I would be terrified to hunt with even

the most mature 6-year-old.

As far as killing the animal is concerned I would say that if it is treated properly, almost as a spiritual endeavor, that would be a good life lesson.   The flip side is kids wasting meat that is processed in a plant. Desensitization to the fact that the food you eat is a living animal.

For me, this is a gun safety issue.  The only way a six-year-old would fire a gun would be on a bench with me standing right there.  If six-year-old is on a range situation they would be shooting with an airgun and learning gun safety, maybe a .22 after they prove themselves.
3 months ago
Hi Steve,

I prune my roots to lay evenly on the bottom mound before filling the hole.  I also prune any broken roots.  Once the tree or bush is planted I prune the top.  I want my plants to struggle a little bit to survive.  With no proof, I feel like a little pruning of the roots and the top makes for a healthier plant.  

For stuff that has roots growing close to the surface, I only prune damaged roots or that crazy wild root that extends way beyond the root ball.

Let us know how it works for you.

Cheers, Scott
3 months ago
This is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi story, Orwell style.

Geolocation tracking, 400 million facial recognition cameras This is beyond scary.

3 months ago

Lucrecia Anderson wrote:

Tj Jefferson wrote:
First, I am struck with how this guy is considered controversial and radical. Controversial because what he is saying would have been standard psychology teaching when I was in university 20 years ago.

He became well known and was considered controversial when he publicly stated he would not be forced into using non-standard pronouns (i.e. zie, zim, etc...) after the mandatory use of preferred pronouns was passed into law.

Then as he gained popularity some other fairly standard views were labeled as controversial too (i.e. psychological differences between men and women).

Exactly, I think this is why he is controversial.  Some topics don't allow for public debate at the university level.  What many of those protesting didn't realize was that he refused to use the pronouns because it was mandated by law.   In his words, "mandated by fiat."  

So he basically rejects the criminalization of free speech. ' I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."   Evelyn Beatrice Hall
3 months ago
I haven't made wine.  I aspire to make hard ciders from the various fruits I have in my food forest.  What I imagine I want is raspberry and blueberry infused Meads.  I don't have enough productions yet but I also have big plans for making hard ciders infused with whatever produces a bounty.

I have made some delicious meads and a  few stinkers.   My dream is to have enough mulberry production to make a mulberry mead.  

One of the meads I made was fresh strawberries and lemon balm.  I used way too much lemon balm and the mead tasted like Windex.  
3 months ago