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Cori Warner

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Hello.
Since this is an organism, I am wondering if it requires a lot of organic matter in the soil to work? Our soils are sandy clay, with very little organic matter so we are working on correcting this; will the EM help, or do we need to wait until the soil is somewhat improved?

Cori
2 months ago
Last year we removed four badly damaged, really large black walnuts. They all put up suckers, the largest sucker is about 3 inches around already. Will these bear fruit, or do I need to remove them? I have dozens of younger walnuts, so no concern about keeping walnuts on the property, but most of the younger trees aren't masting yet

Thanks!
3 months ago
Hey, Gavin. The Goumi berries I mentioned are not particular about soil at all. Aronia is supposedly fairly tolerant. I'm working on beds for blueberries, which are very pick about soil. I'm also planting ground cherries and garden huckleberries, whhich are annuals while I'm waiting on soil improvements so I can plant othere fruits and berries.

Hi, Gavin. I, too,am starting a new garden!  As you suggested, I'm working on soil improvement.  For a first year yield, I'm planting beans, peas, and peanuts along with a lot of annuals in raised beds. I'm also planting Goumi, a nitrogen-fixing berry shrub ; soil improvement is the first few years, and berries after that!

Hope you enjoy your new garden as much as I am enjoying mine!
Cori
Laurie, I always save the rings, too.
5 months ago
You can order weck jars in the US, and I did so, because, resuale seals and cute jars.
They are OK for water bath canning and absolutely suck for pressure canning. Even using 4 clips as recommended when pressure canning, the seals extrude and then no seal is made. Secondly, once you break the seal, you only have a lid that sits on top the jar . So when your kid flings the fridge door open, the lid on the jelly jar goes flying across the kitchen . Unless you keep clips on it, which are kind of a pain.

Mason jars are way cheaper, seal more reliably under pressure, and are easy to obtain locally.

Incidentally, you can reuse the Mason jar lids by boiling them. Once it's hot, the red sealant will melt back into the edges of the lid. As long as you don't bend up the lid, you can get 3 or 4 uses out of it.


Cori
5 months ago
Hi, Glenn.
I suppose if we could get through the hardpan, it would drain away. But it takes a jackhammer or heavy equipment to get through it.

Initally, I had thought to put a pond lower than the house, with drains in the yard that would send water to the pond. But that puts the pond in our unfenced front yard in a neighborhood full of kids. However, if we can clear some more scrub, we might be able to squeeze one on the side of the house, which is also a lower elevation & will be fenced.
5 months ago
Hi, Drew. Photos added to post. We discussed french drain, but where it would have to drain is where all utilities come into the house, so a pond sited there isnt feasible.

Thanks,
Cori
5 months ago
Hello, permies! I have a 2 acre lot, in which the highest point is the SW corner, and the lowest is the NE corner; there is a difference of 22 feet of elevation between these two points.  The slope is a convex fan  spreading out from the  SW corner.  Our house sits between these two points, and due to the grading for the home, the area behind the house is almost always wet. As in you can hear water squishing in the grass wet, with occasional standing water.  Our dirt guy hypothesizes a small spring somewhere uphill from the back yard.  to add to the issue, our soil is sandy clay, and is about 7 inches of dirt on top of a 3-4 inch layer of hardpan.  Once the soil is saturated, water does not soak IN, it must drain OFF the property.

Now, I have read to put your pond both high and low in the landscape and the rationale for both seems reasonable.  If I put it high in the landscape, will it mitigate the water settling behind the house, or just overflow and flood the kitchen?   Or do I put it in the wet area behind the house to catch all the water running down the slope, and possibly the silt and mud along with it?   Or just put in a rain garden in the backyard and skip the pond all together?

I am stuck in analysis paralysis, and need some help to start off in the right direction.

any feedback appreciated.

Cori
5 months ago