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Dustin Rhodes

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Experimenting and growing on my small acre in SW USA; Fruit & Nut trees w/ annuals, hoping to get Chickens, rabbits, and in-laws onto property soon.

Long term goal - Furniture & Luthier Stay-at-home farm dad.
San Diego, California
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I don't know about this from the health benefits angle, but as far as just getting a nice tea:

I'd say do one cold, one hot, one boiling, each at a fairly high concentration; then dilute each in small increments until you find the one that has the best taste for you.  Now try it again at that water/leaf ratio at that temperature that tasted best to confirm.

I hope this experiment helps; enjoy the tea!
Interesting proposition!

Climate/elevation or general area of your land might help us recommend specific species or varieties for planting, if you'd like.

I would definitely echo Benji and Devin - wise counsel.

If you do end up planning to clear some trees - make sure you know what species you are taking out versus keeping - it would be a shame to take out something valuable and/or accidentally leaving something less useful(ie, taking out a Butternut to plant a Walnut tree or keeping the "trash" tree and removing the valuable veneer log or Pawpaw sapling you never knew was there).

Also try to plan out in advance what you're going to do with the wood - enough to sell to a logger? personal firewood? mill into lumber yourself? chip the branches onsite to make some wood mulch?  It would be a shame to let all the useful material go to waste.
I definitely believe you have the skills and talents to win over your husband with this amazing idea!

Go with the greenhouse as a starter, and show him (by your success) how valuable your skills can be to your family - grow your family's favorite foods, cook with it, snack with it, show him how fulfilling it can be to grow something out of nothing, how beautiful plants can be.  teach your child(ren) to love getting dirty, love to help water the plants, pick the veggies right of the vine; show him the poetry and romance of farming before you even step one foot off your property.

Help him to fall in love with gardening, as you do; now you have a passionate partner in your venture, and a much happier, fulfilling future than ever before.

How do you think I got my farm future to become reality?
1 week ago

Vince Galstian wrote:Looking for the least expensive way of removing it. Should I waste time asking local nurseries if they’ll take them off my hands?

I know this is coming a little late, but they definitely don't want to take it; you'll need an arborist or tree trimming company to come and drop it in several segments - expensive, but felling it yourself is super dangerous (even if you've felled trees before, palms are a different beast.)
1 week ago
In terms of learning these foundational skills(instead of just learning recipes, and not why the recipes themselves work so well) in a video format that is entertaining, I recommend two sources:

Good Eats with Alton Brown (the older TV show;good for kids too)

Food Wishes (on YouTube)

It's Alive with Brad series by Bon Appetit (YouTube - fermentation focused, very funny production)
2 weeks ago
We have two toyota Yaris, and they are great little cars; good mileage, reliable, and with the seats down i can fit more than most people expect( plenty of firewood, lawnmower, live trees, full-size band saw, are just a couple recent examples.

If you do go with Yaris, stick with model years 2007-2011 - after this they moved production of the new model to Mazda(or Hyundai, can't remember which) and the quality suffers a bit (body panels now plastic and falling off easily).
2 weeks ago
Maybe Prickly Pear or other cactus fruits?
bitter almond? medlars?
3 weeks ago
The cheeses you listed are all fresh cheeses(ie, no aging, molding, etc.), relatively easy to make -  you may find the "fun factor" sufficient in making them, even if you still buy the milk/cream.  the savings will be minimal, but the fun of learning, and satisfaction of success is definitely still worth it.

Lukas Rohrbach wrote:Hi Billy

Ice Plant comes to mind. It is a succulent native to South Africa (or some say South America). According to Wiki, it is invasive in many places. Here in Chile they use it on virtually every road cut for natural stabilization. It occurs as well on the beach on dunes.  

It does have:
Draught tolerant
Edible leaves
Edible fruit

It does not fix nitrogen, and I have no clue about shade tolerance and alkalinic soils.


the iceplant mentioned here, sometimes called "hottentot fig" is indeed edible and drought tolerant, but it's erosion prevention qualities have proven slightly underwhelming after 30+ years of use (introduced extensively here in California; we're now ripping out and replacing with more (presumably) "effective" strategies)

That being said, i don't have firsthand knowledge of something quantitatively better.  a lot of people here advocate Vetiver Grass for this purpose.

Are you looking for primarily ground cover plants, or shrub/trees?
1 month ago
This is amazing news Grady; thank you for sharing!!
1 month ago