Purity Lopez

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I thought about whether I should post my two cents worth regarding people thinking they are good judges of character....professionally trained or otherwise.  I worked in the mental health field for a number of years....specifically, in state mental institutions.  My advice is not to get too cocky about thinking you have it all down pat and can accurately, 100%, judge the character of a person.  Number one rule when working with severely mentally ill psychopaths is remembering that they (and some sociopaths) have NO conscience.  What does this mean?  Well....A person with no conscience does not put off those "vibes" that we pride ourselves as having as our skill set in making those judgements about whether someone is dangerous or not. We only have to look through newspaper archives and confirm that.  I have worked with psychopaths.....trust me on this....there are many that give off no indication at all that they are a bad seed. In fact, just the opposite. Serial killers for instance, are able to kill so many because they are able to give off this essence of well-being...a person that is kind and considerate and has your best interests at heart.

I just finished reading a case study where a man posed as a back-backer. So sociable and friendly.....puppy dog eyed kind of guy.  You don't want to know what he did, and how many he did it to.

Use common sense.  Number two rule is don't trust someone you don't know, no matter how affable they appear.

This does not mean you have to skulk around in fear.  It means you don't trust someone until that someone has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.....that they are completely trust-worthy.  Me, I don't have a fear based molecule in my body....but I would hesitate quite strongly to have people I don't know parading through my property.  In the 1950's, the time I grew up, this wasn't so.....but times have changed and drastically so in the last year. Be Wise.
Clau.....Bravo!  It always warms my heart to hear of others who walk this Path and over-come the challenges day by day.  I just finished watching a great movie on YouTube called July Rising.  It is very true to life about a young woman trying to farm alone after she inherits her grandfather's farm.  Most commenting only saw failure and heartbreak at the end.......but she walked away with a ton of money....enough so that she could start small, pay cash and never be beholding to others.  This is a great lesson....learning to be truly self-sufficient.  You can't be if you owe others money for your piece of heaven. Thank you Clau, for sharing your Journey with us.  My dwellings are also small on my land....and nothing is more wonderful that sitting here looking out the window and seeing, all around me, the fruit and nut trees, the gardens.....the birds singing in the trees.  I can't imagine any other way of living.

Abraham Palma wrote:Hi, Purity, may i ask, do you bury your pots?

No.  When I first started all that was available were Air Pots and Root Trainer Air pots.  I had a lot of trouble with them. With all the holes, they were drying out so fast I could hardly keep up with watering.  Then I found the Oxy pots on Amazon.  I don't know what it is, I can't see a real difference in how they are made but they don't dry out more than a normal pot and even if they are dry and you start watering them, the water doesn't run out the holes first. Really happy with them.  The two brands I was originally using, I had to wrap shade cloth around the outsides, then they worked fine.  With the Oxy's didn't have to do that.

What I do is I put each pot in one of those tubs you see at Home Depot - the ones with the yellow lids. I elevate them on the thin red bricks, then I keep the bottom filled with water up to the bricks.  It serves two purposes: humidity and it keeps the ants off the trees. We have a LOT of ants here in the desert....it was the only way I found that keeps them off the trees.  I feed my Great Pyrenees one of those little jars of baby food pork for her morning meal.  I've started using them for weighting down the branches I am espaliering.  I was tying the branches to the holes on the tubs but the ants just walk up the string.  So this works really nice. You can use a empty jar (hole drilled thru the lid so you can insert a wire/string) and then as they are trained you can gradually add water to the jars or add more jars.     I use the 7 gallon pot for normal trees/veggies and the 12 gallon for standard trees I have pruned into bushes.

If you buy your perlite/coir/vermiculite in bulk and using the coir brick as a measurement - one brick coir, verm and perlite, you can fill 3 of the 7 gallon Oxy pots.     If you buried an Air Pot it would defeat the purpose of using one. The holes are there so that as the root contacts the hole it recoils from the air and instead of continuing to grow and encircling the pot, it puts out a new root instead. That is why you can keep fruit trees and such indefinitely in these pots. They will create thousands of tiny little hair roots which allows them to use the moisture and fertilizer more efficiently than a plant in the ground.  You can see that by looking at roots of trees you are putting in the ground - the roots are really thick so not as efficient.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
1 year ago
Jennifer.....regarding you keeping the old house + the new.  Draw up a list. Put all the things in favor of keeping the old, and a con list....will it make you money or will the money come at the cost of not being able to devote time to the new?  Emotions run strong in this kind of situation.....I found lists cut through the clutter and show me the bottom line better.  Calculate time + money spent on the old house - what if something happens and you don't get the price you wanted for it?  If it was me, I'd jettison the old house. I am 75, I've been through a lot of questionable decisions.  Sometimes although I didn't realize it, those questionable  decisions had as a foundation of making a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

Don't underestimate the amount of time and money you will spend on setting up the new place.  I have been a frugal lass in that manner.....But I've spent $200k on my 3 acre property and it still looks like it belongs in the Appalachia's.  Look at what a 2x4x8 costs right now.  And we can expect this situation of rising costs to get a whole lost worse.....common sense. The other thing to consider is that the time you spent on getting the old house ready.....could impact you seriously if things continue to get worse in the U.S.

I think a lot of us have to let go of the way it used to be, and what used to work and face the facts that this situation in America requires going back to the drawing board and revamping thought structure as to how we used to do things and upgrade.  Look at the cost of a good tree now? From a reputable nursery you are talking $50-60 with shipping.  I just paid $58 for a 3 year old specimen white pom.  That's crazy.  My nursery guy in Texas who sells avos, is asking $70 + $40 shipping for one avocado tree.  

On losing all the work you did on the family plot - look at it as a trial run.  Everything I've built on this property I've ended up rebuilding or moving it to some where else on the property, often multiple times. Its amazing how every time you build something, down the road you look at it and say "well, you know" - LOL. Keep us posted on your journey.
1 year ago
Micah, welcome!  I live in the High Desert of Cali.  I am basically a fruitarian so I grow a good deal of my food.  Currently I have about 63 fruit/nut trees, plus vines, annual veggies, bush fruits.  I started addressing potential water shortages about a decade ago.  I currently have everything in large Oxy Air Pruning pots except for figs and mulberries.  For me, doing this changed my whole life, literally.  It is just really hard to grow in the desert and water bills were exceedingly high for me when I had everything in the ground.....even with heavy mulching.  My water bills were running about $300 a month.  So I dug up everything out of the ground except the figs and mulberries, trimmed the main leader back to 18" and put them in the air prune pots.  I espaliered some (all the apples) so they run on top of each other which made for easy pollination. Others I have kept in bush form which resulted in less water usage because they weren't being buffeted around by desert winds.  I put up shade sail canopies over everything.

I couldn't believe the difference. Like night and day. Everything is so healthy and very productive.  I don't let them get over 7' tall so the canopy, surrounding chainlink fences with privacy shade cloth protecting them......they aren't stressed at all like they used to be.

My goals were to address local or national shortages of water, easy maintenance of the gardens (just me here), high production.  Believe it or not, you can get an unreal amount of fruit on your trees growing them this way - I have to prune heavily when the fruit sets.  The smaller over-all area of the bush/tree, the smaller root systems but much better than a root system in a ground planted tree......lets the tree concentrate on production of food, not having to send out long roots to look for nourishment and water.  No pests can get to the roots, like rats or voles.  I have zero pest problems because everything is so healthy it just naturally repels pests because they aren't sending out a sick vibration which attracts pests.

Gardening this way also lets me have more variety of things to plant.  I can have 3 - smaller trees/bushes that produce as much as one big one.  The canopies work 2-fold.  I put white shade sails up in the winter and it protects the tree blooms from freezing.

I tend not to go with grafted stock as they are short lived and sickly in nature compared to an own root tree.  I tried every method of gardening, including permaculture and actually the permaculture with 18 inch mulch was a total disaster. There wasn't enough rain to even begin to start breaking down the straw. After 2 years, I counted it as a fail and looked elsewhere for the saving grace.  You might want to thoroughly research a mulch type garden - that can be a tough protocol in a desert landscape.  That mulch has to stay moist and wet for it to break down properly, and establish good bio and small life like worms.
1 year ago

William Bronson wrote:I want to order some trees this year, dwarf chinkapin oaks in particular.
A lot of places seem like they are already sold out?
This place https://www.wildlifegroup.com/shop-for-hardwoods/ opens fall sales in the 1st of Oct.

I bought mine at Native Foods Nursery online.  They have a lot of neat stuff like pinions too.
1 year ago
I trust only several:  OGW (One Green World), Oikos, Planting Justice, Bay Laurel, Raintree.  For citrus: Four Winds Growers.  For tropicals:  Logees. I myself would never buy from Stark - their root systems are terrible and they cut the roots way back when they ship them. This is extremely detrimental to the plant/tree. Just because something blooms doesn't mean its a quality grown plant/tree.  Pay the most money you can afford to a nursery that personally tends plants so they grow up to be a producing adult that was worthy of your money. I don't recommend grafted trees. They don't live long and they are very prone to disease and the attraction of pests.  If you want a smaller specimen, buy a standard and prune it to your desire.
1 year ago