Blake Cothron

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Long-Term Organic Gardener and Professional farmer/permaculturist. Fruit Expert, educator, writer, lecturer.
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Ahh, I should also mention a few other details.   I don't drink or go to parties where there are drinking and hard drugs.  I'm 5'9 and very fit.  Not into politics but lean towards conservative.  Looking for a woman with similar interests and values!
6 months ago
Hi!
I'm Blake and I am looking for a great connection with a like hearted and like minded woman that could turn into a long term relationship.  I live in beautiful central KY and operate a very successful and known permaculture business on 5 lush semi-rural acres.  

Personality type:  I am very masculine and leadership oriented.  Not afraid to take the lead, but I also don't unequivocally demand it and can be in the background also as needed.  Very self starter type, always working on something new.  Passionate, ambitious but patient, and very grounded in place.  Very established and successful.  Minimalist.  Like to travel occasionally.  Family is very important, I have a beautiful 7 year old very well behaved son and joint custody. Deeply spiritual, try to let go of baggage, mental detox, and ascend.  Musician, artist, cook, folk masseuse.    

Enjoys:  Gardening, new ideas, hiking and adventures, cooking all my meals, Eastern spirituality, philosophy, beekeeping, volunteer service, writing (author of 2 published permaculture books).  Also work out daily, yoga, lift weights, eat super healthy.  I enjoy economic security and freedom from debt and bills.

Looking for a lady between 20-35.  Not interested in women older than me, sorry.  Also should be healthy and take great care of yourself.   Do you have strongly spiritual inclinations and enjoy homesteading and simple living?  I'm also vegetarian.  I require well developed communication skills and compassionate conflict resolution capacity.   If this sounds good let me know!

6 months ago
Yes, there are a number of species that are collectively called "Goji berry' adding to the confusion.
1 year ago
I have grown 'Sweet Scarlett" and also 'Carmine Gem'.  The latter gets huge berries, much bigger than 'Sweet Scarlett.'  I posted a video about goumi on youtube:
1 year ago
Fresh goji berries always taste awful- bitter and resiny.  They must be dried before eating.
1 year ago
When planting bare-root bramble berry canes it is standard practice to cut all the existing canes back to the ground at planting.  This allows the plant to focus entirely on establishing a good root system and new canes.  Allowing the canes to bloom and fruit on newly planted bare-root berries wastes the plant's energy and gives a meager crop of sub-standard fruit anyway.  Blackberries will fruit in 1 year from roots, raspberries typically in 6 months.
1 year ago
Good to hear and hope it works out for you!
1 year ago
In KY And much of the Eastern USA, Cedar apple rust is a big issue on Amelanchier species that are not resistant, such as A. alnifolia and saskatoons.  A. Canadensis and A. grandiflora are resistant.  
Symptoms of CAR are yellow spots on the leaves and fruit, often ruining the crop.  
1 year ago
Some people use vinegar or beer to acidify soil gently.  Not sure the exact ratios but you might look into it.
1 year ago
I would recommend having a solid plan together for grass and weed control and also drip irrigation.  If you get into a drought you do not want 5 acres of berry plants dying from dehydration.  Also keep in mind, blackberries need trellising which can get to be a huge job when you plant out hundreds of canes.  A fertility management plan will also be needed.

In zone 7b I would highly suggest muscadine grapes if they might be popular in your area.

Also, talk to your local ag extension office about insurance and liability coverage for when you eventually have random people on your property.

1 year ago