Steve Thorn

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I started my 1st "permaculture" garden when I was about 7, and it was only about 20 square feet back then. I didn't want to use fertilizer or pesticides and wanted to plant it as natural as possible. Years later I started planting a larger garden, berry bushes, and fruit trees. I have learned show much from the Permies community, and I'm excited to learn and share our experiences together!
Zone 7b/8a Temperate Humid Subtropical, NC, US
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That's a cool Valentine's walnut!
1 minute ago
Looks great Dave! Welcome to Permies!
3 hours ago

Ken Zemach wrote:Another vote for Chard. Plus it looks really nice. I love Kale but don’t grow it because it gets seriously infested with aphids.  Some sacrificial Kale here and there as aphid traps and to lure ladybugs to the area, yes, but it’s too frustrating to grow to eat for me.

I love rainbow chard with all the colors!

Mike Homest wrote:Steve,

great suggestions I have already checked out the eastern redbud, that would make a really nice contrast in the garden, perhaps I can get one.

The Japanese plum can be one of those:

Japanese plum is a common name for several trees producing edible fruits and may refer to:

   Prunus mume
   Prunus salicina
   Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica)

Without the Latin name it is somewhat difficult to find, as even if you are native speaker, which I am not, there can be several names for one or more different trees.

Pecan tree is somehow related to walnut, but needs fewer years (5-8 ) to produce its first nuts?

Yeah, the redbud really creates a beautiful landscape, being a smaller tree and tying in the taller trees to the smaller bushes and other plants!

The one I was referring to was prunus salicina!

I don't think I've ever actually tasted walnuts, but I've heard pecans have a sweeter milder taste. They are also smaller and have a smooth thinner shell.
16 hours ago
Neat seed balls! Enjoying your posts!
Excited to see your journey!

There is a huge oak at my parent's home that two adults can barely touch with both of them reaching around the tree standing on opposite sides of it. It's neat to me, thinking about how old that tree must be!
1 day ago
Great pictures Myrth!

That's awesome getting tasty fruit from the wild mulberry seedlings! I haven't found any wild seedlings in my area yet, and a lot of people have never even heard of mulberries around here.

I planted a few varieties this past Fall, so I'm hoping to enjoy some soon!
1 day ago

Nicole Alderman wrote:When we were naming the duck yard, my husband suggested Duck Land, because it reminded him of Mario and how all the levels in the game are called "_____ Land". So, Duck Land sign has an egg popping out of the box instead of a coin, and also has a little mushroom for the ducks to grow bigger

I love that!
2 days ago
Awesome info Mike, enjoyed seeing the pros and cons of chestnuts!

That's a great question, it's so hard to choose just one!

Mine are ever changing, but these are my favorites right now!

My favorite fruit tree is a Japanese plum. It has beautiful white blossoms in spring that can cover the tree, followed by both sweet and tangy delicious fruit in the summer! It is fast growing and pretty disease resistant in my area. However the wood can be weak and can break pretty easily, especially with a lot of plums. It also can be very early blooming, making it very susceptible to early frosts which can destroy a lot of potential fruit. It also can be targeted by the plum circulio which can ruin a lot of the fruit.

My favorite nut tree is a pecan. I haven't grown any nut trees yet, but hope to very soon. I have fond memories of watching squirrels steal most of them, with a friend who loved squirrels so much they didn't care if they got all of them! I guess that could be a positive and a negative.

My favorite non fruit or nut tree is the eastern redbud. It's such a beautiful tree to me with beautiful pink blossoms in early spring and heart shapes leaves. It's funny that today is Valentine's Day. I guess it could be a good creative gift idea that will last for years, especially if you have a special someone in your life who loves either growing things or permaculture! It can be found growing wild in my area and has grown well in a mostly shaded area where it is planted. It has thin light brown seed pods that can be a little unsightly, but I personally think they are neat! They self seed themselves pretty well also, so you can get more of them pretty easily if needed!


2 days ago

Joseph Lofthouse wrote:The easiest vegetable to grow, is the one that you are most passionate about. Find the vegetable that is most joyful to you, and you will long to be with it often: to nurture and protect it. It will be easy to pay enough attention to the vegetable that you love, that you will be weed and water it appropriately.

Yeah Joseph, I've found that to be the case for myself too.

If I really like a vegetable or am really interested in it, I give it the necessary care to help get it established and succeed!