Steve Thorn

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Steve started his first "permaculture" garden when he was about 7 years old and has been addicted to growing things ever since! It was only about 20 square feet back then, and he didn't know much about gardening except what was on the back of the seed packet, but he knew he didn't want to use any fertilizer or pesticides, and wanted to grow everything as naturally as possible.
Years later, when he got some land of his own, he started planting a larger garden, berry bushes, and fruit trees, and also discovered permaculture and Permies! Permaculture has made growing things so much easier and enjoyable! He is passionate about growing things naturally using natural farming and permaculture methods to minimize work and maximize enjoyment!
He is also passionate about saving seed and creating new and locally adapted vegetable and own root fruit varieties to increase the natural growing vigor, flavor, and pest and disease resistance of the plants, to make them easier and more enjoyable to grow.
Creating a plant nursery selling these types of plants occupies most of his free time right now, and he is hoping to start selling these types of plants and seeds soon! He has learned so much from the Permies community and is excited to learn and share our experiences together!
Zone 7b/8a Temperate Humid Subtropical, Eastern NC, US
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Apple cider vinegar with the mother has worked like a charm for me for these and some other skin sores.

It burns like crazy but just for a few seconds, and then it generally scabs over the next day and starts to heal pretty quickly.
1 day ago
Wow, truly amazing! Thanks for sharing.
1 week ago
This blackberry is growing up through the pokeweed!
1 week ago
This is the blackberry plant that formed the fruit above. It grew well this year in the partial shade of pokeweed, and it made its way up into the full sunlight!
1 week ago
My first and only blackberry ripening this first year. Production should really pick up in the second year next year!
1 week ago
My first and only blackberry getting close to being ripe this year back in August. It was pretty neat to see a berry the first year. Next year production should really get going in the second year.

I wasn't around when it ripened, so a bird probably got to taste it.
1 week ago
These photos were from a few months ago, trying to catch up.

The pineapple guava are looking really healthy and a nice green color. I hope they survive our winters here.
2 weeks ago
Congrats on planting some grapes! They've become one of my favorite plants to grow.

I don't think you'll have too many problems with cold hardiness for the American grape varieties, as most of the varieties should be cold hardy to your zone. This webpage has some good info on a lot of different American varieties and their cold hardiness, and all of the American varieties are listed as cold hardy to at least -10 degrees F.

It's interesting how the seeded varieties are generally more cold hardy than the seedless varieties. The seeded ones also seem to be more vigorous growers from what I've seen. I'm starting to prefer the seeded varieties over the seedless varieties. I love how they aren't a genetic dead end like the seedless varieties, and the seeds can be planted to create new and better adapted varieties. Did I mention the flavor seems to be better too!

I do similar to how Joseph mentioned, as I just let the vines die if they can't survive on their own in my climate, mostly due to heat and humidity or disease here in my climate. If it isn't adapted to my area, I'd rather just grow another variety that will be vigorous, tough, and productive with little input, than spend a whole lot of time and energy trying to baby it along. Then I have time to plant even more varieties!
2 weeks ago
Looking tasty Ken!

That reminds me, I need to go pick some maypops!
4 weeks ago