Sena Kassim

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seed savings, composting slinging, and mother  of an amazing daughter. Prepping plans for a fulltime farming.
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Recent posts by Sena Kassim

Hi, what's the silver things on teh stove pipe?
just curious
2 months ago
Hi K, lots of good ideas and advice in this thread (and many other threads!). Just start. If you have seeds. Plant them in the ground the best you can. It's ok to change your mind. Observing, changing and feedbacking are very permie too.

You can draw up or sketch an overall design goal for your property. Then pick elements to add as the funds and time are available. OR just toss some seeds in the ground and get water to them.

What ever you chose to do, will be the right thing to do. because you will be learning and growing. Start small and close to your house to enjoy the full benefits.

Happy growing.
8 months ago
Hi, just curious. does the soil have the appearance of dried coffee grounds?
Here in Western North Carolina we have an invasive jumper worms.

you may also consider a soil test. usually a local extension office offers these services. if the soil nutrients are out of balance, could even had to do with flocculation. this is more common with desert and clay soils. They clay particles bound to itself and begins to repel water.

mulch and soaker hose will greatly reduce.
10 months ago
Hi, this is beautifully awesome!

What are your thoughts on using shale?
I reckon river rocks/pebbles are used for the durability. Shale maybe too fragile. It does tend to break down and compact...but I just happen to have a lot of shale. So I may try this one a small stepping stone of experimentation.
10 months ago

I too adore elderberries, so i did some web surfing. it seems the red is used medicinally. However extra precautions are necessary due to the high content of cyanide.

Attached are the resources I read over, it seems possible with lots of caution.

-25?! for weeks??? that is very cold. Elderberry could thrive in a pot. Maybe that is an option for less cold hardy varieties.  
10 months ago
Good question Vickey!
Red elderberries are native to parts of Alaska. I think the red sambucas requires more research. Here we grow the purple fruiting type. If memory is correct...the red fruiting type is slightly more toxic seeds than the purple fruiting variety.

Wind protection, would allow some frost/freeze protection. not sure how much your soil freezes though.
10 months ago
Hey Matt and welcome to posting on permies!

Both of the trees look fairly young in the photos. it seems they both may benefit with height reduction. mostly to make harvesting simpler and their canopy looks sparse, perhaps that is just the season right now.

when pruning back, choose to stop at a bud that is growing the direction you'd prefer a future branch. good call on not taking more than a third of the tree. maybe even consider pulling off any young immature fruit to allow the trees to recover.

Second tree photo...are those lower branches growing from the grafting site?
if so, those lower branches could be removed. They may produce fruit from the rootstock. Rootstock as you may already know, is selected for it's hardiness and nematode resistance, not fruit flavor.
congrats on the apple trees.
10 months ago
Elena, glad you have received an answer. It's good to hear that her coat and body condition seems well. Then she is still healthy.
Is the kid growing and gaining weight? dwarf goats generally should be gaining about 4ozs daily. if he is, there may not need to bottle/jug feed.

do you plan to keep breeding the doe?
10 months ago
Elena, that is interesting! We had a doe that the milk wouldn't flow to the teat. massaging the udder with warm peppermint water helped. I was able to get the milk flowing for the kid. It was an accidental breeding and her second kidding in a season. I was concerned there would be no milk for the new kid.

Milking right after birth helps on new does. Heard that the oxytocin is still flowing and the doe is generally calmer right after birth. Plus if any milk is collected it can be saved, it will contain colostrum.

Back to your situation. Does it feel like there is milk in the udder?
10 months ago