Ryan M Miller

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As of Spring 2019, I have graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Classical Languages at Franciscan university of Steubenville. Currently, I am trying to figure out how to pay off my student loans.
For much of my spare time during the growing season, I tend a vegetable garden in my suburban backyard. During the rest of the year I spin and knit whatever fiber I can find to make articles of clothing. Until I can own my own land, I have to live with an inedible grass lawn that has to be mowed and fertilized regularly.
Dayton, Ohio
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T.J. Stewart wrote:Does anyone know where to hunt for paw paws in the Dayton, Cincy, or Columbus area?

Parking is limited at the preserve, but you could try parking at Rockafield Cemetery near the center of the forest in the eastern half of the preserve. The woods lie to the east of much of Wright State University in Fairborn and just to the west of the Nutter Center.
1 week ago
Wright State Biological Preserve has a substantial area of pawpaws along one of the trails in the western half of the preserve. I have even collected several seeds from the fruits.
1 week ago
For anyone looking for wild seeds of marsh elder (Iva annua) and erect knotweed (Polygonum erectum), it appears that the plants will begin reaching their
peak blooming period this month based on the entries for these plants on the wildflower search website:


Please note that some forms of erect knotweed can be mistaken for smartweed (Persicaria sp.).
2 weeks ago
My main problem with recording videos is actually editing them rather than the recording part. It can take hours to edit a video and post it online.
1 month ago
I have successfully collected most of the seed from this year's crop of maygrass (Phalaris caroliniana). The seeds appear to have a tight outer hull that must be removed before processing the seeds. I do not feel confident that I have enough seeds yet to share with other growers so I will likely have to wait until next year.
1 month ago

Ken W Wilson wrote:The poisonous qualities of the forage sound just like grain sorghum.  I hadn't realized that they were related before. I wonder if anyone has tried to cross breed them. A perenial grain sorghum would be a very useful plant. Even if it only produced half as much grain, it would be worthwhile sine the production costs would be so much lower.

If I'm not mistaken, the Land Institute used Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense) in their preeding project for developing perennial sorghum in order to introduce cold hardiness into the crop. If I'm not mistaken Johnsongrass is tetraploid while domesticated sorghum and shattercame (Sorghum bicolor) are both diploid. I'm assuming that the annual sorghum parents would have to be treated with colchicine before crossing them with johnsongrass in order to increase the ploidy level.

2 months ago
I also have the same question. I started out a gardening channel on Bitchute and then tried to start a second channel on YouTube. I wanted to start using a tripod to record parts of my videos, but I'm noticing that I'm already starting to get burnout from my attempts to make my videos as high quality as possible with limited equipment. I haven't posted a new video in nearly a month and I have a backlog of raw video footage that still needs to be edited. If you're interested, here's the link to my YouTube channel:

Here's the link to my Bitchute channel:
2 months ago
If anyone is aware of Cherokee landraces of vining summer squash, please let me know. I'm in the process of looking for strains of Cucurbita pepo squash that have primary genetic ancestry to Ozark squash (Cucurbita pepo ozarkana) from the Eastern Agricultural Complex.
2 months ago
I think I also forgot to mention evening primrose (Oenothera biennis). This plant produces showy flowers, but the plant root can also be eaten in the first year of this plant's life cycle.
2 months ago
Update on experimental plot: Neither the erect knotweed nor the marsh elder seemed to have sprouted. Nevertheless, I still managed to get some seeds from maygrass (Phalaris caroliniana) and little barley (Hordeum pusillum). Oddly enough, I actually found a wild little barley plant at the parking lot at my work place this past week. I dug up the plant and brought it home.

I'm curious if anyone has managed to find wild marsh elder seeds or erect knotweed seeds. Neither plant seems to grow wild where I live.
2 months ago