Stephen Cummings

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So I just got my greenhouse completed over winter. I have tons of starts in there now waiting for the weather to cooperate to set outside. I have some strawberries in there that I have been pollinating with a qtip. My question is how often do I need to do that? Just once for each flower? Multiple times a day? My outside patch does fine without my help but I have never had to worry about any of them inside
7 months ago
I have lots of willow and poplar growing on my property. I have them lining 2 creek and even though they are still young and small they have helped dry up those areas and helped some with erosion. I was mainly interested in trees to also act as a screen from the road which is about 10 to 12 feet higher than the rest of my property. I hoped to find a fruit tree so I could at least get a little fruit in addition to my current trees. I will definitely look into those plums
7 months ago
I want to plant 3 or 4 fruit trees between my house and a road. Unfortunately there is quite a slope from the road down to my yard. It tends to stay pretty damp. I want fruit trees but I dont want to waste my time for money. I have read that Asian pears can handle wet ground pretty well. I am in Northern WV. My main purpose of planting here is to create a little screen for privacy from the road. I could do willow or poplar, but wanted to see if I could do fruit to add to my small orchard. Thanks for any info
7 months ago
Thanks for the replies. I typically dont feel safe planting until the middle of march. Apparently north central WV is a tropical rainforest and we get extreme amount of rain. My only concern is mold. My ground stays so wet that my garden suffered bigtime last year. I was able to big one big hugelkultur bed last fall. I will do another this fall and keep going until I have 5 or so. Hopefully they will help by keeping my roots a little drier. Thanks for all the replies
8 months ago
Thanks.  That was what I thought. So then I was thinking cut holes in the cardboard come planting time.
8 months ago
I have at least 2 months before I plant my garden. I also just remodeled my bathroom and I have tons of boxes. I figured i might as well make use of them my question is how to put them where i am gonna garden. Should i do cardboard, mulch, chicken manure? Or should I do mulch, cardboard, chicken manure? Those are the ingredients I have available. I know they may not be all broken down in 2 months, but figure it can hurt to try.

P.s. I have removed all glossy and heavily dyed parts of the cardboard
8 months ago
Welcome. I am in a very similar situation. I already live in the country though. I have almost 2 acres of garden and 2 dozen chickens. My wife feels that I dedicate enough time to this, and doesnt feel I need to expand and work on a silvopasture of my 6 acres of wooded lot. I was raised in the city and have only found this calling in my last few years in the country. My only suggestion would be to start small and make your partner a believer. I recently made a fritatta from fresh eggs, tomatoes, spinach, and peppers. She swears that she has never had anything so good. She is slowly starting to realize the value of homegrown and fresh everything. Eventually I believe she will cave and agree to buy the adjoining property and start expanding. It is a very scary venture to try to take the leap and leave a good salary, so I understand her hesitation. I really believe if you start slow and prove the merits of that lifestyle your husband will come around.
9 months ago
Thanks for the reply. I was thinking that would be the issue, but wanted to see if there was any other factors
11 months ago
I am going to start building my greenhouse very soon. I have a window of where I can build it. My question is should I place it where it will get sun earlier in the day or shift it to get more afternoon sun. It will get the same amount of sun in either place, just wondering if there were pros or cons to either option
11 months ago
I got some isa brown chicks at the end of August. From what I have read, they will start laying usually between 20 and 22 weeks old. I have also read that they typically lay year round. My other chickens pretty much quit laying for most of the winter. My question is whether anyone else had fall isa brown's that came of age in the middle of winter. Will they start laying in the middle of January when they come of age? Or will they wait until the spring?
11 months ago