Joe Skeletor

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since Jan 04, 2010
Blue Island, Illinois - Zone 6a - (Lake Effect) - surrounded by zone 5b
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I grew cardoon from seed and knew of a larger farm that grew a large amount from seed with really good results. My problem was that the deer ate all of them in one or two nights. I have a friend who has grown asparagus from seed for years.

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3 years ago
Ann,

I'm curious about your misting bed set-up, or plan for it. What sort of misting system are you creating? Are you creating hoops or something of that nature to hold in the moisture? I've only read a bit about using mist for propagation, so if you could expand on it that would be a huge help. Thanks! - Joe
4 years ago
You could also toast or roast some of the chili's to give the sauce a more complex flavor profile. I've done it before.

Smoking the chilis would be neat too. Not sure if that would have an effect on the fermentation?

4 years ago
There are heater units that you can put under poultry waterers. They work pretty well. If the temps drop well below freezing, the top of the water can still freeze up.

They look like this

http://www.essentialhardware.com/farm-innovators-hp-125-heated-poultry-waterer-base-greysilver-214294.html?fee=16&fep=109294&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=google&gclid=CIfWg9XHosICFck-MgodrRoAlQ

You can get them at feed stores, bigger farm stores, the internet. Hope that helps - Joe
4 years ago
I've used those japanese beetle traps to catch thousands of those and feed them to chickens. Usually just dumped them all into a bucket of super hot water to kill most of them off (so they didn't fly away) and threw it to the hens. THey loved those. We would get almost a full 5 gallon bucket in a few days from 4 traps set out. I just think fruit flies would be a waste of time with how large they are - Joe
4 years ago
Is this a joke?
4 years ago
Not sure about the Polish Linguisa in particular, but I have seen before where a single variety (I think it was a paste, maybe Amish Paste) has terrible blossom end rot, but the other 10 or 12 varieties are all fine. Maybe certain varieties are more prone to it?


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Hello folks,

I'm wondering if anybody has any experience with setting up nursery beds for fruit crops. Also, any book or websites with good information regarding nursery care. I may be over-thinking it, and you just maintain young fruit trees at a close spacing until digging them up and putting them into their permanent spot, but I'm a stickler for details so any info would be awesome.

I'm working on setting up an urban orchard on a remediated 6 acre site. I will end up buying in some trees from Cummins, but I will also buy or start some rootstock to graft a bunch of my own. Got more time than money, you see.

Also anybody have stool beds for rootstock production?

Joe
4 years ago
Michael Phillips books are some of the best you're going to find for starting a small orchard -


HOLISTIC ORCHARD
http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/the_holistic_orchard:paperback

THE APPLE GROWER
http://www.herbsandapples.com/books/grower.php

You could get them from amazon as well. Extremely Highly Recommended!
4 years ago
Thanks for the quick reply! Really neat to hear that you started 6,000 trees on-site.

I totally forgot that I had flipped through a copy of Mycelium Running about a year ago. I'll be sure to pick it up.

The work you've done is very inspiring , Stefan! All the best - Joe



PS -- Sorry to continue asking questions, but do you process your own juices on site? If this is already discussed in the movie, I can just wait to find out.

4 years ago