Brian Holmes

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Living on a 2 acre lot with my wife, dog, and a gaggle of chickens. Have planted a six bed, double-dug garden and look forward to expanding to more beds, fruit trees, a greenhouse, and beekeeping.
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Odd thought: use it to season focaccha? Generally a salty flat bread, and I've cooked it with red onions on tip before, so seems like a logical extension.

Also: mayo calls for vinegar, so maybe try making mayo with it? Water aspect might be less desirable, bit maybe worth a try :)
2 years ago
Hoping to get figs off my tree this year! This is it's first year coming back off the root ball, hoping for the best
2 years ago

Michelle Heath wrote:Not sure of what area of Maryland you're in, but you may want to check and make sure currants aren't prohibited.  Here I believe black currants are banned statewide and all currants are banned in certain counties due to white pine blister rust.  I am not permitted to grow them (or gooseberries) in my county, but it's okay in the county where my parents live.  So my currants and gooseberries are 30 miles away and unfortunately I don't get to reap much of the harves.t

My wife found the same thing online! Last we checked the ban had been widely lifted as it wasn't found to be effective in preventing spread. Will check again just in case
2 years ago
Last year's perennials included blueberries, Apple, pear, Asian pear, and peaches.  This year we're adding cherries, another apple, 3 more blueberries, goji berries, elderberries (2), and raspberries. Our hope is that in a few years we'll have a couple of blueberry hedges, an orchard, and a smattering of both beautiful and fruitful plants everywhere around the property.

Does anyone have recommendations for other perennial fruit plants? We are also looking into currants, recently found out cranberries likely won't grow in Maryland.

Happy growing to everyone :)
2 years ago
Emptying the compost pile and seeing how much larger it was than last year.
Peach blossoms (our first ever!)
Egg production back up to sustainable levels (no more egg-free breakfasts!)
A box of new perennial plants on the doorstep (more fruit! )
The blossoms on our 30 foot pear tree going gangbusters (before I get in there and prune the interior)

Spring sure is fun :)
2 years ago

Kate Muller wrote:

Brian Holmes wrote:

I keep my dehydrated goods in canning jars and use my  very good condition once used canning lids for these jars.  I keep them in a cool dark part of the basement and easily get 2 years of storage.  

Truncated your quote for space.

Thank you so much for the wonderful advice. A dehydrator sounds like the perfect place to start, and I'll be looking into reusable canning rings

2 years ago

Jan White wrote:I run elderberries through my omega juicer, a vertical auger model from ten+ years ago. It removes the seeds, stems and skins and lets everything else through. I end up with a very thick, smooth liquid. Works well for jam, syrup, vinegar.

How would you go about making elderberry vinegar? I've always wanted to try making vinegar, and this year we're putting two elderberry plants in the ground :)
2 years ago
NC makes me think:

Peaches, apples, pears, apricots, Asian pears, plums, and a bunch of non tree foods.

Cherries require cold, so likely not that. Would be careful of any diseases I'm you area, such as rust blight.
2 years ago
I have been struggling with this topic for a while. At present we have an orchard (peaches may come in this year, but apples, pears, and Asian pears are a couple years off), chickens, a garden, fruit bushes, and just got rabbits. I think we can make a decent chunk of food , but certainly not enough for self sustainment.

We will look to expand our wild edibles knowledge as options appear to abound. Mulberry, blackwalnut, and raspberries all grow in our area, a couple of chestnut trees, and wild greens are common. We have no plans to grow grains and plan to buy them (stock up).

I have a mental disconnect at present with preserving food. Canning lids appear to be single use affairs, so having a year over year supply seems tough. Makes me wish we had a freeze dryer.

Thanks everyone for sharing your ideas
2 years ago