Bill McRoy

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Miles, I can relocate. I just discovered the wwoofr site yesterday. It is the books that are inspiring me. I have "Food Not Lawns" on my lap right now.
5 years ago
If my goal was to end up "doing permaculture," as in example working and living in an intentional community or working for a permaculture organization, etc... but (wait for it) I don't garden or know plants or any of it, where would I start? I have contacted Oregon State University to ask about their horticulture program with additional training in permaculture as a possibility. I am 55 years old and I am thinking about pulling up and heading in a totally new direction. Any suggestions? I have a professional degree so the idea of spending 4 years at an institution is comforting to me. Thanks for any suggestions.

I will add that I am physically fit, free of any health issues, execise regularly, etc... so feel that I am "up to the task."
5 years ago
Thank you Tel. I never thought to ask. I will call them back and ask. (I am totally new to this so I am trying to arrange materials to get started this spring).
6 years ago
Greetings. I found straw available locally listed as oat straw. I want to use it for composting and for topping planting beds and swailes. Is oat straw ok for this?
6 years ago

Adrien Lapointe wrote:Bill,

it took over two weeks for the Food Forest DVD to get here, so I would assume the same delay for where you are.



Thank You.
6 years ago
Hello, I ordered Jeff Lawton's 5 DVD set online on December 27th and it has not come yet. I am in Michigan, they are coming from Australia. Does 12 days seem like a long time to any of you? Have any of you waited this long (or longer)? Yeah, I know, I am anxious. They will probably come tomorrow (I hope, I hope).
6 years ago
I bought some "organic" fertilizer called Chickity Doo Doo http://www.chickitydoodoo.com/ I am hoping it will be good for the lawn and help build soil micororganisms, etc.. Also, our city has a compost site for city residents. I have heard a few people say they wouldn't use it bacause they didn't know where the stuff came from, etc... I figure anything has to be better than what I have. 10 years ago this was new sod, weed free, etc... after years of chemicals it is mostly dandilions and weeks. I am hoping to bring it around with some organic TLC
6 years ago
Thanks for all the great ideas. It turns out I have a bunch of seeds from a club I joined and searched the list for perennials. Came up with a bunch of Herbs: Rosemary Lovage Broadleaf Sage Greek Oregano Hyssop Red Garnet Amaranth Thyme Tarragon Echinacea. I'll use what I have. I like the chive and onion idea as well.
6 years ago
We put some apple, plum and peach trees in last fall. Little spindly sticks, maybe 2 to 3 ft. tall. Should I be planting something else around the base of these trees? If so, what and where will I find it? The confrey in the posted video is taller than the little sticks I have planted, would that matter?
6 years ago

John Polk wrote:Probably. Who wants to blindly leap into the unknown?


Quote, unknown source: "I love the recklessness of faith. First you jump, then grow wings."
7 years ago