Terri Matthews

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Eastern Kansas
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Cattle are permaculture.

The land of the Midwest grows excellent grass, the cattle eat the grass and fertilize with their droppings. The grass puts on more growth and the top half of the plants are eaten again and fertilized again.

As another poster pointed out, it is not fair to lump together feedlots and pasture.
3 days ago
Corn is excellent in soup. Only if it is dry corn then I would soak it for several hours first
A gent on youtube gardens in sand. He uses a lot of organic matter and he says that over the years his soil has gotten very, very good. If you go to youtube and type in "Deep South Homestead" you will find him.
Do you know, there have been so MANY lies told about cattle that I cannot tell what facts are true and which are not. For example, before we had farting cows in the Midwest we had farting buffalo in the midwest. And yet some people take farting cows VERY seriously.

I am not convinced that not eating meat is a solution. Back before they fed good grain to cattle they fed them hay and straw and let them graze on brush. That might be a better idea that feeding them large amounts of grin.
3 weeks ago
I have not yet read the rest of the thread, but 2 things come to mind.

1. you do not need to break up the soil under a pond. Heck, Midwestern farmers used to let pigs wallow in their future ponds to kill any vegetation and compact the soil a bit so that there were no cracks and no roots to let the water seep into the earth.

And, 2. respect clay soil. All of my gardens have been on clay soil, and once you learn how to grow things on it you will find out that clay soil is just lovely. It holds nutrients and water and, once there are good roots in the soil the plants just love it. I live in Eastern Kansas, which is in the breadbasket of the nation, and most of the soil here is clay soil. The farmers here get great crops.

To repeat myself: once you get roots in the soil! Compost is good but a cover crop is great because of the roots. It does concern me that there are such deep cracks in the ground you are considering:  either the clay is much heavier than I am used to or the soil needs a lot of roots growing, or both. As the roots decay it amends the soil down deep while compost tends to amend the soil on the surface first and then trickle down as the rain takes the nutrients and bacteria downwards. So a cover crop can give you more changes during the first year than compost will.

When it comes to the farmers in the area speak just a little and listen a lot. They understand what the soil can do for you. Have you ever heard the old statement that "Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker"? Well, chemical fertilizer is quicker than organics but either chemicals or organic will work. The local farmers will have been raising crops on clay for a very long time and they know how it is done. They understand about things like when the seed needs to go into the ground and what varieties are suited for your area.  I do not know where the land you are looking at is, but I can tell you that where I live timing is important. If the seed goes in late then you might not have enough moisture to raise your crop and get a good yield. And that is for grain: I do not know what your cash crop will be but vegetables where I live need irrigation because our Augusts and late July are very dry. Farmers out here get around this by either raising varieties of wheat that will ripen in July before the rain stops falling or by raising varieties of corn that will have deep roots by the time the soil gets dry. 
3 weeks ago

Vampirella Wolf wrote:DEAR TERRI MATTHEWS,

ARE YOU POSITIVE THAT IT WAS THE TURMERIC THAT IRRITATED YOU AND NOT SOMETHING ELSE? BECAUSE TURMERIC IS REPUTED TO SOOTH THE LINING OF THE STOMACH - IT MAY BE WORTH REVISITING.

Yes, it was the turmeric.

What is more, it was my Father who first suggested it, and after a while he could not tolerate it either.

It might be a hereditary thing: neither one of us get a "high" if we drink either. I just get sleepy and he can be sick for 3 days. That is not the norm, I know, but it is what happens with us.
1 month ago
Mostly I use 2 large bowls. New eggs are put in one bowl while eggs are used out of the OTHER bowl. This means I always have one bowl full of newer eggs and one bowl full of older eggs.

And, when the eggs build up too much then I make a point to use them. My family likes deviled eggs and engelfood cake, and in a pinch eggs can be mashed into a skillet, bakes shells and all, and the resultant large egg patty fed back to the chickens. I do not believe that 16% protein layer pellets have enough protein, so I either throw them some cat food once in a while of feed a few eggs back.

Before I sent to using 2 large bowls I set the eggs from left to right, so the newer eggs would be to the right and the older eggs to the left.

By the way, if you steam the eggs instead of boiling them they are MUCH easier to peel
1 month ago
For what it is worth, I used turmeric for 2-3 years to ease the symptoms of my multiple sclerosis. It really is a strong anti inflammatory, and since Multiple Sclerosis is caused by the body attacking itself the turmeric really did help.

Alas, after a bit it started to irritate my insides, and so I reluctantly quit using it.
1 month ago
Traditional Hopi agriculture calls for raising corn where the water runs off of the Mesas, and I believe they also use a drought tolerant variety of corn. More is explained in the podcast.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3a8Gopyo3NQ

1 month ago

J Anders wrote:

Travis Johnson wrote:

I went to look at your linked thread "you know you're a permie when...." and laughed when I saw "your garden has weeds and you don't care". Reminds me that I do need to go get some of them under control but I really don't give a crap about them most of the time.






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Meh. When your potatos are ready to dig then you can run a lawn mower across the lot of them. The weeds will reduce your yield a bit, but, meh.

Congrats to your wife for the weight that she has lost!

1 month ago