Ed Waters

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Wine.  We used some that were frozen.  I read that the black currants make a better wine than grapes.  We will try it when they come in season.
11 months ago
Hi Ed:

What zone are you in?  I can tell you what has worked for us and what has not here in 5b if that is relevant to where you are located.  Also a few mistakes we have made along the way in the past 12 years.

I am 62 and my wife is 59.

Cheers
Drying sprouted grain berries for amazing bread
1 year ago
Thank you everyone so much for your posts.  62 years old here and my partner is 59.  13 years into this venture.  Some parts get easier and some get more difficult, but the information in this forum has been incredible.  We farm to pay the bills and we still do it with nothing larger than a BSC walk behind, and we rarely use it.  Please keep your thoughts coming.  I notice the comment about building a greenhouse next to the house.  We have two living spaces, one off grid, and one on, both have greenhouses attached.  Wonderful to have all that goodness just outside your door.

All the best
1 year ago
One other thing.  We have a ton of comfrey, but no idea what to do with it unless you sell roots to somebody else who won't know what to do with it.  Would love to hear some ideas.  Remember Patricia is trying to make a living.  Ragman's Lane Farm in the UK used to make compost tea with it and sell it for fertilizer.  Even they gave up after a while.  Blood Root has a pretty good market if you can get it to grow.
1 year ago
Ramps, fiddle heads, willow, sorrel (profusion).
1 year ago
Hi Patricia:

Steuben County checking in.  We are 12 years into a somewhat similar situation.  35 acres of old barns, woods, and pastures that we have been working with.  A couple of things about NY State.  Careful with the wetlands and what you do with them.  Sounds like someone has already messed with them with the clear cutting.  Wetlands come with a really low tax rate, but you need to be careful with what you do in those areas designated.  Start familiarizing yourself with what you are allowed to do with a producing license and an exemption.  All of this is important as you decide what to do going forward.  If there is an Amish or Mennonite community in your area get to know them.  Learn where they shop, who does their contracted work for them.  You will save yourself a ton of money, and you will learn a lot.  Just like us there are a lot of them that farm as clean as they can, and there are those that are basically chemists.  Get to know your neighbor farmers.  You probably don't need to get equipment if there is someone that can help every once in a while just around the corner. Let them hay your fields if you have them, you will be amazed at what you get back in return.  The hunting is a problem everywhere.  We let some people hunt on our land.  We get our driveway plowed along with a lot of other benefits.  We're vegan but we have learned to bend.  St Lawrence is a great nursery we bought from them.  They were a little pricey, and if you want to do turn 80 acres into something you probably should try some of the wholesalers like Cold Stream and Kriegers.  We propagate a lot of our stuff now on our own.  Get stuff like your nut trees in earlier on and WRAP them so the bunnies don't girdle them.  In New York you can get a tax exempt certificate when you sell 5K in a year.  That's a huge help.  Happy to try and answer questions if we can.  We have tried markets, restaurants, crafts etc.  Eventually you will find your spot.  You need to pay the bills until then.

Good Luck

Ed
1 year ago
We have had very good luck with muschattas. A good source is Baker's Creek. A wonderful is the Tatume as mentioned as well as the Lebanese Marrow, which is a bush variety and is suitable for planting in a pot. In addition we throw a tray of our spent micro radish around each group of plants. VB seem to find the radishes unpleasant. That is a great idea about wrapping the plants with the bandages. We have been using aluminum foil on our cukes.
4 years ago
Here are a couple of things that we have tried, and it seems to be working:

Only grew moschata variety squash. The main vine seems to be way too tough for the VB to get into.

Dumped our leftover soil from our radish micro greens around the plants. Radish is supposed to keep them away.

Wrapped the first 6 inches of our cucumber plants with aluminum foil.

To date we have only lost a couple of Lebanese Marrows that we had growing in pots. Everything else is doing very well. Between the squash and cukes we must have 60 plants growing. The most vigorous is a variety called Long Island Cheese that we have in a first year hugel bed.
5 years ago
OK, we got 10 plants from the seeds we planted. We wasted some seeds because we didn't stratify them, and we have some left over. It's interesting to watch those in the ground grow. The original vine has grown about 2 feet and it looks like it is ready to flower. At the same time there is a lot of new growth at the base of the plant. Not as prolific as New Zealand or Malabar but they are not perennial. Looks like we should be able to get plenty of seed.
5 years ago