Amit Enventres

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My vote is pear, but if you wait long enough you'll know.  Pears growth are more conical in form and apples are rounder, similar to the fruit.
1 week ago
Looks yummy! Keep it up! I'd say that's the hardest part for me is to keep riding the momentum waves just right so I'm not fighting the current. You've got a lot of good stuff going on.
1 week ago
I am crazy early on my wish list, but I didn't have one last year- so there!

I have seed I can give:
Waltham Butternut squash
Pepo squash mutt
Large tomato seeds
Small tomato seeds
Quite possibly Amaranth, dry corn, and quinoa
Black elderberry

I am looking for the off spring of vigorous growers in a zone 5/6 with humid summers.

Specifically. I am interested in:

Black currant
White currant
American cranberry (ground cover type)
Cold hardy kiwi (female)
Saffron crocus
Purple bush plum/cherry

If you are close enough, I also have lots of herb plants. Thank you!
Gorgeous! I am in zone 5-6. I save seeds that work well here, where it is pretty moist and humid during summer and very freezy during winter.  What are you looking for? Does my environment sound similar enough to yours? My best seed is a waltham butternut squash. I also have a nearly wild tomato that is beginning to need no planting or care.  I also have a beefsteak, little grape-type, and roma, all open pollinated that I save.  I have a few yard long beans and a few generic beans. I should have amaranth, quinoa, and dry corn coming in soon,  also have sorghum, some cold tolerant lettuce, and corn salad. I do also have pin oak and white oak dropping seed now.
Hi! We are also between zone 5 and 6. That means it gets so cold and for so long the ground freezes here most years. That means we get enough chill hours for most things that require chill hours, but we can't grow pomegranates in the ground, or other things that can't stand being frozen solid on and off for about 4 months a year. Though, since we have enough well lit indoor space,  I generally say there's about 2 things you can't grow here: coconuts and dates.
1 week ago
We get lots of grey, but the white all around is so complete you can see outside at night. Our latitude is 41° +15 = 56°, but based on where the light hits inside during winter,  I don't think that calculation makes sense, but I've been wrong before.  Solar panels don't move, so they only get direct sun occasionally, even if oriented to that equation.  Daylight hours here is about 12 during winter and about 15 during summer. I'm experimenting with some solar lights and indoors through dirty windows at bad angles I usually can get a few hours of light, which makes me hopeful for a proper set up.  I will have to see how well things go over winter... though I might decide to clean the windows. Thanks for the advice!
1 week ago
I'm curious if anyone has done this.  Replaced their shutters with solar panels. They are similar in size and color.  They are in an ideal location for northern homes to get sun when it's cold, not hold snow load, and get dusted off as necessary. I'm considering it on my house.  They'd theoretically pay for themselves in about 5-7 years, which means they are on the verge of being worth it in my mind. It wouldn't feed your average family's power use, but we are on the low side and snow+declination of the sun makes the roof not really ideal, especially during winter in northern climates, when you'd need it the most. Thanks!
1 week ago
This website discovery needed sharing.  This is frost times as percent probability and not just frost, but a variety of temperatures so you can better plan out your frost-tolerant, but not freeze tolerant harvests.

Yeah, hugel has a mellowing period I'm not sure tree seedlings love. I haven't tried it,  but that is the knowledge passed on to me by an organic-style farmer and educator.
Yes,  I think on the orchards it's just under the trees so mechanical harvest can happen easier.  How much is in/on the fruit,  probably  not as much as potatoes or wheat where the intent is to spray kill the crop.  Plus almonds have shells.

I know for me switching some foods (grains+potatoes) to organic has helped get rid of eczema and other immune related issues I had. Which means my issue is probably a pesticide intolerance. I didn't know until I read this how pervasive glyphosate is. It only became so from about 1996 and on. That's pretty recent in human years, but I'd say it's some toxic gick I try to get out of my life as much as possible.
2 weeks ago