Cris Bessette

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since May 20, 2011
North Georgia / Appalachian mountains , Zone 7A
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Recent posts by Cris Bessette

Real ponds have soggy edges. This is where the froggies live, this is a natural part of a pond.  If you want to make it prettier and keep people from walking
on the edges and getting goo in their shoes, plant water loving plants in those areas.  This will make your pond healthier too. 

There are all kinds of attractive green and flowering plants that would love to live in these soggy areas.
1 week ago
My kumquats got bitten pretty bad last winter, it looks like they will recover though.  None of those have fruited yet, I may have to be more agressive with the fertilizer this year and get some more growth out of them.  The more mature the trees are, the better they survive the winter.
2 weeks ago

All ponds (new/existing) should be provided with an animal escape "bridge" of some kind to prevent the problem shown in this video.

A rough board or log (or multiple ones depending on the size of the pond) will generally do the trick.

3 weeks ago
"This one is in a pot on the side of the house." Sedum
"This one, too, I see growing in clusters all around the area, often in conjunction with the rudbeckia." Coneflower
"Is this honeysuckle?" yes, it is.
"Is this dogwood?" yes, it is.
4 months ago

Daron Williams wrote:

Cris Bessette wrote:I put probably about 6-9 " (15-22cm) of dirt on top of the mounds of wood and rotted plant material.

So the soil was just added on top of the final mound of wood and plant material?

As far as I remember, yes.  Maybe I should have mixed soil into the wood an other stuff?
4 months ago
I put probably about 6-9 " (15-22cm) of dirt on top of the mounds of wood and rotted plant material.
4 months ago
I used mostly rotted logs. leaves,etc from the surrounding forest.  I also used old dried out sticks, bamboo, pine saplings I had cut.
I'm mulching with fall leaves- mostly oak, maple, poplar.  Also with green lawn clippings mulched by my mower.

The lack of nitrogen rich stuff is what led to planting soy beans and other nitrogen fixers in the past few years. 

I think I might dig down into one of them in the next few days and see what is going on in there. 

4 months ago
I must be the worst huglekulturer on earth.  Nothing will grow on the three I started about 4 years ago.

I've tried to stick to the permaculture philosophy of avoiding bringing stuff in from outside, and only using what's on my land.
So that means no manure or fertilizer.  I pile leaves and grass clippings on them every year (green manure).  They only get water from rain as they are too far
from the house to run a hose.
In the last four years or so I've planted soy beans, pinto beans, collard greens, squash, flowers, herbs,etc. on them and anything I plant just
barely grows or produces.

Clearly they are too dry and devoid of nutrients.  I'm thinking about breaking my rules next year and buying bags of manure in hopes of kick starting them somewhat.
I did dig a small pond near the mounds this year so next year I will have an irrigation source to water things.  Maybe that will help.
4 months ago
Take pictures! Sounds interesting.
5 months ago