darius Van d'Rhys

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SW Virginia Mountains, USA
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You might consider tubular skylights, much less energy loss but still lots of light.
4 years ago
Steve, I'm not very "local" anymore although I used to live in Todd. I'm about 90 minutes away now, but try to get to Boone about once a month to grocery shop, and then on up 194 towards W. Jefferson to visit an old friend. Getting there in the winter months is always weather-dependent, but I'd be glad to come by and talk with you. Send me a private message with a phone number, or email address?
5 years ago
I buy Maria Thun's calendar every year, but here's a decent free online source that covers biodynamic planting.
http://www.the-gardeners-calendar.co.uk/Moon_Planting.asp
6 years ago
For all those who posted on this thread about the lack of any effect of "Cosmic energy", I challenge you to work in an Emergency Room, or an Emergency Response Team (or something similar) and tell us is there's NO difference in calls during the "Cosmic energy" effects of a Full Moon.
6 years ago
LOL, last year I picked my first hazel "crop"... a whopping 15 nuts! The shrub was 3 years old. This year it looks like the crop may double. It's in poor soil, not in a good spot, and it probably has too large a root system now to move. I'll be planting more, for sure.

6 years ago
Thanks for all the replies.

Alex, the roots have all grown down into the soil from the drainage holes in the bottom of the pots. I don't want to cut the pots as they were special order and not cheap.
6 years ago
I have about 2 dozen native elderberries that I started from cuttings 6 months ago. I was hoping to sell some but that hasn't happened. I'm wondering if I can transplant a few of them now into my garden along the fence line. I already transplanted them from starter pots into tall tree pots about 4 months ago, and they had lots of roots. When I moved them a month later to a different location, they were already starting to grow roots out of the pots.

Many sources say to transplant in spring. Any first-hand experience?

I'm in Zone 5b, or maybe 6a, in the Virginia Appalachian Mountains.
6 years ago
Too bad this thread died. I found it interesting and amusing, a slight glimpse into the life of others... esp. Ken with details of work jobs and land quests.
6 years ago
Much of what we have been told (theories based on incomplete research) about cholesterol and the many kinds of heart disease are proving to be false. The body manufactures cholesterol, much as it manufactures white blood cells, to fight something amiss in our bodies.

I read somewhere that NIH is re-evaluating/studying the daily amount of Vitamin D needed in most of the US, saying it could be 5,000 IU (or more) daily rather than the current RDA of 400 IU.
6 years ago
I've read some of the research. I do like the idea of not making war on all microbes since so many have co-evolved with us and help maintain the health of our bodies.

Ref: webpage
6 years ago