Episode-778- Listener Calls 11-4-11 — 22 Comments

  1. Hi Jack,
    I don’t usually have time to listen to your podcast, unfortunately, but try to tune in now and then. I greatly appreciate your comments about the OWS debate in this podcast. I fully agree with every one of your points as you enunciated them today, and although I made it clear on your FB page, exactly what I think of a hair-sprayed poser like Bill Whittle talking about “survival,” that has nothing to do with my opinions on the OWS movement which are very similar to the ones you have espoused on this podcast.
    Unfortunately there is a lot of frustration with everyone right now who sees that obvious need to separate “the government from the corporate apparatus,” but don’t really have a loud public voice with any sort of momentum to make that happen. I think many of us want(ed) OWS to become that voice.
    At any rate, thanks for your words on the subject today.

    • I don’t think Bill is the real deal. He associates with those big government neoconservatives at Pajamasmedia. The same people who toss Ron Paul under the bus any chance they get.

  2. I love Bill Whittle. He is so much against government that he makes me look moderate. His love for corporations is also healthy; he doesn’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. He knows that corporations are part of the free market and the government is only there to ensure that corporations do not infringe on individual citizen rights.

  3. IF you have a heavy duty drill or a non-electric old school drill you can drill holes in the face of the stumps. This will allow rain water to collect and increase the rate of rot.

  4. Hearing that clip, the first thing I thought was “thank the farmers” too. He said “there are people getting dirty for you; the farmers working for [the corporations]… thank them”

    But of course people hear what they want to hear.

  5. Nice response from John in WV.

    My compost bin is a smaller version of the bin that P. Allen Smith has at his Little Rock farm. It was extremely easy to build and works great. It is basically landscaping timbers stacked in a square, with the first two parallel as the first level, then the next level is two in the opposite direction, and so on. I nailed them to each other and they are sitting on cinder blocks. You can also make it larger(higher) at any time. Smith used 8 ft. timbers, but I used 4 ft. timbers. You just dump your stuff in and use a shovel to get compost from the bottom. It gets plenty of aeration and I don’t have to transfer from another bin. The only problem I had was when my chickens found it I had “ready” compost scratched out everywhere.

  6. This was a gem of a call-in show, I especially liked the Q and A on detecting “killer compost” and covercropping and then the other one on what to do insofar as cutting down pines to start a food forest, it’s going to be great when you start that 0.5-2 acre food forest and mix those experiences in with future podcasts.

  7. Being without power will make you think about how spoiled you really are christmas 1986 a ice storm hit and we were without for two weeks but made it cooked food in the fire place i will never forget it.

  8. Good stuff on composting. I have this composter: Earthmaker 3-Stage Compost Bin

    The idea is that it’s separated into 3 stages. You put your scraps in the top, then as they cook down, you drop them down to level 2. You can then continue to put new scraps in the top while the older stuff continues to cook in level 2. Finally you drop the level 2 stuff down to the bottom where it finishes, drop level 1 to level 2, and put new stuff in level 1.

    I haven’t had it long enough yet to really comment on how it works, but the theory seems similar to Jack’s multi-bin system where you transfer from bin to bin, except this is one segmented bin.

  9. Jack

    What was my problem with cover crops? I can’t remember! LOL

    The only problem I have consistently is forgetting to plant them until its too late (snow on the ground).

    I sent you an email – I haven’t forgotten, if you still want to come on!


    • @Jason, well your problem is that you won’t harvest the legumes before they put on pods or buckwheat because “it looks nice” and I do have the solution to it. Well not so much the buckwheat (which isn’t really an issue) but easy for things like cow pea. Yep I would love to come on about that and sustainable beef, etc. Just email me your available time and I would love to be on your show.

    • Well I planted buckwheat directly in my garden. It lasted and actually flowered before the frost got it.

      Planted wheat in the orchard and pasture and its doing just fine.

      Planted perennial rye in my large swale and everywhere else. That stuff comes up nice.

      I don’t remember what I said about legumes except maybe that if you plant them too late you might not get a harvest. I think its a great idea to plant as many cover crops that serve dual purposes. Human food, animal food, fodder, wildlife habitat and then of course the cover crop benefits that are traditional.


  10. I think the point of the movements going on right now, whether they are co-opted or not, is that corporations and their products and services are great, but when you have this “quickening” going on where the biggest corporations can put everyone else out of business and take all of the market share by buying government, that’s not in anyone’s best interests. The Mom and Pops are all drying up. We want our corporations, but we want a true free market system. Government IS NOW made up of these most powerful corporations. We all WORK HARD in our own way. I’m tired of the way we show the exceptions at the fringe of any movement and act as if they truly represent the movement. This recording of Bill Whittle is sooo well crafted to make us hate ourselves and each other and how we should be thankful to these poor little corporations. It’s not the little corporations that we hate. Not at all. It’s the abuse that we are having to suffer at the hands of the “special corporations” that seem to own our government and are moving to take over the world. Monsanto is the worst of the all. Love the show!

  11. I really liked the audio clip you played in which it said we should be thankful for corporations and your comment about needing to separate corporations from government. I never thought of it in those terms but I couldn’t agree more. I been spreading this message to friends, coworkers, and family that care to listen. All of them so far completely agree and I think, much like myself, they never thought of it in that way before.

    Thanks for the show!

  12. Re: pine tree clearing for an orchard. I would agree with Jack to leave the stumps. Plant trees and/or shrubs amongst the stumps; they will hold the soild and eventually break down. Although apple trees prefer a slightly acidic soil (5.5-6.5 ph), you should always test your soil for that and nutrients availablility. I would also suggest not clearing the whole woods, one acre can hold about 435 apple trees at a 10’x10′ spacing. That’s a lot of apples!