Episode-1123- Listener Calls for 5-3-13 — 19 Comments

  1. Funny how these shows work out. I’ve been thinking about sweet potatoes, planting no till, and wood lots recently… Answered a bunch of my questions already.

  2. Hi, On the question on peanut hulls. They Have almost no nutrition and are often used here for mulch. However, root knot nematodes are a problem here in Georgia too. But one interesting thing I can tell you is there was a huge pile when I moved into my property. Now it is a pile of black dirt – several years later. I know I have heard Geoff Lawaton talk about how chemicals and other bad things can be removed with time. I think this is an example of nature taking over and making something awesome out of waste. I would just pile those up and let them rot. Adding some green stuff and manure would help too. Hope that helps.

  3. I have 30 acres mostly trees . While it is true that I never see all of it on a regular bases it is there when needed . I never need to cut a live tree for wood even thought I use wood hear and a wood cookstove . This also gives me the ability to hunt where I live for what I need. Huckleberry , blueberry , blackberry, black haw, wild cherry , sassafrase ,wild grapes and so much more are there for the harvest with no tending on my part.
    The other plus is if things do go south there is room for a few friends and family.

  4. Re Fuel forest..

    Here is what We do in east Texas.

    Scattered on 3 acres We Pollard the trees. Oaks & hickory are cut 2 feet high and never killed. They regrow with several shoots and in 3 years they are a perfect fuel size that does not need to be split! The trees are even supposed to live longer this way.

    We heat using a 3000 pound mass heater designed for 24000 BTU & uses 1/3 cord of wood per year. It’s burned once every 24 hours and puts out the most amazing infrared heat.

    The leaves & twigs are chop & drop. We even make charcoal which is burned & steamed into cooking fuel stored in weather balloons: see knowledge publications.

  5. If I were building a basketball court on my property I would make sure to design an edge around the court that would allow me to put up sandbags or blocks in front of key drain points and flood the court in the winter.

    Back in my college days we would flood the dorm court this way to make a mini ice rink. It was never big enough for a hockey game, but there was a lot we could do. Would be great for kids to play around on and would make and hold it’s ice for a much longer period than any lake or pond.

  6. i signed up for the course yesterday. The msb discount paid for itself for another 3 years. Thx Jack! they are sending me ALL the lawton dvds as part of enrollment! Jack this may be the alternative to your earthworks workshop for me.

  7. In California, eucalyptus can be cut as Dan suggests, however, we top at 5-6 feet. Now 8 years later, those trees are scrapping the skies. They burn like pine, so it’s not a fire prevention tree! We are finding that the logs are easy to cut because it is a soft wood. We need to burn more of it than oak, but they grow faster here than oak and renews better. Also, we can feed our goats on large branch a day, so eucalyptus is also cutting our alfalfa feed costs.

  8. For the caller in Maine who wanted to know what grows: check out St. Lawrence Nursery. It’s in upstate NY along the St. Lawrence River in Zone 3. They have over 100 apple species, 16 pears, 5 cherries, apricots (!), plums, nuts (hazelberts, oak, hickory, American chestnut, and black walnut), currants, gooseberries, 20 grapes, 11 juneberries, 11 blueberries, and a bunch of random shrubs.

  9. Seems like more and more of the feedback shows are ALL ABOUT FARMING……The whole show this last time was about food production and farming…..I dig that it’s a huge part of being independent, but is there any way that we can maybe have a show once a week dedicated to permaculture instead of swamping every feedback show with it? I love the show, been a member supporter for a year and been listening longer, it just seems that more and more lately, its been “all hygelkulture/permaculture, all the time”

    • So if you feel that way.

      1. Pick up your phone
      2. Call from a quite location and have good signal if on a cell
      3. State your question up front and your details after it
      4. Ask me a question I haven’t answered 400 times in 1100 episodes

      Do that and perhaps you will be part of the solution instead of someone just saying what they don’t like.

    • I agree. 80% of the questions and most of the last shows have been about permaculture. Maybe chaange the name to The Permaculture Podcast.

        • I’ve made calls….. though there is no way to be sure they aren’t questions you’ve received a million times over that particular week or month. this is the first time I have ever complained about the content of any show. I just wonder if it may not be beneficial to dedicate a show a week to the topic of self sufficient gardening, setting as how lately most all of the feedback shows have been on the subject. constructive criticism is all, not bitching to be sure.

  10. I live on 3.5 acres in PEI and most of my land is 70% Black Spruce and 20% White Birch and the rest is a smattering of Pin Cherry and Quaking Tooth Aspen. I live in a Zone 5b. I heat exclusively with wood. My place is 1100 square feet. My fuel supply is predominantly softwood for OCT/NOV/DEC Hardwood is JAN/FEB and back to softwood MAR/APR. I ordered eight cord of maple in 2001. I use it sparingly but my acreage provides me with enough. And all of that is deadfall. Also on our road there is always someone wanting a tree cleared, and that I do free, provided I keep the tree. So the short of it is my 3.5 acres is ample for me

  11. In my Zone 5b. I have a grafted pear, and will be planting filberts (Hazel nuts). My neighbor has arctic kiwi, but there is short window for harvest, since the racoons love them..

  12. Re: Peanut hulls…
    a quick quote from the book Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms by Paul Stamets;
    “Peanut shells have had little or no value except to mushroom growers. Peanut hulls are rich in oils and starch that stimulate mushroom growth… Oyster mushrooms, in particular thrive on this material.”
    Just a thought. Lots of function stacking open up when you consider this keystone application. Run with that, I would!

    Re: Planting in South Maine…
    When I hear pines, blueberries (15′ tall!), oaks, maples I think not just hardiness zone specific but generally acidic soils as well. I’ve been researching building guilds for my blueberries. You may be anywhere between 4b-5b hardiness. I’m zone 5b. All the trees & shrubs Jack suggested are good. I might consider these additional other acidic loving trees & plants such as hollies, dogwoods (edible), marigolds, & sweet potatoes! I’m planning on encouraging the following plantings to grow, mine, & mulch for my blueberries; garlic, fennel, mullein, nettles, plantains, arnica, japanese bunching onions, marigolds, and basil. Many of these are dynamic accumulators for sulphur, as well as nitrogen, potassium, but lighter on the phosphorus which is reported to be more ideal for your blueberries. Food for thought.

  13. I thought the guy up in Indy was talking about scorching his weeds on his driveway. We use a Weed Dragon on our driveway, and it works well. In the end, the only thing we want in the weeds’ place is the DRIVEWAY. 🙂