MSB Week In Review 007 — 13 Comments

  1. Very cool! like the tank/pond idea.
    It just gets colder here in Ohio,but sunk in and insulated could help.

    • We have a simple aquarium heater in the top tank, that and the moving water kept things going in Nov. when our temps were under 25 for 3 strait days. Note that was not lows of 25 that was three strait days where the high was under 25. Overnight lows were down to 11 degrees on the coldest day.

  2. Great video. Just the other day I was like “what on earth are they even doing over there? Whats Josiah up to?” hah.

    Would you advise digging up established comfry in a garden to take cuttings? I have put a few out in the garden, but I’d actually like to start putting them out in my pastures for the goats to eat. I started roughly 15 or so from seed and transplanted into the garden. I’d still like them to be there, but I want to really propagate it all over the place.

    In your pasture areas are you broadcast seeding new seeds in for establishment? And if so, what kinds?

    • Yep you really can’t hurt it. You can hack and hack and hack and it will still grow back. That said I like to dig around it and take outer cuttings and leave the crowns when I can.

      Note though I will have a discount for you guys on comfrey cuttings by March. The company is small and wants to wait till they can dig up a good inventory before they go live on the MSB and where they currently are the ground is frozen.

    • Great. Good to know. I’ll have to dig around them to see whats there.

      I would also be interested in buying bulk for cheapish. I’m getting ready to look at doing that as well with “perennial peanut” (Pintoy Peanut for the permaculture folks). Right now I”m trying to think of a way to seed these amongst the grass I already have without broadcast seeding (also looking at mechanically decompacting the soil in the process). I figure I could rip rows in the sod and plant comfry/ perennial peanut / daikon/etc in it.

      Thanks for securing the discount, I’ll be keeping my eye out for it.

        • Hmm….. I’m trying to remember if i scarified them or not. I have a feeling I did not. However, I just found the baggie that has a lot more of them. I was actually kind of panicking because I couldn’t find them and thought I had no more. I’ve got apparently hundreds and hundreds more. Guess I’ll give that a shot.

          I definitely boiled the black locust seeds, although I’m seeing less germination than I did the first time I did them, I’m guessing its due to it being January instead of October…

        • Jack, I’m so glad to hear that Coe’s Comfrey is coming on board! I ordered some cuttings from him after listening to your podcast last year, and the customer service is top notch, not to mention the plants are beautiful. Thanks for introducing me to this amazing plant! My sheep, pigs, and chickens all love it!

        • It isn’t Coes he doesn’t use a PC, so doing something is complicated. I don’t really get a online business not using a computer but he does have great stuff.

    • @Jack
      When you go into the greenhouse I laughed because i’m like “what is this my place?.” I really liked the greenhouse idea. I’ve been thinking about making a hoop house or two (one for a large chicken tractor) and the other has a greenhouse/screenhouse.

      I have two of those white 98 tree pots and 4 sets of the larger black ones.
      I have about 60+ black locusts growing, I planted mimosas (only one has sprouted), I was able to germinate about 15 (out of 19) hickory trees from my uncles and I have 3 trifoliate oranges we found.

      I purchased my tree pots at Peaceful Valley. ( Good to know of another source because I love these things.