Not in my orchard Diane but yes a lot of people who have land will often have one or two sheep. I cant be bothered fencing off all the young fruit tress, Feijoa and gooseberry bushes that are out there, its my wild area that helps maintain a good insect balance, this year there was hardly any codling moth in the apples compared to last year.
Started picking the first of the mature pop corn cobs today, its the early cobs that i'm selecting from for seed, any cobs that birds have started to eat are not selected. There's a wide range of maturity within this years patch with some plants only just sulking now
Compost, i know some dont bother making it but i do because i garden with only 6 hand tools only so my garden needs to compact run under a biointensive system.
Out in my paddock i have a water cause that flows through only during very wet weather, this low part of the paddock has lovely rich humus top soil so i use this to mix with the compost i make. Its bought back to my composting area as two separate piles, this top layer is mixed with compost and the deeper layer which is higher in clay is added to the start of the composting cycle
The aged rotten logs are smashed up and added along with the high clay/soil to the garden waste on the left.
A year later i dig up this material and most is then dug into my smaller 1metre wide beds, some of this material is used as screened seed raising mix and also non screened potting mix.
The five piles in this photo are, top right- screened humus soil/compost. Middle top pile - un-screened potting mix. Left top - clay soil for adding to compost. Two bottom piles are the humus rich soil and compost yet to be mixed. Apart from from the clay soil pile, these piles are turned a few times to germinate the weeds seed.
Looks like some rodent is about to die in that one photo.
I love your approach to gardening, I have done similar in the past and more each year. Bout ready to do away completely with that roaring stinking tiller. A shovel, a rake and a selection of hoes is all a feller really needs.
Our 4 year old black&tan collie dog(Jay)loves killing mice, rats, wild cats, blackbirds etc but is totally trustworthy around the hens, house cats, sheep and lambs, with the sheep we have never taught her how to handle them, she's learnt by just watching us when we are bringing them into the yards, she always stands and stares about 10 metres or so back from them, any try and make a break she cuts them off without trying to bite.
Gardening without fossil fuel reed, apart from using the car and trailer to drive a km to get my logs. In time i wont have to bring in carbon as i'm planting lots of trees around our 5 hectare property
My white lab-mix mutt was good with everything except rats; she'd beat them to death against the sides of her head; I miss her; her name was Spot; my <two-year-old daughter, having been read books about a blond puppy named Spot, knew that was who our new puppy was, so that was that; Spot had none, but we never told her, so she was fine with that venerable name.
"Yesterday is history; tomorrow is mystery; today is a gift, that's why it's called the present." E. Roosevelt "If the world is to end tomorrow, I would plant an apple tree today" Martin Luther
And its interesting with dogs too, i dont know of any dog that eats rats, just leave them where you end up stepping on them, yuk. Rabbit kits on the other hand our dog eats them just about before the heart stops beating, must be tasty little morsels.
Must be universal, according to my dog, mice, moles, chipmunks and squirrels are toys but rabbits is some fine eatin. She's afraid of possums, raccoons, cats and deer. Don't think she's ever seen a rat, depending on size I suppose it would be either a toy or something to run from. She's always is always in a state of deciding, is this a bark chase situation or a squeal and run situation. I never saw anything like it and wouldn't have though it possible but she herds chickens.
Nothing ruins a neighborhood like paved roads and water lines.
The vet said she's English Shepard, which I had never heard of. I guess they have a need to herd something and the neighbors cows being uncooperative, they just ignore her, she's left with chickens. She thinks it's her job and is always so proud to be asked "where are the chickens?" she dives off her chair and in a little bit her and the chickens are all in sight again.
Nothing ruins a neighborhood like paved roads and water lines.
Its the same with our dog, when it come to the chickens its head lower than the spine, stare straight at them while not moving a muscle, she'll do it a wee bit with the sheep but nothing like with the hens.
keen101 (Biolumo / Andrew B.): Looking for Goldini Zucchini again. Thinking of setting up my own seed shop for OSSI varieties in the future.
Apr 2, 2022 3:58:57 GMT -5
gratefulseedsaver: I have Goldini seeds. firstname.lastname@example.org
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wilscase: Hello all. My name is Casey Wilson. I'
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wilscase: I'm a graduate student at Oregon State and have been working with populations segrgating for different color genes such as the B gene in Cucurbita. I'm curious if anyone has experience with crosses in Cucurbita maxima between grey blue types and orange?
Oct 18, 2022 21:33:14 GMT -5
wilscase: I have been backcrossing to the grey parent for 4 generations and have finally selfed the heterozygotes (for the Bmax gene) the populations have segregated for diffuse bicolor (pink/blue, orange green), blue green, blue, green, pink (salmon) and orange
Oct 18, 2022 21:36:29 GMT -5
wilscase: The genes involved are Bmax and bl. I have observed that Bmax is incompletely dominant to wild type (green). I have read that bl is incompletely recessive to Bl(wild type). I'm curious if anyone else has observed the behavior of Bmax in a grey/blue type
Oct 18, 2022 21:38:28 GMT -5
wilscase: It appears that bl and Bmax are interacting to produce different shades of salmon and pink.
Oct 18, 2022 21:38:52 GMT -5
wilscase: I'm also interested in any other color genetics, especially the relationships between B and L genes. In the right background these genes can dramatically increase Carotenoids (vitamin A)
Oct 18, 2022 21:40:09 GMT -5
wilscase: I have lots of germplasm and would love to exchange anything that people are interested in
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