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EternalNoob

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EternalNoob last won the day on January 30 2015

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    Farming, Aquaponics, D.I.Y. projects
  1. I have a volume of the redbook. It's several years old. Want me to find it? I'll let you borrow it if you promise to return it. As smatthew noted it is focused heavily on the growing of ornamental flowering plants. You can find plenty of snippets on the interwebs to see the quality and type of information you will get.
  2. Pigeons eh? They can be some real good eating. Much easier (imo) to care for than chickens. Much quieter as well. There are old breeds that are utilitarian in nature. Even ones that are darn near flightless (can be a good or a bad thing). If you can keep your lines clean they sell for a surprising amount too. Looking forward to watching your system develop.
  3. I just ran across a cool video about Ron Pecoffs R&D facility. Cool stuff! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhP9L16Qdcg
  4. It most certainly did happen in my case. I believe it happened mainly because the wood I used was pretty green. I experienced terrible growth the first year and had to irrigate. The second year was comparable production (without irrigation) to my irrigated field and the third year was nuts. I had a pumpkin come up as a volunteer and that thing just took off. 1 single vine produced at least 20 carving sized pumpkins and the vines spread to a size of about 50x15 feet solid. Nothing else could get a foothold. My chickens loved it. An entire flock (like 15 hens and a roo) could disappear into
  5. Speaking of whole foods. I think I read somewhere that they have never closed a store. They're opening one near me and have done a helluva job on social media reaching out to local producers. I thought about going but I don't like contracts. Contracts require responsibility. I'm the exact opposite of responsible. I like u-pickers and sitting in the shade.
  6. I've been thinking about this subject a lot over the last couple of days. While I like to pat myself on the back for not doing this, that or the other thing the reality is that I do rely on my trusty Deere to get stuff done. I know that every time I bust that beast out of it's slumber I'm beating up my soil and burning up dinosaurs that could be used for things that are much more useful and recyclable. I know that mono cropping isn't best for the plants or the nature that I'm constantly fighting to keep at bay. I have a greenbelt/woodlot. It's very nice and it borders a river. I have some
  7. Yup. If you want to have cheap food that requires minimal (or underpaid) labor. Minimal labor requires big efficient machines. Simple as that really. Until we are all willing to pay more for our food and our farmers are willing to make less to produce it that's just the way it's gotta be. Or everybody takes some responsibility for what ends up in their bellies and grows their own. I think that's where permaculture really shines. On the hobby farm and in the yard. I hate lawns.
  8. Probably so. Speaking of hydroponics. I'm currently researching hydro grown raspberries. Raspberries are a pain in my ass. Mainly because even though they are a high value crop the second I bust out my trusty hoe to keep the stupid thistle at bay the crop becomes worthless. I refuse to spray. I also don't trust anyone else with a hoe and every misguided swipe takes out next years berries. Anyways... My berries are at the end of their productive lives. 10 years is pretty good go for a plot (when you keep them tightly confined to rows which is against their nature). Here's what I'm thin
  9. I just went through this ordeal. Because I'm not very smart my initial plan to use a bottom drain and a standpipe was not able to happen so I opted to use a 2 inch bulkhead on the end wall of the trough as low as possible. I bought my bulkheads from allied and opted for the ones that are slip fit. Reason being is that I wanted to be able to easily remove the pvp I have installed on the inside of the trough and the ability to adjust my water level because adjustment is good. It makes it possible to drain the bed out within an inch of the bottom. Since I have the slightest grade in the bottom to
  10. An alternative video on Mr. Shepards farm can be seen here for those who are not signed up to Mr. Lawtons website.
  11. Ok. I finally finished watching the video. I'm finding it very hard to believe that having the proper soil biology for the specific crop grown will eradicate all (or an acceptable level of) disease and predation by insects and other creatures that want to eat my produce more than I do. She's trying to tell me that proper soil biology will stop cabbage worms, coddling moth and apple maggot? Proper soil biology will eradicate European canker and scab on my apple trees? I suppose ultimately for me it doesn't matter because I'm not going to spray anything to get rid of stuff. Instead I'll use
  12. Nah. Doesn't answer my doubts at all. In fact from what I've seen so far it reinforces my beliefs. My doubts are related to profitability in terms of mainstream ag vs permaculture and their respective abilities to "feed the world". What she is endorsing is a component of permaculture in a round about sort of way but it applies more so to straight organic ag. Based on my personal experience (as someone who doesn't use inorganic fertilizers or pesticides) permaculture does not lend itself very well at all to the efficient use of labor. Labor is by far the most expensive expense in most businesse
  13. I love the concept of permaculture. I really really do. I know a lot of folks in my area that are REALLY into it. Several make a living from it. The problem I have seen and experienced with it to date is that it (as a movement) suffers from much of the same issues as aquaponics. Every "successful" or renowned permaculturist that I know or have met makes their living off of education or some product that is permaculture approved. I have tried many permaculture principals on the farm I manage. It just makes sense to me. To emulate (and perhaps enhance) natural systems instead of fighting it
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