Agriculture & Permaculture - Discussions

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  • LynnFogwell's picture
    Mar 17 2019 - 11:31pm by LynnFogwell

    I live in Raleigh, NC and I am busy with my greenhouse and aquaponics in the spring. Every spring there are a few nights where we will get a good freeze and I need to shut off my outdoor faucets (sillcocks). You must shut off the faucet AND disconnect the hose - to make sure no water remains in the faucet housing. I used to use 'quick connects' to the faucet, but I would always need to release the water pressure before I could remove the hose. This involved shutting off the faucet, opening the hose nozzle, and finally releasing the quick connect (i.e not so quick).

  • robshepler's picture
    Aug 25 2018 - 8:10am by robshepler

    I can’t run with the greatest of minds here at Peak Prosperity but I read and learn from them without commenting. Where I can comment is on our long journey to learn how to grow food for us as well as others. 

    We have a “market garden” and we now run the local farmers market, this has been a ten year journey to become a producer.

  • PJLambe's picture
    Aug 14 2018 - 11:26pm by PJLambe

    Brand new to the group. During the past couple of months I have watched and read The Crash Course. And read Prosper.

    I want to, at least on a very small scale, try to grow some of our own food. I want to start by testing my soil.

    Can anyone recommend and relatively inexpensive, relatively easy to use, soil testing kit?



  • Wendy S. Delmater's picture
    Apr 8 2018 - 9:05am by Wendy S. Delmater

    Ornamental pears are invasive, and cross pollinate with local pears. They might be pretty in the spring, and ironically an apiary near me just planted a bunch of them since they flower earliest in the year--for the bees' early-spring food--but the trees are slowly taking over from mid-sized native trees like dogwoods and redbuds in wild forests. 

    Here is an article on ornamental pears, "The Curse of the Bradford Pear." Quote:

  • Wendy S. Delmater's picture
    Mar 24 2018 - 8:36am by Wendy S. Delmater


    Perhaps this is not the best place to discuss this, but the reason I did not write the planned article (on early plantings and dodging frosts) last week, was that we had a tree root in our main drain line for our house. There were some lessons learned, however, that apply to all of us, so let me share them.

  • Wendy S. Delmater's picture
    Mar 2 2018 - 4:10pm by Wendy S. Delmater

    One of the chores you can do in the winter season is to inventory your stored food. Whether  it's dehydrated, canned or frozen, it all has an expiration date. 

  • Wendy S. Delmater's picture
    Jan 5 2018 - 11:18pm by Wendy S. Delmater

    I've not bought or used a freeze dryer but a friend just did, and she's very happy with it. Has anyone here bought or used a freeze dryer?

    Here's the one she bought.  

  • Wendy S. Delmater's picture
    Dec 31 2017 - 4:26pm by Wendy S. Delmater

    In the dead of winter, while you're at least partially living off last year's harvest, is the time to plan out next year's plantings and fill in any holes left by your seed-saving. I cannot tell you what to order in your location, for your climate or the mini-climate that is your garden, but I can suggested avenues of interest, 

  • Wendy S. Delmater's picture
    Nov 19 2017 - 6:47pm by Wendy S. Delmater

    Is anyone else in this group using a cold frame? It's a great way to grow simple greens in the winter, using free solar energy. They require very little work to set up and not much work to maintain. We built one out of a sheet of foam insulation, cut up with a sheetrock knife, four $10 thrift window sashes, and duct tape.  

    But you can make a more permanent structure. Here's one with a brick base (source - Roedale) 

  • Wendy S. Delmater's picture
    Nov 11 2017 - 9:48pm by Wendy S. Delmater

    Here's a great article from the Old Farmer's Almanac on protecting your garden during autumn frosts.