- I live in Texas, not Virginia, so I can't help you with your bushes,
Robin. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your
post. I think you are going to be a great addition to this group.
I envy you the persimmons. I keep meaning to add some here...and
haven't. It has been a bad drought year here. What I did plant died
for the most part. The exceptions were what was planted/growing
under my large ash tree. That area is my little Garden of Eden I
believe. It never lets me down.
I have had pneumonia the past few weeks. Today is my birthday....and
I actually believe I feel better for the first time in weeks. Maybe
I will be out in the gardens again soon. I love planting for the
fall/winter. Fewer problems usually.
--- In email@example.com, "witchessocks"
> hi, i'm just another natural farming "seedling" that just
> "sprouted" after reading masanobu fukuoka's "one straw
> revolution","road back to nature", and "natural
> farming" books. i am a "little old" woman whose husband
> is a jazz musician. i take care of his elderly mother
> and now my new "job" is throwing out seeds here on my
> little acre at the foot of some mountains in virginia!
> i have always been a nature lover, willingly frugal,
> politically libertarian left, and have always stubbornly protected
> refused to interfere with alot of the natural processes on a bigpart
> of the "property" that's been in my family for 50 years.that,
> so you can imagine
> my total immersion in all things fukuoka! i am reading
> the back logs of this group, but i decided to go ahead
> and post my greetings now as i'm only at around post
> 379 and there are over 5000 posts!! the reading might
> take me a while.
> it's funny, as i was reading my first fukuoka book
> (one straw) i realized that i was already doing what
> mr.fukuoka-san was talking about, though in a kind of
> ignorant way... among the persimmon trees that had
> grown up in my vegetable garden unexpectedly, (yes!),
> i had planted many different veggies, including
> pumpkins, gourds, squash, tomatoes,
> spinach, and miniature watermelons. oh, i had been lightly tilling
> my garden once a year, because i didn't know any other way at that
> time; i had always done that, and had never thought to question
> until recently. but having always mulched and composted, thegovernment
> ground was still producing richly. long story short,
> my gourds climbed up my persimmon trees! and then i
> read about mr. fukuoka-san's kiwi's climbing his
> persimmons and i can't tell you what a special feeling
> that was to me...
> i resolved never to till again after reading this
> beautiful book...at the same time there is much that
> goes over my head about farming...i'm a little
> isolated here where i live, being "green" and rather
> pagan in a politically "red" bible-belt locality. oh,
> and i'm also pretty shy and am a little bit of a "hermit". i am
> grateful that there is a
> group such as this, and i want to thank you for being
> i've got 5+ walnut trees (makes things real 'gothic' around here), a
> little orchard of persimmons, a couple of
> young oaks in my upper yard, plus an oak-dominated
> woods area down toward a small creek, sassafrass, some young trees
> which i think are camphors coming up,basswood trees,
> some kind of birch trees, different types of pines and
> such, and also several tree-of-heavens that are too
> tall for me to cut down, now, without outside
> help...they are on the "edge" between the neighbors
> and i-- should i try to remove these trees-of-heaven?
> after reading "one straw revolution", i immediately
> went out and purchased seeds; red and white clover,
> orchard grass, rye grass, barley, wheat, alfalfa,
> radishes, mustard, rutabaga, rapeseed, turnip greens- any thing i
> could find in middle to late summer of 2005 and
> scattered these seeds around at the the beginning of
> what i thought was the next rain...but the rain
> stopped within a couple of minutes, and then it didn't
> rain again for a couple of months; the grass, though i
> had vowed to stop mowing my "lawn", didn't grow at
> all, in fact began to turn very withered and brown on
> account of the extremely hot and dry weather. i had
> given up hope that my seeds would germinate, and i
> assumed they would all be eaten by birds, since i admit i was
> too "lazy" to make any seedballs....well, three days
> ago it began to rain in earnest, and today, i am so
> excited, there is little clover seedlings coming up
> everywhere, and many many seeds germinated! i don't
> know which is which, not having paid much attention to
> learning the different species and what they look
> like, but i am looking forward to identifying
> everything growing out there...i also value the weeds
> that i have and i don't want to eradicate anything
> before i learn all about the different species and
> their properties...
> i've been cutting up my fallen branches and scattering
> the pieces around...hopefully this will gradually
> cover any sparsely covered ground, and at the same
> time tamp down any really profuse growth...my
> neighbors mow their yards religiously and look at my
> riot of a yard disapprovingly...but i've already got
> and answer for them...now that we are finally asked by our
> to conserve, i can say i'm conserving
> gasoline by not mowing my yard anymore! i'm happy!
> again i thank the founders of this group for starting
> it, and am looking forward to having lots of time to
> read the archives, what with the "do-nothing" aspect
> of this farming and all!
> are there any virginians on this list? i need/or want some
> bushes, and i would like to know what kinds! i live
> near roanoke. also, we have herds of wild deer. do i need to
> plant a lot of deer forage bushes on my outskirts, and
> do i need to fence around them till they get bigger
> (the deer around here will eat some things down to the
> ground)? i guess trial and error will eventually
> answer my questions, but it's fun to wonder about
> these now! good luck to natural farmers; of course, good luck
> will naturally flow to you!
> sincerely, robin, aka "witchessocks"
> A hearty laugh gives one a dry cleaning, while a good cry is a wet
> -- Puzant Kevork Thomajan
- Happiest Birthday, Gloria!
Sit in your garden & grow well.
We are in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Have you read about service berries? Do you
"Gloria C. Baikauskas" wrote:
> ...I have had pneumonia the past few weeks. Today is my birthday....and
> I actually believe I feel better for the first time in weeks. Maybe
> I will be out in the gardens again soon. I love planting for the
> fall/winter. Fewer problems usually.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "witchessocks"
> <witchessocks@y...> wrote:
> > hi, i'm just another natural farming "seedling" that just
> > "sprouted" after reading masanobu fukuoka's "one straw
> > revolution",...
> > are there any virginians on this list? i need/or want some
> > bushes, and i would like to know what kinds! ...
> > sincerely, robin, aka "witchessocks"
> > A hearty laugh gives one a dry cleaning, while a good cry is a wet
> > wash.
> > -- Puzant Kevork Thomajan
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