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The Knotweed Chronicles - Part 4 and Final (for this growing year)

Hello All,
Yesterday I called the Fire Marshall, and his office told me to also call the State Police.  This got me on the list for having a ’safe burn’ of at least a half ton of  dried knotweed rhizomes, and about a cord of brush, and of quality  firewood.  This ensured that my controlled burn [...]

Postscript - The Knotweed Chronicles Part 3

Hello All,
Well, I used that gallon of A.D.I.O.S. in 6 weekly applications, at 1:1 strength.  It has not eradicated the infestation, but there sure is a lot less of it.  Yesterday I dug up some of the new shoots that sprouted from deeply buried rhizomes in our farm dog Jago’s run.  I have not treated [...]

The War on Knotweed Continues

Hello,
I thought I’d update my previous post now that I’m seeing definite, hopefully long term, results.  I have now applied 4 full strength applications (16 oz. A.D.I.O.S. and 16 oz. H2O) spaced at about every eight days.  The results of the last couple sprays are definite.  All the shoots that sprouted after the last spraying, [...]

A.D.I.O.S BVO Field Trial - My War on Japanse Knotweed

Hello All,
It has been months since I have had time to write!  Last winter cold blasts have set back many of the global  warming plant pests and diseases, and we have our best tree fruit crop that we have seen in years.  Plus, this growing season has been cooler and dryer, and we have had [...]

New Old Economy Volk

Hello,
As always I preface with “forgive me”!  I do my best to keep up with the research at OEV, but I have a handicap.  We are farmers, and this winter and spring and early summer have exhausted this pair of ‘elder hippie’ farmers.  Perhaps this has been  one of the toughest winters we have faced [...]

What a Winter! What an Early Spring!

Whew!
I last wrote about these pesky Polar Vortex ‘White Northers” we had from late October until early April.  And then it started raining, and stayed cool.  I’m sure that if you live in North East USA, you have similar tales of woe to tell.  Honestly, if we did not have our  root cellar and our [...]

What a Winter!

Hello,
I know that I haven’t written for longer than I want to admit.   This spring saw us erect our third hoop house, and this summer we remodeled the interior of our old chestnut log farm house.  As with all rehab jobs, it took about twice as long as planned, but it turned out OK.  In [...]

Winter is Upon Us

Hello,
I have not written since October.  Winter hit us early and hard.  I have, though, been able to do some interesting new research regarding my Flueckiger ancestors who worked for Old Economy Village.  I was also looking into my Dunn family, who moved to Ambridge when US Steel bought the former communal society, to build [...]

Whew, 6 Months Since I Wrote, Anything!

Hello All,
I am amazed that it has been this long since I have wrote.  I wonder if I remember how.  I have rarely even written in my old paper journal, either.  Life has been too busy for these last 5 months.  We got an UDSA grant to build Hoop House #3, and I spent much [...]

It was a long November!

Hello,
Well, they say “tis an ill wind that blows no one good”, and as I clean up blown down and wind-sheared off trees in our wood lot, I agree with this wisdom.  But firewood is not our only ‘winter harvest’, and sawing it to length and storing it in our wood shed is not the [...]