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Joined: 2009-08-07

And gain momentum, at least judging by how my health is regaining much faster this winter and by how much I am learning (and have already learned) to help me get things growing here. :)

I bought a book called Native American Gardening with my Christmas money from grandma, she likes to give us a few dollars to buy whatever we really want or need. :D

So far I've learned how to make sunflower seed balls like hunters used to give there selves energy, which might be more useful today to make home-made birdseed bells and Halloween/Christmas treats etc., and how to tell when to plant corn by examining wild Gooseberries (when they are first in full leaf), which will be helpful as I am always at a loss to tell when it is safe to plant and when is to late for my short growing season. :)

Lots of interesting stories in the book too, as well as some information on old school home-made tools of sticks and bone (hoes, planting sticks etc.)

The book was first published somewhere around 1900, but is not nearly outdated information as you might think and is not nearly as old as the techniques that are well developed farming methods.

Joined: 2009-08-07
It Has Been A Banner Year For You

Larry, that is a very cool book, and I think you will enjoy it a great deal! Is it Plains Indian tribes oriented?

I know how you feel, as an Autumn present to myself I purchased "The Sensible Cook, Dutch Foodways in the Old and the New World", adapted from a 1683 version. As NY-raised and with the Dutch influence extending out of the Hudson Valley over to my Mohawk Valley, it's a lot of fun to read, laced with some of my favorite paintings, and the recipes are good!

Anyone for Olliebollen ("olie-koecken") for a traditional Dutch New Year's bread? Lots of apples, raisins and currants.

Sometimes our world just gets too complicated, and it's good to get back to the original Word. :)


Joined: 2009-08-07
Depends on who you want to call,

Plains Indians, according to the book, they once were a part of the Crow tribe (Native to were I live in Montana), but separated off a long time ago, and now live in I think Minnesota.

Joined: 2009-08-07
That's True

Sad displacements; another example are Cherokee originally from the Carolinas.

I was just wondering what area's plants and weather they were using, and so it is local to you then. :)

Joined: 2009-08-07
The book said,

the tribe split up over a dispute about a killed buffalo.

I'm finding more entertainment reading the book than usable information,,,,unless I run out of manufactured gardening tools, but what information I am coming up with is very valuable to me! :D

Joined: 2009-08-07
I Know ...

... the feeling.

So ............... enjoy!

"Sometimes ya gotta turn over alot of rocks to find the worms." ;)

Joined: 2009-08-07
Speaking of worms,

they are going to love me!,,,,I bought some chicken manure for the garden, and some extra for the trees in the gravel pit, also I got a new to me type of rock phosphate to try, it has calcium in it as well, so it should help neutralize the acidity of all the sulfur in the water.

I will be careful to try not to put the manure down in the same spot as the the phosphate, as I remember something in the manure makes the phosphates leach off into the air when they chemically combine.

Joined: 2009-08-07
Don't Wanna See No ...

... Mushroom clouds of strange manure/phosphate gas over Montana now!!

Really gotta pay attention to the mix, nice catch!!!

Do you just prefer the chicken manure, or do you go by the guide on manure according to what you want to grow?

Joined: 2009-08-07
I've had better luck with the chicken,

but cow and horse are more common where I live, though I usually prefer green manure (adding green organic matter to the soil), other than that, all the deer cats and dogs at my place keep my yard pretty well fertilized.

Joined: 2009-08-07
I'm enjoying the warm days again,

did some rock picking yesterday, and cut and stacked some of my firewood that need this done.

The grass is greening up a bit from the warmth, and I'm beginning to see lots of deer droppings,,,,,they always beginning showing up when the grass begins to green and they come around for easy pickings!

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