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try a jar with a screw lid and just leave the lid loose on top to breathe
we find large jars from pickled vegetables to be good
lids are easier to disinfect
even using the tea from an infected batch will still spread mould in a new brew
you will definitely need a clean new scoby
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Long time no "chat"....

I've spent quite a bit of time ruminating on WHY my last FOUR kombucha batches failed. (Grew a mold film across the top.) I tried changing the kind of tea. I tried several different adjustments: all w/ the SAME outcome.

Why was I successful before & not now?? -- We live in a fairly moist environment. And, I have always used coffee filters banded across the jar to block things out but allow the brew to "breathe". -- What changed? The coffee filters I was using!

Previously, I used the bleached white filters. Since then, I changed to brown, decomposable filters. -- That was what changed! I no longer had a "germ" protective filter for the invisible microbes in the air!

So, come Spring, I will try once again with WHITE filters to get a brew going!
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PS. Now to find a quality SCOBY.
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"Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts."
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got kombucha growing in orange juice atm



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We have chickens. They do NOT care for it. Neither did our dog. -- We ended up just adding extras (after creating a scoby "hotel") to the compost pile.

Glad your efforts paid off!
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Finally had success with my kombucha scoby that I made at home!! Now it's making more and more scobys lol Definitely need to figure out what to do with the extra scobys until someone else wants one. Same with kefir grains. They multiply so fast! I need to read the article posted below to get some ideas. I know one lady who blended hers in a blender and put it on her garden to get an amazing garden. I think I'm going to try that first before moving on to some ideas in the article!

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will be starting a new batch of kombucha soon



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No, I haven't. (& my chickens won't eat it either) emoticon

But here's a listing of possibilities! emoticon
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does anyone add some scoby when making smoothies?
if so how much?
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So jazzed that my "new" scoby is happy & brewing along! I will start a 2nd ferment tomorrow on batch #2 since I started again!
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I loaned out my kombucha set up, and never got it back. Time to buy new stuff & starter.



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emoticon Glad you are finding something that works!
Please DO share your stories of what / how fermenting is going for you & DH.
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"In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps." Proverbs 16:9




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Hi! I'm new to this group. Well, I joined a couple years ago while doing kombucha, but discovered that I can't 'do' it and dropped out.

However, hubby started fermenting a month or so ago, and we're having so much fun with it.

Since March, I came down with a bad cold/flu/whatever and since then have been on 4 different antibotics and other meds. Thanks to pro-biotics, I did not have the usual onset of infection. and one thing has led to another.

Guess I'll start my own thread for the rest of the story...

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I've made blueberry liqueur w/ just fruit, sugar & vodka. Mighty tasty I might add. emoticon
But I'm not sure if you mean during a 2nd fermentation of kombucha or just in general...
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BTW I've just started over w/ kombucha after my "mother" got moldy from something that got through the coffee filters covering the top.
I will most likely start a 2nd brew on Monday. Then another week out before I can add fruit--probably shredded apple w/ cinnamon!.
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I purchased some newer glass bottles w/ the easy swing-top caps w/ Gasket Seal. Hopefully I will get more fizz than just using mason jars w/ plastic screw-type lids.

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sugar ferments no where near as well as fruit juice



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weather alternaing between frosty and rainy here



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We've had more clouds than typical, crazy strong winds on July 4th (very unseasonable!), and now coming into temps in the 90's (30's C) for the coming week.
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At the very least, I would describe things here as "mercurial"!
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Now it's been a very hot 7 days. I think that our temps are about to moderate.



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We have had a snowy winter. I think that the weather is finall going to warm up!



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Another month... and the year keeps moving along! -- We've had quite a bit of rain this Spring. It slowed things down after an early start-up.

Been learning new things about health. -- Ever hear about sole? Check out this link for the health of it!
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Have yourselves a great rest of the week...now that we've got Monday out of the way!
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I'm going to make that soon! It sounds really good!



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may have stumbled upon a quick gingerbeer recipe.
have been playing around with fermenting 1 tablespoon of sugar in a 4/5th's ful 1.25 litre lemonade bottle with the lid closed, then topping up with diet cordial when strongly fizzy.
next step add the yeast, some ginger, lemon juice, sugar and water to the bottle.
then drink when fizzy.



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I heard back from Linda, and she told me:
I store mine in a ball jar in the refrigerator.



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I will ask my Facebook friend Linda Blackburn how she makes it. I'll let you know! Actually, she might let you know directly.


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does it say how it was prepared?



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black garlic is loaded with nearly twice as many antioxidants as raw garlic. It also contains S-Allycysteine, which is fancy talk for a natural compound that has been proven to be a factor in cancer prevention.



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According to blackgarlic.com,
Black garlic is sweet meets savory, a perfect mix of molasses-like richness and tangy garlic undertones. It has a tender, almost jelly-like texture with a melt-in-your-mouth consistency similar to a soft dried fruit. Hard to believe, but true. Itís as delicious as it is unique.



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the only black garlic I know of , i thought to be a process where it was long cooked at a low temperature until it was black.
Let me know how you go and what you find out
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I never had heard of that before!
Have you heard of Black Garlic? The garlic has been fermented for a month. It is an Asian prociess.
I have my black garlic delivered on Tuesday!



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12/22/17 6:24 P

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"poor man's" kombucha: a shot of balsamic vinegar into a glass of sparkling mineral water



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trying to persuade my son to top up some rice-wine with a home-brew stout kit.
this may lead to a stout with a residual sweetness.
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my son just made rice wine using a "yeast" ball from an Asian grocer and some boiled rice.
Turned out very well indeed, very clean tasting.
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missed the opportunity to use my elderflowers for a floral flavoring




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aside from kefir and kombucha
homebrewing beer has now recommenced

the rest of my homebrew ber needs to be bottled soon
given a quantity of 9 liters
I have decided to prime with honey including leatherwood honey
At 3.5 grams per 750 ml bottle at 80% solids in honey
(3.5 x 9 x 4)/3 = 42
(42 x 100)/80 = 52.5 grams of honey required
This would be predissolved in a small amount of water, mixed into the drum, stirred then bottled
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been using Kefir rather then straight milk in my power coffee.
Despite the Kefir being curdled, the psyllium husk keeps everything in suspension.
Badly missing my powdered gelatin
Have an outstanding order
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Yes! Having a friend who understands the process is such a plus.
I will be going up to see Sissi today!



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The heartland of this process
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My friend is a woman in her 80's from Austria. She has been making 'kraut all of her adult life.



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That's great you can make your first batch under supervision
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Sourkraut will be my next fermenting adventure..
I have a friend who makes it in a wooden barrel.



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sauerkraut is easy to make in jars
shred cabbage
ad 1-2% of weight as salt(not iodised)
mix salt and cabbage in a bowl until liquid starts to come out of cabbage.
transfer everything tightly packed into large jars
ensure that the cabbage is covered by liquid
preferably save a piece of cabbage leaf to put on surface of the liquid, weight the leaf down
put a loose lid or muslin cloth oo the jar
bubbles will start to come up as it ferments(this is why the cabbage needs weighting down)
After 1 week open a try a bit to see if at required acidity, otherwise leave fermenting
When ready, refrigerate.

Note if it smells awful throw it out.
Sometimes if fermentation fails you will end up with salted cabbage which is also very nice.

This is also how kimchi or pickled vegetables are prepared
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I hope to get a good recipe for saurkraut.



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Thanks. I found it!



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Under the how to do and recipe forum section on the main team page
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Where is the kombucha recipe section? I'm missing something.



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Suggest if you use ginger that you use fresh ginger just a couple of small knobs or some gratings added to your brew.
I tried powdered ginger and it doesnt have the aroma of fresh, just a ginger bite, which didnt go down too well will me letting the Kombucha getting too vinegary .

I was hoping to make the gingerbeer equivalent with Kombucha. Now that I think of it some grated Citrus zest may also go well with this type of brew.

I will put a notice on the team wall asking if anyone has recipes
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I would like to add ginger to my kombucha, but have stuck with the basic recipe.
Maybe I'll try it next batch.



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my Elderflower bush may be in flower in time to flavor my new kombucha batch when it comes to bottling time
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I gave away my SCOBY and hope to get some of it back. I Kant to make morelombucha



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Put in a batch of home-brew lager from a kit
Also a `4 litre batch of regular kombucha
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updated the link to their chat page



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The link did not work.




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I'll check it out!
Let's focus on the fermenting here!



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I know I have contributed significantly to this recent thread,
But what I would like to suggest is that further gardening and sustainability chat may be better suited to a veges and blooms team that I am in

The link is


This may save new kombucha members, some confusion

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Around here, they just keep covering farm land w/ more houses & apartments. I believe several hundred acres are currently "under construction". It is sad. That land will never be reclaimed. ...and so continues our loss of "local" food.
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Farming is such an interesting profession.
No farms=no food.
good farms=great food!




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I envy your free bounty.

It does on the other hand lead to a lot of additional work.

Horse manure can be a great source of weed seeds unless separately composted in a huge pile(which would again require turning)

Given your poor soil but abundant free material, maybe mushroom farming in the warmer months may be a possibility

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The tree/branch drop-offs are already ground w/ an industrial chipper. There is a good deal of tree-work in our county due to windstorms, trimmings for power lines, ETC. Those trucks travel w/ both a chipper & dump truck. When full, we are one of their destinations they can unload the chips. -- Add the local horse stables that drop off excess manure & the stall clean-outs. Mix w/ a back hoe on a monthly basis to use the heat factor. And we've been able to greatly increase the organic matter in a mostly clay soil!

A few of the "factors" that are part of all of this is how deep the water levels in the soil go so that running a tractor through the rows w/ a spreader attached does not damage the ground condition. (Certain times of the year are not conducive to spreading the material.) Too late in the Spring & then the plants have grown into the row space & damage is done taking the equipment through. (The bushes are mostly 4-5 ft high & 34 yrs old.) -- Last year we had 60 inches of rain in 6-7 months; more than we typically receive in a 12-month rain year.

The thing with farming is that NOTHING is exactly the same from year to year. It's a constant juggling act with temps, rain or snow, pests, weeds, and so on. -- And working a full-time job away from the farm (40+ hrs ea wk), seriously limits the time slots / weather opportunities to do said work. Pruning 4500 plants at 3-4 min ea. between Nov & March fills up all "extra" time. ...Clearly the work of either a crazy person or someone who loves growing things? (It's part of DH & his history / relationship with dirt!)
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Edited by: BERRY4 at: 10/13/2017 (01:21)
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"In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps." Proverbs 16:9




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Do you also have a chipper/mulcher machine for all the prunings and branches you acquire.

Although I have only seen it done on industrial scale at a mushroom farm.

Developing large windrows can be a way of making a heated compost where weed seeds and pests are killed. The only problem is that it takes a big machine to turn over these long large piles
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The "weeds" are all amongst the plants. And often the compost simply feeds it AND brings in more weed seeds. (The "true" definition of a "weed" is anything that grows where you don't want it!)
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Oh yes! That is what we do: allow grass & tree clippings, leaves & stable manures all to be brought in for FREE. We have let this "batch" brew for almost a year--so time to get it on the field! (It's equal to numerous "yards" of compost.)
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** Anything in the blueberry plant area causes the plant to compete for nutrients; hence the need to reduce/eliminate competition!

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"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."
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"In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps." Proverbs 16:9




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BERRY are the weeds on spare land or in amongst your plants?
in Australia vacant land sometimes gets overtaken with tall grass.
What some people do is have this baled up for stockfeed.
You mention you need to spread compost about, would there be any merit in smothering weeds at the same time with mulch?
You may be able to get a cheap or free supply of mulch from tree and gardening service people who chip all the branches or have piles of grass clippings.
Sometimes these people need to pay to dump green waste, whereas you could take it for free.
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My son just moved into a "fixer-upper". I'm sure that it will be many years before it is the way that they want it. At least they have a home that they can afford!



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Home today. Time to box up some more things to clean out & get rid of more... I wonder if we will have the house fixed up for the holidays??? Somehow I doubt it. emoticon DH is still chasing his tail in circles, unable to decide on flooring for 3 spaces (rooms/areas). And he stubbornly will NOT hire anyone to help him just get it DONE.
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And with the farm, there is a never-ending lot of work that needs doing in addition to everything else. Weed control seems to need attention almost 6-8 months of the year (ie. stopping the seeds from sprouting & continuing their "life" cycle). Then there's a mound of composted material that needs to be spread out around the plants. Pruning 5000 plants, one-by-one, starts in less than a month. Sigh.........

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I've never seen a mullberry either. I know that there are gooseberries somewhere around my area



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I had to Google pawpaw. I've never seen it before, but remember it from a childhood song "picking up pawpaws, put them in my pocket, picking up pawpaws, put them in my pocket"
"Way down yonder by the paw paw tree."
It's funny how a memory can come back when you least expect it!.



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mulberries look like blackberries but grow on a tree rather than a bramble.

will keep my eye out for pawpaw.

will plant the seeds if I get hold of 1

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My son gave me a few persimmons from a tree in his yard. I'm not sure what I'll do with them, but I'll figure it out



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I've never had mullberries before.



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Blueberries are a true superfood.
Blackberries and Mulberries would be my favorites.

Just aquired some cuttings of raspberry and young-berry,
Hope they survive

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I have a freezer full of blackberries and blueberries. I use them in my daily smoothies. Today a friend has invited me to pick the last of her raspberries. I will be enjoying them with my son in New Jersey this weekend.
It's Columbus Day weekend here in the USA



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All the berry products sound Delish!
With the syrup or sauce, I would definitely be adding them to Kefir or Kombucha.

Given the high anti-oxidant level of blue-berries you could feast on the products happily each day.



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While our garden ends, Richard is able to start his. I love Springtime gardening.



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We all do what we have to do! BERRY4, I hope that you are able one day to retire and have fun on the farm.
My cousin used to make blueberry wine. It was very good!



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emoticon for the link re. self-sustaining. It certainly could be possible with quite a bit of effort. -- Both DH & I work off-farm (to pay the bills & for health insurance), so we haven't had the kind of time needed to really make it work.

I have experimented w/ all sorts of blueberry food/drink items... more so when the kids were younger. My personal favorite is a blueberry liqueur! emoticon And yes, we also did wine one year, as well as a blueberry syrup. -- My current go-to is a blueberry sauce! I make 1-2 large pots full & then divide out into freezer containers. When we need a fruit topping, that is my pull-out to thaw & enjoy! (Think: pancakes, waffles, cheesecake, ice cream, etc!)

What I NEED to pursue (next year) is the whole fermenting of veggies!
** This year we are re-doing our 70's ranch-style house by replacing all the flooring & painting everything inside. It is turning into a MAJOR chore. But hopefully, the outcome will be a more usable space, and LOTS of JUNK removed and down-sizing of STUFF. (Think of it as a 30+ yrs "Natural Disaster" that we've made for ourselves.)
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PS. Definitely NOT vegetarian here!
PPS. ...and we've only had ONE encounter with a large bear (not cub!) who attached himself to our sweet apple tree.
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The game dept. said that when he was "done" there, he would likely come on down to the house! (That's when the kids were young & we had both ducks & chickens + dog & cats.) -- Game dept. said, "Hunting season was 'over' in 3 days." I told him, "I don't care what SEASON it is if I come out my front door and there is a BEAR after my animals!" -- Fortunately, we had a neighbor with all the legal permits, tags, license ETC who was able to get the bear over the weekend!! -- We had bear sausage from that arrangement!
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"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."
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"Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts."
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"In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps." Proverbs 16:9




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What a great use of pesky deer!
Unless you're a vegetarian!



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Do you make syrups, jelly and wine from any of your fruits.
It would be great if you could get some venison from those pesky deer that eat your produce when the hunters come in.
It would be a lot of work but you could become virtually self-sufficient off all of that land.
Unless ofcourse you get blanketed by snow in winter.

Here is an incredibly easy way of maintaining and establishing a no-dig garden.
Fresh plots are established by smothering the weeds with plastic sheet, Enjoy!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCAAL1saPzM&
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