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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by Bogtown Chick, Nov 18, 2015.
Ohh I'm sorry to hear about your girl, hope she pulls through..
I do thank you for letting me have Porter and hanging on to him till I can get my little farm..
I have raised pin cherries as an ornamental. I like the bark color and texture and the fact it has a relatively small mature size.
I have abandoned them as a landscape ornamental due to the fact that they sucker profusely and quickly infest a large area.
The fruit is colorful, birds love it and it makes good jelly.
I don't know of any efforts to use it to develop hardy pie cherries.
Here is the tail end of a meal worm pupae I caught morphing from pupae to beetle.
kinda like someone trying to wriggle out of tight pants...
This reminds me I need to take down some fruit pieces to my little creepy crawlies in the basement.
Another good one is Choke Cherries and even wild grapes if you can find some.
If I listed the breed "Swedish Hemorrhoid" I would get double secret probation again,,, Life it not fair...
I have pin cherries growing here Cluckies, They are wild or volunteer. They make a great jelly.
Yep know choke cherries . I saw a wild grape vine on the other end of the property near the road . I will have to see if they fruit . Probably Vitus Riparia or river grape . It is said to be the most cold hardy . We have the wild summer grape here Vitis Aestivailis . I have tasted the Aronia or chokeberry . That is a real spitter .
So I think I have the semantics of my hopefully soon to be pig pen figure out. I want to do a rotational grazing type setup. Here is my plan. A 100x120x100 trapezoid sliced into 4 fan pieces around a central hub. The central hub allows me to build a solid raised water tank and not have to move it. The pigs will spend about 4-5 weeks per paddock. I picked this size based on average 'square feet per pig per day ratios' based on several sources I read from. I got the hub and spoke idea from Smiths Medows blog but watered it down to my size. They do 26 half acre slices for 50-60 pigs moved every 2 weeks. Crazy!
Anyways, water in the middle with a portable shelter and feed trough. Pigs start on one side and work their way to the other for easy fencing. I picked a trapezoid over a square as I don't think the pigs would make good use of a sharp point on the outside triangles. Adding 10 extra feet of fencing per paddock is nominal compared to the added usable area.
I plan on using 3 or 4 strands of electric wire around the outside and 3 on the inside moving 'walls'. There will be a solid gate at the bottom center for entry