[-] LallyLuckFarm@beehaw.org 14 points 12 hours ago

@MiserableConstruct the Republican National Convention is in Milwaukee this week, and the post is noting that Grindr is experiencing outages due to heavy traffic in Milwaukee. It is poking fun at the RNC convention, and their proclivities despite protestations, rather than the state of Wisconsin.

[-] LallyLuckFarm@beehaw.org 4 points 12 hours ago

Okay okay, I laughed, but let's remember that 'Prime' is the honorific title given to the leader of the Autobots when they receive the Matrix of Leadership and become a conduit for Primus and the memories of the Primes who came before. /pedant

My personal headcanon is that his name was Optimothy before he became Prime. Long live Rodimus Prime.


How is it the middle of July already?!?

The director of our town's library gave me gift cards for doing some educational talks - gift cards to another nursery... The gesture was very kind, and I'm glad to expand our plantings, but wow did I have some mixed feelings that I didn't expect.

And my wife ordered some teeny tiny succulents as favors for our baby shower next week, so now I'm wondering what the rules are for proplifting from plants one is giving as gifts. Please discuss, as well as telling us what's growing on with you all <3

[-] LallyLuckFarm@beehaw.org 2 points 1 day ago

Build community. Actively engage your representative's offices by phone and by letter - even printing the script from 5calls and mailing it is more impactful than sending a form email. Build community. Invest in mutual aid networks with your neighbors by providing what you have if and when they need it and by asking them for help. If you have the space and bandwidth, grow and share food with those who don't to help them free up some of their own bandwidth and encourage them to engage when they can. Build community. Engage with your local government and push for mitigation efforts and for climate-focused projects. Bring the community you're building to help push for these projects. Give yourself the grace to know that it's not just on you and that countless others like you are pushing towards those same goals where they are.

[-] LallyLuckFarm@beehaw.org 3 points 1 day ago

Interesting tool. I saw a climate projection for 2050 a few years ago (wish I could find it again) that suggested that my area in Maine would be similar to the climate of Baltimore / D.C. Metro and began looking for seed distributors in that region. I figure that assisted migration and mixing genetics from our region as it exists now and the region it will approximate will possibly help to provide some semblance of resilience for the forest we manage. This tool, at thirty years later than the other, puts us as resembling western Missouri which shares many climactic features as the region I had initially targeted (a relief, such as it is) but could signal a loss of our coastal effects. I'm unsure how exactly to parse that alongside my understanding of sea level rise and the fact that Maine's waters are some of the fastest warming in the U.S.

[-] LallyLuckFarm@beehaw.org 1 points 1 day ago

That stinks ...

Are you able to give it long soaking waterings, or possibly even shade it for part of the day? We've done this for some of our trees that were really affected by drought conditions two years ago with good results.

[-] LallyLuckFarm@beehaw.org 1 points 1 day ago

The deepest ones I've got experience with are about 14" deep, with a top of 2" square tapering to a 1.5" square at the bottom - theoretically, you could get away with growing in those for up to a full season but you'll have to worry about encircling roots and the trees may experience difficulty during transplanting if something isn't done to free them from that shape. Wider grow bags would definitely give you a buffer in that they'll have more room for the lateral roots, but many of the ones I've tried wick moisture from the substrate so you may need to devote additional time to watering.

Something we've had good success with is the use of air prune boxes (apologies for the self plug but it's something to which I have quick access), which do limit the length of the taproots during the time in the box but substantially increase the amount of fibrous roots the trees will grow. Once transplanted, the taproots will resume normal growth behavior. Here's an introductory article about them from someone other than me writing for Mother Earth News. We grow a number of woody plants in air prune boxes for a full growing season, at which point we remove them and either plant or ship them during the fall and early winter. I can't recommend them enough, but it's important that you choose the method that will work best for your circumstances, time, and means.

[-] LallyLuckFarm@beehaw.org 3 points 2 days ago

I agree that it's a really difficult time for larger plants to establish and begin supporting themselves. One thing I've found helpful, and that I tell everyone receiving one of our plants during the season, is to water more deeply and less frequently to promote the kind of root growth that will provide better resilience during dry and/or hot periods

[-] LallyLuckFarm@beehaw.org 3 points 2 days ago

That's a very valid point, and I'll freely acknowledge that I am privileged enough to have the space to grow and plant trees.

Keep looking for those opportunities, though! I won't pretend to know the governance of your country, but if there are public spaces in your area there must be people who administer them, and they may be open to planting more trees if the public is behind it.

[-] LallyLuckFarm@beehaw.org 3 points 2 days ago

She looks like she's having such a great time!

[-] LallyLuckFarm@beehaw.org 5 points 2 days ago

Keep 'em moist and cool - the back of the refrigerator is better than the freezer. The books I have don't have figures for cold stratification beyond 3 months but doing that can increase germination by up to 80 percent.

Don't want to gush technical stuff at you if you don't want or need it, especially in a meme thread, but I will gladly geek out and answer whatever I can for you

[-] LallyLuckFarm@beehaw.org 5 points 2 days ago

all Ribes all Ribes all Ribes

[-] LallyLuckFarm@beehaw.org 21 points 2 days ago

On a related note I planted several chestnut trees yesterday.

Hot Summer (beehaw.org)

[Image description: an image from the movie Dazed and Confused with text that reads "'This summer is too hot'. Me: 'Have you ever planted trees?' 'No.' Me: 'Be a lot cooler if you did'"

It begins (beehaw.org)

[Image description: four zucchinis, each larger than garden shears, are on my dining table and are fated to become relish]

"It" being that part of the season when you've got to check cucurbits twice a day (for us, at least)


[Image description: a fritillary butterfly rests briefly on my hand]

Just hanging out at the sun goes down and this little friend stopped by. There are a ton of them thanks to our Monarda fistulosa in several gardens around the property


It's been a flurry of activity this week - we've been hosting a friend who's here to build out his photography portfolio. As part of that, there were a number of chores and tasks I had to delay in order for him to get some of the shots he was looking for, followed by mad dashes of activity and pausing for shots while in the doing. He ended up with some ~1200 photos and maybe an hour or two of drone footage:

(I am the blue/gray dot)

I definitely tend to see the work left to do in the gardens instead of what's been accomplished unless I'm showing things to people, so let me just say this:

I'm really impressed by the work you're putting in for your gardens, and how they're coming along!

What's growing on with you all?

Ducklings on Parade (i.imgur.com)

[Image description: three ducklings are out for a walk with one of the mother ducks]

In counter-clockwise order: Niji, Una, Karen, and Trés Chic.

One of our hens, Greensleeves, is still sitting on a clutch of eggs and we saw two more chicks beginning to hatch this morning. We're really hopeful for them to finish their hatch well and be up and about soon.

Camoufroge (beehaw.org)

[Image description: a gray tree frog, Hyla versicolor, has gray and white camouflage which looks like birch bark. It is easy to see against the background of my hand and nearly impossible to spot when hiding in foliage]

Bison (beehaw.org)

[Image description: several bison are grazing in a paddock, but the young calfs are camera shy]

We took our friend to another farm in town today - they raise bison and mangalitsa pigs, and also do music and live theatre on the weekends. Their calves and yearlings were in the nearby pen and we were invited to go say hello from a slight distance.

Ten-Finger Johnny (piped.video)

Canonical yt link

Hoping folks enjoy their festivities safely


Hey folks! Tomorrow is one of those days when planning and preparation can save our furry friends a ton of anxiety and distress, so let's talk about some solutions we can have in place to keep them from stressing over the explosions in the sky.

Here is an article from Patricia McConnell (author of Control Unleashed and other force free training books) that goes over some things we can do or not do to keep our buddies below threshold. While the article is certainly about dogs, many of the guidelines (including about counter conditioning) can be applied to our feline furballs too.

What are your go-to's for making the 4th as comfortable as possible for your animals? Is your companion highly sensitive to noise? Share your tips and tricks for other folks to adopt if they haven't already made a plan.


[Image description: a frog the size of a US quarter rests on my wrist]

They stuck around just long enough to lecture me about amphibietiquette before leaving abruptly

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