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What breed of chickens would make the best lawn mowers for a food forest preperation?

You're confusing concepts. Chickens are used to prepare the ground prior to the planting of the food forest. They weed the ground, fertilize and lay eggs. They are confined inside moveable fencing, ...
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Should leaf composting be separate from food waste?

In a temperate climate where deciduous trees drop their leaves for the winter such leaves are nearly the perfect compostable material. Trees drop them to mulch the ground for one season and then ...
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How big a garden to feed one person?

To have enough garden to grow enough stuff for one person will also be the same size necessary to grow food for a family or to give to neighbors. The excess produce will be preserved via canning, ...
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What breed of chickens would make the best lawn mowers for a food forest preperation?

FORGET chickens, bucko. They might eat seeds and seedlings but in no universe I know they actually cut grass down. My goodness. If you are wanting A LAWN forget about hiring goats, horses, cattle......
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What breed of chickens would make the best lawn mowers for a food forest preperation?

Chickens are not lawn mowers. They eat grass, but they select what they like (plants with relatively large leaves are preferred, like clovers, Plantago, etc). So you have no uniform cutting. They ...
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How can I can sustainably use the biomass of garden weeds?

Want to agree with Sherwood Botsford's answer in that you should try to recycle the nutrients in weeds back into your soil via composting as the first priority. You might see that many weeds have ...
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Can a bag of non-organic potatoes that have gone bad be used to mulch an organic garden?

Specifically to the point of what you can do while complying with the relevant USDA Organic standards (and disregarding what might be a "good idea" or "fine with you or me"): You cannot apply them ...
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How big a garden to feed one person?

Historically to completely feed yourself using hand labour takes about an acre per person. This allows mixed ag so you have chickens and pigs to eat, a cow to milk etc. Certain crops do better. ...
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How to prevent rust on garden tools

Linseed oil is traditional. Presumably you could either grow the seed or buy a bag of it and crush and boil it yourself. Linseed oil is a drying oil which, in contrast to the sunflower oil you ...
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Is it possible to make homemade bone meal?

While using bonemeal as a fertilizer has a long tradition, it's usage decreased a lot since the upcoming of BSE as contaminated bones can contaminate your plants and also animals in your garden. BSE ...
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Should leaf composting be separate from food waste?

Letting the leaves be taken away from the garden is like throwing out valuable nutrients. As a general practice I put the leaves in the compost bin, and I try to mix them from time to time, or to ...
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Should leaf composting be separate from food waste?

Leaf mould is one of the best composts but leaves should never be removed from under the trees, because the fungi that support the trees feed on them. However leaves in the street are a nuisance and ...
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How would a garden adapted to drought look like?

This concept is called xeriscaping, a term coined in 1981 by the water authority of Denver, Colorado, USA, in efforts to encourage residents to reduce water usage in their gardens and yards. ...
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Can you use worm bait for a garden

You should contact your county agricultural extension agent to check about the use of worms in the garden as well as what species. There are areas where fishing bait worms are considered an invasive ...
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Getting rid of immature windfallen apples

I have a very old, very large cortland apple tree near my garden. Every other year it bombards me with far more apples than I can use. I simply toss them into my garden without any fuss and let the ...
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Getting rid of immature windfallen apples

The best solution is for these windfall apples to never exist in the first place. Most apple varieties fall into a biennial bearing pattern. They produce a very heavy fruit set in year N. The ...
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Best vegetables for roof top garden?

I'd go for a quick green leafy crop, silverbeet, kale or spinach in the winter, lettuce or rocket in the summer. Those are all shallow rooted and will recover from being too hot and dry for a day if ...
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Garden fence - order options by most sustainable

Based on this Dutch site and the answer by Jean-Paul Calderone i have compiled a ranking. The fence and the pole for the door-lock can be seen as two separate problems, so solutions for the first (a ...
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Garden fence - order options by most sustainable

A wooden fence of a rot-resistant material should give you many years of service. In the various parts of the United States, consider Thuja plicata ("Western red cedar"), Robinia pseudoacacia ("Black ...
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Can a bag of non-organic potatoes that have gone bad be used to mulch an organic garden?

They'll just rot on the ground so not useful for a mulch. Just put them into your compost bin, or bury them so that they might sprout for the next season though many store bought spuds are treated ...
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What breed of chickens would make the best lawn mowers for a food forest preperation?

I use free range chickens to help with lawn management. They do an excellent job and do not destroy the lawn if they have enough space to roam. Any breed will do. I now cut the grass only a few times ...
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How to find out if a plant is native to my area?

Fairly authorative sources would be books used typically by botanists/biologists/ecologists/... to determine native plant species: these so-called 'floras' aim to include literally all native species, ...
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How to find out if a plant is native to my area?

There is a beta website by The National Wildlife Federation that claims to list native plants for North America by zip code. For zip code 53011, it produced this page. Which lists: goldenrod Solidago ...
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Is Privet Hedge a "Living Desert"?

Here in France Privet is not a desert. Bees are crazy about the flowers (late September). Local birds also eat the fruits. But in your location, in Australia, it could be different. A good idea could ...
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How to prevent rust on garden tools

This source suggests: Keep your garden tools clean and dry. Clean them off after use, and especially before putting them away for the winter. Preferably store them by hanging them on nails or hooks, ...
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Is it possible to make homemade bone meal?

Bones don't need to be ground to meal to provide calcium, magnesium etc to your plants. Simply scatter them wherever you wish to moderately boost such nutrients in the soil. As bones their effect is ...
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UK - would there be any problem with keeping bees on a plot if the neighbours have horses

If your local laws allow you to keep bees on your property, then you can keep bees, end of discussion. Your neighbor's horses don't come into consideration. If you don't want your beekeeping to ...
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Baking Soda and Slugs

Ducks will eat slugs and produce duck eggs (hens), duck meat (hens and drakes), and high-nitrogen contributions (poop) to your compost pile or directly in your garden area.
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How to manage a largish hugelkultur?

I wonder what this heap looks like now, four years later? The soil will be exquisitely rich. As a long time gardener,I would first clear the weeds, put them in a compost heap of their own. Plant fruit ...
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Can you use worm bait for a garden

Yes, you can use fishing worms in your garden. However there are a few things to be aware of. Worms sold for bait are typically one of the larger species. Canadian Night Crawlers and Alabama Jumpers ...
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