[Homestead] Old homestead friends
erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Wed Jun 14 15:25:12 EDT 2006
Great to hear from YOU!
Wow, a lot really has happened in your life. I recall looking at the
well digging pics from your El Salvador homestead....seems like an
eternity ago. If you have some more recent pics, I would love to see
them. How much land do you have in VA? At least there, you will
probably have an easier time developing the property.
One of the reasons I was looking for you a while back was because I
remembered that you are the guy that knows bananas...LOL...I am looking
for a banana cultivar that might work in my climate with some
protection. I was thinking about getting 'Texas Star', but wanted to
check with you before I laid out the big bucks and made plans.
To refresh your memory, I live in NW Georgia, zone 7a. I think I can
keep a tree alive by mulching it extensively and building a windbreak
around it to the north and west sides. I have this whacky idea to use
pallets to create a 4' square compost pile to grow the tree in, and then
use additional pallets on the north and west sides as a windbreak. For
the windbreak, I would drive long pieces of conduit in the ground and
then drop the pallets (probably 2 high at first, then maybe 3 high as
the tree grows)) eventually creating a 12' tall windbreak for the banana
tree. During the fall, I would surround the tree with leaves and mulch
to insulate it from the cold. Our winters have been rather mild, and I
could always cover the whole shebang with clear plastic if we got down
to single digits.
So, what advice do you have for growing bananas for me?
Robert Walton wrote:
> Hey Bev,
> I get in here are read seriously once in a while. What a blast from
> the past to hear from you. I was a much younger guy last time :>)
> I still have the homestead in El Salvador, I spend most of the late
> 90s on that. Decided that I wanted to have a place here, too. Went
> back to the city (Miami area) made some $$, bought a place in
> Virginia, quit the job and moved here last year. Now, I am starting
> all over.
> Decided that going between a place in Central America and here is not
> really practical on a homesteaders budget, so have the place in El
> Salvador on the market.
> Too bad Gene doesn't practice real estate there. I'd make a killing
> Anyway, getting settled in here in Lunenburg County, Va. Working a
> computer support job to make money to build fences. How things change
> and stay the same! Great to hear from you!
> Rob in Va
>> Rob Walton....I was looking for you a while back. What ever
>> happened in Central America? El Salvador was it? Don, I guess you
>> are still traveling? How are you? James and Denise...still
>> contrary in Tennessee?
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erthnsky at bellsouth.net BevanRon of EarthNSky Farm NW Georgia USDA Zone 7
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