Thursday, September 19, 2013

Harverst Moon














Cleared the east end.  In honor of the harvest moon, I harvested my lone pomegranate.  Not much there, but what there was - was pretty dang good.  70,80,68, .35",B,.11

17 comments:

Dizzy-Dick said...

Now you have to wait for next season to get more. . .

alam0tx said...

Well John...Having followed your blog, I have determined you are a good builder, electrician,plumber, mechanic, chicken raiser, skull cleaner, animal trainer, and a great writer, but you should give up large scale gardening...Stick with tomatoes, squash and leafy stuff...Oh and I forgot you can cleanup a mess better than any one I ever saw...

Unknown said...

The "Lab" just proved what I already knew, you can't grow much of anything in the desert, it's too severe. But bless you for trying. The fact that a human has survived there, off grid, for this long is beyond belief. You are not that far from the ocean, I think you need a vacation, you should go. (p.s. it's harvest) Please excuse my lunatic comment, but I mean no harm.

Larry G said...

re: farming

good thing - John has a pickup, and there is a state road and grocery stores with electricity so those guys off the grid don't starve!

gonna take some more research and effort I suspect to get the growing food part right.

I'm not dissing John... I agree he's a man of many talents, many more than most of us.

Chris Miller said...

What a bunch of ignorant, jealous ass haters you have following you all of a sudden. Most of these folks couldn't last a day in this desert and they are here beating up on you?

Way to go, brother.... it doesn't all happen overnight. It should be quite entertaining to watch these folks squirm when the world around them shuts down. At least you have the skills to survive... these people will be waiting on the government to rescue them.

Chris Miller
Our180.com - One Family's Journey To Finding True Happiness

frann said...

Good for Chris!

Bruce S said...

John, Visited you several times and follow you almost daily. You are an amazing man doing a hell of a job. What you have accomplished single-handedly is incredible. Keep it up.

2ligit said...

How large a harvest should he have? He is one man alone in the desert.

Karla said...

I have a pomegranate in my back yard in San Antonio. I water it, but infrequently. Once established, they aren't supposed to need much. It's covered in fruit each year, but most of it splits open and falls on the ground before I get a chance to harvest it. I don't pick the fruit until after it's deep red, and much larger than the one in your picture. Yet, I cut it open it is still beige/yellow inside--no red! So, kudos to you for being able to produce an edible one in the dessert!

J d'Amerique said...

Good for you, family! Don't listen to the idiotic haters dissing you from the comfort of their air conditioned home while eating their only store-bought food! You guys in the desert ROCK! Keep up the good work, dear family, the world is watching you and cheering each of your successes! (Guess what? Each day you're out there doing this grand thing called off-grid living... it's a HUGE SUCCESS!!) Well done on the pomegranate!!

mary lee said...

Keep it up Mr Wells, every thing you do is an achievement that most people will never achieve.

Larry G said...

I celebrate John's adventure!

I do wonder if there is enough sunlight in the greenhouses - as I live in an area with a lot of trees and the problem is - just not enough hours of direct sunlight for many plants.

The other interesting thing - is the people who lived here hundreds of years ago and how they survived.

Having traveled in the Southwest, have been fascinated by the history of the Anasazi people who were farmers but also migrated - but they tended to locate in creek and river canyons. The decades-long drought resulted in their disappearance from those areas affected.

growing food in the Southwest is not a simple thing... and I admire John for taking it on - and among John's circle of off-grid friends - I wonder how they have fared in growing their own food.

One more. The Anasazi, as far as I know did not have domestic animals - not chickens, nor goats, etc.

I think Jarrod Diamond had some thoughts about that but I'm not sure I totally buy his theories.

At any rate - John is giving it a good shot - and life IS certainly more of an adventure on the path he has taken..

and remember this - most people who ended up successful - had failures also - that they learned from.

Under The SC Sun said...

Hmmm, Field *Lab* The word Lab would indicate experimentation. With experimentation comes both success and apparent failure. Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell are two inventors with well known Labs, both had a share of success. As I see it, to learn is never a failure. I don't see the previous comments as hater's words, I see them as folks who have never done large scale experimentation.

When our society stopped growing our own produce and stopped butchering our own meat and shopped all this dirty work out to others, that was a failed experiment. That is why I raise my own Chickens and grow a huge garden. What we cannot eat we can or give away.

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Under The SC Sun said...

In any case, good job John.

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