XMLrpc Disabled & Feral Tomatoes

Wild Tomatoes

I have disabled XMLrpc on my blogs because a hacker/spanner/attackbot used up a month of bandwidth trying to unsuccessfully hack in through that file to my NoNAIS.org site. In my testing I see no problem as a result of disabling XMLrpc.

If you don’t know what I’m taking about, don’t worry about it.

If you don’t see this message, then there might be a problem. :}

If you begin having trouble with this site please let me know by emailing me with details.

The part that is a big bummer is most of my bandwidth for NoNAIS.org got used up by the hacker in their unsuccessful attack so that site may go down part way through the month when it runs out of its bandwidth allowance. The web host wants more money to upgrade the account. There is nothing I can do about that. Fortunately in September the allotment for NoNAIS.org will start over and the site will come back up if it goes down.

Above is a photo of some feral tomatoes. They go wild out in our fields, spread from seeds eaten by the pigs, chickens, ducks and geese. Some of them have tomatoes the size of baseballs already although none are ripe yet.

This year I’m not actually growing any captive tomatoes – rather all of ours are free range like these. Interestingly, without any staking they’re producing very thick stalks that keep them upright rather than creeping along the ground as I would expect given that tomatoes normally are caged. Cage free tomatoes, all the new rage.

There are also volunteer kale, rape, broccoli, potatoes, pumpkins, squash, sunflowers, sunchokes, tomotillos and other plants out in the fields that have made it through many winters. These are not supposed to do well in our climate, being dizens of Mexico. Illegal immigrants perhaps? In any case they’re thriving. Both the livestock and we love the delicious foods we gather from these wild ones.

To encourage these feral crops it is important to carefully manage the managed rotational grazing patterns. If livestock are put in at the wrong phase of plant growth they just kill off these volunteers. With the right grazing pattern, putting the animals in when the plants are mature and have fruited, the animals spread the seed.

Outdoors: 74°F/58°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/62°F

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8 Responses to XMLrpc Disabled & Feral Tomatoes

  1. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    At one point, in Santa Barbara, I bought a ton or two of sanitized biosolids from the sewage treatment plant and applied it to about a sixteenth of an acre I intended for flowers and herbs. (Knowing what I do now about heavy metals and pharmaceutical components in sewage, I would never do that again, of course). I got many hundreds of volunteer tomatoes, all probably seeded from hybrids, as the ones I left alone all gave cherry tomatoes. Pigs aren’t the only animals that spread solanacea seed!! And I discovered that once you have had a crop of tomatillos mature, you will always have tomatillos. It’s a good thing I like salsa. Thanks, as always, for the glimpses of your world.

    Just got my network + certification from CompTia, and am spending my Fridays working the PC clinic Asher College runs to give the public free computer troubleshooting/repair and to give students an opportunity to learn real skills. I’m constantly astonished to see the range of maliciousness presented by all sorts of malware. The extent to which uncaring villains impact the lives of other folks is appalling. Good luck with your site, Walter.

  2. jaz says:

    woah…..free range tomatoes? how cool is that?

  3. Well, it happened. I just got an email from the web server host: NoNAIS.org is down for the count until the end of the month because the spammer/scammer/hacker/bot stole about 5GB of bandwidth trying unsuccessfully to hack my server. Hopefully the tomatoes will do better.

  4. Johan van der Merwe says:

    That is fantastic! I mean the tomatoes, I would like to get mine also to this stage.

    It makes me mad when you have people spending their time creating these computer virusses.

    All the best Walter.

  5. Peter says:

    I find the feral potatoes even more interesting than the feral tomatoes…
    Do you know if the potatoes survived the winter with their tubers or with their seeds/berries?


    • I’m pretty sure it is the tubers, same as with the sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes), turnips, beets, kale and rape. We get early snows and often our ground is not frozen under the snow or only for a few centimeters. I do see the “berries” on the potato plants but I don’t know if they produce plants. I’ve never tried growing potatoes from the seeds. Put it on the to-do list.

      Regarding the frozen ground – For winter logging, the best time for slopes, we clear the logging roads so the soil will harden up. With the snow on it the ground stays too soft and the trees would take root damage near the logging trails. Likewise the snow cover helps these plants that perhaps might not survive with deeper frost depths like they get in the valley where the snow does not come as early or leave as late. The disadvantage is we lose grazing and pasture growth time at both ends of the warm season.

  6. Patrick says:

    So you have my email as part of this comment. Please contact me and I’ll look over your site code and if possible will upload it to one of our temp/test servers. No byte limit but it’ll be limited to a T1 speed (portion of our firm’s link). You will just need to point your DNS there until your regular site is back online.

    I learned all about NAIS from your site and frankly I have two happy Berkshire pigs who are growing quite well as I use the advice of many, yourself included. Please consider this my way of saying thanks.

    • Thanks for the offer Patrick. If I have a chance to work on it I may take you up. One issue is I need to upgrade the NoNAIS.org web site – it currently runs on the older version of WordPress. Unfortunately the upgrade path is convoluted and will take a lot of time to do. Right now I’m cranking on plumbing for finishing off the interior of the butcher shop.

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