Wish I had seen this earlier. Living in Ct you can make use of service provided by Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station to get soil tested for various things and they will make suggestions on what to add , including organic if asked for. Price of $0 for service works for me :) ...
Bees and butterflies are not the typical pollinators for these as the flowers are not attractive to them. Its my understanding the flowers can have a bit of rotten dead stuff smell to them so more attractive to certain kinds of beetles, hence pollination can be iffy.
I just bought a couple grafted twigs of different variety a couple days ago, hopefully I can get them to grow and some day produce. Found something from Kentucky State University on hand pollinating them:
Most cast iron made today is heavy but I have a couple pans (1930's ~~> 1940's I think) that are quite a bit lighter and easier to handle.
Cast iron can be made pretty non-stick if one gets the seasoning and cooking method down right.
Supposed to be 45f (7c) here today with rain from a storm off the coast that may go through cyclogenesis or 'Bomb out' in layman's terms. Snow not to far away so we'll have to see how things really develop.
When I was a child we stayed many summers on the Connecticut shoreline (salt water). Always remembered the thorny plant with pink flowers and colorful seedpods but never knew what it was called until a few years ago. Rugosa Rose used to control sand erosion ( even though they like to call it...
I have been getting into cooking with cast iron (some very old cookware, some new).
Baked oatmeal (Kind of Amish thing here in the states), bean soup with Ham, Nevajo Taco (with homemade frybread), Huevos Rancheros.