Just taking the information I have gathered from observations of the forest behind my house (In Western Washington), I would agree with Dave. Salal, evergreen huckleberry, oval leafed huckleberry, red huckleberry, salmonberry, trailing blackberry, all thrive in the shady areas of that forest. I have seen a few black capped raspberries back there along the trails as well. False-lily-of-the-valley still has its berries on now. It is a good ground cover, very pretty. The edibility is questionable. I have eaten one berry. Pretty good. I read that too many of these may cause stomach pains.
These are all natives that I have listed. And a lot of the huckleberries I saw were growing out of decaying logs. There were also a lot of sword ferns around.
The only rabbit meat I had was pickled. My grandad used to bring a slingshot with him on hunting trips. He was pretty dirty with that thing. (When I say dirty, I mean deft...) He always pickled it. Rabbit tastes a lot like squirrel.
You are funny, Leah. That inspired me. We have to wait for another mouse though. Something (probably raccoon) snatched it up last night. We killed a big old Norway rat the other day. I put it down in the mud outside and the next day there were raccoon tracks walking to and from where the rat had been. Their tracks (raccoons) are very much like human hands.
It is not a "vine," but I have seen Salal climb. It is edible, native, and evergreen. It might work. I wonder if the deer's sense of smell is strong enough to pass through my pee and this dirty shirt. The landlord up here wouldn't dare have a dirty shirt hanging on a fence though.
Clumping bamboo. Got it. There is a bamboo nursery a couple miles from where I live. I will check that place out. Have y'all ever heard of people using bamboo as piping? Do you have to treat it?
Oehler talks about advantages of going underground. One of those advantages is earthen temperature regulation. Cooling in summer, warming in winter. The soil insulates.
Now you are talking dry soil. The soil in between the polyethylene layers. I would think that it does insulate. There is probably something that insulates better, like insulation. But you can't get insulation with a shovel.
I would think that your soil on top of the second polyethylene layer will be doing most of the insulating, and you wouldn't have to worry about that 4 inch dry layer. Nice stones in your top soil to absorb heat?
HA! That's just it. We should sharpen the rabbits teeth, feed them some amanita muscaria, and have them bite us once or twice. There is some incentive to whack thumper!
I mentioned going to a wilderness survival class... I was thinking of practicing snares, deadfalls, and traps made from wild materials on the rabbits. A little harsh, I know, but I gotta eat! Meat! Rabbit Meat!
It is a good way to do it. Cheap, effective... if the mouse isn't a high jumper!
Has anyone used the hide of a mouse? I know it is obnoxious, but I killed a mouse with a 2x4 last night, and I feel like I should use some part of Stewart Little. I know it is small, but it might make a nice little medicine pouch or pocket knife sheath.
Soil test needed! One thing I haven't mentioned is that one of the four trees is a peach. I think it is a Frost Peach because it produced decently with no mulch or companions other than the apples, and it didn't get that peach leaf curl.
I read in Dave Jacke's Edible Forest Gardens, Vol. 2 that apple guilds need 38% nitrogen fixing plants.
Would hay mulch have a good chunk of phosphorous and potassium?
Maybe. I think there are other factors, like which peach type it is. Also, the sunlight, soil content and pH will probably have a lot to do with the success rate. In the PNW, according to Dave, the frost peach has the best success rate and defense against peach leaf curl (looks pretty nasty).
I remember Gonzalez talking about "lost." When we fail to recognize a place we have visited in the past, or can't find the place we are on a map, we say "I am lost." It is a state of being. Not a place. If it were a place, we would say "I am in lost" like "I am in Seattle." I think the mall goer comes to this conclusion before the survivalist. I think it is important to recognize the difference between "experienced hiker" and "survivalist." When the mall goer is "lost" and "all alone" in the woods, the survivalist has plenty of friends like Douglas, Cedar, Sitka, Cooley, and even the Devil (Devils club ) to keep him or her company.
"I am here" is the way to think when in a survival situation.
We learned about staying put. That was the first day of class. Survival protocol. We also learned that our brain tells us "get food." Remember the rule of 3's. Humans can survive, on average, 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without proper temperature regulation, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food.
I think there is something to be said about food, however. When I am backpacking, there is something very psychologically satisfying about a hot... warm meal on the trail.
Oehler recommends wrapping your posts in thick plastic garbage bags and tying them off. The important part is careful backfilling with the right dirt constituents (no rocks, sharp materials). His has been going strong for over 22 years.
I know, 22 years is nothing compared to the Roman Coliseum!
I am a wood guy. I have a new appreciation for concrete thanks to Susan, but I would much rather have my house be built with wood. Sit in a log cabin with wood furniture. Then sit in a room with concrete ceiling, floor, and walls. Then tell me which one makes you feel better.