I am going to sheet mulch this week. We finally pruned those poor apple trees. I am going to innoculate the cardboard with King Strofaria, Pearl Oyster, and Shaggy maine mushrooms, which should help it break down a bit quicker and provide some tasty shrooms.
Now, I just got one metric shit ton of 2 year old horse manure/soil. My question is, with the cardboard down (2 layers, shroom spawn in between them), will say 6 inches of manure/dirt and three inches of moldy wet hay be sufficient for planting day?
The wild rabbit that comes to your garden has not had to run around on its own shit and try to dig through cages. You also don't have to clean its cage, feed it, or water it. You may choose to harvest the rabbit in your garden. You have now just gotten all the benefits of a domestic rabbit (minus the companionship) with no drawbacks (except that the wild rabbit probably ate way more of its own crap than a domestic would have). There is one aspect left out: you don't know if there will be more rabbits coming to your garden. With domestic animals, there is more security that you will have food.
This sense of security is what separates us modern folks from early man. We need that security. Native peoples know that nothing is secure enough to stop mother nature. That is why they laugh when their thatched roof home gets blown over in a windstorm. That is why thanksgiving was celebrated numerous times throughout the year. It is one of the toughest things to be comfortable with... insecurity. I know I am not.
Permies always talk about self-sufficiency. THere is nothing on this planet that is self sufficient. Everything relies on some other aspect of the universe, even non-living matter. No such thing as self- sufficiency... Unless my definition is different than that of John Seymour.
I think it deserves a try, Sue. We were planning on building a trench around the whole bog to divert surface water. It is a dry outhouse. I wonder if the corn would want water so bad it would drink the water in our poop...
There is also the sunlight thing. I have an idea... a successional poop eating guild. Transplant your young willows as you plant your corn. Let the corn work until the willows are big and hungry. Big enough to eat all the sunlight before it reaches the corn. Just an idea.
I've been drinking doug fir needle tea about once a week to get an extra shot of vitamin c. Not much out there during winter, but goat is right about nettles, young ones poppin up soon. Dandelion root and plantain seed tea are good right now too. THere might still be some good rose hips too.
Yeah I agree on the thermometer. I have a friend in Lake Stevens with chickens. He doesn't try to get eggs in winter. Just lets them relax. Do people have heat lamps for chickens in winter? Is it light and temperature that prevent egg production? Or are there more factors?
I wonder if one of them rocket stoves in a chicken coop would get them to lay in winter. You would have to start a small fire every day, but it might be cost effective and definitely eco friendly.
Are you currently managing a forest? That is amazing. Ever heard of Merv Wilkinson?
What is a bumper crop?
We have a beaver here too! I found beaver tracks and feeding sign on salmonberry and alder the other day. I hope he/she builds a nice dam. Form a pond and bring in some ducks and more species, species diversity is good, right?
Will putting the hay down...say 6 inches thick provide rodent habitat? We have a lot of voles and rats here... and mice. Those critters have girdling capabilities? Wow, that is news to me. I guess I will check out the hardware store before I throw that hay down. I also have to get that soil test done...still
So we were chopping wood yesterday and heard some rummaging from a pile of dead blackberry bushes. Jase jumped on top and flushed out a very large townsends vole, which I whacked with a stick (dubbed Butch). Here he is baked and seasoned with rice oil, salt, and pepper. Tasted like a gamey, funky smelling chicken. I thoroughly enjoyed it as did my housemates.
Skinning it was easier than I thought. The hide is drying and i will make a medicine pouch from it after we tan it with the brains (which are in a glass jar in the fridge).
I wonder if mudslides would be a problem in really wet areas. So the rooftops of PSP... do they usually have horticulture going on? In Mike's video he has some little saplings on his roof. Are there any do's and don'ts for planting on the roof, Mike?
What about harvesting one metric shit ton of cattail down and cottonwood down and other natural insulation type materials and using that in that 4-6 inch layer? Of course one would have to account for compression, so you'd have to gather more. A lot of work I know...
I see what you mean now. That is pretty cool. A lot more logs than Mike's PSP, but neat. A lot of structural benefits too. I saw this log cabin in Cle Elum a few weeks back. They had carved grooves in the bottom of each horizontal log so it rested on the one beneath it. It made for less, a lot less chinking. Of course, it is more work at the time, but it would save you from re-chinking every year.
I thought that communities would just kind of fall into place as other projects around the land were worked on, but its been six months now, and still no "community." This stuff takes work!
What if there was a system established. In this system there is a "no" policy. When someone says "no" to a question like... hey can I use your power tools?... it is over and done with. No controversy, no community meeting, no questions asked.
Before moving into the community the person would have signed the community's constitution. If the answer is no, you don't get another question (why cant i use your tools?)
I bet there are tons of drawbacks to this. Y'all want to point them out to me?
I like that quote, Kelda. Jon Young is the man. He taught my teacher here at Alderleaf.
Kelda just hit it spot on with her definition. That is what I am talking about.
The point of re wilding... to thrive in the forest using the gifts of the earth as your tools, food, medicine, entertainment, shelter, etc. I am not talking about EVERY human doing this. I am talking about me, an individual, living within the environment around rather than manipulating (when I say manipulate I make no negative connotations) it. Now that I said manipulate, however, I realize that one does manipulate it's environment to a certain extent... even animals (beavers build dams, birds build nests, etc.). So I guess it is minimal manipulation that I am striving for. Minimal manipulation of the world around me. That is the point of rewilding, in my opinion.
It feels good to get food from a garden, but it feels sooooo good to gather food from the forest! In my opinion anyway. Down in south america I visited a tribe who have wild gardens... no fences, no row crops. What they did was plant some manioc, plantain, papaya, and more found in the rainforest near their village. When I talk to some people about just taking some red huckleberry bushes and transplanting them near the house, I get mixed responses. Usually something along the lines of "cultivated plants bear more fruit so maybe a cultivated blueberry near the house would be smarter."
So we just got a bunch of mycellium-filled grass hay. I am wondering if I should throw that down (asap) around the 4 fruit trees to kill that grass, in preparation for spring propagation (of cover crops). Do y'all think that would be alright? My concern is that the hay will compost before killing the grass.
I have 3 ground covers that I want to try: red clover, woodland strawberry, and groundnut. Should I propagate all of these this Spring?
That is pretty cool Sue. Leah, I thought Greeks made pitas! Not goats eating dog food!
With this bait thing, it seems to me that one would have to be careful. I wonder if you baited up some rabbit meat, and a coyote came, ate it, got sick, and healed, would he/she want to eat wild rabbit again?
This sounds like a lot of time and money and energy to get the super cui over here. We have about ten people living here, and most of us want to raise meat rabbits. Some people were ranting about these super-cui and how they kill rats and mice and eat rabbit poop etc. Plus the weight exceeded the rabbits I think. I just wanted to weigh it out, but now with this info. it seems that rabbits would be much more econimically and ecologically sound.
I read a book by Dan Quinn, Ishmael. Talks about how agriculture was the beginning of man's (delusional) superiority to nature. It started with someone looking at a piece of land with what have you on it (trees, critters, etc.), and deciding to take all that life out of that space to do whatever he/she wanted to grow. It is like saying the earth, or at least this section of it, belongs to me and I can do what I please with it. Was it chief Seattle who said "the earth does not belong to us, we belong to it."?
Fast forward to today. Someone moves to a piece of land that has a ton of grass on it. Lawns coming out of your teeth. We can't just live on the lawn. Gotta plant some edibles and medicinals and coppice species etc., right? Would that go in the permaculture box? Or the agriculture box? Or the re-wilding? I mean, you are going to bring "wild" critters to that land, and feed some of them along with yourself.
Was there an end goal in mind when the pioneers decided to create the United States of America?
I think we are at a point where we need to decide if we want to conserve the environment itself (to try to sustain all the remaining species) or support all the oober billion people we have living here. This probably won't happen, the decision, I mean, because there are opposing opinionated views.
Locust and Cedar. When people drop fences into the ground, they usually fill holes with concrete and let the post set, right?
With these so called "rot resistant" woods, would you still do that?
Mike, I know you are not a fan of concrete, but have you seen or worked on a PSP, or rather, Earth Integrated Home that did pour concrete for the posts? Did it work any better than the plastic bag method?
I am interested in super-cui, the 7 pound South American guinea pigs. I guess I should just check with USDA. But that is a good point on the adaptability of certain animals. Did you ever get an animal that couldn't adapt?
What about toilet paper in the bog? Would you use an alternative, or a biodegradable paper? I have folded sword ferns up and used them. Also Doug Fir cones have these little mouse ears on them, they work pretty good... if you wipe the right direction!
Would you dig your hole as deep as the willow's roots go down?