We are planning on using wood dowel plugs to innoculate some alder logs. We have shitake and oyster plugs coming. 300 of each. We live on central Vancouver Island. Zone 7-b. Pretty heavy rainfall in the winter, and dry summer. Little snow, we get light frost, but few days of heavy freezing.
So my qustions:
1. When would be the best time of year to innoculate the logs?
2. When would be the best time to cut the logs(we have an acre of live alder so finding wood isn't a problem)?
Anything else you can think of to give us a starting point. Thanks for any advice:) Blayne.
I am leary of putting the work into swales in our climate these days, since the energy it takes vs the amount of good they do might not be worth it. If we had summer rain, absolutely! I think planting on contour and keyline maybe a better use of energy, as are dams. Storing water in the soil is key, with piles of bio-mass under your trees being number 1. Huglekulture, especially wood buried under grade and on contour, for perenial crops is a wise move. If you have materials available of course.
Mimicking what already exists in this climate for food crops is obviously the way to go. Apples, berries of all varieties, nut trees. We really have massive diversity in the PNW. I love the idea of restoring the natural cycles and living from the land. Salmon, deer, bottom fish, elk, shellfish, bear, berries, nuts.... Oh man how well we could eat!
At work we use a 5 gallon bucket in our cube van when there are no other facilities. Just pick it up with one hand, control yourself with the other and go. I just thought of doing this at home with a bucket and sawdust, then I will toss it in my compost or under my trees. Nice transition until I get my toilet built and set-up. I will probably have a pee bucket and a poo bucket instead of a urine diverter. I believe you can even buy toilet seats that fit on a 5 gallon bucket for the ladies. I feel like peeing in sawdust would be less smelly than straight urine in a container.
Thanks for your feedback Jay. I agree that decks are a fragile part of a house that fall apart faster than most anything on a home, aside from maybe asphalt roofing(grrrrr that stuff makes me angry) Weighing your thoughts, and my visualizations of the build and my wishes for the space, I will construct this like a shed add on to the house. A shed style roof built up to the posts, but not including them into the build. I really want a concrete floor so I can play with a RMH in there, and to leave the most amount of usable space for my woodworking hobbies(bowyering). As I progress I am sure there will be more questions I will pose to you:)
Thanks Jay. I certainly did not have my heart set on any one way, and just thought I would investigate the possibility of the floor idea. I will now pursue building a metal roof under the deck and framing in my walls. The space is only 150 sq feet, so I would prefer to infill rather than build a free standing structure. My main concern for using a conventional roof was how to connect it to the house and how to fasten the roof to the house. Now I will remove the siding so I can fasten a header to the house, and lift deck boards to access fastening points for the roofing. I am a handy guy having worked in trades for most of my working life, but all of it is in sheetmetal and heating, not framing. Any tips or suggestions, reading material would be appreciated:)
Here are some pictures to hopefully clear up my idea for you all. The deck is now open and I hope to close it in to act as a roof over the slab underneath, which will become my workspace. I am going to add a roof over the existing deck to help shed water and protect whatever material works best. I am open to suggestions.
I will be stick framing in the workspace and finishing the walls with cedar most likely. I hope to have the deck 100% waterproof. I don't mind doing a yearly maintenance on it(re-sealing with oil etc).
I was chatting with another fellow and the topic of light weight concrete came up. This could be another option. I am leaning towards tiling the space(10x15), but the light weight concrete has some appeal. It is tough to find information about waterproofing a deck with out using fiberglass or vinyl:(
I am in the planning stages of creating a studio under my deck. Currently the deck is treated 5/4 lumber decking, 2x8 treated joists on 16",and no roof. My idea is to cover the deck with clear panels, build up solid half walls, and then use a natural material sealed with linseed oil, on top of a membrane of some kind. The 5/4 will be removed and repurposed, and plywood will be layed down. I have never worked with a natural floor before, but I love the idea. Concrete came to mind first, but if I can do it with something better I will. Any feed back would be appreciated:)
I had a small piece of front lawn left and it was driving me bananas! About a month ago I cardboard and mulched over it, and was having fun planning what to do with the space. I finally came to the conclusion that an annual Hugle bed would compliment my young food forest nicely. Beginning with procuring wood and manure from various near by sources(all for free, aside from a little gas and labour) I was ready to go. Beautiful sunshine greeted the day and the fun began. Here is the blank canvas.
Next the base wood. Well rotted and turkey tail infected alder and my old Doug fir splitting block infested with fungi
Next I smother the base wood with home made compost and a layer of topsoil.
This is the step I missed in my first attempt at Hugle style building. I didn't add a layer of small stuff!
Also mixed in were some garden trimmings, weeds and a bunch of crushed egg shells that I had kicking around. I also sprinkled on some microzial fungi powder, EM, some kelp and fish fertilizer, mostly just because I had them.
Rotten chicken manure with sawdust and then some bio-char I made this winter in my backyard firepit with a steel barrel.
One more yard of topsoil and the bed is done. It took me about 6 hours to build including the two trips for topsoil. I am lucky to have great material resources so close to home. Topsoil is about 1km from home, mulch is about 4. I am waiting until next weekend to plant it out and cover with straw. So exciting to see a new bed explode green!
I would also like to see you making rockstar $, just so more progress could be made, and faster. If your R&D budget were only a sliver of Big Chem/Ag, there would be RMH in every new built home, and hugle fence lines between the lots. I have been sharing it around, all I can do to help. Really looking forward to this one for sure!
Hi thanks for getting the ideas flowing for me. I didn't think about all the load on potentially three joists, so maybe I could box that section off, make a 4x12 section with the joists running opposite to disperse the load with a couple more tubes in there. Or I could pour a slab, but again, trying to avoid the who concrete truck thing. Mixing a slab that size on site seems like a pain in the rear. We essentially have no frost level to seek of here, since the ground is rarely frozen. Damp, cool, cloudy winters, lots of rain. I will chat with some framer friends about the frost level stuff for the local area.
I am planning on building a backyard shed/workshop/sleeping quarters. It will be stick framed, about 16x12. My idea is to build the dragon on the 12' side with about 30' equivenlent pipe inc 90's, and using pebbles and rocks for the mass. I haven't built one before but am confident in my abilities(sheetmetal joirneyman, b-gas ticket, installer of many woodstoves) My big question for those with more foundation experience is: What should I build this shed on? I am trying to avoid the department of sad, and the idea of a concrete truck showing up to pour a slab throws big"hey lookit what we are doing over here!". My idea is sonotubes down about three feet and build the floor on top of those with 2x8 joists. The rest of the shed is pretty straight foreward, framing wise, I just want to make sure I get the footing/foundation correct so the beast doesn't make the shed disappear into one of the old coal shafts under our little village:) thanks!
I am so excited for this one! All eight dvds coming to my door!! I have a workshop project to build this summer and want to put in a pebble style RMH into it. Perfect timing. Now waiting for the Wisners book, and I will have a great education on heating the ethical way:)
I believe that Huglekulture is also a great method for water retention in this climate. Holding water in the soil in spongy wood is perfect, just like it is in a forest. Lots of bio-mass added to beds, such as wood chips and mulch to get through the dry July-September period. A pond to store rainwater for summer irrigation, if well sealed, would be a great idea as well. This is a perfect region for trees and shrubs, but annuals are pretty demanding for irrigation in my bit of experience at home. I am good at growing perenials, terrible at any annuals that need too much care. Too occupied in the summer enjoying the sun and forget to water:( The woodcore beds I have built seem to help that immensely.
We certainly don't want to create anerobic, boggy areas. Gross!
Wheat is bad news. Not only does it wrech havoc on your digestive system(whole wheat is worse. The germ causes leaky gut!) but it is now dosed in toxic gick to dry it up for harvest. I believe grains are bird food, since they have a gizzard, where the stones can grind it up. We don't need all the sugar either! Meat, fat and vegetable/fruit carbs for me!
We save our bones in the freezer as we make them from eating certain things, like chicken, over several weeks. I make stock, and then the bones go in the woodstove, then the ashes to the compost. If we have some smaller bits of bone, like from a salmon, it goes straight in too. Just to add in too, we butcher most of our own meat, and always use butcher paper. It is awesome. The food stays fresh, no smelly garbage to deal with, as the paper gets burned as well. Meat should never touch plastic!
That is my hope, that a few households would appreciate low noise, no emmisions, and something unique. As a tradesman, I couldn't do my job well without power tools. Although(I am a sheetmetal worker) there are many tasks in the trade that use no power. Shears, brakes, many seams can be done by hand. I think landscaping is one area of service work that can be alternatively done without gas or electricity. It will take longer, and that is ok. I am not looking to be the fastest lawn cutter, just the quietest, least smelly one. Plus if I want to go fast I just have to move my feet quicker!
I live in Cumberland, on Vancouver Island. I guess I should change my profile info:)
I do hope to move into tree pruning, hedges, garden maintenance etc. I am hoping the novelty will appeal to a certain segment of this town. If I can get ten steady customers, I will be ok to start with. Dale thanks for the input. I did think about battery powered equipment and may go that route with a trimmer, but to start it will be hand tools only. Do you have any idea, in general, what the going rate is for lawn mowing?
Animals would be my first choice, but I live in an urban village that doesn't allow backyard chickens, so a herd of goats is probably out of the question! That is being done in many places I believe, grazing goats on marginal land for free. Good business model.
My idea for years has been to offer a zero emmision lawn care service, using push mowers, shears, knives etc to do the cutting and trimming. Manual labor instead of fossil fuel driven machines. I love the quiet and simplicity of this idea. I hope to go all in with this concept by using a purpose utility trailer for my bike, and towing my tools around. I want to build a Permaculture business from the ground up, the ethics and principles my guide to success(plus hard work). My current job at a heating technician is far to resource dependant and it drives me mad! I figure with this concept I can start a part-time endeavour in my bike centered community, get into peoples minds and hope to spread the message and get more work doing design and consulting, what do you think?
Allan Lumley at this time I will not be living on the land. There may be an opportunity for that in the future as there is a shell of a cinderblock home on the land. It is only about 2 kilometers from my house so checking in on it will be pretty easy. I will need to deer fence the plot(probably only 50x50 for this first year). There are multiple fruit and nut trees already on site which is a bonus. I feel like this well should produce water all year. I will chat about it with the land owner this weekend. I will be taking photos and blogging about the progress as it comes along at primalforestgardens.com. Thnaks for your input:)
Thanks for your help. I guess I should narrow down a few things first. I am in Canada, so the gas pump will cost more. I should be able to find a used one around here. I was thinking about using a cistern of some sort and doing drip off of it. More efficient then sprinkling, and I can leave it alone to water. Most of my crops will be root storage stuff and some nursery trees, so my watering needs won't be that high. I will be back if I have more questions!
I have a couple acres of fallow land that an old friends family owns. They have given me permission to do some growing there for next season. I am hoping to gradually work this land into a market garden/showcase for permaculture. This property is not grid tied, and there is a 12' shallow well already dug. I am wondering what would be my best options to draw water from this well. A friend at a local plumbing supply suggested a generator and a jet pump. This seems like my best choice at the moment, as I can not justify spending several thousand on a solar pump. I could possibly dig a pond on site, but that probably will not happen right away. Any suggestions?
I talked to another local Permie, and we will try for a meet up on Monday October 27th, at 7. Looks like we will be at Lake Trail School in Courtenay. I hope many of you can make it! Pass the word along. I need more like minded folks in my life!
Pretty simple one. Any temperate fruit trees work. Apple, plum, pear, cherry, fig, peach, on and on. Plant them, they will do great, if not hugle them, and plant more! Btw I am down the road in the Comox Valley:)