Can shetland sheep and pygmy goats healthily and happily live together? Also, I only have one 0.55 acre field. How many sustainably (combo composition?) could live there? How many with partial supplementation with feed?
My father-in-law works in an anodized aluminum factory and can make custom parts. Would a anodized aluminum be good in microhydro systems? Any thoughts on disadvantages/advantages to using anodized aluminum vs. plastic or steel turbines? Any suggestions on the design or specs for an anodized aluminum hydro turbine?
I have 3 sights I'm interested in trying to build my own hydro system. I have two different irrigation ditches that have significant drops onto/through our property and a small stream (not much head). Anyone have links to websites or pdfs that have FULL plans or show how to fabricate turbines or full systems? I'd love if enough people could provide a few to look through. I've tried searching online, but I keep ending up on sites where they want me to pay for the pdf.
I personally have a 1/4 acre that is about 50% grass field and 50% woods. I was going to fence it off, and I was wondering how many would happily romp and feed on the 0.25 acre? I have lots more land I can occasionally walk them to graze on, but that's only a time to time possibility.
I'm wanting to ID these Lichens. I found them in the Columbia River Gorge growing on oak and pine trees in a forested area near the river. (Also nice to know is if you've eaten or tasted them or if you are sure they are poisonous, as I'm planning on trying them.)
**Royal Somerset (there are many Somersets, but this seems to be a particularly rare variety):
- Flowering/pollination group?
- Disease susceptibilities/resistances?
- Tannin (%)?
- Malic acid (g/L)?
I don't know if that sort will work though? i imagine ordering it in powder form will be much cheaper but if you do that wear a dust mask when you mix it with water. you don't want to breath that in. perhaps you could find a creek or river near you with clay and bring some to your bees from there?
Low or high fire?
I live on the banks of a river and my entire property seems to be sandy loam
Anyone build hydro systems (formally or informally) in the NW (I'm in Oregon)? I have a gravity fed irrigration system and a small creek on my property. Unfortunately neither are near the house. Would love advice, assistance, or to potentially hire someone.
I am looking for suggestions for some good perennial flowers that are early blooming, bee/butterfly attracting that doesn't spread much/at all, but will come back each year. I don't want to worry about it going to seed or having to divide, etc. I want to plant them in my orchard, so an even bigger bonus would be if they provide some other benefits
Steven Feil wrote:"Loamy" and "Sandy" are not what the bees are looking for. They want what Dave calls CLAYEY mud. It needs to have a HIGH percentage of clay for them to be attracted to and be able to use it.
Maybe a 1000 ft away I have some very clayey areas... Very clayey. I suppose I'll have to shovel some into buckets and bring them over and place the buckets by their house. That should do the trick?
What sorts of mixes/conditions are suitable supplies of mud? My property's soil tends to be more loamy and sandy. I'm concerned if wet soil will be adequate or not? Also, for how long during the season do they need access to the mud for building?
Thanks everyone! Lots of great ideas, unfortunately another compounding factor is the already installed sprinkler system. The sprinkler heads are 12"-14" off the ground and between every-other tree. This means that no large shrubs or trees can go in as they will inhibit the sprinklers design. So I'm looking only at things that are 24" or less that won't be major water obstacles. I will definitely be going for some wild strawberries, clover, borage, lupine, and sunflowers at the ends of rows (where they won't block sprinklers). Any other cohabitants I just have to have (that are small but useful)?
What are some good milk goats that can live in wooded/forested "pasture"? I live in Oregon and have about a 1/3 to 1/2 acre free for goats, but it is primarily wooded with a mix of pine, fir, oak, and maple trees and ferns, grass patches, poison oak, blackberry, etc. below. Any suitable goats for this terrain?
What are some good dog breeds for being LGDs (other than the traditional Great Pyrenees, Maremma, Kuvasz, etc.)? Wouldn't a herding dog do a decent job (like a border collie)? I'm confused about why herding dogs are never listed as LGDs. Is a giant of a a dog really necessary?