Jaimee Gleisner wrote:Thanks William! That was helpful! So just a thin layer of dirt on top- a couple inches? And I sort of thought the animal compost around here might not be good... too dirty? And living compost/mulch... what is that exactly?
Judith Browning wrote: I planted my tomatoes in a bed of cut back crimson clover but mowed it earlier so the roots would decompose first. the buckwheat I plant is at all different stages but I cut (and lay down as mulch) rather than pull it if I want to plant an area and try to let as much reseed as possible. I'm sure you will get much better answers from someone else pertaining specifically to HK .
Jaimee Gleisner wrote: So just a thin layer of dirt on top- a couple inches? And I sort of thought the animal compost around here might not be good... too dirty? And living compost/mulch... what is that exactly?
Jami McBride wrote: Move cover crops aside and allow a few inches of cleared dirt around your new planting to allow it to get established, even if your using a transplant. And redo any cover before winter as in the past. Harvest these cold weather veg over winter as needed. Now in the spring your beds are ready to plant any veggies your climate will support. Move your green or brown cover crops as needed and plant into your soil. Your H-beds have gone through a couple of cycles, the decomposition in them is well established, beneficial bacteria have had time to do their thing, and underground critters are all there. The only thing left is for you to address how your going to add back nutrients on a seasonal basis. Remember, like the many suggestions in the Fertilization section of Back to Eden video.
Eric Markov wrote:Didn't use any compost and use woodchips and leaves as mulch.
About squirrels, ouch, they will be a major problem. After a couple years of trying to scare them away, trap them, .... only the addition of 2 cats worked. A squirrel will easily climb any fence (assuming tree squirrels).
Jaimee Gleisner wrote: We won't be getting cats any time soon... we're all allergic, unfortunately, though I appreciate the natural effectiveness of this method! I hear cat pee deters rabbits, too!
Eric Markov wrote:
Vinegar on your chicks!
Jami McBride wrote: Blood meal is a great. So it comes down to how much you want to use readily available materials, for your area, or how much your willing to buy and bring in.
Nila Jones wrote:For the look of stone walls without the cost, I used chunks of recycled concrete ('urbanite'). They are normally free -- I got mine just by noticing, when ever I was out biking around, when people were jackhammering up chunks of sidewalk or foundations for repair projects. You could also call a paving contractor and ask them for some. It saves them the price of the dump fee, if they bring it to your house instead .
Jaimee Gleisner wrote:And living compost/mulch... what is that exactly?
Jami McBride wrote:Also, I should mention that 'buy and bring in' is not permaculture, and so that is mostly what we all are trying to avoid
It's very much a journey and so there is no condemnation on anyone at any time, it's all good.
Geoffrey Haynes wrote:Have you had a problem with rabbits/squirrels in the past? Don't know what kind of squirrels you have. The Red Squirrels I am familiar with don't disturb plants - they are more interested in pine cones, and whatever humans leave behind. Rabbits will eat clover, and bark in the winter... are you familiar with their preferences? Certainly you could plant some vetch or clover around the edges. Let me know what happens. I imagine if you grow things like garlic or potatoes it wouldn't be a problem. In fact my book (by Faires) says that garlic repels rabbits.
Geoffrey Haynes wrote:That sounds ideal, bill. Rotten apples will provide organic matter and nitrogen.
I just used dirt in the first beds I built. I topped them with clover/vetch mulch, because that's all I had access to. Where I am living now, I went and got some composted manure for $2 a bag. (Sometimes it is given away for free). Straw is a little harder to come by around here.
I really think permaculture involves creative use of whatever resources are at your disposal, so it sounds like you are doing fine.
One tip, from what I've been told, and read.... if you have a choice of manure, chicken or sheep manure is best. Horse and cow manure is still fine though. A friend of mine is looking for llama manure.... don't know what the advantage is exactly.
I will share some more pics soon!