Tyler Ludens wrote:Gorgeous location! It seems to have a lot of potential. The main thing I'd worry about is erosion, so you might want to take the loose debris and make low berms on contour - NOT big hugelkulturs. These small berms are helping a lot on our place where we're experiencing flooding rains and erosion.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:hau Sean, I like the view of the loch, from the photos hogs or pigs might be a better choice for grazing, I don't see much browse growing on the land.
We use hogs for plowing up new areas, they are easier to contain with electric tape fencing than goats are.
We currently have our hogs on a plot that we wanted fully rooted up, they have done their job admirably, the soil there has improved many fold and has changed enough that it now grows any seed we throw out there.
I do know that goats will graze but it really isn't their first choice, at least here in the states.
The berms idea from Tyler is a grand one, it looks like there is plenty of material to create a lot of on contour low berms.
It does look like you might have a bit of a swale near that road, but if water collects there, some heather might be a good thing for that area for a start.
Fungi are definitely going to be your friends, I would be making mushroom slurries and spreading all that I could over those stumps.
Won't take the fungi spores long to get going smashingly well.
Sean Kettle wrote:I've been thinking of adapting a method I've seen to fit our circumstances (the dry stumps)
Taking off a slice as per the method on the right, and then boring a bowl out of the stump. Filling this with nice, moist, inoculated substrate - and then fixing the slice back on top. I'm not much of a mycologist so please say if I'm missing some crucial points or steps here!
I had thought about wrapping an inoculated stump in plastic but this would only serve to cook the stump in sunny weather...
Does anyone know if there's any such edible/medicinal mushrooms that would take on Sitka, Larch or Western Hemlock?
Bryant RedHawk wrote:Chicken of the woods is one of the tastiest mushrooms that like the conifer trees. like Sitka.
The following links should get you to great information on mycology as well as the supplies you will want.
fungi perfecti (paul Stamens
the mushroom patch
the mushroom shack
this one is a good book to have
The method you show is a good one for stumps, be aware though that if there are local mushrooms (in the area) they may have a foothold already.
On our farm I have encouraged the mycelium to grow everywhere, the downfall to that is that if I want to make mushroom logs, I have to cut a tree down and inoculate it immediately or the naturals will gain that foothold and create problems for the ones I want to grow.