I thought this might be a fun thread where people could share their most ambitious or demanding projects. It doesn't need to be purely 'permaculture'; think of it as the gardening version of extreme sports.
This spring we acquired about 20 dump trucks worth of wood chips and used it to cover an acre of bare land...using only a wheelbarrow and shovels.
What's the whackiest or most extreme project you've done? Permaculture, gardening and natural building are all fair game.
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While this may seem trivial, especially next to your 20 dump trucks of wood chips, dh and I collected about 30 bags of compost from under our trees. We would have collected more if we could have found it.
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Years ago before I heard of permaculture, when I was younger, stronger and had REALLY bad soil, I brought home bags of leaves that others had raked and buried about 1/4 acre under 4 foot deep leaves! That worked nicely!
Now that I'm older, sicker, and have just bought better soil (I hope!) I'm trying to get a tractor so I don't have to move all of it by hand when I run amok with biomass this time. We'll see. If I can't get a tractor, I may be posting something horrifying in this thread!!
PS: oooh, I'm gonna have to find out where I can get wood chips delivered in this area!! Need to stalk the Asplundh guys....
Sorry all for not responding sooner; been taking advantage of the long days and by the time I would normally be getting online I'm ready for bed.
Tyler: that is a feat! I've dug up a fair amount of dirt on this property and it remains one of the most demanding tasks I perform.
Anne: Nothing is too trivial for this thread. The important thing is that it was a feat for you. Also, I'm envious: we don't have any deciduous trees here, just conifers. I would kill for 30 bags of mulch!
Pearl: 4 *feet* deep?! That is impressive! Again, I'm envious. If you don't get that tractor, I look forward to a tale of haunting permie horror. As for the wood chips, we were in a 'right place, right time' situation. CalTrans was taking down trees all along the coast in our area and they were hauling the wood chips 1 hour north. Needless to say they were more than happy to drop the chips with us being a mere 2 miles from the current work site.
As for my own project: our neighbor has a backhoe, but we had just paid out for materials to build our cabin...er...tiny house is probably more accurate...as well as a water storage tank so the budget was too tight even to cover fuel costs on the backhoe. I would have gladly accepted machine assistance if it were an option.
Considering how much money some of our projects are siphoning up I may have a few others to add to this thread that didn't get a budget, thus I may have to 'Proenneke' a few more things around here.
I'm gonna have to find out where I can get wood chips delivered in this area!!
Try Chip Drop They have arborists/users all over the U.S.
Consider them, but don't depend on them unless/until you build up a working relationship with a dropper. I've experimented with the site a great deal for several years to no avail [including offering payment and agreeing to accept partial log loads.]
Location of the desired drop site is a huge factor at play here.
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