wayne fajkus wrote:My property had a step stone path when I bought it. It evolved into a dam. From what I could tell, the dirt eroded on the upstream side until a shollow trench was formed. Then twigs caught on to the stones. Then leaves and dirt got caught into the twigs.
It was pretty neat.
Miles Flansburg wrote:Wow Daron I am really enjoying your project thread, great stuff !
I remember being young and working that hard at something I loved.
Nicole Alderman wrote:Amazing property and some really nice work. I love seeing all you've done, and that you're restoring the wetland. I have a few on my property and am working on restoring one that the previous owner dug a drainage ditch through. My neighbors hate their wetlands and keep breaking up beaver dams and talking about lowering culverts to drain the wetlands further. One dumps his horse manure right into his wetlands . I try to gently dissuade them without looking like too much of a weirdo that they tune me out entirely .
Nicole Alderman wrote:I've found the bone salve really helps in protecting the closer zones from deer. We have a LOT of salmonberry on our property, with paths through our wetlands that are pretty much completely hedged by salmonberries (came that way). The deer love walking down those paths and pruning the salmonberry for us. They do like eating our raspberries and thimbleberries and fruit trees, too, but if I apply my bone salve 1-2 times/year, they leave them mostly alone. The salmonberry in nice safe trails are much more desirable. They also don't munch on my garden, even through it's not deer-proofed at all. I also notice that they do like to follow paths and stay on one side of the salmonberry hedges. We have at least one family of deer that are frequent visitors. We saw them outside today walking our trails. So, hopefully your hedges and corridors will be sufficient to protect your garden from deer, especially with some bonesalve on any fruit trees. I agree with setting the hedges and up before planting the garden. What they don't know exists, they can't eat; and they're not going to go exploring if they've got enough food elsewhere.
I actually have a harder time with bunnies than I do with the deer. When we first moved in, we had a fantastic mouser who kept the mice and bunny populations in check. Then he was eaten by some predator, and our property was flooded with bunnies and mice. Coffee grounds and onion peels seem to help a bit, but I watched a bunny munching on my chives last year, so I kind of doubt that alliums are really that repulsive to bunnies. In the case of the bunnies, last year we did resort to trapping and shooting (and eating) and fencing. Then a bobcat came in and took care of our bunny problem...and a few of our ducks. We'll see how this spring goes. We'd really like to get another barn cat to help control the bunnies and mice, though I know it will do a lot of damage to the bird population .
Julia Winter wrote:You're doing a great job - it's good to see!
Thanks for sharing the pictures with us. My husband and I recently bought a farm overrun with blackberries. We ended up hiring a guy who has a Bobcat outfitted with a chipper-shredder instead of a blade - he can raise the thing up and then bring destruction down on blackberries. That was one days work in the spring.
Now our tenant farmers are grazing goats on the regrowth, also moving small hogs (American Guinea Hogs) through in moveable pens.
Julia Winter wrote:Just piling up mulch can make such a difference. At our old place in Wisconsin, there were places that I just buried in a foot of arborist's chips, just as a placeholder while I worked on other things.
After a few years, those places had the most amazing dark rich soil, and then I could plant what I wanted there.
Julia Winter wrote:Looking good - have you been able to cover that wood yet? (I'm having a hard time using my Kubota because the tires are a little worn and I don't have enough traction now that it is wet.)
John C Daley wrote: I love the water supply via that large dam.
Have you thought about creating a dam within your own property as well?