Jocelyn Campbell wrote:Mid-construction, it served other purposes, too.
Julia Winter wrote:thanks for the picture! More, please?
Any pics from a bit away, to get a better sense of scale? Does the mound go right to the drop-off (because wow, then that's quite a drop off on one side!!)
paul wheaton wrote:Here is an article I wrote about ten years ago about a typical small project.
We need more soil from the lab. So the excavator would load the dump truck and we would bring soil down. But the bucket on the excavator needs some welding love first. So we need to bring it to the shop. But you cannot drive the excavator on the road - it would ruin the road. So it needs to be on the trailer. But the last time we put the excavator on the trailer, it was pretty spooky. We need to had some sort of traction to the trailer. So the trailer has now been moved to the shop so we can weld on traction. Then we wait until we get the dump truck back from diesel mechanic who is replacing the injectors. Then we can move the excavator to the shop where it can gets its bucket welded. Then we move the excavator back to the lab and start moving soil down.
Michael Vormwald wrote:Sounds like you need a portable welding solution - ?
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:The last of last year's garlic harvest from base camp hugels. We're still building soil with cover cropping (so no fertilizer or compost was used), and only irrigated once (if I recall) in an attempt to save seeds planted in what was supposed to be a rainy season that turned into an unseasonably hot and dry spell.
So close to no irrigation and no fertilizer but the first/second year hugels and other growies.
paul wheaton wrote:
I know that on mount spokane the property was covered in "buck brush"; AKA snowberry. A nitrogen fixing plant that is mildly toxic. As the name implies, the deer would eat it through the winter. But since it was mildy toxic, they couldn't eat very much in a day. I imagine it is one of those things where it doesn't taste very good to them, but it beats starving. It also makes the meat taste extra gamey. And goat milk comes out extra gamey too. The moral of this story is: before planting lots of browse, it might be good to know how it affects the taste of your meat/dairy.
Jocelyn Campbell wrote:No water, no irrigation greens from the hugel berms!