Katya Barnheart

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Hey there-
Great thread. I have a blog about my life on 3 acres in Southeast MO. Started from scratch... with raw land and living in a tent and my blog was my way of journaling (after I got internet!)
My blog documents the building of several houses and animal houses, grafting, bartering for livestock, as well as things I've learned along the way.
I have lots of fruit trees; I grafted/propagated almost all of my own plants and trees. I also have goats, ducks, guineas, geese, and dog. My goal is a Fukuoka/Holzer type permaculture paradise I seek to make my 3 acres as productive as it can be in a holistic way.
My trees are young and animals are the same, but I'm only a year and a half into this. I do grow veggies and eat many duck and guinea eggs
Thanks Matthew. I still haven't really found a solution. Right now I'm just putting them in the shade anyway, because it's so darn hot. I had an idea about a little dome made out of barn siding, but they might try to crush that too. They like to crush stuff
OK, I have an idea that I am wanting some forseeable issues with... I am pretty excited about it and will probably try it even if it does end up failing miserably. So Here goes-
I am cobbing a 2 foot wide base around my house/greenhouse to be, then framing up a space above it about 3' wide by 6' high and the same 2' in depth as the cob foundation. Then covering the framing in plastic and putting a slanted piece of metal barn siding at the base (touching the cob).
Then, covering the framed rectangle, front and back with either hardward cloth or lath. Maybe some mosquito netting too.
Then, filling the "boxes" with dirt and cobbing around the frame.
The slanted barn siding at the bottom is for drainage. Sufficient overhand over the cob foundation so it doesn't soak the cob.
The idea here is to have more growing room and to get walls up quicker than it would take if I were cobbing the whole thing.
I still need to devise an efficient way to water everything from the top, but that shouldn't be too hard.
My questions-
Will a depth of 2' of soil be enough to retain the interior temp of the house? Or will it just go right through the soil? Soil seems to keep it's 50-60 degree temp pretty well but I'm not sure about at only a 2' depth.
Will bugs get in through the dirt?
Other issues? Mold, yucky stuff in general?
Ideally there would be stuff growing on/in the walls year round, especially on the interior of the house.
I know there are "living wall kits" out there but this would be a wayyyy easier and cheaper solution than those things.
8 years ago
I ended up getting a $85 energizer for AC or DC (http://www.premier1supplies.com/detail.php?prod_id=12602&cat_id=170)
and hooking it up to the inverter in the house. The fence uses a very tiny amount of energy, not even enough to turn the inverter's fan on (so it stays silent). It is on all day and gives the goats a nice big shock when they touch it Works great. Thanks for the recommendations everyone.
8 years ago
I am massively jealous and drooling looking at all those varieties of fruit. Where is it? That might be worth a road trip right there...
Wow, maybe I need to try to start one in my area.

I would love to have any of the below:
Alderman, Gracious, Haska, Rosemary, Starking Delicious, Superior, La Crescent, South Dakota, Ozark Premier. Also Charlotte peach, Evans Bali and Northstar cherry, and any type of Cornelian Cherry.
That list is embarassingly long. But I would be really excited just to have one or two of those varieties. Thanks!!

As far as softwood cuttings (which are best taken now, in early summer) I now have small quantities of 6 types of Cranberries that I just dipped in rooting hormone and stuck in the dirt to root. Could trade for anything, but I am especially wanting some softwood kiwi cuttings.

You caught the bug!

I wouldn't trust the bone sauce. When these guys are hungry... it seems they will do just about anything to get to something tasty, or even something not so tasty. The electric net fence works well for me, I move it every other day to keep them really happy. While I'm new to goats, more experienced people tell me they do just fine on brush and hay, being ruminants that didn't evolve to eat massive amounts of grain (just like horses and sheep). All mine get is all the brush they can eat and they are fat as cows.
If they are going to be in a small space a mini dairy breed might be better for you.
Hey Dave-
I'm in your position too, most of my stuff is too little to take cuttings from just yet, but in coming years will be able to. That's great about the swap. I've never heard of one of those in my area, you are lucky!!! I am particularly looking for Jap/American hybrid plums, but It would probably be quite a bit of trouble to discern those from the Japanese or European plums. I would be interested in swapping you something for the seedling apple you have too.
So, the electric fencing worked out great and my two goats are now being moved around every other day to new brush. BUT they need a shelter in case it rains during the day or they are not close enough to a tree to have some shade. They go in the barn at night.
I have tried a couple of shelters but they generally try to stand on it and eat it within 5 minutes. Any ideas for a light, portable shelter that they wont destroy??
Ive got Wolf River and Sweet 16 scionwood to offer for apples, and a pear I mislabeled and is either Bosc or Seckel, but not sure which :/
I can give you all the Mulberry cuttings you want. It is Morus Rubra though, native Mulberry. Fruits quite well, the only thing is you have to top the trees or else they get huge and then you cant reach the mulberries!! But I can take most off a female tree and a few off a male so you know they will fruit if you are interested. I have tried grafting Mulberries, and I hear it can be done, but I have never had any luck with it. Rooting the cuttings works well though.
What kind of Apple/pear scionwood do you have?
Just gotta say, she's gotta be the only semi-popular artist out there singing about threshing and winnowing, yarrow, hollyhocks, peach plums and pears, and is holding a sickle in her hand on an album cover.
Plus I love her music

8 years ago