Hans Finanger

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My wife, two poodles, and I will be transitioning from town to a 12 acre plot. The land is hilly and slopes in three directions (south, west, and north), from gradual to steep and at the highest point is about 100 ft higher than the road we use to get there. On the north side, there is a creek bed, beautifully layered limestone, which flows when there's a rain, holds water for a few days, and then it's dry. There's an excellent pocket or two where I can imagine slowing the flow and having a dam, but like I said, it's all limestone. While there are lots of old oaks and hardwoods around this creek bed (for leaf litter to fall in) I wonder about the "pond-ability" of limestone. I know it's well known for doing anything but holding water. Will leaf littler eventually help? Or, is some liner necessary for any semblance of water storage? Any help is appreciated.

8 years ago

Big love to all you in WI... I'm just across the river in the NE corner of IA. Planning to close on 10-15 acres within the next few months so that the lady and I are ready for projects come spring. We're buying from a family member, so we've had access to the above mentioned land for some time. We've been building hugelkulturs, branching in the woods, and clearing trail. We're lucky that cattle grazed here for many years, so they've created nice trails...we're just trimming them up. We'd like to plant fruits and nuts in the spring. First order of business is a driveway, then the first building will be a sauna. Anyone have any specific apple/pear/nut varieties that have done well for you?

8 years ago