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Fantastic pictures, Frank. The excavator operator does work with surgical precision, fer sure. In that one picture he looks like he's testing the wind direction with his middle finger. Now there's a real pro ha ha.

I like the faithful hound was well. He looks like he enjoys snacking on the odd intruder now and then, just to spice up his diet some.

Holy cow ! That is a lot of timber going in that hole. Your hugel ought to be productive for at least a decade with that volume of water-storing wood material.

All told, great job. All these pictures of machinery saving man-hours gives me inspiration to hop on my 'dozer and go hawg wild again.
8 years ago
How's that again ? You lost me on this one Mark.
8 years ago
Daven your being prepared to pull up stakes in Alaska and relocate to any of that long list of nations is audacious and adventurous, to put it mildly. Living in the tropics myself, and only recently having discovered a tree crop that holds promise of absolutely enormous potential, I would like to take the liberty of suggesting a narrowed down list of countries from your selection, as follows. That said, the countryside in Mozambique may still have issues with un-cleared land-mines, and of course Colombia can be a bit of a wild west bad-land, depending on location, so those options may merit re-consideration.

Mozambique *
Colombia *
Ghana (Not on your list, but well worthwhile as a peaceful and stable tropical destination)
Hawaii (Also not on your list, but hey, who wouldn't want to live there ?)

The above nations all fall squarely into the tropical belt, and should therefore be blessed with the climate and daylight hours that will enable Borojoa Patinoi, a native Amazon tree crop with a 5-year maturity from seed, to thrive. Borojoa fruit contain an astonishing 300% the concentration of human-digestible protein found in beef, along with a host of hugely beneficial vitamins, and this fruit has been used as a staple food source for many generations by the native tribes of the Amazon. With apologies for failing to address your central question about seed banks and seed preservation, I am rambling on here because I am convinced that anyone seriously contemplating agriculture as a livelihood would be insterested in hearing about this specific crop, which only grows in tropical climates.

An internet search on Borojoa Patinoi will make you a believer, Daven, about this truly wondrous plant, and about its potential for the future of our planet. Below is a picture of my humble Borojoa tree seedling nursery, whose seeds I acquired by the thousands from a vendor located in Equador. Come the rains here in March next year, these seedlings will be planted out under the shade canopy of carefully thinned-out forest, and oil-palm tree plantations, since Borojo only thrives in the shade, away from direct sunshine.

In summary, for the chance to cultivate the widest possible variety of uber-nutritious crops, relocate to any point of your choice on earth, as long as it lies within that green tropical belt around our planet's midriff.

I almost forgot to mention another tropical belt crop of great nutritional value, namely Moringa olifera, whose dried leaves are powdered for greater nutrient concentration and shelf life. Check out Moringa on the net, and you'll see the reason for my enthusiasm regarding this crop as well.
8 years ago
Holy Toledo ! My hat is off to you Grant, for engaging that mean-looking porker in hand-to-trotter combat.

In your shoes, my flight instinct would definitley push aside my fight instinct, and I wouldn't be back to help the hound in his duke-out until I had the right ordnance ready, preferably a 12-bore slug thrower.

Dog or no dog it takes bawls of steel to opt for a close quarters showdown with a beast like that, and I must say have never read of this gonzo dagger-hunting method anywhere on the net, until now. You's da MAN ha ha ha, and I'll be sure and remember to address you with a "sir", if I ever run into you anywhere.

Yep, and Hemmingway does come to mind fer sure.
8 years ago
In the north Yorkshire countryside, famers position propane-powered canons beside the hedge-rows of grain fields. Those devices run off standard cooking gas cylinders, and emit a loud bang at pre-programmed intervals. They look like short mortar tubes, and do give off a significantly louder report than a shotgun does. Not sure how much those would cost where you are.

Near airports, falcon handlers are employed to keep birds clear of runways, but that would be a far more specialized and labor-intensive method than the propane canons.
8 years ago
I would go with the dozer option, Connor. If one is available, request that the job be done with a wide-tracked, Low Ground Pressure (LGP) dozer. Designed for use in swamp land, LGP dozers do not compact the soil anywhere near as much as do dozers with standard narrow-width tracks. While you are at it, the dozer can carve out a nice wide access road through the area you describe as a nearly impassible hollow.

Of course the dozer can also create instant hugel beds to the size you specify, such that you can embark on all your projects in a much shorter time frame than would otherwise have been possible. Given the skill of the dozer operator who will handle the job for you, all that clearing of stumps can be done with surgical precision in a manner that leaves that all-important top soil largely intact.

Finally, if planning permission is a consideration in your neck of the woods, a dozer will expedite the landscape changes you have in mind, such that the entire project can be done with long before any officials get wind and show up with their notebooks and measuring tapes.

I love the smell of diesel in the morning. It smells like progress.
8 years ago
I'm no expert, but I would imagine that a good rain would enable the logs beneath a completed hugelculture bed to soak up far more water than they would have from getting hosed down before being covered up on a dry day.
8 years ago
Looks like you got a good supply of barnyard manure, Gary, so your harvests are bound to be good ones. Best of luck with the project and thanks for the photo tour.
8 years ago

Dale Hodgins wrote:My copy of Dragon Speech was stolen along with a camera and valuables almost a year ago. If I still had it, I'd be an even more prolific pontificator.

Ha ha the only thing worse than a talkative is being interrupted when I'm talking, as Groucho Marx would probably have said.
8 years ago