Dennis Barrow

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since Jan 19, 2014
Just bought 10 acres and starting to build our new home. Living in 5th wheel trailer for the winter. FUN !!
10 miles NW of Helena Montana
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Been watching emails and have not seen anything from New Society Publishers yet.
4 hours ago
Here is my composting bins I made several years ago.  They worked great!  

That is until my grandkids put all the worms they could find from the sidewalks and driveway.  

I was away for several months working and  when I got home my first bin was full of worms!!  Thousands!!!  

I loved it.  Couldn't stand to  destroy them so just kept adding kitchen scraps to it and had the best soil ever!!
2 days ago
A contractor dies in a fishing accident on his 40th birthday and finds himself greeted at the Pearly Gates by a brass band.

Saint Peter runs over, shakes his hand and says “Congratulations!”

“Congratulations for what?” asks the contractor.

“Congratulations for what?” says Saint Peter. “We are celebrating the fact that you lived to be 160 years old.”

“But that’s not true,” says the contractor, “I only lived to be forty.”

“That’s impossible,” says Saint Peter, “we added up your time sheets.”
2 days ago
Nate, I agree with Trace and Leigh.

The only thing I would add is keep a journal of everything.  What, where when and how you do it all.  Plant, fix the soil, time of year, etc.  It can be a bit of a pain at first, but it will help you tremendously in the next few years.

Enjoy Permies!  I have learned so much here it is amazing!!
2 days ago

I wonder how washable crayon would work, if used to write on the jars directly?

I have always written on the lids and we don't reuse them for canning.
1 week ago
Roberto.  I know how fast things can change.  
I have had 3 close, (to close!) encounters with Grizzley's in the past 6 years.
We have wolves here, but have only seen the tracks this past year.  Enough people and dogs around that they do seem to stay back a bit.  For now.
I worked back country trail crew in Glacier National Park back in the early 70's and we called those snags "widow makers".

No more plank walking for me! I taught mountain climbing and repelling while in the Army in Germany.  Today an 8 foot step ladder is about it for me.  ;-)
1 week ago
Having spent a few unexpected nights out in the woods myself, I tip my hat to Roberto!! Very glad that he made it out ok and was able to share his experience with us.

I spend a lot of time in the woods and the number one topic on my mind is "what if" I hurt myself, got turned around, (lost?), how would I survive.

Even if I am on my 10 acres here in Montana, I look to survival options.  I am pushing 70 and know that a twisted ankle could make it very difficult to get back to the house.  

1 week ago
Jay, I have a bit of "left overs" from just building my new home and seem to have over bought a lot of galvanized angle brackets.  ;-)
1 week ago
Thank you Dan for being here this week and chatting with us.
I appreciate your ideas.
Most important of all:  I am looking forward to getting your book !!  I can't believe I won a copy !!!
1 week ago
Jay Angler, I did the same with my beds, layered the bottom with old pieces of logs and branches before filling with good composted dirt.
I like how you used the pallets cut in half and filled in the openings with more pallet pieces.  I might give that a try!!
1 week ago