Henry Jabel wrote:Has anyone tried growing grapes up some of the larger bamboo species? My vine is small but its starting to invade the bamboo that is near it.
Rebecca Gray wrote:I have a large pond that won't hold water. I have very sandy soil. I had the dam cored when it was built (important and I may have missed any posts dealing with coring a dam). The 80 year old man with the bull dozer said there was a vein of sand that might keep it from holding water. He dug 3 other ponds for me which have held perfectly, so it's the sand that's the issue. He suggested a number of things to fix it. Bentonite of course, but the old time way was to pen a herd of goats or sheep in the pond and feed them there for a month or two. There is an implement that they use to build roads etc. called a sheep's foot. It has multiple little pegs on the outside of a heavy drum which sometimes can be filled with water. They roll it back and forth repeatedly over the area to be compacted. It still won't make a difference on pure sand, it needs some clay to really plug it. The manure and rotting hay from the actual living sheep as well as their pointy little feet plug the porous sand area. The old timers also say about adding material "Sand on clay is money thrown away. Clay on sand is money in the hand". So the compacting method you are using is time honored. I guess now I need to get a herd of goats. I'm going to try this. Question: When you say build this micro pond "at the foot" of the hugelkultur bed, is that uphill or down hill from it?
David Livingston wrote:Zaytuna ? cannot remember the name of the guy, Geoff something
Jason Padvorac wrote:Very good ideas. Thanks for sharing them! We might try some of those this year. How much do you sell the pressed leaves for?
Also, I'm missing something about how the pee bucket works. If you are in your car, or camping, where exactly does the hose go?
duane hennon wrote:
everything needs space
everything wants sun
berry bushes are sun-loving
and in a wet climate
(where things grow without irrigation)
they will spread (cane fruits like raspberry, blackberry, etc)
so even though planted in between fruit trees, they will end up underneath fruit trees
and since they are sun-loving, they will send up canes into the limbs of small trees
this can be seen as what was once called a type I error
something that causing needless work,
unless the unwanted canes are chopped and dropped
blueberries are well behaved and don't spread much
but require a moist acidic soil
and fruit trees do not do well in this environment
so trying to mix them is problematic
they are best kept separate in their own beds
IMOHO , of course