Colin McGee

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I just watched this video, from 6 or so years ago:  


I may well have missed it, but is there an update? Was the house finished? Did you find tenants to test the inertial heating / cooling?
11 months ago
Thanks. We haven't yet looked at it as it's about 5 hours drive from where we are now.
I'm doing the research to see if it's worth the drive, hence the question.
11 months ago
We're looking at buying a property that, according to the Webs Soil Survey site, is mostly Hazleton and Gilpin soils and Buchanan loam, both marked as "extremely stony".

Is this a non-starter? How long might it take us to build decent growing land by using livestock, lasagne beds and mountains of compost? Or is it a waste of time? I know that stones have a habit of "growing", coming up to the surface constantly.

Has anyone else here dealt with this? I'd rather not buy a long-term headache. That said, the property is just about perfect in every other respect. So, sigh....
11 months ago
I can't remember where we got seeds, it was a couple of years ago and they've self-seeded ever since. I know High Mowing carries them.
I just transplanted a few small plants. They recovered within a few days.
11 months ago
I do put sprigs of mint in the nesting boxes - and it certainly helps keep the flies down.

I ended up planting calendula alongside the coop. Looks pretty, and the chicks can eat the parts within reach.
11 months ago
Found it, thank you!
1 year ago
Thanks Jen, which forum is it on?
1 year ago
I don't mean to be picky, but Nanking Cherry (lovely as it is) is not native to North America as far as I know.
1 year ago
We had a galvanized waterer which worked well for about 4 years, but it began to rust, so we bought this one - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BH57GSK?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2_dt_b_product_details
Our criteria were that it should be plastic (no rust), have mostly good reviews, and be made in the USA.
After just 3 months it has begun to leak. So it's going in the trash (we're not able to recycle things like this where we live), and we need a new one. What experiences have you all had? Is there one you recommend?
Thanks!
1 year ago