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Jesse Styer

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Recent posts by Jesse Styer

Penny McLoughlin wrote:I'm doing rotating grazing pastures with my goats with electronet fencing ......


That's very cool, Penny. Is that their nighttime shelter? Or do you milk in the morning and then move the goats out to their paddock for the day?
Here's a question I go back and forth on. I have a septic system with a leach field. The leach field essentially has no other use, but it's an important one.
- I cannot plant perennials on it for fear of root disturbances.
- Between location and town ordinances I cannot graze animals on it.
- I cannot till it for garden beds without potentially wrecking it.
- I could build raised garden beds but if I never need to repair or replace something I have multiplied the labor of doing so.

Are there any ways I can increase this plot's utility?
6 months ago
Did Oehler build his $50 house without using an excavator? Did he own one or barter for its use?
8 months ago
Thanks guys!
David Paul, I'll probably learn to keep the blade sharp before learning to maintain a gas-powered motor. They either work or I curse at them and walk away to do something productive. :-/
8 months ago
I've been considering a scythe! How do you find it compares to a weed whacker for edging around log perimeters and fencing and such? Also our food forest is young and will need some mowing in close spaces this year so a scythe won't get a full swing...
8 months ago
Thanks Daron, that is a help. That's an interesting idea about the mosaic.
9 months ago
The comments above about water features have me wondering about them from the opposite view. I have natural springs that make half my property a skunk cabbage-growing muck. Would mini-ponds help contain and direct the seepage?  Would thinning the crowded over- and understory trees to allow more sunlight dry out the soil?
I don't want to dig a straight ditch to direct the water off my property but I would love to use that space for fruit tree guilds and chicken paddocks.
9 months ago