Randal Son

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since Aug 28, 2020
10 Miles ESE Walla Walla WA 46°N 118.11°W (Elev. 2195 ft)
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Great thread. and congrats Bard, what an opportunity!

I've used Jute Netting to hold the steepest slopes. Also, goats (Alpines: driven to work slopes :-) ) have over 3 years cleared blackberry and created narrow footholds that let me carefully get up there. I cut stakes from cherry and locust to secure the net. I scratched lines in the clay, put down goat pasture mix, (Nature's Seed) secured the net, (it's moist enough to drive stakes but dry enough I don't slide off the hill) and a first layer of fir bark. I will add waste alfalfa from goat feeding over that. In a few years the netting breaks down and the planting holds the slope. A section I did 10 years ago is in good shape.
2 months ago
Call a meeting with the deer and bears. Cut a deal, they get 20% and you don't have to spend on fence.
3 months ago
Sure, I sent you a mooseage.
3 months ago
Within the irrigated area I can supply water, yeah, and grow culinary types. I want to encourage more decay on the floor of the woodlot 3 acres though, ironically to retain more water. Will be trying a variety of experiments the next couple years.
3 months ago
Thanks to you both.

I'm Zone 5b/6a, with minimums of 0 F possible, but typically winter days run a freeze thaw cycle - low 25 F. high 35-40. Summers are hot and dry, 100s and 15% humidity possible, almost no rain mid June to October. Annual precip is 40 inches, though.

Looks like I will have to generate some microclimates, and work with the naturally occurring fungi that have survived here.
3 months ago
Eric, and S. - Please describe the temperatures through the seasons that your spawned beds will experience. Thanks!
3 months ago
Yeah will do. I added more mulch of waste hay that had goat poop and pee in it since I seem to have plenty of that Keeping it wet.
Hi, Opalyn! Yes, let's converse. Send me a Mooseage and I'll provide email and phone. Good to meet ya!  
3 months ago
I'm overseeding some areas with Nature's Seed Intermountain West Goat Pasture blend. I spike harrowed most of the area, but one section was not passable with equipment. So, I got the cordless electric line trimmer and ripped these down to soil. Bonus, it made light mulch at the same time. Hope the pic shows as an attachment.