Brian Holmes

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Living on a 2 acre lot with my wife, dog, and a gaggle of chickens. Have planted a six bed, double-dug garden and look forward to expanding to more beds, fruit trees, a greenhouse, and beekeeping.
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My wife and I have recently gotten into Backgammon. It's a nice game, not too difficult, but as tough as you want to make it.
1 day ago
We get a good number of people like this in my 3D printing group. The trouble gets worse when a couple of very dedicated people start making fake accounts and harassing people. The internet can be both an enlightening and needlessly cruel place.

Melonie Corder wrote:I'm not new to foraging wilds but am new to backyard cultivating. Oyster's are pretty simple and grow in most hardwoods. For my permaculture beds I'm trying some wine caps, there are many discussions on this forum if you search. About to try some lions mane. Chicken of the woods will grow on fir, if you have any leftovers I'd try to make a slurry and pour on an old stump.

Welcome to the dark, damp side :)

Leftovers are long gone, but I'll remember that for next time! We don't have any fir (I think we have a spruce, in MD), but I can ask around for some. I've already got the bug out for a 1 ft diam oak log. I do like the thought of pouring mushroom slurry on old stumps, we have a couple....2 cedar and 2 black walnut if anything grows on those. I will have to check around!

Will definitely dive into the posts here, need to do my due diligence :)

Thanks for your help!
4 days ago
My wife found a nice spot of hen of the woods mushrooms this past year, and I've kind of gotten bit by the bug and want to learn more about mushrooms. Right now I'm trying to learn more about growing mushrooms in the back yard as we have a small grove of black walnuts where nothing but grass will grow under them. I figured maybe starting a mushroom log there would be a good start. Does anyone have advice on back yard mushroom growing? Things they recommend trying? I don't mind things that will take a few years to pay off, just getting my toes wet in something new.

Thanks all!
4 days ago
So close, but I have nothing to do with Water Buffaloes!
4 days ago
This is fascinating, I had no idea those were edible! We had 4 or 5 huge ones pop up in our yard over the last year, next year we'll have to give them a try. Thanks for this
4 days ago
I'm enjoying reading the site so far. I can skip over the explanations on combustion and whatnot and get straight to the operations explanation. Good site, much appreciated.
1 month ago
Thomas - Any reading suggestions on reading for batchboxes? I'm all for being able to be next to it.

Trace - My door faces east, but my big problem would be having the contents of the room visible from the street. I have a window on the south side I'm considering trying to pull some kind of solar setup through, but my wife might be trying to plant a cutting garden bed there, so I may not get dibs.
1 month ago
Hey Thomas,

I love RMH's, but I'm loathe to give up too much floor space in my shop. If there's a good compromise there, I'm all for it. Right now I'm leaning towards a wood burning stove as there are woods not too far away and I can harvest some when I go on hikes (downed by storms, at least).

The plastic on the doors is a great plan. If I plan to only move the middle 2 doors, I should be able to hang a nice continuous piece on each side. I could even just hang 2 sheets from the frame above the doors to the floor, and pin back the opening when needed. Appreciate the idea!

Will also look into portable propane, there are some sales going on.
1 month ago
Hey Trace,

That makes a lot of sense. The walls on 2 sides are cinder block, and the back wall is stone. Above that is metal roof on wood framing. I think the roof portions should be easy to insulate, and I'm guessing the cinderblock walls will need some kind of framing to hold insulation to. There are also windows on those walls, so I'll need to extend the window frame.

The hardest part (at least in my mind) is the barn doors. I'll need some kind of flexible flaps to overlap the doors, and perhaps the same for the inch or two they hang off the ground.

I'll look into designing in some kind of wood stove to my layout

PS - ideally I won't be covering the back (stone) wall in anything as I really like how it looks. May have to sacrifice efficiency for aesthetics there, but I'll take it!
1 month ago