Dennis Mitchell

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since Sep 28, 2011
7b desert southern Idaho
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So the story goes that cowboys would make coffee by roasting green coffee beans. Then putting the days coffee in his sock and beating it over a rock, till just right. Did double duty. Ground the coffee and made delicious smelling feet!
3 weeks ago
I live in a desert and this last year I lost my irrigation water. I still have a well, but will have to let alot of trees die. It made zone 4 much bigger. Looking at my relatives I'm sure everything I've built will be abandoned. Just too much work. That includes my strawbale house. Too small and strange. So I am looking futile straight in the eye.
I've switched to all natives or plants that i hope will survive without me. Started some biscuit root, net leaf hackberry, sagebrush, pinion pines, elder berry, service berry, and misc. wildflowers. I hope to gather and learn much more about native plants. Specifically native food plants. It has stopped being about feeding myself, but more about feeding this piece of land.
1 month ago
Larry Dean Olsen, author of Outdoor Survival Skills, a classic!
6 months ago
I spent this morning reading this thread, then went out to weed and spread some wood chips on my paths. I like the cushion on a fresh laid path and it got me to wondering if it could work in combination with other natural materials in layers.
6 months ago

Daniel Spinelli wrote:

Dennis Mitchell wrote:Keep in mind people have different perspectives. I think having a lawn is a waste. I like weeds. Organic or not I’d rather see native plants, permaculture, or an organic garden. So if I get my way no more lawnmowers!



I mostly agree but there's nothing wrong with some space to bbq and hang out with the family.



Ya, I have one of those!
6 months ago
Keep in mind people have different perspectives. I think having a lawn is a waste. I like weeds. Organic or not I’d rather see native plants, permaculture, or an organic garden. So if I get my way no more lawnmowers!
7 months ago

Marco Banks wrote:I've read that the half-life of Round-Up is about 3 years.  Yikes.  There is the initial plant-killing effect, but then the residual effects hang around for years.  As a former user of the stuff ("What's the harm?"), I attribute the residues of Round-Up to the death of 3 or four of my trees.  My bad -- lesson learned the hard way.”

It could be worse, I fear Roundup was a contributing factor in my mother’s death by cancer. She sprayed miles of ditch bank.

Ok, I’m a little freaked too. Which is why I favor natives and diversity. Fire, drought, late frost, freak hail storms, are all very real possibilities that I worry about, hence the diversity. I grow natives because they are bomb proof in my environment. I plant and ignore till time to harvest. For pure survival I’d do everything I can to attract huntable wildlife.
    Try to find out which nuts do well locally. Burnt Ridge nursery had a four pack of eatable pine nuts that might do well. Which type of cherry will survive the birds? Plant some root stock apple, some crab apples, cider apples, and regular apples. Food that stores without much processing.
7 months ago