Paul continues his discussion with Kyle and Mark on land buying, along with a solid sidetrack into SKIP
Kyle found three lots of land in Washington state and wants Paul to look them over. Sizes vary between 5 and 20 acres and the average annual rainfall is around 62 inches, over twice the rainfall of Seattle, which is already rather soggy, and the lowest temperature in the area is 25F. Gonna be a lot of fungus and mold, to the point that your wardrobe will grow mushrooms after three months. Paul used to advocate borax for mold control until he found some chemically sensitive people that suggested “ec-3” and, after trying it on some moldy spots, apparently it works for at least a year for Paul. The long-lasting effect has him cautious, but the endorsement from the sensitive people makes him want to explore it.
The prices are $20k/acre, $10k/acre, and $8.75k/acre, with the price per acre dropping with total area. Across the road there’s some decently done-up housing. The two larger ones have a creek in a ravine and the largest has a second creek. There’s a bridge across the ravine that provides access to the larger property, but it’s not really wide enough for most vehicles, and Mark points out that if there’s a house the other side of the ravine, there needs to be sufficient access for the fire department to access it in emergencies, and thus require a major construction project if the existing bridge isn’t enough. There’s a meadow about 500ft from the ravine that seems to be prone to about 10 inches of flooding, apparently because the flooding kills the trees as they’re growing there.
Paul is concerned that the local laws regarding the creeks will prevent you from doing anything at all on the property, but that aside, some hugelkultur beds would be great for the meadow area to keep plants out of the water while also watering them. There’s some nice gentle slope, plenty of biomass, but a bit too warm and wet for Paul, although Kyle is into that.
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