Julia Winter wrote:Building a hugelkultur berm is going to require power of some sort--either human power or machine power. As was already said, you can use the soil at the site to form the top layer, but obviously you've got to dig up that soil and then pile it on top of the wood/etc at the end.
What have you got to offer the able-bodied folks in your circles of acquaintance? Do you bake? brew? grow excess yummies that you can share?? Can you edit a document or build a website? Do you know how to throw a party? Building a hugelkultur bed/berm can be a fun party for the right group of people, given decent weather. . .
Craigslist will sometimes point you to people with heavy equipment, but then the question is what do they charge and what can you spend?
We can provide many services! Great ideas. Barter with services!
Well, I have a problem. I really want to get this permaculture and hugelkultur thing off the ground! Pun intended!
But, I have a bad back. So, I can no longer shovel dirt or lift large objects. So, obtaining dirt is now trickier.
Plus, how can I get dirt? We are low income so I don't want to buy any if I don't have to.
I AM EXCITED though, but sad too, because the electric company is coming by to cut off some HUGE branches from our trees because they are interfering with the power lines. I'm going to use those logs for good in creating the hugelkultur beds!
We're at Lion's Beach weekly. Tell you what. If anybody wants to meet up, we (my family and I) will be at Lion's Beach this coming Friday, August 31st, at noon. We'll be under the blue roofed pavilion. Bring your own lunch. We can meet and greet. If no one shows up, that's perfectly fine because we're there regardless. (If you're looking for us, we drive a huge blue van.)
See you then!
Friday, August 31st
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Blue Roofed Pavilion
Rick Valley wrote:I do cowboy coffee when I'm not going for the full deal- a half-caf double latte or a cafe en leche, or a Turkish with baklava.
slightly coarse grounds- drip grind at max, and a bit of dried, crushed egg shell (with the eggwhite dried on) bring the water to boil, through in the coffee and pull the pot off the heat and throw it the egg shell bits. a slight shake of the pot helps the process. The albumin in the egg shell will flocculate the grounds and facilitate settling. The calcium might help neutralize tannins (?) when it's cool enough to drink pour it off to a cup and sip through yer mustache to catch any stray grounds. A little roast chicory root in the mix ain't bad- some say it's tradition. A high elevation grown coffee, low acid, light roast, REALLY strong, is my choice, for extra caffeine and anti-oxidant content.
Disclosure: I may be caffeine's bitch, but I mostly drink Camellia sinensis infusion; I can grow that shit myself, I'm West of the Cascades. for me, coffee's for special occasions, like waking up by a granite-bound alpine tarn and watching flow patterns in the mist swirling on the water's surface, or getting cranked to stay up for a hip-hop show.
Sounds too complicated for me. I like the simple things.
Dale Hodgins wrote:I have tried Craigslist and a couple sites calling themselves free cycle. All were cumbersome to use or they wanted me to fill out huge questionairs.Used everywhere uses either your phone # or existing email with no run around. You don't have to create a new email or sign up for anything Serious users post their phone number and thus avoid email tag. It dominates all others here in Victoria. Craigslist is becoming less relevant with more and more of its traffic being of a personal or sexual nature.
I have read an add on Used Victoria, called the # and picked up the goods all within less than 10 minutes.
OK, well no biggie. The Freecycle I use asks no questions. You just choose your username and password and go. It's that easy. They don't even send a confirmation email. http://my.freecycle.org/home/info
I'm going to go check out your "used everywhere" site.
Wow, just wow. Right after posting this thread, I went back to freecycle and found that this man was offering, for free, two pickup truck loads of clay. This is incredible! Now I can build my cob oven! He even delivered it straight to my house!
Lady posted on Freecycle the other day that she had thinned out her iris beds and was GIVING AWAY dozens of purple iris and tall iris with yellow flowers. So, I jumped on it! I called her and they were still available. Drove the family over there and we collected about 100 plants.
Told her thank you and drove home and immediately started planting.
While we did put some in the ground, we also got creative! We just moved into this house and the previous owners left behind an old beat up kid's wagon, so I filled it up with dirt and irises and then yesterday, we were driving through town and found that someone was throwing out a beautiful old, sturdy wooden crate. I grabbed it and we're planting a bunch in there too!
I'm over here in St. Joseph, the SW corner. Brand new to the concept of permaculture, but wanted to post in your thread and say hello. I have nothing but a house and a lawn right now. Not sure where to start yet, or even how.
Daniel Morse wrote:Welcome to my homeland of SW Michigan. I was born and raised here. Welcome. I have lived all over and like it here. Good water, power is cheepish and lots of good land. If you can afford it.
What brought you here? Are you farming? I am developing an old house and a couple of ac. My name is Daniel Morse. my email is firstname.lastname@example.org Feel free to ask anything about the area. Its a great place to live.
Thanks for the reply, and, nice to meet you.
I work from home, so I can move anywhere in the country that I want to. That's a nice freedom that I know a lot of people don't have, so I do treasure it and try to make the most of it.
We chose this area because we have some good friends here and got a good deal on a home purchase. We're in a neighborhood, so we won't be doing any large or medium scale farming, at least, not on our property. But, my friend just moved to 7 acres and we can grow things there.
I do have big plans for the back yard, but, my eyes are often bigger than my hands, so I need to take it one step at a time.
I've wanted to cultivate and grow things for years. I've wanted to work with land for years. I've read a fair amount over the years. But, either due to fear, apprehension or laziness, I haven't done it. I'm not getting younger, so, I just need to do it.
The first thing I did two weeks ago was start a worm bin. Got lots of compost rotting in there right now, just need to add the worms before the mold overtakes it.
kirk dillon wrote:I pay under $50 dollars for internet service, satellite TV service, home phone service and cell phone service "combined".
I have high speed internet. I have multiple TV channels with a DVR. I have unlimited telephone use and 911 service at home. I have a cell phone that only costs me $3.33 monthly. That's pretty frugal if you ask me....................
Good for you!
We have Comcast internet at home for $30 (my introductory rate), it will eventually go up to 45 bucks.
We have my phone service through Ooma.com. I've had it for 4 years now and have NEVER had to pay a bill.
We can also make outgoing phone calls from inside Gmail.com. Just look on the left side in the chat section for "Call phone".
We don't watch TV. It wastes too much time and it's all to superfluous anyways.
Fortunately, I do have a company cell phone, but I rarely need to use it for anything since I work from home.
So, my entire communications/entertainment budget is 30 bucks.