I got about 6000 seeds in mail a few months ago. how close can I plant Black Locust trees together when planting into a new swale?? I do plan on chop an drop and copice them later. are there any issues with planting them closely together in a swale. I don't have money to buy other the many different variety of trees at this time, but I want to get something in the ground.
So looking back it it i wish I would have cut it down to about 3 feet. the idea was that I could do turkeys in there in the future if I wanted to. I belive we have the equipment to take the whole house off the frame with out breaking it. might have to take the roof off first.
Do ducks not mind standing on chicken wire? currently the springs feeds about 3600 gallons a day so there is plenty of water for a run of meat ducks. the grass is a little greener than the photos above right now.
So I got some heavy clay soil on site. The wettest year on record was 1940-41 with about 32 inches of rain. there was one year that 3 inches of water fell in a day. there is about a 6.25 percent grade across 289 feet. in some places it is a little bit steeper.
I am trying to think of more information that I need to take into consideration before the build.
the following are some pictures of the project in the design phase.
When I was a kid my brother and had a very small dam in the photo below, not even 2 feet tall. I would like to explore putting in one again in that area. I used to make the best mud there that made the coolest sound when you tried to pull your boots out.
The soil is very clay, there is a power pole and line that go through the site to my uncles house. there is also a pipe on the site to the my dad's house, that house was my grandmas and grandpas house, I would not be surprised if it becomes my house some day the county GIS map says that there is about a max 21 or 22 foot elevation difference on site, I still need to verify that.
The total property is about 200 acres with 5 valleys and 3 active springs.
Some history about the site.
In the west facing pictures that you see the building where used to raise pigs after WWII the family did that until they could not make any money doing it anymore. right now they are used to house an International Scout and a sprayer. Domestic pigs have been in the pasture within the past 2 years. which make it difficult to use a laser level sometimes. there is a very large oak tree.
I have a lot of reading to do on this forum. I am currently doing research as to what types of plants I should establish there.
this project has been on my mind for about 3 years now. I am finally getting around to posting about it. a couple days before or after Christas I bought a self leveling laser level. I have just recently been uning it just after the sun goes down so I can see the laser. I will be posting some picture soon of the Property that I am designing.
Someone just recently cut down a couple of Eucalyptus trees and my dad and I are getting all the wood. On site there is some 3 week wood chippings too. Is there any use for the chipping besides landscaping. I am trying to think of how to make charcoal out of it with a 55 gallon metal drum?
There are more than a few Eucalyptus in the the Santa Clara valley. The bark is the easiest to collect. grab a cardboard box and break it up so it fits in the box. after you are done with the box you can burn that too.
I bought a transit level about 3 years ago now. I need some help with laying down some stakes to figure out where the contour lines are. I can't afford to pay anyone at th Time of this writing. It's less than an acre. I Am in Morgan hill, California.
I have 2 flocks of chickens that I would to merge into one at some point in the future. 1 flock is 5 Road island Reds with an Unknown age and the other is 18 pullets that are 5 weeks old which breeds are Barred Rock, Buff Orphington and Black Astrolorp. I am not sure what other information I should provide at this time.
A few minutes ago I was going to put my 1 month old chickens into their coop which is a 55 gallon plastic tote and thery were all in there. At what age will chickens go into there coop with out needing to put them in there by hand? If that's the case than I may consider getting another automatic chicken door
Rebecca Norman wrote:I don't understand what the shelves are in the photo of the trailer-coop above. For sleeping, chickens like perch bars, just sticks, not shelves. Shelves will collect inches and inches of poop. Perching bars should be stepped so they don't poop on top of each other all night.
Or are they nest boxes? I don't usually see nest boxes more than two levels high, but I don't know.
the shelves are there as nest boxes. currently they 8 chickens that are in there are laying n the chicken wire floor.
Dave Dahlsrud wrote:That coup should be able to hold a ton of birds! You might be getting a little top heavy though.....might want to shrink it down a bit to keep it stable especially if your pasture is bumpy or off camber. How many birds are you planning on getting? You could probably get around 36-40 birds in something about 5 feet high if you puzzle in the perches just right.
the coop is 5 feet tall, 8 feet long and 4 feet wide. yes it is a little top heavy. wishing i made it 6 inches shorter. I got 30 day olds in the mail 10 days ago. 4 died. I have ten of them already sold to the farm that I WWOOFed at. 4 more that might be sold. I need to build a proper perching system for them. thinking bout getting the local welding shop to weld some aluminum square tube.
The project is finished. I will be able to respond to your comment later. Currently working 60 hours a week between 2 company while try to build my own dream. in 18 days it gets cut down to 40 hours a week. this has been my first full day off in more than 1 month.
This chicken house on a trailer is almost done, just have to get the rood on it now. I am looking to get some baby chicks here soon. I am not sure what breed to select. I am also considering doing a mixture of chicken and ducks and I would like some feedback on that. maybe throw in a couple of geese.
So I have not had much luck with online dating. everyone that I have met through online dating has never worked out and I don't speak with them anymore. Maybe Permies will offer me a different experience.
so I live here in Morgan Hill. I turn 31 in March, I am in the process of starting a farm on property that has been in my family since after WWII. I really try to an organic, paleo diet, which can make it difficult and or expensive when going out to eat. I currently live in the city and make a 10 minute drive to the family farm at least once sometimes twice a day. I really want out of the city.
I want children 1 or 2, maybe more. I want to home school them.
Philosophically I am an anarchist, I really don't place whole lot of faith in the state and all of its different forms. I also follow the NAP.
There is a whole lot more to me than this one thread that I have. if you have any questions for me, please PM me on the forum, we can have a conversation from there.
a few days ago I got 6 chickens for free on Craigslist. I want to reduce my feed costs by feeding them BSFL. I have found some very simple designs to breed them using a 55 gallon drum and a rain gutter. I do have one question though.
Will BSFL consume Raw Milk? its Organic matter, so the I think would be yes, does anyone have any experience with that? I have been told that chicken will eat/drink raw milk.
I am starting a farm in Morgan hill, California. USDA zone 9A, the soil compassion that I am farming on is mostly clay. I am looking to make a basic soil mixture that will be used to grow vetables in. I want to do Hukulculture just not with mounds.
Some of the tools that I have to use. not to say that I don't have access to other ones
cement mixer turned soil sifter
cement mixer for mixing soil
resources that I have to make soil.
1 5 gallon bucket of crushed egg shells I have been saving
lots of clay soil
worm composting bins ( 60-100 pounds of organic stawberrys and juicing leftovers once a week week.
cow manure (Manure comes from organic non GMO dairy feed corn silage, grain and alfalfa)
This land will be used to do swales with n the future, only looking to go maybe 4-6 inches deep.
I got an old boat trailer on Sunday for about 100 USD, not including the gas or the hitch that I had to buy. I plan on building a chicken coop so I can do cell grazing with non permanent fencing. I want to build a chicken coop on the trailer. my question is how many chicken can I reasonably fit in a space that is about 48 inches wide by 100 inches long I know that this depends on how tall the chicken coop is.
So I am seriouly considering going to Permaculture Voices this year and I was wondering if anyone in California is going and would be interested in splitting the cost of a room or would be interested in Carpooling with me. I live in Morgan Hill and I could pick you up along the way if it is along I-5. if not than perhaps we can splitt the cost of a room together. at this pint this trip is going to cost me 860 and that is just gas, an oil change and the ticket.