hey elle, I did something like that at one of our homes over in western Colorado. Except we had gutters and downspouts . It was a new house so as part of the new landscaping I dug a dry creek bed out from the downspout, curving and over small waterfalls into small ponds and then out to the sidewalk spillway. I added gravel to the streambed and larger rocks along each shoreline. Every time it rained we had our own little stream among the woodchips and flowers. So if you can get the water flowing before it soaks in I think you might have a cool feature in your yard.
Looking at land online has been sort of a hobby for me for many years. I have learned over the years that there are folks who are honest and some who are a little bit dishonest. The honest ones buy and sell land for a living. They try to be honest, as an unhappy customer could hurt their business. Others do not seem to care... for instance I see some folks who sell land in the "deserts" of Wyoming who post pictures of the mountains with trees and flowing water. Others give the wrong locations on their Google map links. Some of the folks who sell in Wyoming and Montana have been buying and selling the same pieces of land , over and over again , for many years. They will finance land and then foreclose when payments are not made. Then resell to the next poor person who dreams of owning land but cannot really afford it.
So finding a seller who will answer any and all of your questions is usually a good sign. I usually go to the local county assessor's website and look for the GIS maps. Then verify ownership and location. This also helps give you an idea of value and taxes paid. If you can use the technology that is available on line now a days you can get pretty close to "seeing " what you are buying without seeing it.
One thing you could also do is to ask here at permies if there is anyone in the area that you are interested in, and seeing if they know more about the land. Or even if they would look at it for you.
I have purchased land without seeing it first but I had a really good idea of where it was and what it looked like. It was to good of a deal to pass up and I resold it latter for a small profit. I paid extra for title insurance and passed that along to my buyer.
Where are you looking and who is the seller, if you do not mind me asking?
Howdy Sam, welcome to permies. Most of the bulbs that I grow are pretty tough. They seem to come up through almost anything that grows over them. I have some in grass, clover, among other flowers that come up latter. These bulbs have evolved to come up early ,bloom , reproduce, and fade away before most of their competition has a chance to compete. So you can think not only in terms of winter cover but more year round if you would like. Also think about planting other flowers that will grow and bloom in other times of the year so that you have continual blooms.
My son told me that he had seen something on line about hanging paper bags around the yard to get rid of wasps. Based on what TJ just said, I wonder if that is because they mimic paper wasp nests and keep the other wasps away?
I was lucky enough to find a "co-op" program through a local community college when I was in my 20's. I went to school for 3 days a week and worked, applying the things that I was learning, and making a good wage which more than paid for the program. The program was industrial maintenance which taught mechanics, hydraulics, welding, electrical trades and blueprint reading to name a few. All of these trade skills, and that 2 year degree have landed me jobs with 12 different large companies over the last 35 years. Anytime I wanted to try working at something else with a different company , I had a job waiting. I still get calls from headhunters who see my resume online and want to know if I am looking for a new job.
So find out if there is an opportunity through the college. to work as you learn. I have heard that Trump's administration is going to focus on new programs like this, so look for new programs to be rolled out.
Is there a need / jobs in your area for the degree you are looking at getting? Does the college offer job placement help after you graduate? Ask them if local employers have come to them asking for certain trades to be taught because they cannot find qualified help. Then take those classes.
Roberto, There are piles of them across Wyoming too. I was thinking about getting some for fence posts around my 40 acres but when I called the UP they said that they do not allow the public to have them and have sold them all to a contractor who sells them to power plants as you have mentioned. I know of older towns in Wyoming where the old ties were used to build "homes" (shacks) and walls for snow fencing. Not sure if the old ties were treated the same way or if they are just so old that the treatment has worn off, but some of them no longer smell and are dry and grey.
Howdy Chris, welcome to permies! I didn't see the attached soil test but it looks like you could use all of the organic matter you can get ! I wouldn't worry about the nitrogen loss for now, can you get any manures ?
Ya Bruce My two trees in Denver do the same thing. This year the squirrels have been "pruning" the fruit for me. They are not even waiting for the fruit to get ripe! Anyway I am lucky to have fruit every three to four years. If it isn't the animals it is snow, hail, frost, etc.
Satamax, I guess I was thinking that you were injecting steam into the exhaust of a wood burning rocket also! Sorry.
Should be much cleaner with other fuels but might still pick up contaminates or change PH ? I guess you would have to set up a small demonstration unit , being very careful, do some short runs and then inspect thoroughly to see how the machine performs and holds up? Maybe set up some before and after testing of water quality ?
You guys have had lots of experience with the improvement of rockets, sounds like you are moving to the next experiment.
Denise, The pictures do not show very many cedar trees. I think that "invasive" species, like weeds, are natures way of trying to restore the land. I think I would leave any and all trees that are currently growing. I think that planting more trees in windbreaks and in the gullies would help stabilize the soil. One of the reasons for the dust bowl was that we uncovered the soil, one of the solutions was to plant trees. I also wonder if a yeoman's plow used on contour might help retain and spread water? I would definitely build underground in tornado country!
Satamax, one of the things to think about would be the quality of the water/ heated gas mix as it contacts the impellers of the turbine. At the power plants were I work it takes very little to slowly destroy a turbine blade and if yours is spinning very fast, any imbalance can cause an explosion from a turbine failure. So we use super clean water and chemicals to keep down oxygen and minerals.
Howdy Zane, I have not tried it yet but I am currently reading a book wherein the author tells a story of his father wrapping each apple in plastic bags shortly after the bloom falls off. He says if the bugs get to the apples in a young state it is to late. As a fun side note he also says that his dad would write names of friends and family on the outside of the bags when the apples got a little bigger, with a magic marker, and this would block the sun from the peal causing the ripe apples to have the names "imprinted" on them!
Hanee Birch wrote:The other lot is actually for sale and would be quite cheap (same realtor as the land I'm likely buying has it for $18.5k and said "please just low ball me and give me any offer I will never sell that land").
Those sound like lovely words to hear from a realtor. Offer $1,500 and see what happens. Is that the two or so acres to the East of your property? Why won't they be able to sell it? Just looking at it from the internet it looks lovely. If you can ever get ajoining land cheap, it's usually worth it in the long haul. How many people have I heard over the years say "I wish I bought that 40 next door for $3,000 when I had the chance".
Hey Mike do you have a link to a realtor where these lots are for sale?
First a couple of questions. Is there a second road , shown at the bottom of the picture, that you could use as an access road?
What other plans do you have for the property? Will you be trying to capture runoff from rain and snowmelt in any of the gullies?
I think you mentioned that you might be able to buy a piece of equipment , use it , and then re sell it ?
May I tell you what I would think about doing if I owned this property?
A road or driveway can serve several functions. When I look at the picture I wonder if you might be able to cut in a driveway from a point somewhere at the bottom right of your picture, if there is a road there, and move across the property towards the top left, approximately on contour, across the gully's to the home site. The driveway can also act as a swale or Keyline, to capture and direct runoff water into the gullies. If you can also create a "dam" across the gully by running the road across said dam, then you can create a nice pond at the same time. So a driveway becomes a major part of your permaculture plan.
I guess I look at it more randomly, like I see mother nature plant. I am always amazed as I walk through a diverse forest and see how trees grow naturally.
In nature some trees grow big and tall and hog all of the sun, some grow under them. So I guess the way I would have to look at planting a food forest is sort of like a savanna of big trees with smaller and smaller trees underneath and around them. Designing this seems like it would be a lot of work to get it right. Considering succession, allelopathy, soils, water, as well as sun and shade. I have seen some pretty good food forests on you tube that seem pretty random that are doing just fine.
It seems that spacing for maximum sunlight would leave a lot of ground without trees ? Or am I missing the point?
I lost all of my pears , cherries and apples two and three years ago to blight. They all budded out just like that and I have let them grow just to see if they come back true. One cherry came back as a rootstock variety, One pear has fruit this year so we will see.
I think I would let it grow and see what you get. At the end of the day I think you could always graft back onto it?