John Polk wrote:
You might be surprised how many people might want a yard or pasture cleaned up, especially if they don't have to pay for it. Many might even help load it, just to get rid of it.
Vladimir Horowitz wrote:2. There is about an acre covered in these young alder and cottonwood. I'm leaving them to grow for now, but they occupy the area that will be needed for the house and orchard. If I were to clear them prematurely, the area could be quickly overrun with broom or thorny berry bushes. It would be nice to find a use for 6 inch alder and cottonwood logs. Most will likely go into hugelkultur.
Both alder and cottonwood can be used to cultivate gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. And the 6 inch range is a great diameter for log culture from what I understand. This of course would be quite labor intensive, but a way to produce another product on your farm from waste. And once done with producing fungi, the logs will go great in the hugel beds.....
John Gros wrote:Mushroom farming sounds good. I was wondering if laying the inoculated logs on your damp ground might accelerate the mushroom cycle for that log. It might even come to pass that the soil holds the spores after several logs have been used and then you only need to lay the logs there. Lots of options to try.
[bah posted too soon] Seems you already are thinking along those lines.
Chris Watson wrote:Dale, I truly envy you. Here in the U.S. we have a law called the Wetlands Protection Act, which is a federal law, but left to each individual state to enforce. Here in the semi-great State of Michigan, there is absolutely no way we would be allowed to do what you're doing.
Billy Nelson wrote:Great stuff, Dale. There is a real sense of satisfaction from sculpting a landscape, to render it both productive and scenic. Having the right equipment to accomplish the task sure makes the attainment of the final result proceed at a more satisfying pace. That is some beautiful countryside where your property is located, looking at the pictures you've posted, so please put up more photographs as your plan unfolds there.
Funny you should mention that Dragon speech-to-text software package you just acquired. I bought a copy of Dragon a few years ago, when I dreamed of relaxing in front of my computer and dictating a best-selling novel of skulduggery and intrigue, but then I quickly discovered that on-the-fly construction of perfectly formulated sentences was considerably more challenging of a skill to develop than I had initially anticipated. After a few sessions of getting tongue-tied in front of my computer microphone, I finaly concluded that the slow pace of my hunt-and-peck typing was in fact better suited to the plodding pace at which I mentally transcribed plot elements into coherent narrative.
With the crisp and fluid prose you are reeling off with your copy of the Dragon software, I am again inspired to try my hand at that lazy man's approach to novel writing. Sorry for the slight diversion away from the topic of permaculture.
Dale Hodgins wrote:My copy of Dragon Speech was stolen along with a camera and valuables almost a year ago. If I still had it, I'd be an even more prolific pontificator.
S Bengi wrote:Hugelkultur are not suppose to get hot (200F)
Hugelkultur are not suppose to decompose in a few months they are suppose to last 10-20 years.
If you dont cover up the logs you will be left with a nice hiding place for rodents/snakes and other wildlife.
Most railroad tracks both old and new are laced with chemical to prevent weed growth and prevent track tie from rotting.
Said chemical have most likely leached to surround ares so that might affect your decomposition rate.