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Mike Hamilton
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Location: north end of the Keweenaw Mi.
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greetings from the Keweenaw of Mi.
Ive been into organic gardening from the early 70s [ya that time span before Y2K LOL]
my wife and I moved here 4 years ago from port huron Mi.
and we are starting over
Hugelculture looks like the answer we need for our small spread
very little top soil here on the ridge to work with and the mine rock starts at 6-12'' down
I think I might have to work on drainage for the hill's instead of collecting water
300''+ of snow fall and regular rain storms from a trace to 6''+ a week off the big lake [Superior] a season

Mike
 
A.J. Gentry
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Mike,

Welcome to Permies.

The giant mitten state? . I am from just south of you in Ohio. I lived in the Ann Arbor area for a few years and I loved it. I even took a vacation to Port Huron one.

I am a big fan of what hugelkulture can do for areas without a lot of deep soil. There are gobs of threads and even some podcasts about hugel. Are you planning on setting some up in the spring? It would be great if you took some pictures and posted them on the site.

Good luck.

A.J.
 
Mike Hamilton
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Location: north end of the Keweenaw Mi.
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thank you AJ for the welcome
the first hill is going in as soon as the snow is down to the point were snow shoes are not needed [cleared some ice off the overhang yesterday with out a ladder]
we also are looking at a lot near by [50'X112']that will make an excellent site for Hugelculture hills
it has everything needed to build the hills

currently we are working with hydroponics and finding out the over head is a lot of $

I did contract work at the "Big House'' in Ann Arbor for 6 years [football] equipment maintenance and safety during the games

Mike
 
A.J. Gentry
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Well based on this winter, spring may not be until late August sometime.

I am chomping at the bit for some warmth and sun. Columbus just got an inch of snow overnight. I suppose it isn't quite snow shoe weather, but still.

 
Bill Erickson
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Welcome to permies, Mike. Sounds like you guys are going to have some fun playing with dirt and rocks this summer. Really looking forward to seeing your project and how you deal with some of the challenges/solutions you find.
 
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