As far as gardening... everything has to be totally fenced. Sides and top... otherwise the ravens rip up what I plant. A couple of years ago my mom gave me a bunch of iris starts from her garden. They ripped them out of the ground, then shredded them to bits, I couldn't even re plant. If it's something they don't like to eat, they simply destroy it.
We have Columbia Ground Squirrels that tunnel EVERYWHERE. I've even had them partially fill a hole I had dug for a footing... They're only active for a few months but those are the growing months. May set up some hawking perches to see if that will reduce the numbers.
Deer seem to eat anything they can reach. The Bears are attracted to anything remotely edible. I haven't had much of an issue but a neighbor and my Sister's places have both been looted. A couple of Bear tags solved those problems at least temporarily. We also have free range cattle about. They a mighty destructive when they come through. No bird issues yet. Turkeys come around but haven't noticed any harm done by them. Our cat Finneas eats about 3 a month on our place.
He'll take a deer or two a year too. Biggest Bobcat I've ever seen. Seems comfortable around the cabin until I go outside. The previous owners lost a Colt to a cat. We appear to have a lot on the menu for them on our place.
The Moose mainly work on the Red Birch on our place. Love those critters.
This year the Bear was mainly interested in the grubs in rotting stumps on my place.
We're hosting the first Inland NW Permaculture Conference in Spokane on Nov 4-6 at the Spokane Falls CC. Folks from ID, MT are BC coming and good speakers!
Can you point me to more details about the Inland NW Permaculture Conference? I love to come!
La Grande, OR
Yes! We're calling it the Inland NW Permaculture Conference (INPC) and it should be a grand gathering of permies from the region. Speakers, workshops, field trips, vendors, dorming/camping, and good networking Nov 4-6 at the Spokane Falls Community College campus and neighboring Fort Wright Institute. I'll add you to the list of people who would like to be updated, ok? Thanks!
I'll add you to the list of people who would like to be updated, ok? Thanks!
yes, please do. I've got it marked on my calender. Can you put me on an email list? firstname.lastname@example.org
I love northeast Washington (and north-central Washington). But heck, I love just about everywhere I go.
In Steven's county, I have lived near Springdale, two places near Rice, one time in Marcus, and two times in the Onion creek valley.
In Okanogan County I have lived near Chesaw, near Oroville, outside of Havillah, above Ellisford, two places near Twisp and a bunch of places near Tonasket. I am currently in Tonasket,
In Chelan County I have lived in Manson, outside of Chelan, and near Leavenworth, (near Peshastin).
i hope to bump into the rest of you folks sometime at one of the regional gatherings and swap story, such as the Tonasket Barter Faire or the Inland Northwest Permaculture Conference.
I used to do big tree sales all across north Idaho and north Washington. I still do a few small ones. Anyone want any trees?