Curt Regentin

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since Nov 15, 2011
Northern Mich. Zone 5
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This tool looks like it would be very useful on my wood chip garden. Is this tool or something similar for sale in the US?
3 years ago
This is a great question for me as I am trying to plant guilds on almost pure sand. It seems to take 4-5 years before trees and shrubs respond to their wood chip mulch and start to flourish. And of course one has to consider the carbon costs of transporting wood chips.
3 years ago
I've been doing a Back to Eden style wood chip garden for the last six years, and I had a rough start for the first five years. I laid a layer of cardboard covered with 6-8" of wood chips on top. The cardboard and chips slowed the quack grass, but I ended up spending many hours on my knees rooting out quack runners while listening to podcasts. The quack roots had enough energy to push through the soggy card board and and the chips. It WAS easier to root it out.

A year ago I finally found an approach that has stopped the quack grass for me. I started by staking large sheets of lumber wrap that I pick up from our local lumber yard to a grassy area as soon as the snow melted. After giving the quack grass a good solar toasting for three months, I then covered the roasted grass with cardboard, leaves, and 3-4" of wood chips. I haven't seen a blade of grass in that area since then. I did learn that the lumber wrap MUST have the black face up facing the sun. Not all lumber wrap has a black surface, so I only selected black ones at my lumber yard.
3 years ago
Good to see another premie in the Northern Lower Peninsula! I'm afraid I can't be any help with your chickens other than tell you that my parents keep chickens all winter without changing the litter. We just kept adding straw until the snow melted and we could spring clean the chicken house. A very smelly job!

As far as plant nurseries, here are two Michigan nurseries that have served me well: Okios Tree Crops and Cold Stream Farm. Oikos has a wide range of perennials & trees and Cold Stream Farms has many varieties at quite reasonable prices.
4 years ago
I ordered a variety of tree and shrub seedlings in the spring of 2013 and so far most are still living and some have thrived despite a harsh previous winter. Plus they had excellent customer service. I'd recommend them.
Dave,

Drying greens and using the powders is a great idea. Sounds like the powders would also be a good addition to morning cereals. Thanks!!
4 years ago
The chips I chip myself are all from conifers. My large stockpile comes from a local tree service and are primarily hardwoods.
5 years ago
I have a small orchard, most trees are eight years old, and I have a ready supply of wood chips. Would you recommend spreading chips around the trees to subdue the grass and help nourish the soil?
5 years ago
I have a small root cellar under our front deck. The inside temps are moderated by the earth temperature and range from 35 to 45 staying generally at 40 degrees. I've kept many different varieties of apples in the cellar. By FAR the best keepers have been Ida Reds. I have a bushel now that I won't start eating until mid June; and if past experience holds, I'll be finishing them about mid August just in time for the early summer apples to ripen. They do dry a bit and shrivel slightly but still taste good. They haven't failed me for ten plus years.
5 years ago
Jordan,

I would HIGHLY recommend video "Holistic Orcharding" by Michael Phillips. He has an established orchard with 80 different varieties of apples plus some pears and cherries. While his trees are in rows, he's become a strong believer in polycultures. A significant section of the video is devoted to companion plants he plants around his apple trees and to his chop and drop timing to best help his trees. I'll be watching this video several times as I try to improve the health of my small fledging orchard.
5 years ago