Dave Hartman

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since Jan 07, 2012
Off grid in the central Rockies of Montana (at 6300') zone 3-4ish
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Recent posts by Dave Hartman

Howdy, I love my Rouge hoe, A-frame level, compass, pitch fork, Mora knife, and broad fork.
5 months ago
I have used woodchips, leaves, and then added worms to the mix with great results for granite soil. It has taken years though. It sounds like you are on your way.
9 months ago
I have a rogue hoe that I have used for many years, That forkin hoe looks very handy for things the rogue hoe cant do.
1 year ago
We love orach! It is an awesome self-seeder. We also grow some giant lambs quarter that we got from Jerome at CRMPI that does well under the same conditions.
1 year ago
I just used actual cotton sheets. I work at a Hot Springs/hotel and they always have a bunch of mismatched sets in the up for grabs box. I also use a lot of leaves and then top it with twigs/wood chip. I harvested the materials from the local refuse transfer site that is just down the road from the Hot Springs(I really hate to go home with an empty truck) . I have also added goat, chicken and sheep manure and bedding in the past. I am constantly adding sheet mulch as the grass starts to come in. My original granite soil has become dark rich humus teaming with life. I also like to sheetmulch on contour. These areas become swales and then later terraces as I mulch the ditch in to get larger areas .I have laid rotting logs down, manure and then sheetmulched that all on contour many times as well. This does take a year or two to become ready for plants though. It works well for me.
1 year ago
I noticed some fleas on my cat Mandu. I gave him a warm bath with 1 tablespoon of neem oil mixed in. He looks a bit ragged because of the oil but it has seem to have solve my problem.
1 year ago
A friend dug a hole in the garden and filled it with water. I think he meant well.
1 year ago
Here are a few pictures of our kunekune pigs that we raise on our homestead.
4 years ago
The inspiring story of Jadav Payeng who planted an entire 550 hectare forest all by himself over a period of 30 years.

4 years ago
Mora knifes of Sweden are the absolute best bang for your buck when it comes to high carbon knifes. They are highly regarded in the Bushcraft world.They run from $11.50 up
5 years ago