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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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.
2 weeks 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.
3 weeks ago
A friend dug a hole in the garden and filled it with water. I think he meant well.
5 months ago
Here are a few pictures of our kunekune pigs that we raise on our homestead.
3 years ago
The inspiring story of Jadav Payeng who planted an entire 550 hectare forest all by himself over a period of 30 years.

3 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
4 years ago
Silver is used as an antibiotic in past and in the alternative medicine scene. I use colloidal silver for wounds and it works well as a mouth rinse when I am having issues with my teeth.
I also like real silverware because silver is used as an exchange in the place of fiat money. Real silverware is basically an investment in my opinion.
4 years ago
I have been doing this, at least once a week, for years. I've hand loaded wood chips, leaves and organic materials onto my flatbed, occasionally they now load me with their excavator.
We have included the county workers and supervisors to our Forest Garden meetings.
Pat, a Jefferson county operator, is going to excavate our earthworks at The Boulder Forest Garden for free (http://www.growingcommunitynaturally.blogspot.com/). They even donated and delivered 180 yards of chips to the site. The county is also, for now, composting instead of burning the woody debris. They also set aside woodchips for residents to take. Pat is also implementing some water harvesting earthworks at his building site. The idea of a better way of living is very contagious and is spreading in Jefferson county.
4 years ago
“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.”
― Henry David Thoreau
4 years ago
Caleb, great question,you beat me to it.
Arthur, you do a wonderful job presenting such useful info, been a listening for years.
4 years ago