Daniel Morse

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since Feb 13, 2012
SW Michigan
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I park my old truck in front of the doors. Locked and battery out if I am gone for a spell. I have lost thousands to theft. Actually, odds are it is someone you know. I still think these career criminals need to be delt with.

Anyway maybe it is time to rethink all of this. Good luck.
1 month ago
Has the ground been over used? Is it new tilled? I would do rye or hay. Also, see if one of the feedlots near you have poo. Horse stables always do. You can compost but the beauty of horse poo is often it has a lot of seeds ready to help you out!!!  In the old days we would just spread it out and let it happen. As we used it on production fields we had to let it compost for a year just because of the seed issues. Just old ways of doing it. The straw and matter will help your field quickly. Waste organic matter like leaves and wood from the local town also if you can haul. I do not know how bad or good your ground is. Good luck. MAybe the ground needs to rest a year or so. Hay or cover crop mix and or pasture it.

Good luck!

PS, pigs do wonders to ot to!
1 month ago
Lets be frank. New York has stringent electrical codes. ALWAYS for the health and safety of others USE THE NEWEST CODES and Regulations. Local inspectors love to see people go to code. We have electrical codes for a reason. The reason,...the dead bodies of adults, children, animals and destroyed property.

The latest LED still uses amps/watts/voltage. Enough to easily kill and destroy. It is this simple. Even here on the family farms where we can do things differently in some respects, we still strive for code. It does not cost more and is safe. Its that simple. If electrical is to code, you cant get sued either.

In my residential I insist on 12 gauge still in typical 15/20 amp circuts. Why? Wires over burdened will get hot. They get warm during normal use. Especially in certain weather conditions. I would rather have the safe factor! I insist on top grade circuit panels also. Why? There are vast differences between builder grade and best grade electrical panels. It does not cost that much to have better wires, electrical panels, new drops and fixtures appropriate for the situation.

Also, most LED lights and fixtures are made good enough to work.....good enough...means you must be better.

Now for the kicker.

If you are considering low voltage remember it still can kill you. Use appropriately. There is code for low voltage and different applications.

Wire if for a lifetime and the next person who will live in the situation. Talk to your local inspectors and get a good rep. Get coded. Get it right. Good luck.
1 month ago
Terry, thats great. I will assume you have mixed topography. Awesome. Send us some pictures of your stuff.

Water is life. My old farmhouse, at the old one, I had to drop a new well. The water here is vast, free and abundance. Well until the multinationals suck us dry. My other place the old well is actually in the kitchen. A stick well we call them. I need to change the screen. That will be a fun project. The long-term tenant did a lot of damage to the house. Ignorant people chimneys and walls moved. Will take a lot of work.

I have some land I need to let rest as it has been corn and beans for a long time. I think I will do some cover or a grain like rye. I have some ideas. Flax is on the agenda this year. Some small plots. See what works best. Chickens a definite.

What is everyone up to?
1 month ago
Dude, drainage and venting the small space under the house. It needs to breathe. Your home was never meant to be airtight. Its on a foundation and or pilings. The water can sit in the soil and will only wick up wood or such. Proper venting of the under the structure. Drainage away a bit from the structure. Simple. Good luck.
1 month ago
Welcome man. I once lived in the California desert, think Joshua Tree, and did time in the northern Cascades. Lovely area. We were studying climate change, doing certain metrics. Welcome. SO, how are your crops going? Whats your animal choices as you mentioned them. How are you using your land? BTW a floating city. Tell us all more!

SO welcome. Let us know how it is going?
1 month ago
Hey Kids,

The old farmer known as Mom, says that for true production they would harvest the roots and replant. Mainly space and ground issues. However, in the garden, she says it can be indefinite but they moved them for disease and they just did better. Fair enough. Asparagus is not her fav product so she did not dwell on it. Dad said his mom planted under certain trees and then in the summer used it as flower beds. between the rows of fern. Hmmmmm I wonder if there was a relationship? My relatives threw out all her notes. Sorry, I cant do more for you. The ferns are nice. I remember walking among them as a kid.

I will note. Waste from the barn (composted a year) and kitchen went into those beds.
1 month ago
Hi guys and gals,

How is the world treating you all. I just bought the farm land I wanted. Lots of space at my new place here in MI. Whats new?
4 months ago