Dylan Urbanovich

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since Jun 19, 2012
I am essentially a fledgling, with few years of my life on the trail to sustainability, but my eyes are open now, and I am hungry for the wisdom that permaculture has to offer, and zealot for the cause of change and Love. I am 26 years as of 2012, Brother to the trees, the birds, and all other living and loving things.
British Columbia, Canada
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Recent posts by Dylan Urbanovich

Hi Sarah,

Thanks for sharing your progress, it's very encouraging to see, my dream is to take on stewardship a piece of land as you currently are.
I have one question, what are you planning for garden deer(or insert local anti-gravity, voracious herbivore) protection?

Matu Collins wrote:The thing is, who wants to buy something for 10000 if an evil dictator can repossess it at a whim? They are unprotected

I would, because after listening to every single podcast, and being a reasonable person, I recognise that with Mr. Wheaton everything is upfront, and above board.

I would wager only those looking for a flop house would see Paul's rules as evil.

I hope 47 feels better now that he has aired his dirty laundry in public, I agree with Paul that this whole episode will be for the best in the end, having the sifting effect, those who are not yet ready to wake up from the synthetic matrix will steer clear, leaving space for those of us that have the "gumption" to do this most important work.
Here's my sunflower, and mullen stem, beta bee house, minus 1/2 inch chicken wire to keep out birds.
3 years ago
What are my fellow Permies using instead of, bamboo, paper, or wood tubes? I ask because here in the Similkameen(southern British Columbia) bamboo grows slow and small, driving rain and variable winds cause paper to disintegrate, so far drilling holes into fir lumber has sufficed, but fir is not sourced locally. I had an idea about using dried, hollowed out sunflower stocks, chopped into the appropriate length, but yet to act, and was curious if anyone had alternative ideas.
3 years ago
Thank you! I will probably take both of yours advice, rake in the stuff in the upper pasture and tea up the stud pile by their watering area. Good to know about the chem heat of the poop.
4 years ago
So spring is almost here, the trees are budding, the birds are back, and the no-burn bylaw comes into play in about two weeks, so on my off time of course I am burning dead grass off my horse pasture.
Being that I rescued the horses in late summer last year, the land had been left to its own devices for the previous 3 years, it had done a decent job bringing itself back from the intense pastureization of the previous owners; with many of the neighbours beginning to call my small acres 'that weed farm'. Now with the attention of the horses it has become a well trodden plot of old dry grass and weeds and many many beautiful piles of brown gold, In burning the grass off of course i unintentionally set some of the older manure aflame, like stinky little poop candles, they burnt for quite awhile, standing there leaning on my rake, watching the horse apples smoulder and burn, my mind started to mesh manure tea and bio-char, a practice I've done before for soil amendments; though always using wood charcoal as the media before.
I've read that if left alone the manure will either chemically burn the ground for several years, leaving a very 'hot', though well fertilized dead zone, or it will dry up and lose all the nutrients to the winds (meaning someone will benefit from the nutrients, just not the land it came from), leaving just the cellulose behind. The usual course of action, is to collect, segregate and compost the manure for varying periods of time, which I have done with the complimentary sheep and horse manure given by the next door neighbours; for the last several years, which has served me well in the fertilization of the veggie gardens.

My question is, has anyone every tried to carbonize dried horse manure? My mind is split on this matter, having a little knowledge of bio-char making, of course it can be done, but should it? Has anyone out there in the permiesphere done anything along the same lines?

My base line thought would be to leach the raw manure, to provide an inoculation tea after the burn. Then use the Poo char, as the sponge to hold the nutrients... Arg! it seems to make sense, but i have this nagging feeling that it could be devastatingly wrong... Any advice would be appreciated

4 years ago

Have you read/seen much about Chinampas? If not, essentially they are raised beds developed by the Aztec, developed specifically to deal with the problem that you are dealing with in this spot, I've linked a video that may help

4 years ago
Simply: Once your wood rots down a little, the sponge effect will increase the water retention. You can cut down frost pockets by stacking the back side(uphill side) of the hugel with dark coloured stone acting as a thermal shield, this will also act as a dew condenser, increasing irrigation.

Expanded: I was having the same problem with a fresh cut cherry wood hugel I built last year, having to water it like crazy during the hot spells, to prevent wilting and plant die off.
Towards the end of the summer I ended up replacing a roof on our pump house, which was composed mainly of old plywood and donnacotta(low density fibre board), finding that the local landfill merely burns every wood product that's dropped there, I opted to build a hugel out of the discarded material. The plywood was pretty badly dry rotted and the donnacotta was already like a sponge, after watering it once and burying it I didn't have to water it again despite a three week 30C-40C degree hot spell, currently recharging under snow pack, and it most likely won't last long, but it was a good example/contrast of water retention based on material porosity.

Side note: I plan on inoculating the donnacotta/plywood hugel with pine mushroom next year just to take care of any toxins that may have been present in the glues or treatments in the material, It's probably not advisable to cycle old construction material down with hugels, or at least anything more hazardous than wood products, I won't be consuming the mushrooms that will grow out of it or be planting food plants on it anytime soon, I've pretty much let the native plants take that hugel over, and they seem to be thriving, the cottonwood sapling growing twice as fast as their siblings nearby.

Hope this helps

4 years ago
Hi Laura,

Keep up the search we are out there, there are so many people like us, I am looking for something along the same lines, however I am a on the other side of the continent, little far for any real community value , but thought I'd drop in and say Hi, all the way from the Similkameen Valley in, British Columbia. I will ask Great Spirit to look in on you and send you some Earth magic. , feel better.

Anywise, give me a shout back if your looking to chat.


5 years ago