Jay Angler

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I live on a small acreage near the ocean and amidst tall cedars, fir and other trees.
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It looks like this conversation has wandered into the cider press and is now locked.

Feel free to start a new thread on this topic there. Cider Press
16 hours ago

Pearl Sutton wrote:It's always SUCH a nice theory to make plans then buy plants.  

I am a chronic plant rescuer... I worry about people having plants when they have no succession plan.... To save those plants, I have to take cuttings or rootings or air layer, right??? Even if I haven't a blinking clue where/when I will plant them.

At least I celebrate when I do get a plant in the ground, and I really do try to choose a good place for them to live for a very long time, and I'm getting much better at making sure I give them friends to keep them company.

It's just that the line-up isn't getting any shorter...
19 hours ago

Ann Kehayes wrote:We go out to eat once or twice a week and i usually bring home leftovers in a 😖🫢to go box.  I do take the styrofoam and plastic containers to Publix to recycle, but I really need to stop this.

If I know we have a plan, I bring containers from home. I wish I'd kept some stainless nesting bento boxes for that purpose, but alas, my son swiped the ones I was given second hand before I realized they'd be good for that task!
19 hours ago
Nancy, that's a gorgeous gift! You *know* your a permie when you think someone's cast off tunnel is the best gift ever!
1 day ago
I would need pictures of the 2 than need names to even begin to suggest any. I'm known for "interesting" names for my birds... why else would  I have geese named Betel, Robin, Bella, Mario, Blossom and Wisteria?
1 day ago
Here you can see a very old dam which doesn't yet have trees, but is covered in bee-friendly flowers:


The longest known Beaver dam is 1/2 a mile long: https://e360.yale.edu/features/worlds-largest-beaver-dam
It's in Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada

Here's another picture of an older dam starting to grow forbs and grasses. These dams build soil and create ecosystems, whereas most human dams don't.


Beavers will gradually move into an area on their own if there are sufficient trees of the right variety to support them. The posted video did not show any habitat that I would have said was ready for beavers. It would have been better to have said more about that more clearly. Relocating beavers to a place that will starve them to death isn't the solution.

1 day ago

Jim Garlits wrote: Someone could write a peer-reviewed journal article because it most likely represents a gap in the literature that hasn't been fully explored. Nature is amazing.

Someone has done a great job of pulling a lot of information together. A fellow named Ben Goldfarb. One of our permies, Roberto Pokachinni, recommended his book and it is a delight to read:
Eager: the surprising, secret life of beavers and why they matter

I really recommend that people read this if they want to help the land. The Beaver people can do positively incredible things to hold water on the land, and repair much of the damage that humans have done. Yes, they can be annoying when they flood roads, but there are ways to coexist if we just made the effort to do so.
2 days ago

Jim Fry wrote:For me, the problem was using the word "designed".  

I think it depends on how narrowly you define "design" - some definitions state that it is a drawing, and I admit I haven't met a beaver who draws. However, there is good evidence that they "plan" and Merriam-Webster defines it as "The meaning of DESIGN is to create, fashion, execute, or construct according to plan"

I've read descriptions of people trying to build beaver "analog dams" and how much harder it is than it looks. I agree with Ezra, that if we understood what the beaver's short and long term goals were, it would make more sense and I totally agree with this:

They are building habitat, we are utilizing a resource. Interesting comparison.

Beavers need ponds to keep them safe and meadows to grow the trees and shrubs to sustain their communities. Holding huge quantities of water doesn't do that any better than holding "just the right amount" of water. I don't think they're building their dams to fail, I think they're building them to slow the water to capture the nutrient rich silt to create better tree-growing ecosystems.

I would say that beavers build dams to use water. Humans build dams to store water. Beaver dams in a sense are a special form of a hugelkultur!
2 days ago
...when you feel guilty pulling weeds from your garden to feed to the chickens/ducks. I *know* the treats will be appreciated, but it's too early to plant much and the weeds are protecting the soil and supporting the microbes.
2 days ago

Rachel Lindsay wrote:

Kristine Keeney wrote: I brood in large plastic totes with hardware cloth lids in my kitchen.

You don't have a cat, by  any chance? I will do this if I can protect them from our young kitty!

My hardware cloth (which is a type of wire mesh, not fabric) lids are secure enough that a young cat wouldn't get in, but they are also designed so as to be able to add a bungee cord if necessary.

However, this would be a good time to have supervised introductions between cat and chicks. Our cat learned that chicks and hens were "family" *not* "dinner". I know she hunted bunnies, and once cornered a young squirrel, but she left our hens alone.
2 days ago