William Bronson

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Montessori kid born and raised in Cincinnati.
Father of two, 14 years apart in age,married to an Appalachian Queen 7 years my junior,trained by an Australian cattle dog/pit rescue.
I am Unitarian who declines official membership, a pro lifer who believes in choice, a socialist, an LGBTQ ally, a Black man, and perhaps most of all an old school paper and pencil gamer.
I make, grow, and serve, not because I am gifted in these areas, rather it is because doing these things is a gift to myself.
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I love throwing vegetable seed around!
My wife just brought me a bag of lentils, which I will under seed in any bed that isn't mulched.
This spring I used whole peas from the Indian grocery  store to feed the soil.
We have harvested a lot of greens for the rabbit, and a handful of peapods, while leaving roots in otherwise bare soil.

I feed my chooks everything, including tons of dumpster produce.Because of this my favorite weed is the tomatoes that pop up wherever I've used chicken compost.
They WILL overwelm most annual vegetables , so I transplant them in and among the perennials, along with green onions grown from scraps, that are currently going to seed.

5 days ago
Love it, what a score!
Most of the "soil" in my beds is made up of decayed leaves.
I compost them overwinter,right on the top of last years soil and the worms love it.
5 days ago
I've been wondering how to build an olla "trough".
It would run the length of a raised bed and kept full with a float valve.
I think some variation on ferrocement might work this.
6 days ago
I think they should be great.
I use pallets and it lasts for years,maybe because it can dry to the outside and there are gaps between the boards as well.
The pallets deck boards are only about 1/2" thick.
The one bed I built of 2x4 are in worse shape than older pallet beds.

Recently I've built a pallet bed and lined it with tile, which might make the pallets last longer, or maybe not.
A water impervious surface pressed against the wood could accelerater decay more than soil does.

In your situation, I would build with the 4x 4 posts outside of the soil holding section and I would leave an inch between each 1x board.
If a boatd rots, add another board over it, with some aluminum flashing in between the two.
I'm curious, wouldn't poison ivy be just as big a problem for a  sugar maples forest?
If so, maybe plant a timber crop instead?

I don't see a way to keep it poison ivy free without any work, but repeated mowing followed by deep woodmulch could make foe a wonderful place to grow anything.
If you leave a mowable perimeter, you would still need to police the inner area for seedlings from bird droppings.
1 week ago
I like 18 to 24 inches or 48 inches.
18- 24 for sitting on the edge of a bed.
48 for standing at a bed.
I treat any material deeper than a foot as a reservoir for water and nutrients.
We get lots of rain, but not evenly,so the challenge is keeping it available to plants without drowning them.
In my experience leaves and woodchips should be layered above and/or below soil, but not mixed with it.

I am also interested in grow tables that sub-irragate the containers on them.
So far I've built one, ~3' high, but it needs a sump tank and pump.

Invasive honeysuckle covers the 7 hills of Cincinnati.
I would never plant it(and I've planted a box elder).
In my ideal world, it would be harvest out of existence for chips and char,and   replaced by native spicebush.

Some mulch plants I  cultivate are mulberry, sunchoke, comfrey, alfalfa, rose of sharon, catalpa, black locust,, and burdock.

I'm trying to establish willow, duckweed and siberian pea shrub   in my land scape.

Reading this thread has me considering cattails and vevetier grass.
1 week ago
Neat idea!
Are you planing to drive the posts into the ground beneath or just have them set inside the barrels?

I would be tempted to make each  barrel a sub-irragated planter, with willows, grape vines, elderberry and other fast growing woody biomass.

How is the wind where you live?
2 weeks ago
I've heard that the most nutritious woodchips are made from small fresh branches.
The cut slabs might have higher uses.

If a given slab lacked structural integrity, I would use in a hugel , whole or in the base of a raised bed, preferably chipped.

If it has structural integrity I would sheath raised beds,barns or sheds with it.

I know pine is often not prized for heating the home,and these slabs will probably have a lot of bark on them,but if they are dry and not buggy, you could market them as campfire bundles.

It should burn well in a rocket stove as well.
Making it into charcoal is another option, probably my favorite.
There are so many uses for char, on and off a homestead.

The soil under those piles will probably be incredible.
2 weeks ago
I am preoccupied with what it takes to grow fertility in place, rather than importing it.
I was searching for an edible,allopathic cover crop that affect seed germination, not transplants, found mustard and Google led me here!
I'm imagining mowing a field of greens to about an inch high, then transplanting directly into it.
I think you could even direct seed successfully, if you put down a layer of compost first.
I'm pretty certain the mustards would bounce back.
Weeding would become harvesting

There is a useful crossover between the needs of deer food plots and the possible use of mustard or diakon as a self seeding cover crop, making them easier to acquire.
I looked into horse radish as a perennial substitute, but it inhibits root growth as well as inhibiting germination.
2 weeks ago