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.
Cincinnati, Ohio,Price Hill 45205
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Here's my most food foresty  bit of garden:
It has hardy orange,  raspberry and Siberian pea shrub,  plus a bunch of self seeding mustard greens and some alliums.
Those are the things I planted.
There is a lot more life here, and that's good.
I occasionally "weed" things, but it's not a priority.
1 day ago
I've planted them 1 foot on center.
I've added green onions around the perimeter 8"on center.
I may sow seeds as a ground cover.
Any suggestions?

I have "planted" into three of the cavities, mulberry branches that had new growth more than a month after being pollarded.
If they take, I will prune them to provide summer shade.
I want to leave most of the wall open to sit on.
Are there herbs that make a nice cushion?
Indeterminate.
The eaves of the greenhouse are right above,so I was going to try strings and clips.
I guess that counts as a trellis.
That is true.
There will be a lot of starches and some sugars in most food waste, I could end even end up with vinegar!

I've done some looking, they sell systems like this to places that have lots of  food waste.
The end product is sent to the sewers.

So it's a neat idea, but chickens are still better, IMHO.
1 day ago
Not really a way to produce biogas, but certainly a kind of bioreactor, an aerobic treatment system uses aerobic bacteria to process waterborne waste.
To do so , oxygen is introduced usually by an air pump.
This process is usually used to remediate human feces , but what if it were used with food and yard waste, or animal waste, kind of like the feedstock  anaerobic bioreactors use?

I'm imagining a slurry of waste replacing the molasses usually used in making aerobic compost tea.
The brewing goes on longer because the aerobic bacteria actually have to work at breaking down this meal.
This would be a forced air composting system, using water to facilitate the grinding and turning of the materials.

Could this work?
1 day ago
I have a new bed, filled with good compost.
I have tomato and cucumbers to go into it.
It is roughly 10'x16".
How closely would you space them?
I have only a "folk" understanding of food forests,  but from that perspective,  you would have to change what you eat to feed yourself from one.

Nuts and products from animals that feed on the forest trees are both staples a food forest can provide.
They are also valuable commodities, so they can feed you indirectly,  through trade.

It's been suggested that the prehistoric europeans garnered most of their calories from hazelnuts.
Many native american tribes ate acorns.
Running animals through a forest let's you collect biomass and turn it into fat and protein.
To this day, pork raised on tree crops is a valuable delicacy.

I think a woodland with trees in densely planted rows allows for harvesting of trees which in turn lets in sunlight.
Rows facilitate access to the forest products, but they needn't be homogenous.
Alternating what kind of tree is planted offers advantages such as lowered disease transmission.
1 day ago
Woops, my mistake!
I conflated the two, and I guess you can electrify either, but it's not commonly done, because you have so many points on them that must be insulated from ground.
In conjunction with a separate hot wire, a metal fence makes a great path to ground.

Woven wire might be easier to deal with than welded, I'm not sure.
The value of it is mitigated by your situation.
I was  surprised the owners have agree to give you the salvage rights.
I  have been paid to clean out entire properties, and I've also scored free or the taking fencing.
Most people want to be certain that you able and willing to finish the entire job in a timely manner.

From your description of your situation, you seemed short on time, short in money,lacking a nearby place of your own to stash the materials, and  without a large enough vehicle to transport the materials all in one go.

Even actual gold bars would be a hazard in the wrong situation, and your situation seems like one that could be worsened by giant bundles of materials, however valuable.

Maybe I misunderstood your situation.

2 days ago
The stakes are pure gold, but the wire fencing seems like something of a liability.
I don't think welded wire mesh will can be electrified, which is the only way it could deter bears.

We all know that labor and transportation are not free, they are opportunity  costs.
I have not driven a van in a long while, and when I did, gas was much cheaper.
50 foot of new welded wire fencing is about 75 bucks.
New fence will be easier to store and use.

So how to minimize the labor and transport costs for the mesh fencing?

A preferred solution would be to remove the fencing and stash it somewhere local.
Maybe trade some of the fencing for some storage space.
This would give you time to go get a new job, get the wolf from the door, and come back on your own terms.

Scrapping the fencing is another way to get the most out of your labor, without needing to drag the mesh 5 hours away.
Keep in mind, you could use that money to buy the fencing you really want.

If you decide to transport the mesh,you could get a lot of fence onto a utility trailer,  and the trailers can be had used from about 300 dollars up.
The top of your van could also be used, with the help of some ratchet straps.
A Uhall truck could even be worth your while.

Good luck fellow scavenger, and may free stuff never be a burden to you!
2 days ago
You can peel apart rockwool batts with your hands, so I wouldn't want to rely on it to hold the weight of stucco.
Two layers of water resistant building paper are normally put under furring strips and over the sheathing, or the studs, in places where there is no sheathing.
Stucco mesh can be cut and folded to form or follow most shapes.


3 days ago