r john

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Thankfully in UK hurricanes are rare but living in an old listed farmhouse with date stone of 1721 makes you appreciate the 900mm thick stone walls and slate roof. Cannot see any reason why it wont be around for another 300 years.
6 months ago
Cannot see your problem. Just learn how to do Bonsai and you will be able to keep your tree from one year to the nexr, We do this on a commercial basis and hire out christmas trees from one year to the next. We start a new batch of trees from our own seed every year and within 5 years there in our rental stock. We normally hire them out for approx 10 years by which time there 15 foot at which point there planted into our forest. The bonsai is carried out every 3 years root pruning and repotting which helps to keep them compact. Secret over christmas is to remember there a live tree and need lots of water so a water tray under the plant pot is essential and water once a day. Normally only lose about 5% of trees on hire due to customer neglect.
1 year ago
I am just outside Manchester in the UK and have a lean to greenhouse attached to a stone wall. Firstly it is brilliant and we grow peaches in it every year. What I would say is if your climate is similar to mine then forget all about insulation your problem will be keeping the greenhouse cool. I have an autovent in the roofwhich works well. As for the trees I doubt whether they will have any significant effect as they seem to be quite a distance away. Maybe thin out every other tree if you have a problem.
1 year ago
Travis

I am also into forestry and what you describe I have come to exactly the same conclusions. Only problem being a lone worker in a dangerous environment you do need to think of safety which is why I use what3words to pinpoint my woodland location in case of emergency.
2 years ago

Abe Coley wrote:I take oxymoron to mean a contradiction in terms. Permaculture is the best way to farm, so it can't be an oxymoron.  Permaculture oil refinery - now that's an oxymoron.



I struggle with this as I look at part of my farm as being an oil refinery. So far down the refinery  route I produce gas as part of my torrefication of wood. I produce oil from oil seed rape. I combine the torrefied wood and OSR oil with water to produce an alternative to diesel. The ongoing project is an alternative to aviation fuel (kerosene) from Jerusalem Artichokes.
2 years ago
I classify my farm as permaculture even though I use a tractor. What is this hang up over fuel so long as your fuel is renewable and can be grown on your own farm than I cannot see a problem. My tractor is "diesel" but powered by my own fuel produced of wood, oil seed rape and water.
2 years ago