Dave Dahlsrud

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North-Central Idaho, 4100 ft elev., 24 in precip
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We live in a similar climate as The Lab and my thoughts go-to keeping that thing from freezing solid and cracking the sides out during the winter if there isn't a whole lot of usage.  Could something like this rocket soaker maybe incorporated into a Truly Passive Greenhouse/WOFATI design or would the moisture/humidity be too much for a structure like that?
1 month ago
Just curious if there's been thought/discussion on squaring off the inside of the vertical log hive so that you could use standard-ish sized frames?  Maybe do a side by side with a rounded out vs squared off vertical log hive to see which works out better...
1 month ago
With all things being equal on a project like this (I e. appropriate soil conditions, etc) would it be best to install terraces on the  shorter &steeper vs longer w/ less slope aspect of the property?  The property I'm working on is approx 336 ft by 660 ft, just trying to develop enough water flow to establish and orchard.  Similar climate as Missoula but less heat in the summer/ cold in the winter.
1 month ago
I'm in!  This should be a great step forward in addressing all of the greenhouse "suck factor"!
1 year ago
Thanks Doc!  I'm glad to hear that this technique is t least somewhat valid, that really opens up quite a few more doors and seems like a great way to repurpose what otherwise would be a waisted resource for many folks as they transition away from toxic chemical agg!!!  Thanks again!
2 years ago
Thanks for all the info and suggestions guys, this should really help out!!!  So I have a bit of a follow up..... I've got a line on a 220gallon conical bottom mixing tank for cheap, the hitch is that it was used to mix herbicides on a commercial farm.  I've heard that you can rinse the tanks with hydrogen peroxide solution several times and it will neutralize the toxic elements and make the tank useful again.  Has anyone heard or done this with success or should I just keep looking?
2 years ago
I've read that making a compost tea of horsetail (equicetum sp?) is great for addressing fungal issues in your garden plants.  I haven't been able to find a good recipe with directions, does anyone have a good resource or recommendation for brewing and applying horsetail tea for your plants.
2 years ago
Does anyone have suggestions or resources for building a brewer in the 100-200 gallon range?  We have a broad acre property that we manage and I would like to start incorporating compost teas into our pasture ground.  Thanks
2 years ago
Travis, I'm always interested in meeting with folks in the area and sharing experiences.  It's great to have someone you can bounce ideas off of and brainstorm solutions to our unique problems that we run into in this neck of the woods!  Let me know what you come up with-Dave
2 years ago
Hey Travis, I'm up on the Camas Prairie near Winchester.   Good to hear there are like minded folks around-Dave
2 years ago