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Dave Dahlsrud

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BTW, if you're looking to ferment the spent brewers grain (someone mentioned that earlier) you'll need to supply some sort of carbohydrate since most will be leached out of the grains in the brewing process.  I've used soaked fresh grains for this with pretty good success int he past.  Lot's of protein not much carbohydrate in the the spent grains so you'll need to take that into account as you formulate your feed ration.  I like pigs and chickens/ducks for the grains myself....
3 weeks ago
To get a really good idea of what that pasture will sustainable support you'll want to get a forage inventory done.  You can contact your local NRCS or soil conservation district and they'll likely do the testing for you.  Once you find out exactly how much forage your land produces you can figure the carrying capacity.  You'll get pretty good regrowth with your long growing season and irrigated pasture, but you will want to make sure you have a long enough rest to fully recover your pasture between grazing events.  That time will likely change from season to season and you'll have to be flexible to get the best results from your land.  Figure out how much forage you've got and go from there.  Your cattle will need to consume in the neighborhood of 3% of their body weight in dry matter daily, more if you're looking to finish an animal on pasture.
3 weeks ago
I'd go with Jevon's Grow Biointinsive method for what you are describing.  Predominantly staples and compostables, and a smaller percentage of what most people would consider "garden" crops (i.e. tomatoes, greens, etc).  Check out the Biointinsive method for specific recommendations....
3 weeks ago
Looks like everything is working like a champ now!!

paul wheaton wrote:

Dave Dahlsrud wrote:Looks like it works pretty well with Helen's presentation!



Dave, my records show that you bought helen's presentation just as a normal, direct purchase, not as a gift. 

If you did buy it as a gift, then we found a bug in our stuff.   But I am seeing the other purchases as gifts.



Paul, so I totally screwed that one up, but I'm on a mobile device and going back through I'm not seeing the buy as a gift option on any of the links so it doesn't look like it works with my android phone chrome browser...
Looks like it works pretty well with Helen's presentation!
9 out of 10 Acorns....
This is an exhaustive reference for the homesteader or small farm owner.  Just so many good references and resources listed a guy can't even name them all.  Just a quality resource for any of us who like this sort of thing....
4 months ago
I give the playing cards 10 out of 10 acorns!

Nothing else like them that I've found that is so subtle and convenient for opening a dialog about Permaculture.  The art is superb and it's fun for the entire family to pull out a deck and just start reading and finding the hidden names, etc.  
4 months ago
I think you would end up with a more uniform coverage in your mulch by fluffing the hay a bit so that everything is more homogenized and locked together.  It seems like the edges of the flakes wouldn't lock together very well and give an easy route for grass and weeds to come up through the paper and mulch at those seams, if that makes sense.  As the fluffed hay compacts it intertwines giving you a better sheet layer instead of the tile effect you might end up with using the flakes. 
4 months ago
That's right Deb the carbon comes from the atmosphere.  Got a set of NiFe batteries myself, reconditioned Edison cells from Zapworks in Montana.  The documentation that came with them along with Edison's original writings call for a layer of mineral oil on top of the electrolyte to seal out atmospheric contamination that can lead to carbon fouling of the electrolyte and plates thus reducing the efficiency of the battery bank until the fouling is corrected.  My understanding is the KOH has a chemical reaction with the CO2 in the atmosphere that causes the problem.
4 months ago