Feidhlim Harty wrote:Hi John, interesting query. In principle everything you've outlined looks as if it should stack up ok.
Some questions and comments:
Do the ducks have a preference for the reeds, or will they continue to simply enjoy the open water of the pond?
For your particulate trap - would coarse sand, quarry grit, or partially composted woodchips all do a similar job here? You may need to scrape off a surface scum here to keep the trap clear.
Another particulate trap may be to have a separate area of the reed bed that is fenced off to prevent access by the ducks; which may need less ongoing maintenance.
The water will not be microbially clean, given the duck droppings, so be sure to cook the crops rather than eat them raw; or to be sure to pick from above the soil line or water line.
I look forward to seeing the first photos.
Feidhlim Harty wrote:John, do you have a wetland or reed bed and do you notice any seasonal variation in effectiveness based on the variability of your rainfall patterns?
William Grotts wrote:How, in a place like central Oklahoma*, do you handle such diverse weather conditions? (ie do I have to increase my grey water output during drought?)
*where we have years that are lush green (this year) and dead dry (like two years ago)
Jen Rose wrote:
Good fodder crops include yellow dock, sunflowers, sunchokes, radishes and turnips (fast and easy to grow), and mustard. They,l eat just about every inch of every plant, including rootstock. dock root has been a bunny delicacy here, and it’s packed with minerals and nutrition! It can be dried and saved as well. The dock is chronically prolific and rabbits do good justice to thinning its ranks.
Spring seed pods on trees and fall leaf drop provide abundance.
Having a clean dry place to poop allows rabbits to do what their wild counterparts do; chew their pellets. They will eat s portion of their own poop for extra nutrition. Usually during the new moon phase. They store more pellets in a full moon when it’s bright and safe enough to forage at night. New moon is time to stay by the burrow and lay low in the poor visibility.
Chris Kott wrote:
So I have as yet to look into it, but the undyed, unbleached, recycled paper litter that we got her appears to contain a proprietary scent control product. I am doing a test in a compost pile that is somewhat dormant at present, to see if it has any negative effects on soil biology. My initial thought was that worms love paper, and that it would be beneficial to use unbleached, undyed, recycled paper waste in the garden for the worms.