Dennis Barrow

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since Jan 19, 2014
Columbia Falls, MT
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Tried to edit my post, but all thumbs.

Here is my strawberry patch today.  It really likes this raised bed.
4 months ago
It really is a terrific ideas she came up with for these books.  One could spend a lot of time pondering "what if's"... well, I guess she did do that and wrote a bunch of books on it.   lol
4 months ago
Got it.... If I post "Quality Post" 15 million times I have a better chance.... lol
4 months ago
I am a fan of Sci Fi and permiculture and gardening and being healthy...

Well, I think your book sound fantastic!!  If I don't win a copy I will need to purchase one.

Hope I win, win, win,  lol.

4 months ago
The wife and I have been looking for property here in NW MT for about a year now.  When we do find it, we should have our plans in place for what to do first.

I already told the wife that fruit trees go in before building the home.

Then a small garden, maybe a couple raised beds while building, gotta eat, ya know?

Next will be infrastructure for the animals we will need.  Slow and easy, don't want to get overwhelmed by it.

I didn't mention that I am of social security age and when we find the property we will probably retire to work on it.  Current house will sell for quite a bit so will $$ to buy land and build home.  Going to downsize home to probably 1000 sq ft.  We have 5 children, four of them sons that are all builders.  They figure 2 weeks to weather in a home for us.  Glad we didn't get something this spring because turns out they are all pretty busy right now.  One moved to ST Croix, USVI to help rebuild, another just had a daughter, (5 granddaughters and no grandsons, yet), then another is moving back into Montana from Wyoming and the other one is building his own home right now.

Ramble, ramble, ramble.

But yes, a plan  is shaping up and the 3 first things would be:

Fruit trees


4 months ago
Lead by example.  I always try to do the right thing, whether it is picking up garbage, cleaning up messes in public area's, saying "hi" to pretty much everyone I see.
Recycle everything possible.  Helping neighbors.  I am nearing retirement and planning on working full time when I do.  That will be helping people with whatever they need.  Some for free, some for trade.
Currently looking for a small piece of property to "start over" on.  Build small and be self sufficient and possible.  Building and maintenance background so pretty handy there.
oh, I think I started to ramble....  lol
5 months ago
I had cancer a couple years ago also, tho not as spread as yours.
Started many therapies, essiac tea, cbd's (refined marijauna oil), every type of natural items I could find.

I had surgery a few months later and doctor said it was receding amazingly.

Good luck to you and your family.

Your "letter" you wrote is amazing.

7 months ago
I had to thin out my strawberry bed and saw a video by someone in Australia that built a raised bed out of pallets.
I made one this past Monday.
Cut the slats out of pallets and stained them from stain I had.
Took a few hours but turned out pretty nice I think.
No cost because I used materials I had on hand.
Lined the bottom with small branches, compost, some "clay dirt" I had and a few inches of good soil on top.

7 months ago
Welcome, Dr Tilgner!
The book you have written sounds fantastic !!
7 months ago
We have a few deer in our area that are always in the neighbors yards, but not mine.  

My kids built a fence a few years ago for my wife for mothers day.  It is 6 feet tall, 6' wide fence boards with 1/4 " spacing.  

Just down the road some folks have a chain link fence 6' tall and have deer in their yard all the time.  We don't.
I figure it is because they can't see inside so won't jump the fence.

If they knew what was growing in my yard it would be a different story.  And it would devastate us as we grow 60%  of our own food.

I know it is not an orchard, but visibility may be a key to this also.  I have seen many reflectors, cd's, special tapes, etc. that bounce any light around.  I know that helps as the deer don't like it.
8 months ago