Dennis Barrow

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Columbia Falls, MT
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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.
6 days ago
I love these gift wrap idea's.  When I was a kid we used the sunday funny papers for wrap.  Saved them for several months and then would cut out funnies of the same type and tape them together so the person getting the gift had several cartoons of the same type.
1 month ago
This forum reminded me of when the grain trains used to derail around the south side of Glacier National Park all the time, (many years ago). 
The railroad would bury the grain next to the tracks, well, a few weeks later the grain would ferment and the grizzly bears loved to dig it up and eat it. 
Nothing like watching a bunch of grizzlies, (from a distance) staggering around drunk!! 
1 month ago
I was winter camping about 35 years ago and it was so cold I pulled my hudson bay blanket over my head during the night.  Had to have help in the morning to get near the fire to thaw it out.... it was totally frozen across my face.
4 months ago
I started my vermicomposting a few years ago by having my grand daughter help me pick up worms from the sidewalk and driveway after a good rain. 
We put them in a compost pile and have added food scraps.  I have done nothing else with them, (well, I have taken a few fishing from time to time )
I have several gallons of casting waiting for me come this spring.  And I know the worms winter well because they are all local yocals.
6 months ago
Would a good insulated wall and a soda can solar heater work? 
If the solar is working a fan powered by a small solar panel to move the warm air around the greenhouse.
Just a thought.
1 year ago
I don't have a green house, but thermal mass is something I stumbled on a few years ago.  I used 12" X 12" X 2" pavers in my garden to walk on.  All around the pavers the plants grew the best!  Nice warm masses helped warm the soil and speed up growth.

I have since used dark rocks in different areas where I didn't want pavers and they work great.
1 year ago
When ever I go to the store I always look at the discount bins first.  I have found some perfect, if ugly, food there.  Many times I buy a lot and dehydrate or can it.  We have a pressure cooker that doubles as a canner and it is so easy to can 1 or 2 pints or quarts.
1 year ago
I have a scythe that came from my Mothers Uncles ranch in North Dakota in the the 60's.  I have never used it and kept it stored safely away from my 5 kids while they were growing up.... Could imagine what they would have done with it, like the son that shot a spear gun straight up in the air to see if the spin of the earth would make it come down further away from him. It did, about 6 inches.

I hope to have a place soon that I am able to use the scythe on.  Need to find a sharpening stone for it before then.  I have watch several video's on using it and think that it will not be a problem for my back and I had surgery for a herniated disc 3 years ago.
1 year ago
It would seem that a wall could be built on top of the RMH so that 1/2 is in say the bedroom and 1/2 in the living area.

Maybe steel studs or some such and the mass built around it?

1 year ago