Woody Glenn

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since Apr 16, 2014
Delmarva Peninsula, MD Zone 7
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I found this. I wonder if it would scale down to a 6 chicken yard?

4 years ago
Ive got about a roughly square 1000 sqft spot that I would like to let develop into an orchard / chicken yard. I'm restricted to 6 hens, and while their house will be stationary they will get tractor-ed around, fed compost and what ever supplemental feed that they want. So the plot dose not have to provide fodder. Ive got sun, water (Lawn and dirt road run off, reasonably clean, and redirect able) and good dirt. There is a variety of fruit trees across the way including peach, plum, apple, Tupelo, and fig The plot is about 45 degrees off north south and north east boundary is a pretty good jungle hedge with out a couple over grown snags a couple shade trees that are comeing back after I cut them out of vines. I will have to put any fences inside this hedge and while I can add and subtract plants I need to maintain the visual and physical happy neighbor line. The north east face is still briars and raspberry. This line will still need to be a visual boundary but no so much of a wall of green.

With all that said I was hoping to see what other folks have done with comparable spaces. Thanks, Woody
4 years ago
I'm not a lawyer but I do have bad neighbors...... Bulldozing your wild flowers bad. With $ and a lawyer I could join the club of people they leave alone, but for now I am restricted to passive aggressive behavior, to further my re-greening efforts. Your neighbor is polluting you property with over-spray and leeching. Proving that is hard to do. The Following suggestions are for-entertainment purposes only:

A marginally ethical/ Machiavellian suggestion would be to have a large nursery/landscaping company plant a hedge of sorts that comes with a reasonable guarantee to survive. If the neighbors pollution kills theses plantings then the nursery/landscaper would be the damaged party, and would look to the neighbor for satisfaction. I would only attempt to make a larger company the monkey in the middle as they would be prepared to deal with these situations, and part of the cost that you pay is for supporting their corporate umbrella. And I would read the fine print at least 3 times.

Planting Bamboo could be like letting Godzilla loose in the back yard. If You wont run afoul of the local zoneing folks, Planting an 8 foot row something chemical resistant, maybe corn or sunflower? These would provide screening visually and from over spray. Letting it go wild an leaving the stalks up over winter will provide lots of bird food and habitat, and most probably drive you neighbor mad. Corn is so messy, but is it a fine from planning and zoneing messy?

Your neighbor sounds like a crank. Who else dose he hate? Dose he hassle every one else or are you special? Find out how the rest of your community feels about this individual. Bake cookies for every one, because your a good neighbor. How tired are the planning and zoneing people of being used as a weapon? Do they like cookies? Call planning and zoneing in the next town over and pretend to be a gardener whose roses where killed and ask what can be done. Get his goat, make him use up his credibility. Make him call the police because your blowing bubbles and danceing with plastic flamingos. Offer the police cookies. Hell offer the neighbor cookies, it could be all he needs is a little love.
4 years ago
I have about 20 gallons of charcoal left from a little burn pile. I was wondering if I sifted or washed the ashes from the actual chunks of charcoal, would this be good addition to my compost, and not effect the gardens ph to much? Thanks, Woody
5 years ago
I'm out in Kent County Md, and it looks like well more than half the land here is growing corn. Im not sure is soybeans are the only alternating crop but I haven't seen anything else. My immediate neighbors corn/soy field is 350+ acres. I guess I could stop by the Monsanto field station down the road and ask for more info as to the scale of their operations. You are right, in that it is a lovely blue/green orb from above and that "none of them can stop the time".
5 years ago
My little home in Monsanto country abuts a commercial corn/soybean farm. We do get a couple waves of honey and bumble bees when the raspberry's bloom but bees are not a obvious part of the insect population. I would like to encourage the local population with pollinator focused plantings and eventually have a couple hives, but I wonder that with Godzilla as my next door neighbor I'll just be spitting into the wind.
5 years ago
I have read a few references of trying to keep locust posts from sprouting and rooting. I would like to use living locust posts as a fence. How would i go about encouraging fresh cut locust posts to set root and prosper?
6 years ago
I am doing a some hedge restoration this winter and plan on planting a mix of rods and sapplings. These will include imported willow and red osier dogwood and a selection of rods and sapplings from the existing hedges, including wild plum, black locust, some sort of alder, sassafras, maples, and oaks. I am going to plant a lot of everything and see what survives on its own. My primary question is whether I should mulch the areas with wood chips prior to planting? The largest patch has had its top soil removed in the past and has been mowed for the last 10 years. I have enough seasoned chips to cover about 3" deep. I think this will slow down competition from the grass and hold more moisture through the winter and spring. Any thoughts on the merit of this approach? Thanks, Woody
6 years ago
Cj Verde, could you describe your coppice tree mix? did you have plant them in a schedule to keep the slower growing stuff from getting over run by the faster growing trees? I will be sneaking a rocket stove in at some point. I cant remember if the technology works for heating a bread oven. Thanks, Woody
6 years ago
While I'm all for a little verbing, now and again, I feel we lose quite a bit when we kill the noun in the process.

According to "my" tax dollars at work, The two patches I intend to grow out and pollard, each have a different soil type.
The "OTHELLO' soil is wetter and perhaps more acid. This patch will receive more direct light particularly in the morning. I do have more standing dead hard wood here. The most of the large locusts are vine covered topped poles, which could just be a matter of the vines winning, or being a pioneer tree they reached their "climax" for the soil. The other smaller 6-8" standing dead are a mixed bag of locust, oak, maple and sweetgum. They may have been weakened by a change of drainage increasing the standing water, some have drunken machete marks, and I fear a little round-up may have been spread around. This neighbor is a self avowed tree hater, because trees have leaves that get on his lawn, and harbor squirrels. Both of these patches are the results of neighbors cleaning up "their" view across "their" road.
The "MATTAPEX" patch is on the northern east corner and will get less sun, at least until I clear the southern side of this hedge of brambles and whatever they ate . The soil here is noticeably better and has more of a variety of trees including some I have not identified yet. The neighbor is a tidy gardener so I will get points for a "tidy" planting perhaps with wild flowers along the edge.
https://soilseries.sc.egov.usda.gov/OSD_Docs/O/OTHELLO.html

https://soilseries.sc.egov.usda.gov/OSD_Docs/M/MATTAPEX.html

I only briefly surveyed the numbers describing fire wood production. I am trying to provide enough wood to heat my home with approximately 1600 sqft of designated land. I was figuring 3" max for the harvested wood, and not splitting. The way things are going the I will be harvesting existing wood for a number of years before I can install a wood stove any way. I want to be able to harvest wood with out felling trees. I also grew up splitting locust for the family "in the snow uphill both ways". I'd like to keep my splitting down to "for recreational uses only ". I will look for different analysis's of wood production. Thanks, Woody
6 years ago