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Hal Hurst

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since Jun 01, 2015
I've done a a lot of stuff in my time, from commune living in the 60's, to a stint in the moonies, refrigeration design, ship fitting, cabinetmaking, welding, camping, boy scout leader, choral singing, and solid state laser repair.  Lately I've been an advisor for a community garden in Hermosa Beach CA and perfecting luggable self-irrigated planters, working on variations on a closed loop aquaponic system featuring tilapia, solar heating, grow beds, lettuce towers, and raft culture on my limited townhouse footprint.

Moved onto the last property I will ever buy, 11 beautiful partially wooded acres in Western Oregon.

Though I've spent my whole life becoming multicapable, I still and always will have much to learn.
Willamette valley, Oregon.
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If the SEEDS are considered when calculating protein content- and with food that passes through a gizzard I would think it should be- then I assume the protein would be somewhat higher than with juice alone...
6 months ago
I've been running a reality check while reading this thread, comparing it to my acres of heaven, and I have to say that I will never be able to lose my sole the way some posters have done.  

My place is overrun with Himalayan blackberries, wild roses, and poison oak. So I don't imagine I could ever go shoeless except in strictly controlled areas like my annual garden, where I weed regularly and the paths are strewn with wood chips and straw.  

Now when I get my runner bean hedge going I might shed whatever gets in the way of the sun, but only while in the curated patch for annuals, and for sure a session of blackberry picking has got to include boots and overalls.
2 years ago
I'm wondering whether you have considered that children are likely to grow up and move on to other pastimes faster than a living fence will take to control them. Unless there is a succession of them, as in a school or if there is a high turnover in owners/ renters in the property next door.
2 years ago
For those of you that DIDN'T grow up in Southern Calif, that was the logo of Pea Soup Anderson's, previously of Santa Nella.  My Dad's favorite oasis when driving to or from regions to the north. Now consumed by the press of newer businesses.
2 years ago
Matt: still involved in moving in- greenhouses are in my list and now it looks like Feb for the build. Still interested long term.
2 years ago


does this help?
2 years ago
I unnecessarily raised the hackles of some folks thanks to my incendiary headlining.  Nonetheless I have watched and read the material and have concluded that 1) there are ways to do this without collecting a lot of surface water in the slope and 2) I might as well wait until early January when I will be in residence before detailing my system, so I can measure particular slopes, etc.
2 years ago
As a newcomer to Oregon, I am finding Carol Deppe's book Resilient Gardener very helpful in finding strategies to deal local climate conditions and natural cycles.  From selecting varieties of garden vegetables to finding ergonomic techniques for gardening, to recipes for making the best of homegrown food, to recommendations for tools, this is the complete package. It's not too polyanish either.  If there are drawbacks to a certain practice or cultivar, she has no problem saying so.  I give it a 10.
2 years ago
A quick thank you to Roberto and Peter for taking an interest and sharing their concerns.  Their posts require and deserve some study and so I will do that over the course of my Thanksgiving family-intensive holiday.  See you on the other side.
2 years ago
I have to say that as escrow has not closed I am exiled to San Diego, 1000 miles away, until January.  I am going on my notes about the property taken at my inspection in October, trying to form a plan that will have to pass scrutiny after I can make more detailed observations.  The highest monthly winter rainfall averages are 6.8 and 7.4 inches for the months of Jan- Feb and it cycles to less than an inch in Jul-Aug.

The hillside in question is a clearing about 150 feet up from a seasonal creek, with plenty of forested land on all sides with Douglas fir of 40-50 feet tall.  The top of this hill is off the property and at least 3-4 times that high.

I have not observed the property in all seasons yet, though I have rainfall records and other data logged about 3 miles away.  There was 1.65 inches of rain on the heaviest rain day last year. Strong winds and deluge style rain doesn't seem to be the norm here. The surrounding well-treed areas seem to shelter the area from strong winds. The local airport has wind speeds that average about 10 mph, rarely as high as 20mph and generally the wind is uphill, from the South. That's without the sheltering from the trees.

I want to understand your concern with fruit trees on berms, and wind.  Please spell it out for me.  Here are some other details that might help.

I plan to plant only enough trees of the same type for fertilization, and they would be adjacent to their pollinator companions, though widely spaced, with non-fruit trees distributed throughout. The emphasis being to grow as many different fruits as possible. Beekeeping is part of the plan, as are plants to attract wild pollinators.
2 years ago