brian hanford

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Recent posts by brian hanford

We got a new side by side, now this is recycling. Only the 3rd generation to use it, fresh out of storage.
1 year ago
Kids working hay, local weedy Poly-culture hay.
1 year ago
Zucchini and tomatoes are doing great, should have beans and cucumbers soon.
1 year ago
Picture update for the garden
1 year ago
Changed to raised beds for the potatoes and they have just exploded and we started getting potatoes july 6th. As one of my friends commented "your garden gets better every year". It takes some time, but our fertility keeps growing. Mulch, chop and drop, Poly-culture path ways, we mow the paths and then spread the clippings as mulch. We only bring in arborist chipps,and wood shavings, which give us more texture.
We use sheep and rabbit manure, sheep manure is mixed with the arbor chips as compost then aged for a year.
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3H.R.
1 year ago
Taken pics of a bunch of predator insects. Today we had hummingbirds coming into the garden for onion flowers. Using a raised bed as a buffer pollinator area has worked so well. We also have alot of variety in the living paths.
1 year ago
Berta rotary plow, i had heard many things about this tool. Most reference how it moves soil, my biggest take away from using it. 1 dosent kill worms like a tiller, 2 the soil crumb size is really variable. With using it for primary tillage i didnt see the over pulverized soil or dust like a tiller. Small crumb to clods fist size and everything between. Loved how that worked, looking forward to using it for some contour work if i can find any. We just looked at an 80 acre parcel, which would work great for summer range and permaculture projects.

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3HR
1 year ago
Making a path through part of the beds i used some of the soil for potting mix. Surprised to find most of it is worm castings. We have a large population of Robbins every year and about 20+ nests. They always have big fat worms, or grasshoppers ever time i see them. We have worms every where but to dig up some plain garden soil, with nothing added and fine this was all the reason i have to keep working the way i do.
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3HR
1 year ago
Walking the garden today and found 3 western racer snakes and a bunch of lady bugs breeding. Looking to see how i can create habitat in the market garden. I think i will use the central raised bed as a polly culture area with some perennials, and maybe some dedicated home sites for beneficial insects and animals. Carrots from last year is where all the lady bugs are right now.

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3HR
1 year ago
Found a western racer in the garden. Quail love the wood pile think i will make a couple of brush piles for them.
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3HR
1 year ago