Bonnie Kuhlman

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Cristobal Cristo wrote:Bonnie,

Is the picture the current setup that you have or something that you want to copy?
I recommend DripDepot - s customer service lady on the chat gave me a crash course on my orchard irrigation and since then everything became clear and I quickly extend it if I need, because I know all the parts and calculations.
If you have specific questions, please ask them here.

The picture is something I want to copy.  My current setup is a hose and spray nozzle, lol.  My garden is way too large for a hose, and when I drag it around, it always ends up on top of a plant, even with the posts I have to guide it.

I will take a look at DripDepot and the others that were suggested.  Thank you.

5 hours ago
I want to make this to irrigate my garden.  Can you help me find the parts?  Also, I didn't know where to put this.  We don't have a forum for irrigation.


9 hours ago

John Indaburgh wrote:I'd suggest you investigate whether you can buy mushroom manure in your area. Mushroom manure is manure that was used to grow mushrooms commercially. It's spent manure still with plenty of nourishment for your lawn. It's advantage is that it was steamed 2 or 3 times. It's been used to grow a couple batches of mushrooms. So; many of the weed seeds have germinated and been picked out. The steaming will also kill many weed seeds. It will green up a lawn and any roots of your trees and plantings that grow under the lawn. This is a permanent organic improvement to your lawn and the soil.

Spreading this is not as easy as buying a bag of fertilizer as you can't buy a spreader at the big box store. I've bought a pickup load and spread it over a lawn quite a few times. You only need a small covering. A half inch thick. An inch thick covering won't hurt your lawn. You do need to break up the 3 inch diameter clumps that you will find before you spread it. I'd suggest you use a flat shovel not a spade. You simply throw a shovel full over a broad area and on successive throws try to spread it evenly. Small areas can be covered by rocking the shovel so the it falls off the shovel on either side. If this product is available in your area then I'd either use my pickup, a rental, or get it delivered, for about $35 a load in this area. The product is about $35 a yard and you can comfortably get 2 yards in an 8 foot pickup bed. If you use a truck you have the advantage of getting it closer to where your spreading it. Myself tho, I wouldn't drive the truck over the lawn.

Another thing you can do is to spread grass seed before you spread the manure. A light covering of seed is called overseeding. A heavy layer of seed would be reseeding. If you sow the seed by hand you can do the overseeding/reseeding in one pass by simply sowing as much seed as each area needs. Myself I spread more seed than many do; as I find the amount you save by going cheap isn't worth the effort you've spent in labor.

I've added amendments to the manure. If you have clay I'd suggest you shovel 3 shovels of mushroom manure and one of sand into a wheel barrow. By the time you shovel it out of the wheel barrow and onto the lawn the product will spread extremely evenly. The sand is amazing at changing the tilth. When you buy this it may be quite wet. If it's been raining a lot it'll be much worse than if you buy it after a few days of dry weather. You can also mix some lime into the mixture. There are some on this site that will tell you to never add sand to clay, but they do this on golf courses where it's called topdressing. Also the majority of top soil sold commercially in my area is a shredded mix of clay and sand without any improvements.

So much good info here.  I can't believe it hasn't gotten more attention.  Did everyone else see this?  I have a mushroom farm not too far from me.  I'm going to use your ideas here.  Thanks for sharing this info.
10 hours ago

rectangular bales of clean, non-sprayed wheat straw

Thank you, Dr. RedHawk, for all of your work that you share.  Several years and I am still gleaning knowledge from you.  

Realizing we are in different states, do you have any advice on finding non-sprayed straw?

1 week ago
I remember coming across an accountant quite awhile ago talking about gardening and hugelkulture.  She shredded old tax records and buried them deep in her garden beds.
1 month ago
Jay, I have a frame like you described.  I use it for sifting soil for seed starting.  

I'm not too concerned with the amount of dirt I'll lose from the rock beds.  I'm working on another technique of raking the rock into piles.  Then maybe I can use a shovel instead of a pulling them into a bucket with a hand claw.

I'm trying to attach a pic.  Behind the house (not visible in the pic), is a circular area about 10' diameter.  There are rocks all along the back and front of the house.  You can see a small section in front of the tree top right of pic.  

I'm sure the previous owners thought rock was a low maintenance idea, but they probably also sprayed it with poisons.  I'd rather put down layers of paper, cardboard, and mulch.  Mulch is much easier to move than rock.

2 months ago
The property we bought a couple years ago has many 'planter' areas filled with rock.  The rock is about 2-3" size and about 6" deep in most of these areas, poured over a weed barrier that is now rather deteriorated.  It took me about 2 hours to clear a 2'x2' section.  I'm pulling the rocks out with a hand 'claw' type tool into a bucket and dumping that into a wheel barrow.

I'm 60+ and don't have the endurance I used to have.  I can do this, but thought I'd ask if anyone has a better way to get all this rock removed.
2 months ago
I love this idea, but would add just a little.  I really HATE plastic (and I don't use the word 'hate' often).  I would love to see better paper produce packaging; a real butcher shop where the meats are in cases and wrapped in butcher paper when you purchase it; the same with cheese.  Paper produce cartons could be advertised as compostable.  Butcher paper usually is waxed, so would not be compostable, but much better than styrofoam and plastic wrap.

There are a few stores that actually have programs for those in the city to bring their bags, containers, food scraps, even clothes to sort in bins.  The stores then deliver them to farms, or other places where they can be reused or composted.
2 months ago

Lynne Cim wrote:I am always up-cycling old pillows into mattresses by adding natural materials above and using them as the soft base layer.

Many things still have a useful life after they fade, tear or get a stain.


Lynne, can you share more about how you make a bed out of old pillows?  That looks like a lot of rope in your picture.  My nephew has an old rope bed passed down to him.  I'd love to know how they were made.

3 months ago
Here's another one.  I haven't tried this yet, but hope grows, lol.

4 months ago