jared strand

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Hmm, my brush piles have always attracted the animals that eat my garden- namely, rabbits and woodchucks. I still make brush piles though...just don't think to document the process..
5 days ago
Yeah, if the pile is built it's obvious you didn't just stumble upon it.  I don't know about 5 feet high either, I have thinned small forests and had a pile 40x40 and it was maybe 6 feet high.  I tend to throw branches the same way, so they create a tight weave.  If it's too open it will collapse to nothing pretty quick.  
6 days ago
The "proposed" method (by Conservation experts turning tiled cropland into wildflower pasture) is to crush the ends with an excavator, at the same time you are doing other tilling/earthworks.  Now, I'm not sure where the ends are.  It's not like they pour out into a creek, but more disappear into a jumble of forest and brush.  I can see how crushing them would cause the pipes to clog over time with sediment, as the water flow would be seepage instead of flow.  Breaking the pipes throughout the field wouldn't create sinkholes, because there would no longer be continuous flow- just a bunch of random chunks of pipe, I'm hoping.  But that's in the future, if/when I had a Yeoman style plow or at least a single subsoiler shank.  
It's 48 acres, so I don't know that I can build up very quickly with added soil or wood chips.  And it's good soil, not too much clay, but I think because of the high fertility in the PNW, we get a thin layer of dust/sediment and pollen on top of the soil that acts like a thin clay layer. Hoping that pointy hooves can help to break this up, along with seeding daikon and deep rooted grasses to filter and infiltrate the water deeper into the soil.  
1 month ago
I'm on a large space of former cattle pasture in the PNW.  At some time, likely over a half century ago, the pasture was tiled, red clay pipe.  
The pipes have broken in places over time, opening up sinkholes as the free flowing water pulls any available dirt into the pipe and away.
I'm using the pasture for grazing sheep, and not planning on keeping any animals on it through the winter- but looking into remediating the pasture so it doesn't have the sinkholes and the resulting wet areas and wet area plants.  
I've found one sure talking about taking care of this by breaking the pipe at the outflow end. I'm assuming this creates a choke point, slowing the flow of water, and allowing any silt to eventually clog the pipes.  I've also considered maybe a single bar subsoiler, set deep enough (though this might be tough) could break the pipes in numerous places if I did passes at 10-20' intervals.  In any case, once the water flow us stopped, the pipes essentially become the same as buried rocks, minimal problem.
Im on a minimal slope, and not receiving a lot of water from off-site or the road, so just need to work in infiltrating this water once it's no longer in a high speed rush.  Thinking of using trees and planting to open up soil channels.
Anybody have experience (hopefully positive) with this kind of problem, without doing significant earthwork? (I have no problem with swales and berms)
1 month ago
Had some "normal" store bought hangers.  Made this, have ideas for a better version...
4 months ago
As you collect eggs, store them "point down" in an egg carton. I've done ok with them at low room temperature (think of where the chicken lays them, in the shade)
1 year ago
I bought a pair of Bogs in 2010-11 or so.  The taller ones with neoprene uppers. On first walking through a puddle, I could see bubbles coming up out of what looked like a pinhole in the top of the boot. I contacted the company, they sent me a new pair of boots.
I took the new pair through a puddle, and could hear a popping sound afterwards- they had a pocket in the sole that pushed air out. I got another new pair of boots.
Now, I had THREE PAIRS of Bogs. I put two pairs away, and kept wearing them until they actually wore out. They never leaked from those initial holes, at least not internally. But by showing the company video of the issue, hopefully they did some checks on their manufacturing processes.
I just threw away the last pair earlier this winter, when the heel split vertically on both boots within a week. What do you expect for old rubber, they've been around for SEVEN YEARS.
1 year ago
Let me get this straight- you are expending one form of energy to create another form?  And while you are pedaling, what other tasks can you be doing?  I would go get a tape drive and build a wind power generator, and save the bicycle for food grinding or something.
1 year ago
Near where I grew up in Minnesota, there was the foundation if an old factory building.  I assume it was from the 30s or 40s. The walls were shoved full of cans and bottles- and the cans, despite being inside concrete, had rusted and caused the concrete to swell and crumble. Concrete and cob both wick moisture throughout their lifetimes.
I'd stick with using them as shingles. Why take chances?  If you don't fill them, they are empty spaces with one end open to the interior, so no insulation value. If you do fill them, then you haven't saved any material by using them, only given it a sense if structure that could be questionable in the future.
1 year ago