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Katherine Oconnor

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since Jul 29, 2016
Arid, Sunny, 8,000' Buena Vista, Colorado
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Recent posts by Katherine Oconnor

Hello,

I'm in zone 5 sunny Colorado at 8,000' with less than 10" precipitation a year. I purchased 6 sea berry bushes, all in 1 gallon pots. They did not come with any planting instructions. How much sun, how much water will they need. How deep and wide should I dig the holes? Are they super beautiful and should I plant where I can view them all the time or better as a hedge of some sort? The soil is sandy - what kind of amendments does it need? Mulch and if so what kind and how much? What size height and planting distance should I expect? Thank you!
1 year ago

keith hughes wrote:I have a community starting in June if interested?  It is near Buena Vista, Colorado. Keith



Hi Keith - I'd like to hear more, I'm in BV.
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Any recommendations for vermiculture/composting educators to teach a short course in Buena Vista, Colorado? Thanks
1 year ago
my keyhole experience
Great thread, exactly what I was looking for, thanks for sharing. I really like the willow weaving and this gives me a better direction. Appreciate it.
1 year ago

r ranson wrote:
Think about it as a mix of hugelkulture, water retention, worm bin, with some composting.

Thanks! That helps me frame it better, especially when I think of the hugelkulture aspect.
1 year ago

Taryn Hesse wrote:hi
those keyhole beds are 3 ft or 1 meter radius not diameter!



Thank you - I corrected the mistake. You are right, I meant radius, not diameter.
1 year ago
Hello friends! Perhaps I haven't had enough coffee this week. Keyhole gardens have stumped me. To build, you place a wire mesh basket in the center of a circle and fill with your greens (kitchen scraps). Around the basket you build a 3' radius enclosure that is also 3' high. The width is the distance that the nutrients can travel, the height is perfect for not bending over. You fill the enclosure with all of your browns and make them wet. Cardboard, straw, phone books, everything soaked in water. You cover with topsoil, plant your veggies and mulch. You water weekly by pouring your water into the center basket. It seems to me like it's just container gardening with an elegant system to hide your compost bin? From my attempts at composting, I always thought it was the "lasagna" layering of browns and greens that promoted composting, allowing air so that the kitchen food didn't compress, rot and attract bugs. What if your kitchen scraps pile up in the center - do you climb up there and turn them? Wouldn't the top of the planting area sink down as the browns compact, creating a constant need to fill with more dirt? Has anyone done a keyhole and shown benefits beyond an attractive raised bed? Thank you.
1 year ago
I love the idea of buying some land two hours away that already has a building. Fix up the building as your escape cabin. Then you could rent the building out as a rustic cabin. You could get one of those endless youthful enthusiasts begging for a space to practice permaculture to fix up the land for you! Lots of possibilities. As my dad has said regarding real estate, "There's only so much land on the planet. Makes sense to own some."
1 year ago
Keep us updated with your progress! I'm in CO and haven't found any basket weaving courses and I'm always on the lookout. I think it would be such a productive hobby.
1 year ago
Keep us posted on your progress!
2 years ago