Chaunce Stanton

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New to 5 acres that we will transition to permaculture from current horse/pasture.
Southeastern Minnesota; Zone 4b / 5a cusp
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We, too, are transforming a lawn into a growing landscape using wood chips on cardboard.

I understand that some folks want to avoid inks and whatever else, and so they don't use cardboard as a mulch. I get that. That's why I don't use those shiny boxes with multi-color inks and pretty pictures of the products that once were inside of them, but I do use nice big boring old brown cardboard boxes as mulch. They break down fast after smothering that gol-durn crabgrass, and then wood mulch hopefully helps smother the next year's seed bank.

Last summer, I planted round 1 of trees/shrubs in the "lawn" and then laid down cardboard, further mulching with 5"-6" of locally sourced wood chips. This year we'll expand that with round 2 trees/shrubs, and we'll plant lovely edibles/medicinals/show-offs in last year's round 1 project by just pushing back the wood mulch and digging in.

Regarding cardboard mulch: I believe in using what I have, when I can. Back in the city, the nice trash men and recyclers took away practically everything, including our flattened cardboard boxes. But now in the country, I am wealthy with cardboard from moving to the country and various "country living" shipments. Yesterday I received a shipment for seed-starting supplies - it came in a cardboard box within a cardboard box! Sure, I could drive all these boxes to a landfill and make them somebody else's problem (aka "kicking the can down the road"), or I can deal with the cardboard myself and let nature do its thing.

After all, my cats don't need too many cardboard forts. They start getting ideas...
2 weeks ago
Fancy a jelly baby? TOM BAKER, most definitely. He's also the narrator on Little Britain.
5 months ago
Awesome resource! I'm sure I can muster a few questions for Tomas!
6 months ago
Great thread. I've just taken over a 5-acre parcel with about 3 acres in pasture. Mind you, this is definitely in the country. In the heart of the Roundup Ready "corn and bean" country. Even so, I notice the neighboring farms are diligent about mowing. A neighbor stopped over tonight to make sure I'm not making meth introduce himself. He mentioned that the previous owner kept everything mowed. I had just been out on the mower and was feeling pretty good about the amount of mowing I did. (NOTE: like many others on this thread, I am planting in phases to reduce the need for mowing.) The power of "lawn shame" was palpable. Tall grass is like an untucked shirt, apparently.


So, added to the list of 'why people mow', I would suggest that, in certain cultures, conformity is community. If you don't do it like the former occupant used to do it, the entire social structure may unravel. Dogs will turn feral. Deer will steal your truck keys and try to run you down. Giant rats will clog your septic system. All because you didn't mow your land.

The one consolation I have is mowing on my Husqvarna zero-turn mower is kind of fun, but I don't want to have that kind of fun two or three days a week in the summer. I don't have a tractor, and I don't want one as I'm not particularly mechanical, so mowing the pastures seems like a huge waste...however, I don't want it turn into a thicket - not without it being at least a planned permaculture thicket!  I'm thinking a herd of brush-clearing goats who keep everything trimmed in the summer and then take a nice vacation to Phoenix in the winter would do the trick. Or maybe an apocalypse of wood mulch.
7 months ago

Michael Sohocki wrote:Thank you for all your questions--anything else I can answer before i get up off the table?

Restaurants can be a long-term support for local, sustainable agriculture. But you have to understand their point of view first. Like farmers, restaurants only grow what sells.



No question from me, just a huge thank- you, Michael, for taking the time to share your insights.
7 months ago
I sneak up on rugosa patches and gobble fresh hips.
8 months ago

r ranson wrote:If the novel has a permaculture aspect you can promote it on permies.



Sounds like a killer premise for novel number 4! Thanks.
8 months ago
I published two novels on CreateSpace and one short story. A third novel will make an appearance there at some point, too.

Easy to use? Yes. Make money at it? Nope.

The real problems with trying to make a living at writing books aren't about the publishing format. The real challenges are marketing and a diminishing number of book readers.

That said, I think another well done permaculture book would do very well!
8 months ago
WOW! Thank you for sharing this. A lot of lessons in your observations. Three questions:

When you add animals, what kind? Presumably not pigs.

Are you doing any understory plantings?

Will the long-term plan eliminate the need to mow?
8 months ago
We are about ready to try out our copper alembic still for the first time using lemon balm and peppermint as they're producing the most biomass in the garden right now. Anyone have experience with an alembic still?
8 months ago