Chris Dean

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since Nov 07, 2009
South New Mexico Mountains
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Thanks for the video--haven't heard of this guy before...I like him!

Does anyone have any experience in dry conditions with no dig?
4 years ago
That's definitely one of the most photogenic beds I've seen! Great work
4 years ago
That's a cool idea. I'm interested to see the progress as you get things going.

Do you have high winds where you are? We have wind here a lot, I would think these would dry out quickly here
4 years ago
I have been reading more about aquaponics and wanting to get into it, but I have been trying to do it without electricity. It seems like the two basic things you need electricity for are pumping and aeration. You can address aeration by dropping water from a height (I've also seen other ways to do this...I'll have to find those videos) but then you have to pump it back up.

Then I saw this video:
...and thought this would be perfect. Has anyone tried this?
5 years ago
Cool! The other one I saw just looked different from mine. Thanks guys
5 years ago
But now I think I am mistaken. I planted it last year from seed but I may have mislabeled it. It died off and then came back really early this year. The chickens love it.

Anybody know what it is?
5 years ago
My income is about 90% from online work (writing, websites, etc.) and I work from home. Having that internet connection at home means I can be here all day and attend to any emergencies that might pop up on the homestead. It's extremely handy for me.
5 years ago
And I forgot to say...great idea with the strawbale! And don't forget to post updates
5 years ago

Todd Parr wrote:The city picks up all the leaves and grass clippings, etc.



Not trying to worry you or anything, but those grass clippings could have nasty stuff too. The nasty stuff will break down in compost though, but it might be worth it to test it out first. I hate hearing stories about seedlings being killed by compost--I want to only make my own from now on but without machinery it's a lot of work!
5 years ago
I held some pomegranates back this year from a tree on the property so I could try to germinate some of their seeds. Problem is I forgot about them and now the fruits are sitting in a bucket, fermented and with a little mold growing on them.

I've never grown a tree from seed. Would the fermentation/mold cause any problems with the seed growing? Basically...is it still worth my time to get some seedlings out of them?
5 years ago