Pearl Sutton wrote:I'm a dumpster diver/recycler type. The bottles you have water in are going to sun damage fast in your climate. If you don't want the floor wet by them when they leak, make arrangements for where the water will go. I really wish they made those out of better plastic for those of us who reuse them, they don't, so mitigate the damage that they might cause. That thread of mine above had a suggestion to put the small thermal masses right by the plants, that may be a useful thought for you too. I'm using Folger's coffee cans for my smaller thermal masses, they are tougher plastic and stack well.
Lovely work! Looks beautiful!! Keep us posted on how it does this winter :)
Jondo Almondo wrote:I'm envious of great big piles of woodchips, but it seems like cheating to just import masses of organic matter from another site to improve your own. Not to mention the energy intensive chipping and all the nitrogen lost to the atmosphere in the process. Sure its a waste product, but its also ecological madness and very inefficient.
Mike Jay wrote:That's where the PEL program could take over. Or the PEM program. That is, Lauren's version or Mike's version. Lauren's might be specifically for conditions in her area of Utah. Mine might be a really good program for cold forested areas. Mine wouldn't have any excavator use in it (since I don't have one) but it might focus more on things like cordwood construction, foraging, maple syrup, etc.
William Schlegel wrote:"all of this is completed without imports (except seeds) from more than 500 feet away" Here is a quote from the second badge level. To do the second badge level with this requirement on my current property I would need to plant some poplars where I plan to do a future Hugel and wait! Or do it somewhere else.