megan francine wrote:New here, hi! Technology is not my thing; I work with bodies, babies, earth, and food. I can’t find any place on this site to CREATE a post... only how to reply to other posts. I am wanting to see if there are any gentle permie souls along the northern front range in Colorado. I live in Boulder and helped on a homestead with Sunny and Sequoia down in New Mexico right after my son was born, and am now looking for something in these parts. I am an earth mama to my bones and am looking to connect with other homesteaders in the area. What button Do I push to create a post? Or do I need to earn my keep/pass a permie test first?
John C Daley wrote:Sorry about the Engineer speak!!
A like to use the correct terms, so that over time the community has it correct.
The worst is "cement', when people mean, "concrete".Cement is a component of concrete,
just as flour is a component of a cake, but nobody calls the cake, flour !!
Toe of upstream dam- the base of the dam at the downstream side of that dam.
Tailwater - when water backs up behind a dam, it sits at a level consistent with the height of that dam.
Where the water level backed up, strikes the natural stream running into the dam, that area is called the tailwater.
Jodie Usher wrote:Hi,
So I have access to woodchips (stem, branch, leaf) from a local tree service. Mixed types possibly some black wattle in it (nitrogen fixer). I want to spread this out 5 inches thick on top of my paddock to start a large no til garden. I’d love to plant in that area in a couple of months in spring. Pumpkins, sweet potato, potato, melons.
I want to add something to the woodchip so that’s it breaks down a bit faster (as it’s mixed, I could end up with very little green matter in it if I’m unlucky) and so that it ends up being a good amendment. I’m in Australia , low phosphate soils, it’s slightly on the acidic side due to high iron content in the ground water in the gulley down from the paddock. I’m thinking cow manure, or blood meal (or both?) the manure partly because the pumpkins will send down those little roots along the stem and if it’s straight onto raw woodchip that might not be great. The blood meal as a nitrogen boost to speed up the process. Generally quite dry here.
Any thoughts? Thank you!