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Ty Greene

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A buddy dropped off a large amount of wood chips recently. first couple loads were a mix of typical woody debris but the last several loads have been 100% pine.

I am unsure of what to do with it all, the other normal chips was easy I just spread them anywhere and everywhere outside where we walked a lot...figured they won't hurt a thing and will only build the soil wherever they are.

Now these pine chips I decided to start putting in the barn (which needs major repair btw) because when it rains a large portion turns muddy due to some inadequate drainage.
Seems to be working fine so far, but I'll have a lot of extra.

I would like to save/age these remaining chips for a future area of planting that would like the acidic nature of pine chips...any reccomendations?

I was thinking just pile them up outside (I have to get them out of my current residential driveway soon, and down to the farm) and tarp over them???
5 days ago
Thanks for sharing. It's a topic that is overlooked by many who are not into permaculture or environmentalism. I'm sure there area plenty of meat eaters on Permies and I'm confident that most are putting some thought into it and trying to do things in a respectful way.

I still buy a fair amount of food from the grocery which gives me the privileged option of sustaining my dietary needs without eating meat.

I can understand how difficult it could be though, to provide your body with all the nutrients it needs in a self-sufficient manner using only a plant-based diet. That could also be a huge gamble come winter time in most places!

If people are hunting, or raising their own animals for food then so be it - at least there is a direct connection to the life that was taken to provide the sustenance.

The more care that goes into all areas of the animal eating process the better, but for me it boils down to "need vs. want" and trying to balance that with my current living conditions.

If my dream of living on the farm comes to reality then maybe I can consider raising some animals for meat or hunting...but I would put a lot of effort into eggs and growing/stockpiling things like beans, potatoes, and nuts first.

I dare say that a hunter/sustainable farm raised meat eater is better for the natural environment than a grocery store vegan ? Of course many factors may sway that either way...

1 month ago
I think it really depends on the person/people involved.

Too much land isn't really too much if it's viewed as wildlife habitat in my opinion.

Just keep some trails mowed and keep a check on certain invasive plants. I find it enjoyable to let the wilds take back over some otherwise abused hay fields. Seeing the amount of pollinators and wildlife going about the wildflowers is amazing!

I think a little precision cutting back here and there will maintain the essence of a woods/wildflower meadow.

Personally I like the idea of more (only if you can easily afford it!) because there is the opportunity of options. Future woodlot, grazing land, etc...

But "more" to me might be a drop in the bucket to some

Where I'm sure there are also plenty of people who think anything over an acre would be too much!

For me, the sweet spot is somewhere between 10-30 acres, I chose on the high end of that and glad I did. Not a problem for me to only focus on a small portion for projects and let the other areas be your wild buffer zone.

...Fencing costs should be considered but luckily our entire property already is surrounded by 8" cedar posts!

1 month ago
I also want to give a flail mower some credit!

I never used one until earlier this year. The farm I work on is a market garden and we use the BCS 2 wheel tractor extensively. It's an amazing machine!

The flail mower is not only used to keep paths/trails clear, but we use it in the garden beds as part of the transition process. It easily takes out old broccoli stalks, tall weeds, fennel heads, you name it!

From what I can see it uses an extremely durable and simple belt drive, and the way that the blades swivel keep it from damaging itself too much upon impacts.

Hopefully one day I can get a pull behind flail mower for my ATV for my own personal farm, but budget is going to be tight for a while so I have been trying to make due...

So far I have been getting by on my home-made contraption, but I find myself replacing blades, belts, and having to weld the deck fairly often from path making abuse of the farm on this "lawn" tractor :) It does get the job done though...kind of!
2 months ago
Thanks Travis for this bit about Ability-Response.

I'm a very deep and passionate thinker that finds myself in a rut more often than not.

Actually most of my life has been a rut, mostly from my own doings and IRRESPONSIBLE behavior.

It's led me down the dark path of blaming others, becoming negative, turning people away from me, etc...

Trying to recover from myself has been a challenge, and it's strange because a permaculture/farming lifestyle has been a big part of the solution - but my wife and kids are not really into it.

We tie up a lot of our money, and my wife has to also work full time for us to maintain our suburb house. Our farm is a little over an hour away and I find myself often going alone, just on the weekends to do basic path mowing, etc...I feel like w/o the help of a dedicated and passionate family/woman that my dreams of a homestead and permaculture orchard are never going to take shape.

I am currently in the decision making part of trying to juggle these two separate lives in a positive way.

Like you mentioned, I have to accept that patience is a big part of this. Glad to see some inspiration here along this journey and I will just have to hunker down and focus on what I CAN DO, instead of getting caught up in and letting the I CANT'S bring me down.

2 months ago
I once found a 1981 Burton snowboard that I sold on ebay for $680

Another good one was a 1986 Power wheels Bigfoot I sold on Craigslist for $100

I am always on the lookout, found numerous things I actually use, too
2 months ago
Personally I would never consider killing a crow...I feel bad enough killing a few insects here and there during farming

I can understand it's frustrating when they are damaging your produce after such hard work, though.

Is there any way you can afford to buy some cover/mesh and try sticking some wires in the ground to act as supports like a mini hoop house? Just use landscaping stakes to make sure it stays put. If you have a large garden area that may be difficult though.

I have seen some others use pinwheels in the garden, or anything that wind causes noise/motion.

Hang a few lines across the area like a clothes line and put different color shirts. etc. on it to blow around...they might think its a busy human crowd and stay away???
2 months ago
Peace is a lot of things, but a few I can think of at the moment are - forgiveness, acceptance, honesty, sharing, and gardening.

Peace can be a long hard's a journey but ultimately it becomes a destination.
2 months ago
If you have the time, a small experiment like you mentioned could give you some results to work with.

Take several pieces of the wood you plan to use for flooring, and make a small batch of the clay you plan to use as well. Set them out in a clean dry place, imagining they are your installed flooring, and label them as to what oil they will be treated with.

Process your chosen nuts to get the oil and keep them separate and labeled as well to avoid confusion.

From there just treat the materials as planned and give things time to cure between coats and afterwards. I would think that you could then test each piece by touching/scraping/getting wet, etc. to see what works and what does not.

Might take some time but then you can rest assured that you gave your best effort in an attempt to find the best choice. During that time you can always continue online research as well.

Hope that helps, I have zero experience in this topic but taking a scientific approach to things can help weed out some questions if you give it a whirl.
2 months ago