michael rowald

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since Jun 21, 2019
Southern illinois
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This is what you need. I bought this truck for 800 bucks originally. At this point in time (5years owned) I probably have 2500 bucks into it. And I have hauled so much gravel and hauled so many things for our farm venture. The bed dumps, I can haul 5-6tons that's 10000-12000 lbs of material. You can get alot moved around. But you'll want to invest in more then a shovel to load it up. But for the prices I saw you tossing around 2500 bucks for a dump truck ain't to bad. Beats the heck out of a 2500 dollar zuki or sami. And since I saw you tossing around the 4000 dollar mark you would still have 1500 bucks left to get you a fixer upper tractor with front end loader to load up the dump truck. You might need another 1k to make 2.5k for a fixer upper tractor with front end loader. But total 5k for a dump truck and tractor with front end loader is a good deal. Then you can trade all that hard shoveling labor in for a tool box and learn how to fix your tractor and dump truck, so you can make serious progress and save your back. Cuz shoveling material isnt gonna get you far, maybe far from a pain free back....
2 months ago
I was thinking this was ginseng but all the pics online show the berry cluster above the leaf canopy. And this plant has the cluster on the stem about 1/3 up stem from ground. The berries turn red around the same time. And if it matters I'm in southern illinois region. And btw this pic is of a really big one I found. Most of the ones I've seen only have maybe 20 berries on the cluster. But this one has like 50+, not sure if that even means much but it sure makes it look healthier. But I'm very unsure on what this is? If it's not ginseng then I'll stop avoiding it with weedeater and mower. Also the deer seem to like the leaves as I've seen them chew the leaves off. Hopefully the pic and info I gave helps identifying it cuz I'd love to know forsure....

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Mike
5 months ago
This is my "chicken coop swale project" as i call it for small scale experience with swale farming. The arrow at top left is my input to the swales basically a ditch being fed from that sheds roof behind chicken coop is filling the swales every rain. And the top two swales i have the 4in pvc culverts installed for over flow. And the third one has a shallow overflow ditch zig zaging back around to the fourth swale not seen in pic and 4th swale over flows out the other end of it and just free flows into the edge of a farm feild via another shallow overflow ditch. I just added the creek rock last month cuz of the rain we been getting eroded that output area of pvc culvert. I know its not the best setup but i have learned alot since i first broke ground on the top one haha. So its a success for me so far. just fishing for more issues that could arise that i should be watching for cuz the mole issue is kinda concerning. But like i said i havnt had any pest digging directly in my swales as they have had water in them since basically i dug them haha this spring-summer has been WET. And i would assume the moles know their is water other wise they would drown once they broke on threw to the water. What part of region do you live in? im southern illinois here. Your soil looks pretty rocky and dry . I assume that climate zones directly impact soil structure of swales hugely. But fortunatley we here have lots of clay in our soil so i assume that would be great for swale building and on the other hand we get something like 48in annual rainfall so that could negatively effect things.... but i dont really know.

i have watched every video on youtube on swales i bet, to gather info from different ppls setup and everyone has different landscapes and climates and etc... so its kinda hard to get a good grasp on all the info. Geoff lawton has some great videos on swales and is kinda more the style im going for with the swivel pipe over flows to have basically total control of your saturation rates for different times of year. But since im in the info gathering stage thats how i stumbled on this site and had to join up to hopefully learn the jedi ways of the earthworks.... lol.

Thanks mike
1 year ago
So im pretty new to the swale farming technique. Were planning to do some major earth works on our farm for berry farming. We have some pretty treacherous landscape tho, rolling hills and erosion gulleys and flash flood creeks in low lying areas. We have alot of south, ssw,sse facing hillsides so they would be great for growing berries on. Were looking into doing some swales to store water for the berries that we plant on the he burms and also control the water that lands on our property to go where we want it to go, rather then eroding what ever is in its path. Since researching this as we clear the land i have done a small scale swale project in our backyard for some minor experience on how they work cuz i firmly believe in hands on experience. The swales in our back yard are maybe 2foot wide burm, 15-20ft long, and i put culverts in so they dont store so much they over flow.(i would say each swale when full to culvert "4in pvc" holds maybe 30-50gallons of water) So the run off from first swales goes down to second swale and so on. Total of 4 swales. And they have been erect since last fall so pretty solid burms now. But i have noticed down hill from them where we have moles digging around water flowing up out of ground threw their tunnels i assume. Anyone with longer term swales have experience with mole issues? Can they cause more erosion/land blowout? Or will the swales eventually drown them outta there holes and slowly backfill their tunnels in from the saturation of ground from stored water? And fyi i only see water coming outta the mole holes/tunnels when it rains alot and never when water is just being stored in swale. So i dont believe the moles have dug tunnels into my swale area, but they have been pretty darn close.

Thanks mike
1 year ago