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Dj Cox

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Cody, I’ve spent some time using that app now. It’s very useful. I was surprised by how well it worked. Thanks.
1 month ago
I don’t see the branches being useful for woodworking except for whittling. If there are any large pieces you end up saving, you may want to put fat, paint, or Anchor Seal on the end grain to prevent splitting. This is a must if the wood will be used for turning.
1 month ago
From Wikipedia:
An acre of empress trees can absorb 103 metric tons of carbon dioxide a year. Once the trees reach maturity, farmers harvest their wood for use in houses or musical instruments.[11]

The characteristic large size of the young growth is exploited by gardeners: by pollarding the tree and ensuring there is vigorous new growth every year, massive leaves are produced (up to 23in/60 cm across). These are popular in the modern style of gardening which uses large-foliaged and "architectural" plants........

This seems like a great tree to add into a food forest for chop n drop if you want to add carbon and shade.
1 month ago
MELVILLE!!! You’re a genius!!!
That is exactly it. I had always thought it was a catalpa until I saw the fruit. The bark is nothing like a persimmon and the leaves just didn’t seem right. Yes, the fruit is very sticky.  Thank you!
1 month ago
Thanks. I was thinking that myself. Japanese Persimmon — Diospyros kaki
1 month ago
Large tree in front yard. Western Washington.
1 month ago

William Bronson wrote: I have no forest of any kind,  but I would like to chime in on behalf of chickens or other fowl.



They have been doing great on the forested upslope part in the top left of the property. We have about 15 chickens and 4 ducks right now. We are going to fence in a new section this week that keeps their coop within the new fenced in area. I am currently supplementing most of their food with layer feed, pellets, and our food scraps. Once chickens get moved I’ll start planting ground cover and legume trees in there.

I think I will start a paddock system next year that has their coop better designed and better placed to be a hub with paddocks radiating off of it.
1 month ago
You guys rock. Thanks. That all helps a lot. Nichole, that was super. I haven’t done a pdc yet but I think I’m going to start putting together a formal design. I’d love to be able to share the designs with you permies as I go along. Has anyone done that on this site before?

I’m imagining I could try to put facilitate a ‘crowd sourced’ design. I could put together some videos of the place to help show what’s there and have some maps that people could place a design on top of.
1 month ago
I used to work at a bike shop that sold tricycles. In my opinion, they are more dangerous than people think. People would often buy them for an elderly person or for someone with cognitive disabilities and the outcome was too common. The trike would tip on them while they were sitting in place and it would start to role backward on a slope, or the trike would tip on them as they tried to make a small radius turn on a slope.

I don’t know all off the values and considerations that lead you to wanting a trike but I think you may want to at least look at a step-through bike with a low angled seat tube like this pic below. Any shop worth it’s salt can set a bike like that up with large sturdy baskets and a sturdy kick stand. Also, I think most people find that these bikes are just as easy to ride up hills as they are geared properly for getting around and not geared for racing around.
1 month ago
I want a food forest to become the main source of food for my family. I don’t need it to be regenerative to native species or meet any spiritual needs. I just want it to meet the demands of climate change, the end of oil, and complete societal collapse.

I like the idea of the sun pockets. I think I can get away with 2 or 3 25’ clearings that let in enough light to get some support plants established. I think this will leave enough forest for the Mrs. to go along with the plan.

I feel like I need a guide for what to do in the first years of owning a new property. And I wish I had an idea of if I should get someone to do some exploratory digging to find out if I have clay beneath my glacial till. And then this makes me think if I can terrace the property. And that makes me wonder if I made a terrible decision on the property I purchased and I should find somewhere else. Is this an existential property crisis? Am I the only one FREAKING OUT HERE?!

Smiles :)
1 month ago