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Miles Flansburg

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Miles was born into a ranching family. His Mom and Dad moved to the big city so he has lived in both worlds. Miles is married with two college aged children. He has been gardening all of his life , in Colorado and Wyoming. A Wyoming Master Gardener and Permaculture newbie. Miles loves hiking, camping and fishing in the Rockies. He and his family live on a small suburban lot outside of Denver and own a ten acre forested lot in Wyoming that is slowly being planted with food crops.
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WOW Tatyana that is awesome!

So explain a little more about the pumpkins. Do you put them in a separate compost pile and then move the compost to the beds or do you just lay the pumpkins down in the bed and plant in them?

Is it all pumpkin compost or other ingredients?
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4 days ago
Hi denise, good question !  Usually it is a sacrificial plant that bugs really like, that we can plant amongst our good stuff . The bugs will go to their favorite plant first and we can "trap" them.

WIKI article Here
4 days ago
Looks like you are getting lots of ideas and good advise! Gotta love these permies folks.

I am pretty much doing the work alone, my wife comes up and helps when she can. My brother has helped with tree cutting and such. I have a back hoe and lots of tools so I just plug along. I am thinking the same as far as using it as a place to get away from the city. Someday I hope I can afford a "home " of some sort, but the camper is pretty nice and treats us well.

We have bear, mountain lion, and wolves(from Yellowstone) I have seen tracks and scat but never seen them. I had hoped to catch them on my game cameras but nothing yet. There are usually several neighbors around and they have seen them. I think with all of the people, dogs, activity, traffic, they stay clear of us for the most part.  Actually the first week that we went up there, after buying the land, we were in a tent and a bear came through while we were out exploring. I still have the big Tupperware that has teeth marks where the bear got into our food and scattered it all over. We stopped tent camping after that and got the camper.
4 days ago
Great post Jay! I have only fished the Rockies most of my life so it is nice to see what others do. Is there a size limit? How big /small can they be to get a good filet from them?
We do pretty much the same here in Wyoming. Lots of little streams, with small trout . My favorite is using a fly fishing rig on a small stream in the spring. I have been places where the fly had not even hit the water before the brookies would come flying out of the water to grab it. Tons of fun but don't keep them as they are usually pretty small. Use hooks with no barbs to cut back on the damage.
5 days ago
Howdy Chuck, welcome to permies!  Would it be possible to post some pictures? That would help us figure it out.
5 days ago
HERE is a link to my place .
5 days ago
If I may. The NW corner of the state is more touristy and lots of big money there. So the prices will be higher. If you take a look at a map of Wyoming you will also see mountains around Lander, Laramie, Buffalo, Sheridan, Greybull, and Casper . My place is near a town called Saratoga which is further west from Laramie. In the Medicine bow National forest. There are also smaller, sort of hidden mountain ranges all over that most people do not know about but are just as nice. The area around Lander is sort of a "banana belt" lots of farms and at one time grew a lot of fruit. Laramie has the University and Casper has a large community collage.
5 days ago
Howdy Jonathan, I will echo the landwatch site. They have lots of different realtors listing stuff, some good some bad.  Let me know if you have any questions about Wyoming . If you find something there give me a holler, you might find some large parcels for very good prices but you will have to be sure of what you are actually getting. Sometimes there are online realtors who throw up pictures of the Teton mountains and buyers think that is what they are buying.
Will you need a job when you move ? What field do you work in? There are some areas in Wyoming that have lots of industry and supporting jobs to them. 
Wyoming is a big state and the weather is different from place to place. The eastern 1/4 is warmer generally, the mountains get deeper snow and less wind. The desert areas can get some big wind and blizzards but if you can find one with small hills and canyons it is not to bad. Water and oil and gas drilling would be the biggest concern.
5 days ago
Ya the rhubarb really took off this year, we usually make a strawberry rhubarb crisp . I might take some to my sister in law as they are really getting into canning so we will see if she can come up with something yummy.

5 days ago