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scallywag ak

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My friend got a dog (huskie/Malamute mix) to help ward off the bears this year & it did a great job. Used to have the bears in his yard constantly, not much problem this year. They did still come around but they mostly kept their distance and didn't cause any trouble. He also added about 30 chickens to his property this year & kept an electric fence around the run. Think a bear tried to get into the pen once or twice but the electric fence changed it's mind. Now his concern is keeping the dog away from the chickens! Lost 2 to the dog. He hasn't done much of a compost pile yet, however if the chickens did not create a big bear problem I wouldn't worry about the compost pile.
6 years ago
Any thoughts on using walnut oil on an unfinished maple dining table?
6 years ago
I've gotten some mold growth on my kraut but skimmed it off the top of the brine with paper towels and had no problem with the kraut underneath.  Just make sure that all the kraut is below the brine.  I think 60 degrees is too warm to keep it for a long period, at least your going to get faster mold growth and have to skim it far more often at warmer temps.    If the kraut still smells off after you have jarred it, well that would defiantly be a judgment call in my opinion, error on the side of safety.
6 years ago
Chuck & goat guy are right.  Do not allow bears to get their lunch on your property or you won't get rid of them.  I live in south central Alaska where there is a heavy black & brown bear population.  Bears constantly roaming through town getting into dumpster, dog food, etc.  Once they get a meal they keep coming back until they are trapped & moved or put down.  I don't have any experience composting (yet) but I would defiantly refrain from any meat, cheese, ect. In your pile with bears around.    My friend has a salmon spawning stream running through his yard and ALWAYS has bears roaming through.  He is getting a dog to help with this problem so we'll see how much this helps.  I doubt they will completely stay away but it may help deter them a bit.
6 years ago
Paul, heard you on The Survival Podcast.  The show was great, you are entertaining for sure.  This was my intro to permaculture and it sounds fascinating.  I would love to hear you on the show again. 
6 years ago
How about making it simple & having a board specifically for Alaska?