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Dennis Mitchell

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since Sep 28, 2011
7b desert southern Idaho
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I've got no help, just a similar cold desert. I'm about 5000 ft. Trees without water, 8 inches a year, would be great. I'm trying to sprout pinion pine, and Netleaf Hackberry. I'd like to try Mountain mahogany, and juniper. These are native that might take if I can get the seeds to sprout.

I have also buried some rotted wood and left a sunken area to garden I'm hoping to get a tree to survive hoping the rotted wood can store winter moisture.

I'm also trying gooseberry, service berry and choke cherry as a native understory.

Another project is bigseed bisquit root, another native.  I'm hoping I can use these to add a deep organic component to hardtac and sand. Similar to how they use daikon radish for soil improvement. It will just take years rather than months.
9 hours ago
So the story goes that cowboys would make coffee by roasting green coffee beans. Then putting the days coffee in his sock and beating it over a rock, till just right. Did double duty. Ground the coffee and made delicious smelling feet!
3 weeks ago
I live in a desert and this last year I lost my irrigation water. I still have a well, but will have to let alot of trees die. It made zone 4 much bigger. Looking at my relatives I'm sure everything I've built will be abandoned. Just too much work. That includes my strawbale house. Too small and strange. So I am looking futile straight in the eye.
I've switched to all natives or plants that i hope will survive without me. Started some biscuit root, net leaf hackberry, sagebrush, pinion pines, elder berry, service berry, and misc. wildflowers. I hope to gather and learn much more about native plants. Specifically native food plants. It has stopped being about feeding myself, but more about feeding this piece of land.
1 month ago
Larry Dean Olsen, author of Outdoor Survival Skills, a classic!
6 months ago
I spent this morning reading this thread, then went out to weed and spread some wood chips on my paths. I like the cushion on a fresh laid path and it got me to wondering if it could work in combination with other natural materials in layers.
6 months ago

Daniel Spinelli wrote:

Dennis Mitchell wrote:Keep in mind people have different perspectives. I think having a lawn is a waste. I like weeds. Organic or not I’d rather see native plants, permaculture, or an organic garden. So if I get my way no more lawnmowers!



I mostly agree but there's nothing wrong with some space to bbq and hang out with the family.



Ya, I have one of those!
7 months ago
Keep in mind people have different perspectives. I think having a lawn is a waste. I like weeds. Organic or not I’d rather see native plants, permaculture, or an organic garden. So if I get my way no more lawnmowers!
7 months ago

Marco Banks wrote:I've read that the half-life of Round-Up is about 3 years.  Yikes.  There is the initial plant-killing effect, but then the residual effects hang around for years.  As a former user of the stuff ("What's the harm?"), I attribute the residues of Round-Up to the death of 3 or four of my trees.  My bad -- lesson learned the hard way.”

It could be worse, I fear Roundup was a contributing factor in my mother’s death by cancer. She sprayed miles of ditch bank.