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Random Topics / Re: Gardens, Lawns and Such...
Last post by Juan - Today at 03:25:33 PM
@pate - what do you do about nutsedge (clearly a communist) in a vegetable garden!
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Random Topics / Re: Gardens, Lawns and Such...
Last post by albrecht - Today at 03:22:12 PM
Quote from: Walks_At_Night on Today at 03:10:39 PM^^^ Thanks Pate.

I'm having a ball out here BTW. Not only do I have a compost pile [not allowed back at the house due to the HOA], I can even throw a whizz on it while working out in the yard and no one gives a damn.

Be aware like Smokey says (govt agent) aware. Believe it or not a compost pile or hay can combust. It is crazy but a real thing. Had a discussion, lengthy, with a Fire Marshall about it. Obviously one thinks of the "oily rag" but natural stuff can, and do combust.
#3
Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
Last post by Dr. MD MD - Today at 03:11:48 PM
Quote from: Fruitdriller on Today at 04:00:33 AMSo I've noticed.



You noticing something about someone else? That would be a first.
#4
Random Topics / Re: Gardens, Lawns and Such...
Last post by Walks_At_Night - Today at 03:10:39 PM
^^^ Thanks Pate.

I'm having a ball out here BTW. Not only do I have a compost pile [not allowed back at the house due to the HOA], I can even throw a whizz on it while working out in the yard and no one gives a damn.
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Random Topics / Re: Gardens, Lawns and Such...
Last post by albrecht - Today at 03:06:40 PM
Quote from: pate on Today at 02:54:33 PMI sometimes contract for a goofy hippie lady that paid too much money (any amount at all) to be Officially Certified via Online Academy in a thing invented (and also Trademarked & Patented) in the 1970s called "Permaculture" by some quasi-scientific dude.

Basically, it is the Botanical equivalent of Scientology:  you pay monies for higher levels of whatever... I digress.

This Permaculture thing borrows from the Hugelkultur, among other things.  The main theory being that buried wood traps water which the plants above can then tap into.  Probably true, but I bet the more important thing that happens is that fungi (the only thing capable of digesting wood, in the guts of termites &tc that "eat wood" as a symbiote) gets down in there and develop their mycelium network which has been shown to symbiotically connect with the roots of plants to transfer/trade nutrients/water.

Anyway, burying that wood is not a horrible idea as long as you don't get some non-beneficial fungal species growing down there that actually attacks living plants.  Most fungi are saprotrophs and not parasites...

I believe the fungi that goes after your tomato roots is a parasitic one.  I digress again!

In short, your hugulkulture idea is a good one.  Depending on the size of the chunk o' land you have you might also consider using them to construct a "swale," here's a vidya (I think this is one of the Permaculture kooks;  his implementation is sound if somewhat psuedo-scientific...):


I recall stumbling across this vidya after meeting the goofy hippie lady I sometimes contract with, seeing the "PERMACULTURE" tag, and then laughing to myself after watching it.

Apparently, I have constructed a swale over the years along the side fenceline that abuts a parking lot.  AND I did it intuitively without being a sucker & paying some Ell-Rahn Hubbeard type big bucks for the "secret."

Again, I believe the concept of a "swale" predates this PermaCulture™ thing, which obviously stole the idea for financial gain.

The inventor of PermaCulture™ and his postulants are saprotrophic, parasitic, and quite possibly both.

If the Oak is not totally rotten and somewhat close to a roadway, you might consider having it extracted and hauled off to a lumber-mill.  Especially if you are a wood-worker of any kind, you could have some gold there?

I know the guys at the lumber mill that cut up the Red Oak into beams, posts, and planks for me get dead wood all the time;  it is already dried out and makes for nice stock wood.

-p

There are cool options, I doubt good for full-on work/business, where you can convert your chainsaw into a make-shift sawmill type of deal. And also limited by types of timber. Heck even splitters are tough for the types of oaks we got. They got the power but the angles suck. But up north or pines another option. Valued even cause real wood and you can get wider planks than stores normally hold.

Lots of hippies like mushrooms and fungi. Claim health properties. Also claim largest living thing is some kind of fungus or moss. Idk. Take care on this. Mushroom hunters need to be assured of what they getting.
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Random Topics / Re: WHO declares monkeypox out...
Last post by Walks_At_Night - Today at 02:56:19 PM
Quote from: K_Dubb on Today at 02:41:37 PMYeah a lot of the shut-down was ridiculous, I am still sore about razor clam season  >:(

It was the only way to save you man..........

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/science/story/2020-03-31/uc-san-diego-atmospheric-chemist-pleads-with-surfers-and-beach-walkers-to-stay-home
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Random Topics / Re: Gardens, Lawns and Such...
Last post by pate - Today at 02:54:33 PM
Quote from: Walks_At_Night on Today at 01:32:33 PMBought a place out in the country - wife wanted a garden and a place with a real yard. There are two huge logs and bunch of branches and smaller tree trunks left in a heap out back.  I'm thinking about going with a hugelkultur but the huge logs are a concern.  Anyone have any practical experience with this? The theory sounds good but got some Q's on the implementation.





I sometimes contract for a goofy hippie lady that paid too much money (any amount at all) to be Officially Certified via Online Academy in a thing invented (and also Trademarked & Patented) in the 1970s called "Permaculture" by some quasi-scientific dude.

Basically, it is the Botanical equivalent of Scientology:  you pay monies for higher levels of whatever... I digress.

This Permaculture thing borrows from the Hugelkultur, among other things.  The main theory being that buried wood traps water which the plants above can then tap into.  Probably true, but I bet the more important thing that happens is that fungi (the only thing capable of digesting wood, in the guts of termites &tc that "eat wood" as a symbiote) gets down in there and develop their mycelium network which has been shown to symbiotically connect with the roots of plants to transfer/trade nutrients/water.

Anyway, burying that wood is not a horrible idea as long as you don't get some non-beneficial fungal species growing down there that actually attacks living plants.  Most fungi are saprotrophs and not parasites...

I believe the fungi that goes after your tomato roots is a parasitic one.  I digress again!

In short, your hugulkulture idea is a good one.  Depending on the size of the chunk o' land you have you might also consider using them to construct a "swale," here's a vidya (I think this is one of the Permaculture kooks;  his implementation is sound if somewhat psuedo-scientific...):


I recall stumbling across this vidya after meeting the goofy hippie lady I sometimes contract with, seeing the "PERMACULTURE" tag, and then laughing to myself after watching it.

Apparently, I have constructed a swale over the years along the side fenceline that abuts a parking lot.  AND I did it intuitively without being a sucker & paying some Ell-Rahn Hubbeard type big bucks for the "secret."

Again, I believe the concept of a "swale" predates this PermaCulture™ thing, which obviously stole the idea for financial gain.

The inventor of PermaCulture™ and his postulants are saprotrophic, parasitic, and quite possibly both.

If the Oak is not totally rotten and somewhat close to a roadway, you might consider having it extracted and hauled off to a lumber-mill.  Especially if you are a wood-worker of any kind, you could have some gold there?

I know the guys at the lumber mill that cut up the Red Oak into beams, posts, and planks for me get dead wood all the time;  it is already dried out and makes for nice stock wood.

-p
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Random Topics / Re: WHO declares monkeypox out...
Last post by albrecht - Today at 02:48:51 PM
Quote from: K_Dubb on Today at 02:41:37 PMYeah a lot of the shut-down was ridiculous, I am still sore about razor clam season  >:(

We got these damn mussels. Invasive. I wouldn't be surprised if they are spreading poxes and diseases in addition to water supply and general "you got to wear shoes in the lakes and wash yer boats." Zebra ones. Like the damn bees, why is everything Africanized so deadly and invasive? I kid, of course.
#9
Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
Last post by albrecht - Today at 02:45:50 PM
Quote from: K_Dubb on Today at 02:40:26 PMNot looking good, boys  :(

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-says-fbi-seized-three-his-passports-during-raid-calls-search-assault-political-opponent

I still am seeking a Black one. Jealous of some people who due to vagaries of birth and odd laws have multiple ones. There are place one can buy legal citizenship but that sorta seems like cheating. Who knows? it could be the illegals have the more clever options and just have 'no papers' versus having the marriage, birth, bloodline, etc multiple passports? Who knows. Is the Nansen Passport still a thing?
#10
Random Topics / Re: Gardens, Lawns and Such...
Last post by albrecht - Today at 02:41:52 PM
Quote from: Walks_At_Night on Today at 02:35:52 PMThe rural South. Went to get my mail and heard a rooster, a donkey and gunfire. No problems burning shit.  ;)
Then your place is good for burning. Keep in mind, like Smokey Bear (govt agent) says, fires can last a long time, under even when pushed over. So bring plenty of coolant, to hang out and slake thirst. Or, as our friendly illegals do, even make some barbacoa. Baked potatoes also good. If coastal put on your summer whites for one last blast and have a clambake with some Elvis tunes! Or a Hawaiian style pig roast, with Elvis tunes but the shirts now might attract other agents due to some weird internet semi-cult deal.
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