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Battery powered tree felling

Cutting down a tree for Valentines Day.

The Oregon battery powered chainsaw comes through once again.

We cut down a Sycamore tree today to propagate more mushroom logs.



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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Need your advice/comment. I bought a bunch of pre-inoculated mushroom spawn and, following the instructions, poked holes in one of my downed oak trees. I placed the plugs into the holes, some of them were sticking up out of the log by about an eighth or sixteenth of an inch, watered them, etc. I just checked them yesterday and it appears as though something (what?) came and pulled out at least half of what I had stuck in the log. What do you think did that? A bird? Some other animal? I'm quite mystified by it. The plugs that were flush with the top of the log weren't touched, just the ones I couldn't get holes in deeper.
Comment by Nayan Tue Feb 14 16:48:08 2017





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