a voice as loud as sepp holzers but as sweet as pie?
I dunno what to say, prowess as an orator is a fiddly bit to claim. But charismatic voice is allot more down to earth than being called a word Smith.
do you know anyone with ducks? ducks love that plant, I havn't tried it on my rabbits. It will survive 2 year's under mulch, it's funny i tried to grow it and it never took off, i mulch the area heavily then planted something else and now it's finally getting to the point I can harvest it again. If you can link up with poultry, now your harvesting a yield by weeding rather than slaving to a menace. It's how i feel about slugs.
A couple of things to note, adult bee's eat honey, nectar makes honey once capped, juvenile bee's eat pollen. Young bee's will starve without pollen, and hives need propolis like carpenter's need nails.
If your in washington you're close enough to me that what i'm suggesting will be relevant. There are a couple of things about apiculture forestry that you need to remember and it mainly has to do with flight lines, bee's will not enter forest to any great depth they work the edges where things like blackberry naturally occur.
The problem's in bee's are the early and late season forages, don't even worry about the middle until both ends are managed. They decide your hive strength prior to the nectar flow and your winter stores after you've harvested.
This year has been my best so far, I inherited a few forages at the place I'm at and i've been building up to fill the gaps as many trees flower for such a short period like apples that I don't really look at them as a forage but as something I need bee's for.
The year start's with Alder pollen, it really start's with witch hazel but it's too cold for the bees unless we get a freakishly warm day. Alder goes off like mad late april as do the dandelions.
Fruit tree's in may, scotch broom, laurel, arch angel mint, salmon berry, pine pollen, cotton wood marsh marigolds, vetch, chives, creeping buttercup, indian plumb, comfrey, bugle weed, wild rose.
Most of those carry on into june but now you can add sage, pussy willow for pollen, thimble berry, lupine, bolting vegetables like broccoli, more mints, kale, lemon balm, turnip, watercress. The blackberry starts in june and goes till august, so does the linden.
Going into July your mid season and there is no shortage of flowers from assorted ornamental tree's, even terror vines like wisteria and bind weed.
August is micro climate dependent this is where things can go dry just when things were going great, now your looking at potatoes, cucumber vines like pumpkins, squash, beans starting to finish, your honey locust is coming to a close, evening primrose goes into september.
You've also got your classics groundcover's in bloom starting from june-july, alfalfa, clovers, more legume beans of different types like pole beans. There's more than you need to worry about unless drought is a major issue in your region.
September things get hard, flower's from non invasive species are hard to count on, this is where your primrose, giant hogweed and your Japanese knot-weed really come into form before their turned to winter mulch.
There are more even in my yard but I can't remember their names without asking my wife, there is so many plant's I havn't had the right timing to add, but the scotch broom makes a huge difference and fixes nitrogen like the alder. You can dig large broom and knotweed plants in march, and it jumpstart's your system before the climax tree's are up. The thing about these invasives is there all dependent on being on the forest edge of systems, once your forest shoot's up from in between them they phase down rather than become rampant.
If you don't have that september flow for when the last of the summer bees give their life working to secure the colony with stores, the winter bees won't be old enough to do it as they live the six months keeping the hive warm. So without that in place you have to curb your nectar flow enthusiasm because they can't replace it in time. My neighbor has allot of flowering tree's that arn't for fruit so i don't know their names but it only takes 5 of those per acre to beef up april/may and september/ october. Oh I almost forgot the hazel nut pollen, maple and creeping cranberry in april/may
Monkeys will steal your purse and then put the vegetables in it. The only thing as impractical as it would be to be would be to build the "haha" dry moat around the area and prune back the tree's. It's diagrammed in the permaculture designers manual. It's for stopping elephants and rhino's and is how zoo's all around the world are built. But like I said in the first post, it's not even remotely likely in a community situation, but there are solution's to even monkeys even if they don't work for us.
The rabbit urine will hurt the worms in a flow down system because it's so concentrated and ammonia rich. I keep rabbit's over deep bedding then when I apply the manure and bedding laced with urine I water down the worm bin thoroughly and collect the leach-ate for the garden. You'd have to lay allot of bedding over the worms to keep them from burning, but they won't go into that bedding as it's so hot. The downside of my way is i clean their deep litter pen's every 3 months at an hour a pen, the upside is I feed the worms in batches and the urine is under control in the deep bedding because I use liquid molasses and whey to break down the funk. Without the whey/molasses the rabbit pen would stink to high heaven on ammonia and the fly's would run a much. You might also want to consider insect's if your running an open top worm bin, it's going to be maggot city.
Japanese knot weed roots are. the most effective lime disease treatment and preventative I know, but I don't know what it might do as a repellent if made into a lotion. its always better to not get bitten than to run around applying the cure. sorry I don't know more about repellents, I do the rubbing alcohol wipe down to check for intrusions but it still requires the tweezers once its found half way into my leg.
I've herd of new non deet solutions but I haven't tried them
I think it's a great idea that at least all the youtube links, could be embedded in a string forum of post with no dialog. It's almost like a printout of the linked to or embedded movies on the site as a series of embedded videos. It mostly wont work with other links to videos that are not using youtube as the video would be hijacked via embedding and that causes legal problems.
It's more like browsing a video library room in a house, all you get is the initial picture and a title and you watch whatever draws you at the time.
are you using electrified wire, because I can't think of anything other than a "haha" moat that might keep them out. Your playing against one of the most opportunistic and dextrous vegetation predator's known to permaculture. It's practically a cage you have to build or life with allot of poisonous snakes in your habitat, the only thing sensible I can think of in a forested situation is tree snake habitat. If it's a small garden then you can net yourself like they do to stop blackbirds in other countries, if you can electrify area's and bait them with easy pickings they develop a fear of the color of the wire. You can use this color elsewhere where you cant run the wire, someone will eventually figure it out and then you have to move your bait to another real wire and start the training all over again.
I know there so many aspects that make this simple video so great and a dvd I would of bought as is. He wasn't teaching in the data data data way of the normal videos, it was more like I'll go for a walk and just chat without thinking about it. You build up such an image in your mind of what it's supose to look like. but then you can get to see great things like, his pen is uglier than mine and it still works great I feel good now about my ragged pen. I know they have a million things on the go but other the sub tropics I could be laying out what I have in the tempurate equivalents and have the same situation with a different face. I found this giant linden tree on my a acre that's been stairing me in the face for 3 years as failure to food forest. Then I found out it was edible 2 weeks ago and now i eat salad everyday that's better than lettuce and grow tall with food and mulch where most leafy greens can't. I'm going to put cutting out this fall and grow them as poll greens without any branches so it get's thick. It goes on and on when we learn to listen to what's around us, I waited all winter for the spruce new growth with my mouth watering looking at a spruce. It's so high in vitamin C and it's potent like a lemon in the mouth why would I ever try to grow and orange when I have a evergreen citrus I can make so many things from that store all the year and is a harvest in the spring.
I'm sad to let you know but in free range birds a ration of 1 male to 12 females is kosher for fully fertile egg's, it goes down with confinement.
We had 1 to 7 and it was not stop stress on the females who were sitting on egg's and couldn't get a drink of water without having to be flattened into the dirt by a drake. When they hatched out and the ducklings grew up it was all out hell as the top drake can't be everywhere at once to push off the other males, so as soon as he was done with his ladies someone would show up and try to shoulder tag a female while the main drake was busy strutting. All six surplus males went into the freezer and we only kept 1 extra to the main drake in case of a predator loss. We keep all females and just eat the males and soon enough a coyote hoped the double fence swam through the pond and or main drake died defending the flock. His son has now taken over as our only male and he's at 10 females and still looking for more. 8 weeks is too young if you have adult drakes around they have no loving stroke and will warp bones and crush organs.
I think we all know fair share is a subjective term that's been slipped into allot of societies than borederlines on outright socialism or better put the entitlement nanny state.
Return of surplus to the first two ethic's is what the third ethic is about, surplus biomass goes back to the earth as mulch not up into the atmosphere as a burn pile, surplus seeds, plants, information or what have you goes back to people as education.
I don't know how the third ethic got mangled into some possibility of handout's when it's simply a directive to charitable behavior in whatever means one has something in surplus. Posting on the forum's your happy accidents and sad failure's is a ripe example of the third ethic in action.
Paul and the staff have a surplus skill that has been returned as a forum that's free to everyone, it's obvious the third ethic is the simplest to understand. I'm surprised there isn't more huffus about the second ethic of people care as we all know loving thy neighbor is a hard thing to do when they use roundup.
If you've got a dog that eats real food and not canned rubbish it's fine, I have pulled clods of undigested cow manure out of a pile of worm castings after 4 months and I can't imagine that in the form of dog poo. It was the base base layer in the start of a flow through worm bin, so when i think dog poo i see a kennels worth of poo going into a worm bin by the bucket loads at a time. I feed my worm bin in batches of about 6 cubic feet of rabbit poo deep bedding cleanout so when i saw that in dog poo my mind said no thanks. If you got 1 dog you don't have enough to make my nightmare come true.
You might want to check out joel salatins mob grazing talks on youtube, with his grass it's more like 200 cows on 1 acre per day on 100 acres. They clean it right off and the ground get's a full recovery like the natural systems of migrating herds. There's no compaction because theres no repetitive trampling, what's more with that volume there's no untouched area's that grow into inedible plant patches. It's a quickly movable electronet fence situation rather than fenced cells, give mob grazing a search and see how that perspective suits your situation.
Are you looking to do something like add dog poo daily? it's pretty rancid, but i'm not saying the worms can't take it. I'm just saying you'll get back what they dont digest if there's better options in the pile. Your better off with digging a hole then putting a bottomless bucket in back to the soil level with a lit on it and tossing in some septic digester powder every once in awhile. Worms will come and get it when they want to but they can also walk away when it doesn't suit them, I wouldn't subject your worms to carnivore poo especially if it's from commercial dog food. Grow some nice flowers around the bucket lid, and make the lid out of wood so nobody falls in. For some reason biological turnover happens so fast these days in my yard I can't find the dog poo anymore because the slugs have gotten to it.
Ray Cover has anyone ever dared use one of your knives for work? I don't think I could ever do it their so beautiful. I would just leave them up over the fireplace with spotlights on them, Gimme knife art over the mona lisa any day.
Machete talk goes way deeper than golf clubs, those things are useLESS were talking the ultimate in useFULL
jesse you might want to give it another go, I listened to it and it's not an interview you can passively glean. Geoff didn't trail off he went into detail and that's probably how you became lost, he dropped some great animal management techniques, latin names, temperate alternative strategies for tropical designs and reiterated the current directives and goals of the permaculture movement from the front lines. I was glad to have an interviewer who was highly familiar with geoffs work and didnt waist any minutes having to run through the permaculture speel that usualy takes up a quarter of all interviews. The willow coppice biomass mulch circle is the banana circle of the temperate, and I was glad to hear verification of my duck pond poo overflow system. Give it another go when you have time to delve in, all that can really happen is Geoff is talking about things that arn't pertinent to you right now, but right now isnt forever and it's nice to know where to go for the day you need it. Cows and goat's are the fastest forest generator's when managed and timed in the right way, who would of seen that coming.
I rate the woodmans pal myself, but the scabbards that you guys have been posting gets me exited, I have around 9 machete's most of them have disappeared into my closet to hide my purchases from my wife. But with everyone brandishing there collections i might have to get to sharpening them and whipping the camera out, I need a sweet background like a pile of mulch or maybe a footpath through blackberry. I love machetes and that link to machetespeacialist almost ruined my afternoon at work, I couldn't stop dreaming of all the uses and ways to cut things.
Does anyone know if this is a dvd to buy or something I can download and watch with family member's on a tv? I can't seem to find a site it all leads to other sites who are linking the youtube video. Youtube video's are great but when you get something good that's an hour or over it's nice to be able to sit down over dinner to it.
Rabbits love bindweed.... but they love what's strangling bindweed too. I ran out of bindweed last year feeding the rabbits but in some spots it also pulled down the plant as I was ripping at it with my abrasive man hands. I wish it was easier to get at the roots so I could plant it in the duck pen, it always snaps off when i try to get at the source. I want more bindweed, but where I want it, nobody wants to harvest bindweed wrapped around black berry wraped around salmon berry wraped around a fence.
That squirrel video is just upsetting me, according to those abilities I would have to live on a farm in the sky to beat them. I found a gopher trap in the grass and put it out with some peanut butter after a squirrel went into my greenhouse and stole all 80 of my peanuts out of my soil blocks. The squirrel came by and stood next to me the other day and chirped up a storm basically telling me I should of dropped the trap down my pants. He then laughed and told me he ate all my sunflower plantings which where covered in cayanne pepper and true to his word I haven't seen 1 sprout out of the 200 i put in the ground.
Consider a Ho-pac plate vibratory compactor, my neighbor does excavation for large scale housing projects and he swear's by it over the sheep's foot roller for compaction. The benefit also to you would be it's small footprint in regards to rammed earth walls, mind you it takes a skilled hand to not smash up your framing walls, but it would pay for itself in dam building. Let's be frank what can't you do with an excavator in permaculture is the harder question to answer, I'm a tough green with envy I thought I was going to be buying a mini excavator last summer till my tax bill came in and I owed an excavators worth of money to the government. I don't even have a tiller for ground breaking, my wife thinks i'm having an affair with a shovel but really it's just a lack of implements. I got to borrow one from the neighbor for 2 days and I put in 2 ponds and a swale before dinner, the other 4 ponds and raise beds took me 2 years do dig out of the waterlogged clay.
The only other thing I would mention is if I had the option between a midsized excavator with no tilt bucket and a mini with a tilt bucket I would take the bucket hands down for the artistic earth surgery that it makes possible.
You can but it's roots are small and not the greatest, and in essence if you can grow elephant ear you can grow taro in the same location and get 10 times the root and it's allot better for you. So I wouldn't grow elephant ear to eat, but if I saw it growing I would know it's an idea spot to suit taro/dasheen.
But like tyler says properly cooks or fermented taro leaves and root are great.
Does horsetail tea / BD prep 508 effect all fungi or somehow magically just bad molds in the soil? I got 1000 liters of compost tea brewing and I was going to add 20 liters of the horsetail tea during the last hour of the brew.
BUT I have the greatest yield of fairy ring edible wild mushrooms ever in this history of yields in my yard and there flushing pounds of it every 2 weeks. I don't want to kill what's turning hay into soil like nobodies business and feeding me flat out just to help plants with transpiration, damping off and general anti fungal health.
Willow contains giberalic acid and other acids, good for headaches and root growth. As for the weather it's an all out rooting hormone or a woody plant rooting hormone seems to be what's up for debate with trials. I have never herd of it being use on herbaceous cuttings "only woody cuttings and roots but it would be nice to be wrong about this. I just don't know why you'd need to buy it unless your region was completely devoid of willow. In regards to plats that are already up and running I picked up from bill mollison that applied as a foliar feed it sharply cuts off transpiration losses as does horsetail.
Gibberalic acid, were talking willow tea. Root stimulation is woody plants yes, a sharp reducer of transpiration loss yes. A seed germinator most likely in woody plant seeds. I wouldn't go around using it as a panacea on herbatious crops at germination time, willow is a mean competitor and even though many plants arn't alleopathic in contact with other plants they sure can put a rag on other plant types germinating. There is a reason why a climax forest stays a climax forest and doesn't go back into pioneer weeds, and it's probably linked to blocking former evolutionary generations from returning so there is space for the next stage of succession. If only apple tree's grew faster we could turn all those thorny black berry's into apple pies, mind you a blackberry pie is delicious just hard to get at.
Brandon maybe researching deeper into your cultural history will give you a view into why a prohibition was made at what time in history, so that perhaps you could choose what is to be followed within your religion as apposed to what was happening culturally that got put into religion at some point in history.
I grew up keeping the sabbath and not eating pork but I wasn't jewish at all, I came to learn pork is the meat that goes rancid the quickest and was the most prone to inducing illness with ill preparation in the climate of the middle east. It wasn't until I was probably 24 that I got over my fear of trying pork. Years later I took up honoring animals for their intrinsic characteristics over honoring the rituals and views towards clean and unclean of ethnic background. Left to their own devices separate than when man interferes many animals are not at all like how we can hold them to be under mankind's care.
Your specific practice of not mixing seeds could stem from some form of cross pollination starvation epidemic of the past or simply something with mixed into something else that was used as a animal browse and they lost allot of livestock. I can't cut grass for the rabbit's on 95% of my acre because it's mixed with a plant that will give them blisters and possibly kill them so I could see how I could quickly make a law similar to what holds you back from the Fukuoka technique. Follow your traditions and hope that reason over ritual is a tradition you can pass onto your children. It seems like more of an issue of feeling like to not mix seeds is monoculture, but then again clumps and clusters are fully existent in nature and poly-cultural systems. Would a foot path between garden beds with borders suffice without needing deep soul searching? you can still rotate crops from bed to bed so the soil experiences multiple plants but not at the same time. It's a shame to forgo symbiotic relationships as any clump still has effects into other clumps for a distance of about 2 meters even if not planting tightly together, but better at times when it's tightly packed together. How you could be bared from putting a nitrogen fixing plant in with your nitrogen hungry crop, but allowed to put in nitrogen made from petroleum which didn't exist at the time of the rule defy's reason. But like I said the intent at the time of making the law was more likely appropriate than now.
If you already compost what's in your garbage that's smelly? I don't have much left in my garbage other than wrappers to fidly to recycle and icky things like tissue with misc in it.
So i guess the better question to you is what are you not composting? I have answers in the case of how to manage odor while stockpiling for composting but for the garbage heap I have none as it sounds like your shipping out elements that could be composted.
By compost do you mean active aerated turning compost, or slow decomposition 6 months to a year compost? If composting methods can go from 11 to 18 days to up to 2 years the word composting isn't specific enough these days.
the link didn't work that's strange I clicked it and it opened right up in firefox. maybe it's a file or something. Never the less I saved it as a pdf for you, if you want to private message me your email I can send it.
I don't see why you couldn't sell the less then raise ducks off the leftovers and then sell duck procuitto, then sell champion dog food made of duck minus the breast. Sure it's a hell of a life but so is feeding and raising thousands of frogs with no predators. I think you could keep enough fly's going nonstop in a greenhouse to feed the frogs, but 2 years is a long time for a set of legs. It's a tough one, cuzz setting up an ecosystem in which you can glean frogs is just as hard and harvest is harder. Everything eats frogs so if your ecosystem isn't perfect they'll never make it past tadpoles. But cheers on considering it from the comfort of your basement if you really love frogs. Then again you could make as much money selling quail or some other minute creature people should and shouldn't be eating. There is a point where your clientele "the people you live your live to serve" can turn a right livelihood into a wrong one. I still havn't made up my mind on if i'm willing to dispatch animals for money, but I have no problem doing it to feed people and barter. I just don't care to be killing for money when I could be growing soapberry tree's or something else, but I do like the idea of more animals getting to experience existence because we eat them after we care for them. I dunno if you really have the heart to cut up that many frogs so people can have a bite to eat.
Anyways i got that link saved as a pdf for you if you want it, sorry it didn't work on your browser that's never happened to me before; maybe firefox has some magic touch.
It's not that there isn't a huge pacific population here it's that at least in pnw canada is their too modern, I have yet to have really good kabayaki in my 6 years in vancouver. The problem is how sensitive elvers are and theres no land infrastructure on this coast for eels. You can flog eels anywhere you got em there's always a market i almost drop dead when i saw the price of a pack of freezer burned eels after the japan tsunami, but it's an elver issue. They don't spawn close enough to our shoreline to make it past japan's greedy hands. Everything that doesn't go to the dutch goes to japan and in between france, england and the east coast of canada get the rest. 400 meters below in specific spots in the sea only, theres no way i'm going to figure out how to get them to spawn in a greenhouse fishtank. But if I could I would probably make a billion dollars. I've read eel culture the ultimate book on eels and it's beyond an art form how seriously japan takes their eels. That's why this frog subject sounds so exciting not that I want to live with 10,000 frogs outside my door, but the sound of a 1000 or so is a roar like no other.
I didn't say I was even close to knowing half the story, but there wern't many reply's and I couldn't sit by and no throw you the two pennies worth I knew for better or worse. In searching on the iodine subject it seems to also make people sick I don't know if it's the same thing, he was making a passing reference at the time to illnesses that healed themselves without medical intervention but that's no means a solution in respect to you. I can say no more on the subject the thyroid is a complex thing and in the case of graves this is only the second time in my life I've herd it at all.
Wow that's clever, frogs are the gun fodder of evolution and everything eats them. Do you want to just breed them in an indoor situation like a greenhouse or are you hoping to integrate them into a system and then harvest the surplus.
If your really wanna breakout and do it which I would love to hear it happen if your in a region where frog legs are culturally endorsed then you might want to try this article.
You've got a job controlling migration if your thinking outdoor integration, and an even worse predation control if your outside. But an pseudo aquaculture sealed greenhouse may be viable, I wouldn't try to grow food on frog poo but I don't see why you couldn't grow and aquatic plant situation to bring feed cost into check.
Rana catesbeiana is your frog and since you've obviously thought about this more than I have i'd like to know what you think of the article. I still dream of eels grown on the west coast or in the tropics but the shipping situation just doesn't compute nor could I really compete with the other side of the world who eats all the eel's while where I live ppl just don't.
Bad news I have to print a retraction about the goto kola, i double checked with my wife and the internet.
I'm sorry after all that exuberance on the subject but I was mistaken, the plant I talked to vigarously about is Glechoma hederacea, not Centella asiatica
George looks this up as I'm only mentioning from memory of anecdote, and sometimes thats all it takes to get one on the path to self healing. I remember a very old very wise man talking about health issues he had recovered from, it was graves disease with pitting edema. I can only remember half of the remedy but it was iodine tablets and the other half was a health food supplement widely available. If you do find details in relation to the disease and iodine tablets, i'd look up either the other element that was complimentary or possibly symbiotic in helping the body uptake the component in the iodine. Similar to how for people to take glucosamine it has to be taken with chondroitin. Give Potassium Iodide a shot as the element to go with the iodine tablets that taken alone seem to have side effects of their own. I could go on an on but it's you that have to walk the road so I'll let you find your own path, I hope I've helped point out the way.
Thank you soooo much for Tilia cordata, I never knew what that tree was in the backyard and I was going to prune all the lower limbs to let more light into the garden to grow stupid things like leafy green slugs end up eating. Now i'll eat the tree and have been doing so with a new ban on lettuce.
Now a quick question, if it coppices, does it's cuttings root easily like a willow does or does it just coppice. I have dreams of sticking steaks all throughout the garden and eating all the grow forcing it to polard to a straight pole until I can't reach it any longer. It would be nice if I could get it to grow fat and stumpy the one in the yard is over 30 feet tall, but since I can't grow a lettuce to save my life the rabbits wont be getting any of this tree.
Dwight I'm in canada right now and at least till the end of my contract in october, but i'm working on finishing up a land purchase up in bogue manchester near balaclava to start my fulltime tropical permaculture farm.
I hope you find your farmers in the shorterm and let me know if theres anything I can do to help spread your call, It would be nice if you could keep permies up to date on your research and findings as it would help me prepare allot. I check with your site often but it doesn't go into details a permaculture educated person might want to know like rare plants, their latin names and uses, availabilities, livestock, soil conditions and everything someone who wants to farm tropicaly but hasn't spent allot of time in tropical land might want to know. I'm up near cockpit country and I'm worried about the viability of dams and swales in such stony karst topography. It's hard to get info from people I know as there not of the permaculture mindset.
Anyways glad to see you going strong and moving towards expansion.