I'm not grasping the sunflower alleopathy, is this general to the helianthus or is this a specific type of sunflower? Jerusalem artichokes don't ravage the soil and they grow huge when they have the resources to and small when they don't. I can't find any ill effects this year where I had towering helianthus last year, but that's not sunflower's per se. Corn is a mean resource hog and it's what the 3 sisters is all about, I can't see a sunflower taking more than corn, but then again I don't grasp what long island cheese is.
I remember telling my wife when we were first dating to get a fake owl to scare the pigeons away, she pointed over to the next balcony where a fake owl was covered in pigeon shit. Bless your heart thought for hoping, I've been trying old cd's strung on a wire hung from trees, it doesn't do a dam thing but reflect lights onto the house all day and disco lights from the moon at night.
hehe it makes me laugh, not because I shouldn't get mad but because getting so mad will probably kill you. If you really want to have a stroke fast just start looking around at degenerative assets with planned obsolescence. I just threw a fit at the home depot because theres no difference between a 90 dollar sewage pump and a 300 dollar sewage pump with the same specs, what's more both claim to handle 2 inch solids but what they don't tell you is it must be wet donuts. I can't pump my duck pond to save my life without it clogging with feathers every 10 mins. I know it's off topic but if I didn't mention what's getting me mad at the moment I would probably die of an aneurism and fall into the compost heap. The more money I spend the less I am able to know about a product before I buy it and the harder it is to return.
There are no poisonous look alikes, if you slowly break the stem of the plantain leaf and pull apart slowly, you will notice the veins remain attached. This is a simple test to verify you have the correct plant.
The maps I've found say I live in zone 8 in canada, but to me that's a dam lie as I live at the base of a mountain where it rains where it's dry and sunny 10 mins away. I'm in the vancouver bc elevation. It seems to look best right around this time of year and dries back in full sun when it get's hot, it's one of the first plants I see in the winter and through spring but it doesn't qualify to me as a ground cover speeds. I put it in a rockwall along the driveway so it's probably why it does best in the early spring and winter and get's too hot all summer. We have yellow archangel also known as yellow lamium which out competes it hands down and is a great rabbit forages, so around here the kola is more of a medicinal planting protected by us than a true ground cover.
Just after I posted i went to facegook and saw this post, silly text aside is this really going on out there? Nature is starting to really blow my mind like when I saw my vegetarian rabbits eat the stillborn baby. Maybe there are no pure vegetarians in nature because I didn't see this coming at all. If squirrels are also eating my precious worms I think I'm beyond contemplating becoming there predator now.
They only eat about 15% of what they store and they forget most places they store things, so surely they might choose a location you put down but it's hard to predict it in a situation where there is excess places they can go. I know one is going under my front porch and into the walls of the house I don't think I could beat that for a storage location without making a heated motel with a door. The permaculture solution would be to get a rodent hunting dog that's trained to respect poultry, or harvesting them as a food resources. Killing them out of spite is what makes no sense.
Rabbits go crazy for bindweed, but I you have to harvest it for them, I know of no way of keeping a rabbit on open ground. Rabbit tractors are more of a grass situation where there's browse between the wooden slats but it's a touch useless as the gaps have to be small for them not to slither through as they do.
Bindweed doesn't respond to being shaded out as it just climbs whatever's shading it, I often end up ripping up the plant it's climbing on to get it for the rabbits so I'm going the sunflower route this year so the rabbits can have it as a whole. I dug allot of bindweed roots in the winter and planted it in the duck pen, but the problem with constantly weeding it while it's small till it's exausted is you wreck your seedlings. I found if you can keep it racing a tall plant like jerusalem artichoke or sunflowers if you nip em at the base when they get to the top they can't get back to the top that easily late summer.
I've got deer, bears, racoons and coyotes too but there fence'able, I don't have enough squirrels to eat I dont think. Well yes bailing the ocean with a spoon is a big job but if each spoonful taste like soup you could fill your belly while bailing to the point where you might not be hungry for hazel nuts anymore. I don't think those spring piston pellet guns make too much of a racket. Where I live there ilegal it said but then I googled hunting supplies and found them for sale in a bait and tackle shop so who knows and it's not like your in suburbia. If you've got room for hazelnuts it sounds like your forested enough to not hit anyone mowing their lawn. Just don't go waving it at the end of the driveway and non will be the wiser. I don't feel so bad now come to think of it as the dog's love rabbit offal so in essence as long as they get em and eat em it's not killing for sport or "mans agenda" which was my issue inwardly. I'm sorry you quit the poultry, we have a war between the crows and the eagles so the sky isn't as heavily filled with predators as it use to be when we let the ducks out everyday. We still get hawks and ravens but I've never seen them catch anything, I miss the owl that use to come by and scare the crap out of me by screeching behind my back.
I've been reading about air rifles all the way home on the train today, my wife said we have allot of hazel nut tree's but I've never seen a single nut. I planted peanut's in the greenhouse and all I have are empty soil blocks. I've planted sunflower seeds by the hundreds and never seen 1. I thought they never sprouted till i put some in the sprouter and they all came up. I've now learned all my years of failed germination are really the action of squirrels. I covered my black sunflower seeds with cayenne pepper and the squirrel ate them all, I put sunflowers under compost doused in urine and the squirrel was going through it within an hour. I don't want to start an endless cycle of man vs nature cuzz it never works on the broadscale but I've had my fill of the friendly squirrel who doesn't run when he see's me. He's now the reason most of my seeds are uprooted and the duck food is always pilfered. Dog's of certain breeds can hunt them but my yappy dog can only track them and get frustrated when the scent goes up a tree. I put out a gofer trap i found in the grass and filled it with peanut butter but to no avail when theres plenty of seeds in the garden. I don't think I have an epidemic but they all look like brown flashes of lightning to me, of the rodents out there I figured they were decent folk but after i was robbed of my peanuts and figured out they took my sunflowers all these years. I might have to do away with them, I wish I had an animal that I could hunt them with and therefore feed the cycle but for now I'm going to have to do it and my lapdogs will have a nice dinner.
How do you feel about becoming the hunter, live traps only displace there behavior onto someone elses property and returning them to the forest when you live in a forest is just giving them a longer walk back to my yard or someone elses. If anyone has a better solution I wouldn't mind as I don't have a problem processing livestock but I don't want to develop the habit of feeling there are pest in nature that I as a human have to eradicate. But jeez 3 years and I havn't seen a hazel nut or a sunflower.
Hey I was a sucker now I'm a born again cheapskate who's do it yourselfish about things.
When I was first starting out I almost spent 1200 dollars on one of those eggloo's from england. The only reason I didnt buy it is because I threw a hissy fit about how long I had to wait for shipping. I tend to go for things that make me feel like i'm going micro scale commercial, but I'm really just buying the smallest most expensive thing I can label as a solid investment. I almost bought a 500 dollar egg incubator this morning that only holds 9-18 duck eggs, I must have good karma because the guy talked me down from something so high tech it's mostly just for parrots to a hovabator that can take 42 eggs and cost 1/3rd the price.
Ok now that tractor in the link is an obvious piece of Offal, but feast your eyes on this badboy http://www.omlet.co.uk/shop/shop.php?cat=Eglu&sub=Eglu+Cube&product_id=460&product_name=Eglu+Cube+Chicken+House+-+Purple you would think you could get one from ikea for 50bux.
My rocket stove is setup to burn pellets, as chunk firewood is what is a pain to get, and to keep lit. I wanted my stove to run for at least 4 hours with no crackling and no failures that cause flames to run up the wood. Mind you I can't prove it runs totaly fan free has I have broken a rocket stove rule of minimal elbows as I run it back and forth across the dehydrating room 6 times. But I do via the outlet fan's sucktion have the options of running it at a steady 350f or I can shut the main air inlet and draw air through the pellets for a 500-600f gasification fire the design isn't terribly far off from the one in the video but I'm using larger tubes and can convert back to wood even though it drives me crazy. Around here fire wood is a novelty and not a source of fuel so unless you travel far out or can buy it in serious wood shed bulk I can't store more than 2 days continuous burns worth. A bag of pellets will last me 8 to 16 hours depending on how much pull I allow and how much i reduce the burn area.
If you can build a proper rocket stove and have the space I say go for it, mines made strickly out of high tempurature flue pipe and a barrel suspended off the ground and the heat tubes run under a deck filled with gravel. In the summer I run it without a fire into my greenhouse for cooling as the ground keeps the air cold.
I spent about 3 hours flaming weeding today, I can't even call it that. I too have ended up simply lugging the tank as nothing works in real country, it's designed for driveway maintenance. Every once in awhile the wind throws the heat or some smoke back at you, you whirl around and before you realize it the torch is either pointing at the propane tank or worse the hose. I had solarized moss and creeping buttercup with black plastic for 7 months hoping to place it once everything was truly dead due to lack of light. It took all summer and all winter but I checked today and there were only a few white stalks left searching for light. Bingo I thought if this week loves waterlogged acid conditions, the plastic should keep it dry and if I burned the moss I might have enough ash to change the ph and keep slugs away long enough for some grains to sprout. It was such a pain in the ass, I was boxed in with green so I was hoping to start a fire and just watch, buttercups do not burn they don't care about me at all. They sit there with the flame on max just dancing eventually they turn purple and wilt but there will be thicker stronger shoots in 3 days or less, the moss started to brown and of course it began to rain. After that I was just wasting propane, the line between fires, quick wilt, and no effect but standing there torching 6 square inches for 30 seconds is really thin.
I don't doubt this torch works on some things but I havn't found them yet, anything it works on is most likely going to burn down the forest, everything else is a plant I'd highly recommend for stopping fire. It's true use is weeding asphalt cracks and hardscapes, I couldn't get that ground to warm up at all, there where slugs out and about on spots I tried to burn 10 minutes ago and they showed no signs of being there when I was pseudo burning. I had fun for the first half hour, then the tank get's on your nerves cause it's a hazard and it get's hot if your not using it in the rain.
FYI if you buy one, don't even touch the tip after use, even way after use, just lay it against some really water filled plant that wont burn or light up the country side, and even when it's done making the siering sound don't bother touching it. Let's just say I've learned multiple times, it usually touches my leg when im putting it away. I think the reason it does such a good job on hard-scape surfaces is because the surrounding brick or tar get's hot and transmits the cook to the base of the plant.
Whoa that's the kind of knife that never has to do a hard days work in it's life! not to mention something as night as that will outlive any knife i know.
It's a fine art you do if only us that deserve such fine work could really afford the work you do, it looks like the kind of knife a railroad tycoon would cut an orange with.
Again great work!
The more i read post with suggestions i've tried and failed with the closer i get to a solution that's more demanding but once you get into a cycle it probably really works. I read the power of duck a few weeks ago and it's more detailed than I ever thought, I had no idea it was all done with ducklings and the timing for controls their golden stains, grasses, insects and weeds all within a specific range of the rice's growth really showed me what it takes to get to the point where you really think your doing nothing.
I envy people with flat land who can use animal tractors, the only land I have that's level is in my kitchen, predators almost all can be defeated accept the flying ones and the ones that slither. Until i see a trap or a barrier technique that's got slugs by the 1000's I've given up on even considering it.
What I do have to accept is you can rear poultry as juvenile within a garden setting but they have to range with no parents or flocks as the ducks do in rice culture. In that state their highly carnivorous and are small enough not to damage seedlings and early starts at the time of year when slugs commit act's of plant genocide. Which is right now! summer their minor, winter when the adults break egg cycles their underground and in the fall nobody seems to care. Jeuviniles from 2 weeks old up to 12 weeks are just the ticket in the garden as the plants head into summer and the insects die back your meat is coming into fine condition and you can take them out of the garden before their appetite turns to greens. I'm still tossing and turning over the incubator issue, as one always tries to side on the lines of natural. But I think this week i'm buying one and getting over this hangup because what I've found in nature is as much death as there is life. Fourteen 25 day old lives are snuffed out by a single coyote scare and all the hard work the mother has put in goes out the window. Most of us with a permanent parent flock know those select few have a wonderful long life in exchange for many of their children getting a vigorous taste of life. It's not hard to time the hatching of an army of mini garden defenders with the emergence of mature slugs and their offspring micro slugs.
I wish it were a permaculture solution like tossing around this or that, but if the technique cant work in the macro then let's not pretend it truly works in the micro. As happy as I was with the stun gun for a few days I knew I had really solved nothing as I could never do it over an acre. I don't live in the subtropics with the scale of the garden is so massive that adult's can range in a woody and herbaceous understory, so for the temperate un chicken tractored landscape I think I'm going to settle on taking a page out of akao furuno's book and head towards a comprehensive system of cycles approach and accept I have no solution that will work overnight.
Ash does work to make slugs travel as fast as lightning but all it does is get them to go back into the ground in order to wipe it off then there back up, I've tested it enough times while smoking and looking for slugs. It only works as long as it doesn't rain and how many days can your plants go in that situation, not to mention slugs are only out before, after and during rain.
Man breeders really leave us with a muck of confusion, all these subtle distinctions from what's basically a grey rabbit. I had to read what you wrote twice as name changes make things even more confusing, it's hard to say distinct breed as I have 1 smaller doe which could qualify as an american, one big doe who's definetly a giant and the man in the middle who get's 20 seconds of glory every 4 months. I wonder if there's a real genetic difference that shows up anatomy wise or do they just get their name from their size categories. I still swear we have the same rabbits.
We should start calling anyone over 5'11 giant humans.
Sad news from the frontier, aparently stun guns wern't meant to be used 50 times a night for 3 nights in a row, rip "muscleman 100,000 v stunner" you worked like a charm but I guess the sustainable practices lords disagreed, now my scissors are laughing at me and happy to be back in use.
Is this an alcoholic drink or is it just called wine, I don't drink alcohol but this sounds so good almost as good as that honey over the moon honey moonshine recipe i saw on the forum.
I still want to make it really bad maybe I can just use it in cooking if it's booze, we make our own ginger beer/ale almost everyday so this would be a nice change and the lions are in bloom right now.
I still don't understand the difference but heres the explanation on the Breeders association site. Then again I didn't understand what 4H was until the day I got my rabbits, i'm a cub scouts dropout.
The Million Dollar Rabbit
The Giant Chinchilla Rabbit is one of the few rabbit breeds that was created in America. Before the English breed known as the Chinchilla Giaganta, which incidentally, corresponds to the so called "Heavy-Weight" or American Chinchilla and not to be our own being exibited in shows throughout the Middle West. They caused and still are causing a sensation wherever they are shown. The first Giant Chinchilla was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on Christmas Day in 1921. Her very proud creator was Edward H. Stahl. She was exhibited the following year and was called the Million Dollar Princess. Now the breed is called the Million Dollar Rabbit. Stahl perfected this breed by using over weight Chinchillas and White Flemish Giants, just to name a couple of breeds used. The Giant Chinchilla has been purebred for over 45 years.
The ideal Giant Chinchilla should weigh, when fully mature, 13-14 pounds for bucks. Does at maturity should weigh 14-15 pounds. It is a proven fact that rabbits that weigh from 12-15 pounds at maturity have generally been accepted as the ideal meat producing rabbit.
I looked up american chinchilla they look like my rabbits, the giant chinchillas were made in america but they seem to have different websites associated with them. I think an american chinchilla was bread with a giant newzealander and came out a giant chinchilla is all. But by the photos in google you could have fooled me. Not all giant chinchillas come out giant. But american chinchillas don't come up on the endangered rare breed list. So there must be some distinction i'm not aware of but I'm sure Dave would know.
I would agree with the tobacco assessment I wouldn't spray it on the soil itself, I used it on the greenhouse roof. if something is swarming a plant you can use it in a localized application but don't feed it to the earth.
I tried to respond to this earlier from my cellphone at work but the brevity would have gotten the comment ignored.
Tobacco tea works pretty well, it was always used on tobacco and other plants till the value of smoking went through the roof. Nobody can afford to use cigarets as an insecticide but raw pipe tobacco can be procured.
I smoke organic kentuky select and I have 5 pounds of it, so using a half cup steeped in a half gallon of water isn't a big deal. I made a terrible mistake with our potting soil and bread flies by the 100 thousands in the greenhouse till even the door outside was blocked with flies. 15 mins after a spray of chilled tobacco tea things are back to normal. I can't remember exactly but I think it's the nervous system it wreaks havoc with and it doesn't harm plants at those dilutions. It doesn't work on slugs, but on another forum we found out stun guns do wonders with slugs.
Oh man it WORKS IT WORKS FINALY something that works! they instantly go white, they stay absolutely in position so other slugs know something is wrong. I waited 15 minutes and went back and every one was where i left it. What's more it specificaly arc's to the slug not the opposite prong, even in dense peas and carrot tops it's like it searches for them. That's always where id cut more plant than slug, I finaly have a system i can count on and it's no struggle at all to walk the yard with a flashlight. I've picked 1000s of slugs by hand, now i've got a system, the big black ones go in the bucket for the ducks and the brown and beige ones i can never pick up go to the next life in an instant. I'm so happy thank you so much for explaining the issues of voltage to me I've had that stun gun sitting in a box for over 10 years right beside my bed and I never thought of it after all these other experiments. What's wild is when i put a metal wire on a 9 volt battery it does nothing to them but when i put the same battery into the gun it's lights out.
These stun guns cost 20 bux and there a total farse when it comes to hurting ppl, no wonder as a teen i could take it to the chest, but there Perfect for slugs!
oh man a camera flash, I could probably do one better and bust up one of my old photo flashes for a light show Zapper, it even has a power dial for big and small slugs. Hey wait a second I have two stun guns in a box somewhere, I wouldn't even need to make a probe just put them in between the arc. Is that too much power? they run on rechargeable 9 volts and my wife would probably feel safer than with a camera contraption. I've taken a stun gun to the chest before I started shocking friends back in high school, what a great way to recycle. is that too much power? I don't want to kill my plants, scissors seem to cut allot of plants up when I was reaching deep. plus I don't want to torture things but a quick flash is a nice way to head on to the next life
All this slug talk is depressing as I read through all your comments all i see is my list of failures, I have 1000's of slugs the ducks just arn't enough in a high herbage garden. It's not that they eat all the veggies it's that they stomp them out getting to slugs. I personaly cut 700 in half and that's on top of picking 80 slugs at a time to feed the ducks. I thought I had found the solution of solutions I added to copper wires to a 6v flashlight battery the block kind figuring aha! no more cutting just walk through a quick zap and voila. I thought it was working id touch them they'd curl up and who didn't fall right off the plant hightailed it back into the ground. I mean they moved faster than I'd ever seen before. They start putting out huge amounts of white foamy slime but I wasn't convinced so I put a few in a bucket and shocked em. They did the deal turned white and I sat and waited for the death throws to take em, but instead they slithered out of the white blob like they shed a layer of skin and started heading out the bucket like nothing had happened. I've found when my electric fence goes nut's and is arching at the main box it's usually a slug that has traveled down the cord and connected between the positive and the metal box causing it to arch terribly until i wipe it dry dry dry.
I don't want to wonder around the garden with a car battery on my hip and deadly prongs in the rain but has anyone seen how much energy plants can take before they get hurt, i know i've seen a sunflower get cut in half by leaning on the electric fence, maybe i could train the slugs to the tune of my kale is electric so piss off. I've got way to much mulch to ever think of peeling it off the rain would compact my soil in days. I let the ducks work the soil all winter till last frost but there just not out on mass till now and I never see them in un planted beds till 20 minutes after transplant. Everything you can put on the surface washes away, I can't even see where i put my coffee grounds "maybe the worms took them" I don't anyone with enough eggshells to do a quarter acre and a pig's even harder on young vegetation than the ducks. I did transplant salamanders into my worst beds about 2 big brown ones per 50x4 foot bed but a salamander can probably only handle 1 or 2 slugs per day and that's fine dining. I need a carnivore that isn't big breasted and clumsy, I can't find blue tongue skinks anywhere and if I do find them there 300 bux at some exotic pet breeder. Why isn't Australia closer! Do we have any temperate reptile equivalents with a stomach for the job? ducks ate all my frogs and they do terrible things to salamanders. I wonder if I could wire into the electric fence somehow to up my bang without having to carry a device Slugs are unshakable, I pick so many the slime burns my fingers.
On a side note I have a fish tank I've been putting extra slugs into along with the dog's poop, I was hoping to save them up for the dry times in summer when the ducks are scant on protein. I've noticed now that I'm over 100 slugs in there slugs are starting to head toward the tank, they definetly have some sort of magnetic sense I wonder if theres a way to screw with it so they can't see plants.
This thread should be renamed to people who want social reinforcement that relaxing is a bad thing. I put in 1100 soil blocks last weekend, then my wife caught wind and planted up 700 plugs from some leftover trays the next day. There's some peas coming out and I'm already having anxiety about the whole it will create in the greenhouse. I promised the animals I'd make pellets tomorow but I still got my eye on fitting in a cattail transplanting from some local gutters. I find permaculture is a great guise for workaholics.
the amount of times I've rubbed my eyes and smelt duck poo, compost or urine since getting infected with permaculture its a wonder my eyelids haven't turned into a soil amendment by now. goggles should be the word of the day.
whats wrong with fishy duck eggs, everything in my life already smells like poo. The amount of steamed offal my kitchen has seen via the dogs food I don't think i'd ever notice if it benefits the ducks. But it could be a blight if your marketing stuff to the folks. Is it true about people mixing down bloodmeal into feed for protein, i thought of trying it but out of all the rank smells I can find under my fingernails after washing them I don't care for the after dust stink of bloodmeal. Blood and oats is great but bloodmeal just seems to wreak of "made of cow ass" Now I wanna try these fishy eggs you speak off, it seems less off the wall than these urine soaked eggs that seem to be sweeping other nations.
are you sure the straw isn't growing the grass? straw is expensive as it's de0seeded hay of one type or another. I got doc out of the "composted manure" and grass out of the hay I composted it with. Everything i planted in the greenhouse turned into a plug of grass this winter. What happened to the cardboard layer the manure was suppose to go under and the straw was suppose to go over so one can't reach the light and the other can't reach the soil?
Doesn't really matter the pickle your in is grass is growing out of everywhere and more of a suspect component won't stop grass anyways. At this point all you could really do is peel off the mulch and give the situation a pitch fork flipping and hopefully the roots will get air pruned/ sun scorched before getting buried again. Did you remove the light exclusion barrier layer due to the miasma going around about toxicity in cardboard and newsprint? If you work at an office maybe you could raid recycling for less ink inundated paper or black plastic to solarize the grass but your short on time and allot of these solutions are weather permitting. With that much straw torching the grass is way out of line as much as plucking it out is not likely to work. The only hay mulch that hasn't grown grass for me when i was short on a light barrier was properly bogged out water logged rotten hay with worms in it everything else just starts more hay. The problem is if the seed is really coming from the straw it's not going to stop coming anytime soon, if it's coming from the manure you can toss the situation around at great labor and let the heavier manure fall deeper. The only real way though that wont break your back or use up allot of time is to peel off and light barrier the situation down, wetting the light barrier layer real good so you have something that's easy to punch through in a weeks time.
Best of luck, all our broad scale mistakes are permanently store on the internet for future generations to come.
My ducks eat all my live fish in the pond, when you say whole fish i imagine throwing a 5 pound trout in the pen and the puzzled look on their face. Are you talking about fry? like slug sized fish, I'd love a source of small fish, i tried to get feeder fish to breed in the pond but between the ducklings and the adult muscovy they where all gone in 15 minutes. The trouble is anything small enough to feed out abundantly isn't consumed by people so it's not very cheap. Anything else is a bait type fish and you don't typically as many as it would take to feed poultry for a week. But I'd love to be wrong because I'd try it in a heartbeat. Maybe there's some industry that dries anchovies or something but wet fishes would be better.
Thanks susan I appreciate your awareness, earthworks is no place for inspirational attacks and I know about struggling with bouts of fervent enthusiasm without sufficient trepidation.
I got to borrow an excavator for a day once and tried to dig as many holes as the 1 day allowed and my ability to use an excavator with no training permitted. The only reason I didn't end up digging into a gas line which I later found out existed was because the excavator would tip when I swung the arm.
It's been awhile since that original post and I hope the original poster has had more happy little accidents than sad little failures. Life has limited me to what I can do with a shovel before and since the day with that excavator and I've learn so much about what can and can't be anticipated in the micro I'm not afraid for the day when I can get back to the macro. But I sure do expose bare soil without a seed mix already laid out anymore, and I sure wouldn't get into an excavator without a truck full of bamboo on hand.