My best guess is that the financial effects of the next few months will be a harder issue to deal with than the health effects. Money to buy trees might come much more easily now than later. Although there are ways to acquire trees that don't take money.
The best time to plant a tree was 10 years ago. The next best time is today. I have never regretted planting a tree, but I have often regretted planting trees several years after a new field became available to me.
One of the great joys of my life, is foraging in the garden or the wildlands and then immediately eating what I forage. It would be really sad to me if I were to develop a phobia to the natural world, and to natural processes.
Chris got the "Home Despot" cores for calling the employees stupid, and the management tyrants. It wasn't funny. It was mean-spirited. Employees and managers of Home Depot read this site on a regular basis. We don't allow badmouthing our readers like that. That's just not nice...
Chris got the apple cores because Chris so often posts on the very edge of niceness. Here's a curious look behind the moderation curtain. The staff thread about Chris is the longest of any non-banned participant in the forums. We have participants here that have made thousands of insightful posts without ever having a post deleted, put on probation, or discussed for moderation by staff.
It may appear that 10 apple cores were given in response to nasty comments about the staff and management of a retail store. And if that was all it was, they would be totally justified. The cores were really given in response to the hundreds of hours of staff time that are consumed moderating Chris's posts, and for Chris's routine whining about how the site is run.
Because Chris's posts are so often problematic, they get subjected to heightened scrutiny. If people don't like careful scrutiny, thumbs down, and apple cores, then perhaps they shouldn't be constantly playing on the edge of niceness.
Chris has had ample notice about the publishing standards that apply to this site. Personally, I'd love it if staff gave an apple core (or three) every time a post was put on probation, or deleted for not being nice. Or how about an apple core for every time staff has to spend hours talking about a questionable post?
I looked up this thread to make a comment to it about the recent influx of non-publishable materials, and Paul beat me to it by two hours!
In the usa, it seems like cases of a new (and therefore frightening) disease are rapidly multiplying. The stock, bond, and oil markets have crashed hard. It's times like this that we need niceness more than ever. We need soft, gentle human-to-human connections with each other. Gentle conversations.
Seems like the experts are of little use right now, because so many things are outside of their customary patterns. Even in good times, we have learned as a moderation team that bringing "experts" into the discussion isn't all that helpful. Posts aren't meeting publishing standards because people are saying, "Your expert is a piece of shit, and my expert is the only one that knows the truth."
More posts than typical are not being published this week. That is due to their lack of niceness, and not due to the subject matter or which side of the opinion someone is expressing. We have staff on every possible side of any discussion. The staff that disagree with an opinion, are the least likely to take action against it. They ask staff that really agree with the opinion to review it. That's the nature and maturity level of the volunteer staff.
Because of the extra workload right now reviewing and discussing questionable posts, staff are leaning towards immediately deleting non-compliant posts rather than asking that they be edited. It takes a lot of extra effort to return a post for rewriting. The staff are unpaid volunteers. We'd rather not be moderating. We'd prefer to spend our time planting beautiful gardens, or loving on our family and friends.
If you are a poster that lives on the edge of niceness, you can expect more posts to be deleted outright, and fewer opportunities for rewriting.
It's standard policy to not talk about moderation decisions in the main forums, or via purple mooseage. A post that is made to the tinkering forum gets quicker response, cause any active moderator can deal with it, and it acts as a perpetual resource for other people with similar concerns.
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Over the years, we have had a lot of problems with hard-core vegans stirring up trouble in the threads, and cranky people jabbing at the vegans to work them into a frenzy. Therefore, posts that mention veganism are subjected to heightened scrutiny.
In general, it's ok for someone to disclose that they are vegan, and even explain why, as long as the explanation is about themselves, and doesn't imply that other people are wicked for eating meat. We generally don't publish articles that say that eating meat is "enslavement" or "immoral", because that just entices people to rant against the idea.
All plants are welcome on my farm, regardless of what time/space they might have lived in previously. 15,000 years ago, my farm was at the bottom of a 20,000 square mile lake. There are no native land-plants on my farm.
My definition of "native plant" is anything that is currently growing in the nearby wildlands, and anything I might plant there in the future.
For me, planting date for potatoes is while the apple trees are flowering. Most winters, I have potato volunteers, that spend the winter outside, and then sprout when they feel like it in the spring. So your potatoes might do fine.
Trace Oswald wrote:Mine was one of the posts that was just deleted. I didn't think it was offensive, but it must have offended someone.
Sometimes entire threads disappear, because there are so many nested quotes that it's too much work to go through and ask everyone to delete the stuff that they quoted from other people, which didn't meet publishing standards. Cause it's not only deleting the quote, it's rewording the paragraphs that reference the quote. Then we gotta review it all for consistency. That's why I tend to discourage quoting on the site.
Sometimes entire threads disappear because they attract too many negative posts. In that case, they all go: Both the inoffensive and the offensive.
Flies don't visit squash blossoms, but they love carrot flowers.
Honeybees tend to only work the plants that they love, and ignore everything else.
Bumblebees tend to examine lots of different species of flowers while foraging.
Squash bees are only interested in squash.
Some species of moths tend to mope around on their preferred flower. Other species flit from flower to flower.
I tend to think as pollination as an ecosystem-level event. If you are feeding pollinators lots of different things, at lots of different times, then their populations are higher in the ecosystem, and they'll provide better overall pollination to vegetables.
Honeybees fly up to two miles to forage. Leaf-cutter bees at my place harvest leaves about 100 feet from their nests. The place where bumblebees nest on my farm is 300 feet from where they forage.
Giving apple cores isn't a way for me to engage in discussion, or express an opinion. I really don't care about many of the topics that are discussed on the forum. What I care a lot about, is how the discussion is carried out.
Sometimes, I'll give a core to a post merely because I am annoyed that it was an edge case, and burned through my time participating in a staff discussion. Sometimes, I'll give a lot of cores, just to keep a problematic poster from participating in the cider press.
Most often, when a post gets an apple core, it gets deleted at the same time. It just quietly goes away. Only staff (and perhaps the original poster) know that something went awry.
One of our review strategies when a thread crashes is to ask, "Where did things first start to go wrong?" That post often gets an apple core.
An apple core that is publicly visible can be thought of as a "caution" sign. Things are unlikely to end well if discussion continues down the path suggested in the cored post. That's a fuzzy line, based on the moderators experience with moderating more than a million posts. Some common patterns of writing tend to lead to common patterns of responses.
You may safely eliminate the water in vinegar/water brines used for picking. That makes the concentration of vinegar stronger, which may negatively impact taste, but it improves safety. Store bought vinegar is typically standardized at 5%. Most of the pickling recipes I use make a brine that is around 2.5% vinegar.
It could be dangerous however to use less vinegar than a recipe calls for.
I'm not sure if taste can be ignored in homemade pickles. Because if the taste is too acidic or too salty for people to enjoy eating, then they won't eat it regardless of the health benefits.
I have made two lifestyle changes in response to covid-19.
We don't yet know how closely Covid-19 mimics the life-cycle and biochemistry of the common flu. Vitamin D has a strong protective effect against being infected by the common flu. Perhaps it is similarly effective against Covid-19. My current strategy -- in addition to getting sunlight whenever it is available, over as much of my body as possible, to make my own vitamin D -- is to supplement with vitamin D.
In addition, due to my general deficiency of Zinc, and it's reputation for reducing the duration of respiratory illnesses, I am supplementing with zinc.
At some point, I may apply strong peer pressure to my friends and family to do likewise.
If/when the virus enters my local community, I will endeavor to get plenty of sleep, which seems to be strongly protective against infections.
The seed trains that I have participated in generally have a coordinator, who receives everybody's addresses, and directs each person where to send the package next. A time limit for having the package is usually applied, something like 3 days. Often times, the coordinator will receive seeds from most of the participants at the beginning of the train.
As a plant breeder, I welcome diseases and pests into my garden. If I don't have a disease or pest, then my plants can't undergo survival-of-the-fittest adaptation to it. Once they have undergone a couple of generations of survival, then they pretty much become immune to that particular pest or disease.
Domestic tomatoes are problematic, because they were highly inbred during domestication, and by the heirloom preservation movement. A crop needs genetic diversity in order to adapt to changing conditions. Domestic tomatoes just don't have much diversity to work with.
Last growing season, one of the interspecies hybrid tomatoes (BHXW with self-incompatible-acting breeding system) produced 8 ounce beefsteak type red fruits. That's not the goal of the breeding project, but it was interesting enough to send it to a warmer climate for an over-winter growout.
Ethan Nielsen wrote:How were the beans from your F1 cross? Did they produce well in Utah? Did you save any seeds? (asking for a friend...)
The cross was made by a friend from far away. Therefore, neither parent was locally adapted. They didn't do very well, but they produced seed, which I replanted. It did fine, until a helpful family member chopped them out. I only planted half my seed, so I may try again .
I haven't been keeping up with recent moderator discussions. I'm enrolled in a yoga-teacher training course that is taking up a lot of time, and I'm getting ready to travel to the OSA conference next week in Corvallis Oregon. (Hoping to see some of you there!)
I read this thread though, and want to mention that it's super common for a moderator to say, "I am involved in the thread, so I don't want to moderate it, could y'all look at it?", or "I really care about this topic, but that makes me biased, so what do y'all think?" If anything, it seems to me that moderators are too lenient about allowing not nice things to linger on the site, because they worry about taking action against not-nice commentary because they also disagree with the content. Many years ago, there was a rouge moderator, who was dealt with, and systems were put in place to prevent it from happening again. It's the ancient question of "Who watches the watchers?": The bots watch the watchers. The watchers watch the watchers. The community watches the watchers. Gives the moderation system a strong anti-bias feeling.
There are also grammatical constructs, and turns of phrase, that often lead to hurt feelings, nasty rebuttals, drama, and turmoil. Even on innocuous topics, staff often nip those in the bud. It's not about the content or ideas being expressed, it's about expressing them in a way that invites conflict.
It's rather common for staff to delete posts with not-nice quotes from "off permies locations". We don't publish not-nice commentary, whether it is written by members of the forum, or quoting a non-member.
A typical runner's meme is to increase distance by 10% per week.
My experience was that the skin of my feet adapted quickly. What took years to adapt were the calf-muscles. Because, walking over a one inch heel for most of my life, created calf-muscles that were one inch shorter than they would have been if I had lived habitually barefoot. So I had to grow an extra inch of length in the calf-muscles. That took about 18 months of living and running habitually barefoot. In the process, I stretched the calf muscles faster than they were growing, and tore one of them. That sucked!!! There were also lots of shifts that occurred in my toes, feet, ankles, knees, hips, back, neck. Those take time and patience. No point rushing into an injury. It took a lifetime to get to my pre-barefoot shape. Might as well plan on a couple years for the remediation work.
I started running barefoot before I started walking barefoot. That was because I enjoyed the barefoot runs so much that I couldn't stand the thought of putting shoes on when I was done. My initial barefoot runs were around 300 feet long, which I did 3 times per week for weeks. Then when that was really comfortable, i did barefoot runs of about 750 feet for months. Then started increasing distances week by week.
My strategy for barefoot running is to run lightly, and joyfully. Like I'm playing a hide and seek game, and want to sneak lightly past the seeker. I don't give any thought to pacing, other than to choose a pace that can be maintained indefinitely. Easy, light, delicate. My biggest challenge in learning to run was slowing down the effort to match the available breath.
The advice on barefoot running groups is generally to start by ditching footwear, and running on concrete. The body quickly self-corrects the gait.
Hank Fletcher wrote:what would typically cause the blood blisters when you are walking barefooted?
The blood blisters were caused by doing more than the feet were able to handle. I participate in a number of barefoot running sites. Newbies frequently ask how they should get started. Those with a lot of experience say, "Start gradually, and transition slowly". I usually add, "even slower than you can imagine".
As humans, we tend to avoid doing activities that have injured us in the past. So the best way for me to want to continue a barefoot lifestyle, is to avoid injury that would make me want to avoid going barefoot.
Blisters are caused by a shearing motion against the skin, so mechanically, I'd guess that the gait included some type of twisting or scuffing.
For what it's worth, even though I live habitually barefoot, I don't have calluses on my feet. My feet are as soft and supple as my hands.
For me, foot/calf cramps at night are associated with dehydration and/or not enough electrolytes in my diet. I make an electrolyte mix that is sea salt, potassium chloride, and Epsom salts. I use it for cooking, and add it to drinking water.