I grow microgreens for couple of seasons already. I was growing in large trays, but recently I grow them in small ones, just for my family use. I prefer to have several small trays with different plant in each rather than a large tray of one variety.
Recently friends have asked me to make a video on this topic, so I made one, text is in Polish but I hope it is quite self-explanatory.
If I could make 10$ a day it would be enough to make a living here, Gert style ;)
I have my pics sorted, filed, divided by places, topics and years they have been taken. Underwater photos separately, garden separately, etc. The only thing unsorted is related to camera evolution - the older the picture the smaller size obviously. I doubt a bulk upload makes sense, as your chance to sell any is as good as keywords you add to each picture. And that might be time consuming.
On the other hand, while posting here I could upload a pic or two, and then, who knows ....
Well, that's exactly what I'm looking for - not one pay-out but rather a steady trickling small income. But I kinda doubt it. My friend who is talented photographer with a record of some award winning pictures is not making any substantial money from stock photos, so how an averege Joe the Amateur Photographer can make it? I might be entirely wrong here I don't know ...
I have dozens of thousands of pics but I have never tried to sell any. With billions of photos on the Internet it was always quite questionable to me that my photo will be found, chosen, and purchased. Unless you are extremaly lucky and your photo will be chosen by a huge corporation, I'm quite skeptic that it is worth time spent. On the other hand, I will never know until I try it.... I would gladly learn from someone who actually has done that, how many photos were uploaded, and what passive income they generate per year.
My answer might sounds weird but in my opinion the two most important things in such course are permaculture design methodology and individual feedback on the final design exercise. Our goal should be to teach people how to start designing.
I have a mixture of mostly birch, linden and norway maple leaves. The first two are gone in a couple of months, maple leaves though have to be removed at spring since they do not decompose fast enough. I put remaining leaves on paths or in compost as browns. Sometimes I shred maple leaves with electric mower, then they decompose way faster.
Every year I add a few square meters to my garden by using fallen leaves. I usually start with other organic matter in early Autumn (kitchen wastes, old hay) followed by fallen leaves just before first frost.
Judith Browning wrote:got your email and when I clicked on the link I could see the photo spread in the first post above this time....before, when I looked at this thread there was the link to buy for a dollar. Thanks!
I didn't see any new private forums...maybe because I was already in 'r's writing room'?
...and I don't see a way to buy the 'toss a fleece' photos (as Nina mentioned) in the post now that the photos are there.
I'm also interested in getting Zizania aquatica seeds, I'm in Poland. Please note that dry seeds do not germinate, so the ones from ebay link will probably do not sprout.
I wonder if you managed to get the seeds?
For a pleasure of reading, and for learning as well - paper books.
For a fast reference (manuals, etc.) - ebooks.
Very often I have both. I read paper book first, and then upload PDF into my laptop. If in a future, when I want to find something quickly, I search PDF.
I'm pretty good at writing short forms but I have really hard time to come up with a book as a whole. I have figured out that one day I will gather some of the best short articles and stories and fit them into a book. I also collect all answers I give on FB or on my blog, or on forums, so I have hundreds of pages of text already. Now it is just a matter of filtering it out, editing and hopefully, one day ... ;)
I confess, I skip most of the text. I look at description of URL, and if the topic is of my interest, I follow the link. If not, I'm done with dailish in 2-3 seconds. I'd love to sit and read the whole thing, I'm sure I'd enjoy it, unfortunately I'm constantly in a hurry, short of time, behind a schedule. I hope that when winter comes I will have more time to fully appreciate all the content.
Many thanks everyone for your replies, a lot of valuable information here.
I observe that commercially grown seedling that are being sold in a gardening center nearby differ from the ones I grow from seeds of (presumably) same variety.
I have tried to grow my seedling in natural light, as well as under quite powerful LED / fluorescent lights indoors, always getting same effect - seedlings reach lights very soon and I have to rise the lights to avoid burning plants.
From seeds sown in the first week of April, I have 2 feet plus tall plants by May 15th (the date of last frost). I bury them deeply, but it is not helping - first fruits form very high on the plants, while other gardeners have them almost touching ground.
During the season the plants grow vigorously, and they set flowers and fruits very far apart. No matter what is location in my backyard (and that determines amount of direct sun) and method of growing (I grow them in the soil, in grow bags and in strawbales).
Since I use my own potting mix for seedlings (based on what you guys say above), is it possible that it is too rich in nitrogen? Shall I reduce amount of compost I add to the mix?
Finally, if nothing else helps, what varieties would you recommend that sets nodes densely and close to the ground?
I have a pretty good tomato yields, but one thing bothers me every year. My tomatoes grow very tall, and they set fruits only high above the ground and with quite large distance between fruit clusters. I grow my tomatoes seedlings inside, I plant them out outside after last frost, and they grow outside, outgrowing trellises. I would like to have them more "compact", so my question is: what environmental variables (putting tomato variety aside) determines their height and the distance between flower / fruit clusters?
I have finally found a way to eat my sunchokes without a gas mask afterwards ;) Fermenting seems to work just fine. Either sliced tubers, or whole, both work. Sliced one are ready in less than a week, for whole ones I had to wait a bit longer. I have used just salted water and some spices.
Richard Gorny wrote:Sometimes a better description of what is the topic of the link would be nice, but in general it works fine :)
I know how you feel! I hate clicking on links when I don't know where they go. Sometimes the writing lends itself to being fun and not as descriptive of the thread, and it feels clunky to add in a description of the link...and it might make the dailyish longer, and it looks like most people like it short and sweet.
I'm wondering if, in these circumstances, it would be better to do the whole html like https://permies.com/t/73443/type-dailyish-Apple-Poll rather than the shorter https://permies.com/t/73443/. I honestly like the longer htmls, as they give me a clue as to what I'm clicking, but the shorter ones do look cleaner. But, then, would it look funny if some of the links in a given dailyish were the long ones, and others were the short ones?
For me, it would be enough if I knew the forum category the link leads to. For instance, if I knew that https://permies.com/t/67542/ leads to the meaningless drivel section of the forums, and https://permies.com/t/74047/ leads to critters, I would have been able to make more informed choice - to follow the link or not.
paul wheaton wrote:If I bought an egift of netflix, I think the recipient would understand that in order to redeem it, they would need to create a netflix account.
I have never used netflix, but for many ebook/music online stores it is not necessary to create the account in order to pick up a gift in a form of download. A unique download link is sufficient since it can be used only once.
If the gift was let's say a monthly membership to the site, that's another story, account is a must.
Anyway, the recipient has created the account and was able to download the pdf, all works fine.
Richard Gorny wrote:I have already acquired access to all three test items (as rewards in Paul's kickstarters). In this case, the option "Buy it as a gift" is not being displayed to me, but it should be available (assume I want to give it to someone else).
Richard, it should appear at the bottom of the thread - just above the "boost this thread" button. Do you see it?
Thanks Devaka! Okay, it was my mistake. I was looking in original post for each item. The bottom position is a bit hard to notice :) I should have read your instructions more carefully, apologies.
I have purchased playing cards pdf, all worked well - easy, smooth and fast. The recipient has received the link very fast.
The recipient must have an account on the forums in order to be able to pick up a gift. That limits "target audience" a bit.
I would add a short info at the start that the buyer will be asked for email address of the recipient on the next page, or something similar.
I have already acquired access to all three test items (as rewards in Paul's kickstarters). In this case, the option "Buy it as a gift" is not being displayed to me, but it should be available (assume I want to give it to someone else).
What about a video that compares the TCO of usual house heating solutions to the RMH, for a given house size and location (climate), over a certain period of time (10-20 years).
Wouldn't that get the biggest audience of non-permie folks?
I would love to see a video of cleaning RMH ducts after let's say a year of usage. Especially the ones that are incorporated into a cob/rock bench. How to do it properly, how often, etc.
I know that this is being mentioned in your "Care and Feeding of a Rocket Mass Heater - Five experts share their techniques" video, but I would like to see it in more details.
Eric Hanson wrote:
I know that its leaves have a very high N rating
Except for "your" post, I've never heard anybody say that Comfrey is high in nitrogen. ........ It is noted for being a "dynamic accumulator". (it accumulates a lot of minerals and trace elements in it's leaves). The leaves have very few fibrous parts and decompose "very" quickly. If "you" provide Nitrogen (compost, clover, etc.) that "will" help it grow fast and healthy though.
I have true comfrey plants in my small food forest, their purpose is mostly to provide mulch and attract pollinators. The ground cover is composed of white clover, alpine berries and strawberries. It all grows in a shade - from partial to deep, and is doing fine.