Are my chickens the only ones in the world that don't like comfrey? I've tried it fresh, wilted, dried, ... They just don't eat it.
Mine won't touch it either. I can't even get the bunnies to nibble on it. I've read that it is high in protein, but it's no help in the feed dept. so far, at least in my experience. Would love to hear more from someone who is successful feeding comfrey to critters.
great thread. I just want to throw this one out there, admitting that I haven't done any research on it. But I have heard of people keeping DMSO on hand for many things, but particularly intriguing is for spinal cord injury. Some of the cases I've read about use intravenous injections within an hour post trauma, but one interview I heard, the scientist said he kept it in his car, where he expected the most likely event of such an injury. He suggested that an oral dose would be just as effective. Again, not a scientist, but I keep a bottle of the topical stuff on hand for aches and pains anyway. Here's a link to the interview where it is mentioned.
I went soap and shampoo free 4 or 5 years ago based on the article linked below. I was embarrassed to tell anyone for the first year. Now I have no shame. I do use a spot of Dr. Bronners for the nethers. I didn't really experience any of the negative of positive effects that many claim. I still have the same amount of dandruff which comes and goes for unknown reasons. Along with diet changes though, I can say I no longer have scaly elbows/knees and no post shower itchiness episodes. Mostly I'm just thinking about how much money I have not spent on surfactants, perfumes and chemicals. Also, I'm very protective of my microbiota, so I've kept them safe and healthy.
Don't get me started with Dune! When i first learned of permaculture and saw greening the desert I immediately thought of Dune. There are so many parallels from Dune to permaculture. The whole Dune series is highly recommended reading for permie-minded folk.. and not just for the whole "desert planet' angle. The geoengineering, the thought patterns, elite control, spice/power dependency, monopolies.. on and on. but all that being said, if you wanted to take the Dune joke just one tiny step further, maybe call the path leading away from the parking lot "The Golden Path." Dune nerds would appreciate it, and everyone else might just think it had something to do with pee, which is also funny.
i moved out of the suburbs a couple of years ago onto 10 acres. i just wanted to be able to have a rooster, shoot a gun, pop fireworks, let the vegetables grow where they wish.. maybe walk around after dark in my undies without anybody called the DOMUS. i've had a lot of failures in the last 2 years, but it has been a lot of fun and has cost me less than it did in town as well. I've shared this "try 100 things and 2 will work" idea with many people as they itch their chigger bites and stare at my dead apple trees and wilted seedlings, but damn if I haven't had a surprise or two. it's all worth it when you find a huge frog living in your spinach patch or see bluebirds nesting under your eaves. i don't know if i've even tried 100 things yet, but 2 things have happened, i'm happier and all my friends would rather hang out at my place. cheers, Paul. this is the proper perspective.
So, just to clarify. Is this contest back on? is the $1000 Peaceful Valley gift certificate still in play? If so, when does the contest conclude? I was bummed to have missed the opportunity last year. Would be nice maybe to re-promote this on the daily-ish if it's still going on this year.
I think this is a fantastic format, and thank you for putting up the Sepp Holzer podcast gob free to the daily-ish folks. I have paid for some of the other gobs and loved them. I read along with Gaia's Garden and then listened to the corresponding podcasts as well. It's like a study group. If you ever planned to do this with the Designer's Manual, i think that would be your most popular gob. People would pay for that. I know I would. it's hard to read otherwise.
i noticed a difference in my mosquito magnetism with the "no beer followed by paleo" within a couple of weeks. if you get the low carb blues, just eat a sweet potato with dinner then get back on the program.
i rushed over to report the same as Corrie. when I stopped drinking beer I noticed an immediate reduction in my mosquito magnetism. continuing on with low carb Paleo, etc I very rarely get poked, even in groups where people complain about getting mauled. just a guess, but maybe it has something to do with blood sugar
i found out about permies through your podcast. i found out about your podcast from The Survival Podcast. I found out about the Survival Podcast from The Paleo Solution podcast. I found out about the Paleo Solution Podcast after reading up on going gluten free. I went gluten free after reading Wheat Belly. I found out about Wheat Belly on boingboing.com. I found out about boingboing from my friend Geoff Gordon. I met Geoff Gordon at an IHOP in Newton MA. IHOP was a major reason why I eventually had to go gluten free. I could write a book like this. I could title the book "How Random Occurrences Saved My Life."
What if I followed a link for the Permaculture Playing Cards and then deleted them from my cart? Would you still get credit for whatever else I purchased? I'm also curious what sort of odd things you saw. Can't help it. I'm a voyeur.
I'm looking for an unscented dishwashing liquid soap. We are dishwasherless in our new homestead (mixed emotions about that) and I find that most everything, no matter how well rinsed, still ends up imparting a soapy flavor to the contents. There are many on the market, so I'd love to hear about your experiences. Cheap and non-toxic are important. We also have an old school septic system, so anti-bacterial is off the list. Has anyone tried making it? Thanks for your input.
Doug Mac wrote:I have two solar and one 12 volt with a deep cycle battery. The 12 volt is much better. Chargers don't keep the fence 'hot' all the time but pulse. The time between pulses is too long with the solar units and it confuses the animals. The 12 volt only gets charged every 6 weeks or so, pulses quicker and is stronger.
While it may be best to drive a ground stake straight down, they can be put in on an angle. There is a sheep rancher I know who puts a 5 gallon bucket with a tiny hole near the bottom if the ground is dry.
I use 12 gauge aluminum wire. 6 strands around the perimeter and 5 for inside fences. While I can find most things locally, aluminum wire is not one of them, so I search the web.
Hey Doug, I know this is an older thread, but was just searching around for info on getting started. Can you elaborate on the 5 gallon bucket? does the ground stake go through the bucket and into the ground? i'm not sure I understand the purpose of the 5 gallon bucket. I'll definitely be dealing with the dry ground tho. Any info you can provide is appreciated. This link is gold!
Whew! i made that connection with you too Michael. I've heard about you thru Survival Podcast and was surprised to imagine that this was the same Bee Whisperer. I hope that didn't bring you any bad press. I'm glad it's not you.
Moj Jordan wrote:WOW Paul I hope you are not talking about my beekeeping teaching, I try to get people to down size bees to 4.9mm from 5mm, and not to feed with corn sugars. I would be really sad if that was true.
okay, I'm a little late to this topic but I love Cory Doctorow and highly recommend little brother as well as Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. that book has some really excellent ideas about the future and it inspires me to this day.
I don't live in an urban area anymore, but I am just getting started on my edible landscaping. This post is just an attempt to win one of the copies of Michael's book I'll just go ahead and buy it if I don't win one of the 4 coveted copies. Looking forward to getting my filthy hands all over that book!
Here is a podcast interview with Jo Robinson. I found the articles of great interest and look forward to reading the books. Also, if you're not familiar with Chris Kresser, most folks here will find him most like minded. He's an provides an excellent scientific approach to alternative medicine.
great thread and I hope it continues. I have a friend who has "survived" colon cancer for six years by having 5 surgeries and 4 rounds of chemo. Her high deductible HSA gets maxed out usually by the end of January every year. To her, modern medicine is a miracle. It's astonishing to me the amount of suffering a person will endure without even considering changing their diet or lifestyle. two years ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and handed a bottle of metformin and told that we could start insulin in a few months if that didn't help. i went to the library and online and had "reversed" the condition by my 6 month follow up. I've since lost almost 100 lbs.. hm. anyway, i'd just like to say, with the right attitude and perseverance many of these conditions can be ameliorated or cured, and if they don't help one would not have to die wondering if they'd done all they could. To my friend, a "gut healing protocol" sounds like silly new age hokum. my 2 cents.
also, back to the parasite discussion, there is a terrific book called An Epidemic of Absence by Moises Velasquez-Manoff which addresses the "hygiene hypothesis" of modern illness. Fodder for thought at least and an excellent read even for non-science-y types
I'm curious to where you got the True Comfrey seeds and what's the difference between them and the Bocking. I'm thinking of ordering from Coe's as well. The prices seem quite reasonable considering I just bought a single plant in a 4" pot from Redenta's for $6.
I'm in NE Tx near McKinney and have dozens of these on my property. Was trying to identify them through Google and found this link to Permies! The evil empire is starting to work... Anyway, thanks for the identification. Eve's necklace it is. The Dirt Doctor gives it high marks, and that's worth something. Eve's necklace from DirtDoctor.com