I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one who saw the term as vague. It was in an ad for:
We are seeking people who have some garden and animal experience as well some basic rural living skills. We are asking for 8 hours of work per week and depending on how many people are here 3-4 days every other week on chores + occasional caretaking when we go away. If people have strong interest in the garden and its products, we might ask people to put in another 4-6 hours a week during the growing season. We have laying chickens, turkeys, a milk, meat and pack goat herd of about7-10 (usually no more than 2 milking does) and ducks.
We are looking for people who have some country living and garden skills, are emotionally mature, easy going and good communicators. A good fit for us would be someone who loves to garden and enjoys spending time working with animals and appreciates animal products.
I had a bit of an idea, but knew there were things I may not have considered that would be needed. Maybe what is listed is all I would need to know, then again maybe there are things they didn't think to include but assumed would be known. If it's "learn as you go", that would be cool, but covering all the bases possible would be best.
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Tyler Ludens wrote:Looks like my endeavor to eat what I grow and reduce purchased food may have back-fired. I seem to have symptoms of multiple deficiencies - B vitamins (probably mostly B12), and minerals. This is causing some creepy physical symptoms plus probably exacerbating some pre-existing health problems.
So we're going to try to adjust our diet with a little more store food, and some supplements.
I wanted to post about this because I've posted a lot about frugality and trying to live without much money, and I want people to know about my failures as much as my successes. I want others to be aware of cheaping out too much on diet and the possibility of deficiencies if you aren't able to grow a large enough variety of food and/or the soil is not optimum.
It seems like most folks here are better at growing stuff than I am.
Trying not to feel like a failure!
It has probably already been pointed out, but anything we learn from an experience means it was not a failure.
I'm a lurker for the most part learning from you all and having little to add, if anything. Maybe this means I will start jumping in here and there.
Anyway, thanks for letting us know of the dangers of not getting enough in this ongoing experiment. As I also am wanting to rely on what I grow, but haven't been able to grow what all I need, I will certainly keep an eye out for not getting all I need nutritionally.
I do hope it all starts on the upside for you however that might be.
Neil Layton wrote:...
What I have an issue with is the implications about hierarchy and exploitation that stem from humans eating meat (not relevant to this discussion) and the sustainability implications of 7.4 billion humans eating meat, which is entirely germane to this conversation. That's one reason why we talk about frugality. I had the impression it's one reason Tyler is trying to steer away from eating meat.
... It's an absolute fact that humans can eat meat, and in my opinion, and the opinion of many people smarter than I, that people have evolved and need to eat meat to enjoy optimal health.
I'm serious when I say mostly dreaming. LOL I do experiment here and there but on an extremely small sporadic scale. Due to interference the garden area I'm allotted was filled with leaves about 18 inches high.
I do have a broccoli plant I haven't pulled that's a couple years old. It seeded and with the rain sprouts are coming up. The leaves were dumped on them as well but I managed to dig it out. I hate to admit to using snail bait to kill the slugs and snails that would happily eat them into oblivion. I may be able to transplant them when they're a bit bigger and use toilet paper centers to protect them. Hopefully. The parent plant still gives bits of broccoli.
My wannabe gardens haven't fared that well for one reason or another but mostly, I believe, cause I was too drought conscious so didn't water enough. I tried bag gardening this year but still didn't water enough plus need to experiment more to make it more successful.
I have no idea what killed my chives. Two sets. That was disappointing.
I had 2 problems with that post.
1: She redid the hugel after 1 year because is didn't work great. I have read numberous reports that the first year is generally mediocre and greatly improves in the 2nd & 3rd year. If you keep changing it after the first year, you wont get those great benefits of HK.
2: She put wood chips in the hole. When people say hugelkultur can't work because the wood will steal nitrogen, they are wrong because big hunks of wood take a long time to break down. Wood chips buried in the ground on the other hand, will break down quickly, using nitrogen that could go to the plants.
She did three, one with the woodchips, but I haven't seen any update as to how any of the three turned out. Where did you see it? I've been really interested.
What did you think about the vertical stump in the containers?
Speaking of scrubbies, the stainless ones do rust in my experience, but I've never had a problem with the chrome ones. They are great for a lot of scrubbing jobs surprisingly without scratching. With the ringer I would wonder about rust.
Regarding the ringer, I would think the chrome scrubbies would work just as well for removing grime...at least what you are referring to. In reading the description for the ringer it says for pre-seasoned cast iron. In which case it appears to be much stronger than the chrome ones. At least according to the hype.
My son lives in Bend Oregon where I visited him for a while. He said the ground was pumice. It did look more sandy than dirt. A river went by and
between the two (river and pumice) the area looked quite fertile. He said tho, that people imported dirt when planting lawns. It made me think the
pumice cut the roots maybe? Still I know the whole area I saw couldn't have been all imported dirt!