Casie Becker wrote:Once in a blue moon I will hear about something that catches my interest and watch it. 80% of those can't hold me for a whole program.
I will usually watch that british baking competition. It consistently has people treating each other well even as they compete. These are people who strive to be the best instead of just not be as bad as someone else.
They are so nice! That show has gotten me through a lot of dark days of the soul about the general state of humanity. My kids are disturbed that I’ve watched it so much I know exactly what they are going to say. I sit and quilt and watch GBB on blah winter days and it’s the best therapy ever.
Depends on where you are going and whether you are going to stock up. Fairbanks and Anchorage both have a pretty wide and varied food scene, thats your best bets for actual restaurants.. You will probably want to carry food if headed to outlying places or check ahead. Otherwise, there are grocery stores in the bigger towns, just like in the lower 48 with fresh foods and an ever widening variety of other foods.
All my biggest mistakes come down to impatience and jumping into things feet first, wanting everything right now, and not editing my expectations or having realistic understandings of my own limitations. I've literally probably killed thousands of plants, seeds , and seedlings by not paying proper attention to them and what they need (if you have to kill 10000 plants to be a master gardener, I think I'm at least halfway there ). I've wasted a ton of money by not understanding that certain things don't mesh with my personality ( goats are awesome, definitely not for me). I still go head over heels for seeds but now, before starting with something new (animals, plants, projects, tools) , I've learned to take a deep breath and "count the cost". This includes not just financial, but time, labor, and appropriateness for my particular land and personality. It can be very hard to edit, I think people into permaculture are more generalist than specialist by nature, but I've learned my results are much better if I can be more focused and methodical.
I found mine on Etsy , they came from Maryland but are doing awesome. 7/7 rooted and looking good so far. I don't see any more under that seller but there are a lot of other sellers there at varying prices/locations, you may be able to find one close.
Those are very cool, I am actually planning one for under our deck soon. We have a walk out basement and the last retaining wall was wood which has rotted and disintegrated. I'm intrigued by the lower need for building skills, the longevity, permeability and the ability to add soil to the top and plant. The area gets a lot of southern exposure and I'm thinking of using the top of the gabion for winter/early growing with the benefit of the thermal mass from the stones. It seems so much more dynamic than a regular wood or brick retaining wall.
My cheapest and quickest thought would be a quilt/ curtain system; some sheets or blankets from Goodwill, a layer of batting between them and suspend from wires through a line of eyebolts or on a rail. It would be modular, cheap to tweak if needed with thicker/ thinner batting, and breathable/natural materials if wanted. If the fabric is not directly touching the side with a slight airspace it should dry pretty well on its own, if not the panels could be thrown on a line to air dry outside . It could also be adjustable around your sleeping space at night if needed, like an old style bed curtain to keep you warmer.
I think my issue with “ weeds” is that it is entirely a matter of perception and dependent on circumstances. It is kind of like how the soil in my planter becomes “ dirt” once it is strewn all over my floor. Changing my perception of what constitutes a weed has helped me a great deal as I’ve learned to garden. the “weeds” I hate are still perfect in their way, even the burdock I’ve been cussing lately, because they give me a clear signal about what I’m doing wrong or need to change. Re-examining why I call plants weeds has made gardening much more productive for me overall.
Dale Hodgins wrote:A jug of warm water turns any toilet into a bidet. You just have to remember to bring it in. I've never been a TP only guy.
And there's nothing wrong with using the bathroom sink. Just rinse it out afterwards. For anyone tall enough to get your arse over the sink, it's possible to wash that and other offending parts. If I've been to your house, this has happened. Get over it. Then you wash your hands and make sure to give the sides of a sink a little dribble.
As a short fat girl I feel like this scenario would likely be the beginning of the story given to the ER doc about “ how this injury occurred” . And likely as well received as the stories from people about “ how the teacup got stuck there”.
Identity - by Julio Noboa Polanco
Let them be as flowers,
always watered, fed, guarded, admired,
but harnessed to a pot of dirt.
I'd rather be a tall, ugly weed,
clinging on cliffs, like an eagle
wind-wavering above high, jagged rocks.
To have broken through the surface of stone,
to live, to feel exposed to the madness
of the vast, eternal sky.
To be swayed by the breezes of an ancient sea,
carrying my soul, my seed,
beyond the mountains of time or into the abyss of the bizarre.
I'd rather be unseen, and if
then shunned by everyone,
than to be a pleasant-smelling flower,
growing in clusters in the fertile valley,
where they're praised, handled, and plucked
by greedy, human hands.
I'd rather smell of musty, green stench
than of sweet, fragrant lilac.
If I could stand alone, strong and free,
I'd rather be a tall, ugly weed
My superpower is killing plants. I have a month old well water filled epdm lined pond; 10 by 5 ft by about 2.5 ft at deepest point in zone 5 and it gets full sun throughout the day. Air temps here have been ranging in 40s-70 F for past week or so. This week I added about half a gallon bag full of azolla (from Arizona) and it mostly turned brown and appears to have died with only a few stray green spots left. At the same time I added some hornwort and bacopa, garden soil does run off into the pond at times but otherwise nothing else added. I'm not sure if I just shocked it or did something else to cause it to decide it didn't want to live in Michigan, does anyone have any experience with azolla/any ideas ?
Stacy Witscher wrote:My oldest daughter is too old to have gotten the HPV vaccine, so now, she has HPV. She has had to endure multiple biopsies because of abnormal cells. Those procedures are very painful. She is fine, gave birth to a beautiful child last year, but I wouldn't wish HPV on anyone. You bet my youngest has been vaccinated against HPV. Teenagers aren't going to check that they are immunized prior to sex. Adults who think that they are are being naive. This is how sexually transmitted diseases proliferate.
Dale - you can get tested to check for continued immunity, that is how they check my son's immunity. It doesn't work very well for him, but as I have mentioned, his experiences aren't typical.
Very much agree. I grew up in a plain church where it is about as “ no sex ever” as you can get and most parents would have been horrified at what their kids got up to. I started appropriate but complete education with my kids as they’ve grown, much to the dismay/ horror of my mom. “ pray to God, but row for the shore” has definitely been my motto in this area .
I would also point out that there is a rapid increase in men getting HPV related cancers of the throat and neck, it’s projected to outstrip the cervical cancers 4:1.
F Agricola wrote:
People want 100% certainty in things these days, that's just not realistic, never has been and never will be.
I think this is the key thing that always trips me up when it comes to people who are completely against all vaccinations. Nothing is 100% but we can get pretty close sometimes, why not advocate for safer vaccines instead of no vaccines at all ? The stance that vaccines are all terrible and dangerous just makes the arguments come off very extreme to me.
It also seems to be a very to come from an uncomfortably privileged/sheltered kind of mindset, I mean odds are really low my kid will be exposed to diphtheria so why vaccinate? they may end of with measles but they get good medical care so it isn’t like they will die like third world kids, so why vaccinate? There was a west coast case not too long ago where a kid spent something like 30 days in ICU with tetanus because the parents were against vaccines; with awesome medical care he recovered and went home. Parents refused a tetanus shot again when he left the hospital. What a waste of resources!
I suppose if I wanted to take a true permaculture mentality approach to child raising I could treat them like my plants “ oops, they died, guess that kid doesn’t like it here, oh well, try another kid” , but I just didn’t enjoy pregnancy enough to want ten and would rather focus on keeping the two I have growing along.
Jay Angler wrote:I've spent a lot of time this week chopping and dropping weeds I don't want and encouraging plants I do want. I came in the other day needing to get right to work on dinner, and my son comes up to me and starts picking bed-straw leaves off me and says, "Mom, you've got to stop bringing your work home with you," in his usual, total deadpan way! I'd have laughed harder if I hadn't been so tired!
It must be a boy thing. My then 8 yo told me one day “ Mom , you must be really bad at your job since all your patients die “.
I’m a hospice nurse.
Travis Johnson wrote:A few years ago we had really warm weather here in Maine, and it was mid-May. I will try to be appropriate here, but as a husband and wife Katie and I enjoy "amicable domestic relations" outside quite a bit; it is just one way we really enjoy our farm, and farm life.
Well on this day, Katie was VERY MUCH with child, so we went down to this stream after church, and had a nice picnic. One thing progressed to another though...
So Katie goes into labor, and when we told the doctor what we had done, he looked at me and said, "well relations at this stage of pregnancy is okay...……." but he said it very slowly, glowering at me with contempt as he did. Probably because our daughter arrived at 3:20 AM, not to mention two weeks early. It seems a product of a man, softens the cervix and can cause a pregnant lady to go into early childbirth.
Could have been worse, a coworker tried that method to induce and they didn’t make sure the picture hanging above the bed was properly affixed. Her husband ended up going into ER for stitches when it fell on his forehead.
I feel like this may be the equivalent of the ugly person with an amazing personality; I start to forget they are ugly because they are incredible in other ways. The other side is true as well, there are plants that I think are gorgeous but are utterly horrible when it comes to personality. I get to know them and they aren't pretty to me any more.
The medical establishment is filled with unjustified hubris and arrogance, because the truth is that when it comes to the incredible complexity of the human organism, we're woefully ignorant. Recently I went to a dermatologist (mostly to assuage my wife's paranoia that the eczema might be some kind of cooties she might catch), and she took one look and immediately said "I'm going to fix you," before prescribing some steroid cream and advising me to use some chemical-laden ointment (while disparaging my suggestion to use lanolin instead) to prevent the lesions from drying out. I tried to question her about potential etiology and its possible relation to some concomitant digestive issues, but she was already halfway out the door, typically fixated on only treating symptoms and clearly not the least bit curious about cause. Apparently $400 only buys about five minutes of her precious time. I never used the stupid cream; switching off my immune system to "fix me" is analogous to ripping out a car's check engine light when it comes on and pretending the problem is solved. So far, the "Vitamin A guy" approach is working, but even if it ultimately proves a bust I'm committed to getting to the root instead of just trimming off some branches.
It's the spotless apple syndrome and the cultural focus on everything being picture perfect. I mean sure, you will get some rotten side effect, but you are going to look great when you die from the treatment. I work in an area of healthcare where we tend to go in and take people off 90% of their meds with a sometimes marked improvement in their health and well being. it isn't unusual for me to see a 90 something year old patient with upwards of 30 different meds because no one looked at etiology of symptoms and just tried to treat the side effects that kept popping up. It then becomes my frustrating task to explain that taking them off their meds for hyperlipidemia will likely not only not kill them, but might solve their mysterious new onset muscle issues. Meds are seen as a quick fix and in defense of the dermatologist, she has probably dealt with a lot of people who only want a band aid/pill fix and not "what is your diet/lifestyle/etc". Most people don't get that the meds are not actually treating a disease but only managing the symptoms of self inflicted illnesses ( especially hypertension, adult onset diabetes, etc) that could be actually better managed by them changing things at home. In my experience, very few people actually have what it takes to correct their own behaviors, myself not excluded from that group.
Per my pathophys course, cancer is primarily a disease of aging because the more times a cell replicates the more likely it is to “ screw up” and have an error. As you age, the immune system is also not as effective which increases the chance of your body “ missing” the cancerous cell. Add in genetic factors and of course increased incidence of carcinogen exposure and there is definitely no doubt that there is more cancer now than in the 1860s. But as others have pointed out, it would be incredibly difficult to see epidemiology numbers from 1860 as being accurate. I doubt your average doc was diagnosing childhood leukemia and as far as adult cancers, some are still incredibly difficult to find/ diagnose even now ( considering the alcohol and tobacco consumption I’m betting many people died of pancreatic cancer back in the day for one). I think “400 times more” is likely somewhat of an ass pull when it comes to pure science.
ETA: I left out that obesity heavily correlates as well, which is not something our ancestors suffered a lot of. Also vivisection was still pretty controversial and rare during Victorian times I think, which would make post mortem dx even more prone to error.vDigging around the library I came across this little gem too "Noting that cancer mortality was on the rise among men, a late-19th-century writer argued that “want of proper exercise, and excess of food” were emasculating men and leaving them subject to “women’s diseases."
Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) is a big problem here. It's an invasive, and a relative of the feared Giant Hogweed. It grows up to 6' tall, and the sap of the plant will cause extreme photosensitivity in skin - if the sap is exposed to UV rays while on your skin, you get more or less immediate blisters. When they leave, you often have a dark spot on your skin in that area for a couple of years, and lifelong photosensitivity in that area. If the sap gets into your eyes, it can cause blindness - this has happened to both children and adults alike - a lot of people will use a string trimmer on them without knowing the danger of the spray that gets generated.
The root is edible apparently, but still has a low concentration of the irritant that is in the sap. For some people, it's fine, others get mouth blisters. I haven't tried it to see which group I fall into.
It will grow anywhere with adequate sun. It's in all the roadside ditches, field boundaries and wherever else around here. It's all over my property, and it means that I need to strictly control the areas my children go in the summer.
The frustrating thing is that the province has declared it a noxious weed, and landowners are technically required to control it on their property or face fines. But the municipalities don't do anything about it on all the roadside ditches and common areas, so the seeds just blow in every year thick and heavy.
We live in a rural area, and if one of my kids was to have their bike go off the road into the ditch, they would be covered in the stuff.
There's few plants I would ever advocate spraying for, but this is one.
I had a run in with this one as a kid, not fun, it was like I dipped my hands in boiling water and the doc had no idea what it was.
Cris Fellows wrote:As to the concerns: I am a pediatric emergency room nurse and an herbalist. 1.) Far more people show up at the ER wasting resources for things that could easily be treated at home than you know. 2.) People are who they are, some will always be opposed to Western medicine, and that is their choice. 3.) Knowledge is good, keep it coming, pepper it with cautions. 4.) Emergency care should at least begin at home. 5.) Children are quite resilient, but if they look really ill (bad color, completely listless, respiratory distress, change in mental status, intractable vomiting etc) then please take them to the hospital or at least your primary physician.
You are a braver soul than me! I would leave nursing if pediatrics or emergency were my only choices, kids really scare me as patients. Had a bad experience last summer with one of my own after a routine surgery, with the surgeons telling me he was fine, and him being progressively more not fine. Ended in ER getting blood and back to surgery. The ER nurses and everybody else at the children's hospital near me are solid gold though, absolutely what should be the standard across the board. My son takes a yearly trip there; resp distress, broken fingers, broken arm, ripped open his scrotum (ever had a kid walk in and show you his testicle? aged my husband 10 years immediately) , tried to bleed out after surgery, and concussion in order.
I agree that more knowledge and education are 100% needed and to be encouraged. Like they taught us in school though, sometimes knowing what you dont know can be as important as what you do know.
Michael Cox wrote:I feel deeply uncomfortable about this whole topic. As someone posted above, there is evidence for some herbal medicines and the cases where they can be effective. I would be very uncomfortable reaching beyond those tested and verified bounds when advocating something as critical as healthcare. Early diagnosis/correct diagnosis are critical to curing many serious illnesses.
Make a thread about an ailment you diagnosed, it's treatment, and explain why you used that treatment. 1 hour? Beginner Level?
Post updates about the ailment you diagnosed, 1 week and 1 month after the fact. Intermediate Level?
Putting diagnosis in the hands of untrained individuals is going to be harmful.
I personally know of individuals who have self-diagnosed, or ignored signs of illness and self-medicated the symptoms, rather than see relevant professionals. One turned out to have a brain tumour and nearly died as a result of delayed diagnosis. Another had emergency heart surgery after a few months of "indigestion/heartburn". At the low level of sophistication implied in these badge bits, you are targeting people who have little relevant background knowledge of herbalism or medicine. A naive ticklist of herbal remedies feels worrying, given the above.
I also don't feel that it is particularly well aligned with "permaculture", although I get that this is intended to be "Paul's idea of permaculture" and not something that would be universally accepted. I'll try and explain, but I'm not sure it will come across clearly. The comments in the thread above feel like they are trying to replace medicine with something else, while still getting the benefits of being medicine. Got a cold? Take your syrup, instead of a lemsip. Got a burn? Here is poultice, instead of a burn dressing. Got a broken leg? We'll splint it and give you a comfry poultice instead of an xray and a cast. This feels more like a backlash against conventional medicine, rather than a positive step towards practical skills or actions that should be part of all permaculturists tool kits. [late edit - it has occurred to me that this may be a peculiarly american view, given the extreme cost of conventional healthcare?]
I would rather see a focus on practical emergency care, which is unequivocally useful for people doing strenuous outdoor work. Perhaps combined with what might be better termed "self care"; yoga or other stretching routines to improve mobility and reduce injury, improving sleep quality by good sleep hygiene, etc... Steps that promote wellness generally, so that people stay fit and healthy to do their work.
If I were designing an entry level BB for this it would probably consist of:
Pack a first aid kit, and know the proper uses of all items in it
Create an emergency plan for the case of critical illness and emergency
Create a very small number of herbal/natural products that are useful in emergency treatment situations; propolis tincture for wounds, comfry salve for healing injury, rosehip syrup for sore throats... "
In retrospect, having written the above, I think I would drop the word "natural" all together in favour of something more like "personal wellness". Natural in the realms of healthcare is a very very loaded phrase, and almost by definition cuts out all forms of conventional healthcare. Where does that leave the diabetic who needs regular insulin? Or someone with a heart condition who need surgery to install a stent?
I think this is such a strong point, as a nurse I get to see many cases of people trying to treat things that are not treatable in the home/on the homestead with some pretty horrifying consequences. I think there definitely needs to be a part that identifies "when to seek medical advice". Even when you take over the counter meds they will tell you to seek advice for symptoms that worsen or prolong. Its one thing to be able to identify and treat ringworm and totally another thing when the rash is lyme disease. Is the abd pain constipation or appendicitis ? Your heartburn example is one that I have personally seen frequently as well. My worst experiences first/second hand tend to come from people trying to treat their kids though; kids have a tendency to look okay right up until they die. I think it is definitely an area to tread with care.
I think anyone that builds a hugelkultur with at least three sunchokes is soon going to have a hugelkultur with a monocrop of sunchokes :)
;-) Maybe not: If you have deer, they seem to relish the young sunchoke sprouts like I relish asparagus. I once [only once] had the great idea of growing Jerusalem artichoke in my garden. Thank goodness my soil is super sandy or I would still be chasing them outa there! It took me 3 years of really going after them to remove them from my garden.
But I really like sunchokes, so I planted them outside of the garden, thinking I could make a hedge of them on the west side of the orchard. Since they are in the sunflower family, I was dreaming that my bees would have sunchoke blossoms to work. The deer discovered the nascent hedge and they went methodically north to south and ate them all up. Later, they came back [the sunchokes] ...but so did the deer. The sunchokes eventually lost. :-(
I must have a deer and rodent deficit then, what started out as an 1.5 by 2 ft patch has taken over about 200 sq ft of my garden. The idea of planting them anywhere else in my yard gives me hives, but they are very pretty in bloom.
My Dad used to play “ five pounds of possum in my headlight tonight” on his guitar when I was a kid. My own perception of possums and raccoons is that they are dirty and nasty but I grew up around people who thought they were just fine eating. Of course I love venison and some people ( flatlanders as my Dad would say) think it’s disgusting. My dad also used to catch and eat frog legs as a kid and the idea grossed me out. I think that like someone pointed out above, most peoples diets have shrunk rather than expanded with globalism, largely due to perceived abundance of staple crops and the connotation of heritage type foods as being low brow or “ poor”.
Thalia Daniels wrote:I put a litter box near my garden.
I may have to do this soon as I have been "adopted" by a cat. After two months of constant harassment she has talked me into feeding her, I draw the line at having her use my whole garden as a litter box though.
I got a ton of these in Michigan this year after having never seen them before and I'm seeing them in neighbors corn fields/etc so I'm guessing it is something that came as a gift from a big ag seed source and migrated to my yard. I didn't want to pull them because they are pretty, and velvety of course. I found an ID here too , it was evidently planted on purpose at one point for fiber/cloth : https://commonsensehome.com/velvetleaf/
I have had some success with using a mobile chicken coop over my "you can't have a garden there, its just sand" area. I had deep mulch overwinter under a hoop house with wood chips/leaves/etc and it seems like having it covered over kept wind and rain from instantly washing fertility away. Afterwards was able to plant in cover crop and area has done pretty well, it definitely appears more like soil.