John Weiland wrote:Sitting here on a grey, cold day with snow flurries in northern Minnesota, allow me to express my .... envy....?? ;-)
I had plans long ago after graduate school of working at the Univ. Guanajuato (in Irapuato..?), -- just didn't work out, but seemed like a great location. Looks like a great opportunity to try the full roof-top regime of composting, water harvest, food production, and yield analysis. It will be interesting to see what grows well in your containers and under that microclimate. I would be curious if frost still visits the rooftop (how many stories above the ground?) the same way it does at ground level where you are at. Of course maize is so legendary to the region,.....do you think you might be able to give that a stab either for fresh eating, flour, or popped? Might vining beans or squash be trellised in some way that would provide acceptable yield without using too much space? Anyway, nice looking start to your time there....Looks like fun!
PS: With my love of power equipment, you will forgive me for zooming in on the white Mitsubishi pick-up truck ( :-) ) .... a nice looking vehicle that we likely can't buy here in the States.... (sigh..)
I have to operate on the principle of "keep it (very) simple." So if I get kale and cabbage growing AND good compost made as my contribution to the garden, I'll consider it a huge win.
We might venture out into trellised plants at some point, but not right now... unless my landlord's family goes forward with that on their own.
It is in fact a great location as you said! I can't wait to explore it more, but of course mobility is limited at the moment.
Tereza Okava wrote:Very cute!
Not carrying water is definitely a good thing! And I gather you may be about a zone hotter than me, does it just get dry in the winter? In summer you may be watering multiple times a day-- but there are worse things than being obliged to visit the plants multiple times a day.
I look forward to seeing how it goes.
I've been here only since November, but they tell me it gets nice and hot here in the summer (and in fact it already seems to be warming up). However, it's a dry heat, nothing like the Yucatan.
I love it here so far and I'm looking forward to exploring more once it's safe to do so.
Hi all, new to composting and to compost tumblers.
The mix in the picture is a few scoops of soil plus a good portion of torn up cardboard and paper, and an increasing amount of vegetable scraps. I was putting in my coffee grounds until the other day when I was warned off from doing so.
Since a couple of days ago I've been wetting it down with maybe a liter of water per go.
And we don't forget to turn it after adding more stuff!
The ratio of brown to green is probably about 2:1. It smells, not bad, but like Something Is Happening. And it's a little bit hot, not steaming though.
I'm concerned that the cardboard strips aren't breaking down. I tore most of them width-wise so that they're not as thick as regular packing box cardboard.
I signed a lease recently with a building owner who's starting a rooftop garden for the benefit of our little community.
We're in Guanajuato state in central Mexico, which means a lot of sun during most of the year and rare freezing temperatures. Even now, in January, temps rarely fall below around 40 F at night... and soar to 65-75 F during the day.
The wooden planters are handmade by my landlord and his school-age daughters.
My biggest contribution so far has been a composting tumbler, about which more elsewhere. I bug my neighbors nicely for veggie scraps like a very polite raccoon. And I'm acting "compost expert" although I've informed them that I'm a newb. :-)
We're growing herbs, chiles, leafy greens, a few flowers, and tomatoes. We stay away from chemical / industrial solutions in favor of the aforementioned compost, sprays of diatomaceous earth / neem where warranted, and so forth.
And there's a water supply on the rooftop so we don't have to be lugging buckets.
I'm so excited to have simply fallen into this situation.
If there's interest here I'll keep telling the story!
Something is very wrong with the Mother Earth Workshop web site: it lets you add the course to your cart from the link above, and then on the next page it tells you the ticket is not valid. If you try to go ahead with the purchase it will block the transaction.
If I browse to Uncle Mud's profile page there, no workshops are available.
And on the workshop list page, you can view courses but you can't choose them. I just tried to do so with two different browsers.
I suspect you can view the workshop only if you subscribe to their all-access summer event.
In his book "Rainwater Harvesting," Brad Lancaster gives a formula for sizing equator-facing windows for optimal wintertime solar gain, combined with a percentage of floor area AND exposed interior mass (including gypsum plaster or wallboard if installed correctly).
Now, additional mass in general is something one wants to avoid in a MOBILE tiny (which is what I'm interested in building).
Long story short: is anyone here doing anything like this with their equator-facing windows in a tiny?
I've been living in short term rentals for the last 9 months and found myself in Chile when the current crisis hit.
So here I am in rainy SW Chile, where fall is here. I had only a tiny garden supply shop at my disposal, so I bought two containers and some non-ideal (heavy) soil.
I've planted some chard and a short stubby carrot variety! The pics are from today: I'm using the mulch material on hand (grass clippings, leaves and legume pods, tea leaves).
It doesn't really freeze here: I can expect nighttime temps of around 37 to 40 F. The containers get a few hours of sun a day: they are on the western side of the house. Rain is frequent and often heavy.
1) Should I thin a little more or wait till the current seedlings get bigger?
2) Should I mulch more?
3) anything else?
I'm still quite new to these forums so I hope this post is appropriate here.
We hear a lot about how quarantine is difficult, and many things about it ARE difficult.
I'm wondering how the quiet time is something from which I can BENEFIT.
For example, I'm finding that after a lifetime of food practices that were chaotic and wasteful, I'm finding it easy to stock up on nutritious food, put it up in the freezer as needed, focus on shelf-stable staples. I don't eat much wheat or refined sugar, but it's certainly easy to find beans and lentils where I am, even the precooked variety should we lose power or running water. Canned fish, local cheap-but-longlasting foods like piñones (pine cone fruit, essentially) ... these are all high on the shopping list. I'm also looking into lacto-fermentation since it's easy to get veggies and fruits right now.
And I can think about the kinds of things I want to do after we are through the worst of this. Offgrid living and growing as much of my own food are high on the list, as is finding a community of people who practice permaculture and sustainable living.
If you're doing anything new, or just thinking about doing it, I'd love to hear about it!
I'm on an island in southern Chile whose climate is a lot like the Pacific Northwest. Wild berries abound: blackberries and a myrtle berry called "murta," which has a hint of juniper to it. And NO ONE PICKS THEM. Needless to say, I've been taking full advantage of the bounty while being able to maintain physical distance.
I have a couple of contacts in town that might be able to advise me on other forage opportunities: I'll see what they have to say, if anything.
Brand new to fermentation (at least the deliberate kind)!
I'm reading Sally Fallon's "Nourishing Traditions" and she indicates that you can strain whey from yogurt... but I know the book was written before Greek yogurt became popular AND that Greek yogurt has most of the whey strained out of it.
Is anyone here using Greek yogurt regularly as a whey source?
I should add that it's hard to get plain yogurt of any sort where I am right now (Chile).
I'm in a short-term rental at the moment without a car at my disposal, so my gardening is limited to chard and carrots in containers. I'm currently in Chile and it is fall here, so I went with cold-tolerant veggies.
I put them in 2 weeks ago or so and they're sprouting! I may be posting pix to that "cowards" thread at some point because I am Not Great with containers!
Kim Goodwin wrote:
At the time, I was working with an insurance agent to find coverage for us in Oregon. What we could afford was ridiculous - we would have had a multi-thousand dollar deductible, no coverage in other countries or states...it was a complete waste. I discovered the health care ministry concept online, and found the one that made the most sense and showed the plan to my insurance agent. He was astonished, and had never heard of it. He looked everything over, and said that "If that's for real, then it's a way better plan for you." Quite honest of him. I've sent him many clients since then!
Wow, wow, wow. I'd never heard of these ministries either. Thank you for sharing that, Kim. I would give you an apple if I weren't so new here!
I'm not Christian, but geez, you could probably set a ministry up for any faith or creed.
I almost titled this post "American Health Insurance Horror Story"...
I'd really like to devote my energy to work within any intentional community I'd live in. I might be able to make that work except for one big BUT: no group health insurance.
Going uninsured, for me, is not an option: my medical costs are generally low, but that could change on a dime.
How are folks who don't have employer sponsored health insurance managing? Information about monthly cost, if you are comfortable sharing that, would be really helpful (and whether you're insuring one or more people). Also, which state you're in: I'm in Massachusetts, for example, and health insurance is really expensive here compared to other states.
I'm new to this board and I'm thinking of joining a permaculture community.
There are soooooo many things to be considered and I don't know where to begin.
Obviously I'll be visiting a few to see how I feel (and to see if permaculture is the right activity for me at all).
But, what about:
* cost of land/equity: what's reasonable?
* evaluating return on investment
* evaluating land/growing practices for those of us who aren't permaculture experts
* bringing in trusted mentors/agents to help you evaluate an opportunity
* what happens if you want to leave
And then there's the Human side of things: I'm glad to see consensus as the model in so many communities. But, as we know, what looks like a consensus model may not be so in practice. What to look for there?
I'm currently reading "Finding Community" by Diana Leafe Christian and I'm sure there will be suggestions there.
I realize that you can't completely eliminate risk, and I'm OK with that, otherwise I wouldn't be thinking about this at all.