Theres tons of dodder strangling the life out of vegetation along the lake so perhaps its purpose is to reduce the number of plants growing? Kind of like a natural control on the weed population so by next year new plants can come up.
The picture of the plant is in the attachment. It has wide spreading palm-shape that kind of reminds me of wild geranium, but I'm not sure. The leaves are all attached in a central stem thats at ground height.
Honestly, I would have been very annoyed to have my mother hover over me all day instead of out working. I really think for some families its best to have parents outside the homes and kids going to school somewhere else. Perhaps an online school would be a better option.
Bulbs our great for keeping the weeds out: garlic, flowers (lily), and even onions. Last year I used a comfrey in one corner of my garden, but it got really large so I used taller flowers such as lemon balm or black-eyed susan to provide some break between weeds and garden area.
We've had a very early spring here as well in northern Ohio (zone 5b). I don't have the bravery to plant things in the actual soil yet as I still think there may be a late year frost, but maybe you could start some seedlings indoors. As for the actual soil, I've only begun raking debris out and will start hoeing certain sections. Maybe I'll consider putting garlic bulbs in beds.
A lot of responses here! I live in a small town in northwestern Ohio. Usually we get freezing winters and burning summers here, but this year the Winter has been so mild I had my rosemary shrub still intact after sitting outside for months.
I'm in zone 5b. I really like the suggestions for a worm bin and growing mushrooms. Though I realize that growing plants in indoor pots can be trickier than it seems due to needing specific conditions such as extra lights. But some herbs may thrive without supplemental lights and feeding. Many of my veggies fit in the garden, but it may be useful to have some in the house, too. So I could go for small tray pots of herbs like parsley, garlic, and oregano while keeping a small worm bin around.
Also I need to watch my cats as they have a tendency to knock stuff over or clim up on things they shouldn't. Mmmm, maybe someone has advice on cats place in a permaculture system?
Just my quick word, but I've spent a few years researching (not formally) alternative treatments for cancer and other common diseases. Most likely cancer is epigenetic in nature and has many factors involved in its formation. And its treatment is also varied and there is no one solution. Most of these factors come from the modern world as can be evidenced by the low disease rate in preindustrial times. Theres no money to be found in simple, healthy preventive measures such as food and avoiding environmental toxins so your not likely to hear these two in mainstream science.
I have a spare room on the north side of the house thats available to use this year. Its surrounded by windows on the north side and on the east side as well. Now I'm thinking this would be a great room to actually grow some plants inside since it would be getting more sun than the rest of the house. Of course, this may be similar to planting in a greenhouse and I may be able to use it for other purposes, too.
So what are your ideas for indoor permaculture? Some of my ideas for the spare room are to use mostly large pots to grow lots of vegetables that don't grow so well outside. Herbs would work well in the windows. Perhaps I could create shelves for my transplants and put the almost mature plants on a lower shelf. Perhaps homemade solar panels could capture heat to keep the transplants warm until their old enough to be removed from the tray.
The only plant in the room right now is a small cactus on the windowsill. Succulents and other warm-loving plants would work well also.
Its rather sad to think that their really exist people that clueless about something that use to be common knowledge. If you've ever cared for any kind of animal before you should know that all animals need some care from humans if they are kept in artificial or contained environment.
Sugar and acid (both found in soda) are the most common culprits for teeth problems. Sometimes teeth issues can be a sign of mineral deficiency though which is partly caused by sugary and acid foods. The phytic acid in unsprouted grains may also lead to this kind of mineral deficiency. A researcher explains it nicely below:
I live in a suburban-rural area of the midwest and most people are pretty resistant to new things. Probably the best way to introduce something new is to hang up fliers in a local public hang-out area or go to the county fair and do demonstrations. Really the only way I found out about permaculture is through the internet (just like everything else). Really you should try to appeal to gardeners not farmers. As farmers are more worried about making money than gardeners.
Dodder is a type of parasitic morning glory that I usually find strangling the life out of every plant along the lake park near where I live. It really loves moist soil so why don't you try to discourage moisture by creating drainage around areas that you see a lot of dodder growing?
I live in Ohio so its nice to see something going on in the Midwest related to permaculture. I might be interested in joining an IC, but I definitely have questions such as does everyone have their own housing? Its not like a commune is it (because I don't think I'd do very well)?
The northern Midwest is not a good place to start a Fall garden, but around here you can try bulbs (garlic, onion, flowers, etc.), spinach, chard, clover, mints, juniper, and grain grasses like rye. Its best to stick to perennials though or annuals if you want to harvest before the first frost.
Well, I planted these pumpkin seeds in late Spring (I live in northwest Ohio) and the vines have grown pretty long and thick so far with orange blooming flowers though they don't seem to be producing actual pumpkins. Now there were a bunch of tall Ragweeds growing right next them that they were using to vine up but I decided it was getting too crowded so I cut the weeds down.
But now I'm afraid this may be the reason why their not producing fruit because I interrupted their vining habitat. I did leave some Ragweeds in place and put up a small wire fence for them to vine, but they seemed to stay put on the ground instead of vining up the wire fence.
So did I just delay my pumpkins production or is there another reason the fruit hasn't come yet?
Sidenote: I just discovered a good use for mature Ragweed plants.
Just a short rant: Whenever I try to explain the benefits of permaculture gardening and applying it to the rest of your life people think I'm being a luddite. They claim its another fringe attempt by the "green movement" to go back to the olden days of how people lived in the 1800s.
This also happens when discussing organic gardening or anything else related to a sustainable lifestyle. No, I don't want to return to the 1800s. Though I really don't think it was as bad as the mainstream tries to make it out, but I realize that there were serious disadvantages. There was no good old days. We need to use the organic and sustainable methods available to us in the 21st century to create a good "old" future. To create a lifestyle that allows people to work much less, use energy efficiently, create close communities that eliminate need for driving, and get rid of chemicals period.
Thats the future I am talking about. The "good old days" are only a basis for what the world may be like after oil is gone or how we can live in a more resourceful world. No one actually wants to go back there.
Okay, this is my first time making my own topic on the Permie forums. I have a small organic garden right next to a woods. In the far left corner of the garden I planted some snap beans (Burpee Seed company) in early June.
Now I did a little research before hand and new that beans sprout quickly, but now I realize that maybe I should have planted them later in the Summer. I came out to find a few holes where it looked like a bug had been eating through the leaves. Does anyone here know what kind of pest could be eating the beans? Someone told me it may be aphids, though I'm not sure.
I think I will throw in a quick word: allopathic medicine isn't the only way to health. Its not absolutely imperative to have health insurance for things outside of emergency care. I wouldn't work myself like a slave over 40 hours a week for it or center my life around whether or not I have insurance. I'll go rollerblading, swimming, and drive a little too fast sometimes. Worry and stress can cause its own problems. Of course, some people will disagree with me... and I'm young still.
Well, I simply planted my Russet potatoes in a small raised bed and they grew just find. However, I live in northwestern Ohio so I don't have to deal with tropical humidity. You added in compost, right? I used some good quality mixed soil along with some manure mixed in with decayed plant material. Then completely covered the potatoes with the soil.
I've just recently got into herbal medicine and my favorite remedy so far is drinking a cup of chamomile tea before bed to help me sleep. I definitely prefer herbs over conventional medicine, but thats just my opinion. Thousands of people die every year from pharmaceuticals so I don't see how its any less safe to take herbs. No, I'm not trying to sell anything though I doubt people selling herbs are making that much money anyways.
I've always been against conventional medicine way before it was cool to do so. And I do take issue with the FDA and their history of trying to discredit alternative medicine. We live in an Age of Corporate Science and Dominance that does its best to deceive and manipulate the public. Big Pharma is one of the worst perpetrators.
Pouletic- No, I'm not a MLM but where do you see alternative medicine being successfully marketed? I thought Big Pharma always suppressed that kind of thing. I have never seen an ad on TV, radio, or internet for a natural health product.