John Elliott wrote:
To get a lot of UV protection you want to get some aromatic rings into the mix. Natural plant pigments are a good source of such aromatics as is lignin. If you boil your own linseed oil, throw some flower petals or brown oak leaves into the mix and you can extract some aromatic compounds from them that will markedly increase the UV protection. Of course, you're going to end up with a much darker oil and a darker finish to your wood.
Is it the aroma compound or the colouring that increases the UV protection?
For example if one add a rose/levender oil into the mix will it result in higher UV protection?
I suppose that I'm blessed to have an overabundance of tomatoes. Not just a simple overabundance, but an overwhelming overabundance. I grew about 300 tomato plants this year. I don't mind at all sharing a tomato with a bug, or a raccoon, or a microorganism. I just cut out what I don't want and feed it to the garden. I bottle tomatoes until I run out of bottles. I sell as many as I can pick. I give them away to friends and to the food pantry. There are still many more tomatoes than I can deal with.
So I make spaghetti sauce, and ketchup, and tomato sauce, and salsa, and tomato juice. I eat them raw, and in salads, and I blend them up and add to soups, and I add them whole to roasts. And they keep producing, and producing, and producing...
Headed to the farmer's market:
This is what my fields typically look like at the end of the season: Worm food!
I am partial to halflingers they are a horse breed that are a mix of pony and Belgian in appearance, they get fat by looking at grain and are super easy keepers. They are known to have independence thoughts, but I like animals that are smart enough to think and decide things for themselves!
They can trail ride, drive, and draft, because their size fits all these purposes, in fact there are several Amish in town that use them instead of having Belgians for work and Standardbreds for driving the buggie.
Burra Maluca wrote:I do actually have an important update to this thread.
Young cherry trees, bone sauce, and seriously hot summers do NOT mix!
All the other trees are fine, it's just the cherry trees.
Cherry trees have a specificity in their bark: they have small little holes (you can see them) going from inside the stem to the outside.
I can't remember how these little holes are called in english, but the tree uses them to "breath" threw the stem, that's probably why your product harmed them.
But, as written above: Burra, it's been a while since you started your experiment - could you update us on the results?
Cinder blocks here. Initially expensive, and a pain to move/transport, but they'll last for a veryyyy long time, are easily available, even free if you look enough, easy to form to shape, and the holes can be used for planting as well.
Ah, on a personal note, I'm actually not welcome to move to America. You guys over there are very unaware of how difficult it is for anyone to move over. o-O It's pretty much impossible, for me. Your gov' won't let me.
I'll try your advice. I'll get a small variety of seeds, and setup for the coming Autumn.
maybe a bit late, but YES YES YES. we use untreated rainwater that has been pumped through a sediment filter for everything but drinking and cooking, for which we use a Berkey filter, which in my opinion is the best simple countertop gravity filter available. you just pour water in the top container, and it slowly drips thru into the bottom container free of all biological and chemical contaminants. it does not interface with plumbing systems, so you can dip water from your barrels or whatever. as with all filters, the cleaner the input the longer they last but these last 3,000 gallons per filter, 6,000 gallons if 2 are used together
One of the earliest photos that Paul took, in the first summer of 2013. The tipi was set up at the edge of the meadow, with the evergreen mountainside backdrop.
The makers of this tipi are the same folks who made tipis for the Dances with Wolves movie. This meadow often had Tim and Kristie's pigs on the loose in it, so we now call this Dances with Pigs Meadow.
Hello, this sounds exactly like what my partner and I may be looking for... but this ad was posted 2 years ago, is it still valid? IF it is I would love hearing from you, my umber is 541-813 9543 or my e-mail is email@example.com -thanks
I like mike Cantrells suggestion of sales. "Everything is sales and everything is selling". Being able to influence someone elses opinion is a highly valuable skill no matter what you are doing (one skill that I take for granted having learned). Working in sales in some capacity when you are young will pay off no matter what you choose to do.
Zig Ziglar is an author you would find interesting on the topic of sales but also on the topic of getting the most out of life.
The cider press is where potentially contentious issues are discussed. By making the number apples you have earned critical to access then you limit the cider press to those who have proven they can make valuable contibutions and respect the house rules. For the moderators this means they need to intervene less often and the boards as a whole stay friendly.
Alternatives - based on membership date perhaps, or based on number of posts - do not really fulfil the same functions.
I will have to get it out of storage but I have a small book that was published by people out of UC Berkeley in the 1970s where they did a fairly scientific study of companion planting. That said, its funny how often you see different sets of companion planting listings and I think that is because people are so desperate for online content misinformation spreads so fast! I will dig up the book and see if I can find it online, if not, I may have to scan it and post it somewhere.
Also, there is a vast difference between what plants do in different regions. Here in Sacramento where it is HOT, Cilantro just sprouts and sits there doing nothing when its hot. Mint will take over anywhere the soil is moist. In Berkeley, I did a shade garden for a girlfriend in an area that already had mint, the cilantro CROWDED the mint out, it blew my mind!
It's been 7 months since I started this. Just sliced up a chunk....amazing. Favors have mellowed as well as the saltiness. It is a bit on the dry side. But I this that is because it was not humid enough when I stared it. I still have the whole leg that I posted photos of, no signed of things going bad there either.
Cliff how did your Perone do? Mine did not make it but I'm trying again with Langstroths so I can do splits. I'd like to try managing a Langsroth like a Perone. I harvested a 1.5 gallons of honey off the Perone and the new bees have found it and are cleaning up the extra honey.
I'm just getting things going here in NY where I have about 11 acres of property complete with water (~2 acre pond).
There's a lot of work that needs to be done to get things "permacultured" good and proper.
There's TONS of wild raspberries and the strawberries are doing well and always have in this place (it used to be my grandparents place), but I'm specifically looking for strategies to
a) help propagate the wild strawberries (they're already hardy and perennial) on a larger scale (i.e. how to nudge them into out competing the other local weeds)
b) how to design to make harvesting a bit easier.
The plants grow all over the property, but there's lots of competition.
Comfry and dandelions are great, grass no so much...
The business end consists of two hulking great chains which spin and macerate everything in their path.
Hitching the topper up to the tractor.
The view from underneath, though the machine is usually set lower than this.
Of course, the chop'n drop tool I use most is the ultra-lightweight kama thingie we found in the chinese shop. And even then, if the weeds turn out to be edible I'm inclined to cut them and bring them home with me.
I also quite "scrach my head" with this sort of question!
Actually, I have looked at legume roots, and NEVER saw anything that would look like I have read about "nodules". nothing on roots, and they are said to be visible
I have local legumes like tagasaste, also tedera and some vicia etc, but what about the pigeon peas I sow from seed?? What about my garbanzos and fava?
About buying inoculators: never saw any for sale, and do not think they can travel by plane and stand the large range of temps they will have to experience....
I know it's an old topic but anyone wanting to sell grist mills may want to cross-post to The Fresh Loaf, a bread forum for keeners. Some forum participants are very interested in milling their own wheat and grains and very passionate about self-sufficiency. Just a thought.
Betty Clarke wrote:I'd like to hear about retrofitting existing kitchen. Recently my neighbour did renovations in her kitchen. They chose Brooke Avenue transitional kitchen design model of Davisville Kitchens, Toronto. I need an expert advice whether I can incorporate transition kitchen design along with retrofitting my existing home.
I own a little restoration company that specializes in updating historic homes with modern amenities while using natural and traditional materials and methods.
To be honest, I don't really like those latex painted fiberboard kitchens with lots of modern glues, resins and finishes outgassing for another 25 years. If you would like to remodel your home naturally, please post more photos and information so that myself and others may assist you in this noble endeavor.
There is a link on my signature so you can check out some of our work.
I've been a falconer for 14 years, you certainly can use raptors to control some crop predators. But, it's a lot more complicated than just having them around. There's some good info here: http://oregonfalconers.com/index.php/falconry/bird-abatement What kind of bird you use depends on what kind of problem you have. Harris hawks are great for controlling rabbits and sparrows/starling/pigeons at night and in enclosed spaces but they aren't very effective for controlling small birds eating your blueberries, cherries, etc. You need a falcon for that. All of which is stringently controlled by federal and state regulations (even in Canada you have to have permits to keep most birds of prey). You can't leave them alone, you can't correct them for killing a chicken, some species will nest on platforms but most won't, owls can't control avian farm pests, and you will never lose the "self-fry gene". The electrical companies can modify their setups to prevent electrocutions from happening though. If you see a bird get electrocuted on a pole or transformer you should contact the electrical company and ask them to fix it. Not only is it bad for wildlife, it can cause the neighborhood power outages. It's in their own best interest to fix the problem.
All of the different experiences and thoughts in this thread are great but unless we have some real numbers or statistics to go along with them, we are kind of walking around in the dark. So does anyone know of a soil lab that will test for the persistence of different chemicals in the soil; specifically dewormers, antibiotics and other livestock treatments?
If you can get easy grabs for breakfast and lunch, it makes dinner seem a lot easier to handle.
Some of my favorite do aheads for breakfast -
--French toast and pancakes (easy to big batch and they freeze like magic, reheat in the toaster, you can cut them up for finger food or spread things on them for breakfast sandwiches - my daughters favorite are buckwheat pancakes with chocolate chips)
--Steel cut oats (who has time to make that every day? Not me. But you can make a huge bowl of it and keep it in the fridge, and reheat in the mornings and add whatever your specific people like in it , you can even make a little 'add on' plate for the kids, so they can sprinkle in their own. Makes it seem fancy.)
--parfaits (since it sounds like you're a boss and even make your own yogurt, these will be even tastier. I like to get little bowls and put in plain yogurt, and some frozen or dried fruit, and some nuts. Whatever your family likes. That way you have something that you can grab and go with, and you can make them small enough for little appetites. If they are portioned out in the fridge, the older kids can even get them themselves. Makes it seem fancy.)
--Breakfast burritos. (This is where the magic comes in. Eggs, cheese, meat, no meat, vegg, beans, onions, no onions.. whatever combos your people love to eat can be slammed in a tortilla, in advance, and frozen for a quick breakfast or lunch. You can make them small or large... they heat in the microwave in minutes, or if you don't happen to be a microwavey kind of family.. in a nice hot oven in just a little longer. Either way, they didn't take morning prep, cause you 'so' have other things to do. The only things to remember when you are assembling is the fillings need to be cold, and the tortilla needs to be warm, then wrap them up and send them to the freezer.)
--My best hint for lunch, cause that's a hard one at our house, is a container of cut up vegg in the fridge to grab bits and pieces of as needed (celery, carrots, and cucumber are our finger foods of preference) and little bags or cups of snack mix portioned out (dried apricots, almonds, and shredded wheat is our go to)
--And even more lastly... take a deep breath. That's a ton of stuff you're juggling. There are days when I feel like if I got mine to school on time and not on fire, I deserve a medal. And I've certainly not got as many as you do. However, I suspect if you've got that many wee ones floating about there's a good chance there is a star chart in your house somewhere to show your kids the good job they're doing. Make yourself one, and give yourself stars for all the categories of things you take care of in a day. And then don't forget to give yourself a reward, cause 'that' is what will keep your batteries going to keep doing all the awesome stuff your doing.