alex Keenan wrote:In some cases what needs to be done, really did not need to be done, so you stop doing it.
stephanie gelfan wrote:
Now for my question: I have fashioned a few raised beds out of broken black Rubbermaid cattle troughs/stock tanks that I found at the dump. They had cracked bottoms, so they couldn't hold water....perfect for raised beds. I put small logs and various plant debris in the bottom and topped it off with lots of leaves and compost. Everything I have put in them has grown quite happily, even the cold weather crops . What I really like about them is their height, close to 30" too high for the groundhogs and nice and easy on our backs. The question is, how to get more of them or something else that is that high and that I won't have to spend a lot of money on. When I price getting enough rough cut 2-by lumber, the raised beds get expensive fast, and I don't want to buy intact cattle troughs (way too expensive) simply to drill holes in the bottom. Any suggestions?
L Anderson wrote:
Anyone with any suggestions for making cheap, fun planters? I have plenty of time and determination, but strength comes and goes. Good days, I have no problem hauling a 40 bag of potting soil. Too many days, however, have me opening the bag, filling a couple buckets, and plopping them into my wagon. Don’t laugh — now that I am joining the ranks of the old,I am find wagons to be very handy as pulling seems easier than pushing...
Josephine Howland wrote:We have had several health setbacks with both my husband and me. Many of the plans we have had to be put off, and now seem so impossible. My husband, who had been a strong mountain man, has been on oxygen for 6 years now. His back is bad, has already had one hip replaced, and now needs the other hip replaced as well as both knees. I've had various injuries over the years, but just a week ago, I had a pacemaker put in. I have both A-fib, and pauses (mini cardiac arrests). The medication they can give me for my A-fib, causes my pulse to go to slow and pause. So the pacemaker will keep my heart from pausing while they use medication to control the A-fib. During the two-week monitoring session I just did, my heart was over 100bpm 70% of the time. The highest was 222bpm. After the A-fib events, my heart pauses. So, as expected, I am sore right now, and won't be doing much in the way of raking or other fall prep chores. Between the two of us, we are a sad crew. Now we know why homesteaders and farmers in the past had so many children. A crew of offspring to tackle the chores right now would be great.
Brian Shaw wrote: I'm surprised there isn't an alternative medicine forum here, maybe that isn't "permaculture" itself but that seems so fundamentally wrapped up with life itself (including how good design of the rest of your life, to include housing and healthy food) can help prevent many problems. Or as I said you hear from someone who is healthy and strong and wants to say live in a log cabin back to the land, which seems great when you're 20 or 30 but many people by the time they hit 40s or 50s could find it alot more difficult. How many times have I heard someone built their "Dream house" now on the market "have to sell due to MEDICAL reasons..." To me nothing is more fundamentally wrapped up in all future plans besides health itself. When youre healthy everything seems possible, when youre not nothing does. :(
Tyler Ludens said "What permaculture design ideas should I keep in mind and begin to implement which would be most helpful to aging in place? Rather than ask for specific design advice about our place at the beginning of this topic, I'd like to keep the ideas general and widely applicable at first.
J Youngman said, "One thing I would do is keep garden paths wide (at least 4'), have rest areas with seating, and plant good shade trees (especially in a hot climate).
Hans said, "double row of plum trees on the west side of the vegetable garden gives protection from the late afternoon sun