P Thickens

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Bay Area, California (z8)
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We're coming up on the rainy season, a great time to get perennials started as they won't have to be hand watered! I'm planning what trees and bushes I want to get in the ground and saving up money, starts and seeds for the first big, soaking rains. You might want to do the same to reduce your total workload. Here, check out Feral Kevin, he has some acerage and talked about putting in Elaeagnus so that future plantings are more successful (IE nurse plants): http://feralkevin.com/?p=12

Rain... so exciting!
6 years ago

Brenda Groth wrote: so probably won't use it..but do have some knotweed available on my property..no no..I didn't say that



new thread title= Send me your spray-resistant weeds!

I have idiots planting crops everywhere that are probably GMO and certainly sprayed. Please send me your spray-resistant weed seeds for me to plant during the rains. I will pay for stamps.
6 years ago
Humans create models (parallels, representations) to make large or complex things easier to understand.

All models are wrong, but some are useful. Knowing which is which is the key to understanding the bigger, more complex thing.
6 years ago

Burra Maluca wrote:You can get it direct from The Permaculture Research Institute - just click on the words. The introductory post did carry that link, and also one to amazon.com, which will earn a bit of money for running permies.



Ah. Thank you. I always wonder which method nets the creators the most money.
6 years ago
Well, I didn't win. Poop.

May I have a link to the place to buy this DVD that most benefits the creator? More impishly, may I ask that similar contests in the future have just such a link, so that those of us who really really really want this item but didn't win have an easy way to click-through?
6 years ago
Conspiracy theories are fun. I like the ones that show proof of X and then conflate it to say that Y is real. I watched the chemtrails movies a while ago, and am watching the one linked again, and see the same thing now that I did then: there is no proof that chemtrails exist. Nothing. In fact if you look at what goes onto and off of the tarmac at any given airport you'll not find chemicals for chemtrails, and there's no place to put them on any commercial airliner anyway.

Unless there's new proof? The movies are well-edited clips of "he said, she said", and the angsty-music background does have a good beat, but... nothing substantial. Even Terra Preta, which is very poorly understood, is better supported with sound science than Chemtrails.
6 years ago
Brenda,

Thank you for the great description. I visited your blog, and tried to leave a note, but gave up after 6 (yes I counted) minues of trying to get OpenID, then WordPress to allow your blog to post a comment. Great GOogly Moogly you have a strict comment policy! Wowzers!

Here's what I wanted to post:

Howdy! This is P Thickens from the Permies forums. Stainless Steel are wonderfully easy to care for. They're pretty much the same as cast iron, though some things like eggs will stick more. However they will heat up quicker, so boiling water happens much quicker. And they're absolutely tops to make roux-based sauces. To clean up, wash them as you do your plates, and if anything sticks, soak it then scrub it with the scratchy side of a sponge. That's it.

6 years ago
Carly! How you doin there hon? Stock jelling yet?
6 years ago
Thank you, Mr. Lawton, for taking the time to answer all our questions.

Swales are essential, and I was wondering... how little can you get away with? Does the swale have to be X cm for it to work? Does total rainfall equate to swale depth or just max dump volume per large storm, mitigated by soil type?

What about dropping rocks in an on-contour row, to create a bermed swale with the help of detritus from runoff -- would that work? What about swales or stumps inside a the bermed swale to assist with permanence?

Mulching a swale helps reduce evaporation, but is that assistance offset by the swale filling in with OM and needing to be re-dug (ug!)? What's the best way to dig out a swale? How does one deal with swales on a slope, where the ends of the swale are dictated by others' property?
6 years ago