Hans Quistorff

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I have home movie proof that I started in agriculture at age 3 1943.
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Joe Grand wrote:For ten years the wife say get an adjustment, it will help.
I say nothing will help old age, then I got AFIB & agree to try getting adjustments.
Now I call my Doctor Angel Hands & my wife will never let me forget she was right.
My bone structure was leaning to the left,  but you could only see it with an X-ray.
Now I get a adjustment weekly & am reminded that my wife was right, but I feel 100% better at 60 than 55.


At 55 I had the same problem. went to massage school and worked for a chiropractor. Now I am 80 and still working on myself.
Fallow the links in my signature if you want my help.
1 week ago
Lorinne's experience seams to match mine. One possible variation she did not mention: the OP is making a deer fence so the posts are high enough to put log across the top the gate post. It only needs to be half the diameter of the posts. With a diagonal wire brace from the top of the gate posts to the bottom of the adjacent posts it can support a heavy gate. If you wish to have the gate swing all the way back to the fence to get it out of the way mount the hinges on the side of the post that it opens. If the hinges are on the opening side of the posts the gate can swing both directions. 2 gates meeting in the middle has advantages for a wide opening.
Lady bugs and paper wasps need places hibernate in cold winter climates so greenhouses and shelter built out of reclaimed material with lots of gaps and crevices for them to over winter make a difference In how soon they show up for work. To insulate the north wall I covered the inside with carpet padding and strips of carpet. As soon as the greenhouse is warm enough for aphids it is also waking up the predators.
4 weeks ago
The most reliable and adjustable for natural in my experience is the lag screw with a pin that fits in a colar fited to the gatehttps://www.lowes.com/pd/Blue-Hawk-Gray-Metal-Fence-Post-Hinge-Chain-link-Fence/3160491?cm_mmc=shp-_-c-_-prd-_-lum

With both pins pointed up the gate can be lifted off. To prevent that the bottom one points up and the top one points down
Interesting that this was under animal care in the PEP forum. As mentioned by several posters ants care for aphids as their milk cows. I discovered them even bringing them in the barn for the winter. Back in the 1940's I discovered ants tending aphids on the ivy vines that had worked there way between the logs that made the upper part of our root cellar. It was winter time and too cold outside for aphids. Again in the 1980's When I was moving something heavy I dislodged a rock from the wall of a planting bead beside the side walk and there were ants tending aphids on a dandelion root during the winter.
Then there are the paper wasps that consider aphids their meat cows. Paper wasps are quite different in their habit than Yellow jackets and hornets. They are semi solitary often working together as a sisterhood rather than as a queen and workers. They do not close their nest with an outer covering and so are aware of your presence so you can talk to them and be respectful fellow gardeners. I have never been attacked by them and have even carefully move their nest when in an inappropriate location. I have only been stung by them 3 times in the many years of working together and that was because I was unaware that I was damaging their nest. Those stings were very shallow and just to let me know I was in the wrong.
1 month ago

Jay Angler wrote:
The third question! What are people's suggestions for covering working coposts that are usually being added to every week or so - sometimes on top, sometimes stuff dug in, sometime stuff added to one end, or for covering resting composts when your dirt is solid clay so a complete "soil cap" simply isn't possible?

The whole reason I'm composting so much is that we got a piece of land that is mostly forest, but in one area the former owner's son added a bunch of mineral soil/clay fill from his pond building company and ran big equipment on it - think very compacted, impossible to work once it dries out, but the areas I've worked on with compost or around compost are starting to be something like soil. This is the only area I've got available that gets sun and it would be overrun with Himalayan blackberry and pioneer trees if I don't keep them at bay and plant the stuff I would chose that need that sun.


A lot of good questions, I will comment on the last one.
I have a clay field, probably the bottom of a lake filled with volcanic ash. If it is too dry ore too wet it is impossible to work with. By mowing with a scythe and piling up the mix of green ans dry grass and covering it with old carpet it composts down to workable soil. The carpet was torn out due to pet damage and some was cut in convenient 4 foot wide strips and rolled up. Curly dock come up in the space between the strips breaking up the clay when worked with the broad fork. I shift the carpet strips 2 feet after forking and adding more grass  then transplant squash into the slits between the strips of carpet.
1 month ago
Radiator fans are set up to pull air through the radiator. I think the vacuum would distribute the air flow more evenly through the fins. You could try hanging the radiator from the ridge and the fan pull the air down to the floor. The water flow in the radiator is also normally from the bottom to the top. Your set up is simple for installation to have the outfall to the tank but it may not be fully using the elements capacity. Possibly mounting the radiator above the inlet tank and pumping the water into the bottom of the radiator then letting the current inlet line drain to the high tank. The fan could then be beside the pump simplifying the electrical and blow the air down on the floor for more heat distribution.
1 month ago
Missing link in many who scummed to the virus was low levels of zinc available to the immune system. Something lacking in the standard American diet.
1 month ago
Telletherapy
Though I am working on providing service by telephone and telleconferancing this post is about learning the intermediate skill Telletouch. Telle meaning at a distance.
Telletouch
A principle that you probably learned a long time ago is that every action requires an equalizing reaction.  We will take advantage of this to feel what is happening where it is hard to reach. but first we need to learn how to touch. An established principle of therapeutic touch is that a light touch has a profound effect, a moderate pressure has a moderate effect and heavy pressure turns response off temporally.
Practice for telletouch is to balance a nickle on a fingertip and try to keep it there without looking at it. Touch a finger from each hand on opposite sides of a barrier without looking and then look and see if they line up. These skills are valuable in every day life such as putting a nut on a bolt when you can not see it.
Now let us practice telletouch on our self. One of the most important reactions in our body is the movement that happens around our ears in response to movement in the hips. Not going int detail, It has to do with maintaining our balance and looking straight ahead while walking.
Are you ready to practice and start on a journey of discovery?  Find the point of cartilage at the center front of the ear and touch just in front of that light enough to just feel the point of the joint of the jaw under the skin. Are they in an equal position? One could be higher than the other one tilted in and the other out. Move the jaw slightly to feel how they move then without the teeth locked move the hips side to side and one forward while the other back. Do you feel a mirror motion under your finger tips? This is a reflection of the muscles that pull your legs together pulling on the pubic bone. Now add another point of touch at the same time touch the tips of your thumbs to the point of bone below and behind the ear lobs. This will mirror the motion of the top front corner of the pelvis, I use the term mirror because the chain of muscles pulling the hip up will pull down on the skull.
Practice walking slowly and carefully. can you get the motions to move equally and smoothly? If not you may have a protective posture pattern because of some injured place in your body. Such protective patterns cause over use of other parts of your body causing them to become sore requiring another protective pattern. That keeps multiplying until you hurt all over and get diagnosed with fibro myalgia syindrome Translation you have unexplained pain in muscles and connective tissue in eleven or more places on your body and that is making you hyper sensitive to potential pain signals.

Now let us apply this to your efforts to be a permaculturist. You are out in the field with your scythe  or hoe or rake and some place in your body starts to ache or has a pain with a certain position or motion. Doing the above routine may help you discover the protective action that is causing the problem. If you try to continue with proper motion The actual cause may manifest by sending a pain message to your conscious brain. Pain is the body's message to the conscious mind that you have to do something different. When you know the cause you can apply the correct treatment. often people come to me with a sore shoulder that relief from any treatment they have received only lasting a few hours. The actual cause was an old injury in the spine or an ankle. The protective pattern caused them to repeatedly swing the arm in an unnatural way causing repetitive use injury. Correcting the body's perception that old healed injury still needed protection permanently solved the shoulder problem.  
1 month ago

Joylynn Hardesty wrote:Do you practice acupressure as well? I've been looking for a good source for a chart. Do you have a recommendation?


These are the links I have saved in my inbox https://acupressurecircle.com/
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1 month ago