leila hamaya

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in my experience, and rather unscientific method, or at least scatterbrained method, of observing...
the fruit coming from plants grown from seed tend to be very similar to the mother.

course i havent been growing apples. i am talking about peaches, plums, etc...

apples are a lot more gentically diverse to begin with...so possibly they could be most similar to the grandparents...or far back ancestors, depending on if they are F2 or F3 or whatever else...hybrids...
5 months ago
ha, pretty good thread about "mountain money" my punny nickname for TP.

yes, one of the traditional plants for this purpose is Hollyhock, actually Hollyhocks were also used as a sign for the outhouse...being so tall, always in flower, and noticeable in big bunches ...they were known to point guests to where the "facilities" were, without people having to inquire. grab a few leaves on the way in =)

and yeah mullien is the other big one...

and another thing not yet mentioned is mosses and lichens of different type, the best of which being USNEA - aka - old man's beard.
anti bacterial, antibiotic, and strongly medicinal, this is an alternative to a pad as well.

but i think the most obvious replacement for TP will be rags/water.
i've been on that system for long periods of time living way out in the middle of nowhere, it is very workable, maybe better.
5 months ago
you may know this, but another thing you could do is bury them each year.

either dig a bunch around their root area and then actually pick them up/ push them over...or take the lighter flexible branches and keep bending them to the ground, ground layering them.

people do this growing figs in new england, usually dig up the root ball area, then make trench for the main trunk, and push the whole tree over for the winter.
and then cover the whole thing in soil/straw/leaves/etc.

then they reverse the process in spring, stand it back upright.

i would do similar, but then just keep it buried, and keep burying lower branches...
and make it into a multi branched shrub/hedge eventually...keep bringing it back to the ground each year before winter.

additionally, the whole *plant the tree at same level as ground* rule of green thumb - doesnt apply to fig. you can just keep mounding dirt/mulch on top of them, keep burying the stems, and mound it up.
it doesnt hurt the stems, the just form new roots where you bury them, and this helps the roots get deeper by adding tons of stuff around them each year.

this makes the roots hardier.
5 months ago

Sonja Draven wrote:

stephen lowe wrote:Sepp talks about just spreading the mash from pressing fruit for cider/juice/schnapps on fresh terraces or anywhere you want to establish fruit trees. He is very much into the notion that the tree that sprouts on your land and survives browsing will have the best root system and will, at the very least, be near ideal as rootstock for grafting. I dream of employing this technique if I ever have land. For now I am planning to plant seabuckthorn that is currently stratifying as well as local elderberry and currant seed this summer. SEEDS SEEDS SEEDS!

Okay, I'm totally going to try this after I make applesauce this year.  I have two wonderful apple trees on the property that have been producing well for 30+ years and I know they won't last forever.  Starting them over again with their seeds would be so great.  I was going to try it when I was a kid because I loved the applesauce from one of them so much.  But my dad said it couldn't be done.  This thread gives me hope.  

I'm going to try it with nectarine and peach pits too.  I will look for more detailed information on that since the question about exactly how to do it wasn't answered yet.

yes i think it can be done, and i bet the results of those two isolated apple trees have a good chance of producing similar tasting and quality as their parents.

it's much easier than you might think to grow peaches from seed. just stick the peach pits in prepared soil, a pot of starter soil, or directly where you want the trees to grow.

then let them sit through the winter, called "cold stratification", and a bit of shade is good with light watering here and there.

in the spring many of them will sprout, i have found peaches are good germinators and you get a lot from fresh seeds.

they do need 4-6 months of winter chill, and then will sprout once the soil warms up sufficiently.

this is the best way to start almost ALL fruit tree seeds. tropicals and such generally don't need it, but apple, pear, plum, cherry, etc all require the cold period, moist and cold storage for 4 months, before sprouting.
5 months ago

Mick Fisch wrote:

My wife had a 'wake up' moment a while back.  We had been going to a self sufficiency class in our church.  This class was focused on finances (there are other classes with other focuses).  My wife realized that she had been worrying about the money to buy things we needed.  She suddenly realized she didn't need the money, she needed the stuff.  So she started to focus and pray on how to get the things we needed.  She quickly and consistently found the stuff either free or very cheap from a variety of sources.  My wife told my daughter who is homesteading in Alaska about this.  My daughter did the same thing.  She needed a bookcase, a printer and something else (I forget what it was).  She felt like she should check the dump.  (they have an area where people can leave stuff others might want).  She found everything but the printer there, exactly what she needed.  While she was loading it, a guy drove up to drop off a printer.  He had bought a new one but the old one worked perfectly.  This attitude of repurposing and scrounging is part of the permies mindset.  The reason I tell the story is to point out that needs were met without spending money.  What we need is our needs met, not the money to pay to get our needs met.

yep, this ^^^

dumpster thriving, needing things and not necessarily money, i had the same revelation, and it changed my life.
it gave me the courage to jump into my passions and art, to basically give up wage slavery and decide all i HAD TO DO, was make art, grow food, and build things/find shelter.
so this is what i do to the best of my ability, and freedom from wage slavery is worth at least a million bucks.
directly providing, shamelessly scrounging, growing, building those things instead of buying it all, is not only economical, but empowering.

manifesting is always fun too =) just to have faith in the abundance of the universe, amidst the illusion of scarcity and desperation, to just MANIFEST things...simple magic. =)

well fortune favors the bold, and you have to put it out there, but i have definite used the fates help somehow just simply manifesting the THINGS needed, in fact i have knack for it. anything i need, truly need, i can usually manifest fairly easily, by forming the full image of it in my mind, fleshing it out a bit, and just asking the universe to provide. then i find it randomly, someone offers, craigslist post, etc etc =)
an easy way to store elderberry for winter is to stick them in big ziplocks and put in freezer. its also a bit easier to get them off the stems when they are frozen, which can be a tedious task. you dont want any of the little stem pieces, as many as you can get out.

another way is to make syrup with the elderberries when they are ripe. boil it down sort of like jam, add honey or another sweetener. then its like a simple cough syrup...store in jars or bottles till you need it...
6 months ago
third vote for elderberry !

elderflower as well...

another one - mint, other essential oil, a little bit of it into a big pot of just boiled water. towel over the head to catch the steam and breathe it until your face is bright red and you cant stand the heat anymore !
6 months ago
when reading threads like this on these forums and others, and seeing what a lot of people talk about with pricing these systems, it really makes me realize what a different world i live in than many.

but emphasizes the repeated point here with solar, the key is to drastically reduce your energy consumption, drastically.

all lights super low watt LED or likewise, convenient power strips to shut down all appliances at once so no slow drain, and unfortunately no fridge/washer/dryer/air conditioner/major appliance etc.

for just lights, computers, stereo, some small kitchen appliances...all this doesnt take much to run and 2-4 small solar panels can do this, with a basic inverter and a few or more batteries in a bank.

maybe a fan, sometimes, and even occasionally a blender smoothie =)

and also - when its actually sunny and theres an overflow at those times...when your system is totally charged up in the middle of day, you can occasionally make a blender smoothie without everything beeping at you =)

but yeah i know for a lot of people this is not enough.
at this amount of use though solar makes great sense. for 1-2 thousand dollars (or less if you salvage stuffs from somewhere)
you can have years and years of that much electricity use for basic lights, music/entertainment/ computers, screens, charging phones...and small kitchen appliances.

there are some interesting mini fridge/cooler, ovens etc...for DC / truckers...i have had a couple of low power kitchen type appliances that you can get through trucker outlets and trucker supply stuff...mini cookers, blender, coffee pots, etc...that all run on low amounts of DC power...too...

but theres always propane, or wood stoves, or other things for cooking...and hot water....

having cold storage, a "larder" / cool area, and several coolers on the north side outside...was how i lived with only super cheap solar power for many years.
go to town and always pick up ice... enough cheese milk and fun stuff for the few days this will stay good without real fridge...

and even salvaging used batteries...for very cheap from where people bring older batteries. you would be surprised how many of these of these are in good enough condition...people throw away good batteries all the time...
i think the solar set up i had was all total about 500$
most it spent on the wires and little things to hook everything up
and my only power for over 5 years.

but this is maybe too minimalist for most people?

ah sorry for your needs and wants OP to have electric car, maybe this is less relevant.
i do like the idea above somewhere...stated...which is i think what i would do in that case...get a deal with a neighbor or friend to charge your car up at their place. they probably wouldnt care much, it probably would cost them too much...you could pay them monthly or whatever...or in the neighbor barter system =)
then drop the car off at their place  and walk home...and/or somewhere near where you work and charge all day...

when i lived off grid like that for a long time i would definitely make use of my friends and neighbors houses and power, all of which had regular grid electricity. charge my phones and stuff up at their places...and even sometimes, store a few things in their freezer...one of my neighbors let me use her fridge for cold stratifying seeds =) and to throw some Cream and ice cream to get later...
and thats like ...no big deal for someone...if they had an out door plug or something...and you pitched in on the bill.
6 months ago
and here for some giggles...

6 months ago
^^^about the above ^^^
talking about differences in people's reaction to stimuli, in people's different ways of processing information, and also the sitting and rewinding going over and over details of conversations and/or mistakes...

Dabrowski (positive disintegration) talked about similar things, and did different tests and studies on the physiological differences in reaction to stimulation...and found that there were differences in groups of people who had clear, measurable, extreme sensitivity in nervous system reaction to various stimulation. so that there are people who literally feel everything much more intensely, the good and the bad, and that this is observable on a physical and physiologically level. this he called "over excitabilities" and showed that it was an extreme sensitivity of the nervous system and reactions of certain groups of people who had a lot of developmental potential.

i'm rather into dabrowski's ideas and work, he is one of the only psychologist who i really think is getting it. partially because he seems to be one of the only psychologists who start from a basic perspective of recognizing that normal socialized and ingrained behavior  is largely sociopathic and messed up!

to be integrated at the "primary level"  as he would call it, is to be self serving and normalized into unhealthy cultural norms. living through 2 world wars and watching immense suffering in his lifetime, he based his ideas on seeing that what passes for normal behavior is largely psychopathic and sick.

and further went on to suggest that the "disintegration" of this unhealthy primary level integration..dark emotions, crisis, and what could look like "mental illness" to others, is part of the self healing process...to becoming more aligned with true mental health, the authentic self, and what out to be - as the individuals with this developmental potential move through intense self reflection, crisis, craziness, extreme emotions...to ideally come out the other side of such things as truly healthy autonomous individuals aligned to their ideals.

and then instead these types of experiences are pathologized, made to look like sickness, when it is actually a path of healing, improving oneself and inner work, with some pain coming from the changes, disintegration, "positive maladjustment"....

ah anywho i may be wandering a bit off on a tangent here, but i find this to be true. some people are actually wired very differently, it is a physical and genetic biological difference....
and to me these ideas all over lap - the highly sensitive people HSP, introverts, particularly the NF group ("intuitive feelers"), giftedness and it's drive towards perfectionism and being too hard on oneself, the desire to live aligned with one's ideals, and the introspective work on the self that can be brutally painful and difficult.... to make progress in the self's development and growth.

i think he had some big pieces of the puzzle put together, anyway, and made some major good points about true mental health, and society at large being rather messed up...
as well as studied the physiological differences in people's biological responses, and how life is more intense for people who have these sensitivities, and over excitability...
6 months ago