Galadriel Freden

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West Yorkshire, UK
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Dave Miller wrote:Most people would say that the cure is worse than the disease, but rubbing stinging nettle on my arms every day during allergy season helped me a lot.  Obviously you need to have a patch of it in your yard in order to try this.

I believe the theory is the histamine reaction to the nettle distracts your body from the allergic reaction to allergens.  It definitely feels like that is what is happening.

Dave, it works for me too.  I have a patch of nettles and I generally brush up against them with my legs, and the relief is within a minute.  I may have to sting myself a few times a day if my symptoms are very bad, but to be honest, a bit of stinging on my legs is far preferable to being unable to breathe.  
5 days ago
Hi Mandy, you may be able to save the tree with a bridge graft, where several small branches from the tree are cut off and grafted onto the top and bottom of the wound, so that nutrients can still pass up and down the trunk.  It wouldn't hurt to try at least.  
6 days ago
It looks like this could be a diy option, particularly for a small body like a beloved pet.
1 week ago
Oh yeah, we had fighting between an Australorp rooster and our flock of two hens:  one a bantam and the other a small Leghorn.  You can imagine who was boss, and how quickly they all agreed!  But a few years ago we'd introduced a new Leghorn hen to our flock where Tiny was the only rooster--an Old English Game cock, a seriously small bird--and while she initially submitted to his discipline, she soon showed that pipsqueak who was biggest.  

If one is obviously bigger/stronger than the other, they usually work out the pecking order very quickly.  If they are evenly matched, even if they are hen and rooster, they might still be going at it for a while.
1 week ago
Hi Jondo, are the radishes still spicy after pickling?  My family won't eat them because of the spiciness, which is a shame because they're so quick and easy to grow.
1 week ago
Your dogs certainly look like they mean business!  
1 week ago
I would use it if it was all I had;  leave the branches whole and put them at the very bottom. It should break down slowly enough that the juglone shouldn't really be a problem.

I'm not an expert at hugelkultur however, and the ones I made haven't particularly been successful, though they aren't as big and steep as Sepp Holzer recommends, which may be my problem.  Good luck!
1 week ago
Hi Mark, I don't have any advice for you but I wanted to compliment you on your set up.  Looks like you're off to a great start!  I'm looking to at least reduce the amount of time/effort in watering from my rain barrels too, and I'm in the market for a low tech, preferably free solution.  
1 week ago
Hi Denise, I've been thinking about how to streamline my routines too.  Permaculture is supposed to be a bit initial investment in labor, and then just simple maintenance afterward, right?  I think I might not have this concept quite down yet myself, as I'm still putting in a lot of labor, despite supposedly practicing permaculture for the last six or seven years.

One of your tasks is watering your patio plants.  I do this too.  I fill a watering can from the rain barrels and go to each container individually.  They all have a bit of mulch (some more than others) but most of them still need watering every single day.  Even if I was dragging the hose around, I'd still have to do them one at a time.  There must be a more efficient/time saving way to do this!  I'm going to research and think about it (I'll take suggestions but can't implement anything that isn't free).

I think one of the most labor intensive daily tasks I do is vegetable preparation and cooking.  Don't get me wrong, I love this time of year when we're starting to overflow with food, but I can easily spend an hour harvesting, washing, peeling, or otherwise preparing vegetables for eating.  I'm also working on this, by slowly moving away from foods that take a lot of time to prepare;  for instance, I'm not growing peas for fresh eating--I'm growing them for dried peas, which are much easier to pick and shell (put them all in a bag and hit with a stick).  I'm growing snap peas instead for fresh eating.  Same with curly kale--I've exchanged it for a smooth leaf variety which is much easier to wash bugs off.

I wonder if we can think of any other ways to make our routines quicker and easier?  My 9 year old does the morning chicken care, and my husband feeds the ducks (though I have to change their water--one at a time again).  Can I mulitask?  Set up systems to work automatically, or with minimal input?  I need some permaculture design :)
2 weeks ago
I'm sure everyone knows already, but I thought I'd mention not everything has to go in the fridge.  I keep potatoes, onions and garlic, squashes, rutabagas in a dark cool cupboard in my kitchen.  There are probably others;  these will generally last a couple weeks in there.  If I buy a big rutabaga (swede) and only use half, I'll keep the remaining half still in the cupboard till I need it.

Tomatoes live on my countertop, along with most fruit, though not berries.  If I pick too much chard at once, I'll put a big bunch in a jar of water, like a bouquet.  Cabbage, kale, and other leafy greens are fine like this too, even as separate leaves.  I leave in on my countertop out of direct sunlight and it'll last a few days;  in fact, cabbage ends up even more crisp than when I put it in (even if I picked it from my garden).  It might work with lettuce too--worth trying.

What I personally keep in the fridge:  carrots, cucumber, peppers, mushrooms, grapes, berries.  The small things (like berries) go in a container, but everything else goes in a drawer or on the shelf.
1 month ago