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Skandi Rogers wrote:I've heard of wool stuffed mattresses, they should last a lifetime, but they do need re-stuffing every 4-5 years, and apparently that is a very specialist task. I don't understand how people manage to sleep on the floor, my back doesn't mind, but my hips hurt like fury and I wake up every hour or so with numb legs from the pressure on the hips.
Lana Weldon wrote: I do still eat veg, but in much smaller amount (and mostly "fruit" veg such as cucumber, pumpkin, squash, tomatoes), but mostly, I do eat lots and of fruits...
People have different metabolisms, some can eat loads of animals protein and do well, and I thrive on a relatively high sugar diet (based on fruits, and also starches like pumpkin, potatoes, sweet potatoes), and low protein but I still need my animal protein/fats (but no dairy for me!!)...
Btw, if you want B12, liver has it... but, do not eat too much of it, liver should eaten only once in a while...
Rez Zircon wrote:
Get checked for Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Sounds like it's already to where the phytoestrogens (which are thyroid suppressors) in plants are a serious problem (regularly-occurring bad mood swings are usually due to abnormal thyroid fluctuation).
Lana Weldon wrote:There is not a single tribe that have lived on vegan foods alone... that does not exist in nature. Even so called "vegan" wild animals have been observed eating small animals: a deer eating a bird, also, a goat in a farm eating a live baby chick...
Rez Zircon wrote:Right. Plants (carb + fiber) are basically a starvation diet that some animals are better-adapted to use, but it also puts sharp limits on brain development, because it's not sufficiently nutrient-dense to support a large brain. I've personally observed sheep eating an old lamb carcass, and there's nothing horses like better than dry dog food (which contains meat and is therefore a more-concentrated protein source than hay). All rodents and most birds like meat if they can get it, to the point of being readily cannibalistic.
Rez Zircon wrote:The herbivore is a devolved state of the carnivore, not the other way around (note that many herbivores still have ancestral fangs -- a tooth adapted for holding onto prey). It's the evolutionary dead end. Carnivores and omnivores can survive ice ages. Herbivores, not so much.
Rez Zircon wrote:Animals are made of protein and fat, not of carbs/fibre. What do you think is the most efficient nutrient base for maintaining that?
Candy Johnson wrote:We find lately that our efforts to find compatible partners has been tainted somewhat by our previous tennants(those that we follow as they depart the situation).
We are finding that so many of our potential partners spend a lot of time telling us what they "don't want" instead of just accepting each new situation as a fresh start.
Our advice is to forgive and forget. Accepting your fellow humans are just that...human.
s. ayalp wrote:First thing first: med. climate, roughly 700 mm /27inch of rain, terrible clay soil over here.
I made couple of beds with varying depths (roughly 50m2 in total). I had the same question in my mind when I started, but not because of "aerobic or not", it is just pain to dig all that without an excavator.
My motivations were;
-replacing rocks with wood
What I learned:
2 ft kinda works, but 4-5 months of no rain is a major challenge. It might not be enough to save it.
3 ft or less than 1m, I find this optimum. It is deep enough to sustain itself. It might take some time to mature though. I don't know it goes anaerobic at that depth, but I suspect not. When filling back I don't put soil in the first layer - many gaps, which I want it to act like a reservoir. Other layers are soil+ wood, and as I get to the top layer it is mostly soil.
4-5 ft or 1-1.5 m; this is the best performance. But instead of going this deep; for the same amount of soil excavated I can create 30% more of 1m deep bed. Also it gets harder to dig as you go deeper
Obviously it is not an issue if you have an excavator but yeah, it is for us poor souls digging with pickaxe
Over the soil layer, don't go higher than 1 ft. Half a ft is what you are aiming for.
Hope it helps!
Great work btw. I did the same tripod-pulley thing when I was digging
paul wheaton wrote:Over the last week or two, it seems that this has come up about a dozen times a day.
People NEED me to think the thoughts they tell me to think. The need is so strong, that there is zero respect for my history, my efforts, my contributions, my philosophies ... none of it matters. These people just need my utter obedience without any annoying discussion.
Further, it doesn't matter that we are talking about permaculture and that they are the student and i am the teacher. Nor does it matter that I have a hundred times more experience in the field.
And when I don't obey, they go through extreme frustration that they cannot use might to make it "right." They get extremely angry and express their frustration to anyone else who will listen. Their message is "paul will not listen" when the more accurate message would be "paul will not obey."
Rez Zircon wrote:Thekla McDaniels wrote:The kale coming in from my garden these days has a lot of aphids on it. I've been making kale crisps in the oven and I just leave them on there. (I try not to look) Surely it is a great source of B12, and with the robust flavors of the kale along with olive oil sesame and garlic, I don't think I'd taste them if I knew what to "look" for.
Aphids are perfectly edible, and taste either sweet or like nothing much. (Yep, I've tasted them.) They can considerably reduce yields, especially in water-stressed plants, so I guess it's only fair that you eat them.
On the sugars in aphid honeydew -- interesting and fairly complex subject.
I've never heard of kale crisps! Do tell!