Julia Winter

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Pediatrician with a Master's Degree in Nutritional Sciences. Moved to Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2013. Took Geoff Lawton's first online PDC in 2014.
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One of the best things about hugelkultur is that the logs turn into "water batteries" holding water in the soil for plants. In this video a guy digs up the logs he placed at the bottom of the raised bed to see what happened to them. I think it's interesting to see him squeeze water out of hunks of wood:
1 week ago
Here is a trap for codling moths, that could save at least some of your apples from worms:

Using a cleaned out 1 gallon milk jug, cut a hole about the size of a small egg just below the milk jugs shoulder.  This can easily be done if you first put hot water in the jug and shake it around until the sides get warm.  Empty out water and cut hole with a sharp knife.
Recipe: 1 cup cider vinegar
                   1/3 cup dark molasses
                   1/2 teaspoon ammonia
                   Add enough water to make 1 1/2 quarts liquid
Mix together and pour into milk jug using a funnel. Make sure to replace the cap on the milk jug.
When apple trees are just about done blooming tie the jug on a sturdy branch with a strip of cloth. Hang the jug with the hole facing slightly down so the rain can't get in but also so the mixture can't spill out.
As the season progresses, you'll notice the mixture evaporating, I just grab my lawn hose and add more water to the jug.
Keep jugs in the tree until harvest is over.  Discard the jugs, but first...be amazed at how many moths are in the mixture...pretty gross!
Place 2-4 jugs in different locations for an average sized tree.
3 months ago
Angela of Parkrose Permaculture has a nice video about pruning/controlling a wisteria that is right by a house:
5 months ago
I think the new sweater is lovely and definitely appropriate for public wearing.
6 months ago
The other store in Ireland where I got a sweater off the sale rack for I think 70 Euros was this one:


I don't know what the shipping costs, but these are nice sweaters. My friend took a picture of me in the new sweater, it's a dress and I wore it over a turtleneck and loose flowy pants.
6 months ago
I just traveled to Ireland, and I was determined to come home with a gorgeous cable knit sweater. I figured a good one was going to cost over $300.

I was shocked at the low prices, I think when they say "handmade" it's more like a human operated knitting machine, but you know what, these are 100% Merino wool sweaters and they are beautiful. I took my $300 budget and I got two sweaters for me and one for my husband!

All of the stores (which are in almost every city and village in Ireland) have this thing where if you spend more than 150 Euros they will ship your purchases to you. I did that and it showed up in less than a week! They use plastic envelopes but we have a way to recycle those now

https://www.aran.com is where I got myself a long "coat" that I think I'll keep at work to fight excessive air conditioning. I'll see if I can attach a photo.
6 months ago
Are the Inuit a short-lived people?  (I don't know, but off the top of my head, they have a fairly high meat, low carb diet.) The Masai in Africa are another indigenous group that I don't know enough about.

Anyway, I did another extended fast, albeit not as long as March 2022 when I went 8-9 days. I ate Monday dinner, then not again until Saturday when I had a little soup (two Matzoh balls) and then Sunday I had a full Ethiopian meal out with a group. I kept working, after my experience last year I realize it's actually easier to fast while working, just because it is distracting.

Since I've been on OMAD for years now, doing a longer fast is pretty easy. I don't get hungry until 5pm or so, and if I can stay busy until 8-9pm, I'm good. I may try to do another extended fast maybe even in March or perhaps in April.

I've discovered a really good evening yoga class and I'm pondering just regularly skipping the Wednesday meal and attending the class instead. I did that two days ago and it was no big deal. We went to a nice restaurant for my birthday and that was a good way to limit my caloric intake after the short fast, believe it or not. They served us multiple small, very delicious portions and the meal was spread out such that it gave me time to realize I was OK. "It takes your stomach 30 minutes to tell your brain that it's full" my mother always said, which is an argument for eating more slowly and mindfully.
8 months ago
I found a cool website called CenturyLife.org and they have an article about Dutch Ovens Le Creuset vs other brands:


Q: What are the alternatives to Le Creuset? Are Chinese-made enameled cast iron ovens safe?

A: The short answer:

If you want to pay Le Creuset level prices but get a comparable (and in some ways better) product, consider Staub.
If you want to pay less money and get something that performs as well as Le Creuset but probably isn’t as durable, there are a ton of Chinese knockoffs, the most popular of which may be Lodge (made in China under contract to an American company).
If you want to split the difference, buy Staub’s sister company’s products, which don’t seem to be as well-made or have as good quality control, but at least it’s made in France and has a good warranty and lid handle.
Chinese-made enameled cast iron is safe if made by contract to major brands like Lodge, who have the resources and incentive to closely monitor their production in China in order to defend their reputations.
But don’t buy cookware from companies that don’t operate their own Chinese factories. Many companies–even big-name companies–merely import product from Chinese factories for resale, and often don’t spend enough resources to verify quality after the first batch. (They would rather spend money on marketing, such as slapping some celebrity chef’s name on the cast iron instead, with the celebrity chef having nothing to do with the cookware except collecting royalties.) It takes money and expertise to continuously ensure that products lie flat, do not contain harmful or radioactive chemical contaminants, are polished properly, and so on. If a company doesn’t operate its own factories in China, it could end up like Lumber Liquidators, which sold floorboards with excessive formaldehyde that leaked into the air of the homes it was installed in, which increased consumer cancer risks among other things. Lumber Liquidators told its Chinese partner that it wanted in-spec product, but received out-of-spec product anyway, and nobody caught the discrepancy until end-users started getting unexplained symptoms like headaches and nausea. There are many more examples of Chinese and Indian exports containing toxic or radioactive chemicals, and even more examples of Chinese cookware falling apart, such as handles breaking off while in use, frying pans exploding or popping rivets off, enamel coatings cracking and flying off, ceramic roasters shattering, lids breaking, etc. In contrast, chemical contamination and structural failure are almost unheard of with cookware made in the USA/EU, such as All-Clad and Le Creuset.

11 months ago
This sounds fascinating - I wish I felt like I had the time to commit to this class!

It would be 6pm-7:30pm on the west coast - is this every Wednesday for 12 weeks?
11 months ago