Sometimes the first step to solving a problem is to find a safe place to rant. You aren't the first and you won't be the last - the trick is to rant politely and nicely!
This seems like it's just a rant, so no problem if it gets deleted.
No, I have never used elemental sulfur. Generally, my soil is acid enough (low pH) that my growies are happy, particularly as I've tried to improve the soil enough that I only have to water them once or twice deeply during our summer drought. Our well water is high pH, and I don't yet have an efficient system for storing the amount of winter rain that I'd love to be able to hang on to. My limiting factor is sunlight due to tall trees. Thus my blueberries are in half barrels on top of a graveled parking area - so I *totally* get what you're dealing with! The blueberries have to be watered during the drought, and they would be much happier being watered with rain water, but giving them some extra peat is enough that they haven't died, although they certainly haven't thrived either.
What are the thoughts on using elemental sulfur? For the last two years I've bought 50lb bags of it to help lower the high ph soil we have here. I know it's considered organic, but I never heard anyone mention it was a no/no like peat moss. Obviously you didn't mention using it for the blueberry, and I'm sure you know it's available.
Yes, I can picture something like that. You'd have to push it to the hole or else have the cook top on a very slight slope which is not ideal if cooking things like omelet in a fry pan, but would be fine for many other dishes, so again, decisions and compromises!
Gerry Parent wrote:Jay, I remember at our cottage we had propane grill which at the back middle was an oblong drain hole where all the bacon grease or whatever 'shlop' you wanted to get rid of got pushed to which then was channeled into a pan below for removal. All the sides were slightly raised so it was kind of like a really shallow tub where things had to go down the drain instead of over the sides. Perhaps something like this could be incorporated into the design?
Honesty is a good policy and we're all on a road to more sustainable living. I bought a bale of peat moss about 20 years ago. Then I learned all the downsides so it sat there. Then I planted blueberries bushes. They *really* like peat moss. I soak a little every spring for them and I figure my bag will last at least another 5 years. After that I'll have to learn some other technique to help maintain the acid level they like. I've heard pine needles are good, but I'd have to plant a pine tree (or find someone local who has one.) If I struggle with an alternative when the time comes, I know exactly where to come to get help!
Joshua Bertram wrote:
From here on out I won't use it anymore. I was even hesitant to say that I used any, because I am aware that it's not something that's popular to use on this site due to it's non sustainability. I was just being honest.
True story time: Years ago we bought a glass-topped convection oven from a reputable brand. I specifically wanted the element dials on the front like a gas stove so I don't have to reach over hot pots to turn them off. The only one we found that fit the bill had the new electronic system for oven control, and this was also mounted on the front. It had a lock on it, and no small kids here, so I figured I could live with that (the element knobs just pull off to make it safe for young children). We were asked to host a couple of Japanese school girls for a week, and they were instructed by their teachers to "cook us a Japanese meal". They managed to boil over the pasta, and the manufacturer had failed to put a proper seal between the front of the glass and the front of the stove, so the pasta water dribble down all over the electronic module. Luckily, hubby is a consummate fixer and electronics engineer, so he took the front of the stove apart, cleaned the electronics as best possible, and got things working. I insisted we call the company because there's no way I was going to put up with a stove-top that couldn't tolerated spills! Now that some sort of gasket has been installed, we've not had any more problems and the stove is now about 10 years old.
Looking at the design of the cooktop in Allerton Abbey, it looks like there is a rounded wall around the entire perimeter of the glass top. I'm assuming a boil over would then stay contained like a swimming pool. It would not be good to have liquids dripping onto the hot bricks inside the stove which could crack from the thermal shock.
If the glass was made removable without a silicone seal, this could happen. Always a catch to consider isn't there?
I hear your frustration, but whereas you are describing it as "semi-schizophrenic", I interpret it as acknowledging that sometimes your body needs something that your diet isn't providing enough of for whatever special/specific reason, and despite your "preferences" I see you respecting what your body is telling you. To me that is honoring your body, and your mind's ability to listen to it and respect it. You needed something special or different to cope with an illness and you cooked it and ate however much of it your body suggested you need - good on you and hope you get well soon!
This thread has already revealed some of the semi-schizophrenic tensions between my preferred plants-based diet and my compulsion to turn to cookery and preservation to avoid food waste.
I had the opportunity to adopt a pair of geese. I thought they'd be a layer of protection against day-time predators. I checked with both neighbors who would hear them, and they were OK with the plan. Marguerite and Heinrich have been good, although not perfect protection for the ducks from spring eagle predation, but they really are loud at times! When one neighbor was hosting a wedding, they asked us not to be running any machinery at the key time. I asked if they wanted me to move the geese for the day, and they said, "natural noise is fine, just please no chain saws," so clearly the geese can stay!
You can also feel them out what they think about living near livestock, for example. Our neighbors were delighted with the prospect of us adding goats. Others may take issue, so it's good to know before buying.