Nick Kitchener

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Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
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Hugo Morvan wrote:Don't they need some kind of specific kind of mycorrhizal fungi to team up with? Never done pines, but if i were worried about growth i'd try to find the mothertree or another of the same kind, look for a root, remove a little bit of soil. Mix it in water and add that.


Yes you are correct. Recommendation is to harvest soil from the root zone of a mature white pine to inoculate the potting soil with. I strongly suspect bolete species are the desired ones.
1 month ago
So I was watching a recent video Richard published and he made an offhand comment about how incorporating kune kune pigs into his pastured broiler system could be a good idea.

Is anyone actually incorporating pigs into a pastured poultry system? Anyone know if there is a discussion on permies about doing this?

2 months ago
Microgreens don't require the same levels of light a more mature plant needs.

I have successfully raised seedlings using multi-colored led strip lights from e-bay. They cost me less than $20.

I just have the blue and red lights turned on.
2 months ago
This guy has been obsessed with Fresnel lenses for some time...
https://www.youtube.com/user/GREENPOWERSCIENCE/videos
2 months ago
This is not being reported, and as far as toxic gick in the air is concerned this has to be up there...
Due to all this cold weather, the crop growing region of Sonora in Mexico has been experiencing killing frosts. That's a pretty big deal because Mexican produce feeds the USA and Canada.

Here is the solution:


To drive off the cold, farmers have stacked old tires along the field boundaries, and set fire to them. I really don't have words to describe this so I'll leave this video to speak for itself.
2 months ago
Boletes and chanterelle species are two types that immediately come to mind. I've found golden chants under pines before, but pigs ears/ violet chants are more common.

I find a lot of bolete species (like slippery Jacks) under pines, and they often form critical symbiotic relationships with pines. For example, if your pine nut plantation is not exactly thriving, the chances are they are lacking essential minerals provided by bolete mycelium in the soil.
2 months ago

Brian Rodgers wrote:I'll add that my wife and I enjoy watching videos from Suspicious Observers on Youtube as well as their site https://suspicious0bservers.org/ We are also aware that there is a number of in my opinion, really far out there thinkers following this site, that's fine too, no judgement from us.  The point of our watching is simply the wonderful charts and video he collects from around the world. Ben also has some impressive credentials Ben Davidson
We also love the way he sums up his daily videos with, "Eyes open, No Fear."   The videos of the Sun in various wavelengths are mesmerizing. The videos of lightning storms crossing the continents are incredible too.  
I see no reason to not think outside the box when it comes to astrophysics, simply because out there, where we've never set foot, it is all conjecture.
Brian


He posted an interesting study this morning that may potentially turn the standard model of vulcanism on its head:
https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/189371/volcanoes-mush-reservoirs-rather-than-molten/

As I mentioned a few days ago, these crystals are often piezoelectric in nature and are the prime suspect in the link between GSM and volcanic activity.
3 months ago
I have her book and been experimenting with her technique. A few things to realize:

1. You need space. Notice that there are no walkways in her system and everything gets covered, and must remain covered.

2. It takes time. The first year will suck and you will spend most of your time smothering grass with hay, while at the same time trying not to smother your vegetables. Every place you have an open spot where a vegetable is growing is where the most tenacious undesirables will also grow. In hindsight, I would have given up trying to grow crops in the first year at least and just make sure everything gets well and truly smothered.

3. It will surprise you at how much hay is actually required to do an effective smothering job. Grasses that send out runners under the ground will happily send runners up into the mulch.

4. Direct seeding at a high density is not easy. You will probably come to the conclusion that the trade off for less work, is a decreased yield per square foot. Until the system is stable, direct seeding in general is hard. This is because as soon as you leave an area uncovered so the seed can germinate and grow, every other seed that is already in the soil will also germinate. I think all that mulch primes dormant seeds and as soon as you uncover the soil it's a seed germination party. In hindsight, I think I would have uncovered my mulched beds periodically in the first year to encourage germination, and then smothering out the seedlings again to create a stale seed bed.

5. Yes, hay does contain grass seeds (duh), and yes they do germinate. But I have yet to see these seedlings actually thrive when they germinate in the mulch. Even with less than 6 inches of hay mulch on top of newspaper these masses of grass seedling just never seem to pan out into anything. I've even let them be to see if the test bed turns into pasture but no, it did not. All the talk you see online warning about hay as a mulch I think is coming from people who haven't actually tried it.
3 months ago
I'd be inclined to work out the cost of hauling it away (like the cost of gas for a round trip pickup) and charge that amount.

Wort contains a lot of fats and proteins that don't easily break down. I can see that being a big problem. However, I have an idea...

The breweries separate this stuff out because it produces undesirable flavors in the finished beer, and interferes with stability of the final product (haze etc). Yeast will actually ferment this stuff out just fine, and it contains a lot of nutrients and sugars. There is a possibility here to take this stuff away at half the cost the city charges, ferment it out, and then distill the ethanol for use as a bio fuel.
3 months ago