Nick Kitchener

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Many kelp varieties contain a lot of growth hormone and other biological stimulants that can activate dormant seeds and get really old seeds going.

The trick is getting them inside the seed, and that is achieved by using an organic acid. Humic acids like fulvic acid is the typical one.

You can find prepared solutions to purchase or make it yourself if you have the ingredients.
4 months ago
Anyone looking to purchase plans or services for geodesic greenhouses, be aware of a particular outfit called Trillium Domes in Washington State.

They bought multiple sets of plans from a man in the UK, then started selling the exact same plans online. They have an active social media marketing strategy and pretend that these designs are their own.

There are a lot of hard working folks in Permies who know what it's like to have your creative works stolen from you. Please don't enable this individual by supporting their business.

Here is the original creator providing evidence of his claims:
4 months ago
You will need some equipment for thinning the hides. It shaves off excess skin so that the thickness is uniform and the desired thickness for whatever purpose it's intended for.

You will also need some equipment for breaking the hides in. You do not want to be doing that by hand as a business.

You'll probably want to get some equipment for fleshing and dehairing as well. It's a ton of work with a hand fleshing tool and too time consuming if you're making a business out of it.
5 months ago
It irritates me that people do this diet or that diet and stick to it because of this and that, ignoring the message their body is telling them.

Trust your body people. If you go vegan and your body tells you that you are going to die if you keep doing that, then stop. Same deal with paleo or any other "back to basics" diet.

Human cells are outnumbered 10 to 1 inside what you consider to be your body.  Be mindful of that, and listen to what the 90% have to say.
6 months ago

John F Dean wrote:I generally agree with the above post. But the devil is in the details.  When you say feed …do you mean hay or grain?

I actually asked ChatGPT and this is the answer it gave me LOL.
Since a cow typically eats roughly 1,000lb of hay per month in the winter, I'm thinking the AI was referring to grain feed.
7 months ago
The amount of food you need to buy for your animals every month depends on various factors such as the size and age of the animals, the quality of the pasture, the climate, and the type of feed you are providing them.

Here's a rough estimate based on general guidelines:

Cows: Each cow needs around 100-150 pounds of feed per month, so you would need 300-450 pounds of feed per month for your 3 cows.

Pigs: Each pig needs around 8-10 pounds of feed per day, so you would need around 480-600 pounds of feed per month for your 2 pigs.

Ducks: Each duck needs around 1 pound of feed per week, so you would need around 10 pounds of feed per month for your 10 ducks.

Chickens: Each chicken needs around 0.5-1 pound of feed per week, so you would need around 10-20 pounds of feed per month for your 20 chickens.

Goats: Each goat needs around 3-5 pounds of feed per day, so you would need around 180-300 pounds of feed per month for your 2 goats.

Sheep: Each sheep needs around 5-7 pounds of feed per day, so you would need around 300-420 pounds of feed per month for your 2 sheep.

Mules: Mules are omnivores and typically eat a mix of hay, grain, and vegetables. Based on their size, each mule would need around 10-15 pounds of feed per day, so you would need around 600-900 pounds of feed per month for your 2 mules.

So, in total, you would need around 2400-3600 pounds of feed per month for all of your animals.
7 months ago
Environment Canada is banning CFL bulbs in 2023 because of the environmental damage the mercury does. Yes, the very same CFL bulb that was mandated by Environment Canada and promoted by the likes of David Suzuki not too many years ago.

Incandescent bulbs were banned on Jan 1, 2014, and replaced by the CFL for environmental reasons.

The Duke of Permaculture 1, Canada 0.
8 months ago
Building a small, space efficient house is similar to boat or campervan building. It costs significantly more per sq ft because the number of angles, corners, and joinery involved.

Building a small (single or 2 room) house using standard dimensions is of course much cheaper than building a large one.

My father was an architect, and a trick he used when estimating a job was to count the number of corners inside a dwelling, and multiply it by a price per corner. A curve is equal to 2 corners.
9 months ago
I ate one once. 5 minutes of my life I will never get back
You could freeze them and use them to repel invaders...
9 months ago