Jackie Frobese

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New Hampshire, USA zone 5/6
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Hi all,

I recently purchased a new home that was built to maximize passive solar heating gains. Its built to face due south, and has a significant amount of glazing on the south face including 4 large skylights. The floor of the southern room is a cement slab with slate tile surface.

In the summer there is a huge amount of sun streaming in from the skylights and hitting this cement floor as you can see in these pictures. I'm torn on what makes the most sense to maximize the passive solar effect. The room gets quite hot with that much sun, leading us to want to run the AC to be comfortable, but if we pull shades over the skylights then we, in theory, are not maximizing the heat gain of the summer months into the mass of the floor. I'd love to hear input form anyone who has more experience with passive solar designs on what we should do here.

Attached are photos all taken on June 19th, they each have the time they were taken as the caption. These show the path of the sunlight as is passes over the floor.

I live in Southern New Hampshire (USA).

1 hour ago
Hi all,

I started this thread, and then life got really busy and I forgot all about it. Until now. Its great to see you all posting and sharing your permaculture adventures here. I'm not generally an overly sentimental person but it is heart warming to see a community budding here.

Greg, I do remember meeting you and figured you would turn up here at some point.

Brian, I strongly recommend you look into seacoast NH permaculture meetup. You can find them on meetup.com. They have hosted at least 3 different wild edible zoom calls this year. I anticipate that they will at some point be getting back to in person events. I don't necessarily consider myself an expert, but I am familiar with at least a dozen varieties and would be happy to share with your daughter if you'd like at some point. I now live in Rochester, NH.

I'd love to see/hear about what types of edibles you all are growing. I used to have a wide range, but recently moved. I have to remove a whole lot of multi-flora rose and bittersweet on the new property before getting serious about planting. I'm hoping next year to begin my planting in earnest.

If anyone has goats they want to lend, I have some good eating

1 week ago
It looks like it’s ready to flower very soon. I’m just waiting for that so I can share some more pictures. I have put out a lot of wild flower seeds so it’s very likely something I introduced.
1 year ago
Here are some pictures...I’ll try to get more showing the more recent growth.
1 year ago
I have a very abundant unknown plant in my gardens. I’d love some help identifying it.

Here is the YouTube link: not sure the best way to insert a video...sorry.

1 year ago
Hi Everyone,

I wanted to start a thread for people living and homesteading in southern New Hampshire and southern Maine so we can all connect and build community. I know there are already a number of groups available in these areas for permaculturists, but this thread will allow for more communication about regional specific challenges and opportunities outside of the gatherings that other groups organize.

Maybe we can start by sharing some of the groups we are familiar with that are permaculture focused! (on a side note, my computer just marked permaculture as a misspelled word, meaning my computer didn't recognize the word! That should be a whole other thread)

The group I'm mostly involved with locally is Seacoast NH Permaculture Meetup which can be found at meetup.com

I hope to hear from a whole bunch of my neighbors about anything and everything local to us!
1 year ago
I’m surprised at how many people reported having trouble with ground nut. I put some in a small garden on the northwest corner of a building. The soil was terrible so I dug in about 2 gallons of my partially finished compost before putting the ground nuts in. They came up happily every year. I will say they seem to have a later season than many other perennials in my region. I loved seeing the beautiful almost pine cone looking flower. I just had to dig all the tubers up as the landlord decided they didn’t want anything climbing near the building. I’ve moved them to the west side of my house and look forward to seeing how hey do in this new location.

I haven’t yet tried eating any. If they do well this year I will probably try eating some. I’ll try to remember to take a picture of them when they are flowering which is usually late summer possibly even into autumn.
1 year ago

Stacy Witscher wrote:Mike - While I generally agree with you, consumer debt is only stressful if you let it be. Most of the time, the only consequence of not repaying credit card or other unsecured debt is a lower credit score. If you don't care about that, why worry? One of the things that I find so freeing about not having debt and not using credit, is that I don't have to care about my credit score. So if I feel like a bill is unreasonable, and I don't need to continue doing business with a certain company, I just don't pay it. It's such a relief. I never understand people who feel like paying an unreasonable bill is a moral duty, so bizarre.

As far as education, I encourage young people to look around. If you are open to different options, you can often get through college, undergraduate and graduate, without going into debt, and without joining the military. I think a lifetime of PTSD is a very high price to pay for a college education. There are better ways.

Stacy,  I agree that for anything stress is a matter of your state of mind. I remember hearing a quote once, something to the effect of “if stress is real than please show me by filling a cup with it.” I’m sure I didn’t get that quite right, but you get the idea.

I am a bit concerned about your statement of not paying a bill if you feel it’s unreasonable. All bills are something you take on voluntarily. Perhaps your choices are limited such as in the case of a medical emergency, but it is your choice to undergo treatment at that facility. Bills are a commitment you chose to agree to at the time of purchase. So to change your mind and decide not to pay, after committing, just seems a bit unethical to me. As much as I may be mad about a bill, its really my past self I have to be mad at, not the company I owe.

I appreciate hearing everyone’s stories of how they have achieved financial freedom. My husband and I only have a mortgage and student loans and have our plans to paying them off. We too are debt averse.

One last point I want to make: just imagine how much we could change the world if all of us were putting the money we spend on interest, even just the interest from our mortgages, into doing good I our own communities. When we pay rent there is a chance that the money is going to someone in our own community rather than to a big bank. That alone is worth the years it takes to save to buy a house in cash. The banks don’t need anymore of our money, our community does.
1 year ago

Nick Mason wrote:Here is a much too simple fix for remedying this problem. Perhaps we should start lobbying the manufacturers to stop using labels which are impossible or very difficult to remove? It is pertinent to note that a lot of these labels are plastic based. Why do the labels need to be plastic which requires an adhesive which is probably petroleum based? Having to shred these labels to remove them must be contributing to plastic contamination of the water used in the process. Let alone the use of alcoholic solvents to deal with the adhesive residues. Much better to use a paper label with an appropriate adhesive which allows easy removal by the hot water soaking method. Am I being too simplistic?

You are right Nick! I’m not much of an activist so I’d would love a step by step explanation of how we would go about this. It may be small beans in the scheme of things but look at the list of chemicals people have posted for removing these labels. So not only is there the toxic gick put into making the ‘fancy’ hard to remove labels, but then there is more used to remove them later on. I’m sure if enough of us put some effort in we could get some more consciously minded companies to change this.
1 year ago