Michael Helmersson

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When we first started living in our yurt we had several visits from bears. They tried to climb the wall to find a way in but were scared off by our dogs barking. I fashioned some long strips of thick plastic with drywall screws poking through and attached them in a band around the yurt near the top of the wall. We had a few more bear visits before they realized our place was no fun and actually a little painful. They seem to know not to touch the yurt because it's been many years since we took down the screw strips and our trail cam captures bears walking by, sniffing and just continuing on.

I think this would be a great component of a hive protection plan.
1 month ago

Teo Keary wrote:
Plans for Bat Rocket Box

I am building a bat rocket box based on these plans.  I am using 1"-thick rough-cut hemlock planks for the chamber walls.   We live near Ithaca, NY.

The plans call for a series of grooves, ~1/2-inch apart, ~1/16" deep, for the bats to grip.  

The rough-cut surfaces of my lumber have surface features that are ~1/32" deep already.  Will I need to cut additional grip features for them?  (If I must, I will;  I'd rather create features in the wood than add a mesh that could deteriorate.)

Thanks for the advice,
Matteo



I think your rough lumber should be fine without grooves. I have purchased bathouses that have window screen stapled inside for the bats to grip, so I'm sure rough lumber will be as good or better.
1 month ago
For me, it would be the use of "Cold Climate" or "Far North" in discussions about gardening and permaculture. It is almost always referring to a climate I don't consider cold. It's the ultimate clickbait for me and rarely provides any useful information. Having said that, I realize there are people in colder climates than I, that are rolling their eyes at me right now.
1 month ago

Blake Lenoir wrote: Mike! Why did you ask me to read these books? Do they talk about crops?



I don't know if either discusses crops, but it seems likely. As I mentioned, I'm having difficulty finding an Indigenous-focused perspective on this time period.
2 months ago
I have these two books on my wish list:

"Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America"
"The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region"

I'm really curious about North America before Europeans arrived. So far, the books I've read are terribly skewed toward a pro-civilization message and less about the land as it was before it was converted into a machine. I'm a little far north to be of any help to you, but I hope these books might be of interest.  

2 months ago

Rachel Lindsay wrote: Are there any other ideas for 1) making the routine working time more pleasant, and 2) arriving at a sense of completion with these tasks, at least for that specific day?



It's so much easier when the task MUST be done, as opposed to it being something that should be done. I've gotten into the habit of focusing my thoughts on how much better I'll feel once the chore is done. I tell myself that I will relax and have coffee once I've completed this or that. If I cheat and skip the chore in order to have coffee first, I'll acknowledge how I've let myself down and let it diminish the enjoyment of my unearned reward.

2 months ago
Do these pictures help?
2 months ago
That's a tough one. I've tried searching on various versions of your stove info and can't find anything.
3 months ago
I give this book 10 out of 10 acorns. The only reason I am even considering keeping bees is that I listened to podcasts and watched videos with Jacqueline Freeman. If she hadn't painted a beautiful picture of natural beekeeping for me I would never have been interested. When I looked online and on Permies for a book that could get me started on this path, Keeping Bees With a Smile was repeatedly and unreservedly suggested. This book makes me feel like I'm theoretically and philosophically ready for bees. I had zero bee experience before reading it but feel like I've just been given a day-long tour of the author's apiary. My reservations about standard, industrial beekeeping were reinforced and my hopes of having a bee-centric, mutually beneficial apiary despite my cold climate were buoyed. This book has opened a door for me that I can honestly say I'm excited about. The beginning of a new adventure.  
4 months ago