kai weeks

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The forest, Sweden. Zone 7. Sandy, acidic soils.
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Hi =) Here's me replying to an ancient thread!

An option is actually to spray your plants with water. When water freezes, it releases heat (a little counterintuitive, I know, but that's why you have to put water in a cold place to freeze it - you have to take away heat). So, if your plants have a thin layer of water on them that freezes, it actually helps keep them warmer. Additionally, the layer of ice, being a good insulator, will then help keep the plant warmer through the cold spell.

-answered Jan 2 '11 at 18:08 by Mitchell at Physics.stackexchange

Judith Browning wrote:Hi Kai, I've embedded the video here...

oh thanks.... I just did do that imbedding thing.... but I made it in a completely new topic... woops. have to delete that now.

Thanks.! It's a great seminar. Very interesting.

Four Seasons Farm - Eliot Coleman
Now with winter in the Northern hemisphere I thought this particular video would be good to bring up again as a usefull recource.
My brother and I were both home-schooled 'till the age of 16 and then went to the Swedish equivalent of "high-school". Quite a legal battle for my parents to be allowed to do that. I remember sitting in a court-room at the age of 8. So far I think that the concerns that those against the notion of home-school harbour have been proven wrong by myself, and the other home-schooled children I know.
4 years ago
Thanks for sharing that article!

I often find myself wondering what folks/homesteaders did in the past during the long winter months... before computers, electricity or any of the rest.

I think that it might have included a lot of introspection, but I think also it meant learning and understanding of the thoughts and feelings of others - family, friends. Winter; the season for person-care and person-understanding... but also a time when new ideas can be pondered, things which have happened can be discussed and problems shared.

See winter as hibernation period in preperation for the long days of summer when more physical areas of work require our attention.
4 years ago
oh, and look at this I found: a permaculture course at Uppsala University:

4 years ago
Seed-swapping, homesteading and alternative living.

Very busy site and with a good buy/sell section.


4 years ago
An outdoor toilet that after each use gets a handful of saw-dust/wood-chips, if you then consider the added carbon of the toilet paper used I think that your compost pile at the end of it will have a very good C-N ratio. The urine will hence be stored for whenever you need it.

4 years ago

Seeds of Permaculture - Tropical Permaculture

1 and a half hour documentary

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Peter Mckinlay wrote:
Electric cars are here to stay. Todays electric cars are not. Lumping round half a tonne of battery for bugger all power was dead before it was born.

I will agree with that! Batteries are the joke in todays EVs.... fuel-cells is what needs to be I'd guess. Instant (pretty much) to change en route etc. Many benefits. Aluminium graphite oxidising fuel-cells. hehe.

I know naught about that turbine CO2 cold turbine drive though. Any more thought's on it? More ideas on what needs to be done to get it in the EVs of tomorrow?
5 years ago