Asaf Green

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(is there anything this stuff cannot fix ?!

BTW, on a serious tone:
Can I weave cat hair into usable yarn?  My (manual) trials failed because the yarn was too weak, but I haven't done it properly, yet.
Assume avg. cat hair length at 4cm  (& set aside allergy considerations)
I'm keeping all the grooming products, and it's quite a lot.
1 year ago
i've seen only a few water reservoirs, and i'm not a professional.

usually in hot places, the problem is ALGAE,
and/or particles from the container (asbestos, lead): the process of disintegration is sped up by hot climate.

the best in my idea is natural hard stone containers, but that's nealy impossible to achieve. all the old natural pools here are from stone, and exposed to the elements, and besides leeches, which can be easily filtered, i don't remember special side effect to heat.

however, algae requires sunlight. if the container's ceiling is totally opaque -> no algae.

personally I wouldn't fear bacteria. We used to drink water from water pools in the desert after just a casual filtering through a cotton cloth, which doesn't really block bacteria, and it was fine.

another problem that might rise from warm water is amoeba or even leeches, but that's more common in 3rd-world countries;
Where in the world are you? that's kind of important.
if the container is closed or even sealed, it's usually ok.

i'm from israel, and sometimes still water containers and reservoirs get pretty warm during the .... most of the year, and it was never a concern by itself.
2 years ago
it doesn't look like carob (חרוב) too me

Maybe there are other species, but i see and eat carobs every day (in Israel) - they look like this:חרוב&hs=N6v&tbm=isch&sa=X

Their leaves are less ordered, larger and more round (or more quare).

But i need a better zoom to identify.
4 years ago
note: i'm not an expert, and have very little experience.

1. depend on the size of the trees, i'd guess that non-tropic, adult trees can be satisfied with water once in few days.
just note that watering frequency influences directly the blossom/ripening cycle.

2. depends on your climate - in many places, air moisture condences during the night, enough for catching it with large and rough plastic nets, like this:

you need to hang it vertically , so that collected water is dripping down, where you can collect it or direct the net toward the targets.
these need to be as tall and as wide as possible

3. it's a question of what-costs-more, manpower vs. equipment. for my needs, it cost more to water it manually than setting a dripping pipe system.
i also was lucky to find a used dripping pipe once - but 2nd hand is far from perfect since the holes do not match my plants, and all i could do was closing few wholes with a duct tape - which was better than nothing.
another option is finding / getting 2nd hand all sorts of used pipes, even half-open, and loosely connect them to a single location, so that watering takes much less time.

open channels seem to me like requiring much more maintenance than plastic pipes, due to algae, litter, dead leaves, sediment, small land slides, etc.

can i ask in which part of the world are you?

4 years ago
ah, you almost got met with the title:
i thought you're harvesting Date trees.
5 years ago
there are several (400) types of mint;
i don't know the precise english classifications & names, but in Hebrew we have
"nana" and "mentha" with is the same family, but with significantlly different characteristics:

"nana" tends to compete over water and space, and has milder taste and fragrance (depends on the specific variety), more stubborn - it will be very difficult to erradicate once it's in the ground.

"mentha" is sharper, smaller leafs, more gentle, tends to fall apart for any reason.

most of the mint types need a lot of water to survive properly.

note - the 2 above including their sub-species are together already 5-4 types of mint.

if you want a good repellant, maybe plant several types of levender. i'm using their leafs and flowers for safe-keeping dry food, and other uses.

5 years ago

mark andrews wrote:I have ordered some tubers and find them to be quite expensive.

So, I wondered why nobody reputable seems to sell seeds for Jerusalem Artichokes.

Reading this discussion is quite strange for me because i'm from Jerusalem, Israel, and even more - i never ate one (though they're being sold everywhere).

but I see that you get your help from nearby growers.
5 years ago
william: Can you explain how your answer is related to bog land?

I'd certainly put mosquito eating fish if puddles or swamp areas exist - where possible.

I don't know about permaculture perspective, but some trees are water drainers, like Eucalyptus. Some Eucalyptus trees can be harvested for nice essential oils, have great shade, lumber, they cast calmness, and host various fauna. But you need to make sure they won't suck up too much water, as it tend to happen in long-dry seasons if you have them.
5 years ago
What is a "bermuda" ?

mark andrews wrote:Can I do a food forest with a floor of bermuda, or will it prevent other things from growing?

5 years ago
In Israel, I saw certain type of Thyme shrubs growing naturally under pine trees, in large numbers and sizes, where nearly nothing else grows.
- i'm not sure whether other plants are pushed off by the Thyme or by the Pines!!

Certain other geophytes grow here under pines as well: Daffodil, Cyclame, and others that I don't remember.

I think that main problems with Pines are that 1) secrete certain substance that prevents sprouting, and 2) they block the light (like any other forest)
so I THINK that if a plant had been sprouted elsewhere, or before the pine grove was planted, then certain kinds will succeed.

Also, specific kind of edible mushrooms, but only after certain rain and climate conditions.

I was reading here that also rare kinds of orchids can grow under pines - but I never paid attention to these

(sorry - hebrew text - you can try using google-translate: Myths and realities of pine trees (Hebrew) )
6 years ago