John Weiland

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This one might be one for the "acquired taste" category:  Peanut butter with your preference of "Indian Pickle" -- Garlic Pickle, Chili Pickle, Lime Pickle, Eggplant Pickle, etc.  Best to ease into it slowly if you are new to the concept...the mixed pickles have some heat and interesting spicing.  Once you've settled into the ground level, adding fresh cucumbers, roasted sweet peppers, etc augments the experience.
2 days ago

Emma Carver-Barrass wrote:Well slap me sideways and call me Edmund, if that wasn't one of the best threads I've read in a long while.
.....after a life full of fear and anxiety I'm learning to embrace the 'What will be, will be' philosophy.

I'm a wimp though. And we aren't allowed guns. X

Now, Edmund..... ..... that's exactly the kind of attitude that allowed Mandžukić to sneak behind Blighty's defense and tuck home that game-winner in the World Cup semi-final!

Then again, we Yanks do have guns and that hasn't made a lick of difference: .....we are a few light-years **still** from raising the trophy. 

The secret is to stock and prepare only the most distasteful dishes so that you are the last stop on the zombie bus route.....  plus, I hear they can be way-laid by boxes of Hostess Twinkies....
3 days ago
Just adding this recent reference on atmosphere/biosphere/rhizosphere connectedness:

"In light of the various ways
by which vegetated land cover and its associated microorganisms
can influence surface temperature, winds, clouds, and precipitation,
phytobiomes have the potential to actively modulate local and
regional climate, and to mitigate climate change. Therefore, to
effectively tackle the grand challenges in plant production and food
security, phytobiomes need to be explored at regional scales as well
as at farm, plant and microscopic scales. It will be particularly
important to elucidate the upscaling of biotic/abiotic interactions at
the microscopic and plant levels to regional levels."

5 days ago
A quick perusal of the internet did not cough up any references that I could see for steaming, cooking, or raw eating of beet/chard buds or flower cluster spikes.  Has anyone experience or knowledge of cooking with these?  Thanks!
1 week ago

Gordon Shephard wrote: It was a fly, and, actually, it wasn't swimming, it was drowning.  And, then, I noticed that quite a number of its brethren (and sistren, I assume) had suffered a similar fate.  ........
Anyone else tried this?

Weellllllll, just what kind-a flies are we talking here?      I mean, if these are house flies, blue/green bottle flies, or your standard B-52-sized "meat" fly that comes 'round when cooking out the dog-food, it would be of some value.  But if you were talking stable flies (Stomoxys calcitrans), now I'm getting more interested.  In another thread, someone was musing whether or not one could still be ethical if they hated fire ants.  I'm thinking the stable fly is the fire ant of the north!  They aren't bothersome to most urban dwellers, but a rural area next to any livestock rearing generally has them in abundance....and they have a nasty bite!

So being an "off the back deck"-er myself, I may fill a few containers "for the good of science"...... and if success abounds I'll report back.
2 weeks ago

McKennaugh Kelley wrote:The dots are getting bigger, turning into little patches, and becoming just slightly yellow on some branches.
I appreciate you all taking your time to try and help me.

Also, I'm Pennsylvania, if that helps

Would you be able to supply a few more photos now that the patches are expanding?  Is the situation getting worse since the first post?  If you can get more photos, please include the underside of the leaf as well.  Thanks!
3 weeks ago
The closest thing I could imagine would be 'woodland goosefoot', Chenopodium standleyanum.  We have a lot of natural ecotypes of C. album (lambsquarters) that come on in the spring, but the one in our yard that looks like what you have comes on in July and August.  It's rather spindly and has more narrow leaves at maturity than most others more closely related to C. album. 

If this link is good, it has a photo of what we tend to see at our place in northern Minnesota (USA):

Best guess anyway.....
1 month ago

Bryant RedHawk wrote:
When you look deeply into my culture you find that we are very aware of the fact that we take lives so that we might live, it starts at the age of two.
We are exposed to what it takes to survive in the world and how we must give thanks to all who give their life so that we can live.
If we go to harvest food from plants, we first tell the plant why we are there, next is asking forgiveness for having to harm the being so that we can have the nourishment it will provide.
At that point we do what we must do swiftly so the being does not suffer needlessly and  we then make use of all that was given to us so that nothing is wasted.
Once we have finished the harvesting, we give the earth mother gifts for providing the bounty of her efforts and we send up prayers for the fallen being(s) who gave their life for us to live.

For me, everything is alive, rock, grass, tree, bush, air, water, fire, everything has a spirit and that means that everything has life and should be honored and respected.

It's difficult to be quantitative....and maybe that's the wrong word....for how widely this ethic is taking hold.  Many cultures seemed to share this belief but have been pushed to the fringes in recent decades.  I'm grateful for having embraced some of these notions.....can feel the difference between when I was much younger and now.  In earlier days, a tree was just a the way of "progress", be it an addition on the house, a concrete driveway to be poured, more manicured lawn to be seeded, etc.   That tree was just cut down with no further consideration.  But just yesterday as we needed to thin out some trees that were over-crowding a rarer oak on the property, I pretty much did a similar thing to what you described but clearly without the cultural history behind me.  I apologized to it and gave it thanks for holding the bank near our stream.  For providing home for the past bird nests and seeds for the squirrels.  Finally, it was offered thanks for the wood that would provide heat in the winter and offered homage to its brothers and sisters and ancestors nearby.  I realize it's a pretty small change in our thinking and feeling....but I've tried to relay this change in sentiment to others met along the way as one small way to assist the evolution of this view.  At a gut level, I actually think that people 'want' to have this kind of connection and compassion for the "others", but are too stuck in the cultural rut to change without some sort of assistance.  So.....just like "the job you don't get is the one you don't apply for..", I guess I feel "the person who stays stuck may be the one you don't offer help to...".
1 month ago

Peter VanDerWal wrote:My thought is to buy used EV battery packs.  .......
EV batteries might still have a lot of life left in them, but are replaced because they no longer provide the range required, or they are available because the original vehicle was wrecked, etc.

Peter, as the EV market is relatively new, is there a common source for these jettisoned they go to wrecking yards or are they relocated to some other distributor?  Thanks!
1 month ago

William Bronson wrote:  How big do they have to be to tap?
I'm trying to build a food forest based beverage business, lots of tart berries, mints ,sugarbeets,  nutsedge, etc.
Raw saps could be a great draw at the farmers market.

I'm not sure how small you could go....I've done only as small as ~8" diameter.  But also to add that tree sap soda is a rage beverage!:
1 month ago