Ben Zumeta

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hugelkultur dog forest garden solar wood heat homestead
NW California, 1500-1800ft,
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This happened to me with either the k or j when I was trying to finish writing my philosophy thesis on the Teleological Suspension of the Ethical in college, with way too little time to spare. I copied the letter and just used command-v (paste) to get it done. It certainly didnt help my typing speed, but I did probably write a shorter paper because of it, which was probably my professor’s preference.
2 days ago
Speaking of Sepp Holzer, an English speaking protege of his, Zach Weiss, has started a great community focused on watershed and hydrological restoration. I’ve found several excellent webinars in the free section, and he also offers courses that I would bet are worth the price:

https://community.waterstories.com/share/ly_odv08xmyNfzQa?utm_source=manual
3 days ago
Understanding the ancient Chinese proverb,"manure is the first harvest from any animal," is the first step in understanding why any of this makes sense.
5 days ago
This recent RadioLab revolves around host’s Chrons’ ordeal,  and escape from the misery into studying neanderthals.  He learned our ancient human cousins also got Chrons’, and may well have taught modern humans how to treat it and other ailments with their millenia of prior experience with the biota of Europe. They clearly had medicine and cared for their sick, and the host Latif Nasser is always a great storyteller (hope he and you all feel better!):

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/radiolab/id152249110?i=1000566019372
1 week ago
This recent RadioLab revolves around host’s Chrons’ ordeal,  and escape from the misery into studying neanderthals.  He learned our ancient human cousins also got Chrons’, and may well have taught modern humans how to treat it and other ailments with their millenia of prior experience with the biota of Europe. They clearly had medicine and cared for their sick, and the host Latif Nasser is always a great storyteller (hope he and you all feel better!):

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/radiolab/id152249110?i=1000566019372
1 week ago
I would consider leaning into the heat, and use it for a water heater climate battery, or rock well. If trying to establish vegetation, when I worked in the Desert Restoration Corps’ Wilderness Crew, we built “frankenbushes” of dead branches to deter illegal atv use by disrupting the linearity and therefore visibility of a former/illegal wilderness road, and by disrupting the linearity of sun, wind and water flows we created shaded soil, seed water catchment pockets. I would either pile rocks or horde truly organic organic matter, and make a massive loose organic debris pile (if you don’t mind a few snakes!).
1 week ago
I might also ask the OP what fertilization or other inputs are being used?  

Many pests and disease outbreaks correlate with nitrogen or phosphorus fertilizer excesses that feed problematic organisms via plants, and suppress pest and disease control organisms. Aphids and many other organisms that can be problematic thrive on the nitrogen based proteins and phosphates (like ATP) that plants produce in excess when overfed. On the other side of the coin, micronutrients and calcium and magnesium are oft in deficit or imbalance due to soil biodiversity that would help chelate minerals in the soil being depressed by excessive fertilizer or biocides. Most problems relating to all of the above can be solved with biological processes, and these can be facilitated with earthworks like those outlined in keyline design, Sepp Holzer’s work, and others’. Of course its not this simple, but just meaning to point out another way to look for solutions.
1 week ago
Peanut butter on a piece of lightly electrified aluminum foil (ie attached to an electric fence, but this could be modified without the fence) in the spring will supposedly train deer to not feed in that spot. It imprints the place in their memory, and spring is when young are learning from mom where and what to eat.
1 week ago
Overall I think the desktop view is very well designed. I use permies on my phone mostly, and always switch to desktop view. I agree with the above post that the mobile forum menu is much less user friendly for me, and this would likely hurt retention of first time visitors. Making desktop view standard/default for my account hasn’t seemed to work (maybe due to my cookie settings?). I really know very little about how much work all this is for the tech folks at permies,  so I hesitate to suggest changes, but my chubby calloused thumbs do have a hard time hitting the apple button in mobile-desktop view.
I concur with all the above suggestions for pretty edibles to plant. If curb appeal is her biggest concern, I read 10 years ago that a mature tree in the Bay Area adds an average of $6,000 in property value. I would bet that has nearly doubled now. I also might buy a copy of Food Not Lawns and leave it out in a place she might find it convenient to peruse.
1 week ago