William Bronson wrote:
Lisa Powers wrote:I would worry more about neighbors being close minded against permaculture best practices than against mixing races.
My wife has family that are homesteaders. I would have plenty to talk to them about,but the fact is they greeted the death of our cousins child with a remark to the effect of "just as well,like we need another half breed..." .
I had left my children in their care before. Never again.
Being on guard against racism is a matter of safety. I can change or hide my agricultural practices. My skin or my children's skin,not so much.
Casie Becker wrote:Actually, I just realized I forgot to mention, from the same yard in Austin, very deeply shaded corner was a pineapple guava covered in fruit. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it.
Now I'm feeling a little dumb. I looked in your post for the word native checked your list of existing plants to see if it was comprised only of natives. Somehow I missed the word native in the thread title. Sorry. I'm gonna
say instead that you probably would find the Lady Bird Johnson database (which the pigeon berry link takes you to) very helpful. They have a somewhat searchable database of native plants. You can at least limit it by state and growing conditions. Just scanning through the results for Florida, less than two hours of sunlight, I see a lot of plants that I recognize as wildlife food, and a few that are good for humans also.
Joy Oasis wrote:
Lisa Powers wrote:What are some other differences between my swarthy husband and I? He has a rapid resting pulse rate and higher blood pressure than I do. I tend to be a very slow breather, not shallow, just really slow. I notice this about myself compared to most people. I became an even slower breather when I took up wind instruments as a hobby.
I shower much more frequently than does my husband, but my body odor is always TERRIBLE. I recently googled "body odor that smells like copper". Maybe TMI, but my pits will smell like they were filled with old pennies all night long unless I spritz some magnesium oil or dust with baking soda, both very effective neutralizers. My husband just gets cheesy feet and he never goes without socks. I am barefoot all mosquito season long.
He is going to try a daily dose of nutritional/brewers yeast to see if that helps him. He's also a tick magnet, and guess what, I am not.
Hmm, do you think copper smell might e not something they like? Does that mean you have lots of copper in your sweat? Because B vitamins seem to work because of the smell as do all the repellants.
Thomas warren wrote:An individual in our local permaculture fb group has come upon some several hundred barrels and we will be acquiring them for rain barrels. Hopefully, we can put some spigots on a large number of them and sell them very cheaply and install them for free to encourage rainwater harvesting. We get 7" of rain a year, and the snow pack in the E Cascades is something like 40% of average, and that's where all our water comes from. And in our town and oil tank spilled into the river, from which we get all our water.
Of course we'll have to rainbarrelify then ourselves, and the question of a simple and relatively easy method to make a filter that can be easily installed. I've seen some in videos that were said to be like $75 and that is impractical.
Has anyone made one of these before? Or know of where good instructions can be found?