Nick Dimitri

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I’ve had an interesting day searching and researching this topic as I try to form a grant proposal to reinstate bats, swallows (“day bats”), diving beetles (if in our area in dropped #’s), dragonflies, whose larvae eat mosquito larvae and an adult dragonfly eats adult mosquitos. And who knows who else, in a balance, of course, to offset our healthy mosquito population. I’ve still to consult our local experts/scientists et al.

Our community just defeated a single choice referendum, whether or not to accept their spray program. It was originally sold to us as a natural  substance BTI that, in a town hall meeting, we learned also kills other larvae of similar that form the base or foundational links in the food chain. We had noticed that our wooden swallow nests were getting colonized by wood loving wasps. So a relative neighbour said his swallow nests were made out of clay for that reason. So a grant to pay potters to make nesting “boxes” and work out bat accommodation that may have better circulation or whatever to help them vs. the white nose syndrome prob i think is fungal. If anyone here can point me to more interesting info relevant to this endeavour, much thanks. And PSSST!!! This idea is but one example of a type of arrangement can be made under a Green New Deal being discussed in US right now. Would be nice and desperately needed up here in Canada too.  All that guano would be great for the gardens as another motivator
1 week ago
Great thread! I too find some plants either bland or not to my taste so I grow so keep on hand  mints, balms, holy basil and such which adds flavour, body (tannins). Then it’s all basically good for you, with specific nutrition that broadens our horizons that way.

Then Jocelyn Campbell’s list with like a word about each very helpful. We could compile a compendium here. Thanks All, OgreNick
2 months ago
My partner's son says he already tried leaving dead mice our cat had caught in the coop at night, only to find them still there late the next day and past that point too. So Lucrecia's yucky method sounds potentially successful--blech! Yeah, i know squeamishness isn't becoming of ogres. Will feed the cat less and hopefully up his mousing. Then I'll cut back on the chicken's feeding when the freezer bag of dead mice fills 'nuf.  

Ugh Yet Much Thanks, Ogrenick
3 months ago
No, I'm not a militant/psychotic vegetarian (yeah, i just watched the permies youtube vid on chickens being mousers). I feed mine a mixed diet of pellets & compost and meat leftovers, but mostly overwinter, the time of year I heard chickens really need meat. We got lotsa mice. I noticed more than ever last night as I was closing them into the coop for the night. I've never seen any of our chickens chase down a mouse. May be I gotta cut way back on the feed?  Start them out on smaller bugs, hunger motivating them up the food chain...hopefully they'll stop at mice, eh .  Tho we do have a packrat moved in to the building recently. Looking for a live trap for that one -- it already stole a mousetrap. prolly keep it with the rest of what-the crap ever else its got stored up in the rafters. Oops, this is a question how to revert chickens back to their mousing nature.  

Much Thanks, Ogrenick
3 months ago
What's a boot? Or what kind of Who is a boot? I'm not even exactly sure what a Kickstarter is either...? Then to biologically reverse one??? I can guess a kickstarter is a crowd-funding site?  If so I got an idea ... or a wish for posterity. Either way, it's clear we need to make more oxygen and sequester more carbon as while "global warming" supplanted Ozone Layer loss in the media, doubtless it's still and likely is more an issue today, than way back when the ball was dropped. Microalgae is the fastest growing plant in the world, so then fastest at making oxygen and sequestering carbon. Can be grown to become lipid (fat, oil) heavy, fed to cars, animals and to have a respectable EFA profile for human consumption, better than fish oils too (important):

We can grow microalgae within a closed photobioreactor so water medium is not lost to evaporation. Then grown on non-arable desertified land algae wont displace food crop land for land to grow fuel crops. In North America algae was more often grown for machine fuel.

A photobioreactor can be made of glass or food grade plastic, as i've been schooled on elsewhere here, to eliminate leaching from desert heat. Then angled to catch the sun and have solar powered lights on inside to maximize photosynthesis. If this were done on scale it would make O2 & CO2 on scale.
5 months ago
Wow, huh, i had no idea... I thought the closest one could get is BPA-free, which leaves som'n called BPS, which has within it, BS cuz it's just trading one known endocrine disrupting chem for another yet to be suchly classified. The high density makes sense. Wouldn't it be nice if used to make things more built to last, than just destined for the landfill and stop planned obsolescence, which is opposite of sustainable. They could use hemp or whatever from nature (above the Earth's surface) and sure, then make things with a window of biodegradability, 50 to 10 years would fine, by varying density.  
6 months ago
Whoa there! "food grade" bucket may only mean the bucket has never been used to hold cleansers or other non-food safe toxic this or thats. Food grade may totally ignore what the bucket is actually made from but the oyster mycelium will eat what the bucket is made from, very probably petroleum based plastics. A relatively rubbery texture as compared to if grown in straw or whatever substrate out of reach of petro-products.  Ugh, OgreNick
6 months ago
Wow!!! The garden giant, the mushroom of my dreams -- finally! I've been trying to grow these for a while, inoculating in more than one place....2, actually, but never in the front yard. I bet it came in with my friend's horse poo. She's an avid gardener. I do hope you're right. Feelin dreamy right now. G'night and Much Thanks for answering. Looks right as I checked here too:


PS: I guess I'll just throw some of these into my compost tea bin, as it'd be good to spread them that far and wide. Is my guess a good way to propagate this king of garden kings? And agaric is as far as I got with the online taxonomic key. I think i used mushroom expert's. Is there a better mushroom taxonomic key out there in the WWW?  Thanks2
6 months ago
Hay fun guys & gals, Yesterday my partner found these pic'ed portabella look a likes next to a pile of horse manure we got for our gardens from a horsey friend. The picture was taken under incandescent lighting in our kitchen, but outside when found in daylight and under today's daylight a yellowish sheen could be seen on the stem. In the pic it can only be seen on the mushroom's ring. The bulk of my mushroom picking was on the coast and of portabellas i've only picked them from the isles of a produce store. However since moving inland I've learned, for instance, the difference between chantrelles from the coastal region and those same here in the Rockies (continental divide). So a portabella may be a bit different here than there, but a yellowing may be a bad sign, I dunno for sure. I'll retake the picture if needed, but here it is as is cuz short on time right now.  Much thanks for any input, at least somewhat informed please , OgreNick

PS: Oh, the yellowing is showing to me on the pic today. Must've had a bout of yellowblindness yesterday
6 months ago
Surely the end product (here farm or garden) that you got/work is gonna be reflective of where you're at re permaculture, but I believe it's more the process in how and what we do and how we prioritize that makes it moving towards sustainability/permaculture, or away from it. Like right now this writing here isn't sustainable so i'd better stop, but taking a break from moving things fwd vs the tide of the whole rubric/matrix/infrastructure and group think that's unsustainable is necessary too. Makin' permaculture real aint easy, so back to work...
7 months ago