Isaac Smeele

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I am an amateur mycologist and have had great success growing shitakes and oysters in my apartment. My all time favourite mushroom to eat is the Morel. So you can imagine my dissapointment upon learning that these mushrooms are very diffifult to grow and from my research when grown in artificial conditions are just not the same as wild morels. I'm wondering if anyone has experience to the contrary. I have spent quite sometime trying to find a proven method of propogating them but it just doesnt seem like something that has been figired out yet. Please tell me I am mistaken.
4 years ago
Love it! there is a small bug on mobile there is a weird empty space underneath the header. I attached a screen shot.
So I plan on starting beekeeping soon. I'm also planning on building bat houses to help with the incredibly bad mosquito issue on our land. I saw Paul's awesome bee hut and then I had this little inkling to combine the bee hut with some bat house to save space and materials.

Here is what I am thinking:

If you see any issues with this please scrutinize away.
4 years ago

Burra Maluca wrote:Isaac - the image isn't showing up for me. I think the permissions might need changing, or maybe you could upload the image somewhere else, or direct to permies.

Sorry about that here it is:

4 years ago
So Adalia put the pencil to work and made a little diagram:

Here's the legend


Hugelkultur Beds:
A: S - wooly lamb's ear, yarrow, feverfew, lavender, echinacea, golden seal, pennywort, pansy
N - valerian, mint, yellow dock, arnica, penny royal, violet, weld

B: S - kohlrabi, nasturtium, broccoli, cabbage, sage
N - rutabaga, beet, celery, swiss chard, kohlrabi

C: S - asparagus, coriander, dill, endive, marjoram, marigold,
N - parsnip, savory, lettuce, leek, lemon balm

D: S - coriander, sunflower, nasturtium, tomato, carrot, basil,
N - parsnip, chive, lettuce, spinach, strawberry

E: S - garlic, onion, squash, marjoram, nasturtium, pole beans
N - potato, radish, turnip, marigold, horseradish

F: S - pumpkin, marjoram, melon, fava beans, oregano, marigold
N - pea, cauliflower, radish, celery, morning glory

G: S - pea, pole bean, parsley, celery, cucumber, marjoram,
N - carrot, bush tomato, bee balm, lettuce brussel sprout, cauliflower,

H: S - tomato, bee balm, basil, marigold, chamomile, shallot,
N - spinach, parsley, carrot, squash, leek

Herb Spiral:
S - nasturtium, sage, chamomile, oregano, thyme, sage, basil, yarrow
E- coriander, nasturtium, clover
W- spinach, strawberry, mint
N- kale, lettuce, marigold, garlic

Around Apple Trees:
strawberry, marigold, carrot, clover

Fill Spaces:
clover, sunflower, geranium, hyssop, zinnia, black eyed susan

Year Round Greenhouse:
tomato, peppers, aloe vera, eggplant, basil, rosemary, indigo, hibiscus

A. wormwood
B. comfrey
C. foxglove
D. cosmos
E. tansy
F. goldenrod
G. fennel

corn, quinoa

Cultivated Wild:
raspberry, roses, plantain, garlic, marigold, rue, lavender, lilac, saskatoon, blueberry, hemp, horsetail, oregon grape, witch hazel

Looking forward to hearing your inputs!
4 years ago
Our land is basically clay with a small bit of soil on top. The water table is only 10 feet underground. There is a massive sawdust pile that is at least 30 years old that is partially decomposed. The highest point is about 20 - 30 feet off the ground. I've just finished reading Mike Oehler's book and I am leaning towards the shed roof flat land design. Could anyone make a suggestion as to whether building into this saw dust pile would work and if it would be advisable? Thank you so much for your time.

This is what Id like to build:

4 years ago
I actually metioned the LED light above. Funny enough thats actually a completely different method that uses the interaction between the bacteria in the soil and the plant. In the study from my original post they have created analog and digital circuits inside of living plant stems and leaves using a new polymer that integrates into the plants own systems. Both of these new discoveries are just so incredible. I'm so excited to see what the future holds for these technologies.
4 years ago
Thank you guys!

We are hoping the hugelkultur beds absorb enough liquid that they don't need to be watered often. We will place the plants that thrive with lots of hydration lower down because from the research I've done about companion plants, annuals and perennials help each other out quite often. I'll be sure to grow yarrow close to lavender, oregano and other essential oil producers.
4 years ago

Steve Farmer wrote:Trouble is how to up the voltage to something useful. If you consider the plant and the soil as one cell of a battery, a second cell in series would have its soil side at the same earth potential as the first cell so wouldn't work. You can put them in series if they are in separate pots. You also need to be careful not to destroy the plant as you are causing electrons to move opposite to the direction they are moving by nature and thus altering the pH of both the plant and the soil. A big tree with a small device is OK but if you try to maximise the effect you will kill the plant.

Interesting point could you explain your reasons (in regard to this specific study) for thinking it would affect the acidity of the soil?. My understanding of this study is that you can create different kinds of analog and digital circuits within the plant and use energy created by every different system in the plant. Considering that 4 people were able to get this far in just 2 years of research I would imagine that the possibilities of this technology have a far larger potential than whats been discovered so far...
4 years ago