Jesse Ray wrote:
Jan White wrote:You've got a wide range of materials in your beds, probably lots of fungi and microbes, so this might not be an issue for you, but those ferns you're using look like bracken. Bracken has ptaquiloside which has allelopathic effects on other plants. It's a very tough plant. The ptaquiloside is released from rhizomes, stems, and leaves as they break down. Three years in, there are still some plants that just will not grow in our soil where bracken was cleared - mostly root crops and ornamental bulbs. Fruiting plants like tomatoes and squash were fine right from the start. Our irises struggled on pathetically and this year started to look okay. Our soil is extremely poor to begin with, so you may not have any problems. I'd go easy with it though :)
Oh dang... well I didn’t put a ton... only about an inch or two layer underneath the maple leaves. Hopefully the chicken compost and worms I’ll be adding can help to them break down into something more inert. 🤞🏻
Pearl Sutton wrote:Good topic Ms Lucrecia!
I am not comfortable with dogs, not familiar enough. I worked for a vet for a while, but was the cat tech, I am half cat, as far as anyone can tell, and cats know it and I am REALLY good with them. I will end up with a dog at some point, was talking to a friend, he recommended this book/system of dog training HelpYourDog.com Ever heard of this? Is it worth looking up, since I'll be raising and training a dog on my own? I need to raise it from very little so I learn dog things too. Things like I'm not good with playing with a dog, as I'm never sure of what is play and when they are pissed off, etc. If I learn how a puppy plays, I'll understand more of how an adult plays.
Is this book etc a good resource?
I'll need a dog for security and animal assistance and guarding. I'm watching already (though I don't have space/time for a dog yet) for a mom dog I really like, to watch for her puppies. Of the dogs I meet, I like maybe 20% of them, and would have no problems taking in maybe 2% of them. Most dogs just aren't my thing, I'm a cat person. If I could keep a Bengal Tiger for security and goat herding I would :) Can't see that working well though!! So a dog it will be :)
The basic Alice cracker
300° F 30 minutes total baking time, scoring after 10 minutes
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 Teaspoon salt
1/4 Teaspoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon black sesame seeds (or flax, poppy, white sesame, or chia seeds)
3/4 cup water
Preheat oven to 300° F. Mix dry ingredients very well, add water and mix well. Then immediately pour watery battery onto silicone mat, tilting pan, and using spatula to spread.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven, score batter with spatula or fluted pastry cutter
Return to 300° oven and bake another 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, turn oven off, and wait 30 minutes before removing pan from oven.
Check to see if crackers done; done crackers will not be moist, soft, or bend.
If crackers are not done, reset the oven to 250°, put the crackers back in the oven and after 5 minutes, turn the oven off, waiting 30 more minutes before opening it and taking the crackers out to see if they are now done.