Hilary Lonsdale

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since Feb 17, 2016
Northants, United Kingdom
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There a story in one of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books of corn being attacked before it was ready (they had blackbirds). Their solution was to pick it while they still had some harvest and dry it off the plant for what they refer to as parched corn.  Nb I wouldn't use any ears that have been tampered with, in case the mystery nibbler is carrying / spreading ickiness.
3 months ago
Like others here, people gave me advice. I would nod, smile, thank them and then go home and make my own mind up.

Very permy point: observation is key. (And because of that, parents will know their baby best.) Spot patterns in routine and behaviour - which may take some weeks to emerge, and will shift every once in a while.

Food: when there's a quiet moment, prep your next meal(s), even to the point of making a sandwich and putting it in the fridge hours ahead, and keeping the biscuits out next to the kettle. Things can get hectic and everyone copes better with regular feeding.
4 months ago
I second clearing trash.

Couple of reasons beyond the immediate aesthetic improvement: First - people are more inclined the litter in a littered area and leave a pristine one clear, so you have an impact after you've left. Second - from observation of a local estate - clearing trash encourages diverse wild flowers and fungi and wildlife to flourish more than I would have expected.

Further down the road, if you want to approach a land owner to develop a site it's helpful to have before and after photos of your work on other areas and getting rid of rubbish is something that is universally understood to be a good thing.
5 months ago
That's a clever thing, didn't realise how different solar south was to magnetic south. I understand the two hours before, then two hours after noon measurements, but would it need to be solar noon, rather than 12 on the clock?
6 months ago
Re: Orin 1 - would this be a beautiful opportunity to apply some PEP to your programme? Could you label items of work "requires following badge bits / PEP level" then anyone who hasn't proved (somewhere else) that they're competent need not apply. That could shrink your applicant pool to those who have experienced approximately what it will take to get a job done, and encouraged people in general to get PEP-worthy because there is now some coin on offer?
7 months ago
Thanks for getting back to me. Bother. With only two days of my quarantine left I'm just not sure if I'll quite have time...  but hey! getting a response from the Duke of Permaculture and overlord of these forums has brightened my morning.
7 months ago
Hello, I would love to help fund the empire to infect more brains but apparently I can't right now because I live in the UK. I have previously bought downloads, is the US only policy a temporary or a permanent thing? Many thanks.
7 months ago
Could it be whizzed into a pesto, say with olive oil and other flavourings? Maybe wilted and stirred up with scrambled eggs? Mixed with mashed beans and fried as patties? I've never cooking miners lettuce either, just thinking of solutions for other gluts of green stuff...
8 months ago
I second the idea of closely spaced holly for people-proof hedging and add pyracantha - firethorn. It has the habit of branches that interlock, even more so when kept pruned, and will happily grow 3' and more in a season. It likes shade.

If you fancy a skinnier version of a brush pile, you can knock in pairs of stakes spaced a foot apart every 3' - 6' along your boundary, and stuff brush and brambles in the channel you've made to create a dead hedge. Dead hedging has been used since at least medieval times for keeping all sorts of critters where you want them.
9 months ago
Current plans re wood are just to stop people buying small bags of wet wood, anything over 2m3 is still fine. The idea I think is to stop people burning wet wood, it doesn't stop people stocking their wood store.

It's a bit of a token gesture IMO as there is nothing to regulate what actually goes on your own fire.
9 months ago