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Tina Saravia

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Jen,

Beautiful pictures. I think I would use two t-post on each side of the panel, to be on the safe side. It’s  windy here most of the time and the passionfruit vine is very prolific.

I noticed that you used a lot of concrete blocks for your rounded beds.

Earlier today, I was looking at the concrete blocks around my herb bed (currently growing the Three Sisters), and realizing I should get more blocks to surround my blueberry keyhole garden (now growing citrus trees and Camellia sinensis) where the old reused fence panels are falling apart.

3 months ago
Jane,

Beautiful pictures. I think I would use two t-post on each side of the panel, to be on the safe side. It’s  windy here most of the time and the passionfruit vine is very prolific.

I noticed that you used a lot of concrete blocks for your rounded beds.

Earlier today, I was looking at the concrete blocks around my herb bed (currently growing the Three Sisters), and realizing I should get more blocks to surround my blueberry keyhole garden (now growing citrus trees and Camellia sinensis) where the old reused fence panels are falling apart.

3 months ago
Pearl,

Thanks for the clarifying answer. I think 5 feet apart is more room than I have. I could make it narrower and higher.

I will definitely post when (or if) I get to do it.

I need to figure out a way to get a 16’ panel from the store to our place.
I’m sure it won’t fit in my Prius. The cheapest delivery is $69.99 from Tractor Supply.



I saw videos of people loading them on top of their SUV’s using existing racks (that I don’t have) and 2x4’s. One guy used 2 - 8 ft ones and folded them them in half to fit inside his SUV. That maybe more appropriate for my current situation, if I could fit them in my car. ( I miss my old truck).

We shall see.



3 months ago

Pearl Sutton wrote:This is a spin off of a thread about squash What squash climb the best?
I made a couple of cattle panel arch arbors for them to climb, and learned an easy way to do it. They were built by me (58 year old disabled female) and my mom (83 year old lady, who broke her arm last fall) and we did not get hurt, and it was pretty easy. (Some of these drawings are pretty lame, sorry!)

We put up one panel as an arch last year, and it was an exercise in what not to do. Trying to bend it to shape was dangerous, we were both off balance, and it was hard to control and kept whacking us. This time I thought about it more.

In the fall we put in T posts in rows, 5 foot apart, spaced so there is a center post for each arch that are 4 feet apart (the width of the panel) and at each end there is a post 2 feet from it to stabilize the end. I angled them so the tops leaned inward, knowing they were not going to hold well in this soil, and would move when pressure was applied. We bought the 16 foot long cattle panels at the same time, but stuff happened and they spent the winter leaning up against the house.


Post and panel layout


We left the panels standing up against the house. I set two ratchet straps so the hooks were 4 feet apart. Then I'd take the far end of the cattle panel and walking behind it, push it in an arc to bend into shape The house held the other end still. Mom had a ratchet strap, and I'd bend it till she could get it to hook to both sides about 2-3 foot from the top of the arch, at about waist height. That held it enough that mom could brace it where I was holding, and I'd go inside the arched panel, and hook the other strap, with myself in the space between the two straps. She'd then go to the top of the arch, and we'd pick it up easily. They are not very heavy, they are mostly very clumsy, and the straps controlled that.





We then carried it to the rows of posts, and it fit  in between them well, easy to carry in. Got the panel where we wanted it, and stood it up on the bottom. Adjusted it's position, then let the bottom strap loose first, to transfer most of the pressure to the stable base of the post, then the top strap, which did move the posts to straight, as it arched gracefully.

We got 4 panels in each line (that's how much space we had for each arbor) and the next day wired them together.

Final result is lovely! And we didn't get hurt! It was very easy to do, and I recommend trying it this way if you are building arches. It beat the heck out of fighting that one last year!







Pearl,

I love how you describe in detail what you’ve done. I’m 57 and about 5’ tall. I need to work smarter, not harder.
We have a a passionfruit vine growing over a wooden arch that’s being whipped by the wind and the hanging fruit all the time.

I’ve thought about replacing it with cattle panel but had not quite figured out how to manage it, until I read your post.

I’ve read your post several times, but I don’t see a mention of the width of the arch you made. In a reply, you agreed that it maybe around 6 1/2” tall, but I can’t calculate and picture in my 57 year old brain how wide that is.

How wide is it? And are they 16 ft. long?

Thanks,
Tina
4 months ago

Cécile Stelzer Johnson wrote:In one of the many lodgings I lived in, in France, we had "Turkish-style" toilets: a ceramic appliance with a hole [about 6" diameter", I would say] in the center of a square with 2 elevated pads on each side on each side to stand/ crouch and do your business. Because the hole was plenty big, and TP was expensive, dad would cut/ tear regular newspapers. The ink must have been better than nowadays because we didn't get a black bum from it. [chuckles]
The closest thing I found is still being sold on Amazon for -can you believe it- $128.80:
https://www.amazon.com/GladyStore-Squatting-Household-Defecation-Deodorant/dp/B08GQ3274T/ref=asc_df_B08GQ3274T/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=475826852804&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=7558938832881106722&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9019203&hvtargid=pla-1167851657927&psc=1
They have improved on the model as the gush of water is now coming from *under* the rim of the contraption. Ours had a big water tank and a chain to yank it open. The water would fall from about shoulder height and be [somewhat] guided by a pipe that had the purpose of irrigating all *around* your feet. It didn't always work that way. That is the only time mom would cuss!




Thank you for sharing this. My first experience of this style of toilet was on a tour of a monastery in Taiwan decades ago. I don’t remember it having a flusher. I’ve seen something similar with a flusher at airport restrooms in Japan. But I’ve never seen them this “modern”.

Does it also wash so you don’t need toilet paper? Or is the water only for flushing to clean it?







5 months ago

Heidi McPherren wrote:

Rachael Faber wrote:I received an email saying I had access to this, but there is only a purchase button.  I am logged in.  How do I access the content?



You can just click the play button in the video and it will play.  I think that's how all of these have been so far.



Thanks. I’m watching it now.
5 months ago
Me three.

I only saw a purchase button.
5 months ago
Looks like I’m too late for pies and apples and oranges.
I’m just found this tonight. Suddenly I was here.

I’d like to add this thread,  if I may, just for the record.

https://permies.com/t/37341/Cloth-Toilet-Paper-Yay-Nay

It really helped me during lockdown as people were panicking and hoarding toilet paper.
I learned a lot from it.
5 months ago
Joe,

You must live nearby because it was 108° here too on the day you posted.

Our chickens like to hang-out in front of the crawl space vents, so I’ve set up shades and water (with block ice)  and treats (frozen watermelon) by the vents.

I put a little black fan for them right outside the kitchen vent but they didn’t like it, they just walked away from it, and went to the other vent.

I recently built a raised bed with legs. It’s high enough for the chickens to get under and I put their water under it.
5 months ago

Logan Byrd wrote:I just picked up some seeds to try! I've had good luck with the bagged beans/peas/lentils (although not the split peas!) and this will be the first time I try planting a "spice".

Worst case, I can reuse the glass containers!



I’ve wondered about sprouting lentils. I will give that a try.
6 months ago