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What type of bees make milk?
Boo-bees
1 day ago

Dustin Rhodes wrote:
The only thing I KNOW is a weed(beside the mustard, sowthistle, and milkweed I want to keep) is Oxalis. I pull ONLY Oxalis until I can identify another(usually when they set flowers or seed).  
you can also post pictures here of your weed suspicions, and maybe some of us can identify them?



Oh man, there is a plant where I live that we call oxalis that is sooooo tasty! It has a sort of citrus-like flavor to it. Maybe it's an identification error on our part?

You can also go the other direction and mulch it right after and only introduce the plants you want. Although, I think a lot of us would agree the experience of watching volunteers grow and the mystery of what it could be (of course with time you will be able to identify them) is really rewarding and a good learning experience.
Well there is all sorts of approaches to unwanted plants. If the area is small enough pulling them after they are large enough to identify shouldn't be much work. Covering that area a.s.a.p. with wanted plants and/or seeds will make that a one time thing (or close to). If the area is large then several things can help reduce work. Over-seeding an area right away can reduce the introduction and space left for pesky pioneering plants. Also, attitudes towards these plants can change so the work is diminished or cancelled. Many of these pioneering plants actually are beneficial to other plants and soil life. I usually only keep certain plants in mind when "weeding". Often the plants in the garden will out compete them in the end so I let it go. Unwanted grass is usually one of those things I keep out for the most part. Anything that might be super poisonous and accidentally eaten is another. Most broad leaf plants I leave. If space becomes an issue it is easy to chop and plant something in it's place. I probably missed a few approaches but for the most part I think the important thing is to think about if the "weeding" is needed and then reduce the need or eliminate the need to do it again.
I would be very wary of accepting something as being fact or truth just from the popularity of it alone. To me, blind or nearly blind acceptance based on consensus or perceived consensus has given us many bad or unnatural behaviors, habits and addictions. Just look at modern agriculture and the "consensus of science" surrounding that specific topic. Would permaculture exist if everyone judged things based off of popularity or perceived consensus? Especially considering the relationship industry and big money has with supposed science and testing. Same things with the medical industry, confined human feeding operations (cities) and other areas of our lives as most of us have encountered to various degrees. To me, the shape and nature of our world and the evidence, proof and experiences required to realize it is plentiful. Again, it seems this is a bit of a (edit: heated) topic here so if anyone wants to know where to look into the more legit sources of information for this topic then they can message me. I looked deep into it before it started being censored. Which brings me to this... Please, ask yourself....Why would something seemingly sooooo ridiculous be censored so actively and heavily? It's very telling to me.
Just one example of how google is censoring this subject. This goes for anything google owns also and many other corporations are doing the same as well. Some, I assume, are just doing so based on a perceived consensus or popular opinion.
2 months ago

Lucrecia Anderson wrote:

s wesley wrote:
I would like to add one last thing. Many people get triggered or thrown off by the term "conspiracy theory or theorist" I would say that it is most often used as an outside label for opinions or speculation or investigation on a given subject. I find most people have a better understanding and less knee jerk reaction when the word "conspiracy" is just replaced with "organized crime". I think most people will agree that organized crime exists but many are triggered into thinking there is no such thing as a conspiracy or conspiracies rarely happen.  



I personally have no interest in conspiracy theories especially when there are so darn many real verifiable conspiracies backed up by legit facts/documents/admissions (especially stuff involving governments). Why bother with the theoretical stuff?



Well what is a "theory" anyway? To me, a theory is just a supposition or point in time (often the beginning) of a person's knowledge or belief on a given subject or topic. Whether it is or ends up correct is a different thing. It also means different things to different people these days. If in the beginning of researching a given subject someone supposes or speculates on a part or the whole of the subject then it might be called a theory....especially before any proof or large amount of evidence.
Like I said before, one person's knowing is another's belief. There are plenty of "conspiracy theories" that are anything but a theory considering all the facts and evidence or even proof concerning the subject or topic. I would be careful excluding things from consideration if all one has to do is label something a "theory" in order to do so.
In the end it's really just considering others' opinions or thoughts or ideas on anything. These days so much weight is put on labeling things correctly. I find describing things to be a more productive stance. In the end communicating is really just a way to see into and/or express one's thoughts and ideas. If we don't see or understand what the other person is trying to communicate we can just ask and talk about it. Using labels and getting into that game of being correct all the time is a slippery slope to mind control and triggered automatic responses if you ask me.
3 months ago
WOW! I didn't have that much wood in mind just from reading your first post. In that case I definitely echo what I said and others have said. MUSHROOMS! It can't hurt with that much wood to spare. Even if it's just an experiment. You can even try the mushrooms first and if that doesn't work out or after that whole process anyway you can still use them for other things like garden beds or even critter or bug habitat.
Thanks for sharing the pictures! It really helps. Wood is great! You got lots of possibilities there!
3 months ago
Just wanted to add that I think it should be encouraged to challenge one's own beliefs or supposed knowings by considering other people's opinions and perspectives. I realize the outcome of just emptying or opening our brains up for anything can be negative, but if you look into the source of information you may find a better gauge for paying attention or not. I personally am very skeptical when it comes to organizations. If I consider an organization's information or propaganda I have to look into the motivations and sources of their info. Are they transparent at all or willing to give you information on their sources? Are they willing to listen and include information from outside their organization?.....Or in other words....Are they closed off to any input and dogmatic about their current information or standings? After all the truth will stand up to endless scrutiny. Is there major money involved? Money has been historically used as a controlling tool in many scenarios in the past and present.
Permaculture is great in that it stands up to all of these questions and more. It's less an organization than it is an open-source living method of thought and action. ...At least to me. I can actually see many parallels in this current day questioning of the given shape and nature of our world we call earth. Both focus on using many tools borrowed from the scientific method and use the earth as their laboratory. Whether or not you look into current day information being gathered and experiments being done in regard to contemplation of the shape of the earth...You may want to consider that permaculture is very much a earth based or, even smaller, a property or piece of land based perspective. It's about observations around a particular piece of earth and how the elements move around and through the system. Having looked into earth possibly being a stationary textured plane, a realm not in space, I can let you know that that is the same perspective that "flat earthers" take. It's based on real world examples and it's very much down to earth. After all if you want to learn about something, I think it's best if, you start to interact with it to get to know it. For example our observations and interactions with water and it's behavior on earth are quite the same also. Depending on your point of view or belief or knowledge...it's either impossible or just really hard and rare to have any personal interaction or even observation from a viewpoint outside of earth. Another parallel I see between this topic and permaculture is the grass-roots and individual promotion of said subject. Just as Bill and David have brought about a resurgence of sustainable or abundance based ideas and approaches to living, so have many people throughout history done so with both globe skepticism and "flat" earth belief or knowledge. It's had a major resurgence since maybe the end of 2014 and it doesn't seem to be loosing steam this time. For me, it's for a good reason.
I would like to add one last thing. Many people get triggered or thrown off by the term "conspiracy theory or theorist" I would say that it is most often used as an outside label for opinions or speculation or investigation on a given subject. I find most people have a better understanding and less knee jerk reaction when the word "conspiracy" is just replaced with "organized crime". I think most people will agree that organized crime exists but many are triggered into thinking there is no such thing as a conspiracy or conspiracies rarely happen.  
3 months ago
Yeah Jason beat me to it. I have Ernie and Erica's book. It's excellent. https://permies.com/t/57365/Rocket-Mass-Heater-Builder-Guide Here is a guide in thread form too. https://permies.com/t/89382/RMH-Builders-guide-build-pic
3 months ago
Hugel-swales come to mind. Or you could make a hugel-herb spiral or other regular beds. Sky is the limit as far as designs for those. You could use some of it for a bug and/or other preferred creatures (like a favored predator) habit. Those can be organized or just piled. You can pile them in a line on a contour to make a terrace over time when they eventually break down. Ummm, besides that building other habitats like mason bee homes comes to mind. You can do that by drilling with various sizes into some pieces. Not sure if those are right type or size but natural hives for bees come to mind as well. Bird houses? Although I prefer they make their own or find their own for the most part. Mushroom culture? Not sure what else...
3 months ago
Having looked into this topic for a few years now I can tell you about a few more types of people to consider.
For me, it can probably be boiled down to three different groupings. Those for, those against and those on the fence.
There is another group that might be considered. Since beliefs can often turn into knowing or knowledge. Those that verify and accept or realize the validity of said information... however it might've been introduced to them. Also, regardless of whether or not they did or did not base this belief or knowing on real life experiences or various levels of using the scientific method or other accepted ways to come to or approach conclusions. For example a legal approach might take into consideration a preponderance of evidence in absence of one definitive proof. It's hard considering semantics as one person's knowing is another's belief and vise versa. Some of it is cultural and where people and/or more specifically how people are raised.
Some of these may be redundant but here are some other types to consider as well...
-People that consider the opposing view or perspective and do a deep investigation into it. Concluding for, against or perpetually sitting on the fence.
-People that think it's crazy but find it more and more impossible to debunk the more they look into it. Maybe this type is the ones that volunteer (side note: I'm kind of wondering who they are volunteering for?) to disprove it? Although there are the same three outcomes from trying to disprove it.
-People that have known nothing else. In this case, consider many aboriginal and indigenous peoples or previous civilizations. Maybe these people could also be called biased or previously biased people?
-People that might be bored and curious. Not caring which side they land on in the end.
-People that might be peer pressured.
-People that have investigated and come to accept the supposed theory with real life experiences and tests or experiments.
-People that are gullible no matter the topic or subject.
-People that blindly jump into it just from debunking an opposing topic, theory or set of facts.
-People that are paid to infiltrate a group for various reasons. Can be on any side of the topic.
-People that use it as entertainment. Those that like to stir the pot (so to speak).  
-People that just wanna argue or debate.

I could go on. Not trying to stir the pot again. I think it's sad but it seems it's a sore subject for many including major tech. companies that operate search engines and social platforms. It's become hard to find any legit outcomes from a search on the subject these days....mainly for one side of the topic. So, if anyone is interested in more info. (both for or against...or on fence) on this topic....send me a purple moose egg.

I would like to include a presentation that I think is perfect for this thread. It's a Ph.D. anthropologist who did an extensive study and subsequent presentation on the movement and people of this topic.
3 months ago