Anne Miller

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We manage a 40 acre wildlife area of the Texas Hill Country in the Edwards Plateau at about 3030 ft above sea level. The region is notable for its karst topography and tall rugged hills of limestone. The terrain throughout the region is punctuated by a thin layer of topsoil and a large number of exposed rocks and boulders, making the region very dry and prone to flash flooding. Native vegetation in the region includes various yucca, prickly pear cactus, native grasses and wildflowers. The predominant trees in the region are Ashe Juniper, Shin Oak and Texas Live Oak. Soil is alkaline consisting of caliche and clay.
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[heather said, " I'm still not sure what to do with it, because I refuse to use poison, it's in rocky and seedy terrain around the creek and it's too much to hand cut.

Have you considered using the corn gluten?
1 hour ago
While considering what to use to substitute eggs in a Tamale Casserole I found this:

Then I remembered this thread.  Using the advice in the threads about juice from a can of garbanzo beans I decided that is what I am going to use.
5 hours ago

Julie Reed wrote:
And another-

I fully cooked it! And yet, given my final goal, it is still raw. What am I trying to make?

(This one is a bit ‘out of the box’ but very legit)

8 hours ago
A friend wants to go off-grid with his RV and ask me this question.

When in an off-grid situation what do you do with your black water.
22 hours ago
If this were a property that I bought or inherited and I wanted to collect pecans for enjoyment or profit it seems all the old pecan and debris under the trees would need to be cleaned up first. Otherwise what is collected would take a lot of work to shift through.

nora said, "We are thinking to revamp it, collect the pecans etc, but have NO KNOW HOW OF THIS AT ALL

This thread will give you an idea of some information that will be helpful:

Please ask any question that you might have.
1 day ago
What happened on our homestead might help with the understanding of a leach field.  It also depends on the kind of septic system as an aerobic system does not need one.

When we bought our homestead we bought raw land.

I contacted a company to install a septic system.  Though after a few months of use we found that it was not working properly.

Not wanting to deal with the first company since they didn't install it properly, the people I contacted installed a leach field and we never had a problem with the septic system again.
1 day ago
Great idea for heating a small space.

When I was a kid often when visiting my grandmother, she would fill up a red hot water bottle (like in the picture) before I went to bed to warm up the bed.

Since we don't heat the bedroom until we go to bed I could get the hot/cold compress bag we have to do that.

I have a dog that helps warm the bed though she stays next to me not down by my feet.  This is because she is nosey and wants to peek out from under the covers so she can see everything that going on.

Thanks for the memory of my grandmother.

1 day ago
Occasionally, I get an email that I find interesting.  Today this one arrived: 'Deadly Foods or Kitchen Folklore?"

Being a member of permies, I know the warning about uncooked beans, green potatoes, and apple seeds.

Today I learned of a few more:


Rhubarb Leaves

They contain a notable concentration of oxalic acid — which can not only produce very unpleasant symptoms, but it also prevents the absorption of calcium, a nutrient we all need.


Cherry Pits

Cherry pits contain cyanide, and cyanide, my friends, is not something you want to ingest. The good news is that the pit must be cracked open to be really dangerous, so if you were to accidentally swallow a whole should be fine.



Don't panic: Ripe, cooked elderberries are just fine. But the unripe berries, the leaves, and the bark contain both cyanide and lectins. The consequences of consuming any of the above are not good…



Don't worry, I am not going to tell you to forgo eating mangoes, one of the world's great pleasures. However, do be aware, they contain urushiol. The other common plant filled with urushiol? Poison ivy. However, eating the delicious flesh of a mango is no problem; just avoid eating the skin, bark, and leaves. And for most people, handling the unpeeled fruit is not a problem while you peel it.

What do you think?   Have you had problems with any of these?
1 day ago
Definitely, permaculture can benefit from carnivorous plants.

I have never grown any though I have read a lot about them on the forum.

They are pretty:

And let me tell ya, they were SO beautiful. I had to share my pictures. ...
It seems like carnivorous plants could be really useful in permaculture.

Mosquito control:

Ultricularia gibba (bladderwort), a aquatic carnivorous plant, is very effective at keeping mosquitoes from breeding in aquaculture tubs, plant pot saucers, and other small containers of water where mosquitoes normally like to lay their egg rafts. Bladderwort's bladder trap catch and eat mosquito larvae.

This is a fun thread about pest control on houseplants:

Native species of carnivorous plant & they tend to be extremely rare.
1 day ago

Skandi said, "plus host plants for the larval stages plus provide accommodation then the number of pollinators will go up, in a few years everything will be being pollinated again.

This reminded me about planting especially for butterfly larva:

Dill, Fennel, Parsley, Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus), Passion Flowers (Passiflora spp.), Sunflower (Helianthus spp.
1 day ago