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carl gibson

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Ithaca NY
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I love the idea of kid's sun hats with copper fibers woven in. But kids are forever losing their hats, and that would get expensive fast. Plus, if the other parents didn't already think I was a little off, they would definitely rest their case if I started handing out faraday hats to their kids. You guys are absolutely right about the only way being to use a meter to measure signal strength under different trees at different times of year. I read that Korean  Pine growers to 100' plus so that is great for this application.

As far as wildfire vulnerability, in this area of the North East wildfire is not an issue at this time, but it definitely makes sense to prepare for it becoming an issue.
4 months ago
I  am thinking evergreens because the needles are on year round. And I think a tree with needles will do more to diffuse 5G than a tree with bare branches. Also thinking Korean pine nut because it produces food and grows tall.
4 months ago
There is huge cell tower near our kid's school in the NE US that will likely have 5G transmitters soon. I have heard that tees interfere with 5G signals. I am able and have permission to plant trees on school property. So the question is, what tree or guild of trees will interfere the most, also interfere year round, also be fairly fast growing, also be very hardy, and also produce food and or other ecosystem advantages? Any ideas?
4 months ago
Sawmills and woodworkers are also usually a good source of very reasonably priced shavings because they are planing boards constantly. I think shavings have the best structure of all the carbon sources
6 months ago
Leaves by themselves will not provide your pile with the right structure to let enough air in. It will get anaerobic unless you put a bunch of aeration tubes in it. You will need at least half of your carbon material to be either shavings or wood chips or hay or straw. Something to fluff it up.
6 months ago
Hello, I am wondering if anyone has some insight on what kind of fruit/nut trees or bushes enjoy getting planted into straight compost. The reason I ask is we have access to large volumes of inexpensive (food scraps from restaurants derived) compost in this area, and I am exploring the idea of putting down a layer of compost say 6-8 inches thick, maybe 3 feet wide and 100 felt long on contour and planting directly into it as a method of rapid food forest establishment.

any thoughts?
1 year ago
Here is the link to the listing of 16 acres with rustic but very solid log cabin and mostly finished timber frame barn. Located in Brooktondale, near Ithaca NY. Owner financing available for folks doing permaculture, or homesteading in a way that is respectful to the land. Small ginseng patch already established, seems like a good area for growing ginseng for anyone who wants to put some effort into it. Mostly maple and oak and other hardwoods, some white pine. $49,900

This is my first time trying to insert a url into a post, so I hope it works. If link does not work, go to and search in Tompkins County.

land quest
1 year ago
For the purposes of maimizing the diversity and edibility of our lands, I thought it would be great to make a list of every edible tree or bush I can grow here. I am in zone 5, hence the title. I am thinking of trees and bushes that can grow in this climate with little in the way of extra attention because I don't have time for that. Please help me make this list complete. I realize this list will be extremely long, we will have to keep adding to it when we have time. I am just putting a few on here to start.

Hybrid Chestnut
Shagbark Hickory
Hardy Almond
Black Walnut
Carpathian Walnut
Japanese Walnut
Hybrid Hazelnut
Eastern Filbert
American Persimmon
Paw Paw
Russian Olive
Service Berry
Siberian Pea-shrub
Black Currant
Red Currant

More to follow...

1 year ago
Poke a few holes in the cardboard by pushing a sharp stick down through it from the top and it will drain just fine. Please don't use landscape fabric. it is made out of plastic that will never biodegrade but will slowly shed tiny pieces of plastic that will make their way into the water supply and into the food chain. Search engine "microplastics in drinking water" and "microplastics in food chain." Happy gardening!
2 years ago