William Wallace

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I recently saw a video discussing the Japanese ring growing system.  You use the standard mesh wire fencing, and form it into a tall cylinder.  You stake this down with tall stakes, and then fill the bottom with compost.  The tomatoes are then planted around the outside of this mesh fencing system.  It's claimed that they then feed off of the compost from inside of this ring.  Here is the video that I watched which describes this system:  

Now, I ponder the question if it's possible to combine this ring growing system and hugelkultur.  They didn't use much compost in the video, but I propose that one could build a larger hugel base, and then cover that with a good bit of compost.  I would imagine that it would be best to use wood that you have already had going through the compost process, but that this need is lessened with the higher amount of compost that you put on the top of it.  Of course, I would layer the wood and compost to create a firmer hugel bed, and then I would cover with a nice layer of just compost.  I also would consider planting the inside of the ring with some short legumes or other nitrogen fixing plants, to help give the tomatoes everything that they need to grow.  

I guess this could turn into a form of three sisters planting with hugelkultur in a Japanese ring.  In this video, he talks about using kitchen scraps and making this japanese ring an active compost bed.  Personally, I would want to add my already composted material for the best results.  
2 years ago
Randy, I know nothing about hyperadobe .... but I wanted to help you find some info on it.


And then there's a topic here on permies discussing it versus other types of adobe https://permies.com/t/34803/Super-Adobe-Hyper-Adobe

2 years ago
Have you watched the Permaculture Orchard documentary?  It is one that would answer many of your questions, and raise some topics that you might not be thinking of.
2 years ago
A gift for a chef is one of the most difficult things to give.  Chefs have a bunch of their favorite tools in the kitchen.  

I would get someone a microplane zester.  These are a great tool, and are useful in so many recipes.  

If you want to step up to a more expensive gift, get them an "Instant Pot" pressure cooker.  I absolutely love mine.

Another gift suggestion would be, this amazing book on this french chef that is revolutionizing sauce creation https://www.amazon.com/Sauces-r%C3%A9flexions-cuisinier-Collection-Cuisine-ebook/dp/B00WB118X4%C2%A0/?tag=pfa12-20
2 years ago
Do you want to contribute to studying bacteria in human bodies, and their role in diseases such as Type 1 diabetes?

Do you want to be a part of an international team to fight childhood cancer?

Do you want to work on finding a cure for the Zika virus?

Do you want to help study the bacteria that cause TB, to help look for a cure?

Do you want to help pioneer new techniques to fight HIV?

Do you want to assist scientists in finding an antiviral drug to combat Ebola?

Do you want to help search for and identify the genetic markers for cancer?

You can help with any, or all of these programs.  This is a project that I started helping with in 2014.  It is called the World Community Grid.  These projects that I listed above are the main projects.  There is also the ability to use computing power to help projects such as SETI, or to look for Einstein's pulsars.  

It's very simple.  You could use your computer to mine for bitcoin or other cryptocurrency.  This is an artificially inflated currency that is worth thousands of dollars.  I have always disliked crypto, and have always wanted something more for the world.  This is why I have always been a huge supporter of the world community grid.  This is about people linking together, and using technology to help and improve the world.  We are talking about real scientific studies here.  You allow the program to utilize your computer to run simulations and calculations for scientists.  This helps their research time to be significantly decreased.  

Granted, there probably won't be anyone that congratulates you as a hero.  But, helping the world isn't about recognition.  It is about making a noticeable difference.  I have helped with numerous completed studies through WCG over the years.  My only regret is that there was a period of a year or two, in which I wish I had spent more time contributing to the projects associated with it.

WCG is free.  It isn't going to cost you anything to join, or to help the projects.  Well, that isn't completely true, because you will be paying for the electricity to run the computer to run the program.  That's it.  Nothing else.  All that's left for you to invest, is your computer power time.  You can even set the preferences so that the WCG program only runs during a specific time of day, like when you are asleep.  Wouldn't you feel a bit better in knowing that you are helping the world while you catch some Zzzzs?  

This project can be worked on by anyone.  The faster of a computer and better graphics card that you have, the more computations that you can do for the project, and so the more research that you can help with.  Don't let this dissuade you, because a computer of any level can help.  Even if you don't have a computer, you can run the computations on your android or iphone cell phone.  Currently, I have a powerful desktop, a gaming laptop, and two cell phones helping with these research projects.  You can even set the program to run on a cell phone only when you have the screen off.  It's built so that it can run unobtrusive, so that you won't lose the use of your computer .... but, I like to devote as much power as possible toward science.  I know that I am only helping a small percentage of the total, or even a fraction of a percentage ..... but, how much could we accomplish in this world if everyone helped just a fraction of a percentage?

We could use your help, heck I could use your help.  I would appreciate if you would consider signing up, and devoting a small bit of your computing time to helping a project of your choice.  Here is a signup link that creates an account for you, and has you join my team.  https://join.worldcommunitygrid.org?recruiterId=947410&teamId=5NZ6P76V92

Now, there's no way that I am going to have one of the top teams.  There are large companies that run their computers to help with this project.  There is also no way that I am going to be one of the top recruiters for this program.  Being the top is not my goal.  I just simply want to contribute.  If you see my team name, this is simply about raising awareness of the personal liberties that I feel need to be protected in our country.  This is the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of press.  We should be free to support whichever cause that we want, so that we can choose our own scientific causes to back.

If this post would be more applicable in another forum, please let me know.  Thank you for reading this post, and I hope that you have learned a little bit about what makes WCG so special.  Yes, you could simply step into crypto .... but that is just a bunch of greedy people wanting to make money.  Aren't we better than that?
2 years ago


This beefy two-handed folding saw is Silky’s answer to the ‘man-powered chain saw.’ This heavy-duty folding saw with a 19 4/5- or 25 3/5-inch, resharpenable blade of superior quality steel, easily competes with a chainsaw. Expect to make mincemeat out of any firewood-sized limbs with a KATANABOY that packs a taper-ground blade with a non-slip rubberized grip. The KATANABOY comes with a sturdy, nylon shoulder bag with Velcro® fastening and pocket for replacement blades. Translated into English, Katana means, ‘curved single-edged sword,’ considered the weapon of choice for Samurai warriors. Today, the KATANABOY is the folding saw of choice for trail building, ATVing as well as all of your outdoor needs.  Silky saws are manufactured in Ono Japan, home of the finest cutlery steel known to man. Crafting fine wood cutting saws since the early 1900’s, Silky continues to raise the bar for quality, endurance and cutting efficiency that none can match.

Technical Features

- 19-4/5-inch (500 mm) blade length
- 46-3/8-inch (1,185 mm) overall length
- 26-inch (665 mm) folded length
- 4 teeth per inch (5 teeth per 30 mm) teeth configuration
- 2 pound (920 grams) weight

Where to get it?

Silky Website
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2 years ago
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2 years ago
Hello, and thanks for answering many of our questions about Earth Bag construction.  I have my own two questions dealing with design and materials of an earthbag shelter.

Are there any more cost efficient and long term solutions to the large rolls of earth bags?

Is barbed wire still the most cost efficient stabilizing device to be installed in between earthbag layers?  

Have you found there to be a simplest/easiest/cheapest design for someone on their first earthbag construction? I'm thinking of doing a small out-building first, to see if it's feasible and manageable on my own.

Thank you for your time here at Permies.com  
2 years ago
I am not an expert on international soil tests, but I did some google searching for you.

I found this article that suggested two different soil test labs https://www.smilinggardener.com/organic-soil-management/soil-testing-labs/

The first suggested lab does international testing http://www.cropservicesintl.com/soil-testing/

"International Soil Samples
Place in zip lock plastic bags and identify as above. Place bags in a plastic snap lid container such as a food freezer box. Ship in a cardboard box or Styrofoam shipping container.  Declare the sample on your customs tag and enclose a copy of our CSI Intl Soil Permit. Send by any carrier that fits your required time frame for the soil to reach us and be processed."

Their tests don't seem to be that expensive - http://www.cropservicesintl.com/product-category/soil-testing/

The second suggested lab-

" International Ag Labs is no longer able to accept foreign soils due to soil permit expiration. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause."

2 years ago
Even the same pants!!  That is just adorable.
2 years ago