Victor Johanson wrote:No trees here in interior Alaska have taproots; the ground is too cold and roots of any kind generally aren't found below about two feet (and they're never found much deeper than that). Most trees elsewhere don't retain their taproots in adulthood either; there has been extensive research where fully grown native trees were painstakingly excavated in situ and mapped. Typically, trees send out shallow lateral roots, with vertical striker roots descending from those. The taproot atrophies and eventually disappears, although there are some exceptions to that (e.g. walnuts), but often even the exceptions are missing their taproots, without apparent negative consequence. So the taproot doesn't seem very important, since it's generally an anomaly in mature trees.
paul wheaton wrote:
Surely there is a place on the internet that will print one bumper sticker that says anything you want? And then you can make one that says "Converting from electric heat to a rocket mass heater reduces your carbon footprint as much as parking 7 cars" ??
Sarah Elizabeth wrote:
Peter Chan wrote:
Peter, I know what you mean. Plastic spray bottles are so convenient but I don't tend to leave anything in them because of the leaching problem. If I use one, I just put the stuff in it temporarily and funnel the remainder back into a glass jar or an old glass juice bottle or whatever for storage when I am finished. For doing the dishes I just tip out a bit of my lemon oil from the glass jar into the bowl.
Thanks for your reply. I should have clarified that I was talking about using glass spray bottles, but that the TUBE inside is still plastic and we are essentially using solvents (alcohol, vinegar, essential oils, etc) to tincture this little plastic tube! what nasties are in these little tubes i don't know.
i like your method...it's simple. I totally agree there is no need to disinfect everything, but I did feel good about doing it after processing raw meat. i guess maybe i can just switch to soap and water with a dishcloth. the spray bottle is real convenient though!
Teaoh Be wrote:So as someone living off grid and making my own soaps, the detergents just kind of creep me out.
The most effective thing and pleasurable one for me is using used coffee grounds. They soak up grease, leave your hands dry, smells nice, gets ride of any odors and makes for a wicked compost. Nothing is wasted and it’s a pleasure to do. Ash is more work and needs water to rinse after, and me being ina dry climate, water. Ones at an expense.
Try it out and be amazed. Many cafes just throw out their coffee grounds, just ask and be surprised how happy they are for it not to go to waste