Jeffrey Carlson

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Do you place it over a cup so the "nipple" thing with the holes is towards the cup, put ice in it and pour a mixed drink through it into the cup so the drink gets chilled, but there's no ice in the final drink? Sort of like a strainer? I with something like absinthe you do something similar with ice, and a sugar cube.

No idea what it would be called though.

Or does it somehow crush ice?

Or is it part of one of those cool old cigarette holders that fan them out when you lift the top off?

No idea, haha.
2 months ago
That stove is very cool. Had to look it up quick, most of the results reference Picasso and that photo. I saw a few places selling them (I think, they weren't in English, and I don't speak anything else). Some photos of ones with a shorter "stack" of radiators. I found this similar design at this site, they are also discussing the photo with Picasso. I couldn't get a direct link to post the image of the other stove here, sorry. My browser kept on downloading a text file when I tried to get the link. Looks like it's also French, and also heating a big room, a church. Couldn't really dig up more, but now I want one.
3 months ago
Very Excited for this. I enjoy the cover as well.
3 months ago
I greatly overestimated the amount of free time I'd have to do the larger projects. And underestimated how long they would take. That's alright, it gives me a better idea of how to plan stuff later on. I planned on having the Hugel beds done and cover cropped by now. I have them like 60% done. I need to set those aside and work on a different thing before it starts getting too cold out. I'd like to set up a greenhouse for our chickens over the winter. I would be converting a canvas shed for it. And if my progress on the Hugel beds is any indication of how much time I can devote to things, I probably should have started a few weeks ago, haha. I also have some garlic to plant.

Other than slow progress, everything else has been great. I have some cover crop on our main vegetable garden for the winter.  A mix of Peas, oats, radish and turnips. I think something ate a lot of the oats. So the peas might not have much to climb up on. I ran out in the last little bit of it so I used some left over kale mix I had. I also tried some faro, which I bought from the grocery store as food, not seeds. They didn't germinate, soaking them probably would have helped.

In the past few nights, we had some frost so the Random Plot is all done for the year. Before that I pulled some of the bigger root vegetables to save in a pail of sand over the winter, and hopefully I can replant them next season for seed. This site has gotten me hooked on trying to save seeds and developing a landrace.  I am very excited for next year, doing more Random Plots, growing more of the things we, and starting a breeding program for our chickens. Hopefully developing a landrace with them as well. My head is brimming with ideas and I've been ogling seed catalogs, haha.

Almost forgot to mention we ordered some trees & seeds from Twisted Tree Farm. Chestnuts, Hazelnuts, Walnuts, & elderberry bareroot plants & cuttings. Along with some sunroot tubers, & juneberry seeds. Very excited about this stuff, they start shipping in November. And from watching their videos, along with Edible Acres, I started some nursery beds with peaches, plums, cherries, chokecherries, apples, pears and some grapes. They all have garlic interplanted with them. All the seeds are from store bought or the pear & chokecherry plants I have on my property. I forgot to take pictures of those.

Random Plot before the frost, it was raining. Just beyond it is some sorghum the chickens planted and beyond that the chickens themselves

These cosmos got just about as tall a me. Hopefully the seeds are ok after the frost. I'm going to wait until they dry out more until I grab some

Some of the seeds I've saved so far. Mostly squash and tomatoes. Still have some squash to taste and save the seeds.

3 months ago
This is why I love this site, I came here to learn about growing food, I’m learning so much more. This conversation has been great, I’m not sure what more I can add to it.

I think a scale for this sort of thing makes a lot of sense. Dan makes a lot of sense when saying removing the first 10% of gunk in your life is easier than the next and then you get into diminishing returns. Also I like this line:

Dan Boone wrote:But much of that waste is also resource.  And I believe passionately that the principles of permaculture not only have room for, but actively demand, using those resources where it makes sense.

I had a moment of “get it off me” when it comes to plastic stuff in my life just last week. I was thinking that we probably shouldn’t be using plastic cooking utensils. Then bought new metal or bamboo ones to replace them. Looking at it like it’s on a scale, that action wouldn’t be as high on the scale as replacing those items with ones bought at a flea market. Or finding them in another person’s bin. I had the financial means for it in the moment and didn’t think much past it. I was also more concerned with not having plastic stuff leach into my food, than contributing to waste streams. I would have went further, and replaced our tupperware, plastic wrap, food bags, toddler’s sippy cups, etc with non-plastic stuff. But there I would have been spending a lot, so have stalled on that. And after reading through this thread, I won’t just buy new replacements.

Continuing to think of this as a scale, I don’t think I’m at the level Pearl is with going through other people’s recycling bins. I’m not trying to say anything bad about it, and actually in the context of this discussion, it seems like the right thing to do. You’re turning a waste output into a useful input. I know that in my brain, but I have a hard time convincing myself to do that. I’m still trying to convince myself to pick up the bags of leaves that will be appearing on the side of the road very soon. I’m sorry to say that stigma is holding me back on that.

Thanks for this discussion, it’s given me a lot to think about.

Also, as an aside, a “living estate sale” sounds surreal and awkward. But makes a lot of sense.  
4 months ago
I recently shelled some corn I was saving for seed. I peeled the husk back and hung it out to dry. To shell, I just twisted the cobs with my hands. Like you're wringing out a towel. It didn't work with all of the cobs though, maybe like 3 out of the 15 cobs I had. With the ones that did work, they come off very easily. I would think a mechanical sheller would shell any of the cobs no problem.
I used to work at warehouse for a major grocery store chain. I unloaded the produce trucks. While working there I started to notice some things that didn't make sense, like why are transporting semi-truck trailer loads of apples from across the country (WA to NY) when there are two orchards literally 5 minutes down the road? Not to mention the hundreds of other orchards across the state. Other fruits like berries had to be fumigated to kill molds for their cross country trips. Those things started to bother me more and more. Around the same time I kept hearing about how corn is terrible for the cow and grass-feed is better, etc. That lead me to Joel Salatin somehow and the word permaculture. For a while I would just read about it, and try to change my buying habits with food to "better" sources. I didn't think the land I had at the time wasn't "big enough" to do any permaculture. It was probably 1/8th of an acre, all steep downhill. I eventually moved, started watching a lot of Justin Rhodes and started to spend a lot of time on here. Now I'm trying to put into practice everything I've been reading/watching.

Besides all that, nearly everything I learn on here and in other sources immediately make sense. I like anything that will help me be more self-sufficient, or any sort of "system" or process that will provide a lot of output for less and less work over time (at least it should work that way in theory).

Also what Greg said:

Greg Martin wrote: I mean, who doesn't want to live in a food forest???

4 months ago
My 18 month old loves horses and a few weeks ago I found this farm on instagram. Her and I watch them all the time. Very good stuff. If I had bigger fields that needed equipment like that, I'd get horses. Karl Hammer from Vermont Compost Company talked about using animal power on Justin Rhodes' Youtube channel. It makes a lot of sense.
Thanks Mike, these are some sort of pie pumpkins. I'll have to try boiling little ones if we get any. My wife made some stuffed blossoms the other day which were great, I'll look into the soups. There are a lot of blossoms.
5 months ago
Hey Everyone,

This past month was pretty unproductive. Mostly because the whole house got sick with some sort of cold-like thing. And it's only been unproductive in that I haven't been able to do much with the big project I want to get done, some Hugel beds. On Labor Day weekend, we harvested the last of the veggies we wanted from the garden before moving the chickens to it. We're going to keep them there until it's sufficiently scratched up and then cover crop it for the winter. Then on Labor Day we got word from a friend of a friend that she needed to re-home all of her chickens. We went from 19 to 38, doubling our flock. So now we have a nice mix of different breeds and more eggs.

One thing I'm pretty excited about is the "Random Plot" where I just broadcasted a mix of seeds on a plot after I moved the chickens from it. Initial signs didn't look too good, but there's a lot of growth now. Mostly flowers and turnips/radishes. There is a lot of squash vine growth but 1 fruit so far. I did plant it sort of late, so I didn't expect much in that respect. But I'm just happy this worked out well. There is some crowding but I guess the idea is (as I saw in a Sepp Holzer video) is that you continuously harvest from it, to make more room for the other plants. I'm going to be doing a lot of this next growing season.

Here's some photos of the random plot from the other day

5 months ago