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J Webb

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We purchased a Roomba when we were living in an apt with hardwood floors. But like others have mentioned it is problematic. I used to "prep" an area for it to clean (basically moving all the furniture either onto a bed or into the hall, so it could have a fairly clear path it would still get hung up on something almost every time. Also the model we purchased zig-zagged arbitrarily all over the apartment for hours. We could corral it using some invisible (IR) "fences" which sped things up a bit. But there I was spending time managing a robot that was supposed to save me time. The vacuum power was decent at least.

Since we moved into a multi-story home it hasn't been turned on once. We hire a housecleaner now who mostly uses non-toxic products (and also does kitchen & bathroom fixtures, stairs, and a host of other things Roomba wouldn't and couldn't touch). It's more expensive, but the house is cleaner overall and the money goes to a local human instead of Skynet.
6 hours ago
I vaguely recall a video where someone made a cheap soil blocker set using different diameters of pvc pipe and scrap wood.
Thanks... looks like Tap Score is just for testing water sources though.
1 week ago
My local extension has tests for heavy metals, but it’s unclear to me how/where to get it tested for herbicides, plastics, and other gick I’d rather keep out of my food.

Soil-wise our yard is nestled between old houses (lead paint risk) and not far from where there used to be some tanneries (chromium). Recently the park nearby was closed due to the presence of arsenic in the soil. The heavy metal test covers these. My neighbors have used commercial fertilizer and weed control products (incl roundup), and I have no idea how the yard was maintained before we moved in.

Compost-wise I am on the fence about adding cardboard and paper. I know about the gick that goes into paper/cardboard products. It’s unclear to me what the effect of adding it to compost is (if any).

suggestions or scientific research on the subject appreciated.
1 week ago

Faye Corbett wrote:I live in southwestern North Carolina and the coyotes (coywolves) are a big problem here.  They can easily jump a six foot fence.    

Yep, I live in an urban area just north of Boston next to a park and light woods and one coyote jumped in and out over my neighbors 5’ chain-link fence like it was nothing. Many neighbors have had their dogs attacked. On the other hand they help manage population of other garden pests around the neighborhood (rabbits, woodchucks, et al).
1 week ago
There were quite a few Kickstarter backers getting multiple copies of the book. I'm starting this wiki/thread for anyone planning to start a book club to discuss the Building a Better World book. I saw Shawn Klassen-Koop mention the possibility of hosting a virtual club via Zoom. I'm gonna post some basic ideas for how to get started, but would love to get feedback from others. I'd love for this wiki page to have straightforward procedure for starting a local chapter of Better World Club.

The first rule of Better World Club is

  • 1. Determine the participants
    • Family members
    • Friends
    • Your local permaculture meetup

    The second rule of Better World Club is

  • 2. Determine the location
    • Coffee Shop
    • Your food forest
    • Videoconference

    The third rule of Better World Club is

  • 3. Determine the frequency
    • How often will you meet?
    • How much of the book will be covered in a meeting

    1 week ago
    I give this nursery 8 out of 10 acorns.

    I came across Logee's when I was looking for an online nursery which carries Jasmine and was excited to see that Logee's also has a decent selection of "unusual edibles". They provide good details on maintaining the plants, very clear instructions on acclimating the plants to their new home. Shipping was prompt and everything was well packaged. Nothing appeared root-bound. Website was a little annoying to use. I am posting a 8/10 conservatively; I will definitely order from them again.

    In April 2019 I purchased:
  • Hardy Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)
  • Maypop Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)
  • Hardy Kiwi ‘Issai’ (Actinidia arguta)
  • Blueberry ‘Top Hat’ (Vaccinium angustifolium)

    Logee's nursery; based in Danielson, CT, United States.
    Where to get it?

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    This thread is for reviewing Logee's Greenhouses. To make your review count, please include the phrase "I give this nursery # out of 10 acorns." Where # is a numeral for your rating (1 being awful, 10 being fantastic).
    @Connor - I'm not suggesting vegans eat shit; I'm just presenting some facts about B12. Personally, I hope to see some studies which test the claims about wild-foraging as a potential B12 source.

    @Chris - I listened to the podcast episode which covers diet chapter from Building a Better World. I'm looking forward to examining the impact numbers in more detail once it's available. In general I agree with many of the points made by Paul & Shawn. One of the reasons I'm interested in gardening & permaculture to begin with is to minimize my dependence on food tainted by practices which harm the environment and/or animals.

    @Jann - To bring it back to you... What are your positions on beekeeping and vermicomposting as a vegan and animal rights/liberation activist?
    2 weeks ago