Ivar Vasara

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Hey friends!

I live juuuuust north of the border, pretty much in suburban (but rapidly gentrifying) White Rock BC. I haven't found too many permaculture allies physically close to me yet, instead finding various communities just outside my country. I'd love to attend the shindig, but Canadians aren't allowed to drive into the USA yet so...
2 months ago
Resuscitating this thread with the hope of finding answers.

I'd love to know if anyone has found a way to mitigate/counteract the aleopathic compounds in red cedar. Has anyone tried inoculating cedar with fungi to accelerate decomposition? If so, any species recommendations?  

I'm in a suburban lot and for better or for worse I have a lot of cedar to dispose of. Ideally, I'd like to use it as a base for a  hugelkultur but I'm worried that it just won't work. Any other recommendations for ethically dealing with excess cedar? Unfortunately, biochar isn't a viable option for me - there is a municipal ban on open fires.
4 months ago
I imagine it depends on how many bylaws you're breaking and how much they want to teach you a lesson. You could be breaking building bylaws (plumbing, house not to code, etc) and/or health & environment bylaws (illegal toxic waste disposal, etc).

I know it's a pain, but I would advocate for learning what is required to conform in your jurisdiction, and if it's not possible to continue legally, perhaps challenge unreasonable bylaws that prevent you from taking the high road. I've started the process in my city and it's taking a very long time for even my initial questions to get answered (but I haven't gone the call/inperson route yet).
6 months ago
I imagine it depends on how many bylaws you're breaking and how much they want to teach you a lesson. You could be breaking building bylaws (plumbing, house not to code, etc) and/or health & environment bylaws (illegal toxic waste disposal, etc).

I know it's a pain, but I would advocate for learning what is required to conform in your jurisdiction, and if it's not possible to continue legally, perhaps challenge unreasonable bylaws that prevent you from taking the high road. I've started the process in my city and it's taking a very long time for even my initial questions to get answered (but I haven't gone the call/inperson route yet).
6 months ago
I imagine it depends on how many bylaws you're breaking and how much they want to teach you a lesson. You could be breaking building bylaws (plumbing, house not to code, etc) and/or health & environment bylaws (illegal toxic waste disposal, etc).

I know it's a pain, but I would advocate for learning what is required to conform in your jurisdiction, and if it's not possible to continue legally, perhaps challenge unreasonable bylaws that prevent you from taking the high road. I've started the process in my city and it's taking a very long time for even my initial questions to get answered (but I haven't gone the call/inperson route yet).
6 months ago

Mycovation Asia wrote:Here is the link for the survey! It should take maybe 3-4 minutes and would be immeasurable help as we work towards building the right products for you 

https://www.questionpro.com/t/ASRHiZlWEK



Will you be making the results of your survey public?
8 months ago

Glenn Herbert wrote:I think a major reason for putting posts upside down relates to driving them in; the small end going in first will be easier and make the newly driven post more solidly set. There is also more thickness at the top for striking with a maul. If setting in a dug hole and backfilling, I would probably put posts base down for greater strength at ground level.

I agree about sap flow; it flows both up and down in the live trunk.



I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but how important is it to strip the bark off the pole?
8 months ago
I'm close to the border with our neighbours to the south, and not too far from me is what appears to be an excellent permaculture focused nursery. Border lockdown aside, I was wondering how difficult it would be to import plants and from my cursory research it appears that any attempt to do so would be entering a terrible ocean of red tape. Has anyone here attempt to bring plants across the border? Is it as bad as it seems?
9 months ago

Trace Oswald wrote:My advice is start far smaller than you think you can handle.  It's easy to expand.  I'm guilty myself of trying to do too large an area and then lose the ability to keep up.



I'm just setting up my food forest now and am being pretty ambitious with the scope - I've got a under a quarter acre of space and I'm aiming to convert it all ASAP.  That said, I'm hoping that once it's established, this garden forest will largely look after itself. What are the aspects of food forest maintenance that you find hard to keep up with?
10 months ago

Tom Worley wrote:

Mark Brunnr wrote:Has anyone used this, or found other ways, to use photo-editing software with Linux?  That's probably my biggest hurdle with switching systems.  



There are a few photo management / workflow tools for Linux - the one that was recommended to me by a serious amateur photographer is https://www.darktable.org and I found it quite good.

10 months ago