L Anderson

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Retired Sociologist.  2 acres, 2 horses, 2 alpaca, and 3 little dogs. Multiple Sclerosis (I know, I shouldn’t boast. Just my little contribution to building awareness of a very weird disease. Job done.)
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I stake my tomatoes for a number of reasons, but the main one is that when staked they take up less space and I  can plant more stuff.  Like squash.
1 month ago
Nettles.

Dye with some, eat the rest. Wear gloves to cut them. Some time after cutting they stop stinging.

You can get a lovely soft green dye. I have only used them on wool. No mordant, or vinegar or citric acid.  
2 months ago
Regarding toxicity: this is an issue I care about, since I garden in stock tanks, and raised planters I made with roofing metal (though those were made with 8’ x 4’ green and white sheets, so that’s probably a different question).

1.  Zinc vapor is toxic. It is produced when zinc is heated. Welders, be careful. However, hot summer weather is not hot enough to produce this effect.
2. Zinc should not be used to process or store acidic foods. So don’t pickle your veg in your stock tank or galvanized bucket.
3. I also read that zinc is toxic to fish. We always had mosquito fish in our galvanized takes used to water our horses and cows, and they and their progeny lived for years. So I guess there wasn’t a lot of leaching going on. And trust me - those tanks were old.


We do need some zinc in our diet. Normal growing practices shouldn’t leach zinc, or at least enough to exceed our thresholds.

Maybe avoid growing plants that require acid soil.

A couple of links:

https://www.oregonlive.com/hg/2020/01/are-galvanized-troughs-safe-to-use-for-veggie-gardens-ask-an-expert.html

https://onehappylemon.com/is-galvanized-steel-toxic/

https://accessiblegardens.org/the-pros-and-cons-of-using-galvanized-steel-in-your-garden/

https://ask2.extension.org/kb/faq.php?id=324102

All of the industry related sites also say it’s ok.
But ideally I would like to see this topic discussed in the scientific literature but did not succeed in finding any. If there are any chemists or material engineers, etc, out there, I would appreciate your thoughts.
3 months ago
What a great post! I think I often do what your describe, but accidentally. Not with intention. Equally often I try to start big, as if I know what I’m doing, with highly variable and often disappointing results. After reading your post my brain said- making something that requires new skills and knowledge? Test feasibility and build skills with intention - start small, break down the tasks, do one at a time, when successful, add next step. Sounds like a no-brainer, but hubris (with a generous dose of enthusiasm) is my middle name when it comes to new things.

You have helped me to step back and work with intention.
Here’s my project, which I began exploring just yesterday, but quickly got overwhelmed.

Background: for a number of reasons, I now do my veg gardening in galvanized stock tanks, washtubs, buckets, and big clay pots. I water them by hand with a water wand, or tuck a small sprinkler in the stock tank and move it around. I am retired, so I have the time, and I have far fewer plantings than I would like because now I live with a tiny yard.

Then this happened:
My grandson’s parents (one of whom is my darling son), asked if The Kid (14 year old young man) could stay with me for 3 weeks this summer while they gallivant about the country. I said yes so fast that I forgot to even ask where they are going.
The Kid  decided he wanted to spend spring break with grandma (I’m totally amazed that he still wants to do this, at the age where peer group trumps everything, but knowing it will happen, I grab him while I can!).  Anyway, one day I looked at him and said hey, if they can go off for 3 weeks, I’m thinking, Road Trip! He grinned and said “let’s go to Canada!,” and of course that’s what we’re going to do.

But my veg garden! The berries etc would be fine, but not the containers. Not in July, not when we’re likely to have another record breaking year of high temperatures and I live where summertime rain is but a dream.

I have to put in irrigation. And a timer.
When I used to have large gardens, I also had a partner who did that for me. Sure, I watched, chatted, picked up a few things. But that’s not the same as doing it.

So I looked at a kit.  Visualized what I would do with it. Wondered why there was so much tubing and so few emitters. Worried about water pressure given that I had 2 ft high containers, 1 ft high containers, and others in between. How many separate lines would I need? What kind of emitters? One size fits all, or container size and shape dependent? I did not buy the kit.
And oh yeah - I need to figure out how to fix my outdoor faucet which leaks like crazy if left open but water isn’t flowing. Like it would be when the timer was on off. Like it would be most of the day.

Of course I was quickly overwhelmed, turned on the ball game and took to spinning yarn. Knowing I still had to deal with the water. Wondering if my friend Martin would just do it while I’m gone. He probably would.  And he would pick and use the veggies that need picking, which is also good.

Yes, that was another shaggy dog story. I can’t help it.

You have inspired me.

I’m not giving this up. I’m going to approach it with intention and break it down. If it doesn’t work out, there’s Martin for a back up.  Pressure is off.  But when I succeed, even if it’s too late for the road trip, I will still have lasting benefit: on 98 degree days, which are suddenly all too normal in the Willamette Valley, I can run out and turn on a spigot instead of standing outside with a water wand.  And I will likely use a lot less water.   (I could keep using the timers when I’m home , but I don’t like to - I think overwatering is a common result, especially with wildly changing temperatures.  Plus I need to go out anyway to tend to things.

So here’s my starting plan:
1. Go to the local farm store and buy some tubing, some emitters, and other necessary doohickeys. Just enough for one container. The store is 5 minutes away and they even let me bring my dogs in.  And, they give good advice.  I can ask them about the water pressure issues.
2. Get a plumbing for dummies book from the library. Fix the dang leaky faucet.

Just those two things. Not thinking ahead. Not til I accomplish those two things.

So thank you for your post. Instead of endless time worrying and overthinking and being generally under productive, I have a plan. It doesn’t take much investment. Just a little time, just a little money, and just a little effort. Not big. But, bigger chance of success. Good learning opportunity.

I think I can do this!

PS. The containers. I fill the bottom half with wood.  Fallen branches that I scavenge. No space here for hugelkultur. But maybe its not an all or nothing proposition?
10 months ago
I see that there is an option to have this printed on aluminum. I like this idea. There are many options for sizing. I have two questions:
1.  Does anyone know how large it would need to be to be able to actually read the cards?
2.  This option is expensive. Does permies.com get a decent % of this sale? Or is worthwhile financial return based more on volume rather than individual sales?

r ranson wrote:I watched this video twice now and am officially obsessed with the idea of transforming my wool scraps from sewing into some warm winter boots.

Winters here are usually wet but when things get cold (like below freezing) it tends to be very dry here.  I would have loved some boots like this with the latest snow dump.

The big dilemma I see is that I don't have a last (is that the word?  wooden foot).  I also lack a pattern.  

But it looks like a fun project.  



You are a constant source of inspiration!
1 year ago
Ok,
A moment of dumbness here.
It never occurred to me that Permies is a social media site
Maybe because I’m kind of old? And remember online bulletin boards as a cool new thing?
More likely, because I don’t do social media, for the reasons already pointed out. Tried them, don’t like them, waste of time, made me crabby. And certainly no better informed.

So yeah, I see it now.  Permies is a social media site.  So it shows that it is possible for a social media site to be informative and collegial. To foster sharing instead of competition. Learning instead of mindless consuming.

But, as Paul’s post points out, this doesn’t happen by accident. There are a lot of people (I say “a lot,” but I really have no idea how many — but double digits maybe?) spending (likely donating) a lot of time keeping things right. Monitoring. Rewarding. Encouraging.

And key: not trying to make millions and billions of dollars off the “users.”  Just enough to keep things going, it seems to me. So we can all be supported in doing our best things. And maybe a little bit in being our best selves.

Thank you, Paul, and all those keeping his going in the right direction. Thank you for sharing your vision, your time, and your energy on something that may make the world a better place, corners of it at least, but will never earn you enough to ride into space for a minute or even to buy a Tesla.



It’s possible that the extreme itchiness is coming mainly from the ends of the fibers poking out of the yarn this way and that. The only idea I have other than what you have already done is to try to shave the inside of the sweater, focusing on the most bothersome areas.

I used to have a doohickey that I bought from Knitpicks years ago. Visualize a men’s electric shaver but with bigger parts (no one would want to use this on their skin!). It is designed to remove pills, and does so by cutting them off rather than pulling them off. So it wouldn’t be a go to tool for your nice cashmere,  but it might be the ticket for smoothing out the inside of the sweater on the theory that smoother might be more comfortable. It won’t make holes in your sweater (I used it on many sweaters, both hand knit and factory made).

They do still carry it. There are probably others I don’t know about, but here’s the link to the one I do know about:

https://www.knitpicks.com/lint-shaver/p/80635
1 year ago
This is just fantastic. What beautiful work. I am inspired.
1 year ago

r ranson wrote:



Collar - I think I have an idea but this is a very heavy garment so I'm going to run to the fabric shop to see if they have something like fusible interfacing but stretchy that I can add to the neckline before I put the collar on.  The weaver sews talks about knit interfacing for adding strength to seams, so I'll see what they have.

 



Great idea!
1 year ago