Lisa Sture

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On reading the kickstarter page I am not sure at what level I am going to get info on creating a rocket forge or a rocket hot tub - which are the things that really motivate me! Ok the other cool things do as well .... however, these two are what will make me part with my cash immediately ... it is not clear in the offerings where things are, the offerings are just focussing on the quality of the items I get rather that what items.

Thanks, I love these kickstarters!

Thanks for all the work and fun you put into these.

3 months ago
Does anyone make Natto? It has so many incredible health benefits I would like to make it as I can't buy it here.

I am very excited by this thread and will definitely try making miso.
Big thanks to everyone!
5 months ago

M. Phelps wrote:thanks for posting
lots of dead trout along the riverbanks in spring and lots of dead salmon along the riverbanks in fall around here
i have not gathered any up yet.. i could just imagine the smell!
i would like to give this a try though as i do buy fish emulsion

It is not good to pick up the dead salmon and trout as they have died after spawning and the young fry need the nutrients provided by the dead bodies decomposing in the water. The UK Environment Agency told me this when I was talking to them about the dead salmon in our river.
8 months ago
Hi Russell, I'm in Wales. We are about to move onto 5 acres of land at the beginning of June. I am learning social permaculture a the moment, I love perennial veg, and hope to grow lots of mushrooms.

Good to have a community here on permies, which I'm addicted to!

Thanks for saying hi!

9 months ago

Nancy Reading wrote:

Lisa Sture wrote:
I assume that Dave didn't have good access to the far end of the tunnel? Thinking about it later, it wouldn't be necessary for the pipe to go to the other end in the bed, and get the water circulation, if the gutter downpipe was at the far end to start with. But having it handy by the door, means he can check for blockage in the gutter and adjust the water level as required more conveniently.

Dave thought it is important to run the pipe to the other end, but as I think about it, I am not sure. I think he makes the pipe turn to the other side of the bed so it forces it to have to travel across and along the bed, but he could have done that by having the overflow at the other end. However, his arrangement is neat. I will have to ask him ...

9 months ago

Nancy Reading wrote:Wow! The growth of his plants was pretty impressive. I didn't catch what time of year it was, but they did look nice and healthy.
I guess some of the super growth might be down to the new soil. If he has a good balance in there as well as the plants able to take what they need in the way of moisture, that's ideal.

If I remember right, it was early/mid June. I saw them a few weeks before and my eyes nearly popped out at the growth. I have always heard that tomatoes like to be watered from below, and there is no change in the moisture availalble to them, so it is continually optimal. They really liked it.
Also, the greenhouse had no condensation at all, all summer - because there was no top watering. So a really pleasant, natural feeling environment.
The polytunnel that was the inspiration have attached guttering along the outside to catch the rainwater, which then is taken directly inside the tunnel and down to the soil, where excess seeps into the pond underneath. In a couple of months I'll do a video on that as well as it is also really interesting - and yes, they have frogs spawning in the tunnel!
Good luck with your growing, I know it can be windy up there!
9 months ago

Sourdough Al wrote:Thank you, that is very interesting.  Love the concept - the more natural, the better!
Can't wait to try in our geo-thermal greenhouse...

That sounds great! Have you posted about it?
9 months ago

Hi, I thought you might like this idea for a self-watering greenhouse.
Reduce greenhouse watering to just occasionally in dry spells, with the added benefit that your plants will love it and grow incredibly well. Dave has adapted the design of a self-watering polytunnel to work in a greenhouse - and it works!
This was filmed in Wales ...

The inspiration came from a co-operative up the road that has a self-watering polytunnel. It actually works on a different build - and I am hoping to go and film it soon - but it was the inspiration. This system has worked incredibly well for Dave. So he then did the same to the other side of his greenhouse, leaving the dustbin out. He didn't realise how dry it had got, so is rebuilding with one in.
9 months ago

Toko Aakster wrote:
It's about managing the land in such a way that your use of it is sustainable long-term... and even restorative.


Thankyou for this lovely and thoughtful post. I like the sound of rivercane. I live in the UK and had never heard of it. I am wondering if some UK/EU folks have some good examples. We have lost a huge amount of our wetlands here - they are not even wet anymore. If someone has wet areas I can think of reeds and bulrushes for wet areas. Actually there are a lot of wetland plants that are edible as well.
The driest and dustiest areas are the farmed areas where the soil has died.
Your post has certainly given me food for thought.
11 months ago