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Recent posts by Matt McSpadden

Hi Alexandra,
Here is a lengthy thread on natural ways to regrow your teeth.

https://permies.com/t/45249/personal-care/Natural-ways-regrow-teeth-save
6 hours ago
We had one cancellation and a couple more people signed up, which brings us to a total of 31 people for the education part, and 25 for the food and fellowship part. And we still have a week left. I'm still inviting random people who look like they are doing homestead stuff in the area and we will see what happens.
8 hours ago
I generally will also move the animals so that they spread it around for me. For chickens in the winter, I use a deep bedding style inside a greenhouse. Great tomato fertilizer and I don't need to clean it out. I got the idea from Joel Salatin. The tomatos help break chicken pest problems and the chickens help break tomato pest problems. Just alternate summer and winter.
4 days ago
While I do not have this book, I have heard a lot of good things about Harvest Eating by Chef Keith Snow.

https://www.harvesteating.com/the-harvest-eating-cookbook
4 days ago
Hi Thomas,
I'm not familiar with that particular one, but it says it does the first flush, so that is good.
4 days ago
Hi J,
That is one of the most succinct explanations of vapor barrier I have come across. Thanks.

I will point out though, that vapor barriers can also cause problems if there is an issues with the wall system. At some point, something will fail, we all know that. I want the wall system that is the most resilient and can bounce back easier when something fails. I feel like not having the vapor barrier is more resilient, while maybe not being as insulative.
5 days ago
Hi Thomas,
Do you have what is known as a "first flush system"? This is just a way to get bits of shingle, leaves, bird poop, etc off to one side before starting to fill the tank. If you don't already have one, it might help keep organic materials out of the water. The more organic matter there is for bacteria to eat, the greater the growth.

On the other hand, since you are planning to use it "around the yard" I'm going to guess you are planning to water trees and gardens with it? If that is the case, I don't think it would be that big of a deal, other than the smell. If you were going to drink it then you would need to be more stringent.
5 days ago
Hi Jess,
Welcome to Permies!

I have never heard anyone ever say "my greenhouse is too big". So my short answer, would be to build it as big as you can afford.

The more nuanced answer would require knowing how you are planning to use the greenhouse. Will you be planting in the ground? Will you be using pots? Will you be doing seed starting on part of it? How much of your food are you hoping to grow inside? With 10ft ceilings, could you create a tiered shelf system to get more plants in the space?
5 days ago
Hi Kelley,
I have never raised LGD's, but I have watched a lot of youtube. Until someone with more experience comes along, I'll share what I can.

In a perfect world, you would get both at the same time. If that is not possible, I would get the animals first, so there is something for the Dog to bond with.

You mention multiple dogs, and I believe the recommendation is to wait a few years with one dog, before getting a puppy. That way the first can train the second more easily than two puppies.

I have seen some dogs who will take a whole farm as their territory and protect all of it from anything. However, most of the time, I see dogs guarding a specific set of animals in a fenced area.
5 days ago
Hi Almond,
What sort of area are we talking about? Open garden? Greenhouse?

And is killing the rodents acceptable to you?

Most smell based deterrents do not work long term and most also get washed away when it rains. Also, smell based deterrents (or any deterrents really) will only work based on how much the animal wants or needs what is there. A starving animal will endure a lot to get food. An animal that is comfortable and getting everything it wants will also put up with a lot.

My first thought is to cleanup the area. Cut the grass short, rake up any leaves and pick up any piles of stuff. Take away any hiding places to make it more dangerous to get to your plants.

I know you said you do not want a trap. If this is because you don't want to kill them... then ignore this next piece. If it's because you don't want to also hurt the birds, then let me make a suggestion. I've heard really good things about the Good Nature traps. They are expensive, but would be highly unlikely to attract a bird and kill it. https://goodnature.co/ (I have no affiliation, I just think they built a really good trap).