Alina Green

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I've heard that compost is controlled rotting.  I like to think of it like that.  Makes me feel powerful.  Mwa-ha-ha!
3 weeks ago
I will say that many have managed to climb that mountain, and that flooding ones'self with nutrition seems to be well as living as closely in harmony with Nature as possible (you're already a champ of that part.)

Minerals uptaken by plants and animals in well-nourished soil helps to add depth of flavor to the food.  Anyone growing their own garden has noticed this, because the current machined and chemical'd food supply is a wasteland, so to speak.  Bodies need minerals (in usable forms) in order to function properly.

As far as cooking, learn to use herbs and spices.  Not only are they LOADED with good stuff, but they are easy to grow.  Think about it--what makes chow mein different from an Italian pasta dish?  In large part, the spices. (okay, soy sauce, tomatoes, cheese...)

I mean, when you learn to mix and match a handful of them, you get different cuisines.

Usable examples:
Mexican--cilantro, paprika, dried chilies/chili powder, cumin, oregano.
Italian--parsley, sage, rosemary, oregano, basil.
Greek--cinnamon, parsley, rosemary, oregano, mint
Indian--turmeric, ginger, cumin, coriander, fennel/anise
Chinese--star anise, soy sauce, ginger, peppercorns
Malaysian and other southeast Asian--add fermented soy or fish or shrimp sauce or paste, plus soy, ginger, mint, cilantro, chilies, lemongrass, galangal, kefir lime, coconut or coconut milk

And all of them add garlic.

Think in terms of salty, sweet, bitter, sour, umami/pungent.
So use something like garlic or onions, add something like ginger or mint, some chilies or pepper, some citrus juice or vinegar, something green or fresh--garlic chives, green onions, and parsley or cilantro work with nearly everything.

Take your base ingredients--whether you do vegetables or animal bits--add some spices, you'll have one dish.  Take the same base, add different spices, you get a different dish.

Might I especially suggest a keen eye towards eliminating the fats and oils that were not around before our grandparent's time?  Some say a toxic internal and external environment (including things we cannot see, such as dirty air, water, electricity) must be cleaned as well...including our filtering organs of kidneys, liver, colon, lungs.  And, like a funnel, once those are cleaned, drains unclogged, fluids flow and remove stagnancy and pollution.  Unplug the drain, stop putting more dirty water in, clean the bathtub, and your bathroom will end up sparkling again...eventually.

Will send prayers and good vibes...more of that invisible, airy-fairy crap that nobody believes in.  
I didn't read the whole thing, so sorry if this has already been suggested...

Can you try to air-layer the trees, so that you don't completely lose what may be fantastic fruit varieties?  Then if you decide to relocate or remove what's there, you will have another to replace it, or plant elsewhere?  Kind of like respecting the ancestors by continuing the genetics that exist now.

Keep taking will LOVE going back later, to see the progress.  (It's hard to see progress when you're in it day to day.)

If something grew there before, there's a good chance it will work there again.  Maybe you can formulate a polyculture to add to the trees, rather than trying to just eliminate them?

My grandfather used to bury empty food cans in the ground where he planted fruit trees (citrus, mango, lychee), I guess so the iron would eventually be used by the plant?  So I would think some old nails in the ground wouldn't be all that horrible.  They do rust eventually...

It's definitely worth doing!  So hang in there.  We are all supporting you in spirit!
Another thought...regarding buying sustainable, I think if you have the money, great.  Help the economy.

I tend to be skeptical nowadays, though, because of too much greenwashing.  Every company out there is trying to claim their products are better for the environment, yet so much of it is blatant bullshit, marketed to prod more consumerism.

Compostable plastic utensils, anyone?  Natural detergents full of fake fragrances and chemicals?
1 month ago

I think what a lot of folks don't think about when they "donate" their crap is that if it is obvious that no one is going to want it, then you just wasted your time and gas transporting it to the donation place, some other person's time sorting through it, time and gas for it to be taken to a distribution center, and then it ultimately is still most likely to end up in a landfill. You're better off just taking it straight to the landfill yourself.

I partly agree with this, especially when I buy something (such as a flashlight) from the thrift store, only to find after I get home it's completely useless.  I wonder, if you knew it was broken, why would you donate it?

On the other hand, I do buy some really beat-up stuff, especially old clothes, because I'm going to either wear it for gardening, so it's going to get stained/torn anyway, AND everyone knows the best shirts and jeans are when they're so worn in, they are full of holes but you don't want to throw them away...!

And I buy things to use the fabric to sew into pouches or covers for appliances, curtains, etc.

And old towels, t-shirts, flannel sheets to cut up into rags and reusable cloths and toilet cloths.  So if they are stained or worn, that's not too terribly awful.  As someone else mentioned, I know they've been washed so much, all the chemical crap put into it is gone by now.  I just wish nobody used stinky, fake-fragranced laundry detergent, because that stink hangs around for several washings.  Blech.

And people buy stuff for there is a chance something can get another life.

Unfortunately, I don't see the above becoming any less commonplace as long as cheap, disposable goods continue to be the standard. People want to buy cheap and then not feel guilty when something breaks, becomes obsolete, etc. Donating often becomes a way to avoid that guilt I think.

I totally agree with this.  People don't give much thought to what they buy and the entire lifecycle of the ingredients, elements, energy, etc. used...nor do they think about what happens after it's "thrown away."  Where is away?

When people think "recycling" plastic exists...and do not realize plastic just becomes smaller and smaller pieces of synthetic crap that then enters our air, water, and bloodstreams...they'll continue to "recycle" bags and bottles, rather than using a fabric tote to begin with (preferably one made by reusing old natural-fiber fabric from an unwanted garment, which can later be thrown into the compost, to decompose.)

Our societies are based on consumerism, to drive an unsustainable economy.  And consumerism is driven by media demand.  How many of us would want a new xyz if we didn't see one in a magazine or ad?  (assuming the one we had was working or fit just fine)

Maybe the way things are heading now, with everything collapsing, people will realize there are other ways of living, which are less polluting, wasteful, toxic, and mindless.

Many are choosing minimalism, so that will have a little bit of an impact.

Another factor is lack of skills and knowledge.  Nobody gets taught how plastics are horrible for the planet, because they want you to buy more stuff.  And not many people learn how to cook, sew, do repairs any more, either, so they have little choice but to get rid of a shirt when the button falls off, for example.

That's another reason I LOVE PERMIES--because most of us here are willing and able to learn and use new skills, to help break these destructive cycles.  Ideally, we're helping to pass them on to the next generation, too, so that knowledge is not lost...and so people are empowered to make changes for the better.
1 month ago
I've heard that white flowers, especially those that open up in the afternoon/evening and only get fragrant then, and into the night, do so because they attract moths and other night-owl (so to speak) pollinators.

So incorporating some into "moon gardens" will help.  They are white so they are the most visible at night (when colors are hard to distinguish, unlike for day-roaming pollinators.)

In my area, dragonfruit, and its cousing, night-blooming cereus, angel's trumpet (Brugmansia), and moonflowers fit the bill.  I'm sure there are many more.

Anyone have other examples?
1 month ago
Yup, most of my life I've felt we need to go back to the ways our grandparents did things, and we'd be much better off.  I'm glad at least that we haven't lost ALL the knowledge, skills, and biodiversity that existed when we were children.  Seems like we might be just in time!
2 months ago
Oh, fantastic.  Water harvesting on a small scale, repeatedly...many small flames equal one big fire.  I hope people do this SOON all over the world, because we need change on this huge a scale.

This is kind of similar to the square plots in India, where they dig a deep hole in a corner, to harvest the water.

It's the 30-40 project in this video:  

2 months ago

Eino Kenttä wrote:I think if I wanted to use it in cooking or gluten-free baking, I'd grind the seeds and use them the same as psyllium.

I'm pretty sure they are used in gluten-free recipes, to help things hold together...stuff like coconut flour pancakes, perhaps.

Yup, some very handy's too degrading to call them "weeds," as if they were useless!
2 months ago