Tyler Ludens

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This article recommends eight feet for a straight fence with seven feet working if the fence is slanted:  https://www.goodfruit.com/low-cost-fence-keeps-deer-out/

I think they will have trouble seeing it and may crash into it if running, so I would tie strips of white fabric to it here and there.

14 hours ago
I was unhappy about deer netting because snakes would get caught in it.  Snakes aren't pollinators but they are beneficial.

17 hours ago

Buster Parks wrote:I think I would like to be turned into bio-char rather than ashes.

The results of cremation are rather "chunky," not ash.  The chunky remains are ground by a machine called a cremulator into a granular substance called "cremains" or by most folks,"ashes."  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TSFX-hFgIk
1 day ago

Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
beets, carrots, greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons are what makes life interesting, but they are so fleeting and hard to preserve that it's hard to include them on the subsistence living part of the equation.

Fruits and vegetables, including greens, retain much of their nutrition if dehydrated.  Unfortunately, drying removes a lot of their quality of life enhancement aspects.

Dried vegetables can be powdered and stored in jars if space is at a premium, and added to soup and baked goods.

I've had best success with a hanging net bag dehydrator.

3 days ago
I had terrible luck with cardboard in my often-dry climate!  It prevented the slight rains from ever reaching the soil.  I have given up on cardboard since that experience.  Now I just pile organic material (leaves, weeds, animal bedding, etc) directly on the soil.

4 days ago
Be careful the hugelkultur doesn't act as a swale, because misery may result:  https://permaculturenews.org/2015/11/06/dont-try-building-hugel-swales-this-is-a-very-and-i-mean-very-bad-idea/

Be sure terraces can drain, rather than trapping water.

4 days ago
Pomegranates, figs, elderberries would be my suggestions.  Also probably mulberries.  For planting using natural rainwater with no added irrigation, take a look at Brad Lancaster's suggestions for planting trees in basins:  

4 days ago
It just looks so good - seems to fit right into the landscape.
4 days ago

s. ayalp wrote:
Putting some lime under and over the body will keep wildlife away.

Use of lime may retard decay:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22030481

The goal of natural burial is rapid decomposition of the body.  

4 days ago
Zone 5 - "One certain result of using our skills to integrate food supply and settlement, to catch water from our roof areas, and to place nearby a zone of fuel forest which receives wastes and supplies energy, will be to free most of the area of the globe for the rehabilitation of natural systems.  These need never be looked upon as 'of use to people', except in the very broad sense of global health."  Bill Mollison, Permaculture a Designers Manual,  page 6-7.

This is the "purpose" of permaculture as Mollison envisioned it, to return most of the globe to natural systems. . This is something which is almost universally ignored in discussions of permaculture as I have experienced them.