I'm wondering if anyone has a small St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) to share? I will gladly pay postage and some extra for the plant. I have been trying to grow them from seed, without any luck. I can't seem to find the plants online.
Not sure if your Jackrabbits are the same as our wabbits /Hares here in Oz but I've never heard of 'em jumping over 4' fencing only burrowing under.I'm kinda lucky the wabbits round our block never eat anything in our veggie patch.Sounds like a harsh area you live in.
Carla Coleman wrote:Lori Ziemba - I would really like to make one of those ear-covering, floating hats. Is it your own pattern or can you tell me where I could find the pattern? Thank you, very much.
(This is the first time I have tried to post or respond to a post at Permies and I'm not at all sure I'm doing this correctly. Please forgive me if I end up in the wrong thread or something even more dire.)
Sorry it took me so long to answer. I was looking thru all my mess...uh, I mean files, and couldn't find it. Then I looked online and found it in 76 seconds---d'oh! Here it is:
Joe DiMeglio wrote:On top of being an introvert, I'm also a night owl, and always have been. There is definietely an unspoken (and often loudly, self-righteously spoken) expectation to be "up with the sun" early risers who gather for sunrise yoga, breakfast and then work. Well, I'm not down with that, so where do I fit in a community?
Some of my musings on tribal life in pre-civiized (read; pre-citified) life are that it was probably the introverted night owls who guarded the flocks and village at night, kept the fires burning, tended slow cooking food, probably developed astronomy/astrology, and thus planting/harvesting cycles and maybe dealt with colicky babies so their early rising parents could get some shut eye. They were the night shift. Introverts were the sheperds, taking the animals to grazing lands far from the main camp and happily being alone with them all day. They were probably some of the trail blazers and scouts, opening up new areas to hunt, gather and tend the wild in. They probably did well at developing things like weaving, pottery, medicine, music, language and other skill sets that required focus, concentration and patience with complex processes. - This is a trait that INFP's have in spades; we're patient with long, complex prosesses, but impatient and irritated by mundane, routine activities and rules that seem like a waste of time. ( I had lots of fun in the one-size-fits-none, cookie cutter school system you can bet!)
YES YES YES!!! I've been saying that for years! SOMEBODY had to guard all the snorers from the saber-tooth tigers! Humans wouldn't exist if it weren't for we night owls! Oh shit...does that mean humanity is our fault?
B.E. Ward wrote:Thanks for posting this, Jocelyn. One minor reason why I haven't gotten involved in more permaculture projects around here is that I don't do well with the happy-clappy sort of 'Social Permaculture'. It was hard enough working on projects at the p-patch and feeling like I needed to engage in conversation with people. I probably spent more energy on that than I did in physical labor!
Happy clappy, ha ha ha ha! I know exactly what you mean. Same bs at the community garden. They all want "community". I want to be left alone. Happy to water your plot for you when you're gone, but I really don't want to socialize. My community garden is open to the street, and it has a deck area. People would often come in and hang out there. Recently, we got a bee hive. I LOVE the bee hive---it magically keeps out all the riff raff
Will Holland wrote:I've yet to figure out how the community part of permaculture will fit into my life. Most days, i feel like i'd rather die than interact with other people- in person at least.
Will, I think we were separated at birth. For me, hell truly is other people. I live in an apt., and have a new upstairs person who is always home, and pounds around on top of my head all day. I feel like I have a new room mate. It's making me crazy.
Wow, good topic! I'm 56, have a rather "delicate" constitution do to allergies and EDS, and I'm poor as can be. I'm in a small apt., with no land. I do have a plot in a community garden. Last 2 years, I've been experimenting with making my plot all perennials. It's pretty small: about 40 sq. ft. So far, I have a blueberry, 2 grapes, sage, oregano, thyme, lemon balm, 4 asparagus, a prickly pear, scarlet runners and alpine strawberries. I'm thinking of taking out the strawberries (I've already divided a bunch and put them in common areas). I have to say I've found them dissapointing.
I bought seeds for woad, strawberry spinach, good King Henry, St. Johnswort, and soapwort. I'm looking into more medicinal herbs. I just put in some garlic between the asparagus.
It's not much. I'm also thinking about seeding the embankment across the street with medicinals. It's hard, though, because we have 5-7 months of no rain at all here, and the rain we get comes in the winter. I find it a difficult climate to do anything in if you have no access to irrigation.
My biggest fear is that I'll soon be too infirm to do much of anything; get nipped in the bud, so to speak, before I can even get started. It's frustrating and makes me depressed.
Sam Fel wrote:Hello all!, I've recently began renting 30 acres in barstow.
This is something that really interests me, as I have considered moving to that area because it is so cheap. This site has links to several native plant nurseries in your area. There's Cactusmart in Morongo Valley. Here's another site with 3 high desert nurseries. This guy is in Joshua Tree. I wrote to him, and he's a really nice guy. And of course, you must go visit Garth of Boulder Gardens in Pioneer Town. His place is fantastic.
Also, you'll be surprised at all the weird seeds and plants you can find on Ebay.
What you've done so far looks amazing! I'm really interested in following your progress. Like I said, this is a place I've considered moving, but the lack of water scares me. JT gets about 2-5 inches a year. Much less then even Tucson. Please tell me more about your well and how you dug it.
Glenn Herbert wrote:In a non-desert climate, a hugelculture mound soaks up rain in whatever season it falls (and initial watering if it is very dry) and holds the water in the rotting logs. You are generally not supposed to have bare tilled earth on the surface, so the cover plants help keep the moisture in.
In very dry climates, a mound would not work so well, and people have modified the practice to have mostly underground log heaps without a significant mound to catch the wind.
Oh, OK. Thanks for explaining. I had a feeling it wouldn't work in a very dry climate, especially a windy one. Burying it makes more sense. But here, I'd guess you'd have to do it just before rainy season.
paul wheaton wrote:No irrigation here. I just ate a bunch of potatoes. We've had lots of rhubarb. There are heaps of sunchokes. Last year we got some squashes and melons. Heaps of greens. Huge turnip.
Ooodles of serviceberries and juneberries.
I don't understand about hugelculture. Where does the initial water come from? You had to water it first, right? Or did you just let it get rained on? And doesn't it dry out from being exposed on 2 sides? I don't get it.
Marijke Groothuis wrote:For what it is worth, I live in Australia and we have extemely hot summers here. Last year I began my food forest (or what is supposed to become one!) by making triangular planters out of tightly bound small straw bales. Fruit trees and native trees were planted above ground in those planters and then I watered the straw, NOT the soil.
Will be interesting to see what this year will bring, but so far it is looking good...
Did you fill the planters up with soil? Or did you sink the bales into the ground?
Tyler Ludens wrote:Thanks, I'm familiar with it. What we're really wanting to see is someone growing normal fruit and vegetables in a dry climate, without irrigation. An actual example, not a theoretical example. I hope I don't seem impatient, but, it's something we keep seeing people claim - growing a food garden without irrigation in a dry climate. What some of us are wanting to see, are actual examples of this, and have been looking for such an example literally for years.
Yes, I would like to see it, too! Although it is mostly cool and damp here, we get no rain at all 5-7 months out of the year. I'm still trying to find a way to grow stuff on the embankment across the street without having to water.
Tyler Ludens wrote:I'm not so much offended as exhausted by the thought of hard work!
I think some people are born energetic and capable of hard work, just as some people are born tall and beautiful. Does this mean the low-energy person should be called lazy? For instance, my dad will be 86 in a couple weeks. He jogs every day and last year was the oldest contestant in the La Jolla Pier Swim. His mom lived to be 102, also energetic. Neither I nor my sister seem to have inherited those energetic genes; we both find it a huge challenge to even get out of bed in the morning. I get exhausted after only a couple hours of physical labor or concentration anymore. My sister if she overdoes it, can wind up so exhausted she has to stay in bed for days. Does this mean we're lazy, or does it mean we just didn't luck out in the genes department? I'm hoping this thread will be more about how to keep trying even when it's hard, and not so much about criticizing other people.
Thank you, Tyler. I was born a low energy person, too, and have been that way all my life. And I can tell you that it is much harder for me to just do the activities of daily living than it is for some people to jog or work out or work 2 jobs. I'm 56 now, and I've been this way my entire life. If I had a dollar for every time I've been called lazy, I'd have that homestead now. I spend my life in an almost constant state of fatigue. It wasn't until a few years ago that I found out (quite by chance) that I have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Now I know why I'm so tired. My ligaments are so loose, they barely hold my body together. That means my muscles are constantly working to take over the job that most people's ligaments and tendons do passively. For me, standing upright for any length of time is as hard work as walking several miles is for another person. Bad connective tissue also means sloppy veins that tend to let blood pool and leak. So I have very low blood pressure, bruise easily, and feel faint if I'm standing and not moving. And yes, it's depressing, because, dammit, I want to do more. But pushing my body too hard justs leads to more injuries, pain and fatigue. Sometimes, taking it easy is the hardest thing of all, especially since I'm naturally impatient.
The winter after the snowball fight in mid summer, we got the settler blizzard (look at the ones Laura Ingalls Wilder writes about) of 3 1/2 days of horizontal white, highs of -35f and Dad had to put some big nail spikes in the roof, tie off to them with a rope and shovel the snow off a 60 degree roof every 8-12 hours or the rafters would collapse.
Good lord! And I thought -32* in upstate NY was cold!
Wool has great loft, whether it be sheep, goat, angora rabbit, even your dogshed if you have one of the ones that produces a thick long coat (it has to be spun with something else). The animal doesn't have to lose it's life to produce, but it is still having to take the fiber from the animal to work with.
The dog will shed that hair anyway. It's not like you take it out when they need it. I've been working on spinning doghair. I mix it with a small amount (about1/4 by weight) alpaca because I'm a beginner and I use a drop spindle, but there's a lady on youtube who spins straight doghair. Here's a hat made from doghair that I just finished.
Cold is where I grew up, 7.5 foot frost line, (permafrost is 9 to 10) and -40 common for winters (both scales agree there) and -200f windchill (it can happen and you don't know cold until it's -40 to -45f and wind of 40-50 mph). In that situation it was multilayers, wool, silk at the skin, goose down, and canvas parka surface with waterproofing; what we called snow-boots (snowmobile boots with felt liners), wool socks, your face is covered, you have eyes covered, and you have two layers of gloves, silk inner and wool or shearling lined leather on the outside.
Alder Burns wrote:I would start with observation. What's growing around you, in the neighborhood and the surrounding area that has a similar climate? SF is a very odd climate, not at all similar to many other "Mediterranean" climates. The summer coolness and fog will enable many plants to thrive for you that are quite impossible for me (in the Central Valley only three hours drive from there).
Establishment is always the big challenge. If your irrigation water is limited you need to be sure to do most of your plantings during the rainy season, preferably at its onset, so that the new plants can grow lots of roots before the next drought comes in.
Experiment carefully with mulch. A lot of permaculture resources treat heavy mulch as a panacea, always good. At least in my version of the Mediterranean climate it isn't always necessarily so. I find it creates a habitat for insects and slugs, hinders light rains from penetrating the soil, and is a fire hazard. Usually I keep it out of the annuals altogether.
I'm right at the beach. The city stopped watering the embankment along the beach several years ago. It had been planted with cypresses, myoporums and pittosporums, with an understory of hebes and ice plants and grass. Since they stopped watering, everything is either dead or dying except the pittosporums, ice plants and cypresses, which are all large and well established. During the rainy season, it can be quite lush with various weeds and grasses. Around the hood, I see olives and eucalypts (all large) that get along without water.
So I'm stil wondering, does the real Mediterranean get any rain at all in the summer months?
I live in San Francisco, CA., considered a Mediterranean climate. The weather here is mild, damp, foggy and grey in June-July. Sunny and warm August-Sept.-Oct. Rains in late Nov.-end of March, with some rain possible Apr.-May in some years. Can't count on that, tho. Extremely harsh winds in the spring-early summer. So that means NO rain at all from (at best) June thru Oct., and very often, April thru Oct. That's 5-7 months with NO rain. We no longer have anything like winter, due to climate change.
My question is, in the real Mediterranean, in Europe, do you folks get any rain at all in the summer? Or are you the same as here? I want to start planting an embankment with edible and medicinal plants, and there will be no way to water it except with what I can carry in a can. The soil is very thin and sandy. I don't want to spend a lot of effort and money on plants, and then have them dry up on me because, oh, you know what? We forgot to tell you that California isn't a real Mediterranean climate.
There are several kinds of Prickly Pear Cactus, and two different parts are eaten, the pads (paddles or 'nopales') and the fruits that form after flowering (they turn pinkish red usually when 'ripe'), (fruits or 'tuna'). I am propagating several kinds to find what gives the best fruits and will survive here. Some kinds grow wild here.
Deb, He goes into the various species in the book.
[quote=Thekla McDanieWhen the need for insulin is removed glucose removed from the blood (by not eating sugar or other carbohydrates), then the absence of insulin is not an issue.
He may be able to reduce his need for insulin slightly, but the problem is that the brain needs glucose. To get it in the abscense of carbs, protein and fats have to be broken down and converted to simple sugars by glyconeogenesis. So there wil always be a certain amount of sugar in the blood, and for that you need insulin to transport it into the brain. He can't make insulin. So I don't know what he can do.
Richard Force wrote:So I'll start with explaining my situation.
I have been diabetic since I was 3. I have type 1 hyper glycemia (high blood sugar) diabetes. I have to constantly wear and insulin pump taking quiet large amounts of insulin at times.
So here is my question.
Has anyone here found out anything about herbal remedies that could help restore the beta cells that produce the insulin, a plant(s) or a combination of plants that some how can substitute insulin even in minute amounts, or even help to keep the blood sugar down in general.
Now I have found plenty of info that applies to type 2 diabetes but that is not what I'm looking for unless some of the "remedies" there could also benefit high blood sugars.
Thank you all in advance cant wait to see what kind of information everyone can come up with.
I know of nothing that will restore beta cells, except maybe gene therapy. I do have a book called
Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine, which has a lot of info on how it has been used in Mexico to lower blood sugar for many years. But I think they are talking about type 2. However, it certainly wouldn't hurt to try it, since they are also a common food item, and pretty tasty!
Queenie Hankinson wrote:I have 22 acres of woodlands in Southwest , MO near the Arkansas border.
Wow, thanks for all the info! It sounds terrific. I would think you have to let the animals eat stuff that has already seeded, for them to be able to spread it around? I'm going to print this out and hang on to it.
We are capable of doing great harm to the planet and all who inhabit it, then capable of shades of lies and compartmentalization so we can ignore or try to justify what we do.
It ALL comes out in the end, as we reap what we have sown and not what we lie or justify to ourselves about what we have sown.
LOL, you sound just like me! Only I call us cancer.
I have a food forest. I did not cultivate anything. Instead, I introduced animals to my gardens then let then wander in my woods. They dropped their feces and all kinds of stuff began to grow there.
From quince to persimmon, huckleberries, gooseberry brambles, taro, wild yams, elderberries, raspberries, strawberries, kale, dandelions, poke, tons of stuff...and I never do a thing.
I have too many herbs in there to count, numerous greens, edible roots, wild tomatoes and other fruits, great mushrooms too.
I may introduce potatoes in there....
My engineering of this, was simply to herd animals in to clear paths, eat ticks, and drop spore.
This is really interesting! I would love to learn more details about how you did this. What do you mean by "I introduced animals to my gardens"? How? What is your garden like? Where do you live? How long did it take? How much land do you have? I would <b>love[/b] to see some pictures!
Ooo, hobbies...my downfall. I have too many. I tend to cycle thru them. I do carting with my dogs. I paint:http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/lori-ziemba.html, crochet, knit and spin. I collect cacti and I have a plot at a community garden, along with a small guerrilla garden. I love post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction. I make wine from cactus fruit. I have a fishtank. Lately, I've been watching a lot of Youtube about the coming crash.
I have a bunch of kailaan (Chinese broccoli) and some giant spinach that all bolted this week. I cut them back, but I'm wondering if I should just pull them out? Will they come back with noew shoots that are edible, or are they finished?
By mixing the various veggy families in the same beds, you are adding enough diversity that disease should not become problematic. Concentrating one veggy family enmasse is what attracts diseases, and over-populations of pests.
But it seems to me that what he is suggesting in the above quote is to make specific beds and stick to them for certain vegetables. I don't see him mentioning mixing in other things, unless he asumes it's understood?