The 3rd season of Live Free or Die has been showing and is the best one yet.
The parts with Tony and Amelia have been the highlight again for us with their great working relationship, excellent humor and wonderful ideas they bring to the show. We can't wait to see what they do next.
I recently saw that there is a farming game out there but is completely conventional farm orientated not so permie. I wish there was a permaculture video game. An experience which focused on being creative and building life not poisons, guns or cars.
Some games currently use building blocks to a great permie game.
-custom terrain creation (Mine craft, though it is to blocky for my liking)
-virtual animals (Buck hunter)
-maturing plant life (Tropico)
-day and night, weather and seasonal changes (Harvest moon)
-home design (The Sims)
-forest management (Stronghold)
Yes its bait. The slugs/snails like to hide on the underside of the bark out of the sun. A pair of work gloves with the rubber palm/fingers works good picking and wiping the slugs off the bark into a bucket The concave shape of the slab of bark makes a nice chute for aiming them in to a bucket with 3" of water in it. I usually try not let the underside (concave) of the bark dry out and I check once a day, then throw them to the fish and ducks.
Is the squash element of the three sisters meant to provide the beans protection from invasive deer?
I came to this conclusion this summer from observing a 3 sisters garden on a hillside swale. Lots of beans, some corn with the odd pumpkin sprouted (survived/ never watered) during our dry spring/summer. With no protection from deer, a group came along and wiped out all of the exposed beans but those under the pumpkins canopy flourished. The corn became stunted and didn't seem appealing to them. For the last month the beans within the pumpkins canopy provided a good yield with a continual nightly deer presence.
I know the the Dean area a little bit, since I live 20k away in Upper Stewiacke . It's nice rolling hills but very quite and I wouldn't recommend it to you though if a vibrant community is what your looking for. I would recommend checking out Maitland, a small fishing town 30mins south of Truro on the Minas Basin, or the Tatamagouche which also is nice and reasonably priced.
Paul your story made me laugh, again I realize I'm not alone. Living here in the Maritimes we have had a 100+cm the last week. The neighbor who I plow his driveway for the neighborly 'free' rate through blizzard or sunshine, complained it wasn't plowed as asthetic as he liked and wanted me to move a bunch of the piles to his liking.
Cargo bikes... great idea. I have been thinking of building a 1 or 2 wheel trailer for my bike. With the hwy I live on being a nightmare for cyclists, width of transport as to not hang a trailer wheel or the ability to drop off onto washed away shoulders at a moments noice, a cargo bike would work best.
"Wasabi Greens", they are a type of mesculn and seem to be a excellent pest attracting plant within my hay mulched beds here in Upper Stewiacke. Often planted by mesculns, arugula, squash and spinach the wasabi greens will be riddled with holes of all sizes whereas the other plants leaves will be near perfect. I think I purchased them from West Coast Seeds years back and have collected them since. They selfseed like crazy, don't bolt in summer and sprout in early spring providing a long season.
For us they have become the must have plant in all our greenhouses.
Most of the time the boards can be lifted out, dropped on each other and then replaced, knocking off all pests without disturbing the plants. If done over a tarp they can be transported easily and used as fowl feed outside the garden. I do this for most plantings and remove the boards permently when the plant matures.
I started doing this the last two years, after a big fall storm did a number on my hay mulched beds. Intailly, I used the boards to weight down the mulch with lengths of slab wood, and I found when I went to move them on their underside slugs and snails cling to them as the wood provides them a highway for roaming and shelter from the sun. This lead me to lining all my beds with slab wood. But as I expanded the gardens last year I disovered it become to much, and I strarted to trip on alot of those loose boards. Which lead me start planting between them.
Ross I know your pain! Our farm borders a large meadow and the morning mist produces a slug/snail paradise. A way I have found success with deep mulching is to plant between 2 boards, with the boards leaned up agianst the mulch on either side. This leaves a row of exposed soil within the piled mulch to seed. As the seedlings grows, sluging can be done by simply looking at the underside of the boards.
I'm sure the networks want drama, so why not give them drama. Give grants to 10 groups with the opporutity to show of their permaculture pathway, and give the other 1 million to Paul and his efforts to make the lab something Epic. Focus each episode on one of the groups efforts which I'm sure they could find some drama within, as well as Paul focuses on informing the world about skills associated with permacuture such as wofatis, cfls, seed saving , hugelculture, rocket stoves etc.
My neighbor cut down 4 mature pine and fur trees the other day and said I could have the branches if I wanted. Many are 4+" in diameter with green needles on their smaller branches. I was thinking of building a hugel bed and was wondering how I should go about using them in it. I just finished digging a trench for the bed and have yet start to put the branches into them. Part of me thinks that maybe it would be best to let them dry and allow most of the needles fall prior. Stripping the needles will take some time and my avialable time is short right now for this project.
I agree with you Leah. They are the star of our farm. Don't listen to Paul on this one.
M H Bonham your right too, nothing compares to fresh goat products.
The key to goats is moderation to me. 2 goats works awesome for us, we get 11 months a year of milk production and mow most of the "lawn"for us.
3 wires spaced 14" on 6' posts has never had an escape. I make sure goats no what the fence is with a nudge against it or two, the first day and never have a problem after. We keep the kids for 1 month in a large pen w/mom and don't bottle feed, unless nescessary.
I live in central Nova Scotia and comfrey can be found here, I assume that you may be able to find it in your area maybe even on your property. I ordered seeds and later discovered I had comfrey apenty on banks near a small brook on my farm. If your ever in the Truro area your welcome to some.
Thanks for the post Jennifer. You sound to be in the same situation as me proir to moving to the Stewiacke Valley. We love it here and recently discovered many more homesteader/permie minded people in the upper Stewiacke area.
We found we lucked out with the farm we chose as we are close to (5k) gas, mail, groceries, part-time employment and bank. This has saved us many hours and gas $. Aswell having a small home and wood heat allows us to be warm without large heat bill.
I agree with you Jocelyn, I'm 3 years into my premaculture farm and understand the time things take. Just seems as though a temporary growing systems (nusery/garden) for seed saving, plant propagation and food would make sense to me.
There's 2 of us on our farm, we have to do everything and have never had help, our farm runs with a rule set of garden/water in the morning and build/maintenance in the afternoon, or else I binge build. Keep on working hard.
Looks like you had already found my topic. thks for the post
What is the P3 pdc? I haven't heard of it. Is there a local permie meetups that I should know of?
I rarely have the time to leave the farm during the summer months so you would likely to drop by here.
We will be building a 1/2 ac pond here some time this summer and maybe a rocket stove too, you would be welcome to come by to help out.
What types of seeds would you be looking for?