I think the question of whether or not to include cats as part of your permaculture design, is to first ask, 'are or were small cats apart of the natural environment where I am?' In North America there are bobcats and lynx. Due to hunting and trapping many of theses small predators have been wiped out locally. A barn can can be a substitute. BUT wild cats are highly territorial solitary hunters. If you are hoping to mimic this, you want to ensure that your tiny predator is spayed or neutered to ensure population control. Because unlike their wild counterparts domestic cats will live in colonies. This can be devastating on local fauna. As with many things in permaculture there's a sweat spot that we aim for, without careful design and implementation the balance is upset and damage results.
Amos Burkey wrote: Very cool! Do you know where the the hugel will be located? I am guessing it is not going to be on campus (Lincoln). I would love to see it growing something. I am in the process of hugelkultur-ing and its very intriguing. Congrats on the new project!
It will be on East Campus at the student organic farm behind the Law College, which is a little scary because they dont want anything "messy looking"
YAY! the University approved our proposal to put a hugelkultur in and will allow us to dig! We are able to find some cottonwoods to put in it but we also have a lot of pine too, so the idea was proposed to build a hugelkultur with pine and grow blueberries, and other acidic loving plants. Has anyone had any success with this kind of hugel, or is there other issues other than the acidity of pine in doing a hugel. It would be nice to see the pine not go to a burn pile so using it in this way would be nice, but I haven't read anything positive about the use of pine in hugelbeds.
Ok so i talked everybody into doing a hugelkultur bed for our Student Organic Farm at the University of Nebraska, yay! The only thing is I'm the authority on this topic of the group and I've never done one, which i did tell them that up front. I've read Paul's article at richsoils.com and seen all the videos, listened to the podcasts that i can find so I got the basics, rotting cottonwood tree, cover with sod and then dirt and ta-dah hugelkultur bed right? Except what shape would be best, what direction should it run, do i put hay on top with sticks holding it on Sepp style? Or any other advice on this would be great. The good news is that since its with the University it can be experimental so its ok if we don't get it perfect, but I want to blow minds, and add to world domination and there're a lot of kids in the agriculture program here that are looking forward to being future wage slaves of Monsanto and i want them to see a success! So any help advice would be great.
I found this open source for plans to a fly trap. One of the pictures shows it packed full of flies. Think of what a great source of food this could be for your chickens. I haven't tried it yet, but I thought I'd share.
Basswood (Chap. III., Par. 31).
8 pcs. 3/8"xl"xl2 1/2" S 2 S Sides. 8 pcs. 3/8"xl"x 7 1/2" S 2 S Cross pieces. 5 pcs. 1/2"x3/4"x9" S 2 S Top pes.
8 pes. 1/4"x3/4"x9" S 2 S Trim. 3 dozen 1" brads.
3 dozen 1/2" brads.
1 1/2 dozen 3/8" corrugated nails.
1 yard 24" screen wire.
9 dozen small tacks.
1 piece 5/32" Bessemer rod 8" long.
2 screw eyes No. 114.
1 pair 3/4"x3/4" brass hinges. 1 small clasp.
Recent investigation has proven that the common housefly is a very dangerous enemy to human life. The fact that it spreads disease and is in every way undesirable is sufficient reason why everybody should be as careful as possible to prevent its increase. One of the most successful ways to wage war on flies is to screen our homes so as to shut them out, and then leave no uncovered garbage pails or any other feeding places for them.
In cities where everybody has been interested in disposing of flies the results have been very encouraging. School children have helped wonderfully by engaging in fly-catching contests.
You can do a great practical good for your own home and community by making this flytrap carefully and using it throughout the fly season.
The House Fly as Disease Carrier, L. O. Howard. Published by F. A.
Stokes Pub. Co., New York. U. S. Bulletin No. 459, and U. S. Bulletin No. 679, House Flies. Insects and Disease, Doane. Henry Holt & Co. Our Household Insects, Butler. Longmans, Green Co. Household Insects and Methods of Control, Bulletin No. 3, Ithaca, N. Y. U. S. Bulletin No. 155, How Insects Affect Health. Fly Traps and Literature. International Harvester Co., Chicago. Winter War on Flies, Willard Price, Technical World, February, 1915. Our Insect Friends and Enemies, John Smith. J. B. Lippincott Pub. Co.
Suggestions For Original Design
Glass Fruit Jar
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Fly Trap Specifications
The Side Strips
You will probably have to rip your material from stock; select the best surface of your stock for a working face (Chapter II., Paragraph 2); plane one edge for a working edge (Chapter II., Paragraph 4). With the marking gauge, gauge the width of the strips on both surfaces of the stock (Chapter II., Paragraph 6). Rip just outside the line; plane to the gauge lines. Prepare all the side strips in like manner. Saw them the required length. Notice that on two sides of the fly trap, the side strips are narrower than on the other two sides. This is done so the four sides will be equal when assembled. Miter the lower end of each strip, as shown in the drawing.
I'm new to the idea of fermented foods. So far I have only tried kumbotcha and loved it, but have not made any myself. What would be a good starter food to try to make myself, and what if any special items would I need to acquire.
Sorry if this is not the right place for this, I wasn't sure where to put this question.
I have been doing research on different toilet/septic options. I know Paul is a big fan of the composting toilet, or tree bog toilet, but what are the feelings about methane digester? My understanding is, and i could be wrong, that you collect your poo, and it goes in to your digester, and is digested by bacteria, to produce methane gas that is then captured and used for cooking fuel, heating, and for your hot water heater. At some point you have poop kol-aid that comes out that as been digested and can be directly added to your compost pile. Is this a correct interpretation? This seems like a great system to me, you get fuel and compost, but i would like to hear pro and con of this system from anyone who knows, and comparisons of this to other waste management systems.
Just thought i'd share it with you all. I live in ag-country so this hit really close to home, as in one of the frogs tested came from a irragation ditch less than 10 miles from my house. How can you live in a environmental responsible way and have a healthy permaculture farm if your neighbors are toxifying the ground and water? I'm looking in to moving but where is safe?
I hope spreading the news and raising awareness will help.
This shows a picture of a Japanese style soaking tub. It might give you some ideas. The Japanese have been using wooden barrels for centuries. They seem simple and yet beautiful. I don't know how hard it would be to make your own, but then again the Japanese have been making and using them for centuries.
Lasse Holmes wrote:CO2 released from fermentation can be used wonderfully for plant/algae but I don't think that exhaust from a rocket will be clean enough. Can algae handle CO not to mention the plethora of other compounds that will be present in the exhaust at different times/stages/conditions? Perhaps some small scale experimentation is in order before too much investment in plannning and construction. I appreciate the approach of not wanting "waste" so don't let my doubt get in the way of your mission. Please share your results for us fellow "gleaners". Canyon
As far as the algae handling other compounds, I believe they can but not sure you'd want to eat it then. But it was also my understanding that rocket mass heaters only released CO2 and steam, with a little smoke at the beginning, according to http://www.richsoil.com/rocket-stove-mass-heater.jsp I'm just basing my idea on theory, i have never built one so i'm totally speculating.
Ok i'm new to all this, but i absolutely love all the things i'm learning. what i was really wanting to know is: Is there a maximum length of exhaust pipe for a rocket mass heater? I was wanting to channel the CO2 through an algae grower similar to this one i found on line at http://www.inventgeek.com/Projects/Photo-Bio-reactor-V2/OverView.aspx Is this even possible? I just think it's a shame to release all that CO2 in the the atmosphere when it could be growing algae that is super healthy for you. I got a couple of ideas as to how to pull this off, but in input of ideas would be great!
Petra Smirnoff wrote:Hi, I am studying naturopathy and while I don't know much about this specific tree, I do know that there are a good number of herbs high in saponins. Wild yam and chickweed come to mind. Maybe these can be extracted for soap making without having to divert resources to a soap tree.
I hadn't thought to look for other plants that would do the same thing, thank you for the info
While doing some research on soap making I came across this very unique tree called a soapberry tree or Sapindus drummondii, apparently the berries contain the substance called saponins which has been used by native people for soap for thousands of years. Here is a website about the Soapberry tree:
OK this is my first post, so be gentle with me This past holiday weekend i took my children to the children's zoo in our town. While we were there the girls wanted to see the butterfly pavilion that had just opened. Once inside i was amazed by the large number of monarch butterflies. Knowing that they migrate south, i asked one of the zoo keepers at what point they released the butterflies to allow them to migrate. I was told that it was against the law to release them! When i asked the stunned WHY? i was told that the USDA considers them to be PESTS! and by releasing them they would alter local population numbers.
I just want to know when has pollinators been labeled as pests?
How can a insect that migrates and that is native to this country bother local populations of the the same species?
Not to mention how may butterflies die at the hand of chemicals sprayed on plants and flowers?
So how is releasing butterflies a bad thing?
I dont blame the zoo, they are just obeying the law, but the USDA on the other hand is a thing of pure evil! >