Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:Actually I think parents can teach their children all they need to learn. In a 'perfect world' there's no need for schools. It's because 'modern society' wants adult people to earn money and to work away from home that schools are needed (parents do not have the time for educating their children).
The most important thing children need to learn (in my opinion) is how to interact / communicate with others (humans, animals, the natural world). And then they need to learn to read, so they can read all that's written on everything they need to learn more ...
Math is important too, because whatever you want to make, you need to do calculations.
I agree that there is no need for schools, at least how they are now. I think they are used to indoctrinate children to think that they need careers, to unquestionably follow orders, need to fall into debt, need to go to a university, to be blindly patriotic, ect... How would they tax us for 40+years if a larger portion of society was more self reliant, perhaps only working part time jobs. Sorry this is probably too political because this is not in the cider press, Im probably just making more work for the great staff.
I would like to see critical thinking emphasized. How to do good research would be a good subject to hit upon because education is a lifelong process, we learn as we want to know something. I would love to see emphasis on the scientific method, the 'science' is never settled. With these three things and basic reading, math, grammar, ect... would set people up for a successful life no matter what path they choose.
Many of the things in this thread would be great to have as an option for the children to learn, if they choose. I would like to see more real life skills that are elective. If I have no interest in gardening, perhaps I would like to take a class on small engine repair or welding.
Do they dig? I am going to be raising chickens Justin Rhodes style with movable electric fence this year. I think that once they are big enough to not be on the chickens menu they could be in the same enclosure.
I think this would be a good time to figure out a design for future fires. Designing in fire breaks followed by fire resistant plantings could help. I have not done any fire resistant designs, so I wont be much help with practical stuff.
If you have time, I would consider walking through recently burnt areas (1-3 years). This will give you an idea how quickly the area will recover. Maybe you could focus on establishing desirable plants or putting in water features if the natural recovery is adequate.
It's looking good Dez. I am doing well, thank you. I have done a good amount of barefoot hiking recently. It always puts me in a good mood. That connection to the trail seems special. The month of walking on your pointy rocks has really toughened my feet. 😄
I am missing being out there already even though I'm having fun and getting some stuff done here in Michigan. Perhaps if I finish a few projects, I'll find my way back out
Thank you Douglas. This is the method i use to search many sites including permies because I believe the results are often better and easier to navigate. I guess I could search different sites individually using this method, but it would be nice if the most relevant videos showed up regardless of site that hosts them.
This approach of searching my favorite sites individually in addition to the default search, is likely to be my approach to find appropriate content
Hi Dez, How is the solarium project going? I looked at the solarium thread as well as the last 4 pages of your thread. Thanks.
I have also seen this red yarrow that you have a picture of a couple of pages ago. A quick search showed yellow, white, red, pink, and purple varieties. Im guessing that these other colors were selected as a part of breeding programs for use in ornamental flower gardens.
Are there any search engines that search alternative video streaming sites? I am trying to get away from the major video streaming site for reasons I am not willing to discuss here. I can add '-(sitename)' to a search to eliminate the undesired site, but the results seem to show results mostly on Vimeo and dailymotion when using duckduckgo and ecosia. There are other sites included, but some of the alternate sites seem to be missing completely.
I like the last mockup picture. I usually switch to the desktop mode and zoom in to the recent topics and it looks very much like this mockup. I like having the thumbnail pictures next to the topic, this often gets me to click where I might not have with just the text titles.
Joylynn, that is great to know about putting the blooms in olive oil. I will be trying it this year. How long do you let them sit in the oil before straining it out? Or do you just leave them. Do you add anything like beeswax to thicken it?
Can you harvest the leaves any time? Or do you wait until the fall for a reason?
I will have to pay attention this year to notice what else is blooming with goldenrod. Good to hear it helps bees get through otherwise lean times, there sure is a great amount of it.
Thanks Pete. I have not taken the time to identify my type(s) of goldenrod, though I suspect it is Canada goldenrod. The goldenrod areas are the only area that knapweed has not been able to take over. That alone is reason enough to mostly leave it alone for me. I think I would try to sheet mulch out to the mature drip line of trees that I was trying to get established. Has anybody tried this?
I have large areas of my meadow covered in goldenrod. When well established it is essentially a monocrop. This makes me think it is allopathic and a quick search confirmed my suspicion. I did not see any more information regarding what plants are targeted by the allopathy. Are there any wildflowers or other plants that grow well with goldenrod? It is very beautiful and bugs seem to love it, so I dont think it's all that bad. Do you try to keep it in check or at least out of the garden?
For now I have been chop and dropping the goldenrod that comes up in the garden.
Are there any uses for goldenrod? I have not yet read about the medicinal properties. Is it edible?
This seems like a plant that people either love or hate.
Hello, I live in the northwest corner of the lower peninsula of Michigan. I am about 10 miles off the coast of lake Michigan. I have almost 10 acres of land that needs development. I have been studying permaculture for years now and just took a PDC. I have a decent collection of permaculture books to read if you are interested. I was also raised in the midwest, in northern Indiana. I am 36 years old.
I am a bit of an adventurer and like to hike, bicycle, kayak, ect... I am enjoying learning plant identification and foraging. I have a bit of gardening experience and enjoy learning more about it. I have set a goal of growing/raising 50-75% of my food 5 years from now. This is partially motivated by the uncertain times we are in. I am not political and tend to distrust things the government and media are telling us, so I'm a bit of an anarchist. I am 420 friendly and it is legal in Michigan.
Feel free to send me a private message or purple moosage if you would like to talk on the phone. You are welcome to come visit for as long as you like to see if I may be a fit.
I had a good discussion with Paul and uncle mud at dinner about future rocket forge plans. I figured on my own that the insulated heat bricks and a metal feed tube were not ideal and paul confirmed. Some things that I did not think of (I'm a rocket novice) included a taller than normal feed tube made out of fire brick and a longer much better insulated burn tunnel. I wish I was able to attend the rocket event in October
Today I finally got to build a rocket forge that did not end up working. This was towards the end of the schedule and uncle mud seemed to be juggling too many projects, so for several days I helped him to get a chance to play with a forge. Uncle mud is fantastic to work with by the way, I enjoyed joking around while getting stuff done.
I ended up taking a fire brick core with a metal feed tube and placed it into a cut off end of a 55 gallon drum and filled it with sand. I then took insulated fire bricks and stacked a heat riser with a window at the bottom to stick the metal in. I then wrapped the heat riser in ceramic blanket. The hottest it got in the window was around 1100 °F, it was hotter in the coals at the bottom of the feed tube (1250 °F). As I was burning, Paul walks by and says 'want me to shit on your design', so I have that to look forward to as a dinner discussion. It is not my design, but it was quick to build and I have learned quite a bit in this experiment.
I have been working on the drystack foundation for the solarium project. This has been a fun puzzle. Too bad my rocks at home are all round. Here are a couple progress pics. We are close to finishing up this part of the project
Yes this was helpful, thanks Eric. I think I may try some wine cap inoculated mulch in my gardens. I have just plugged a bunch of logs with shitake and oyster mushrooms this spring. I think I will use leftover branches and log chunks for some wine caps
Hugelkulture is not my thing, but woodchips and fungi (wine caps) are. Looking at that pile I personally see a nice bed of wood or wood chips being composted by edible Wine Cap mushrooms and growing veggies at the same time. If you choose this option, over time the Wine Caps will reduce the wood into extremely fertile garden bedding that is second to none.
Wine Caps are about the easiest mushroom to grow and if you are interested, I can walk you through the process.
Eric, how would you inoculate the decaying wood with wine caps? It seems like they would already be mostly or totally colonized with other types of mushrooms. Would the wine caps outcompete established mushrooms?
Jerry McIntire wrote:It sounds like lots of insulation, with mass on the inside of the insulation envelope, is best for the temperature swings of desert areas. Am I reading the situation well?
The constant heat of oversized cities in the hottest zones is another thing.
Maybe using just thermal mass in the walls would work well in situations with large diurnal temperature swings. I would figure out how wide the wall needs to be for the temperature to take 12 hours to move through and put a large roof overhang to protect from direct summer sun. This way the day heat is radiating into the house at night and cool night temps during the day.
I am arriving in Missoula tonight or tomorrow morning. I would like to spend a day or two exploring Missoula before going to the pdc. Anybody care if I pitch my small tent in their lawn? I do not need any electricity or water. I am bicycling in and would like some rest before heading to Wheaton labs. Feel free to send me a purple moosage. Thanks for any suggestions
I think making a trellis up to the roof would be a good way to use that vertical space. Wires could be ran up to the peak of the roof or other side to extend the trellis. This would shade the roof and just look cool
I think some of the roots die because there is suddenly not as big of a demand for nutrients. Maybe the tree can put its energy into regrowing new sprouts instead of maintaining roots that wont be fully used until the new branches are big enough to demand and draw up those nutrients. Not all of the roots die, just the ones supplying the cut branches.
Also, Paul thinks that nitrogen fixing plants share small amounts of nitrogen without cutting the plant back. This may be due to tiny roots no longer being necessary when the local nutrients have been extracted. This is just my guess.
I want to build a few very large berms to block the road, possibly as early as spring. There would be several hundred feet of 8+ foot berms. I would like some ideas on sourcing enough seeds and plants to immediately plant as soon as I am done. I will be saving the top soil to put on top, hoping for a bunch of regrowth and dormant seeds sprouting.
I was at a campground the other day and saw a bunch of dandelion seeds just outside the mowed area, so I filled a grocery bag. This got me thinking about my berm project. I plan to make collecting seeds this summer/fall a priority. I know of a 2 year old clear cut that will have huge amounts of mullein seeds this year. Any suggestions on seeds to collect? Preferably these would be easy to collect in large amounts.
What about sources for buying bulk seeds? I think various large bags of bird seed including sunflower would work well.
I may cut some hay to use as mulch when done hoping I get a bunch of seeds. After the berm is mulched I may try to transplant things such as wild strawberries and lilacs.
I like to taste berries and sometimes plants I dont know. My sense of taste will tell if it is not edible or poison. Poisonous berries are usually bitter in a bad way. I always spit something out the first time I taste it then try to identify it. I may try a small amount if I I identify or it tastes good.
William Bronson wrote:
I'm trying potatoes in carboard boxes this year and then there is something I'm currently calling a "growth ring"
William, the growth ring looks great. Is the cage to keep critters out or keep that nice comfrey contained? 😃 also, it looks like that may be fine enough mesh to be used as a compost container, perhaps as a part of a keyhole bed
I'm having trouble thinking of things to pull from the waste stream. Maybe some old sheets of corrugated metal or roofing could be strapped to the top of a car. Here is a good thread for that hauling long awkward stuff The metal could be cut into strips of desired height. I'm thinking posts along the outside and just using the pressure from the soil to hold them up.
Do you have any rocks? Or bricks?
Maybe milk crates could be used by putting enough rocks to weigh them down and hold back the soil.
Do you have anything to build hugelkultur beds? There would be no need to build walls. If your neighbors would not like the aesthetic, they could built small and added to over a couple seasons.
I remember hearing in one of Paul's podcasts, some guy just used a bunch of linseed oil on tamped earth. It apparently worked. I think cordwood would work on tamped gravel. I would try filling the gaps with dirt and covering the entire floor in some kind of oil.