Tereza Okava wrote:we use clove for insect repellant (soak lots of cloves in alcohol for a month or so and spray on. strain and add a bit of mineral or veg oil if you're worried about skin irritation.) for working in the garden and for visitors-- we throw a lot of parties on our back porch in the garden and guests often have children and don't want to use commercial insect repellant. It works well for about 2 hours before you have to reapply. It stains clothing though, I wonder if there is some way to use clove essential oil for the same purpose.
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I was going to post this on permies today, cool to see it's already here!
I made 30 min. mozzarella today and used the (acid) whey as a soil amendment for recently planted blueberries. I recently found another source for raw milk, so hopefully I'll be using a lot of those leftover whey ideas.
I popped on today to see if I could start earning my Food Prep and Preservation Badge with stuff like making yoghurt, butter, or mozzerella cheese.
I know they're not all inclusive as it's not vegan...but I'd love to see some dairy options added.
Maybe a future addition to the pizza badge? Homemade mozzerella to go on top of a homemade sourdough crust pizza?
I saw an idea where someone used old silverware with metal letter punches to create some pretty unique plant labels. One can even find old silverware that already has holes as part of the design (I have old silverware that I found at a yardsale like this). I am hoping to be able to do this someday, once I've gotten the lettering stamps.
:) Edited to remove soup can idea-obviously steel would rust. ::facepalm::
Those look great, it's so neat to see pic.'s of what others have done.
One of my favorites is passionflower and california poppy for a sleep aid/mind calm downer. It works fine as a strong infusion too.
And another is straight dandelion, for those months when there aren't any fresh. :)
A friend made me a immune boosting one with (I think) elderberry and echinacea. That was pretty good too.
Oh, and plantain! In fact-with this thread inspiring me, I think I'll start a plantain tincture and dandelion tincture tomorrow. Thank you!
I've taken a few essential oil classes, and while I'm by no means an expert I'd like to throw a caution out there. There are only a few oils that are safe to use undiluted and it's recommended that they are only used undiluted in emergencies (example-full strength Lavender on a burn). Even using dilutions as low as 15-20% is dangerous on a regular basis for many oils. What is best to do is start with the lowest recommended dilution rate and work your way up if that's not effective. The lowest dilution is usually a 1-2%. Medicinal and should only be used under supervision of an aromatherapist warnings start at about 13-15%. Besides the health risks associated with various oils when you use oils full strength you risk sensitizing yourself to them. Clove is considered a 'hot' oil and can physically burn if you use it undiluted. Personally for clove I use 1-2 drops in a Tablespoon of coconut or organic olive oil, and that is usually sufficient.
A couple links that discuss dilutions:
Hi Mr. Redhawk,
You stated that,
"Presumption number one is correct. However presumption number two is flawed, just because you use a container does not mean you would have to constantly
adding to the soil microbiome, quite the contrary, that microbiome will continue as long as the minerals are present.
The problems arise when people use too much "fertilizer" in the container soil which poisons the microorganisms of the microbiome.
There are good options for fertilizing container plants though and those will not harm the microbiome so much, the trick is daily monitoring."
I was wondering what the "good option for fertilizing" a container garden would be? I've been reading through your soil series, maybe it's mentioned in there and I just haven't seen it yet, if so sorry for bothering you!
Also-I did composting with worms in a bin in the house a few years ago, and was wondering if a modified compost worm tower would be helpful in larger containers to build the soil naturally.
You're right-as already stated. And he's crazy. I'm wondering how he's going to react to the "I told you so." ;)
and Thank you to Kim for all the links! I had read years ago that Wild Ginger was not used herbally because it was unsafe, and didn't really question it then. Earlier this year I found out it is still being used and am quite excited by that. I especially appreciated the article "Wild Ginger: A Love Song to a "Toxic" Plant", very well written and informative.
Love it! It is so inspirational to see what others have done. And also, I too am jealous of how lush everything is looking...but at least we don't still have snow. Our last frost date was this past week (and it was frosty right up to it), so I'm just finally getting much of my annual garden planted.
If it wasn't raining right now, I'd go out and do a little video too. Hopefully tomorrow.
Just to clarify. Dwarf apple trees will not do as well as semi-dwarf which will not do as well with standard in a polyculture setting because they are less tolerant of root competition. ?
If you live in a town and a standard size tree is just too big, can you plant a standard and keep it trimmed to semi-dwarf size?
What rootstock is the best for trees that you want to have a polyculture under?
I think the others covered quite a bit of your main questions...so I'll go for fun stuff. I would recommend Tom Brown's books for reading material. He's got lots of great things you could be working on while you're out in the wild like that. Firestarting, toolmaking, weaponmaking, foraging for wild food, and especially tracking! There are so many cool things you could learn how to do, :). And also...if you haven't read them before permaculture books are great too. Toby Hemenway's, "Gaia's Garden: A guide to Home-Scale Permaculture" is a great beginnerish guide to it.
I second (or third?) using essential oils and diatomaceous earth for the ticks.
Also I'd look at a couple basic essential oils to add to your first aid kit. Lavender and Tea Tree and Peppermint are pretty cost-effective and have so many uses! Just make sure to buy from a reputable company...if you get impure oils they can do more harm than good.
Hi! I like the changes you made to the post. It's nice to have an approximate needle size. As a crocheter I would appreciate a hook size also. Also, you might want to list the discount for a kilo or more in oz. or lb.'s. I really like how you put in what you used to dye your sample with what a neat detail! And I think your pictures look stellar. Very pretty, good detail, nice background, they look inviting... :)
I was looking through some of your pictures by clicking on the reviews, and I really think you've got great balance in the pictures. I like the background white you used for the darker yarns and wood for the lighter yarns. I love the sheep and geese photo! It looks like the quality of lighting and the clarity could be improved in some of them...it makes me wish your shop was open now! My fingers are itching to crochet!
Just a quick note...and you probably already know this...but...one person had said to get your customers to purchase through your etsy shop and leave a review. Well , if you know they *won't* leave a review, you can still use the sell now page and have the sale added in (numbers wise) to your etsy account.
Also a note on photography...taking pictures in indirect light is good, it's even better when the sky is overcast. Or using the lightbox. I also second the idea of using a softer natural material under your yarns. (If you visit my shop...not all my pictures are great, I'm trying out a couple different cameras and playing with what I like.)
There were a couple names I liked from the lists...but it does sound like you need a bit more of a farm name first. And...if etsy is the selling place... I second the suggestion to make it simple! I have a couple friends on etsy and whenever I want to look for their stuff I search it in google instead of etsy because their names are a little hard to spell/complicated and the esty search engine is so word specific!
Hi, . I am putting in the middle of a long range vision of a permaculture food forest garden, and have had my back go out 4 times since the beginning of it...hardscaping stonework, weeding, and shoveling woodchips did me in.
Just a couple ideas. This depends on the size of your plot...and possibly your age...and how much money/help you can get or put into it.
If you have a smaller plot or even just more specifically in zone 1: You might want to consider a modified permaculture system that relies on raised bed planters with a wide ledge around them for working comfortably while sitting. A low maintenance path around said planters would also be a boon.
Other ideas- keep fruit trees to dwarf size, and prune them so the branches angle more down for ease of picking. Mulch, mulch, and more mulch! Weeding is the bane of a bad back. Keep your focus lower with vines that you plan on harvesting from also. I know this means losing part of your vertical space, but if you can't garden because you strained your back on the ladder while getting grapes or apples...well...it's all about trade-off isn't it? If you want to get woodchips for mulch, buying them bagged is a better option for the back than shoveling them into a wheelbarrow...same for dirt or compost...if you have to buy it.
Minimizing work that requires bending/twisting motions with the back is key. Like an earlier poster said about knees for lifting...
A permaculture garden with a touchy back is totally doable...but might need a bit of a different focus. Hope it goes well for you!
I think ways of gardening with the really wee ones was covered pretty thoroughly. So I kinda just wanted to add...let the little ones dream a bit, and encourage the ideas-even if some of them seem a bit crazy. Gentle molding of ideas instead of just a "no" will help them learn independence.
Last year my 8 and 6 year old wanted to build an undeground fort for their older sister for her birthday, it was one of those points where I wanted to look at them like they were crazy...instead I asked them to tell me their plans. They were so enthusiastic about it I told them they could do it on 2 conditions that they move the planned spot a bit (their idea was to build it right under my veg garden!) and if it wasn't finished in a month or two they wouldn't complain about filling it back in. They agreed and set to work. They had a wonderful week or so of digging and planning, and made an impressive hole-which stayed that same size the rest of the summer. When we were doing our fall clean-up I had them fill it in which they did as agreed while reminiscing about how fun it was to dig it, and making plans for an even bigger underground fort at their Nana's.
I guess the point is...it's easy to stifle creativity without even realizing you did that, and if we want our kids to work with us they need to be listened to with respect for their ideas- even if they don't work out they can provide great memories and build trust and communication.
Nicole, I really appreciated your last post. I've said for the last 10 or so years that the only thing you tell a woman who says she is pregnant is, "Congratulations!" I have 6 kids, and have had debilitating nausea the first 5 months of being pregnant with 5 of them, and postnatal and postpartum depression with 4. Pregnancy and dealing with small children (or other issues) is hard enough without judgementalism!
I also wanted to say I totally understand your feeling of losing 2 years of your sons life. That's one of the main reasons I think 6 kids is enough for us. It's so difficult not being able to care for your other children or spend time with them the way you would have if you hadn't been sick.
I'm glad things are finally looking up/smoothing out for you!
I'll definitely check out the Madison group. It would be nice to talk to people who already know what I mean when I say "fruit tree guild" or "herb spiral" or "zone 1 around the house"!
Eventually sometime faar in the future I want apples and frozen fruit in the winter too! It's going to be awhile though. We have 6 young kids and they all like to snitch off the bushes/trees/vines too.
I dream of taking a PDC some year soon. Do they have those/host them in Madison?
Hello from the Southwest, Lafayette county! I know most of these posts were put on here years ago...but it's nice to see so many interested in Permaculture in Wisconsin! I live in a small village on about 1/2 an acre. When we moved in 8 years ago there was only grass, a broken up and down inground pool, and a couple mature trees. Now? We have a couple apple trees, 5 grape vines, a kiwi vine, elderberry, 2 cherry trees, a peach, lots of blueberries, currants, gooseberries, red and black raspberries, mushrooms, and a garden that is slowly becoming gorgeous with awesome soil! Now...most of this is still on tje smaller side...but I'm hoping within the next 2 years we'll be able to have fruit available every day during the summer. Yum, right?
We also have rabbits. We were raising them for meat, but have put that on hold for a couple years, and now just enjoy them...and the great fertilizer they give.
We're looking at expanding our fruit trees this year again, and setting up more intricate guilds under them. We have a possibility of buying a lot behind our house with lots of mature trees on it, I'd love to be able to turn it into a small orchard...we'd have plenty to share with our friends/family/community then!
It's nice meeting you all!
I noticed an unanswered question and thought I'd answer that...and throw in my 2 cents about multi species grafts.
Zones are the permaculture concept of space around your house. The closer the Zone is to the house the more intensivesly it is likely to be used and the lower the number. Hence you wouldn't want a zone 2 veggie garden out in zone 7 (the back 40) where it is unlilely to get the care it needs.
Also while I really appreciate the theory of multi species grafts I have read quite a few stories of the different growth habits of the varieties grafted causing problems. Problems like the more vigorous of the varieties starting to take over and needing to be pruned back much harder than the other resulting in much less fruit set...just something more to consider.
I see you said you ordered, did you end up getting nut trees too? I'm just curious, I got hazelnut bushes a couple years ago...and was thinking about looking for some more nut trees/shrubs this year.